Activity Groups

Updated 18 June 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 meet in a hall in central Slough with 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 arrange visits once per month to galleries and museums. In 2021, we’ve already been to the Stanley Spencer Gallery, we’re planning to visit Contemporary Sculpture exhibition in Fulmer (June), the Ashmolean in Oxford (July) and the Tate Britain (July).

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.  Now we’re meeting in gardens once a month (weather permitting).

Bridge for Fun – Bridge is a social and friendly team game, which can be played at a leisurely pace. No experience is necessary – we’ll bring beginners up to speed. We are able to meet and play in members’ gardens when the weather permits – currently limited to 6 players in each session. New members are very welcome – come along, watch and learn!

Create & Craft This group – directed by St Andrew’s Church – has restarted with careful attention to COVID rules. The craft group haven’t been able to meet during lockdown, but now we are back to what we were doing before this lockdown, Shirley and Joyce who run the group were 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 accommodate 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 this year using Zoom, looking at the styles of some classic painters such as Monet and Turner. Now getting get back into parks & gardens.

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

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. In 2021 we have met at Stoke Poges Memorial garden in groups of 6 to help the Head Gardener with some simple tasks, and we have undertaken a project in St Francis churchyard to restore the garden there. And we’ve arranged visits to local gardens and estates via the National Gardens Scheme.

Beginner’s German group have been meeting fortnightly on Zoom through lockdown, now back to garden meetings. 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. Normally, we meet in St Laurence Church in Upton, and we are hoping to get back there soon.

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. We’re looking for similar opportunities in 2021.

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 Library, 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. Now meeting in gardens wherever possible.

Walking Group Our walks restarted in March 2021 with a short walk from Upton Court Park, observing the “rule of six”. We are sharing walks with Windsor and District Ramblers so that there are 2 or 3 opportunities to walk every month. Click here for details of the program https://u3aslough.wordpress.com/walking-group/

Closed due to COVID-19

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