Technical Group

The Technical Group organises outings and talks to appeal to those U3A members who are interested in how, or why, things work. Group members are encouraged to suggest suitable events to include in the programme and to take turns in organising them. We aim to hold one event each month.We would be delighted to hear from you if you have an interest or area of expertise which could contribute to the Group’s learning, or if you have any further ideas for possible trips.Events are opened to the wider U3A membership when space permits.

Group Leader

New members are welcome. If you wish to join us, please contact Kevin Nash on 07519 509370 or


Any costs are announced on an event by event basis.

Payments may be made by cheque payable to Haddenham U3A and have the name of the event written on the back. These can be sent to the Group Leader, but we prefer payment by internet or telephone banking to the credit of Haddenham U3A at CAF Bank; sort code 40-52-40, account no. 00021011. As soon as you have used one of these methods, please email or ring the Treasurer ( or 01844 292393) and the Group Leader to confirm that your payment has been sent.

Next Events

Planned visit the Doc Martens boot and shoe ‘old’ factory in Wollaston near Northampton on Thursday 3rd October.

The Iinerary would look something like this:

  • Leave Haddenham at around 10:30 and drive to Wollaston for lunch at around 12 noon in the Wollaston Inn – a stones throw away from the Factory in Cobb Lane.
  • At 13:00 we tour the Doc Martens factory for an hour.
  • After leaving the factory we drive down to Stoke Bruene (about 35 mins)
  • On arrival at Stoke Bruene, we are met with tea and scone, jam and cream plus a short talk on the Canal Society and their work. A boat trip may be available for those who wish to partake.
  • After the talk and tea and/or boat trip we are free to wander the museum at leisure until it closes at 17:00
  • Make own way home as and when (its about an hour from Stoke Bruene to Haddenham)

I will give full details including the process for a quickish lunch plus satnav references etc nearer the time, but for now would like to get a firmer idea of who would like to attend.

The cost will be about £20 per head, plus lunch, plus transport costs – to be confirmed.

Please let me know at as soon as you can (mindful of it being holiday season) if you are coming on this visit.

John Taylor Bell Foundry

There are still some places left on the visit to the John Taylor Bell Foundry in Loughborough.  I have now booked this for Wednesday 6th November.  The schedule is as follows:

9.15 Leave Haddenham Village Hall
11.45 Arrive at The Three Nuns pub
12.00 Lunch
1.00 Coach to Foundry
1.30 Tour starts
4.00 Leave Foundry
6.00 Arrive Haddenham

The cost of the tour, including the coach, is £33.00
If you would like to go please:
·         Let me know as soon as possible.
·         Pay Haddenhan U3A the sum of £33 (this is for the coach and entry to the foundry) online to our account at CAFBank, sorting code 40 52 40, account no. 00021010  or by sending a cheque payable to Haddenham U3A to the U3A Treasurer, David Ackroyd at 1 Church End, Haddenham, HP17 8AH .  David is also happy to receive cash posted through his letterbox.  Payments and cheques should quote ‘Bell Foundry’ as the reference.  Payment should be received by the end of September.
·         Let me have your choices from the attached menu any time between now and Sunday 20th October
Important information
Strong (not fabric) fully enclosed shoes (toes, sides and back must be covered with no slits or gaps in the uppers; brogues trainers or boots are preferable) are to be worn for the tour of the works.  Anyone not wearing the appropriate footwear will be refused entry.  This is an HSE and insurance requirement.