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This is a reminder to members that henceforth our monthly meetings in the Pemberton Centre will be in the sports hall not the main hall: to the left on entry into the building. Please where possible no stiletto heels as they will cause damage to the floor.


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.


Our June meeting this year will be a celebration of the fact that Higham and Rushden U3A is 10 years old. Please click here to open a document with details of the event, which will be a ticket-only affair.

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.

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 (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 news:


Coach trip Sunday 11/8/19

The trip starts with a visit to Springfields Shopping Centre in Spalding, a good place for lunch or you can take a picnic to enjoy in the garden. In the afternoon we visit Burtey Fen Collection for a Compton and Wurlitzer organ concert with Nigel Ogden (recently retired presenter of Radio 2's The Organist Entertains). £10 per head for the concert.

BOOKING NOW. Check the link here for more information on Burtey Fen: it's a lovely venue, very small.

To reserve a place please contact Linda & Chris 01933 387892.


30/4/19 Coach trip to Chenies Manor is now full with a waiting list.

Contact group leaders Chris or Linda if you wish to cancel ASAP.


NON-FICTION BOOK GROUP (meets on a Monday afternoon, usually monthly)

POPULAR MUSIC APPRECIATION (meets on the 1st Friday each month)

Each of these groups has 2 vacancies, so please ring Linda or Chris on 01933 387892 for more information if you are interested.


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.

April message from the chair

I’m sitting in the middle of a field in Norfolk after almost a week in our caravan. A much more modern caravan than in the old days. We have a fitted shower running hot and cold water and central heating.

Weather-wise It’s been a bitterly cold week though sunny. We have been far from a good mobile signal and no WiFi but do we feel liberated? No we do not, though I’m hoping that when I press the send button this message will get to Maggie. It’s so funny how we expect, nay demand, to be able to communicate 24/7. I remember, as a nurse out and about in my car, I had to find a phone box in order to contact the office to inform on a patient or collect messages, my granddaughter finds this hilarious. Every phone box round here has been converted to a library where folks can drop off a book and simply pick up another.

Now that’s another thing, books! Actual paper pages. I only read on a tablet or kindle but in the high street of Burnham Market there sits a good old fashioned book shop doing a roaring trade of the old fashioned stuff. We can not stand still, the world around us changes and moves, with or without us.

Take Care.


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

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. Note also that from January 2019 we will be in the sports hall (turn left at Reception) rather than our traditional venue of the main hall.

At some point in 2019 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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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 Goods Shed Higham and Rushden U3A 10th Anniversary

Celebration tea party with entertainment. Please click here for
details of this all-ticket event.
July 17th Pemberton Centre ‘Flush with Success’

Kevin Varty
The History of the Smallest Room in the House - the Toilet. With
Historian and Lecturer, Kevin Varty.

August 21st The History of the Romany Gypsies Gloria & Peter Wright
Talk & Photographs
The history of the sufferings & success of the Romani people(s).
A personal trip down memory lane which inspired the speakers to
research the origin of the Romani People from 400 A.D to the
present day, following their migration from India, suffering
persecution & slavery through Europe.
September 18th A soldier's journey Luke Wigman
An inspirational speaker who has raised over £1M for charity
(Stanford Hall and RAF Benevolent Fund). Was badly injured in
Afghanistan and has won medals at the Invictus Games. He
speaks briefly about the Defence and National Rehabilitation
Centre followed by his life in the Military.
October 16th "Dancing with Diana" and our AGM Colin Hill
A talk with photographs by the man who was Princess Diana's
bodyguard for 8 years. Also our AGM.
November 20th Forging ahead Steve Dimmer

'Operation Bernhard’ was the code name of a secret Nazi plan
devised during the Second World War by the RSHA and the SS
to destabilise the British economy by flooding the country with
forged Bank of England £5, £10, £20 and £50 notes. It was the
largest counterfeiting operation in history. A talk about the setting
up of the operation with an opportunity to handle an actual
forged £5 note.

December 11th The Corby Male Voice Choir
Note: Second

Sixteen to twenty singers, entertaining us with Christmas and other
popular songs and inspiring us to get into the Festive Spirit.

January 22nd The Air Ambulance Mr Peter Willie
Talk & photo presentation of the work of The Air Ambulance including
The Children's Air Ambulance, & Night Car. (Followed by a fundraising
collection, by Air Ambulance. Please give generously on exit).
February 19th Don’t Dilly Dally Tricia Thompson
The History of The Old-Time Music Hall. With a Sing-a-Long.
Talk & presentation.

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 find telephone numbers 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.