General Meetings

 

 

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

Woodways

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.

 

Costs

General meetings are free to members of Haddenham U3A. A charge of £1.50 is made for guests.

 

Next Events 

 

 "Cordite, Castrol R and 2012 Olympics" - David Butler Mon 8th Jan 2018 14.15 for 14.30 hrs  Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham  
 "Cordite, Castrol R and 2012 Olympics" - David Butler  Thu 18 Jan 2018 14.15 for 14.30 hrs  Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham  
"The Light Ages" - Paul Ranford Mon 12 Feb 2018 14.15 for 14.30 hrs Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham 
"The Light Ages" - Paul Ranford Thu 15 Feb 2018 14.15 for 14.30 hrs Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham 
"Tales of a Scotland Yard Detective" by Steve Roberts Mon 12 Mar 2018 14.15 for 14.30 hrs Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham 
"Tales of a Scotland Yard Detective" by Steve Roberts Thu 15 Mar 2018 14.15 for 14.30 hrs Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members Notices 

 

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.
He forced rule changes for the disabled in motor racing both Nationally & Internationally.
David was awarded an MBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List for years of service to Disability Sport  and was also an Olympic torch bearer and took part in the Paralympic Opening Ceremony.
You will hear how he coped with challenges in life and business with determination and a sense of humour

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

Steve Roberts, a former Detective Inspector with the Metropolitan Police, will give us 'Tales of a Scotland Yard Detective". 

Starting out "on the beat" in the East End of London - once the home of the likes of Jack the Ripper and the Kray twins but now uber-trendy - Steve soon became a detective, making his way to the Flying Squad, which brought him into contact with professional, hardened armed robbers.

During his 30 years service, he worked at various locations  and at New Scotland Yard on a number of specialist investigation units, including service in the Flying Squad and the Kidnap and Specialist Investigation Unit.

Steve can tell many stories of investigations and arrests as well as some insights into the criminal mind. 

 

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 8th Jan 2018 Elaine Parkes Geoff Parkes

Tony Barker

Elaine Parkes

Thursday 18th Jan 2018 Neil Dury Richard Pipe

Richard Pipe

Chris Collins

Monday 12th Feb 2018 Mary Paterson  Roger Rickard

Mike Darnell

Chris Collins

Thursday 15th Feb 2018 Elaine Parkes Geoff Parkes

Geof Collins

Elaine Parkes

Monday 12th Mar 2018 Elaine Parkes Geoff Parkes

Malcolm White & Jerry Michell

Elaine Parkes

Thursday 15th Mar 2018 Angela Hart Richard Pipe

Richard Pipe

Chris Collins

Monday 9th Apr 2018 Angela Hart Roger Rickard

Tony Barker

Chris Collins

Thursday 19th Apr 2018 Elaine Parkes Geoff Parkes

Christine & Keith Wheeler-Cherry

Elaine Parkes

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 speakers@haddenhamu3a.co.uk

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 liaison@haddenhamu3a.co.uk