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Haddenham U3A provides access to the best local leisure, recreational and educational facilities for retired and semi-retired people

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General Meeting

The next General Meetings are shown below. For further details of this and subsequent meetings, click on the meeting date


"Rudyard Kipling: A Little Something of Myself" -  Jonathon Jones  Mon 13 Mar 2017  Haddenham Youth & Community Centre 
 "Rudyard Kipling: A Little Something of Myself" -  Jonathon Jones Thu 16 Mar 2017  Haddenham Youth & Community Centre 
 "Ashmolean Museum - artifacts and the Michael Wellby Collection" - Jude Mon 10 Apr 2017  Haddenham Youth & Community Centre 
  "Ashmolean Museum - artifacts and the Michael Wellby Collection" - Jude  Thu 20 Apr 2017 Haddenham Youth & Community Centre 









Forthcoming Events and Outings 

The table below highlights some of the events and outings planned by various interest groups for the next few weeks.

For more details of any event, click on the event name.  




Departure Time 

Visit to JCB factory (Technical Group) 6 Mar 2017 car sharing, depart 09.30 hrs
Evita - New Theatre, Oxford (Theatre group) 9 Mar 2017 own travel arrangements
 Visit to Tower of London and Tower Bridge 23 Mar 2017  Coach from HVH, departs 09.30 hrs
 Thoroughly Modern Millie - Waterside, Aylesbury (Theatre Group) 30 Mar 2017  own travel arrangements 
Visit to Kew Gardens  24 Apr 2017  Coach from HVH, departs 09.00 hrs 
Jane Eyre - Waterside, Aylesbury (Theatre Group) 27 Apr 2017 own travel arrangements












Notices for Members

Chairman's Thoughts - March / April 2017

 Hello everyone

I hope that you all managed to survive storm Doris last week without too many problems! I’m happy to say that I was several thousand miles away enjoying the Canarian sunshine. However our intrepid Long Distance Walking Group were not deterred by the bad weather forecast and managed to complete the first stage of their new project which is to walk the 50 mile towpath of the Oxford Canal. They started last week at its junction with the Grand Union Canal in Warwickshire and will follow it back to Oxford, which will link up with the Thames Path walks which they undertook a couple of years ago. I would also like to congratulate the group on completing, in January, their 150 mile walk from London to Birmingham along the Grand Union Canal. This was a major undertaking which needed very careful planning, especially the logistics of getting to the starting point of each stage and home again at the end! Many thanks to Neil for his overall leadership of the group but also to the whole group who, in true U3A style, took turns to lead each of the 15 stages -  well done everyone.

In January we welcomed John Fieldsend to talk about the Kinder Transport project. He gave an interesting and poignant account of his personal experiences and by the end of each talk I do not think that there was a dry eye in the Hall. February’s talk, given by one of our members, Alan Watson, was, in contrast, more light-hearted but had some rather sinister overtones. Alan’s stories of insolvency meetings did make us laugh but also showed a very dark side of the business world. If you would like to talk about your life in the world of work or about any interests which you have please contact Angela, who is always looking for new speakers (speakers@haddenhamu3a.co.uk).

We are fast approaching the end of the U3A year and this, of course, means membership renewals due on 1st April. The cost of annual membership remains the same as last year at £16. It would be extremely helpful if you could check that your Standing Order is set for the correct amount. Paying by Standing Order or Bank Transfer cuts down on administration. If you still pay tax and you have not yet signed a Gift Aid Form please consider doing so. It costs you nothing, but we can claim 25p for every pound of your subscription, helping to keep subscriptions to a minimum. Chris Collins will be at the General Meetings to receive your renewals.

I would like to give you advance notice that this year we shall be having just ONE meeting in May, which will be our AGM. The meeting will be on MONDAY MAY 15th and will be held at Bradmoor Farm. We will be having a special guest speaker after the AGM and then refreshments as usual. There will be ample, safe parking for everyone. We hope that as many members as possible will be able to attend.

I hope to see you at one of the forthcoming meetings.

Best wishes, Elaine

Click here to access the latest Haddenham U3A Newsletter

Special offers for U3A Member

U3A Members can now purchase a 3-month National Art Pass for just £10. Visit artfund.org/u3a for more information. You have until 20th March 2017 to take advantage of this offer

Additionally, use the discount code U3A2017 for 10% off all services at my-history.co.uk.

Who Can You Trust?

There is an organisation called Who Can You Trust which is a not-for-profit community interest company set up with the sole aim of alerting and advising people in the 55+ age group about the need to be on their guard against internet scammers, doorstep rogues, fake lotteries, ATM fraudsters, rogue builders, dating tricksters and cheque overpayment fraud.

They publish a magazine "Watch Out" in various parts of the country with articles and information about which traders you can trust and which scams to beware of.

You can download the Bucks version of Watch Out here.

Rota for General Meetings

A rota has been established of members who are prepared to assist with the preparation of the room and equipment for the General Meetings. The rota can be found at the bottom of the General Meetings page.

Any other members willing to join the rota should contact Elaine Parkes on 01844 292184 or emparkes26@gmail.com

Happy Retirement!

Are you enjoying a happy and contented retirement? Is retirement proving to be the happiest chapter of your life? If so, why not write about about it and enter the 'LaterLife Challenge'

The LaterLife Challenge seeks to recognise great examples of how Britain's over 50s are making the most of retirement - in particular, recognising those who are making the most of their retirement (or partial retirement) and are great role models for us all.

For more details, follow this link

Update on U3A statistics

The latest figures from the Third Age Trust (TAT) show that there are 383,795 members in 999 U3A's across the UK. When one considers that the U3A movement has only been operating in UK since 1982, it must be one of, if not the, fastest growing self-help organisations, run entirely by volunteers, in the country. Our membership of Haddenham U3A now stands at 372, and grows each month.

Most members will be aware that we are part of the local CHaTTR group (Chinnor, Haddenham, Thamex2, and Ridgeway) and of TVN the network of 38 U3As in the Thames Valley. But did you know that the Thames Valley Network is itself one of nine networks in the U3A South East Region, which boasts 180 U3As across seven counties?

This means that all members of Haddenham U3A are entitled to attend the increasing number of events and study days arranged each year by CHATTR, the Thames Valley Network and the South East Region. To find out more, please visit the websites of these organisations or click here for a summary. Our proximity to London and the good transport services to get there, also mean that we can take advantage of many of the events that are organised nationally by the Third Age Trust. Again you can visit the TAT website or find a summary by clicking here.

Bucks Older People's Action Group (BOPAG)

Bucks Older People's Action Group aims to ensure that the voices of older people (50+) in Buckinghamshire are heard and that they influence the way in which services are planned and delivered, maintaining and improving the well-being of local older people.

Click here to view or download their latest newsletter.

You can find out more from their website by clicking here,

ICE - In Case of Emergency

Do you have a mobile phone?  Could someone find your nearest and dearest on you mobile phone in case of an emergency to you?

Click here to find out how to identify your next of kin or friend you would wish to be contacted in your mobile phone address book






































































Interest Groups

The following Interest Groups meet regularly. Click on the group name for further details  



Card & Board Games




Digital Photography


 Earth Matters


 French Conversation

Friday Lunch


German Conversation


 Local History

Mah Jong

 Music Appreciation


Play Reading & Poetry 

 Sunday Lunch

Table Tennis

Tai Chi 


Ten Pin Bowling


Visiting Country Churches








Interested in Joining?

If you don't yet know much about U3A, or are thinking of joining us, you should be able to find all the information you need on the website. 

To find out more about the U3A movement, and the Haddenham U3A in particular, click on About U3A.

To access our membership application form, click on Joining U3A



Haddenham U3A is a registered Charity; registration number 1165358

Contact Information

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Youth and Community Centre, Woodways
HP17 8DS

Chairman: Elaine Parkes Tel: 01844 292184 Email: chairman@haddenhamu3a.co.uk