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

U3A Committee

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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

Speaker Date


  "Man on the Spot" - Bill Hamilton


Annual General Meeting

Mon 15 May 2017

note change of date 

Bradmoor Farm Banqueting Suite, Standbridge Road,  Haddenham 

Note change of venue 

No Thursday Meeting Thu 18 May 2017  
 Part two of "40 years catching smugglers" - Malcolm Nelson Mon 12 Jun 2017 Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham
Part two of "40 years catching smugglers" - Malcolm Nelson  Thu 15 Jun 2017 Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham











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 

 Sudeley Castle and Bourton-on-the-Water 24 May 2017  Coach leaves Haddenham Village Hall at 09.00 hrs
Ironbridge & Blists Hill Victorian Village 21 Jun 2017 Coach leaves Haddenham Village Hall at 09.00 hrs








Notices for Members

Notice of Forthcoming AGM

To all members of Haddenham U3A

Please find the following documents on the Annual General Meetings page:

1.       Notice of the 16th Annual AGM of Haddenham U3A to be held on May 15th 2017

2.       Agenda for the 16th Annual AGM of Haddenham U3A

3.       Minutes of the 2016 AGM

Subscriptions for 2017 – 18 were due on April 1st, details of how to pay can be found on the Paying U3A page. We would appreciate prompt payment please.

Elaine Parkes

Chairman Haddenham U3A

Chairman's Thoughts - May - June 2017

Hello everyone

As I write this we are almost a month into our new year and 318 of you have already renewed your subscription - thank you very much! Prompt renewals really cut down Chris and Catherine’s workload. If, however, you haven’t yet renewed your membership we would be very grateful if you could do so as soon as possible. I’m also pleased to say that we already have 22 new members. I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you and I hope that you will thoroughly enjoy your membership.

2016-17 was, as ever, an extremely busy and successful year. We had a wide range of speakers at our General Meetings. Twelve visits were organised as well as seven theatre outings. There was a Walking Holiday on Dartmoor, a Cycling Holiday down the Rhine and holidays to Provence and Northern Ireland. The Interest Groups went from strength to strength with four new groups being initiated. In order for all these activities to take place we need volunteers. I am very grateful to all members of the committee, to all the Group Leaders and to all the members who help at General Meetings. I will be giving a more detailed report of our past year at the forthcoming AGM.

I would just like to remind you that the AGM will take place on Monday May 15th at 2.15 in the Banqueting Suite at Bradmoor Farm. After the short AGM the speaker will be Bill Hamilton, ‘Man on the Spot – 50 years as a journalist and broadcaster’. Bill worked for BBC Television News. His job took him to some of the worst trouble spots at home and abroad. At the end of the meeting there will be homemade cakes and biscuits with the tea and coffee. I look forward to seeing you there.

Best wishes, Elaine

Click here to access the latest Haddenham U3A Newsletter

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


Out with Friends

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