Higham and Rushden

OUR INTEREST GROUPS


The majority of groups had their activities severely curtailed or even completely suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, a number of group leaders decided that they no longer wished to continue in those roles and often were unable to find someone willing to take over as group leader.
We believe the information below to be a reasonably accurate representation of our post-Covid groups but there may be errors. Some of the linked individual group pages show the state of each group at the start of the pandemic and are awaiting updates from group leaders
Groups which have not survived Covid include Family History (Genealogy), Bridge, Popular Music Appreciation and Settlements: if any of these is close to your heart and you feel like resurrecting the group then the Groups Co-ordinator would love to hear from you.


Groups are at the heart of the u3a. Participating in or leading a group is a great way of practising your preferred activity, learning new things or teaching others (or indeed both – one of the founding tenets of the u3a is that the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between them) as well as meeting interesting people with similar interests.
Before joining your first group please click to see the responsibilities expected from individuals who join the groups.
We have many Interest and Activity Groups, as listed below. To find out more information about joining a group, please contact the Group Leader via the Contact page.

All the groups are listed below and you are welcome to scroll down the page to see what is on offer. If you simply want to find out whether there is a group for tennis, for example, you can also click on the appropriate tab (S to Z) at the top of the table.
At the time of writing we do not have a tennis group so if you would like to pass on your own expertise and enthusiasm by organising a new group for this or any other activity, please contact the Group Co-ordinator via the Contact page for more details: the duties of a group leader are not onerous.
Our active live Groups listing can be viewed here.


If you are a member of our u3a you can get details of group leaders by logging in to the Members' Portal. All you need to do is click 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.
When the portal opens you can get a full list of our groups by clicking on the "Higham & Rushden U3A groups" link and then on the arrow at the left of the name of the group in which you are interested.



A LITTLE ALOUD

Group Aims: To read and be read aloud to (perhaps for the first time since we were children), to share our love of prose and poetry, ..... Read more here.

BADMINTON GROUPS

We have 3 groups catering to all types of participant: beginners and improvers, standard group and a badminton for fun group. If you are interested in badminton you can read more here.

COMPUTING AND TECHNOLOGY

We now meet on the first 4 Wednesdays of the month, between 10 am and 12 noon, at St Peter's Church Hall in Hayway. 2 sessions each month are for Windows users and 2 for iPad and mobile users, so please check the calendar on the home page. Read more here.

COUNTRY DANCING

The group have now been meeting since July 2009 and the standard of dancing has improved considerably. A few more men (even with two left feet) would be very welcome. Read more here.

COUNTRY PARK WALKS

There are a lot of local Country Parks and pocket parks that are well maintained with level hard standing paths suitable for most walkers who appreciate the countryside and beautiful scenery. Read more here.

CRIBBAGE & SOLO WHIST

We meet every second Monday evening in the Windmill Club at 19:00 and welcome players of all abilities. Read more here.

CYCLING

Come and join us on Mondays or Saturdays from April to October. Read more about the different levels of expertise here.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

We are a friendly and supportive group whose aims are to improve our digital photography experience. Read more here.

DRIVING

The purpose of the group is to help those drivers who would like to have their driving skills brought up to the current conditions on the roads today, .... Read more here.

GARDEN

The Garden Group is happy to welcome new members. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at 2pm. Read more here.

GOLF

The Golf Group has recently re-formed after a short break. We aim to meet fortnightly, alternate Wednesdays and Fridays. Further details are available here.

GUITAR IMPROVERS

The Guitar Improvers Group meets at the Windmill Club, Rushden every Tuesday 4-6 pm. Read more here.

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The Handicrafts Group meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at 2pm at the Rushden Bowls Club. New members are always welcome. Read more here.

HISTORY

The History Group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 2pm at the Rushden Masonic Hall. New members are always welcome. Read more here.

HOME DINING

We meet once or twice a month for dinner in the leader's home. Read more here.

KNIT & NATTER

We meet every fortnight on Mondays between 10 am and 12, at the group leader's house in Higham Ferrers. Click here for further details.

MAH-JONG

We meet fortnightly on Monday afternoons in Waitrose in Rushden. The group is aimed at beginners but experienced players are very welcome. Click here for further details.

NON-FICTION BOOKS

Are you a non-Fiction reader? Interested in Travel, History, Biographies etc? We meet on the 3rd Monday in the month from 10:15 - 12:15. Click here for further details.

PAINTING FOR PLEASURE

We are a group of mixed ability painters who meet fortnightly on a Monday at Colemans Craft Warehouse. Further details are available here.

PLAY READING

The Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month and has an average attendance of around 10 members and would welcome new members and guests, although as the plays have a finite number of parts it will mean you only listen at some meetings. Read more here.

READING

The group has arisen from the ashes of the Bookmarks group and is now known as Bookmarks Again, meeting monthly on the second Wednesday. Further details here.

ROCK AND BLUES APPRECIATION

A group for fans of rock and blues music, and particularly that from the late 1960s and early 1970s. We meet on the last Thursday each month in Irthlingborough. For further details please click here.

SCRABBLE

The Scrabble group is a group of enthusiasts who enjoy a good game of Scrabble. Beginners and more experienced players welcome. Click here for more details.

SINGING FOR FUN

No audition or ability to read music is required, we just SING for FUN. Read more here.

SPECIAL EVENTS

We organise Special Events throughout the year (seaside, theatre, flower shows, race meeetings and the like, whatever the members want). 2021 events include trips to Highclere Castle, the National Stud and the Royal Courts of Justice: read more here.

SUNDAY LUNCH

We meet every 2 months. New to U3A? Come along and meet us. We are a small friendly group. Events will be publicised on the group page.

TABLE TENNIS

We meet 3 times each month, and all levels of ability are welcome. No sessions are held during school summer holidays. Click here for more.

TENPIN BOWLING

We meet every fortnight at the AMF Bowl in Wellingborough: click here for more.

UKULELE

We meet every Monday afternoon at 13:30 hrs. Further details here.

VIDEO EDITING

We aim to improve the knowledge of members as to how to edit, enhance and generally improve the results of video film taken on hand-held video cameras. More here.

WALKING IN COUNTRY PARKS

This group meets monthly on the first Sunday in local country parks and further details can be found here.

WALT (WOULD ANYONE LIKE TO?)

Further details can be found here.

WINE AND DINE

We continue to meet at various pubs or restaurants throughout the county on a monthly basis. Further details here.

WINE APPRECIATION

It is not just about tasting the wine but learning about the country and the grapes. How they are grown and harvested to make an drinkable wine. Not everyone likes the same wines but that’s what makes it interesting. Further details here.