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 13 Sep, 10:15
Business Secretaries Catherine Stevenson 29 July
Groups Co-ordinators Kathy Clegg 19 Sep, 11am
IT group Mo Brown
Membership Secretaries Jill Haistead 26 July, 2pm
North Northumberland Network Martin Rowell
Publicity Kelvin Rushworth
South Durham Chairs Network ---
South Northumberland Chairs Network Catherine Stevenson 16 July
Treasurers Catherine Stevenson 28 June
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.


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


Tyne Valley Network

About 14 weeks ago there was a meeting with representatives from Whickham and District U3A, Dunston, Derwent Valley, Gateshead, Ryton, Prudhoe and Pam Turner came along to give some support. The meeting was called to get the feelings and thoughts of the mentioned U3As re a network. Everyone was in favour of sharing ideas, events, workshops, programmes etc. In other words not re inventing the wheel several times over but to give our members more scope to access different venues and learning opportunities.

We had another meeting on the 30th April to sort out issues re the name of the network, which was decided on as Tyne Valley Network, how often we would meet and where. So it was decided to meet every 3 months at The Coachman Pub, The Broadway, Whickham NE16 5AX, as it is central for all mentioned U3As. We meet at 12 midday, business sorted for the first hour and then if people are able to stay behind then have a bite to eat.

Cecilia Coulson, 17/6/19


Publicity Network

The Publicity Network was launched in March 2019.

Read the latest 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, 28/5/19


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.