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. Our Region is a formal Networ, and has eight informal networks.
This website is a place where our Networks can promote themselves and exchange information.

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

Networks in Northumbria Region

Our Networks are not all the same. Some are made up of Chairs or Treasurers of U3As, others have a different representative from each U3A. Some focus on sharing information and problem solving; some on enabling members to join groups in other U3As; while at least one organises events involving all U3As in the network.

If you are interested in the work of the network near your U3A, the contact details are as follows:

Network Contact
Treasurers Catherine Stevenson
Publicity Kelvin Rushworth
Business Secretaries Catherine Stevenson
Groups Co-ordinators Kathy Clegg
IT group Mo Brown
South Durham Chairs Network Frank Forster
South Northumberland Chairs Network Catherine Stevenson
North Northumberland Network Martin Rowell
Wessington, Washington, Houghton, Cestria, Washington Village Margaret Welsh
Border Link Network Jane Mathieson


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


Publicity Network

Stemming from the Good News Workshop on Monday 18th March 2019


Northumbria Region U3A Groups Co-ordinators

The next meeting is at 11 o'clock - 1pm at Good Space,Commercial Union House, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle on Tuesday 26th March.

We will be looking at our own Group Leaders Guidlines booklets and at the information provided on advice section as a handbook for Group Leaders/Convenors and finalising the single sheet on Safeguarding, GDPR and Finances, 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 website please click here: NNN information

Kelvin Rushworth, 31/10/18


Northumbria Region U3A Business Secretaries’ Network

The Business Secretaries’ Network held its first meeting on Monday 10th September. We had 5 Business Secretaries attend. Others could not attend but will try to do so at future meetings. We established several basic points, had good, varied discussions and got to know each other and a little about each member’s U3A.
Read the meeting summary here: BS Sept 18

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

Catherine Stevenson, 10/9/18


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. Next meeting is Monday 14th January 2019 at 1p.m in the Snowy Owl, Cramlington.

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.

Catherine Stevenson


Northumbria Region U3A Treasurers'

Previously Mid Northumberland Treasurers, the network now invites any regional treasurer to attend. The Treasurers’ Network is open to any Treasurer who would like to join us. Next meeting date will be in March 2019.

At the latest Treasurers’ Network meeting on June 7th, we discussed the most recent information about the GDPR which included e.g. Gift Aid, contracts and accountability. Why not join us at the next meeting on September 20th?

Information about this network's meetings and newsletter can be seen by clicking the links in the side-bar.

The information in the Charity Commission document (link in the sidebar) might be of interest to any U3A that is individually registered.

For more information about this network contact Catherine Stevenson


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.
If you would like to know more contact the Group Facilitator: Frank Forster