Northumbria Region U3A


Notes: Regional Meetings have their own separate page.

21st Century Northumbria Herbal also has its own page.

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Annual Geography Quiz

As in previous years, the 2019 series of quizzes is being organised by Jeff Armstrong. The competition is for teams of FOUR (with two reserves) and a limit of ONE team per U3A.

The cost to enter a team is £10.00 and the winners will have the choice of a free week’s holiday for four in Europe or £260.00 cash to be shared by the team or given to their U3A or given to a charity of the team’s choice.

The deadline for entries is SUNDAY, 15th DECEMBER, 2018 and the competition will begin in late February with the Final in early June, 2019.

Full details are in the following documents:

Competition Information Competition Details Competition Entry Form

For more information send Jeff a message, click here: Jeff Armstrong


Newcastle U3A Study Day

Newcastle U3A are holding a Study Day: ‘I Am The Greatest!’ on Thursday 29th November: 10.30-2.30: exploring the greats in literature, art, history and much more!
Read more from this link: Another Carousel
All members in the region are invited to apply but there is a limit of 40 places.
Download the booking form here: The Greatest


Now This Lousy War is Over

Wessington U3A War Memorials group received a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to finance 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)


VOICE workshop and "Towards a better understanding of neurological disorders"
Northumbria U3A in conjunction with Newcastle University are organising a day of two halves!
Friday 25th January 2019 in the Hancock Museum, Newcastle

VOICE would like to build on the existing valuable relationship with the Northumbria Region U3A to explain
and trial the initial stages of new insight workshops around a particular theme. The format will be a short
presentation followed by a workshop (12:00-13:30), further details about the theme will be sent nearer the

Towards a better understanding of neurological disorders.
The Newcastle Brain Tissue Resource is one of ten brain tissue banks which make up the UK network and it provides support and tissue to the research community worldwide. Brain banks have had an enormous impact, not only in diagnosis and training but also in enabling breakthroughs in neurodegenerative disease research.

Dr Chris Morris, Scientific Director of the Newcastle Brain Tissue Resource, will speak on the subject of neurological disorders and the role of the Brain Tissue Resource in supporting major advances in identifying, understanding and tackling them.

Dr Morris’s presentation will be followed by a practical session with Research Nurse Susan Richardson, Technician Sharon Foster and post-doctoral researchers Lauren Walker and Kirsty McAleese explaining the mechanics of tissue donation. They will be happy to deal with delegates’ questions and clarify any issues raised.

Click here to download the registration form and see more details: Registration Form 25 Jan Event


Dates for your Diary
November 2018
Sun Nov 11th
→Mon Nov 19th
Focus on ...Performances of Now this Lousy War is Over
Thu Nov 29thStudy DayNewcastle U3A "I am The Greatest"
Fri Nov 30thFocus on ...Coquetdale First Annual Lecture
January 2019
Fri Jan 25thStudy DayVOICE workshop and "Towards a better understanding of neurological disorders"