Times Out Trip Reports - 2020

Times Out Trip to the Gurdwara Singh Sabha, a Sikh Temple in Slough
Tuesday 25th February

On Tuesday 25th February 16 of us visited the Gurdwara Singh Sabha, a Sikh Temple in Slough.

Our guide, Nirmal Singh, gave an excellent insight into the Sikh community and their theology.

After an introduction we were first shown round the heavyweights gym which is available for absolutely anyone to use (it is probably the only Gurdwara in the country with a gym).

Next we were shown round the kitchen area where they prepare over 1,000 meals per day, again for absolutely anyone to come in and partake of a meal; needless to say they feed a lot of homeless people. In the kitchen there were many women making chapattis; the dough was mixed in a machine and then one group of women would make a dough ball, the next group would roll the chapatti out, next group would cook them on a hotplate and finally they would be smeared with butter and stacked up.
All the women would be chanting whilst they were working.

Next we visited the prayer room where the book of Sikh scriptures called the Guru Granth Sahib was being read out loud to anyone present. The prayer room was beautifully decorated with many artefacts and fresh flowers. After this we viewed a small presentation of the Sikh philosophy of life and then had a question and answer session.

Finally we were taken down to the “canteen” where we were offered a vegetarian meal consisting of a chapatti, yoghurt, dhal,vegetable curry and desert rice. Some of us sat at tables whilst others sat more authentically, cross-legged on the floor.
 

The whole visit lasted just over 2½ hours and we all made a donation to the temple.



Times Out Theatre Trip to The Mill at Sonning
Tuesday 21st January
Singing in the Rain






On the evening of Tuesday 21st January 14 of our members went to see the theatre production of "Singin' in the Rain"at The Mill at Sonning.

The show was absolutely spectacular, one of the best productions I have ever seen at the Mill. The dancing, singing, the use of the stage and gangways made you feel involved in the whole thing.

A few of us were sitting in Row B and got a little wet when the rain scene came and the actors thought it would be a good idea if we got more involved.

The food choice was up to the Mill's usual standard and a great evening was had by all.

AND THEN THERE WAS COVID SHUTDOWN