Northumbria Region U3A


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Propaganda, Revolution and Victory

Northumbria U3A are hoping to establish connections with Sunderland University in the same way that we do with Newcastle, Northumbria and Durham Universities. As a starter, we are promoting this event:

Propaganda, Revolution and Victory
Saturday, October 13, 2018; 09:00 - 16:00
Hope Street Xchange Building, Sunderland, SR1 3QD
A one-day conference convened by the School of Culture at the University of Sunderland to commemorate the end of World War One 1918-2018.
Keynote speakers include Peter Hart (author of The Last Battle: Endgame on the Western Front 1918) and Taylor Downing (author of Secret Warriors: Key Scientists, Code Breakers and Propagandists of the Great War).
The conference is FREE to attend.
Use this link for details and registration (copy and paste into your browser).


Now This Lousy War is Over

Wessington U3A War Memorials group received a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to fund our project:
‘Now This Lousy War is Over’. This will be a series of musical events commemorating Washington men and women of the Great War.

Fool’s Gold Acoustic have written six songs; The Battle of Fatfield Bridge, Sketches, Postcards from France On the Stair, Roll Call, and Poppy Road, while the War Memorials group have written connecting words.

Performances will be as follows:

  • 11th November 2018 at North Biddick Club at 12.00 noon
  • 12th November at Usworth Holy Trinity Church at 2pm
  • 13th November at Beamish Museum Band Hall at 11.30am (you will need Beamish entry for the day).
  • 16th November at Washington Holy Trinity at 7.00pm
  • 19th November 2018 at North Biddick Club at 2pm. this event is mainly for U3A members.

​They are all ticketed events but tickets are free.

Each ticket/card will have the name of a soldier from one of our three war memorials but people can ask for relatives’ names if they prefer.
There will be a CD/booklet for people to purchase if they wish to do so.

To obtain a ticket for any event contact Peter Welsh (email)


Where do medicines come from?

Date: 4th October 2018

Time: 10.30-12.00, Registration 10.00.

Venue: G21/22 Devonshire Building, Newcastle University, NE1 7RX

Organiser: Voice Global/Newcastle University.

The events sub committee have been working with ‘Voice Global’ on events and we are pleased to announce the first one: ‘Where do medicines come from’.

Understanding scientific and medical research, aims to achieve broad understanding and acceptance of humane animal research in the UK to advance science and medicine. Sometimes controversial to some, this is a very important element of scientific and medical research and we should understand the reasons animals are used and have the opportunity to debate the subject.

More details will follow, including the agenda and details of the speakers delivering the session.

Please read the notice below which includes details of how to register. Although the University will be managing the registration, could we also ask you to advise us by email after you register so that we can keep a track on the numbers by clicking here: Mike Martin

Where do medicines come from


Trip to Ampleforth Abbey

South Durham U3A are going on Friday September 21st to Ampleforth Abbey leaving Cockerton Library on the outskirts of Darlington at 9am.
The days itinerary is Coffee, tea and biscuits on arrival, tour of orchard and tasting of ciders, a Yorkshire Platter for lunch then the afternoon to yourself to explore church, grounds and visitors centre leaving at 4pm back to Cockerton. Total price is £28 per person.

If interested please contact Carol Boyd


Dates for your Diary
September 2018
Fri Sep 21stOutingSouth Durham U3A trip to Ampleforth Abbey, see above for details
October 2018
Thu Oct 4thStudy DayWhere do medicines come from. Details above
Sat Oct 13thOtherPropaganda, Revolution and Victory
Saturday, October 13, 2018; 09:00 - 16:00
Hope Street Xchange Building, Sunderland, SR1 3QD
Thu Oct 25thWorkshopRecruiting and Valuing Volunteers Workshop at the Centre for Life
November 2018
Sun Nov 11th
→Mon Nov 19th
OtherPerformances of Now this Lousy War is Over