Newsletter, November 2022

U3A News

Every month, we receive a few email enquiries from people who have looked at our website – often a potential new member, occasionally someone who would like to speak at a meeting. We’d like to recruit someone who can support the Committee by monitoring the u3a mailbox and either responding emails, or forwarding them. If you think you would like to help us in this way, please talk to any member of the Committee or contact Bob on chair@sloughu3a.com.

Monthly General Meetings

Our next General Meeting is on Wednesday 16 November at 2pm. We’ll enjoy a practical demonstration of candle making by Kay & Phil Wathen.

The talk will include a practical demonstration of chunk candles, flexible moulds & ice candles. We’ll demonstrate how to use a variety of waxes, additives, dyes & moulds. The tea break will be earlier than usual, to allow time for the candles to set. After the tea break, the candles will have cooled sufficiently to be unmoulded. Kay & Phil will also include a demonstration of hand dipped candles and some historical snippets about candles and candle making.

You’ll have an opportunity to buy their hand made candles – they make excellent Christmas presents. Please bring cash (notes & coinage are helpful) if you wish to purchase candles. Phil & Kay will donate all proceeds to St Marys Church, Hayes, Middx for restoration projects, one of the oldest churches in West London

Also at this meeting, Liz Jones will have a table selling Christmas cards for Save the Children, so it’s a great opportunity for you prepare for Christmas.

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, 14 December         Christmas Celebration (Bring & Share)
  • Wed 18 Jan 2023               AGM – and Liz Jones tells us about The Langley Almshouses

Slough U3A Groups News

Local History Group: In recent months we have enjoyed a talk about The Iver Diggers by Mark Instone, studied old maps of the local area, and learned about the history of the Mars factory as well as hearing about the memories of some who worked there for many years. We had a lovely lunch at the historic pub, The Fox and Castle in Old Windsor. We meet monthly at St. Laurence’s Church unless we are out on a visit; most meetings attract over 20 members.

Would you like to try your hand at drawing and painting? We are planning to hold an informal meeting of prospective members should we get sufficient interest in starting up a new group. If you would like to be part of this new drawing and art group, or if you just want to find out more, please email Beverley Edwards on groups@sloughU3A.com or phone 01753 971938.

Our u3a walking group continues with its program of 3 easy walks every month, teamed up with Windsor Ramblers. Recently we enjoyed a pleasant circular walk, led by Angela, which started from Upton Court Park, with a coffee break in Eton at the halfway point. Coming soon – 16th Nov at Datchet, and 23rd Nov in Dorney. All our walks are gently paced, level, and cover about 4 to 5 miles. Guests and “first time” walkers are welcome. Please contact Beverley to find out more.

U3A Events Elsewhere

If you find it difficult to get out of the house, Interest Groups Online gives you the opportunity to join groups, talks and courses from home. There are currently over 80 different groups meeting regularly online with over 800 members learning together as part of this online u3a community. Take a look at our Groups page, for details of our Interest Groups Online, courses and talks. Interest Groups Online members can join groups etc via the Beacon Members Portal.

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    •  Cookery – Winter Warmers   •    Day of the Dead   •  Apple computers

U3A Thames Valley   •    The Music of Motown   •  Namibia

Health and Support

Do you care for a friend or relation with poor health? Come to the Carers Coffee Morning on 24th November 2022, at 10.30am, in Slough Mencap, Spitfire Close (off Common Rd) Langley, SL3 8SX 24th. With free refreshments and free parking at the venue. All Carers welcome with information to help you understand your rights and access the right support when you need it. For further information contact Kinder: Phone 01753 303428 Email sloughcarers@gmail.com

What’s on around Slough?

Thursday 17th November 2022 Health & Wellbeing Event. Organised by Slough 50Plus Forum. This is a chance to find out about activities & services for older people in Slough, with stalls and information from a number of local organisations. The venue is Kingsway United Reformed Church in Church Street, Slough SL1 1SZ. from 1.30pm. (link to poster)

Doug Devaney is bringing it all back home to Berkshire with a unique evening of tales of the Irish Diaspora on Thursday 24th November, at 8pm in the Slough Irish Club, Sheehy Way, SL2 5SS. This is an evening to hear the stories of others and to share your own, all in the familiar setting of Slough Irish Club. Tickets are free: no fee, no booking – just bring yourselves.

Slough Repair Café. The first ever Slough Repair Café is on 26 November in the Queensmere shopping centre. A repair café is a volunteer-run event where repair coaches help visitors to fix their beloved but broken item and extend its life. Why throw it away when it can be brought back to life with just a little help!? Former B&M store in Queensmere on Sat 26 November from 11 am. More information click here.

The Wexham Lunch Club is run by Age Concern and is designed to offer local people a welcoming place to meet and enjoy lunch. Free tea, coffee and biscuits is on offer for those who just wish for a light snack and a chat. Activities such as board games, quizzes and exercise routines are also on offer. Where? Wexham Parish Council Hall, Norway Drive, Slough SL2 5QP When? Every Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, 10am – 2pm Telephone: 01753 822890 Email: info@ageconcernsabe.org.uk

Concerts & Films

HOME Slough brings The Mariner’s Song to The Curve in Slough on Saturday 19 November at 7.30pm. Join writer-performer Rajan Sharma for an award-winning narrative odyssey navigating ancient myth, family history, and life at sea. We are offering tickets on a Pay What You Can basis – Click here for details and booking

Slough Philharmonic – 5.30pm, Sunday 20th November at Braywick. In the year that the nation both celebrated and mourned Queen Elizabeth II, we open our 2022-23 season with Malcolm Arnold’s suite from his official coronation ballet of 1953. Other pieces by Sibelius, Franck – with Soloist: Holly Clark (trumpet).  Click here for details and booking

Free Organ Concert at St. Mary’s, Church Street, Slough.  SL1 1PJ on 3 December at Midday. Come to St Mary’s to hear the magnificent church organ at full tilt. Malcolm Stowell will play a Christmas concert of music celebrating the festive season.   Free but donations welcomed. Details.

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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