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

Monday 13th September – 10.30 on Zoom

Wildlife from around the world

Tom Way last spoke to us in July and he was asked by most of those present to come back later in the autumn. With the lifting of restrictions he now has the chance to return to Africa and resume his brilliant career photographing wildlife but he has kindly agreed to fit us in before he goes. If you missed his last talk be sure not to miss this one. You will see photographs of wild animals as you have never seen them before. Tom has won many awards including European Wildlife Photographer of the Year and has received great acclaim for his presentations to many u3as as well as numerous other organisations. He travels all over the world capturing wonderful images of Tigers, Lions and Elephants, to name just a few and his descriptions of his exploits are entertaining and amusing. He will not only show you his wildlife images but also describe the stories behind how he took them. This talk will appeal both to photographers and wildlife enthusiast and is one not to be missed.

Cost: £1.     Book with Ticketsource           Closing Date: Friday 10th September


Friday 24th September – 10.30 on Zoom

American Presidents (part 2). A talk by Mark Lovett

Mark Lovett is back by popular demand to share more of his expertise on American history. For those of you who have not joined us for his previous events, Mark is a member of Wokingham u3a prior to which he was a teacher of History and Politics at Wellington College for 27 years. He also lectured part time at Reading University for six years and served as a Magistrate from 2006 to 2018 becoming Chairman of the Berkshire Bench in 2012 until 2014.

Cost: Free.     Book with Ticketsource           Closing Date: Tuesday 21st September


Thursday 7th October – 10.30am on Zoom

Harvest Flowers – Talk and Demonstration by Katherine Kear

Katherine is making a welcome return to TVN, this time to give us inspiration on flower arranging during the harvest season and using the wonderful colours of autumn. Those members who attended the event last April will remember that she is the National chairman of NAFAS (National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies), a national speaker and teacher, a regular broadcaster on the radio and author of several publications on all things floral including myths, legends and folklore, so you may be sure the morning will be entertaining as well as instructive.

Cost: £1.     Book with Ticketsource           Closing Date: Monday 4th October


Tuesday 12th October – 2pm on Zoom

Ashmolean “Blue” Items. A talk by Jude Barrett

We are pleased to welcome JUDE BARRETT, from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford who will be speaking on the BLUE items of interest in the museum. In this way she hopes to cover a few collections of interest.

Cost: Free.     Book with Ticketsource           Closing Date: Thursday 7th October


Thursday 21st October – 2.30pm on Zoom

Little Men in Red Hats. A talk by David Marsh

We are delighted to welcome back Dr David Marsh, a Trustee of The Garden’s Trust, a national campaigning body for the protection and support of our historic parks and gardens and designed landscapes. Today’s light hearted lectures will look at the ornamentation in English country house gardens and more specifically at the eccentricities to be found in Friars Park, Henley.

Cost: £2.     Book with Ticketsource           Closing Date: Monday 18th October


Thursday 28th October – The Music of Carol King

Thursday 9th December – Christmas Flowers. A demonstration by Katherine Kear

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