Activity Groups

Updated 04 September 2021

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 once a month 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.

Active Groups

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Activity Club

[Sept 2021] Our Activity Club is off to a flying start. We’re playing Table Tennis, Scrabble, Bridge and Carrom once a fortnight in a hired hall, with the emphasis on friendly social contact and having fun. No prior experience necessary – you can come along and try out any activity to see if you enjoy it. In particular, we have a tuition group for beginners to learn to play Bridge.

Art Appreciation 

[July 2021] 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).

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Badminton

[Sept 2021]  – this group meets in the Centre in Farnham Road to play badminton. Dates & times vary to suit the members.

Book Club

[June 2021] Book Club are able to borrow sets of books from local libraries. We are currently reading “One August Night” by Victoria Hislop – a sequel to her best seller “The Island”. –The book group has continued to meet via zoom throughout lockdown.  Now we’re meeting in gardens once a month (weather permitting).

Bridge for Fun

[July 2021] Bridge is a social and friendly team game, which can be played at a leisurely pace. . Bridge is a game of memory and skill – not difficult to learn, but always challenging to play. No experience is necessary – we’ll bring beginners up to speed. We play in the Activity Club  group (see above) once a fortnight, and in-between sessions in members’ homes – currently limited to 6 players in each session. Beginners are very welcome – come along, watch and learn!

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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, meeting every Tuesday with a variety of crafts to share. 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.

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.

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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.

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French

[Aug 2021] The Intermediate-level French Group meets on the Ist Friday of each month. If Trivial Pursuits is your favourite party game…. come and join us. We are now the proud owners of an almost vintage edition of the game, so the questions are quite relevant to our era BUT all in French. Understanding the question is our primary objective!! We also do play- reading, swapping news, translations and try to remember some new vocabulary. Our latest initiative is to learn a poem–that should be interesting!

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Gardening 

[Aug 2021] The Gardening Group meets monthly. A visit to Church Gardens, Harefield was a real treat for June – the owner talked about the history of the garden and her passion for restoring it, while making it as eco-friendly as possible. We were fortunate in that the rain dried up for our tour, and we were royally entertained by her description of the work they have done and continue to do as a family.  Do try and attend an open day! In July Elaine kindly showed her garden, and provided teas. Our August meeting is on Monday 23rd at 2pm at 196 Langley Road, when we are going to look at propagation.

German

[Aug 2021] – The Beginners German Group meets every 2 weeks and its members are very enthusiastic. Our attempts at Bingo are impressive and have given us numerical confidence as we take turns at being caller. We try to learn some rules of grammar, increase our vocabulary, play word games and read stories. We may not be ready for exams in the foreseeable future but we enjoy our meetings!!!

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[July 2021] Local History – We visit or have talks on aspects of the history of Slough and the surrounding towns. We have enjoyed talks by members on subjects such as Slough Football Club, Upton Park and Herschel Park, the stories behind the names on the Slough War Memorial, the history of Langley Schools, and Swan Upping. Our most recent activity was a visit to Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens, where the Head Gardener showed us round and explained its history. We’re hoping to hold our next meeting in our usual venue, St Laurence Church.

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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.

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Pilates

[August 2021] Pilates sessions are going ahead outdoors during August at the Singh Sabha Sports Centre in Stoke Poges Lane.

Philosophy

[March 2021] Practical Philosophy – This group meets once a month to discuss topics which affect us in our lives – being very careful to avoid current affairs! A recent meeting started with a discussion of names, and how they influence our lives and decisions – this progressed to a wider discussion of bias and prejudice in society. In other 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

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! 

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Scrabble

[ July 2021] Social Scrabble – 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! Meeting as part of the Activity Club (see above) but also in members’ homes. If you fancy a cuppa and a chat, and if you can spell the words “relaxed” and “friendly” then come and join us!

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Table Tennis

Currently meeting as part of the Activity Club (see above)

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Ukulele

[Aug 2021] Herschel Ukes is at last back to rehearsing together after many months of zooming. Our usual rehearsal space is being renovated, so we’ve been meeting in members’ gardens and (most recently) in St Laurence Church. And we have our first gig at a community arts event at the Horlicks Quarter on 18 September – a big day for us!

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[Sept 2021] Walking is a great, natural form of exercise. The u3a Walking group is continuing to explore walking opportunities in the vicinity of Slough. During August we enjoyed a circular walk starting at Cooper’s Hill near Egham, which included historic Runnymede and a stretch of the Thames. This month our walk will start in Iver and include a stretch of the River Colne and Little Britain Lake. We are also able to join some walks which are organised by Windsor & District Ramblers so we have plenty of opportunities to get out and about!

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