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 ten informal networks.
This website is a place where our Networks can promote themselves and exchange information.

In other parts of the country some "networks" are called Peer Groups. Find out more here:
Peer Groups. Note that Northumbria gets a mention on page 6.

Meetings are mainly on Zoom, but some at last are meeting live.

Networks in Northumbria Region

Network Contact Next Meeting
E. Durham & S.Tyneside Chairs Malcolm Wilkinson 10.30 Weds 8th June
Groups Co-ordinators Kathy Clegg Weds 11th May 10 a.m.
IT group Mo Brownevery Tues 10-12
Membership Secretaries Ann Carr coming soon
North Northumberland Martin Rowell Weds 25th May 1.30 p.m.
South Durham Chairs Gaye Batiz Friday 13th May 10 a.m.
SE N'land & the Coast Chairs & Bus. Secs Catherine Stevenson
Treasurers Catherine Stevenson next date tba
Tyne Valley Cecilia Coulson Tuesday 12th July 2022 venue tba.
North East Publicity Officers Kelvin Rushworth phone and live contacts

In addition there is an arrangement involving these U3As:

Wessington, Washington, Houghton, Cestria and Washington Village

These U3As occasionally cooperate with events and some groups are shared. However, there are no regular meetings. Recent advice suggest that these U3As are best described as a cluster rather than a network.

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.


Newly formed Network for Publicity Officers in the NE

Kelvin is forming this network and will use phone conference and live meetings
Contact Kelvin Rushworth
Anyone who is part of a local Network can attend the country-wide Zoom meetings known as Network Link. Their next meeting is 10a.m. Wednesday 22nd June 2022. Apply for a place to the Network Link Team - Avis Furness will respond


SE Northumberland & the Coast Chairs & Business Secretaries

If you would like to attend one of these Networks’ meetings, please contact Catherine Stevenson


East Durham, Sunderland & South Tyneside Chairs

If anyone wishes to join in who hasn’t been before they should email me.
Malcolm Wilkinson


Tyne Valley Network

Tyne Valley Network have been meeting on Zoom for the past 6 months.
If anybody would like further information please contact Cecilia Coulson, 7/2/21


Groups Co-ordinators

To join the network or for more information contact Kathy Clegg