Thames Valley Network

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The Thames Valley Network (TVN) is a network of U3As within the Thames Valley area designed to increase the communication between neighbouring U3As and encourage joint participation in events for their common benefit. There are 34 neighbouring U3As in the Thames Valley U3A Network who share a common interest in organising joint activities, events, seminars and conferences. These cover towns in Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, and Buckinghamshire.

The TVN has been running since 2008 and has organised a number of study days and training days already for U3A members. The latest TVN sharing experience is the Thames Riverside Project that started with Planning Days in Spring 2010 and is due to run through to a Conference in Wellington College, Crowthorne in Autumn 2011. Members from U3As will combine to walk and study the Thames Path and its environs and study/survey the river and riverside. Those participating will include walkers, historians, photographers, naturalists, artists, engineers and industrial archaeologists.

Your Committee is supporting the TVN as it is seen as a helpful extra arm in offering our members additional wider interests and events to join in within a reasonable car journey travel time in the Thames Valley. We shall be participating in the joint organisation to access joint resources, contacts, and help in offering these additional events for our members.

Future events are advertised on the Thames Valley Network website at and includes the Riverside Project on that website and there is also an e-mailed “Riverside Journal”. Any member can apply directly to join in these events via application forms that are downloadable from the websites. Group Convenors may get involved in organising group participation for their members.

Forthcoming Study Days

Treasures of the Ashmolean Study Day

The next U3A Thames Valley Network Study Day is ‘Treasures of the Asmolean’ will be held on Wednesday 23 at Wednesday 23 April 2014 at the Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH.  The Ashmolean Museum is the world's first university museum. It has a collection spanning the civilisations of east and west, charting the aspirations of humankind from the Neolithic era to the present day. The day is a one-off opportunity for U3A members to learn about a unique art collection in the heart of the Thames Valley.

The Study Day fee of £12.00 includes participation in the full programme plus coffee/tea on arrival. A sandwich lunch is available at £6.00. Please note that the Ashmolean Museum do not allow food to be taken into the museum nor for visitors own food to be eaten on the premises.

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