Northumbria Region U3A


Networks have been part of the U3A for a long time but their number and significance has been increasing over the last few years. In some regions Networks are so big and important that they have separate constitutions and their own web-sites.

Northumbria, our Region, is a formal Network, and has within it twelve informal networks.
This website is a place where our Networks can promote themselves and exchange information.

Networks in Northumbria Region

Network Contact Next Meeting
Border Link Network Jane Mathieson
Business Secretaries Catherine Stevenson
Groups Co-ordinators Kathy Clegg
IT group Mo Brown
Membership Secretaries Jill Haistead
North Northumberland Network Martin Rowell
Publicity Kelvin Rushworth
South Durham Chairs Network Louise Moore
SE Northumberland Chairs Network Catherine Stevenson
Treasurers Catherine Stevenson
Tyne Valley Cecilia Coulson
Wessington, Washington, Houghton,
Cestria, and Washington Village Margaret Welsh

If you know of a network not mentioned above then please let us know about it. To start with, send an email using this link website

See what is happening nationally by logging-on to the National website and then clicking this link National Website Network Link or copying this address into your browser

Read more about networks here: Networks Intro and Network Flyer


The following information is shown in the order in which it was posted on this website, most recent at the top.


S.E. Northumbria U3A Chair’s and Northumbria Business Secretaries’ Network

These two networks are now combined.
If you would like to attend one of these Networks’ meetings, please contact Catherine Stevenson at Newcastle U3A.
Meetings are in Newcastle U3A meeting rooms, The Old Post Office, 5 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Read the latest meeting summary here: Feb 2020

Catherine Stevenson, 14/11/19


Tyne Valley Network

The most recent meeting was held on 21st January 2020. Present at the meeting were representatives from Derwent Valley, Whickham, Ryton and Gateshead.

An informal meeting was held and the topics that were the priority to discuss were

  • How to recruit new members and to recruit new Committee Members
  • How to recruit Convenors/Leaders to start up new Groups
  • The National U3A Day

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday April 21st 2020 at 12 mid day at The Coachman, Broadway, Whickham, NE16 5AZ. The first hour is the main body of the meeting and then if people are able to stay, have lunch and a general chat it is welcomed.

If anybody would like further information please contact Cecilia Coulson, 25/1/20


Groups Co-ordinators

To join the network or for more information contact Kathy Clegg, 16/1/20


Border Link Network

Meets in the Spa Hotel, Ripon at 10 am
Jane Mathieson, 16/1/20


South Durham Chair Networking Group (SDCNG)

Meets in the Dun Cow, Sedgefield, at 10.30
Jane Mathieson, 16/1/20


IT Network

Held during IT group at Ncl U3A , meeting on the first Tuesday of every month- yes even January 2020!! See their page for info
Mo Brown, 10/11/19


Membership Secretaries Network

The group meets in the Royal Station Hotel, Newcastle from 11-1.
Jill Haistead, 26/9/19


Publicity Network

The Publicity Network was launched in March 2019.
Read the latest information here: Update July 19
and here: 3 News Topics
More information here: Update May 19
Read about the launch here: Publicity Network Information.
The National U3A attachments, mentioned in the final paragraph, are the Links section of this page: 'Network Flyer' and 'Networks Intro'.
Kelvin Rushworth, 28/7//19


North Northumberland Network

This network includes Alnwick, Berwick, Coquetdale and Wooler U3As.
To see some more information about this network please click here: NNNetwork Info March 2019
Kelvin Rushworth, 31/10/18