Higham and Rushden

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August update

Unfortunately we had to cancel the monthly meeting due to be held on 18th July, in view of the excessive temperatures forecast for (and actually experienced) that day. We are hopeful that the August meeting will not be similarly affected. When the temperature gets high, please stay indoors, try to keep cool and stay hydrated.
Looking forward to next month those of you who drive may be interested in the event advertised below.

This is not a u3a event but is organised by Northants Police and the Institute of Advanced Motorists and its target audience is people like our membership. The webmaster would be attending were he not on holiday then.


Monthly meetings are now on the third Monday of the month at Flutters Bingo in College Street. Doors open at 1:30 and the talk commences at 2:00. We would ask you to have your machine-readable membership cards ready as you enter to minimise the risk of a queue developing. If you lose your membership card a replacement can be issued for a £5 fee.

For full details of our monthly talks please see the monthly meeting calendar further down the page.

Groups are starting to come out of hibernation. The Special Events Group have arranged a number of interesting day coach trips through 2022 and further details can be found here.

For full details of our groups programme please click this link to the calendar:

The calendar will open in a new tab (which may not be obvious if you are viewing this on a phone or small tablet) and you can return to this page by closing the other tab.

We still welcome entries of general interest for the Motley page so please let the webmaster know if you have anything you would like to contribute.

What is the u3a?

Previously known as the University of the Third Age and as the capitalised U3A, the 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.

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.

If you would like to join us you can find a membership application form here or among the many documents available on the Administration page.

Higham & Rushden u3a treats your rights seriously. Our Privacy Policy and Data Protection Policy set out how we deal with your personal information: click on the links to see the documents, which will open in a new tab.

There is a page on our website entitled Wellbeing. If you know of any useful resources regarding health and wellbeing matters which we can share with other members, please let the webmaster know.


Most of you will know Linda Walker, who has now taken over as Groups Coordinator. If you are a group leader, even of a group which has now closed, please get in touch with Linda to let her know the state of your group(s).

As far as her own groups are concerned,

Sunday Walk & Lunch Group: the next venue and day to be arranged.
All walks are weather permitting. Please check the u3a calendar at 8am the day of the walk for late cancellation. The lunch will take place unless really adverse weather conditions occur. It's worth checking the weather forecast, the morning of the walk. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear . Country park paths are often uneven.
Essential - please book with Chris Ebden for the walk, Linda for the lunch by emailing Grpscord@highamandrushdenu3a.org.uk

Days out car share: closed at present.

A Little aloud meet on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday at leaders' home between 10.00-12.00 or on Zoom 10.00 & 10.45-11.30 New members welcome. Please contact leaders for more information.

Non Fiction Group We have been meeting for about 2 years with members from H&R and Wellingborough u3as. Our book choices are varied. Recently we have read biographies, travel and history, both newly published and from past years. We meet at the leaders' home in Rushden on the 3rd Monday of each month 2-4pm, to discuss our choice of book and choose another. We use Zoom occasionally.
More information from Linda and Chris Walker Grpscord@highamandrushdenu3a.org.uk


The financial year of our U3A runs from September to August. The accounts for the 2020-21 year can be found on the Administration page.

Make sure you don't miss our interesting talks now we are able to resume normal activity. Visitors are welcome at £3 per meeting for a maximum of 2 meetings.
Doors open at 1:30 and the talk will begin at 2:00 pm prompt at the venue:
Flutters Bingo in College Street on the third Monday each month.
Date Venue Topic Speaker
15th August Flutters Nicker to Vicar Revd. Kelvin Woolmer
19th September Flutters You're Never Too Old to Rock & RollVince Eager
17th October Flutters Animals Behaving Badly (and our AGM) Dr. Michael Leach
21st November FluttersMarilyn Monroe Julie Kinnear
December talk details to follow when arranged
January talk details to follow when arranged
20th February Flutters Down to Earth: The history of the parachute Malcolm Darrock
20th March Flutters Barrow to Baghdad and Back Again Philip Caine

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 request 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 may not be happy to allow members without a mobile phone to go on trips in case they become separated from the rest of the party.

Please remember that this website is run by our members for our members.

Please submit anything you would like to see on the site (pictures, videos, items of general interest, breaking news, useful links to other websites etc). Email the Webmaster or the appropriate group leader via the contact page and keep our website interesting: any pictures of u3a activities would be much appreciated.
If you find any links which don't work or any spelling mistakes PLEASE also let the Webmaster know via the contact page.