Higham and Rushden

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October update

We restarted our physical monthly meetings in August: these are once again on the third Wednesday of the month as they were before we left the Pemberton Centre, and are held in the Goods Shed opposite Rushden Station in John Clark Way. Please bear with us as there will probably be a few teething problems as we settle in to our new venue.

For full details of our programme please see the monthly meeting calendar further down the page.

There is a letter from the Chair of the Third Age Trust (the u3a parent organisation) about the difficulties of the past couple of years, and you can read it here. Please note that the letter will open in a new tab.

Groups are also starting to come out of hibernation. The Pilates Group has vacancies in all 3 classes so please check out the group page here, the Cycling Group goes out every Monday (weather permitting), several groups have held their first 2021 meetings, and others are meeting by Zoom. The Special Events Group have arranged a number of interesting day coach trips through into 2022 and further details can be found here. We also have a new Mindfulness Group and you can find out more about this here.

For full details of our groups programme please click the link to the calendar just below.

The calendar will open in a new tab (which may not be obvious if you are viewing this on a phone or small tablet) and you can return to this page by closing the other tab.

The more observant amongst you may have noticed a new entry in the navigation bar near the top of the page. We have added a new page entitled Motley as a place for bits and pieces which do not belong anywhere else on the site, and the photo slideshow and weather forecast have been moved there. Please have a look when you get a chance and let the webmaster know if you have anything you would like to contribute.

What is the U3A?

Previously known as the University of the Third Age, the 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.

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.

If you would like to join us you can find a membership application form here or among the many documents available on the Administration page.

Higham & Rushden U3A treats your rights seriously. Our Privacy Policy and Data Protection Policy set out how we deal with your personal information: click on the links to see the documents, which will open in a new tab.

There is a page on our website entitled Wellbeing. If you know of any useful resources regarding health and wellbeing matters which we can share with other members, please let the webmaster know.


Most of you will know Linda Walker, who has now taken over as Groups Coordinator. If you are a group leader, even of a group which has now closed, please get in touch with Linda to let her know the state of your group(s).

As far as her own groups are concerned,
Sunday lunch November 14th, Sywell country Park 10:30 (there is a charge for the car park). Chris will walk round the lake 2.7 miles, Linda will do a short walk to be gauged by members' abilities on the day.
Lunch at Hungry Horse Overstone. Walk is weather permitting, so please check u3a calendar at 8am the day of the walk for cancellation. Please book with Chris for walk. Linda for lunch. The lunch will take place unless really adverse weather conditions occur. Booking essential with Linda Walker.
Days out car share: we are starting to come out of our shells. Our first trip to Rushden's museum in the park with coffee first and a short walk is fully subscribed. Another will be arranged on their reopening next spring. Any ideas from members gratefully considered.
A Little aloud meet on the 2nd & 4th Friday at leaders' home between 10.00-12.00 or on Zoom 10.00 & 10.45-11.30 New members welcome. Please contact leaders for more information.
Non Fiction Group Non-Fiction Group: Meets on the 3rd Monday in the month at 2pm, at leaders’ home. An opportunity to share books we can recommend for future reading and discuss our present choice: see calendar for details. New members welcome.


The financial year of our U3A runs from September to August. Our treasurer Mike Wood has produced the accounts for the 2020-21 year and these can now be found on the Administration page.

Make sure you don't miss our interesting talks on the third Wednesday of the month now we are able to resume normal activity.
Doors open at 1:30 and the talk will begin at 2:00 pm prompt at the Rushden Historical and Transport Society's Goods Shed in John Clark Way, opposite the old Rushden Railway Station. Visitors are welcome at £3 per meeting for a maximum of 2 meetings.
Date Venue Topic Speaker
15th December Goods Shed Carols and Seasonal Songs Singing For Fun Group
19th January Goods Shed Animals Behaving Badly Dr. Michael Leach
16th February Goods Shed Astronaut Tim Peake & International Space Station Dave Eagle
16th March Goods Shed Stranded in Gambo Craig Fisher
20th April Goods Shed The History of Spoken English Charlie Haylock
18th May Goods Shed Time Through the Ages John Hope
15th June Goods Shed Ghost Writer for Celebrities Neil Hanson
10th July Goods Shed Great British Eccentrics Paul Robbins
17th August Goods Shed Nicker to Vicar Rev Kevin Woolmer
17th August Goods Shed Black Cats, New Moons and Ladders Sandy Leong

Members' Portal

Our U3A keeps basic records of members in accordance with GDPR, in order to manage U3A and group activities. Members can, and indeed are encouraged to, check and edit where necessary the information we hold about them by clicking on the button below (which will open the portal in a new tab). There are no separate login details to remember: just membership number, name, postcode and e-mail address as submitted on the latest renewal form.

Our duty of care to both members and group leaders means that we have to require all members to provide details of a person to contact in case of emergency. We also ask members who have a mobile phone to register its details: group leaders may not allow members without a mobile phone to go on trips in case they become separated from the rest of the party.

Please remember that this website is run by our members for our members.

Please submit anything you would like to see on the site (pictures, videos, items of general interest, breaking news, useful links to other websites etc). Email the Webmaster or the appropriate group leader via the contact page and keep our website interesting: any pictures of U3A activities would be much appreciated.
If you find any links which don't work or any spelling mistakes PLEASE also let the Webmaster know via the contact page.