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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


"A Number of Parliamentary Scandals surely not!"

by Colin Oakes 

Mon 11 Jun 2018  Haddenham Youth & Community Centre, Woodways 

 "A Number of Parliamentary Scandals surely not!"

by Colin Oakes

Thu 21 Jun 2018  Haddenham Youth & Community Centre, Woodways  
"The dose: from test tube to patient" by David Impey  Mon 9 Jul 2018  Haddenham Youth & Community Centre, Woodways 
 "The dose: from test tube to patient" by David Impey Thu 19 Jul 2018  Haddenham Youth & Community 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 

Visit to RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 5 Jul 2018

Coach leaves Haddenham Village Hall at 09.00 hrs

(please note changed departure time)

"Birdsong" at Oxford Playhouse 19 Jul 2018 Make your own travel arrangements 
"Sweet Charity" at Watermill Theatre, nr Newbury 23 Aug 2018

Minibus leaves Haddenham Village Hall at 13.00 hrs








Notices for Members

Group Leaders Wanted

Ray Price has stepped down as Group Leader for the Sunday Lunch Group. Sincere thanks go to Ray for setting this group up and for organising many successful and enjoyable lunches. We now need someone to step in and take over from Ray. Can you help?
To date the lunch has been held on the 4th Sunday of the month but if it would help and subject to agreement by the group members, we could make it every other month. We already have a Friday lunch group that meets two-monthly so we could look to fitting the Sunday group in the alternative months. Of course this does depend of members’ wishes.
The second group we need to find a leader for is Discussion Group 2. Sadly this vacancy arises following the recent death of John Holloway. Our thoughts go to Vivienne and his family. The group meets monthly on the second Tuesday morning.
If you think you would be prepared to take on either of these groups please get in touch with me, Theresa Smith, by emailing me at groups@haddenhamu3a.co.uk or on 01296 747893.

Administering the website and newsletter

As it is now nine and a half years that I have run the U3A's website and edited the newsletter, I have decided that it is time for someone else to take over this role within Haddenham U3A.

If you fancy doing either or both jobs, please speak to the Chairman, Sally, or any other committee member.

I will be quite happy to discuss what is involved in these jobs, although I am conscious that delivering a website doesn't necessarily need to be done in the same manner that I have used. Give me a ring or drop me an email.

Roger Rickard   on 01844 291613 or RARickard@aol.com

Chairman's Thoughts - May - June 2018

Hello everyone

I would like to say a huge thank you to all the members who have already returned their Subscription Renewal Forms. We have already received 320 correctly completed forms with another 50 or so which have some sort of problem such as no signature. Chris will be contacting all these people so that they can finish completing their form. Nevertheless this is very impressive and we are very grateful to you all. We look forward to receiving the final few forms and subscriptions!

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the AGM on Monday May 14th. Please remember that the meeting will be starting earlier than usual, 2.00 for 2.15 and that the venue is St Mary’s Church. You will all be aware that parking around the Church is limited so please do try to share cars or walk if that is possible. The AGM will be short and will be followed by our usual meeting with the excellent speaker, Jonathan Jones talking about Charles Dickens and his Public Readings. The afternoon will be rounded off with tea and cake.

U3A National Office now sends out a monthly Newsletter which gives information about all the events organised by TAT, as well as what is happening throughout the country. If you like to attend events like the Royal Institution Lectures it would be a good idea to sign up for the Newsletter as you get advance notice of all events, just log on to u3a.org.uk/email.  

It does seem very odd to be writing my final ‘Thoughts’ for the Newsletter. The last four years have been very enjoyable (most of the time!) and very rewarding. Membership has substantially increased and reached the dizzy heights of 414 members last year. Lots of changes have taken place while I have been Chairman. The permanent AV system in HYCC has made preparing the hall for General Meetings much more straightforward. The days of setting up our own projector and our own sound system are now just a distant memory. Do you remember the old, uncomfortable chairs? We were very glad to see those go! I have tried to ensure that we play our part within the community and as part of this we made contributions to the purchase of both the AV system and the chairs. We also made a contribution to the new notice boards around the village. In addition, I felt that as one of the largest organisations in the village we should be represented at the annual Remembrance Day Service. I have therefore laid a wreath on your behalf for the last two years. Your data is now kept much more securely on our membership database, replacing the old Excel spreadsheet. This means that we can easily produce documents like the Subscription Renewal Letters and Membership Cards. By the way we will be producing new membership cards once most of the subscriptions have been received.

Chris Collins and I were co-opted on to the committee at the same time in 2012. I soon took on the role of Vice Chairman and later Chris became Membership Secretary. Since then the committee has changed completely. I would like to thank everyone who has served with me during my 4 years as Chairman. I could not have asked for a more supportive committee. I wish Sally and the committee all the very best for the future.

With very 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.

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.

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

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: Sally Lajalati Tel: 01844 875292 Email: chairman@haddenhamu3a.co.uk