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 thirteen 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 Tues 1 Oct
Membership Secretaries Jill Haistead
North Northumberland Network Martin Rowell 15 Oct
Publicity Kelvin Rushworth
South Durham Chairs Network ---
South Northumberland Chairs Network Catherine Stevenson
Treasurers Catherine Stevenson
Tyne Valley Cecilia Coulson 29 Oct
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.


Tyne Valley Network

The group is growing in strength. Much discussed at last meeting at end of July. Organising of Network Workshops working with VOICE discussed amongst other information.
Next meeting at The Coachman, Broadway, Whickham NE16 5AW on Tuesday October 29th at 12midday.
If interested please contact Cecilia Coulson, 4/8/19


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


Border Link Network

Meets in the Spa Hotel, Ripon

Jane Mathieson, 20/7/19


Groups Co-ordinators

Provisional arrangements for the next meeting will be 19 September at 11am in the Royal Station Hotel. Please check nearer the date to confirm.

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, 27/6/19


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.

Read the latest meeting summary here: Chairs April 19

Catherine Stevenson, 27/5/19


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 April 19

Catherine Stevenson, 27/5/19



Minutes of latest meeting:March 19

Catherine Stevenson, 27/5/19


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


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


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.