Higham and Rushden

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January 2022 update

Our first meeting at Flutters yesterday went off without any spectacular disasters. The venue was comfortable, the speaker was very interesting (even though the end of the talk was a bit gory and his choice of position from which to talk meant some members having to twist to see him). We hope to build on this and try to make future meetings as good if not better. Don't forget that the new venue has meant a change of day for the monthly meeting from Wednesday to Monday: meetings are now held on the third Monday each month with doors opening at 1:30 for the speaker to start at 2 o'clock.
Click here to see a few details of our new venue.

We also have a new acting Chairman of the u3a, effective this month. Jim Morrison has agreed to take on the role in addition to his webmaster duties, and you may have seen him at the January monthly meeting.


The main news is the change of chair, venue and date set out in the preceding section. Please bear with us as there may be a few minor teething problems as we settle in to our new venue (and the new chair gets accustomed to his role!)

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. We also have a new Mindfulness Group and you can find out more about this 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.

The Pilates Group is no longer part of our u3a.

The more observant amongst you may have noticed a new entry in the navigation bar near the top of the page. We have added a new page entitled Motley as a place for bits and pieces which do not belong anywhere else on the site, and the photo slideshow and weather forecast have been moved there. Please have a look when you get a chance and 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, 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,
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 Non-Fiction Group: Meets on the 3rd Monday in the month at 10 am, at leaders’ home. An opportunity to share books we can recommend for future reading and discuss our present choice: see calendar for details. New members welcome.


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
21st February Flutters Astronaut Tim Peake & International Space Station Dave Eagle
21st March Flutters Stranded in Gambo Craig Fisher
Future talk details to follow when rearranged

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.