General Meetings

General meetings of Haddenham U3A usually have a guest speaker and are held on the second Monday AND third Thursday of each month, so that all members have a chance to hear them. Meetings start at 2.15 for a 2.30pm start at Haddenham Youth & Community Centre, and usually last for an hour and a half, including time to socialise over a cup of tea.

Exceptions are May, when we have our AGM on the second Monday (with no Thursday meeting) and December, when our Christmas Entertainment is usually held in the Village Hall – also on the second Monday, with no Thursday meeting.

Guest speakers cover a wide variety of topics of general interest to enable an increased awareness of our locality and our world, embracing history, travel, nature, science and culture, with a balanced programme to meet U3A aims.

We hope you will enjoy our meetings, learn something new, get to know other members, and occasionally volunteer to help out.


The normal monthly meetings take place at:

Youth & Community Centre
HP17 8DS

The centre is situated to the right of Haddenham Junior School, and there is a car park on the opposite side of Woodways.


General meetings are free to members of Haddenham U3A. A charge of £1.50 is made for guests.

Next Events

AGM Monday 13th May

Professor Gerald Seaman – My Musical Life in Russia and How I met Shostakovich

Gerald is an international authority on Russian music, having held the post of Professor of Musicology at the University of Auckland for 33 years, before returning to the UK in 1998. Since then he has held various appointments at the Birmingham Conservatory, in charge of post-graduate studies, and as a staff member of Oxford University. For many years he was attached to St. Antony’s College as a Senior Associate Member. Publications include a *History of Russian Music, the volume *Nikolay Andreevich Rimsky-Korsakov: a Research and Information Guide, and other works.

This talk, which is completely informal and a-political, would first discuss Russian music education in Tsarist Times, the changes brought about by Lenin utilising Greek philosophical and ethical ideals regarding the influence of music in society, the increasing role of the State and the manner in which this impacted on the music of Shostakovich. Gerald will also include his own
recollections of Shostakovich and their private conversations.

June 10th and 20th
Tony Ring – The Wit & Wisdom of P G Wodehouse

In this talk, which will be laced with quotations from Wodehouse’s work and anecdotes about his friends, Tony Ring will trace the influences on Wodehouse’s trademark humour through school days, his time as a journalist, and his years as the leading lyricist in American musical theatre. The evolution of his various writing styles culminated in the classic Jeeves and Wooster novels from the mid-1930s onwards. The title of the talk is taken from the name of a compilation of short Wodehouse quotations published by Hutchinson ten years ago.

Tony Ring first developed his interest in P G Wodehouse beyond mere reading in the early 1990s, when he compiled an eight-volume Concordance of Wodehouse’s fiction. Twenty years ago he helped to set up the UK’s P G Wodehouse Society, and has also spoken at Societies in the USA, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden and Canada. He has frequently advised on Wodehouse topics and productions on both a formal and informal basis for many years, written a definitive book on Wodehouse’s career in non-musical theatre, and compiled a book of 100 Wodehouse verses.

July 8th
and 18th

Paul Ranford – Leonardo da Vinci 

Leonardo was a designer of war machines, an architect, an engineer, a sculptor and a painter. This talk by Paul Ranford, based mainly on Leonardo’s own notebooks, reveals the extent of da Vinci’s achievements in the sciences and the arts.

Paul is a Chartered Accountant, although regarding himself as (more-or-less) retired from this career. He is also a tutor for the Open University in Business Studies and Personal Finance. About 14 years ago Paul discovered a discipline called History of Science which has been his passion ever since. He has degrees in “Humanities with History of Science” and “History and Philosophy of Science” and continues to research and to seek ways to pass his enthusiasm for this mind-expanding subject on to others.

General Meeting Rota for May – August 2019

Monday 13th May Sally Lajalati Geoff Parkes Chris Collins, Keith Wheeler-Cherry, Mike Phillips, Tony Barker
AGM in May is in the Village Hall, which will be opened at 12.30 for chairs layout and staging set up.                      There is no Thursday meeting this month.
Monday 10th June Sally Lajalati Geoff Parkes Margaret Rayner & Malcolm White
Thursday 20th June David Ackroyd Mike Darnell Christine & Keith Wheeler-Cherry
Monday 8th July Sally Lajalati Geoff Parkes Margaret Rayner & Tony Barker
Thursday 18th July Angela Hart Richard Pipe Carol Saetta & Derek Clark
Monday 12th August Neil Dury Mike Darnell Jerry Michell & Tony Barker
Thursday 15th August Angela Hart Richard Pipe Derek Clark & Rosanne Ward
Please ensure you are at Haddenham Youth & Community Centre by 1.30pm and finish setting out chairs by 1.50pm, to avoid obstructing the entrance for members arriving early.


Joining the Meetings

The General Meetings are open to all members of Haddenham U3A.

Angela Hart, on behalf of the U3A Committee, organises the speaker programme. If you have any suggestions of good speakers who would be suitable for the U3A General Meetings, please contact Angela on 01844 292070 or

The committee organises the rota of volunteers for the preparation of the venue.