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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 http://www.u3atvnetwork.org.uk/index.html
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.