Activity Groups

April 2021

Almost all of our groups have been active during the COVID-19 lockdown, meeting using Zoom, Whatsapp, or email. All groups are strictly complying with COVID-19 rules.

General Meetings

The General Meeting is a great chance to find out more about the U3A if you are not already a member. We have a guest speaker, who will talk about a topic of general interest for about 45 minutes. After that, there’s refreshments and a chance to socialise.

Subject to COVID restrictions, our first General Meeting of 2021 will be on Wednesday July 21st.

Active Groups

Art Appreciation are sharing videos once a month on Zoom. Last year we visited the Contemporary Sculpture exhibition in Fulmer; we’re hoping to the Stanley Spencer Gallery next.

Book Club –The book group has continued to meet via zoom throughout lockdown and Windsor library have been very obliging in providing an eclectic mix of book titles while the Slough libraries and Buckinghamshire libraries were closed.  We hope to start garden meetings in April combined with zoom for the benefit of a couple of members who don’t do zoom.

Bridge for Fun – We are able to meet and play in members’ gardens when the weather permits. Limited to 6 players in each session..

Create & Craft This group – directed by St Andrew’s Church – will restart with careful attention to COVID rules. The craft group haven’t been able to meet since this lockdown started, but as from the 11th May we are hoping to go back to what we were doing before this lockdown, Shirley and I who run the group where meeting with 4 others for an hour and a half, 3 times every Tuesday, not all of our members were able to get to St Andrew’s for such a short time so we were able to accomodate everyone who wished to attend. It worked well, we left 15 mins between each group to enable us to clean tables and chairs etc and keep within the covid guidelines, and we were able to serve tea and coffee but asked people in the lunch time group to bring their own food. I have lots of new card patterns made up at the ready and look forward to seeing everyone again soon.

Current Affairs – Current Affairs has continued to meet through lockdown every 4th Wednesday morning with an ever increasing source of topics for discussion,  although it has been the same 6 or 7 members each month so it would be good to get the others back when we can meet face to face again.

Creative Writing – Creative writing have done a number of tasks and have been meeting up in people’s gardens; or twice in the garden of the Red Cow pub! We’re corresponding by email during the lockdown.

Our Drawing Groups  have been meeting via Zoom, looking at the styles of some classic painters such as Monet and Turner.

French Group. We chat, learn a bit about France, take part in sketches and check up on rusty grammar and vocabulary. Now meeting via Zoom.

Gardening Group I would like to think we should aim to resume in the autumn but we’ll adapt to what’s allowed as we go along; Definitely keep going. We are meeting at Stoke Poges Memorial garden on Monday in groups of 6 to help the Head Gardener with some simple tasks. Later in Spring we are going to undertake a project in St Francis churchyard to restore the garden there. All outdoors so should be OK.

G Beginner’s German group have been meeting fortnightly on Zoom. We are following several different German courses in order to give ourselves plenty of practice at each level. Each week we do a little research into Germany and its culture, led by one of the group.

Local History – We have not met in person at all for a year since the first lockdown but members recently took part in a Zoom meeting hearing about the 20-20-20 Slough Museum working in Slough project which shared people’s memories about working in Slough during those years. This was hosted by Michael Pearcy. In April we are holding a Zoom “Air and Share” when 3 members will tell us about some research they have done about the history of different places in Slough. We may hold another similar “Air and Share” in May.

Pilates Group Pilates sessions are still going ahead every Friday morning at 11am on line through Active Slough’s facebook page.  Rosa, the tutor is very keen to get back to face to face sessions but to date nothing has been announced by Active Slough as to when halls will reopen.  .

Practical Philosophy – In recent sessions we have had some lively discussions on such topics as ‘What percentage of your life do you feel truly alive?’ and Society, Laws and Rules. None of us profess to being a ‘Philosopher’ yet all of us enjoy sharing our thoughts and exchanging views – Practical philosophers.

Play Reading – Our Play Reading Group is flourishing with eleven members and at least three more who will be joining us once we are meeting in person. It’s an opportunity to step out of yourself and become immersed in a dramatic role. Our play scripts come from Reading Libarary, which has a comprehensive collection of modern and classic plays. We have enjoyed reading plays on line, including “Calendar Girls” – both touching and hilarious – and “Daisy Pulls it Off”. We’re currently discovering the macabre goings-on in “Arsenic and Old Lace”.

Poetry in Action covers a variety of poetry and explores the lesser known poets. We have included the Victorians, the Romantics and Women in Poetry and shall be exploring Poetry of the Sea. We also include a fun group reading at each meeting. Eliot’s Jellicle Cats was very successful, complete with Zoom distorted catawauling, and we have great hopes for The Owl and the Pussycat.  Tu-woo-meow!

Ukulele. – We meet up every two weeks to sing and strum and, because the ukulele is an easy to learn instrument, with lots of songs only needing 2 or 3 chords, beginners are able to join in pretty quickly. We have managed to continue our sessions using Zoom, with everyone taking it in turns to play and sing, and the others on mute.

Walking Group Our walks restarted on March 31st with a short walk from Upton Court Park, observing the “rule of six”. We walk every Wednesday starting at 10:30 from a variety of easy-to-access locations which have been selected so that it will be easy to observe social distancing rules. Click here for details of the program https://u3aslough.wordpress.com/walking-group/

Closed due to COVID-19

Outings Committee arranges coach trips to places of interest. There was only one opportunity during 2020 – a group visit to a National Garden Scheme garden near Maidenhead; members drove their own cars.

Scrabble Groups 1 & 2

If you like words, have a sense of fun, want to enjoy a good game and good company, and keep your brains active – come along and join us!

Wine Appreciation

Providing opportunities for learning about grapes, wines, regions, countries and methods of production, gaining confidence in buying and ordering wines, knowing what to drink with what and when