Higham and Rushden

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July update

Those of you who were at the July meeting will have enjoyed the interactive "Juke Box Jury" presentation which was extremely well-received. Thanks to presenter Roger Prescott and our Jury volunteers.

Linda Walker has asked that we pass on the following message:
"Recently we had an emergency visit to KGH, arriving there by ambulance. We were asked three times if we had a list of medications but as we don't carry them when we are doing local trips we didn't have them. Once the medical emergency was sorted out I asked the nurse what the situation was with accessing GP medical records and she told me they have very little access to the GPs. There is no joined up system and the safest thing is to carry a paper copy of your medication with you at all times. They did not ask if we have the NHS app on our phone, which lets you see your medication and is easy to use. My advice is install the NHS app then you can get to your medical records whenever your phone is with you."

Monthly meetings

Our monthly meetings are now held in the Salvation Army Citadel, 16-20 Church St, Rushden NN10 9YU. If you have not yet attended a meeting there but are curious about the venue, details including photographs and maps showing nearby parking and bus stops are available here.

If you are coming to one of our monthly meetings we offer the following guidance to make things run smoothly:
☆ The doors are normally open from 1:30 so please do not arrive too early.
★ Please have your machine-readable membership cards ready as you enter. (If you lose your membership card a replacement can be issued for a £5 fee.)
☆ We ask you not to linger in the foyer after swiping in, but to make your way quickly into the hall.
★ As many of our members are less than fully mobile we ask the more nimble among us to sit in the balcony where possible.

Talks calendar:

Date Venue Topic Speaker
19th August Salvation Army Citadel Wonderful Wicked Wallis Julie Kinnear
16th September Salvation Army Citadel Life After Eurovision Vince Eager
21st October Salvation Army Citadel Behind The Scenes at Blue Peter Julie Kinnear
18th November Salvation Army Citadel When Doctors and Policemen Start to Look Young Keith Baldwin
9th December Salvation Army Citadel Our AGM and other entertainment our u3a
20th January Salvation Army Citadel What Time's The Midnight Buffet? Vince Eager
17th February Salvation Army Citadel Hercule Poirot Steve Dimmer
17th March Salvation Army Citadel Musical Trio with clever ditties Sweet FA
14th April Salvation Army Citadel To be arranged TBA
Note: the April meeting is a week early to avoid a clash with Easter Monday.
19th May Salvation Army Citadel Topic under discussion Roger Brown
16th June Salvation Army Citadel You do not have to say anything but... Nick Cosgriff

If you would like to see what interest groups we run, please have a look at our groups page. You will note that some groups meet fortnightly, so if you need more precise dates of meetings or details of the topic, please click this link to the calendar:

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 Computer Group has changed venue and days of operation, and the Sunday Lunch Group has resumed meetings. Further details of these and all other groups on our groups page.

We would like to remind members that we no longer offer the u3a central magazine Third Age Matters without charging for it separately. We have to pay the Third Age Trust a substantial sum each year for these subscriptions, so have decided to implement a £5 annual surcharge for those members who wish to receive the magazine. This applies to both new and existing members. While this may be a disappointment to those of you who receive the magazine we are sure you will accept that the surcharge makes things fairer for all members, including those who do not subscribe to Third Age Matters, and also that £5 per year for 5 copies of the magazine delivered to your door by today’s standards constitutes remarkable value.

If you want to know more about nationwide u3a activities without paying for Third Age Matters you can receive interesting monthly newsletters from the Third Age Trust: sign up for these here.

What is the u3a?

Previously known as the University of the Third Age and as the capitalised U3A, 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.

We still welcome entries of general interest for the Motley page so please let the webmaster know if you have anything you would like to contribute.

Members' Portal

Our u3a keeps basic records of members in accordance with GDPR, in order to manage u3a and group activities. Members are able, 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). The method of logging in changed in April 2023 and to access the portal a username (your email address) and password are needed. Full details of how to create a password can be found here.

Our duty of care to both members and group leaders means that we have to request 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 be happy to 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.