If you are a member of our U3A you can register via the Administration page.


(reserved for committee-approved announcements: routine announcements can be found further down the page.)


Most of you will by now be aware of the changes to membership which came into effect in September and which have affected a number of our members. The changes to the membership system can be summarised in the document here.

What is the University of the Third Age, or U3A as it is often known?

The University of the Third Age (U3A) movement is a unique and exciting organisation which provides, through its U3As, life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery! Members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between them.

Further brief details about the movement can be found here, or for the full story of the U3A movement's national organisation, the Third Age Trust, click here to open the national U3A homepage in another tab. For further details of the Higham and Rushden U3A, please carry on browsing this website. Membership application and renewal forms are among the many documents available on the Administration page (although you will need to scroll down the page).

The slideshow below, which you can pause by holding your cursor over one of the dots in the progress bar below it, is of local images.

Many of these pictures were taken from the internet, so we need input from members! Please send your local pictures to us via the blog page.

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Other Higham and Rushden U3A events:

On 9th November we are organising a coach trip to the Christmas Spectacular at Thursford in Norfolk. Full details are available here but don't leave it too long as there are only a few places left. (the link will open in a new tab)

MAH-JONG meets on the first and 3rd Fridays of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Windmill Club in Glassbrook Road.


Can you fix a zip? Sew on a button? Turn up a hem?
Do you need help with your sewing? With your dressmaking?

We are here to help! Please contact Carole Rider on 01933 350406 or email carolerider12(at)aol.com.

First meeting to be held at home of Linda Grace, 2 Shortwoods Close, Raunds NN9 6NF on OCTOBER 19 at 14.00

This group is now up and running. The next meeting will be held on October 26th in Irthlingborough, and further members are very welcome. (Contact webmaster(at)highamandrushdenu3a.org.uk for more details).

Looking for the groups calendar? It is now further down the page.

Chairman's monthly message for October

On Wednesday, I shall climb into my car and drive to Pemberton Centre, thinking about my second AGM as Chairman and the changes that I have seen. And it has not just been here at HandR, there have been changes across the U3A movement, in other nearby U3As, at Regional and National level. And I think there are more changes to come.

I have been reading about electric cars and the possible changes to the way in which electricity is generated, distributed, used and paid for. In the future, some of us will arrive at the Pemberton Centre in an electric car that will have been sitting on the drive overnight not only charging its battery but also supplying electricity back to the National Grid to help smooth the peaks in demand. In the future, it is likely that many houses will have the means to generate and store electricity thus reducing their reliance on power stations and the National Grid. However, the National Grid must be paid for. Currently that comes out of what we pay our energy supplier for electricity but perhaps the model needs to change. Might there be a need to introduce a charge equivalent to the line rental that is paid by people who have old style telephone landlines?

Change is happening all around us and is likely to do so for the foreseeable future. Some changes are welcome and bring benefits, some are neutral and have little or no effect. And whilst some developments require us to do things differently, I am not sure there are any changes that are actually bad. As a comment I saw recently said “Not good, not bad, just different.”.

So, I would like to think that HandR is an organisation that looks to the future, that embraces change and moves with the times.

Phil Grace

Current weather for the Rushden and Higham Ferrers area.

National U3A news

U3A has negotiated discounts for block bookings at various events:

Click on any of the links above for more information.

If you are looking for other sources of information on virtually any subject, whether related to what you do in the U3A or elsewhere, U3A has produced guidance on MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) which you can find here.

The Third Age Trust, parent organisation for all U3As, has now moved from Bromley to Central London.

Higham and Rushden U3A monthly meetings

Make sure you don't miss our interesting lectures on the third Wednesday of the month by making a note in your diary.
Meetings now start at 1.45 pm prompt at the Pemberton Centre, HE Bates Way, Rushden, NN10 9YP. Visitors are welcome at £3 per meeting for a maximum of 2 meetings.

Information about public transport to the Pemberton Centre can be found here.

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November 15th Life as a Sea Captain/Ships Pilot Capt William Wells

December 13th
(2nd Wednesday)
Northamptonshire in Winter Jon-Paul Carr


January 17th Life on Stage: Variety Theatre
Mark Walsh
A look at what was an important part of the
entertainment industry.
February 21st The American Civil War
John Wright
A fascinating insight into this subject.
March 21st Tales from Rockingham Castle
Trisha Woods
You may have visited but Trish will give
an insider's viewpoint.
April 18th My favourite dive yet
Lee Bishop
A much requested return visit to talk about
his favourite dive.
May 16th Forensic Podiatry Professor Mark Curran
Much more than a talk about feet!
June 20th Life in War-torn Middle East Philip Caine
Philip is a published author, drawing upon his
experience whilst working in Iraq and other places.
July 18th Hunters of the sky Jennifer Anderson
A wonderful audio visual experience with
breathtaking photography of birds of prey.

Higham and Rushden U3A groups calendar

The calendar below is live and being continuously updated by group leaders.

To look at group activities further in advance, please use the scrollbar to the right of the calendar (if there is one) rather than the scrollbar on the right of the web page. If you are only interested in the activities of one particular group, you can select it from the dropdown list next to the word "Group".