Local U3A Networks


CHaTTR is a loose grouping of local U3As – Chinnor, Haddenham, Thame and District, Greater Thame and Ridgeway. The Chairs of these U3As hold regular meetings to share best practice, and CHaTTR occasionally organises Study Days.

Some Interest Groups are ‘shared’ between these U3As:Computing run by Chinnor for members of all CHaTTR U3As
Digital Photography run by Greater Thame
Earth Matters run jointly by Haddenham and Greater Thame

Note that members of Haddenham U3A may also attend Interest Groups of any of the other U3As, as long as there are spaces. Members should approach the Leader of the Group in which they are interested.

Chinnor: www.chinnoru3a.org.uk
Thame and District: https://u3asites.org.uk/thame
Greater Thame: https://u3asites.org.uk/greater-thame
Ridgeway: https://u3asites.org.uk/ridgeway

Bucks Liaison Group

Haddenham U3A also belongs to the Bucks Liaison Group. This is also a loose grouping of local U3As – Aston Clinton, Aylesbury Vale, Mid Bucks (Aylesbury), Princes Risborough, Tring, Wendover and Weston Turville.

Members of Haddenham U3A may attend Interest Groups of any of these U3As, as long as there are spaces. Members should approach the Leader of the Group in which they are interested.

Aston Clinton: www.u3asites.org.uk/aston-clinton
Aylesbury Vale: www.avu3a.org.uk
Mid Bucks: www.u3a.co
Princes Risborough: www.risboroughu3a.org.uk
Tring: www.u3asites.org.uk/tring
Wendover: www.u3asites.org.uk/wendover
Weston Turville: www.wtu3a.org.uk

Thames Valley U3A Network (TVN)

The Thames Valley U3A Network is an umbrella organisation for 44 U3A groups in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

The Objects of Thames Valley U3A Network are to advance the education of members of U3As in the network.

It organises and runs study days, conferences, lectures, seminars, courses;

It participates in and assists in the development of neighbourhood and networked groupings of U3As.

Further information about the Thames Valley Network, its annual programme, events and publications can be found on its website at  www.u3atvnetwork.org.uk

Forthcoming Events

Wednesday 14th April 2021 at 10.30 on Zoom

The Migration of Birds

Bryan Williams, our presenter, is a retired biologist and a member of Wokingham u3a where he now co-ordinates the Natural History Group and one of two Bird Watching Groups.

Every year millions of birds fly, often great distances, to sites where they build nests and bring up their young before returning to their winter feeding grounds. Often they will use the same nesting site year after year. Why do they go to such lengths with all the risks involved? How do they know when to fly and how to fly to their chosen destination when they may never have been there before? Modern biology does not yet have all the answers, but knowledge is constantly being gained. In his talk Bryan will explore how migration was first observed and how the study of it has developed as well as addressing these questions.

Cost: Free     Booking via Ticketsource       Closing date 9th April


Thursday 15th April 2021 at 10.30 on Zoom

1685 How modern medicine could have changed the course of history.

King Charles II fell ill on Sunday 1 February 1685. HIs illness progressed, despite, or perhaps because of, the efforts of his physicians, using contemporary methods of treatment, based on humoral theory. He died just before noon on Friday 6 February. He left no heir to the throne, and after the brief reign of his brother, James II, also childless, William III took the throne by force in the Glorious Revolution of 1688. What was Charles’s final illness? Could modern medicine have prolonged his life? And could it have provided him with an heir, thereby changing the succession?

Dr Jeffrey Aronson, Consultant Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist, Department of Primary Care Health Sciences; Emeritus Fellow of Green Templeton College will tell the history of Charles’ illnesses and discuss the reasons why modern medicine could have changed the course of history.

Cost: Free    Booking via Ticketsource     Closing date 8th April


Tuesday 20th April 2021 at 10.30 on Zoom

Archaeological figures – myths and legends or mistakes and lies?

Dr Jill Eyers will be joining us again and this time she will examine the stories behind two of the most important figures in our distant past.

1. Boudicca – warrior queen or rebel?

A legendary figure for which there is very little written evidence. However, a huge amount of legend and stories have been handed down over the years about her life. This talk will separate the myths from the truth by looking at the archaeological evidence – it comes up with some surprises!

2. The Viking – raider or trader.

The Vikings remain an enigmatic and misunderstood part of our history. Much misinformation appears in books. Who exactly
were the Vikings? What was their background, where did they go, what did they do and why, and how do we know? All will be revealed.

Cost £2      Booking via Ticketsource       Closing date 13th April


Friday 7th May at 10.30 on Zoom

The Sweetest Thing: the history of sugar

Ruth Nobbs (of Charge of the Light Brigade fame) has kindly agreed to come to us again. This talk was first produced in 2014 for Ruth’s Industrial Heritage group. It covers many aspects of the history of sugar, including: the cultivation, extraction and processing of cane and beet; tracing the dramatic rise of the use of sugar in Britain and its importance to the wealth of individuals and to the country as a whole (even leading to trade wars being fought); and the current state of the sugar industry and consumption today. With such a wide remit, one of the most contentious aspects of sugar production, the use of slave labour, can only be touched on briefly. As Ruth says, “that is a whole other story”

Cost Free      Booking via Ticketsource       Closing date 3rd May


South East Region

The South East Region covers Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Sussex. It is the largest U3A Region and includes approximately 180 U3As.

The SE Region Forum runs Summer Schools each year in Chichester.

If you sign up for a National newsletter you will be asked which region your U3A belongs to.

Forthcoming Events

Further details – www.u3asites.org.uk/south-east/events