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


Please don't forget that in December the monthly meeting is held on the second Wednesday rather than the third. This means that this year's meeting will be on December the 13th. Please ensure you have this date in your diaries.


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2017 AGM

"Well, that's all over for another year!" Seriously though, that is not the way to think about the AGM. It should not be regarded as a formality, as a tiresome event that has to be held and the sooner it is over the better. It is an important event that ensures those that are looking after Higham and Rushden U3A, who are responsible for its week to week operation, are held to account. The Chairman gives his view of how things have gone over the year (you can find it here) and the Treasurer reports on the financial health of our organisation.

It is also a time for members to ask questions of your Committee. This year the meeting went well and I have to assume that people are pretty pleased and relaxed about how things are. No items were raised before the event, nothing proposed as an agenda item and no questions were asked of your Chairman or Treasurer following their reports. I would say: "do not be shy, do not hold back from asking questions". If you felt uncertain or unsure about asking a question from the floor during the meeting please approach me or a Committee member and ask your question on a one to one basis.

An Apology:

On behalf of myself and the Committee I wish to apologise to all members of Higham and Rushden U3A who do not use email or have internet access. Despite the fact that the rules and guidance we use when preparing for the AGM state that the relevant documents will be mailed to such persons this did not take place in August this year.

(This apology will appear in the next issue of the Newsletter.)

Phil Grace Chairman

Note: We do not publish the Report and Accounts but if you were not at the AGM and would like to see a copy please email the Treasurer via the Contact page.

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:

DAYS OUT CAR SHARE has these proposed trips for 2018 so far:

  • Sun 15/4/18 Carpetbaggers Secret Warfare Museum, Harrington NN6 9PF with guided tour.
  • Sun 13/5/18 (Postponed from 2017) Twinwoods Airfield MK41 6AB: 1940s museums.
  • Mon 2/7/18 Wrest Park MK45 4HR. (English heritage members entrance free). Optional Archaeological store collection tour.
  • 30th July or a Monday in August. Apethorpe Palace, PE8 5DJ

All dates to be confirmed. More information on the Days Out table at the December meeting. 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, who will be taking names from January meeting onwards.

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.

ROCK AND BLUES APPRECIATION is now up and running. The next meeting will be held on December 28th in Irthlingborough, and further members are very welcome. (Contact webmaster(at)highamandrushdenu3a.org.uk for more details).

The HISTORY GROUP has already arranged its' trips to take place on the first Thursday of each month May to September inclusive next year. This notice is issued to avoid clashes with any other Interest Group which may be considering the same dates.

A Non Fiction Book Group is being formed by Linda and Chris Walker (01933 387892), with the first meeting on Monday 15th January.
Are you a non -fiction reader? Do you share their interest? Travel, History, Biography etc. Members would need to commit to buying the books we will be reading either on Kindle or online.

Chairman's monthly message for December

I want to thank those members of the Committee who did us proud with the display in St Mary’s for the Higham Ferrers Sparkle. We didn’t win but it is the taking part that counts! And taking part is what our Singing for Fun group did so well in the Working Men’s Club. As people sat enjoying a drink and seasonal cakes or browsed the many stalls around the room our talented singers serenaded them. Well done to all! You can see photographs in this month's Newsletter.

As I announced at the last monthly meeting we have now received confirmation from Freedom Leisure that we will have to move out of the Pemberton Centre sometime in the coming year, perhaps before the Spring. The Committee have stepped up their investigations and think that we may have found an alternative venue... keep a look out for further information in the New Year.

Linda and I are currently in the throes of writing our Christmas cards. This is a big task – we have moved around and have friends dotted all over the country and part of our own family is now overseas. But it always causes us to reflect on family and friendships and how important they are. Our membership of U3A has also added to our circle of friends. As an organisation founded on lifelong learning I find it amazing just how much it operates on a social level. It brings people together, it encourages working and playing together, which in turn leads to friendships that may not otherwise have formed. Long may the social character of U3A remain.

Finally can I wish you all a Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. We are lucky enough to be having one of our sons to stay over the holiday. Our relatively quiet house will be livened up with two more adults, a toddler and a young Labrador. Phil Grace

Current weather for the Rushden and Higham Ferrers area.

National U3A news

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.

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.

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

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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".