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From now on 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 are also a day later, changing from the third Wednesday each month (except in December) to the third Thursday of the month except in December.

Please also note that for December only, because our meeting coincides with the day of the general election, access to the meeting will be via the front door, in the High Street.

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


The draft minutes from the 2019 AGM, together with the annual reports of both the Chairman and the Treasurer, can be found here.


U3A regional matters

The Autumn newsletter from Jean Hogg, U3A Trustee for the East Midlands, can be found here.

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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Our Chair aerobic teacher is moving out of the area, but the two classes will continue just the same as we have a new teacher starting on the 13 December, but the change will be from chair aerobics to PILATES EXERCISES for SENIORS.

There are currently vacancies in both sessions (at 2 o'clock and 3:15), so if you are interested, please get in touch with Sylvia via the Contact page.

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Days Out and Car Share: Selling Fast!

We will have had our last trip by the time of the December meeting. After Christmas we are looking for ideas for 2020 starting in April or May. Health matters have taken over our time recently. We would like your ideas. All suggestions are seriously considered. Coach trips with travel time of 90 minutes maximum to the venue are particularly welcome. Local car share trips with offers of transport are also very welcome.

Contact Linda at 01933 387892 spidar.girl(at)btinternet.com.

Sunday Lunch Group:

Next lunch at the Rushden Bowls Club 26/1/20. We welcome singles and new-to-U3A members. Booking essential - contact Linda on 01933 387892.

Non-Fiction Book Group:

New members welcome. Contact Linda 01933 387892.

Are you a non-Fiction reader? Interested in Travel, History, Biographies etc. The group meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at the Group Leader’s home. Members would need to commit to buying the books we will be reading on Kindle or online. Our next meeting is a planning meeting, and book recommendations are welcome.

As we are members of Thrapston and Wellinborough U3A's we welcome their members.

H.E. Bates short course: Initially a 4-meeting study course to encourage wider reading of our local author HE Bates -HE, as he is locally known. He wrote the Pop Larkin Chronicles which was turned into the TV series Darling Buds of May. Come and discover the stories he wrote, set locally.

Members attending will need to obtain copies of some of his books which are obtainable from Kindle, Amazon, Abe books and the local library. Contact leaders for more details and to book a place. Limited places 01933 387892 spidar.girl(at)btinternet.com.Limited places, contact leaders for more details and to book a place. 01933 387892 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 .

December message from the chair


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 Thursday of the month by making a note in your diary.
Meetings start at 1:30 so that the talk can begin at 1.45 pm prompt at the Wesleyan Church ("The Church in the High Street"), accessed from Queen Street in Rushden town centre. Visitors are welcome at £3 per meeting for a maximum of 2 meetings.





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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 16th 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 The Forgotten Art of The Picture Postcard Dr James Taylor
Brilliant British Humour
March 19th Wesleyan Church
Don’t Dilly Dally Tricia Thompson
The History of The Old-Time Music Hall. With a Sing-a-Long.
Talk & presentation.
April 16th Wesleyan Church To be advised
May 21st Wesleyan Church My Farcical Career as Liaison on a Cruise Ship Colin Bowyer
The speaker is a retired actor who will have you in stitches with his
very dry delivery coupled with an amazing sense of timing.
June 18th Wesleyan Church The Truth behind Les Misérables David Price
The phenomenally successful musical based on a novel by French
author Victor Hugo who was actually living in exile in Guernsey while
writing it.
But why did people rebel and what were they fighting for? And are the
main characters Jean Valjean, Fantine, Colette, Javert, Eponine and
Marius actual reflections of real-life people?
With slides and musical extracts.
July 16th Wesleyan Church Magic as depicted in art through the centuries Ian Keebler
Early Magicians symbolised the mysteries and the unknown. Later,
cartoonists and satirists associated magicians with political skulduggery.
Magicians themselves used the skills of the lithographer and engraver
to promote their own shows: the resulting posters are highly collectable
in their own right. There is also another more secretive way that art is
used in magic: to help the aspiring magician learn the tricks. As Ian
shows, this is one of the few arts that can be illustrated both on screen
and in performance. Talk with magic tricks included

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.


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.