Higham and Rushden


Members' Portal

Our U3A keeps basic records of members in accordance with GDPR, in order to manage U3A and group activities. Members can, 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). There are no separate login details to remember: just membership number, name, postcode and e-mail address as submitted on the latest renewal form.

Our duty of care to both members and group leaders means that we have to ask 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 need this information particularly for trips during which members may become separated from the rest of the party.


Our committee
Post Postholder
Chair Currently vacant. Jim Morrison is acting chair.
Secretary Denise Evans
Treasurer Currently vacant, covered by Jean Mole
Groups CoordinatorLinda Walker
Membership Secretary Tony Monk
PublicityGerald Boxall
NewsletterMaggie Morrison
Beacon Manager Alan Nixson
Speaker SecretaryJean Mole
Networking Trish Dewar
Front of HouseSteve Evans
WebmasterJim Morrison

We also have helpers (Margaret Shelton and Carole Rider) who assist the committee as required, as well as a Finance sub-committee looking into modernising payment methods. The sub-committee's Terms of Reference can be found here.

You may have noticed references to "Beacon" elsewhere on this site or heard the name mentioned and wondered what it is. Well, wonder no more.
Beacon is an administration database developed under the auspices of the Third Age Trust, the umbrella organisation covering almost all u3as in Britain. It is used to track:
☺ membership details and renewals
☺ groups, leaders and members
☺ group finances for larger groups
☺ income and expenditure for our u3a
☺ group calendar
and all the other day-to-day bits and pieces that are necessary to run an organisation of this size.

The team running Beacon will shortly welcome the 500th u3a to use the system.

The Beacon development team releases its own newsletter from time to time, and the January 2022 version can be found here.


Here you will find links to the more mundane, although equally important, parts of the site and documents available for download.

Documents for you to view or download include the following:

Membership Application. not the renewal form You will receive this by post and if you lose it please contact the Membership Secretary.

Group Etiquette.

Our Constitution.

Accessibility Policy.

Vulnerable Adults Policy.

2020-21 AGM draft minutes

Higham and Rushden U3A Privacy Policy

Higham and Rushden U3A Finance Policy

Higham and Rushden U3A Data Protection Policy

2020-2021 accounts

As a u3a affiliated to the Third Age Trust we also benefit from some centrally-arranged licences including copyright, showing films and public music broadcast, as well as nationally arranged insurance cover for our activities.

Group Leaders can access all their paperwork from this page.