Higham and Rushden


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U3A stands for the University of the Third Age. This is a self-help organisation for people no longer in full time employment, providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment. It is a national movement with local U3As all over the UK: the 1000th group opened in 2016. These are charities in their own right and are run entirely by volunteers. A typical U3A has about 250 members but could be as small as 12 and as large as 2000.

Local U3As are learning cooperatives which draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership. The teachers learn and the learners teach. Between them U3As offer the chance to study over 300 different subjects in such fields as art, languages, music, history, life sciences, philosophy, computing, crafts, photography and walking.

The U3A approach to learning is – learning for pleasure. There is no accreditation or validation and there are no assessments or qualifications to be gained.


The Third Age Trust is the national, umbrella body (a registered charity and limited company) which represents all U3As in the UK at national and international level. It underpins the work of local U3As by providing educational and administrative support to their management committees and to individual members and assists in the development of new U3As across the UK. It is run by a National Executive Committee democratically elected from the membership and offers a range of services, to support and advise local U3As which are self governing. The Third Age Trust is funded mainly by annual subscriptions paid by member U3As on a per capita basis, with the occasional grant for specific projects. It has 3 full time and 5 part time staff and in 2017 moved from Bromley to central London.The U3A movement is growing all the time; approximately 50 new U3As are started every year. They pursue an amazing range of topics; some academic, some practical and others recreational. Most local U3As offer a combination of opportunities to study, create, socialise, and in general, develop a fitter mind and body.

U3A is the only national education organisation in the UK run entirely by its own members.

For more information about the U3A please visit the national website http://www.u3a.org.uk/

For information on activities of the U3A in the East Midlands, please visit the Regional website, and if you wish to search for other U3A branches, please click here.


Do you know anyone who is unable to join U3A because of mobility, location or other problems? There is another option. Please let all your friends know and spread the word.

The Virtual U3A (vU3a), which went live in January 2009, is an online-only U3A, affiliated to the Third Age Trust. One of its principal aims is to provide the U3A experience for those who are rendered isolated in some way by circumstances or geography and unable to play a full part in a terrestrial U3A. More information is available on the public website www.vu3a.org where one can also apply for membership. Why not pay it a visit? And if you know of anyone who might benefit, please pass the information on.


Welcome to the administration area of the website.

Here you will find links to the more mundane, although equally important, parts of the site and documents available for download.

Documents for you to view or download include the following:

Membership Application. not the renewal form You will receive this by post and if you lose it please contact the Membership Secretary.

Group Etiquette.

Our Constitution.

Accessibility Policy.

Vulnerable Adults Policy.

2020-21 AGM draft minutes

2021 Insurance Certificate

Licence for showing films

Public music broadcast licence

Copyright licence

Higham and Rushden U3A Privacy Policy

Higham and Rushden U3A Finance Policy

Higham and Rushden U3A Data Protection Policy

2019-2020 accounts

The PPL licence supplied by the Third Age Trust gives U3As permission to play recorded music in public as part of their interest/activity groups.

Group Leaders can access all their paperwork from this page.

Do you worry that materials being used in your group may be breaching copyright? The U3A has produced useful guidance on what we can and cannot use.


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 we have included a link to the Beacon login page where members are able to update their personal details.

Members can log in to Beacon to check and change their own personal details by clicking here.

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. A copy of the groups calendar is available on the home page of this (our own) website.