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Higham and Rushden U3A
Annual General Meeting 2018

17th October
Save the Day


(reserved for committee-approved announcements: routine announcements can be found further down the page.)


There have been complaints that it is not easy to access the newsletter via the website, so we have prepared a step-by-step guide for those members who are having difficulty. The guide sets out in simple terms how to get to the newsletter page and open the actual newsletter, and in addition has details of how to create a shortcut to the newsletter page on a computer, tablet or smartphone. The guide can be found here, and is printable should you want a paper copy to keep. We are able to print off copies for members without access to a printer, but anyone requiring this service should bring a stamped self-addressed envelope (A5 paper size with a standard letter stamp or A4 size with a large letter stamp) to the monthly meeting. You should expect to receive the guide within 4 weeks, although it will normally be quicker.


We need more "meeters and greeters" for the monthly meetings. If you would like to help out in this role please get in touch with Steve Evans (Front of House) via the Contact page or by phone (see Members page for details).

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. Membership application and renewal forms are 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 group news:

A NON FICTION BOOK GROUP has been formed by Linda and Chris Walker. Click here for more details.

DAYS OUT CAR SHARE has these proposed trips for 2018:

  • 30th July, Apethorpe Palace, PE8 5DJ.
  • Sun 19/8/18: Althorp morning visit with house tour. We have had a request to plan another visit, this time in the summer. Not sure how many would like to come, but we need 12 for a discount. I have 1 place in a car free for lift, and further offers of transport would be appreciated. (Price to be decided.See Althorp website for more details.) Please let Linda & Chris know ASAP if you are interested.

  • see the group page for further details of all our events.

All dates to be confirmed. More information on the Days Out table. Please come and tell us if these trips are of interest to you. If you need or can offer transport please contact Chris and Linda.

The HISTORY GROUP has already arranged its' trips to take place on the first Thursday of each month May to September inclusive this year. This notice is issued to avoid clashes with any other Interest Group which may be considering the same dates.

<<<<< Local events >>>>>

On 21st and 22nd July at Lamport Hall (NN6 9HD) there is a free exhibition celebrating 2 of Northamptonshire's most famous authors: Denys Watkins-Pitchford and HE Bates, with a programme of talks and presentations across both days. The programme is available here.

The following weekend, 28th and 29th July from 10-4 each day, is the Harringworth Festival of Archaeology (part of the Leicestershire Festival of Archaeology).
There will be a display in the Village Hall (NN6 9NU), free parking provided and clearly signposted. Welland viaduct guided tours are nearly sold out but there are still a few places for the Village and Landscape walks, £5 each walk. To book a walk contact Sarah Chambers 01572 747315 or email sarah2chambers(at)icloud.com. Sunday afternoon there will be clotted cream teas as these were so popular last year.

Chairman's monthly message for July

Something old, something new. Last month the Newsletter reported on the first couple of meetings of the Ukulele Group. This seems to have been a group that has been talked about since I joined U3A but we got there in the end. The Group seems to have got off to a good start under the leadership of Ron Smith. In contrast, Hilary Bettles reported that the Badminton Group has been running for nine years – what a wonderful achievement! They are looking for new members if anyone fancies their hand at reviving the skills of the past. And this issue marks a change for the Newsletter. As many of you will already know, certainly those who send in copy for inclusion in the Newsletter, the Editor has changed. We owe a big debt of gratitude to Peter Turner who has guided the Newsletter over many years – well done Peter. The Editor’s role has now been passed on to Maggie Morrison, wife of Jim our webmaster. We welcome Maggie to her new role and wish her every success. And on the subject of “old” I was a bit worried when my younger son, who will be 40 later this year proposed a yomp up some mountains in N Wales. I reminded him I had a significant birthday this year... but it all worked out well since his older brother was able to join us and we had a really good day on the hills. What I hadn’t expected was that my younger son gave me his place on the zip wire. Nearly a mile in length, starting at over 1,500 feet, a terminal speed of over 100mph and a journey time of 55sec. That was a birthday present!

Phil Grace

Current weather for the Rushden and Higham Ferrers area.

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 lectures 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.

At some point we will have to relocate our meetings to the Windmill Club, round the corner in Glassbrook Road, although the date of our last meeting at the Pemberton Centre has not yet been agreed.

Information about public transport to the Pemberton Centre can be found here, and for the Windmill Club here.





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August 15th Pemberton Centre From leeches to laxatives Tricia Thompson

This light-hearted and fun talk looks at some of the weird
and wonderful cures offered by Victorian quack doctors
to their unsuspecting patients in the years before the NHS.
Would you have fallen for the claims of the travelling “doctor”?
Come and find out!

September 19th Pemberton Centre It's Rushden Feast again m'duck
Anita Howard

Anita will talk about memories of living in Rushden
and promote her book

October 17th Pemberton Centre Subject to be advised Leigh Bishop
Details to follow when available
November 21st Pemberton Centre A photography special Tom Way
Details to follow when available
December 12th Pemberton Centre The complete history of Christmas Mike Kennedy
N.B. Second
Mike is a colleague of Lesley whom you may remember
as Nell Gwynn, so expect something a little different.


January 16th Pemberton Centre The Little Book of Monarchs
Tony Boullemeir
A wonderfully fascinating, amusing, and accurate guide
to English Monarchs.

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".