Northumbria Region U3A



Following the 2018 AGM, the Region now has a new Chairman and a new Committee. Details and photographs of the new members are on the Committee tab at the top of the webpage.

The strength of our Region is that, together, we provide a strong presence in the North East, therefore it is our objective in the coming months, to improve communication between your U3A and the Regional Committee. There is a dedicated team updating the Distribution system. We will add a special section on the website to ensure you can easily update contact details for your U3A, or suggest ideas to improve communication.

We have been without an editor for the ‘Messenger’ for some time, however I am pleased to announce that Mo Brown has indicated that she is prepared to temporarily take on this important role until we can find a full time volunteer (more details below. If anyone is willing to take this on please contact the Chairman.

The Events sub committee have an exciting programme for the rest of the year. We have established a really good relationship with Durham University after our successful Energy day, and are working on other events on Art, Technology, and Social Media. The changes to Data Protection law are in the news at the moment and I’m sure many of us are unsure how it effects us individually and as a U3A organisation. We are working on arranging a few workshops across the region on this subject, as quickly as possible. There is some guidance on the National website, follow the link on the Focus On page. In addition, discussions are in progress for a Study Day in October on Greek History, Art and Culture. More details to follow. There are also a few other proposals that are under review. Please contact the Chair of the sub-committee, Mike Martin if you have any ideas for a future Regional event.

The Research sub committee have an active group of 12 U3As involved in producing a '21st Century Northumbria Herbal' publication (An Exploration of North East Traditional Plant Remedies) and a number of other research projects with Northumbria University. More information is on the Groups page. If you have any queries or ideas for Research projects please contact the chair of the Sub-committee, Gwen Dawe.

Regional Trust Volunteers are available in your area to assist with trouble shooting in your U3A, see the Trust News page for more details. Alternatively, you can contact the Region's Business Secretary Jane Mathieson with any queries.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at future meetings.

Anne Bothwell Regional Chairman


Messenger is Coming Back!

The Newsletter is on its way.
The July magazine has gone to be printed! We will bring a copy for each U3A to be picked up from the Regional Meeting at the end of July (Weds 25th)at the Bowling Club near Pity Me (where we had fantastic food at the last event held there!)
Thanks so much to all the U3A members who responded to the request for articles, I didn't want to miss any one of you, so it is a large edition! All we need now is a volunteer to edit the next edition... Mo

Please send any articles and pictures for the October edition to the Regional News Editor email address:
or click on this link: Regional Newsletter Editor

The deadline is midnight- Sat 29th Sept/Sun 30th September 2018

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Mo Brown
Regional Committee & Newcastle U3A member


We hope that you find useful and interesting information on this website. If you wish to send in your own information please put simple text in an email using this contact website or request a 'real' email address in order to send attachments.

On the Members page you will find links to all the U3As in the region.


A New U3A in Cramlington

Cramlington and District U3A were today (13 April 2018) welcomed into Third Age Trust, at the Inaugural Meeting, by our regional trustee Elizabeth Porter.

Attending were well in excess of 70 people, which is remarkable considering the process for establishing a U3A was only started at the beginning of this year.

Communication with the U3A is through the secretary Christine Morris. I am sure the steering committee would appreciate messages of welcome and thanks for a job well done!


Website Display Problem

Some websites contain links to files saved in Microsoft Word .docx format. Depending on your browser, these may not display properly. If this is the case you can "right click" with your mouse and choose to download the file instead.

All documents on this website (as far as I know) are in pdf format and should open normally on your computer or tablet.

The fuller explanation is:

File formats
The content of some uploaded files may be delivered as an unusable sequence of bytes, without the accompanying data which allows it to be displayed correctly. The problem applies to 'Word' files with a .docx extension and to files created by more recent versions of other Microsoft software. That is because the later formats potentially include executable code, which is now explicitly blocked by the firewall. Whether or not you see this problem will depend upon which browser you use to view the site and possibly which Office software you have installed on your machine. The best current advice is to save and reload such files as PDFs (which can be read on any platform), or using an earlier format like .doc. Further checks on the file extensions and mime-types of uploaded documents are in the pipeline.

Peter Barnett