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

A number of members have requested and been issued with a user name and password for this website. The committee has now decided that there will no longer be a "members only" page on the website, and logins will henceforth only be issued to group leaders and other administrators.

Members wishing to contact group leaders more urgently than by e-mail can now find their telephone numbers via Beacon: see the foot of this page for details.


We still 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).

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 forms are among the many documents available on the Administration page (although you will need to scroll down the page) or you can open one by clicking here.

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 news:


  • 2019 Spring holiday at Warner's New destination Studley Castle, Stratford on Avon. Update.
    New Date Fri 17-Sun 19 May 2018 Spring holiday at Warner's New destination Studley Castle, Stratford on Avon. Update: this is now an own transport trip. 6 booked at present (23/10/18). Please contact us if you can offer or require transport. Ring us on 01933 387892 for our personal booking reference before booking. A reminder of the details: standard room, upgrades possible, bed breakfast and evening meal, the food is of a very high standard and there is evening entertainment. Lots of things going on in the day at the Castle so no need to worry about the weather. U3A members only but your friends can join U3A and then come with you. Ring us for more info.
  • see the group page for further details of all our events.

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.

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


At least 2 members collect used postage stamps for charity, so from now on there will be a box at each monthly meeting into which members can deposit their stamps, secure in the knowledge that they will go to a good cause. Initially (if not permanently) the box will be on the membership desk near the entrance.

December message from the chair

Dear Members.

Firstly Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.

Well this is the last time I write to you for this year and our last time we will be holding our meetings in the large hall at the Pemberton Centre. However we now move on and begin meetings, starting January 16th, 2019 using the sports hall.

The sports hall presents a few challenges; one being light, the others being lack of projection and sound equipment suitable for this hall. The committee are in the process of dealing with these issues so please, if things are not quite right in January, we apologise.

Along with your mince pie we will now be offering tea and coffee served in paper cups until we move to our new venue.

I’m sure we all will enjoy the Christmas entertainment along with some merry songs from the U3A Singing for fun group.

Please do have a happy new year and hope to see you in good health in January.

Merry Christmas. Joyeux Noël , Feliz Navidad, Fröhliche Weihnachten

Angela Mason

NB The Newsletter is available online from the Sunday before each Pemberton Meeting.

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 talks 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 next year we will have to relocate our meetings to the Rushden Historical Society "shed", although the date of our last meeting at the Pemberton Centre has not yet been agreed. In the meantime smaller events such as Group Leader meetings and Committee meetings will with immediate effect use the shed. Directions to the shed can be found here.





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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

‘Oh Matron’ The History of the Carry on Films

Steve Dimmer

With video,music and artworks.

April 17th Pemberton Centre Discovering MacDonald Gill Caroline Walker
MacDonald ‘Max’ Gill (1884-1947, brother of the sculptor
and typographer Eric Gill), was an architect, graphic designer,
best known for his pictorial maps. He created painted maps
for houses such as Kelmarsh Hall and Lindisfarne Castle,
magnificent murals for Cunard liners and eye-catching
publicity posters for organisations such as London Underground.
An enduring legacy is his alphabet for the Imperial War Graves
Commission used on all British military headstones since WWI.
May 15th Pemberton Centre Sing a Century Andy Smith

Songs and Instrumentals written and recorded over the last
century. Performing at least one song from each decade, it’s
a lovely musical journey spanning 100 years! Everything from
Cole Porter and Charlie Chaplin to Elton John and Adele.

June 19th Higham and Rushden U3A 10th Anniversary

Celebration tea party with entertainment
July 17th ‘Flush with Success’

Kevin Varty
The History of the Smallest Room in the House - the Toilet.

With Historian and Lecturer, Kevin Varty.

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".


Beacon is a dedicated database system developed by the U3A nationally which Higham and Rushden have joined along with 150+ other U3A's.
This allows automation of many aspects of administering our branch including tracking of membership, branch calendar of events, details of our interest groups and financial reporting. Generally speaking members will not need to interact with it, but can log in to Beacon by clicking here to check and change their own personal details and also contact details for group leaders.

Note that there are no separate login details for you to remember: just your membership number, name, postcode and e-mail address as submitted on your last renewal forms.