Local U3A Networks


Chinnor, Haddenham, Thame and Ridgeway (CHATTR)

The Haddenham U3A is linked in a local grouping with Chinnor, Thame and District, Greater Thame and Ridgeway U3As, collectively called CHATTR, which arranges some combined meetings.

The Chairmen of the local U3As, CHATTR, decided that these U3As are too far away from the Thames to get involved in the TVN Riverside Project but that if a similar project could be undertaken for the local River Thame this would complement the main project.

The Aims of the project:

1 - To find out more about our local river, the Thame, the brooks and streams that flow into it, and the history and points of interest of the area.

2 - To organise walks, both short and long, based around the River Thame and its feeder streams, with information on places of interest.

3 - To get volunteers from the 5 U3A’s working together.

4 - To make a presentation on the River Thame, its streams and surrounding area

 The project is being co-ordinated by Rob Byles of Thame & District U3A If you are interested in getting involved please contact Rod on 01844 213420 or pam6768rod@btinternet.com



Thames Valley U3A Network (TVN)

The Thames Valley U3A Network is an umbrella organisation for 39 U3A groups in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.  Its role is to:

  • organise and run conferences, lectures, seminars, courses;
  • publish books, pamphlets, reports, leaflets, journals, instructional matter and to produce films and videos;
  • participate in and assist in the development of neighbourhood and networked groupings of U3As.

During 2011, the TVN Riverside project is running a series of events led by different member U3As around the general theme of the Thames Riverside. A copy of the latest newsletter of this project can be downloaded from here. A copy of the full Riverside Project Diary can be accessed here.

 Further information about the Thames Valley Network, its annual programme, events and publications can be found on its website at  www.u3atvnetwork.org.uk  


South Eastern Region (SER)

There are some events run by the South East Region which contains 148 U3As, and there are national events under the auspices of The Third Age Trust which covers over 700 U3As with a total membership exceeding 208,000. 

The website for the South East Region may be accessed by clicking here


Network Events

TVN Study Day - Photography

1 Mar 2018

Benson Parish Hall, Benson, Oxon OX10 6LZ 



TVN Study Group - The Work of William Morris

10 May 2018 Kelmscott House, Kelmscott, Lechlade
Glos. GL7 3HJ


TVN Study Day - The History of the Thames

late May / early June 2018 Crowmarsh Gifford  

SE Forum - Summer School 2018

18 - 21 Jun 2018

Chichester University 



Application Form 

TVN Study Day - Polar Exploration

September 2018    

TVN Study Day - Website Building with WordPress

17 Oct 2018 Benson Parish Hall, Benson, Oxon OX10 6LZ  

TVN Study Day - Medicine and Art

November 2018    



Network Notices


SE FORUM U3A SUMMER SCHOOL 2018 -   Chichester University 18 -21 JUNE 2018

The Summer School for 2018 will consist of 13 courses as listed below. The School runs from Monday afternoon until lunch-time on Thursday. There will be a short seminar late on Monday afternoon when you will meet your tutor and fellow students and then three morning seminars and two afternoon seminars. Entertainment will be arranged for the three evenings including the choice of a theatre trip (extra charge) or a film, a quiz and a musical evening. There will also be a drinks reception. Further details of the courses will be provided by your tutor nearer the date.


  • Bridge Refresher Course Tutor : Bryan Stephens
  • Culture & Rituals Tutor – Bernard Smale
  • Knitting Tutor – Penny Ryan
  • Life Story Tutors – Bernard & Teresa Hall
  • Mah Jong Tutor - Ann Barlow
  • Music – “Jazz – The Sound of Surprise” Tutor – Mike Head
  • Maths - The Joy of Maths. Tutor - Roger Luther
  • Painting - Discovering Techniques in Water Colour Painting. Tutor – Janet Blight
  • Pagham, Parham and a Palace With Ann Wickenden & Isabel Baker
  • Portrayal of People, Events & Nature Tutor – Margaret Nicholle
  • Psychology – A Sense of Well-being Tutor – Anne Dale
  • Ukulele Tutor – Dawn Simpson
  • Walking With Roger Sugden


Contacts: Helen Turner 01622 817264 turnhelen@gmail.com

                Isabel Baker 01293 618685 isabelbkr@virginmedia.com

                Arthur Browne 01293 771794 a.browne693@btinternet.com