Newsletter, December 2022

Monthly General Meetings

This month’s meeting on December 14th will be our “Bring & Share” Christmas special, – if you can, please bring something nice to eat, which you can share with other U3A members. We’ll provide tea and coffee.

There’s no speaker at this meeting, instead we’ll be entertained by U3A members and their friends.

  • A display of work by our drawing and painting groups
  • Ukulele group’s Christmas Singalong – led by Alan
  • Poetry in Action – led by Margaret
  • Quizzes – by Dave and Christine
  • Table Decorations provided by the Gardening Group

We meet at 2pm in St Andrew’s Church Hall in Merton Road, Slough SL1 1QW. The meeting is open to both u3a members and non-members – guests and potential members are always welcome.  There is a small car park at the rear of the church which is available for those who have difficulties with mobility. Otherwise, please park in one of the pay-and-display car parks nearby, or in Upton Court Park (free) about 10 minutes’ walk away.

Future meetings and talks: –

  • Wed 18 Jan 2023               our AGM – and Liz Jones tells us about The Langley Almshouses
  • Wed 15 Feb        Susanna Beard – Becoming an Author: A Rollercoaster Ride

Slough U3A Groups News

The Outings Team arranged a coach trip to Oxford earlier this month. Sadly, several members had to cancel because of flu but 42 of us enjoyed the markets shops, galleries and museum. This was jointly arranged with Windsor Ramblers and a small group enjoyed a sunny but cold walk along the Thames and across Port Meadow.

Outings planned so far for next year include the Milestones Museum in Basingstoke, and Beaulieu (New Forest) in May.

U3A Events Elsewhere

Courses and Seminars: National and regional U3A groups are continuing to organise courses and seminars for U3A members – some are online, others are in person.

Third Age Trust    •  Motown (4 week course)   •    Relativity   •  Holocaust

London Region   •   Cézanne

Health and Support

The NHS across Frimley Health are seeking the views of patients who are suffering or have suffered with chronic pain to help shape the future of chronic pain services. We want to understand people’s current experience with chronic pain services, how chronic pain affects their daily life and how they would like chronic pain services to work in the future. The survey can be accessed here: https://mysay.is/ChronicPain

What’s on around Slough?

Slough Philharmonic present a program of Christmas themed music and carols, at 7.30pm on Saturday 17th December. The venue is St Bernard’s School, 1 Langley Road, SL3 7AF. Click here for full details and tickets. Telephone box office 0300 365 7445.

Windsor & Eton Choral Society – Duruflé Requiem and Bernstein Chichester Psalms at Eton College Chapel on Sat 14th January 2023 7:30PM. Click here to book tickets. Or call 01628 528041

Global Cooking Demonstration on Feb 04 (Saturday). Teresa and Terry will bring their recipes for kopytka (the Polish “Little Hooves” gnocchi) and braised partridge, a perfect dish for braising and served with potato gnocchi. Come cook with the charming pair and discover their stories, way of life, and philosophy. Free to join (click here), but online only.

Slough’s 50plus Forum present a Seasonal Celebration on Thursday -15th December 2022 from 1.30pm. Admission free, with entertainer Hannah Lebrecht. Venue Kingsway United Reformed Church, Church Street, Slough SL1 1SZ. Click here for their newsletter.

Concerts & Films

U3A Principles, Membership and Current Activities

Slough U3A is a co-operative of older people; most of our members are fully or part retired. Our members enjoy and share educational, creative and leisure activities. We are proud to be a dynamic group; we have built up a range of activities and groups enabling our members to learn new things and enjoy active retired life.

We welcome enquiries from potential new members – you are very welcome to come along and find out what we are doing! Here’s a list of what we are currently doing in Slough.

Art AppreciationFrench (Intermediate)Poetry in Action
BadmintonGardeningPractical Philosophy
Book ClubGerman (Elementary)Scrabble
Bridge for FunLocal HistoryTable Tennis
Create and CraftLunch ClubUkulele
Current AffairsOutingsWalking
Drawing & PaintingPlay ReadingWine Appreciation

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Find out more: www.sloughU3A.com