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 twelve 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 28 Feb
Business Secretaries Catherine Stevenson 29 Jan
Groups Co-ordinators Kathy Clegg
IT group Mo Brown Every month 1stTues
Membership Secretaries Jill Haistead 11-1 14th Feb
North Northumberland Network Martin Rowell 15 Oct
Publicity Kelvin Rushworth
South Durham Chairs Network Louise Moore 10 Jan 2020
SE Northumberland Chairs Network Catherine Stevenson 29 Jan
Treasurers Catherine Stevenson 30 Jan
Tyne Valley Cecilia Coulson 21 Jan
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.


S.E. Northumbria U3A Chair’s and Northumbria Business Secretaries’ Network

These two networks are now combined.
If you would like to attend one of these Networks’ meetings, please contact Catherine Stevenson at Newcastle U3A.

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

Read the latest meeting summary here: Chairs&Business Secs

Catherine Stevenson, 14/11/19


IT Network

Held during IT group at Ncl U3A , meeting on the first Tuesday of every month- yes even January 2020!! See their page for info
Mo Brown, 10/11/19


Tyne Valley Network

It was a packed meeting which was held at the end of October 2019. Representatives from Gateshead, Dunston, Ryton, Derwent Valley and Whickham were present. Sandi Rickerby, Regional Trustee, explained her role and the way forward for U3A for the next 3 years.

Catherine Butcher from VOICE also met the representatives and explained the key objectives about VOICE. Fliss Hill from Gateshead U3A gave feedback from the National Network meeting that she attended in Manchester.

Next meeting at The Coachman, Broadway, Whickham NE16 5AW on Tuesday January 21st 2020 at 12midday.

If interested please contact Cecilia Coulson, 8/11/19


Border Link Network

Meets in the Spa Hotel, Ripon at 10 am
Jane Mathieson, 7/11/19


South Durham Chair Networking Group (SDCNG)

Meets in the Dun Cow, Sedgefield, at 10.30
Jane Mathieson, 7/11/19


Membership Secretaries Network

The group meets in the Royal Station Hotel, Newcastle from 11-1.
Jill Haistead, 26/9/19


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


Groups Co-ordinators

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


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