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.
Higham & Rushden U3A calendar
Group leaders: if you see any errors or omissions please notify the webmaster via the contact page.
National U3A activities
Details of this year's U3A Summer Schools are now available. The courses are in Newport (Shropshire) from 17-20 July and Cirencester from 14-17 August and 11-14 September. Amongst the wide range of topics are Cryptic Crosswords, Garden History, Creative Writing, Singing for Pleasure and various courses on literature and aspects of history. See or download the full programme here.
U3A has negotiated discounts for block bookings at various events:
- The Elizabethan Experience at the Globe Theatre
- Themed visits to Brooklands Museum
- First World War in the air at the RAF Museum
- Wild Side Events at Wildlife and Wetlands Trust venues
- Gardens and shows of the Royal Horticultural Society
Click on any of the links above for more information.
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.
Current weather for the Rushden and Higham Ferrers area.
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Chairman's monthly message for June
Angela, our Vice Chairman, wrote last month about the benefits she gained from joining U3A after moving into the area. For her, the chance to meet people and make new friends proved invaluable. The main aim of the founders was the promotion of lifelong learning and this is set out on the National website which describes U3A as follows: "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."
Here at Higham and Rushden we have many Interest Groups which support that aim. I can think of the Computer Group, Digital Photography, Driving and perhaps the perfect example of learning together, our Guitar Group which started from nothing, quite literally!
However, the social benefits of our organisation should not be overlooked. Many of our Groups provide an opportunity for members to simply get together and enjoy a common activity. Amongst these I count the various card playing groups, Wine and Dine and the various art and handicraft groups.
I think that there is room for both threads within the wonderful organisation that is the University of the Third Age. We have room for everybody and aim to please by providing whatever we can to enrich people’s lives.
Other Higham and Rushden U3A events:
The Awayday planned for July 25th has had to be cancelled due to the low level of interest. Any deposits will be refunded.
There are 3 seats available on the History Group outing to Haddon Hall on the 6th of July: please use the Contact page if you are interested.
The next Country Parks Walk is on 9th July at Barnwell Country Park. Further details available on the Group page here.
On 9th November we are organising a coach trip to the Christmas Spectacular at Thursford in Norfolk. Full details are available here but don't leave it too long as there are only a few places left. (the link will open in a new tab)
The Days Out Car Share Group has the following planned events:
- 24th June Farnborough Hall
- 22nd August Kelmarsh Hall
- 24th September Glenn Miller Museum
- 11th October Hamerton Zoo
- 21st March 2018 'Matilda the Musical ' at Curve Theatre, Leicester
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.
|July 19th||Royal Mistresses
(note change of topic and speaker)
|Roger Powell MA|
|August 16th||Showbiz journalism||Graham Keal|
|September 20th||Victorian Ghosts||Andrew Selwyn|
|October 18th||Victorian Sewers||Andy Tipping|
|November 15th||Life as a sea Captain/Ships Pilot||Capt William Wells|
|Northamptonshire in Winter||Jon-Paul Carr|
Members may be interested to read about Beacon, an online membership management system introduced nationally about 2 years ago and which Higham and Rushden U3A has now joined. Training to group leaders and U3A postholders is being delivered over the next few months. Further details can be found on the Members page (only accessible if you are logged in).