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Many of you will know that we have to leave the Pemberton Centre, and also that the Goods Shed has for various reasons not yet proved to be a suitable alternative venue. We have therefore decided that as from November 2019 the monthly meetings will be held in the Wesleyan Church ("The Church In The High Street") accessed from Queen Street in Rushden town centre. Monthly meetings will also be a day later after the move, changing from the third Wednesday each month (except in December) to the third Thursday of the month except in December.

There is a note here from Angela Mason explaining the reasoning behind the decision, and details of the venue can be found here.


2019 Annual General Meeting

Our AGM will be held on Wednesday 16th October 2019 at 1:45 pm at the Pemberton Centre. The notice about the AGM can be found here, last year's draft minutes are here and the draft agenda for this year can be found here. Any items for the Agenda must be submitted, in writing, to the Secretary by 23rd September 2019.
We will unfortunately be losing important committee members as they come to the end of their terms and we are looking for members to replace those who leave. If you are interested in joining the committee and having a say in the running of our U3A please complete the nomination form on the AGM notice and submit it by 23rd September.

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.

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 (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 news:

There is a new 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.

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This new group started by Sylvia Wright has proved so popular that the 2 o'clock class is now full but there are still vacancies in the 3:15 class. If you are interested, please get in touch with Sylvia via the Contact page.

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Sunday 1st to Wednesday 4th December 2019 ~ 4 days, 3 nights @ £230 OR

Sunday 1st to Thursday 5th December 2019 ~ 5 days, 4 nights @ £280

Day 1: "Christmas Eve" Coach to Bournemouth. Join fellow guests for table quiz & 3 course meal with House Entertainment

Day 2: "Christmas Day". Day at leisure. Use the Pool or stroll round Bournemouth Christmas market. In the evening enjoy a traditional Christmas Dinner with Crackers & Christmas gift. Half bottle of wine per person.

Day 3: "New Year's Eve" A coach drive to Portsmouth with entry tickets. In the evening there is a Bucks Fizz Reception followed by a 3-course dinner.

Day 4 (OPTIONAL): A day trip to Haskins Garden Centre, Ferndown followed by a 3-course dinner & half bottle of wine per person on your return

We have again booked the popular 4 day / 3 night option at the Trouville Hotel from Sunday 1 st to Wednesday 4th December at a cost per person of £230. However, we have also taken an option of extending this break an extra day to Thursday 5 th December for just an additional £50, making a total of £280 for the whole stay.

Sign Up sheet available at the next U3A meeting, or contact Jean Mole on 01933 626608. When signing up for this event, please indicate which option you prefer and then we will go with the majority decision.

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Coach Trip 24th Sept to Goadby Marwood Hall Booking has now closed.


Cineworld Rushden Tuesday 22/10/19 2pm Booking just opened for Sadlers’ Wells’ Production of Matthew Bourne’s ballet Romeo & Juliet. You are welcome to join us for a meal afterwards, booking with leaders essential. Booking details below.


Selling fast! Sunday 10/11/19 2pm Cineworld Rushden, West End production of 42nd Street with Bonnie Langford. Booking details below. Contact leader if you have difficulty with booking online. We are eating at the Needle and Awl after the show. Booking with leaders essential.

To book seats log on to cineworld.co.uk and if you have problems you phone 03303 334444 when Cineworld will be happy to help process the booking online. Please log onto the website (cineworld.co.uk) before phoning as they cannot take the booking by phone but will talk anyone through the process of booking and paying for their tickets on line. Or you can visit the venue which is open 9 30-midnight every day.


Knuston Hall Lunch and Talk. Wed Dec 11th 11:30 for 12. We have space in our car for non drivers who wish to attend. Offers of transport always welcome. There is a bus that passes the door too. I have booked the following light-hearted talk with 2 course lunch for £15.95 per person. Please contact Linda for booking. 01933 387892 or email spidar.girl(at)btinternet.com

The Creation of Dickens Christmas Carol

with Steve Dimmer on Wednesday 11 December 2019
When Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843, the season was not the joyous celebration we know today. This talk examines how the classic story was written and how it influenced the Victorians and later generations to embrace Christmas as the most important celebration of the year.


Castle Theatre 23/10/19 3pm. The film Downton Abbey.

2 for 1 offer until 18/10/19 when booking just once on any film: don’t forget to mention it. LBDAUT01F.

We will be eating after the performance at the Dog and Duck with 40% off main meals. Booking essential with leaders for meal.


We have been to local attractions and further afield to National Trust properties. The coach trips have been very successful. We are always looking for places to go. Please let us know if there is anywhere you visit that you think will be of interest to our members. We prefer coach journey times of 75 mins or thereabouts. Car share trips and local bus pass trip venue ideas are welcome too. These attract smaller numbers. Good when you are new to U3A. Watch this space for 2020 trips. Chris and Linda.


A Little Aloud Group We meet 2nd and 4th Friday mornings at leaders' home but currently have no spaces.

Popular Music Appreciation. We meet the first Friday in the month at leaders' home . We have no space for new members but would be happy to help another member start a second group.


Non-fiction Book Group. Our July book was Man-Hunt How I bought a Serial Killer Levi Bellfield to Justice by Colin Sutton, now a 6 part adaptation on ITV called ‘A Confession’

August read is Bringing the House Down by David Profumo. 290pages. A slow full of facts enjoyable read. Sorry its not on Kindle.

We have space for 1 new member.


Sunday Lunch

We meet every 2 months and particularly welcome new U3A members. Next lunch at the bowls club, Northampton Rd. on Sept 29th. Booking essential. Ring 01933 387892 or email Linda Walker < spidar.girl(at)btinternet.com>


At least 2 members collect used postage stamps for charity, so from now on there will be a box at each monthly meeting into which members can deposit their stamps, secure in the knowledge that they will go to a good cause. Initially (if not permanently) the box will be on the membership desk near the entrance.


Riviera Travel will give 10% off the price of booking a cruise to our U3A when a member books and mentions Higham and Rushden U3A .

September message from the vice-chair

Whilst Angela is away celebrating her birthday (no, I did not ask her age...self preservation and all that), I have the honour of writing this short intro.

I recently bought 2 new tyres for my car and following safety advice, checked the air pressure after 100 miles. It was then I realised that the wrong tyres had been fitted. They were the correct brand but wrong tyre, being cheaper and having poorer fuel economy than that paid for. Interestingly the invoice stated a Quality Control had been undertaken...maybe all they check for is that the wheel is attached to the car! I returned to the garage where the correct tyres were fitted, being informed that the tread patterns are so similar for that make, that errors could happen. Do they not read labels? Around the same time I heard that someone had paid £55,000 for a beer, where the assistant had mistakenly put in too many zeros for an actual price of £5.50 for card payment. It seems that no-matter what or where you buy items, close scrutiny is required to ensure you have paid/received the correct item. Trouble is, with us wrinklies we have to ask for time to get the spectacles out!

On another more relevant matter, many of you will be aware (courtesy of the Grape Vine) that the committee have been viewing another possible venue for our monthly meetings. The Pemberton has such terrible acoustics and the Goods Shed with 'non existent' heating has meant a major rethink. All will be revealed at the September meeting - for those with a warped sense of humour I mean JUST the new venue will be revealed!

That's it for this month - Be Careful Out There. Alan Devenish

NB The Newsletter is available online from the Sunday before each monthly Meeting.

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 talks 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.
Please also see the notice at the top of this page regarding change of venue and day from November 2019.





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October 16th Pemberton Centre "Dancing with Diana" and our AGM Colin Hill
Last Wednesday
A talk with photographs by the man who was Princess Diana's
bodyguard for 8 years. Also our AGM.
November 21st Wesleyan Church Forging ahead Steve Dimmer
Thursday from now on

'Operation Bernhard’ was the code name of a secret Nazi plan
devised during the Second World War by the RSHA and the SS
to destabilise the British economy by flooding the country with
forged Bank of England £5, £10, £20 and £50 notes. It was the
largest counterfeiting operation in history. A talk about the setting
up of the operation with an opportunity to handle an actual
forged £5 note.

December 12th Wesleyan Church The Corby Male Voice Choir
Note: Second

Sixteen to twenty singers, entertaining us with Christmas and other
popular songs and inspiring us to get into the Festive Spirit.

January 23rd Wesleyan Church The Air Ambulance Mr Peter Willie
Talk & photo presentation of the work of The Air Ambulance including
The Children's Air Ambulance, & Night Car. (Followed by a fundraising
collection, by Air Ambulance. Please give generously on exit).
February 20th Wesleyan Church Don’t Dilly Dally Tricia Thompson
The History of The Old-Time Music Hall. With a Sing-a-Long.
Talk & presentation.

Higham and Rushden U3A groups calendar

Some changes have been made to Beacon which have impacted how the groups calendar can be displayed. At present it is unfortunately not possible to show them within this page, as we did before:


It is still possible to see the calendar without having to log into Beacon, simply by clicking on the link below. The calendar page 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.

Higham and Rushden U3A Groups Calendar


Beacon is a dedicated database system developed by the U3A nationally which Higham and Rushden have joined along with 150+ other U3A's.
This allows automation of many aspects of administering our branch including tracking of membership, branch calendar of events, details of our interest groups and financial reporting. Generally speaking members will not need to interact with it, but can log in to Beacon by clicking here to check and change their own personal details and also find telephone numbers for group leaders.

Note that there are no separate login details for you to remember: just your membership number, name, postcode and e-mail address as submitted on your last renewal forms.