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Higham and Rushden U3A
Annual General Meeting 2018: 17th October

Changes to our Constitution

At the AGM we will be asking members to vote on a change to our constitution. Whilst it is a somewhat academic matter it is important and must be done. A full explanation of the background to the change can be found here together with a draft copy of the Constitution with the changes clearly marked.

Also available are the draft Agenda for the AGM and the draft minutes of last year's AGM. If you have any questions do not hesitate to speak up: get in touch with Phil Grace at Pemberton or via the Contact page.


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


There have been complaints that it is not easy to access the newsletter via the website, so we have prepared a step-by-step guide for those members who are having difficulty. The guide sets out in simple terms how to get to the newsletter page and open the actual newsletter, and in addition has details of how to create a shortcut to the newsletter page on a computer, tablet or smartphone. The guide can be found here, and is printable should you want a paper copy to keep. We are able to print off copies for members without access to a printer, but anyone requiring this service should bring a stamped self-addressed envelope (A5 paper size with a standard letter stamp or A4 size with a large letter stamp) to the monthly meeting. You should expect to receive the guide within 4 weeks, although it will normally be quicker.


We need more "meeters and greeters" for the monthly meetings. If you would like to help out in this role please get in touch with Steve Evans (Front of House) via the Contact page or by phone (see Members page for details).


Committee News:

The Committee is pleased to welcome two new members to its ranks. Mike Wood and Alan Devenish have been co-opted with immediate effect and will stand for election, along with returning members, at the AGM in October.

Mike will be shadowing our Treasurer, with a view to taking on the role when Jean's term of office runs out in 2019. A job will be found for Alan in due course!

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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Higham and Rushden U3A group news:

A NON FICTION BOOK GROUP has been formed by Linda and Chris Walker. Click here for more details.

DAYS OUT CAR SHARE has these proposed trips for 2018:

  • Christmas trip, 16/11/18: Coach Trip to National Trust property Waddesdon Manor Aylesbury HP18 0JH.
    This trip is now fully subscribed. If you would like to be added to the reserve list, please ring 01933 387892.

  • see the group page for further details of all our events.

All dates to be confirmed. More information on the Days Out table. Please come and tell us if these trips are of interest to you. If you need or can offer transport please contact Chris and Linda.

September message from the chair

As I write this I remind myself that our typically English obsession with the weather dominates this page yet again. Phil has travelled to warmer climes and my husband and I are about to host the cycling group social BBQ in what has turned out to be the coldest August Bank Holiday since this event began. Who would have believed it after the stunning weather of late? It is also that time of year when Denise, committee secretary, begins sending out the agenda for the forthcoming AGM in October which will see a trio of people stand down as their time on the committee draws to an end. Phil will pen his last letter to you next month as he has now completed his 3-year term as your Chairman for which we owe him many thanks and I look forward with some trepidation as I begin my term of office.

We have much to look forward to next year, it will be our anniversary year and preparations are underway.

U3A cannot grow and flourish without you! All new ideas for groups are always welcomed and the committee will do all it can to support you.

Angela Mason

Current weather for the Rushden and Higham Ferrers area.

National U3A news

Interested in a regional U3A Email newsletter as well as our own local one?

Visit u3a.org.uk/email and fill out your details for news, events and regional updates direct to your inbox: you will need to decide whether East Midlands or East of England is more appropriate.

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.

At some point we will have to relocate our meetings to the Windmill Club, round the corner in Glassbrook Road, although the date of our last meeting at the Pemberton Centre has not yet been agreed.

Information about public transport to the Pemberton Centre can be found here, and for the Windmill Club here.





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October 17th Pemberton Centre The Vanishing Dutchman Leigh Bishop
A welcome return visit by this underwater photographer, this
time talking about (and showing photographs of) being part
of an international team exploring a mysterious 300-year-old
shipwreck off the coast of Sierra Leone. Was there treasure?

November 21st Pemberton Centre A photography special Tom Way
Details to follow when available
December 12th Pemberton Centre The complete history of Christmas Mike Kennedy
N.B. Second
Mike is a colleague of Lesley whom you may remember
as Nell Gwynn, so expect something a little different.


January 16th Pemberton Centre The Little Book of Monarchs
Tony Boullemeir
A wonderfully fascinating, amusing, and accurate guide
to English Monarchs.
February 20th Pemberton Centre The Life and Times of Franz Lehar and The Merry Widow Mr. David Price
With video, music and artworks.
March 20th Pemberton Centre Ooh Matron - The History of the Carry on Films. Mr Steve Dimmer

With video, music, photographs etc.

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".