General meetings of the Haddenham U3A take place on the second working Monday AND third Thursday of each month (except August) at 2.15 for 2.30pm start. There are two meetings each month to accommodate the number of U3A members who wish to attend. Members can attaned either a Monday or Thursday meeting as they wish.The meetings take place at
Youth & Community Centre
Haddenham HP17 8DS
The centre is situated to the right of Haddenham Junior School, and there is a car park opposite.
Invited guests speak on a wide variety of topics of general interest. In these meetings we try to enable an increased awareness of our locality and our world and culture with a balanced programme to meet U3A aims. Each speaker is invited to give his/her talk to BOTH the Monday and the Thursday meeting, so all members will have a chance to hear them.
We hope you will enjoy our meetings and learn something new. These sessions usually last for an hour and a half, including time to socialise with a cup of tea.
Once per year, usually in May, the U3A holds its Annual General Meeting at the MONDAY meeting. The Chairman's address is repeated at the Thursday meeting, but if U3A members wish to debate and vote on any substantive issues, they should attend the full AGM at the Monday meeting. The minutes of past AGMs can be found on the Annual General Meetings page of this site (click here). Immediately prior to the AGM itself the papers are also published on that page.
General meetings are free to members of Haddenham U3A. A charge of £1.50 is made for guests.
|"Garden Hunting in China" - Timothy Walker||Mon 11 Sep 2017||14.15 for 14.30hrs||Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham|
|"Garden Hunting in China" - Timothy Walker||Thu 21 Sep 2017||14.15 for 14.30hrs||Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham|
|“Energy for Life” - Dr Alex Paterson||Mon 9 Oct 2017||14.15 for 14.30hrs||Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham|
|“Energy for Life” - Dr Alex Paterson||Thu 19 Oct 2017||14.15 for 14.30hrs||Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham|
|“Uzbekistan and and Cities of the Silk Road” - Sandra Hurst||Mon 13 Nov 2017||14.15 for 14.30hrs||Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham|
|“Uzbekistan and and Cities of the Silk Road” - Sandra Hurst||Thu 16 Nov 2017||14.15 for 14.30hrs||Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham|
|"Members' Entertainment||Mon 11 Dec 2017||14.15 for 14.00 hrs||NOTE - Haddenham Village Hall|
|No Thursday meeting in December||Thu 21 Dec 2017|
|"Cordite, Castrol R and 2012 Olympics" - David Butler||Mon 8th Jan 2018||14.15 for 14.00 hrs||Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham|
|"Cordite, Castrol R and 2012 Olympics" - David Butler||Thu 18 Jan 2018||14.15 for 14.00 hrs||Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham|
|"The Light Ages" - Paul Ranford||Mon 12 Feb 2018||14.15 for 14.00 hrs||Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham|
|"The Light Ages" - Paul Ranford||Thu 15 Feb 2018||14.15 for 14.00 hrs||Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham|
|"Tales of a Scotland Yard Detective" by Steve Roberts||Mon 12 Mar 2018||14.15 for 14.00 hrs||Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham|
|"Tales of a Scotland Yard Detective" by Steve Roberts||Thu 15 Mar 2018||14.15 for 14.00 hrs||Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham|
|Monday 11th and Thursday 21st September 2017 - “Garden Hunting in China” - Timothy Walker
This is an account of Timothy's Churchill Travelling Fellowship the purpose of which was to visit Chinese botanic gardens and the people who work there so that they may collaborate with these gardens in the future. In seven weeks they travelled more than 5,000 miles and visited more than three dozen gardens. In the talk Timothy will try to give an impression of contemporary China, its peoples its gardens. He will also look at how Chinese Botanic Gardens are contributing to the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.
Monday 9th and Thursday 19th October 2017 - “Energy for Life” by Dr Alex Paterson
Alex’s career started as an Engineering Apprentice with Vickers Armstrong Newcastle upon Tyne. He then was at Glasgow University as a Graduate and Post graduate student in Mechanical Engineering and then Assistant Lecturer. A position working on aero engines at Rolls-Royce, Derby was followed by Large Steam Turbines, Heat Exchangers, then Large Steam Turbines again in Rugby then Paris.
His talk covers the origin of our main energy sources, together with how we exploit them to maintain our modern way of life.
Today more than 80% of the world’s current energy demand is provided by burning increasingly scarce carbon based fossil fuels. This is producing carbon dioxide emissions which are already large enough to cause dramatic changes to the world’s environment due to global warming.
Although renewable energy sources such as hydro, wind and solar are capable of making significant sustainable contributions, only nuclear power can meet the bulk of the future growth in the world’s energy demand. Power from nuclear fission is already a mature technology and power from nuclear fusion, if proactively developed, could be commercial within 40 years.The logic appears inescapable. But is our Species capable of responding in time?
Monday 13th and Thursday 16th November 2017 - “Uzbekistan and and Cities of the Silk Road” by Sandra Hurst
Sandra is a retired teacher of Foreign Languages with thirty years experience in teaching establishments of many kinds. Her last appointment was as Head of Modern Languages for twelve years. She have a B.A. Hons. in French and Spanish, an Institute of Linguists Final Diploma in German (Degree Level) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education. Also qualifications in Russian, and Chinese, and has studied Portuguese, Greek, Korean and Italian.
Sandra travels light and independently, often alone, and using local transport which offers the chance of meeting people on a different footing from the average tour group. She has travelled to so many countries that it is probably easier to list those she has missed!
The talks are always based on her own personal experiences in a country, which may differ from those of other people, but they are not just “Travelogues”. Sandra uses her own photographs and videos and aim to make the talks entertaining and informative.
Monday 11 th December 2017 - Members' Entertainment - NOTE venue Haddenham Village Hall
Another chance for members to show their talents at the annual Christmas Extravaganza when we can all get together at the Village Hall for entertainment, mulled wine and festive treats.
|Monday 8th and Thursday 18th January 2018 - "Cordite, Castrol R and 2012 Olympics" by David Butler
Our speaker was just 11 when an horrendous accident changed his life and future prospects dramatically.
He went on to head a $750million division of an International Company.
|Monday 12th and Thursday 15th February 2018 - "The Light Ages" by Paul Ranford
Paul is a Chartered Accountant, although regarding himself as (more-or-less) retired from this career. He is also a tutor for the Open University in Business Studies and Personal Finance. About 14 years ago Paul discovered a discipline called History of Science which has been his passion ever since. He gained a 1st Class Honours BA in "Humanities with History of Science" (with the Open University) in 2006, and then an MSc in "History and Philosophy of Science" (awarded with distinction by Imperial College and UCL) in 2008.
Since then, he have continued to research and to seek ways to pass his enthusiasm for this mind-expanding subject on to others.
“The Light Ages” is the tale of the transfer of scientific knowledge from ancient Greece to Medieval Europe via Islamic (Arabic) philosophers, who held the torch of learning and scholarship while the light of European intellectual activity was almost extinguished during the "Dark Ages”.
Monday 12th and Thursday 15th March 2018 - "Tales of a Scotland Yard Detective" by Steve Roberts
More info to come
Rota for General Meetings
In order to ensure that the General Meetings proceed in an orderly fashion, a rota of members who are prepared to help with the preparation of the meetings has been established.
|Meeting Date||Leader||PA + Projection System||Chairs Layout||Key Holder|
|Monday 11 Sep 2017||Angela Hart||Richard Pipe||Richard Pipe||Chris Collins|
|Thursday 21 Sep 2017||Elaine Parkes||Geoff Parkes||
Christine & Keith Wheeler-Cherry
|Monday 9 Oct 2017||Elaine Parkes||Geoff Parkes||Tony Barker||Elaine Parkes|
|Thursday 19 Oct 2017||David Ackroyd||Roger Rickard||Geof Collins||Chris Collins|
|Monday 13 Nov 2017||Angela Hart||Roger Rickard||Mike Darnell||Chris Collins|
|Thursday 16 Nov 2017||Elaine Parkes||Geoff Parkes||Sylvia Eyles & Richard Pipe|
|Monday 11 Dec 2017||Elaine Parkes||Geoff Parkes||
Christine & Keith Wheeler-Cherry
Tony Barker & Mike Darnell
Joining the Group
The general meetings are open to all members of Haddenham U3A.
Angela Hart, on behalf of the U3A Committee, organises the speaker programme. If you have any suggestions of good speakers who would be suitable for the U3A General Meetings, please contact Angela on 01844 292070 or email@example.com
The committee organises the rota of volunteers for the preparation of the venue. If you would be prepared to assist, please contact Jerry Michell on 01844 290595 or firstname.lastname@example.org