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 - Website Building with WordPress

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


Application form 

TVN Study Day - Medicine and Art

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


Application form 

TVN Workshop - How to be a Happy and Successful Convenor

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


Application form

TVN Brandenberg Traditional Christmas Concert 

12 Dec 2018 The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, London WC2R 0DA




Network Notices

TVN Study Day - Website Building with WordPress - 17 October 2018

The purpose of the day is to help non-technical people gain an understanding of how to build their own website (not necessarily for U3A purposes) using the Content Management System (CMS) known as Wordpress.

The day will follow a logical process of showing how Wordpress is designed to help those without knowledge of code to build a website that is dynamic and looks amazing.

Note: Covering the programming languages used when building a website is only for information and does not need to be used in practice. However, it is useful to have a broad understanding of it.

TVN Study Day - Medicine and Art - 1 November 2018

TVN is very fortunate to have as our speaker for the day, Professor Peter Abrahams. Peter is a world renowned anatomist, examiner for over 35 years for FRCS and MRCS and many awards too numerous to list here in the fields of anatomy and education. He has set up a national training centre for international health professionals and been the consultant to the Buckingham palace exhibition on Leonardo the anatomist, co -curator for the Mechanics of man at Edinburgh festival and since 2014 consultant to the Fitzwilliam Museum on the Rothschild bronzes as well as Director of the Uffizi on the anatomy of the renaissance statues in Florence.

Provisional Programme for the day:-

10.00 am Registration and tea/coffee

10.30 Brief introduction

10.35. Leonardo da Vinci, scientist, engineer and artist, and his relationship to modern Nobel Prize winning concepts such as CT and MRI .

11.35 Comfort break

11.45 The Michael Angelo Discovery- the Rothschild Bronzes and the Fitzwilliam Museum. This lecture will chart who discovered what and when, as a combined review of the forensic anatomy and art.

13.00 Buffet lunch in hall

14.00 “The Hand of God” – covering art history, culture, anatomy, and comparative anthropology with some actual case studies.

15.10 Discussion, and Questions and close at around 15.30.

The Study Day Fee is £15.00 (£17 for non TVN members). This includes coffee /tea and biscuits on arrival and a buffet Lunch.

TVN Brandenberg Traditional Christmas Concert - 12 December 2018

Your Christmas celebrations begin here, with the Brandenburg Singers (Organ - Rupert Jeffcoat, Conductor - Robert Porter) returning for the eighth successive year. Usually offered nationally with a restricted number of tickets per applicant, this year The Brandenburg Choral Festival of London is delighted to present a traditional Christmas Concert especially for the U3A Thames Valley Network.

Accompanied by mulled wine made to an ancient and secret family recipe and mince pies, this concert is guaranteed to get you fully into the Christmas spirit with a wide stylistic range of Christmas-flavoured ethereal music, entertaining readings and opportunities to stretch the vocal chords by joining in with a few traditional and well-known carols.

The Chapel is a semi-secret hidden gem just off the Strand, belonging to her Majesty the Queen in her Right as Duke of Lancaster. It is the last surviving building of a hospital founded by Henry VII for homeless people in 1512. It is a beautiful, intimate space for concerts with a fine acoustic and splendid Walker organ.

The Brandenburg Singers is a small hand-picked group drawn from the finest of the members of the 150 choirs that perform in the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London. The concert will be introduced and conducted by Bob Porter – Artistic Director of the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London. http://www.brandenburg.org.uk

COST: Tickets are £19.50 per person - all applicants must be members of a TVN U3A.