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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

Speaker Date


"Up the Mountain- But not Over the Hill!" by Janette Taylor Mon 9 Apr 2018 Haddenham Youth & Community Centre, Woodways 
"Up the Mountain- But not Over the Hill!" by Janette Taylor Thu 19 Apr 2018 Haddenham Youth & Community Centre, Woodways 
 AGM +

"Charles Dickens; His Public Readings" by Jonathan Jones

Mon 14 May 2018

NOTE: venue for this meeting only

St Mary's Church, 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 

"The Moderate Soprano" at Duke of York's Theatre, London (Theatre Group) 3 May 2018 Coach leaves Haddenham Village Hall at 12.00 hrs
Visit to Rousham House & Gardens 22 May 2018 Coach leaves Haddenham Village Hall at 13.00 hrs
"The Best Man" at The Playhouse Theatre, London (Theatre Group) 24 May 2018  Coach leaves Haddenham Vllage Hall at 12.30 hrs 
Visit to RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 5 Jul 2018 Coach leaves Haddenham Village Hall at 09.30 hrs










Notices for Members

Annual General Meeting - Monday 14 May 2018

Please go to the AGM page to read or downlosd the papers for this year's Annual General Meeting

Chairman's Thoughts - March - April 2018

Hello everyone

Hilary Skipsey, after many years as Leader of the Theatre Group, has decided to step down at the end of February. I am extremely grateful to Hilary for all her hard work. She truly embodies the ethos of U3A. Over the years Hilary has held a number of different roles on the committee. When she stepped down from the committee she still continued to lead the Theatre Group and to help to distribute the paper newsletters. She thoroughly deserves a rest! Could you take over from Hilary? Do you like visiting the theatre? Hilary says that it is not an arduous role and she will pass on the details of all her contacts. Please think about it, we do not want to close this group.

Eileen Monks has decided to step down as Leader/Liaison for the Computer Group which is based at Chinnor U3A. I am very grateful to Eileen for efficiently performing this role for so many years. She also deserves a rest. Eileen will step down at the end of March and I am very pleased to say that she has managed to find a successor! Thank you very much to Angus Mylles for agreeing to take on this position.

As many of you already know members of the committee have been working hard over the last two months to ensure that our U3A complies with the new General Data Protection Regulations. I would particularly like to thank David Ackroyd, Tony Barker and Chris Collins for helping me to draft a Data Protection Policy, a Privacy Policy and a new Application Form. At the risk of boring you all, (and believe me I have read and heard enough about GDPR to last me a lifetime!) I do need to ensure that all members are aware of the implications of the changes. Once the regulations come into force we need to have your explicit consent to store your data. In order to achieve this we will be issuing personalised membership renewal forms. This will also give you the opportunity to check that the information which we hold is correct. We shall be giving out the renewal forms at the General Meetings in March and we will be encouraging you to sign the forms and return them at the end of the meeting. The rest of the forms will be delivered either by hand or post. Please help us by returning the forms promptly. The Data Protection Policy and Privacy Policy are available for you to read on our website. If you normally receive a paper newsletter then you will be given paper copies of the two policies when you renew your membership.

Another consequence of GDPR is that we can no longer hold ICE details on our database. All the information which we collected from you has now been deleted. Instead we are giving out ICE cards for you to keep with you and we would like you to have them with you whenever you are at a U3A event. It is particularly important that the members of the more ‘active’ groups such as walking and cycling have their ICE cards with them. In any case it is a good idea to have the card with you at all times, as it is designed to be useful to the Emergency Services. If you have not yet been given a card, do not worry. Group Leaders will have cards, they will also be available at General Meetings and on outings.

The new Data Protection Regulations should not cause you any concern. The changes are intended to ensure that all organisations (not just U3As) keep our personal information securely.

Best wishes


Click here to access the latest Haddenham U3A Newsletter

Interested in Yoga?

Hayley Napier, a local yoga teacher, has been in touch with me to find out if there is interest in our U3A for a yoga class. Hayley is experienced with all age groups and would tailor the class to suit the members. Before Hayley goes into details about finding a location and working out cost I would like to know if there is any interest.  Hayley would try to find a local venue and the cost would be around £8 a session with a discount for anyone who signs up for six classes. Hayley said that she would need about 10 people a session to make it viable.
If you are interested please let me know as soon as possible and if there is interest we may be able to start in the New Year.
Theresa Smith, Group Co-ordinator   01296 747893 or groups@haddenhamu3a.co.uk

U3A Bank Accounts

From April 1st new Charity Commission rules require us to merge our main bank account and our Outings account. Thus from that date you will pay money into the main account whether you are paying your membership subscription or paying for outings.

Sad News

I am sorry to have to tell you that Rosemary Cashmore died peacefully in Chilton House last Friday afternoon. Rosemary was the driving force behind the founding of our U3A. She was a very determined lady, always positive and with great energy. She was an excellent organiser. She set up the initial Steering Committee and recruited Peter Wenham as Acting Chairman. Peter went on to be the first Chairman but Rosemary also found a suitable candidate as the second chairman. She held the position of Secretary for a time. Rosemary was made an Honorary member of our U3A and still regularly received our Newsletters.


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 385.029 members in 1010 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

 Film Club

 French Conversation

Friday Lunch


German Conversation


 Local History

Mah Jong

 Music Appreciation


Out with Friends

  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