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


(reserved for committee-approved announcements: routine announcements can be found further down the page.)


There have been complaints that it is not easy to access the newsletter via the website, so we have prepared a step-by-step guide for those members who are having difficulty. The guide sets out in simple terms how to get to the newsletter page and open the actual newsletter, and in addition has details of how to create a shortcut to the newsletter page on a computer, tablet or smartphone. The guide can be found here, and is printable should you want a paper copy to keep. We are able to print off copies for members without access to a printer, but anyone requiring this service should bring a stamped self-addressed envelope (A5 paper size with a standard letter stamp or A4 size with a large letter stamp) to the monthly meeting. You should expect to receive the guide within 4 weeks, although it will normally be quicker.


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 Steve Evans (Front of House) via the Contact page or by phone (see Members page for details).


Committee News:

The Committee is pleased to welcome two new members to its ranks. Mike Wood and Alan Devenish have been co-opted with immediate effect and will stand for election, along with returning members, at the AGM in October.

Mike will be shadowing our Treasurer, with a view to taking on the role when Jean's term of office runs out in 2019. A job will be found for Alan in due course!

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:


  • 2019 Spring holiday at Warner's New destination Studley Castle, Stratford on Avon. Update.
    Warner's newest venue opening 2019. Booking for 2019 has just opened. We are taking £30 deposits at the October meeting. We have been quoted by RB coach travel 3 day break [2nights] Monday 13th - Wednesday the 15th May 2019 with standard room, upgrades possible, bed breakfast and evening meal, the food is of a very high standard. £330 sharing. Single rooms are £350 per person with evening entertainment. Lots of things going on in the day at the Castle so no need to worry about the weather. There is an included day in Stratford on Avon if you would like to go.We need a minimum of 20: at present there are 12 on my list. £30 each non refundable deposit, to us at or before the October meeting. Cheque payable to H&R U3A. U3A members only but your friends can join U3A and then come with you. Ring us on 01933 387892 for more info.
  • Christmas trip, 16/11/18: Coach Trip to National Trust property Waddesdon Manor Aylesbury HP18 0JH.
    This trip is now fully subscribed. If you would like to be added to the reserve list, please ring 01933 387892.

  • see the group page for further details of all our events.

More information on the Days Out table. 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.

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

October message from the chair

As I write this we have just enjoyed a beautiful autumn day, almost unseasonably warm, but the nights are getting cooler and rain is forecast over the coming 36/48 hours. Winter is on its way. It will become risky to plant anything apart from the spring bulbs – which should be in by the time you read this! Also I must start harvesting my apples before the next storm strips them from the trees.

But this isn’t the gardening page! As the nights draw in one’s thoughts turn towards indoor pursuits – or at least my mine are! Could I learn a language this winter? Perhaps I should join the Badminton Group and try to get fit! I should really join one of the Digital Photography Groups so I can make better use of all the features on my fancy camera (although it is in for repair at the moment!), or I might join the History Group. What I won’t be doing is joining Singing for Fun or one of the Guitar Groups (I’m pretty much tone deaf!) nor the Art Group (no artistic talent and can’t draw without a ruler!).

Higham and Rushden U3A has so much to offer....there should be something for everyone! And if there isn’t a group for your particular interest then speak to the Groups Coordinator or a Committee Member. It should be possible to get a group started. But remember, it won’t come on a plate, you might be asked to help set up the group.

Now to close my last “From the Chair” piece... a big thank you to the Committee, the Group Leaders and all members for your help and support during my term of office as Chairman.

Phil Grace

Current weather for the Rushden and Higham Ferrers area.

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 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.

At some point next year 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.

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





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November 21st Pemberton Centre A photography special Tom Way
Details to follow when available
December 12th Pemberton Centre The complete history of Christmas Mike Kennedy
N.B. Second
Mike is a colleague of Lesley whom you may remember
as Nell Gwynn, so expect something a little different.


January 16th Pemberton Centre The Little Book of Monarchs
Tony Boullemeir
A wonderfully fascinating, amusing, and accurate guide
to English Monarchs.
February 20th Pemberton Centre The Life and Times of Franz Lehar and The Merry Widow Mr. David Price
With video, music and artworks.
March 20th Pemberton Centre

‘Oh Matron’ The History of the Carry on Films

Steve Dimmer

With video,music and artworks.

April 17th Pemberton Centre Discovering MacDonald Gill Caroline Walker
MacDonald ‘Max’ Gill (1884-1947, brother of the sculptor
and typographer Eric Gill), was an architect, graphic designer,
best known for his pictorial maps. He created painted maps
for houses such as Kelmarsh Hall and Lindisfarne Castle,
magnificent murals for Cunard liners and eye-catching
publicity posters for organisations such as London Underground.
An enduring legacy is his alphabet for the Imperial War Graves
Commission used on all British military headstones since WWI.
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.

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".