General Meetings

 

 

General meetings of the Haddenham U3A take place on the second working Monday AND third Thursday of each month (except August) at 2.15 for 2.30pm start. There are two meetings each month to accommodate the number of U3A members who wish to attend. Members can attaned either a Monday or Thursday meeting as they wish.The meetings take place at

 

Youth & Community Centre

Woodways

Haddenham HP17 8DS                   

The centre is situated to the right of Haddenham Junior School, and there is a car park opposite.

Invited guests speak on a wide variety of topics of general interest. In these meetings we try to enable an increased awareness of our locality and our world and culture with a balanced programme to meet U3A aims. Each speaker is invited to give his/her talk to BOTH the Monday and the Thursday meeting, so all members will have a chance to hear them.

We hope you will enjoy our meetings and learn something new. These sessions usually last for an hour and a half, including time to socialise with a cup of tea.

Once per year, usually in May, the U3A holds its Annual General Meeting at the MONDAY meeting. The Chairman's address is repeated at the Thursday meeting, but if U3A members wish to debate and vote on any substantive issues, they should attend the full AGM at the Monday meeting. The minutes of past AGMs can be found on the Annual General Meetings page of this site (click here). Immediately prior to the AGM itself the papers are also published on that page.

 

Costs

General meetings are free to members of Haddenham U3A. A charge of £1.50 is made for guests.

 

Next Events 

 

"A Number of Parliamentary Scandals surely not!" by Colin Oakes  Mon 11 Jun 2018 14.15 for 14.30 hrs Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham  
"A Number of Parliamentary Scandals surely not!" by Colin Oakes  Thu 21 Jun 2018 14.15 for 14.30 hrs Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham 
"The dose: from test tube to patient" by David Impey Mon 9 Jul 2018 14.15 for 14.30 hrs Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham 
""The dose: from test tube to patient" by David Impey Thu 19 Jul 2018 14.15 for 14.30 hrs Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham 
"The History of Pinewood Studios" by Mike Payne Mon 13 Aug 218 14.15 for 14.30 hrs Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham 
"The History of Pinewood Studios" by Mike Payne Thu 16 Aug 2018 14.15 for 14.30 hrs Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham 
"Bagels & Bacon; a Jewish childhood in the East End" by Jeff Rozelaar Mon 10 Sep 2018 14.15 for 14.30 hrs Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham 
"Bagels & Bacon; a Jewish childhood in the East End" by Jeff Rozelaar Thu 20 Sep 2018 14.15 for 14.30 hrs Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham 
"Everest Ascent from Tibet" by Peter Ellis Mon 8 Oct 2018 14.15 for 14.30 hrs Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham 
"Everest Ascent from Tibet" by Peter Ellis Thu 18 Oct 2018 14.15 for 14.30 hrs Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham 
"The Incredible World of the Honey Bee" by Steve Moll Mon 12 Nov 2018 14.15 for 14.30 hrs Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham  
"The Incredible World of the Honey Bee" by Steve Moll Thu 15 Nov 2018 14.15 for 14.30 hrs Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham 
"Christmas Entertainment" tba Mon 10 Dec 2018 14.15 for 14.30 hrs Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham 
 "The Curious Disappearance of Major Glenn Miller" by Tony Eaton

Mon 14 Jan 2019

14.15 for 14.30 hrs Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham 
 "The Curious Disappearance of Major Glenn Miller" by Tony Eaton Thu 17 Jan 2019 14.15 for 14.30 hrs Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham 
"What does a TV graphic designer do?" by Christine Green Mon 11 Feb 2019 14.15 for 14.30 hrs Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham 
"What does a TV graphic designer do?" by Christine Green Thu 21 Feb 2019 14.15 for 14.30 hrs Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham 
"The Future; Robotics and Artificial Intelligence" by Oxford Brookes University Mon 11 Mar 2019 14.15 for 14.30 hrs Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham 
"The Future; Robotics and Artificial Intelligence" by Oxford Brookes University  Thu 21 Mar 2019 14.15 for 14.30 hrs Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members Notices 

Monday 11th and Thursday 21st June 2018 – "A Number of Parliamentary Scandals surely not!" by Colin Oakes 

The talk takes a light and humorous look at the problems M.P's have got into over the last 400 years. Far from being a recent event our parliamentary representatives have found themselves in trouble over financial, sexual and political events of both their own and others doing since long ago. We will look at how some got out of their situations, whilst others have paid the ultimate price for their indiscretions. Whether in the House of Commons or "the other place" Liberal, Tory or Labour members problems will be observed.

Monday 9th and Thursday 19th July 2018 – "The Dose; from test tube to patient" by David Impey

Haddenham villager David Impey will talk about his knowledge of how pharmaceuticals get from test tube to the market, giving some case studies and explaining how they are carried out. He can tell how Viagra was ‘found’.

David originally graduated in Chemistry and, afterwards, worked in high-tech industry in marketing and communications; in addition, did a few spells working in advertising.

Because of the high-tech nature of the sectors in which he worked, a key part of hius job was explaining scientific concepts to the wider world. In that regard, helped write campaigns which aimed at demystifying supposedly obscure areas of science that affect everybody on a day-to-day basis.

David is also a writer both non-fiction and fiction with the very recent publication of

His first novel, The October Men, described as a well crafted thriller full of surprises.

Monday 13th and Thursday 16th August 2018 – "The History of Pinewood Studios" by Mike Payne

The History of Pinewood Studios – This is a fascinating look at the origins of one of Buckinghamshire’s most famous sites, and the rollercoaster development of the studios over the past 80 years since it was built in 1936.  It features many famous faces and some personal memories of the stars and personalities that have worked there.  And of course, the films made at Pinewood, from the very first one to the latest blockbusters and everything in between.  The past, present and future of one of Buckinghamshire's biggest assets is highlighted with a passion that stems from a lifetime of interest.

Monday 10th and Thursday 20th September 2018 – "Bagels & Bacon; a Jewish childhood in the East End" by Jeff Rozelaar 

Bagels & Bacon is an autobiographical account of growing up in the Post War East End.  The book, upon which the talk is based, was described by Fern Britton as “A hugely entertaining book …. A great sudsy wallow in the 1950’s”. The delivery is a lively and entertaining mixture of Jewish and cockney humour.

 Monday 8th and Thursday 18th October 2018 - "Everest Ascent from Tibet" by Peter Ellis

Peter is one of about 400 people who are Seven Summiteers - those who have climbed to the highest point of each of the seven continents. This talk 
is about the final stage, climbing to the top of Everest.

 Monday 12th and Thursday 15th November 2018 - "The Incredible World of the Honey Bee" by Steve Moll

In this wide ranging talk, Steve Moll of Brightwell Bees, will explore many attributes of the honey bee which has earned this captivating insect the accolade of being a ‘superorganism’ From the eyes of a beekeeper we will follow the activities of a bee colony through the calendar year; looking at how the colony survives winter, their sophisticated methods of communication, and why they swarm. Many fascinating facts about this incredible insect will be uncovered - did you know that bees gather nectar from two million flowers to produce a jar of honey! On a more sombre note we will look at some of the pest and disease challenges facing honeybee colonies throughout the world. The photos were taken by his wife Vivien. 

 Monday 10th December 2018 - "Christmas Entertainment"

to be announced

Monday 14th and Thursday 17th January 2019 – "The Curious Disappearance of Major Glenn Miller" by Tony Eaton

The chief leisure interest of Tony Eaton is the music of the “Big Band Era”, especially that of Glenn Miller who brought his all-star American orchestra to Britain in 1944. His speciality has been unravelling the mystery of the famous bandleader’s disappearance en route to Paris in 1944.

Monday 11th and Thursday 21st February 2019 - "What does a TV graphic designer do?" by Christine Green 

Christine was a graphic designer for the BBC for 13 years and worked on shows as diverse as the Queen's Christmas Speech, Our Friends in the North, Tracey Beaker and, once she had gone free lance, on Foyles War.  Christine has numerous show reels, story boards and art works to show and. was BAFTA nominated for her work on Cambridge Spies

Monday 11th and Thursday 21st March 2018 - "The Future; Robotics and Artificial Intelligence" by Oxford Brookes University

{Speaker to be advised later as students come and go!}

 

Rota for General Meetings

 In order to ensure that the General Meetings proceed in an orderly fashion, a rota of members who are prepared to help with the preparation of the meetings has been established.

 

Meeting Date Leader PA + Projection System Chairs Layout Key Holder
 Monday 11 June Angela Hart  Roger Rickard  Mike Darnell & Jerry Michell 

Chris Collins

Thursday 21 June Neil Dury Richard Pipe David Gregory & Geof Collins

Neil Dury

Monday 9 July Sally Lajalati Roger Rickard  Tony Barker

Sally Lajalati

Thursday 19 July Mary Paterson Richard Pipe Derek Holland & Jerry Michell

Mary Paterson

Monday 13 August Angela Hart Roger Rickard  Mike Darnell

Angela Hart

Thursday 16 August Neil Dury Richard Pipe Christine & Keith Wheeler-Cherry

Neil Dury

       Please set out chairs between 1.30pm, when hall is opened, and 1.50pm in time for first members to arrive.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joining the Group 

The general meetings are open to all members of Haddenham U3A.

Angela Hart, on behalf of the U3A Committee, organises the speaker programme. If you have any suggestions of good speakers who would be suitable for the U3A General Meetings, please contact Angela on 01844 292070 or speakers@haddenhamu3a.co.uk

The committee organises the rota of volunteers for the preparation of the venue. If you would be prepared to assist, please contact Jerry Michell on 01844 290595 or liaison@haddenhamu3a.co.uk