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

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.