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.)


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).

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:


  • 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.
  • Christmas trip, 16/11/18: Coach Trip to National Trust property Waddesdon Manor Aylesbury HP18 0JH.
    Update 23/10/18: we have a cancellation. Ring us on 01933 387892 to book.

  • 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.

November message from the chair

Dear Members

What a start to my first year as Chairman!

I start of course with an apology for the lack of notices being read out at the Pemberton Centre although the notices were of course on screen repeatingprior to the meeting. These notices are on screen in order that you may grab a paper and pen and scribble the details at your leisure.

Being asked to vacate in such a swift manner has never happened before. We simply ran over time and with Freedom Leisure being so accommodating over letting us remain a while longer I did not want to upset them however frustrated we might feel.

As those who were present at the AGM you will have seen me as a rabbit lost in headlights. I can only say in my defence that I have been wholly concentrating on finding us a new home.

I ask you all to bear with us as we arrange the move into the sports hall temporarily whilst we wait for the railway sheds to undergo some refurbishment. This new venue when ready will hopefully see us in our new home for many years to come.

I also acknowledge and thank Jim and Maggie Morrison who join the committee as co-opted members giving us our full complement. Thank you also to those who have opted to serve on the committee for the coming year.

Optimistically yours



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 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.

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





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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

‘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.

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".