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We are nearing the AGM when we will unfortunately be losing important committee members as they come to the end of their term. We are looking for members to replace those who leave. So if you are interested please get in touch with me either on the contact page online or come and speak to me at the monthly meeting.
Angela Mason


Some members have asked where meetings will be held in future.

Whilst we expect to move to the Goods Shed at some point, as things stand we expect to stay at the Pemberton Centre for the remainder of 2019.

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:



Matinée Performance @ The Phoenix Theatre, London, Wednesday 25th September

Winner of 4 Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical, “Come From Away” has taken the West End by storm. Playing to nightly standing ovations at London’s Phoenix Theatre, “Come From Away” also continues sold-out, record-breaking engagements on Broadway, across the USA and in Canada

Discover the remarkable true story of a small town that welcomed the world with the UK premiere of COME FROM AWAY at the Phoenix Theatre.

We have booked 30 seats to see this award-winning musical but we need sign up and payment by 20th July. Normal price for these seats in the stalls would be £69, but we have negotiated the theatre tickets for just £35! The total price, including coach will be £51. If you wish to add a 2-course meal at the Radisson Blu Hotel before the show, this will be an additional £19. (Please note that the Radisson require a minimum of 10).

Contact Jean on 01933 626608 or 07736 445658 to book a place or sign up at the next U3A Meeting.



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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Days Out Group Coach Trip 24th Sept to Goadby Marwood Hall

As this property is privately owned the house is only available for private group visits.

We have a few places at present. £34 each Leaving Rushden late morning. Entrance with guided tour and afternoon tea. Ring 01933 387892 or email spidar.girl(at)btinternet.com


Goadby Marwood Hall is a 17th-century Grade II* house next to a beautiful 13th-century church in a tiny village just north of Melton Mowbray. In 1750 a new Palladian-style south wing was built. The 180-acre estate was a subsidiary holding of the Duke of Rutland and often the residence of members of his family.
In 2000 it was inherited by Vicky Westropp. She and her husband have worked tirelessly, restoring the neglected house and redesigning the garden, based on 18th-century plans. Planted for year-round interest, it boasts a chain of five lakes over ten acres and several interconnected walled gardens — a feast for the eye. Join the Westropps for a tour of their beautiful house and gardens.


We will be looking into future visits over the next weeks. We are particularly looking for a Christmas trip similar to our Waddesdon visit last year. Any ideas gratefully received.


A Little Aloud Group We meet 2nd and 4th Friday mornings at leaders' home and have space for a new member. At each meeting we read prose and poetry on a pre-chosen theme. We share life's experiences and put the world to rights too! Contact Linda or Chris on 01933 387892 or email spidar.girl(at)btinternet.com


Popular Music Appreciation. We meet the first Friday in the month at leaders' home . We have space for new members. See our group page for details.


Sunday Lunch

Our next date is 28th July, venue to be arranged. We meet every 2 months and particularly welcome new U3A members. Book early: we had 23 at the last lunch. We try to have tables of no more than 8. Contact Linda or Chris on 01933 387892 or email 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.

July message from the chair

Members, it was lovely to see so many of you attending last month's celebration.The committee and volunteers worked very hard in order to make the event a success. We had a few hiccups here and there but we have learned from it.

I wanted this month to highlight the issue of Loneliness. U3A Main Office have been working to make sure U3A does what it can and encourage the public to get involved.

Just the other week I bumped into someone I hadn’t seen for over 30 years. She explained she had lived in her present house for over 8 years and really knew no one in her immediate neighbourhood. Then a lady over 90 in my own village had become unwell and had not seen anyone in over 2 weeks.I tried to convince my old friend to look at joining U3A she said it wasn’t for her but I challenged her to take a look.She, like many, thinks we are a very educationally-led organisation which we are, but not as you’d know it. I’ve said before we are a very sociable group.

When we can accommodate more members I plan to work with local medics in order to promote U3A and try to combat the isolation people often feel.



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. Note also that from January 2019 we will be in the sports hall (turn left at Reception) rather than our traditional venue of the main hall.

At some point in 2019 we will have to relocate our meetings to the Rushden Historical Society "shed", although the date of our last meeting at the Pemberton Centre has not yet been agreed. In the meantime smaller events such as Group Leader meetings and Committee meetings will with immediate effect use the shed. Directions to the shed can be found here.





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July 17th Pemberton Centre ‘Flush with Success’

Kevin Varty
The History of the Smallest Room in the House - the Toilet. With
Historian and Lecturer, Kevin Varty.

August 21st Pemberton Centre The History of the Romany Gypsies Gloria & Peter Wright
Talk & Photographs
The history of the sufferings & success of the Romani people(s).
A personal trip down memory lane which inspired the speakers to
research the origin of the Romani People from 400 A.D to the
present day, following their migration from India, suffering
persecution & slavery through Europe.
September 18th Pemberton Centre A soldier's journey Luke Wigman
An inspirational speaker who has raised over £1M for charity
(Stanford Hall and RAF Benevolent Fund). Was badly injured in
Afghanistan and has won medals at the Invictus Games. He
speaks briefly about the Defence and National Rehabilitation
Centre followed by his life in the Military.
October 16th Pemberton Centre "Dancing with Diana" and our AGM Colin Hill
A talk with photographs by the man who was Princess Diana's
bodyguard for 8 years. Also our AGM.
November 20th Pemberton Centre Forging ahead Steve Dimmer

'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 11th Pemberton Centre 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 22nd 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 19th 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

The calendar below is live and being continuously updated by group leaders.

To look at group activities further in advance, please use the scrollbar to the right of the calendar (if there is one) rather than the scrollbar on the right of the web page. If you are only interested in the activities of one particular group, you can select it from the dropdown list next to the word "Group".


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.