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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:

  • Sun 19/8/18: Althorp morning visit with house tour. We have had a request to plan another visit, this time in the summer. Not sure how many would like to come, but we need 12 for a discount. I have 1 place in a car free for lift, and further offers of transport would be appreciated. (Price to be decided.See Althorp website for more details.) Please let Linda & Chris know ASAP if you are interested.
  • Sat 1st September: Peterborough visit to see Tim Peake's space 'return to earth capsule' and space suit in Peterborough Cathedral (or you can do your own thing if you prefer). See the group page for full details, but please note this is a bus pass day out rather than car share.
  • Christmas trip, 16/11/18: Coach Trip to National Trust property Waddesdon Manor Aylesbury HP18 0JH.
    There is a Christmas market with places for 50 stalls. The manor will be seasonally dressed.
    Coach price to be confirmed, but no more than £13. N.T. members £5 (yes we have to pay too!) Non N.T. £18 group rate. The list is open now.

  • 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.

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Chairman's monthly message for August

August is the month in which we start planning for the AGM. This is your opportunity to take part in the running of Higham and Rushden U3A. The formal notice advising you of the date is in one the centre pages, along with a nomination form if you are interested in joining the committee. You should also note that items cannot be raised from the floor during the AGM so if you have something that you wish to have discussed you must submit it in writing.

This year there is a real chance to get involved since we will ask you to vote on a change to our Constitution. Do not get too excited since it is a somewhat bureaucratic matter but something that has to be done. A full explanation of the background to the change can be found in this Newsletter and on the website where you can also find a draft copy of the Constitution showing the changes. The draft minutes of last year’s AGM are also on the website. There will be hard copies of this information available at the Pemberton for those people who do not use the website or do not have printing facilities.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to speak up, get in touch with me, Phil Grace at Pemberton or via email.

In addition, I must apologise for not attending last month’s meeting at the Pemberton. Once again, I was called away on library business. It was a busy week, with no less than three meetings to do with the library and on the Wednesday, it was a meeting with NCC Councillors and Officers. Not that we learned much!Since then NCC have “paused” the process and will be meeting once more to talk about spending cuts. And still they won’t talk to us!

Phil Grace

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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September 19th Pemberton Centre It's Rushden Feast again m'duck
Anita Howard

Anita will talk about memories of living in Rushden
and promote her book.

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.

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".