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 eleven 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 24 May
Business Secretaries Catherine Stevenson
Groups Co-ordinators Kathy Clegg
IT group Mo Brown
Membership Secretaries Jill Haistead 25 July
North Northumberland Network Martin Rowell
Publicity Kelvin Rushworth
South Durham Chairs Network ---
South Northumberland Chairs Network Catherine Stevenson
Treasurers Catherine Stevenson
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

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.


Border Link Network

Meets in the Spa Hotel, Ripon

Jane Mathieson, 10/5/19


Membership Secretaries Network

The next meeting will be on Thursday 25 July at 11am in Royal Station Hotel. Newcastle. Anyone interested in attending let me know please.

Jill Haistead, 10/5/19


Publicity Network

The Publicity Network was launched in March 2019.

Read more about it here: Publicity Network Information.

The National U3A attachments, mentioned in the final paragraph, are links on this page: 'Network Flyer' and 'Networks Intro'.

Kelvin Rushworth, 24/4/19


Northumbria Region U3A Business Secretaries’ Network

Meetings are in Newcastle U3A meeting rooms, The Old Post Office, 5 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW

Read the latest meeting summary here: BS March 19

Look out for dates of future meetings and news! Don’t miss out!

Catherine Stevenson, 24/4/19


S.E. Northumbria U3A Chairmen’s Network

The SE Northumbria U3A Chairs’ Network is also open to any Chair and/or vice Chair who would like to attend.

If you would like to attend one of these Networks’ meetings, please contact Catherine Stevenson at Newcastle U3A. We can all learn together!!
There’s always lots to discuss in good company! We look forward to seeing you there.

Next meeting is at the end of July. Date tba

Read the latest meeting summary here: Chairs April 19

Catherine Stevenson, 24/4/19


The IT Network is looking for a venue in the South of the region for setting up a short term Sitebuilder Help Group. If any U3A could help with a one-off venue from 5 - 10 people with access to a free wi-fi connection, that would be very useful. Please contact Mo Brown


Northumbria Region U3A Groups Co-ordinators

The next meeting will be in the south of the region, being organised by one of the GCs and the committee of the U3A they belong to.

We will be looking further at our own Group Leaders Guidlines booklets and at the information provided on advice section as a handbook for Group Leaders/Convenors and discussing any current problems.

To join the network or for more information contact Kathy Clegg


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


South Durham Chair Networking Group (SDCNG)

The SDCNG meets about once a quarter in the Dun Cow Pub in Durham (nice coffee and mints).
Discussion is free ranging; topics have included good practice, concerns, points of interest, working together in a group activity etc.
Group members do not have to be chair of their U3As, although this is preferable.