If you are a member of our U3A you can register via the Administration page.


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Please help to save Higham Ferrers Library from closure! Click here for details of how you can help.


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 Lynn Gale (Groups Co-ordinator) via the Contact page or on her mobile 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:

The SINGING FOR FUN Group are fund raising for Charity in May, and are collecting raffle prizes at present. Chris and Linda (contact details below) are happy to receive any of your unwanted Christmas presents or other contributions at the Pemberton centre in January or at their home meetings.

DAYS OUT CAR SHARE has these proposed trips for 2018 so far:

  • Sun 15/4/18 Carpetbaggers Secret Warfare Museum, Harrington NN6 9PF with guided tour.
  • Sun 13/5/18 (Postponed from 2017) Twinwoods Airfield MK41 6AB: 1940s museums.
  • Mon 2/7/18 Wrest Park MK45 4HR. (English heritage members entrance free). Optional Archaeological store collection tour.
  • 30th July or a Monday in August. Apethorpe Palace, PE8 5DJ

All dates to be confirmed. More information on the Days Out table at the next meeting. 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, who will be taking names from January meeting onwards.

MAH-JONG meets on the first and 3rd Fridays of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Windmill Club in Glassbrook Road.

ROCK AND BLUES APPRECIATION is now up and running. The next meeting will be held on 25th January in Irthlingborough, and further members are very welcome. (Contact webmaster(at)highamandrushdenu3a.org.uk for more details).

The HISTORY GROUP has already arranged its' trips to take place on the first Thursday of each month May to September inclusive next year. This notice is issued to avoid clashes with any other Interest Group which may be considering the same dates.

A NON FICTION BOOK GROUP has been formed by Linda and Chris Walker (01933 387892). Click here for more details.

Linda and Chris also lead the Sunday Lunch Group which meets every 2 months and next gathers at the Griffin in Higham Ferrers on 28th January. The group is normally no more than 10 people, and new U3A members are especially welcome as this is a good way to learn about the U3A.

The Events Group now has some dates for your diary. See the January newsletter for details. If you are interested please contact Jean Mole (Treasurer) via the Contact page or phone (see Members page for details).

Chairman's monthly message for January

As I write this it is still early January. I am still wishing people a Happy New Year and remembering when signing and dating things to put 2018 not 2017!

I hope that you all had an enjoyable holiday season, celebrating with family and friends. My commiserations to any of you who contracted the “lurgi”. Linda and I were lucky enough to avoid it but we know many people who were unwell.

A newspaper article recently told us to cheer up, saying that Britain was still a great place to live. It set out to explain that despite all the ills that are befalling the world at present we have little to complain about. We have freedom of speech, religious and sexual tolerance (in the main), we have a low crime rate, there are high levels of employment (although we do have some black spots of high unemployment and social deprivation). There is a free press and the judiciary retain their independence and the law deals with people fairly and honestly. There are many, many countries in the world that do not enjoy such freedoms and some are nearer than you think.

And here in East Northants we have Higham and Rushden U3A – an organisation that we can be proud of, that helps and supports the third age community, enabling us to continue to enjoy a meaningful life after our working life has ended. Long may it prosper!

Phil Grace

Current weather for the Rushden and Higham Ferrers area.

National U3A news

If you are looking for other sources of information on virtually any subject, whether related to what you do in the U3A or elsewhere, U3A has produced guidance on MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) which you can find here.

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.

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

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February 21st The American Civil War
John Wright
A fascinating insight into this subject.
March 21st Tales from Rockingham Castle
Trisha Woods
You may have visited but Trish will give
an insider's viewpoint.
April 18th My favourite dive yet
Lee Bishop
A much requested return visit to talk about
his favourite dive.
May 16th Forensic Podiatry Professor Mark Curran
Much more than a talk about feet!
June 20th Life in War-torn Middle East Philip Caine
Philip is a published author, drawing upon his
experience whilst working in Iraq and other places.
July 18th Hunters of the sky Jennifer Anderson
A wonderful audio visual experience with
breathtaking photography of birds of prey.

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".