Local U3A Networks


Chinnor, Haddenham, Thame and Ridgeway (CHATTR)

The Haddenham U3A is linked in a local grouping with Chinnor, Thame and District, Greater Thame and Ridgeway U3As, collectively called CHATTR, which arranges some combined meetings.

The Chairmen of the local U3As, CHATTR, decided that these U3As are too far away from the Thames to get involved in the TVN Riverside Project but that if a similar project could be undertaken for the local River Thame this would complement the main project.

The Aims of the project:

1 - To find out more about our local river, the Thame, the brooks and streams that flow into it, and the history and points of interest of the area.

2 - To organise walks, both short and long, based around the River Thame and its feeder streams, with information on places of interest.

3 - To get volunteers from the 5 U3A’s working together.

4 - To make a presentation on the River Thame, its streams and surrounding area

 The project is being co-ordinated by Rob Byles of Thame & District U3A If you are interested in getting involved please contact Rod on 01844 213420 or pam6768rod@btinternet.com



Thames Valley U3A Network (TVN)

The Thames Valley U3A Network is an umbrella organisation for 39 U3A groups in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.  Its role is to:

  • organise and run conferences, lectures, seminars, courses;
  • publish books, pamphlets, reports, leaflets, journals, instructional matter and to produce films and videos;
  • participate in and assist in the development of neighbourhood and networked groupings of U3As.

 Further information about the Thames Valley Network, its annual programme, events and publications can be found on its website at  www.u3atvnetwork.org.uk  


South Eastern Region (SER)

There are some events run by the South East Region which contains 148 U3As, and there are national events under the auspices of The Third Age Trust which covers over 700 U3As with a total membership exceeding 208,000. 

The website for the South East Region may be accessed by clicking here


Network Events

TVN Study Day - The Work of William Morris

10 May 2018 Kelmscott House, Kelmscott, Lechlade
Glos. GL7 3HJ


Application form 

Waiting List

TVN Study Day - Photography

Rerun of a popular day

17 May 2018 Benson Parish Hall, Benson, Oxon OX10 6LZ 


Application Form 

Waiting List

SE Forum - Summer School 2018

18 - 21 Jun 2018

Chichester University 



Application Form 

TVN Study Day - The Drama of Dunkirk

19 Jun 2018

The River and Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1BF


Application Form

Waiting List

TVN Study Day - Polar Exploration

4 Sep 2018 Benson Parish Hall, Benson, Oxon OX10 6LZ   

TVN Study Day - Website Building with WordPress

17 Oct 2018 Benson Parish Hall, Benson, Oxon OX10 6LZ  

TVN Study Day - Medicine and Art

1 Nov 2018  Benson Parish Hall, Benson, Oxon OX10 6LZ  



Network Notices

 17th May 2018 - TVN Study Day "Inspiring Photography"

Our study day aims to inspire you to improve the composition of your photographs whether you are using the camera on your phone or a top of the
range Digital Single Lens Reflex. The talks will focus on recognising the best photos to take and how to capture them, then what you can do with those

Nigel Spencer
Nigel is a widely-travelled specialist wildlife photographer. This keen interest in nature grew from observing the birds in his garden along with the wildlife he
encountered whilst mountain walking. His desire to capture these memories led to his photography of nature's magnificence including its plants, birds and
animals in some of the most challenging of environments. These include penguins in the Falkland Islands, polar bears in Churchill and the Northern Lights, high above the
Arctic Circle.

Alex Barrett
Alex Barrett is an independent filmmaker, photographer and critic based in London. His latest film, London Symphony, was released in September 2017, and
an exhibition of his photographs from the project runs at Southwark Cathedral from 10th February - 2nd March 2018

The Study Day programme

10.00 Arrive. Registration. Coffee
10:30 Introduction
10:45 Wildlife photography - Nigel Spencer
12.45 Lunch
13.45 “London Symphony” and photographing the city– Alex Barrett
15.45 More Inspiration from the internet – Mike Price
16.00 Close
There will be a 15 minute break in the middle of both presentations

The Study Day Fee is £14.00. This includes participation in the full programme plus coffee/tea on arrival. Lunch is also included as there are few options close to the venue. Please advise if you have any special dietary requirements.

Further information can be obtained from : Mike Price, Tel 01844 208637 email: mmpri12@gmail.com

10 May 2018 - Kelmscott Manor - the Work of William Morris

Kelmscott Manor is a limestone manor in the Cotswold village of Kelmscott, near Lechlade. It dates from around 1570, with a late 17th-century wing, and is Grade I listed. .It is probably the most evocative of all the houses associated with Morris and contains an outstanding collection of the possessions and works of Morris, his family and his Arts & Crafts associates, including furniture, original textiles, pictures, carpets, ceramics and metalwork.

The study day will take the form of lectures and a guided tour of the house, garden and the village. The plenary speaker will be Dr. Kathy Haslam, curator and specialist in Morris and the Arts & Crafts Movement. She has held curatorial posts at many prestigious museums before she took up her post at Kelmscott.

SE FORUM U3A SUMMER SCHOOL 2018 -   Chichester University 18 -21 JUNE 2018

The Summer School for 2018 will consist of 13 courses as listed below. The School runs from Monday afternoon until lunch-time on Thursday. There will be a short seminar late on Monday afternoon when you will meet your tutor and fellow students and then three morning seminars and two afternoon seminars. Entertainment will be arranged for the three evenings including the choice of a theatre trip (extra charge) or a film, a quiz and a musical evening. There will also be a drinks reception. Further details of the courses will be provided by your tutor nearer the date.


  • Bridge Refresher Course Tutor : Bryan Stephens
  • Culture & Rituals Tutor – Bernard Smale
  • Knitting Tutor – Penny Ryan
  • Life Story Tutors – Bernard & Teresa Hall
  • Mah Jong Tutor - Ann Barlow
  • Music – “Jazz – The Sound of Surprise” Tutor – Mike Head
  • Maths - The Joy of Maths. Tutor - Roger Luther
  • Painting - Discovering Techniques in Water Colour Painting. Tutor – Janet Blight
  • Pagham, Parham and a Palace With Ann Wickenden & Isabel Baker
  • Portrayal of People, Events & Nature Tutor – Margaret Nicholle
  • Psychology – A Sense of Well-being Tutor – Anne Dale
  • Ukulele Tutor – Dawn Simpson
  • Walking With Roger Sugden


Contacts: Helen Turner 01622 817264 turnhelen@gmail.com

                Isabel Baker 01293 618685 isabelbkr@virginmedia.com

                Arthur Browne 01293 771794 a.browne693@btinternet.com

19 June 2018 - TVN Study Day - The Drama of Dunkirk

This event takes place in the stunning setting of the Thames Room of the River and Rowing Museum, Henley, looking out across the river.

 The intention of the study day is to further our understanding of one of the most important operations of the 2nd World War – the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force under the constant bombardment of the German guns. We are very fortunate in our panel of knowledgeable and enthusiastic speakers who will lead us through the day.  


10:00 Registration and Refreshments
10:30 Introduction – Patsy Thornton
10:40 The Dunkirk Fleet – John Tough
11:30 “Tom Tit” – John Hayes
11:45 BREAK
12:00 Dunkirk – Defeat, Debacle, Decision or Defiance? – Paul Evans
12:40 “The Devon Belle” – Tim Deaton
13:00 Lunch
14:45 Forgotten Voices of Dunkirk” – WU3A Military History Group
16:00 CLOSE