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Haddenham U3A provides access to the best local leisure, recreational and educational facilities for retired and semi-retired people

U3A Committee

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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


Members Entertainment  Mon 11 Dec 2017  Haddenham  Village Hall
No Thursday meeting in December    
"Cordite, Castrol R and 2012 Olympics" - David Butler  Mon 8 Jan 2018  Haddenham Youth & Commuity Centre, Woodways 
 "Cordite, Castrol R and 2012 Olympics" - David Butler Thu 18 Jan 2018  Haddenham Youth & Commuity Centre, Woodways  








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 

 Richmond Poppy Factory 20 Nov 2017  Coach leaves Haddenham Village Hall at 11.45 hrs  
Christmas Carols at Dorchester Abbey 13 Dec 2017 Coach leaves Haddenham Village Hall at 16.15 hrs 
Houses of Parliament 15 Jan 2018 Coach leaves Haddenham Village Hall at 09.30 hrs





Notices for Members

Chairman's Thoughts - November - December 2017

Hello everyone

I would like to tell you about a recent change on the committee. Peter Wenham has decided to step down from the position of Secretary. Our U3A owes a huge debt of gratitude to Peter for all his hard work helping to run the organisation. In 2000 Rosemary Cashmore, our founder, wrote a short article about the U3A movement for the Bucks Herald. She also spread the word in Haddenham and the surrounding area to try to elicit interest. Peter contacted Rosemary offering to help. They met for lunch and she persuaded him to join the Steering Committee as Acting Chairman. The rest as they say is history. Peter, as the first Chairman, nurtured the fledgling group to set the strong foundations which have allowed it to flourish over the years to become today the largest organisation in Haddenham. He continued his sterling work by becoming Secretary in 2011. His positive attitude and good humour has made his contribution to our U3A invaluable. He will be sadly missed as a member of the committee. However we know that he will continue to be an active member of our U3A for many years to come. We give him our heartfelt thanks and wish him a happy ‘retirement’.

Whilst thanking Peter we must also thank his hard working ‘PA’, Angela. Throughout Peter’s time as Chairman and Secretary Angela has dealt with all his email correspondence, as well as typing up agendas and minutes. We are very grateful to Angela, as she did this work as well as being Membership Secretary for many years, organising the annual Walking Holiday, running the Friday Lunch Group and being an active member of many groups.

I am very pleased to say that Tony Barker has very kindly volunteered to take on the role of Secretary. He is very well organised and I know that he will carry out this job with the utmost efficiency and good humour. I look forward to working with him on the committee.

One of the reasons Peter decided to step down at this time is so that in May next year we do not have two officers leaving the committee at the same time. As you know I shall be stepping down as chairman then and we still have not managed to find anyone to take the post of vice chairman with a view to taking over as chairman next year. Please do consider whether you could take on this role or whether you know another member who would be able to take on the role but may be hiding their talents! Do contact me if you would like to find out exactly what is involved.

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

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

Small Map

Youth and Community Centre, Woodways
HP17 8DS

Chairman: Elaine Parkes Tel: 01844 292184 Email: chairman@haddenhamu3a.co.uk