General Meetings

General meetings of Haddenham U3A usually have a guest speaker and from April 2020 will be held on the first Wednesday of each month. Members arrive from 2.15 for a 2.30 start. Meetings usually last for an hour and a half, including time to socialise over a cup of tea.

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.

In accordance with the Government guidelines, we have cancelled all our normal General Meetings until further notice.

However, we continue to have an interesting programme of talks by Zoom and more members are logging in to enjoy them.

The meetings listed below are by Zoom and must be pre-booked by responding to the notice sent from our database of members.   An invitation will then be sent to your email 24 hours before the event giving details on how to access.


The normal monthly meetings take place at:

Bradmoor Farm Function Suite
4 Stanbridge Road
HP17 8JX

There is ample parking at the venue.


General meetings are free to members of Haddenham U3A.



Wednesday 7th January 2021

Andrew Carnegie (via Zoom)

Andrew Carnegie

Jeremy Holmes will talk about the philanthropist from a Dunfermline slum who went on to make his fortune in America as a ruthless steel magnate. At the start of the 20th century he gave it all away by setting up foundations all over the world. Worth more than Bill Gates, Carnegie couldn’t give the interest on his wealth away fast enough. The talk plots his rise, motivations and unique personal story at a time of dramatic industrialisation in the USA.

Wednesday 3rd February 2021

Philip Caine – From Barrow to Baghdad  (via Zoom)

Philip’s talk covers his work and career, including 17 years working the oil rigs in the North Sea and operating projects in Algeria & Nigeria.  His time in Kazakhstan & Russia was particularly exciting, and not to mention the most dangerous place of all – Baghdad.

Born in 1950, in Barrow-in- Furness, Philip’s working life began in the hotel business. His career developed in the oil industry and 30 years were spent in places such as the North Sea, Algeria, Nigeria, Kazakhstan and Russia. From 2003, he spent 7 years in post war Baghdad, working with the American coalition, then a further 3 years running oil services companies in Dubai. He retired in 2015 and began writing and public speaking, since then he has spoken at over 400 venues and written nine fictional books, the Jack Castle series of adventure novels. 

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.