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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


"What Music Has Meant to Me" - James Mitchell Mon 14 Aug 2017 Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham
"What Music Has Meant to Me" - James Mitchell Thu 17 Aug 2017 Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham
"Garden Hunting in China" - Timothy Walker Mon 11 Sep 2017 Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham 
"Garden Hunting in China" - Timothy Walker Thu 21 Sep 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 

Visit to Frogmore House and Windsor Duck Tour 9 Aug 2017 Coach leaves Haddenham Village Hall at 08.30 hrs
Visit to Stratfield Saye House & Gardens 6 Sep 2017 Coach leaves Haddenham Village Hall at 09.00 hrs
 Thenford Arboretum & Gardens 21 Oct 2017  Coach leaves Haddenham Village Hall at 13.00 hrs 








Notices for Members

Chairman's Thoughts - July - August 2017

It was wonderful to see so many of you at the AGM in May. 164 members attended the meeting, which is about 41% of the total membership, so we were well over our 20% quorum! I would like to welcome David Ackroyd as our new Treasurer. I was very pleased when David agreed to stand as he was recommended by a number of people, who have experience of his efficiency as treasurer of other organisations. I would also like to say a very sincere thank you to Kevin Nash, who stood down as Treasurer after six years. We appreciated his efficiency and good husbandry and we shall miss his sense of humour on the committee. As he now has some spare time (!) Kevin has taken over as Leader of the Technical Interest Group. I would like to thank Jerry Michell for being the caretaker leader of TIG over the past year. He has done an excellent job. Unfortunately we had no nominations for Vice Chairman or Chairman. In the interests of continuity I have agreed to continue as chairman for one more year. We have been without a Vice-Chairman for eighteen months and it is now imperative that someone comes forward to take on this role with a view to standing as Chairman next May. There is a notice below about the vacancy which includes my contact details. Please consider whether you could take on this role, perhaps if you are newly retired and would like a new challenge.

When you think about the benefits of being a member of U3A it is usually the Speaker Meetings, Outings and 30+ Interest Groups which first come to mind, not to mention the health benefits of staying active, continued learning and having regular contact with other people. However there also some practical benefits such as the Legal Helpline. The service is provided by Arc Legal Assistance in partnership with Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, telephone number 0344 770 1040 and you should quote U3A Legal Helpline.

If our 34 Interest Groups do not provide sufficient choice for you, it is also possible to join the Interest Groups of other local U3As, as long as the groups have vacancies. Many of you will be aware that we share some of our Interest groups such as Earth Matters and Digital Photography with other U3As in CHaTTR (Chinnor, Haddenham, Thame and District, Greater Thame and Ridgeway). If one of these U3As has a group which you think you might like to join then simply contact the Chairman of the relevant U3A or the Group Leader. All the other U3As have their own websites.

We had excellent speakers in May and June. Both Bill Hamilton and Malcolm Nelson were highly amusing whilst also covering some very serious topics. In July we can look forward to John Tyler talking about Komodo Dragons and in August to James Mitchell talking about how his life has been influenced by music and also performing for us.

Please note that there are two General Meetings in August this year. Parking will be much easier as we will be able to use the school playground. We also hope that many Interest Groups will meet during August as so many of our members do not go on holiday during the school holidays.


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 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


 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