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Higham & Rushden U3A Groups

A Little Aloud     

Meets 2nd & 4th Friday
Venue Chris & Linda Walker home
Details To read and be read aloud to. (Possibly for the first time since we were children.) To share our love of prose and poetry.


Meets Tuesday
Venue Pemberton Centre - map
Details An active group of 32 members with a high standard of play.

Badminton for Fun     

Meets Every Tuesday 9 - 10am & Every Friday 12 - 1pm
Venue Pemberton Centre - map
Details We can no longer accept complete beginners but rusty players should first contact the group leader. Please be aware that The Pemberton Centre is closed on bank holidays. Group currently full, 3 on waiting list.


Meets 1st Tuesday
Venue Venue Varies, Visits, No Fixed Venue
Details A relaxed group that meets at various sites in the county and beyond. Binoculars essential walking boots advisable. Sharing of transport for longer journeys can be arranged.

Bridge (Beginners)     

Meets Alternate Monday
Venue Bridge Group leader's home - map
Details Bridge Beginners wishing to learn the game are very welcome.

Bridge (Social)     

Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesday
Venue Bridge Group leader's home - map
Details Bridge Improvers group to cater for different levels of expertise.


Meets Monday
Venue Rushden Town Bowls Club - map
Details Enjoy playing Canasta – a card game that is full of unexpected twists and turns.

Classical Music Appreciation     

Meets Last Wednesday of month
Venue Chris & Linda Walker home
Details Classical music lovers - each month we have a different classical theme.New members welcome.

Computing and Technology     

Meets 1st Wednesday, 3rd Thursday
Venue St Peters RC Church Hall - map
Details Hardware and software, computers, tablets and mainstream operating systems - Windows / Android / Chrome / iOS / Mac.

Country Dancing     

Meets Alternate Monday
Venue Higham Ferrers Working Mens Club - map
Details A group since 2009, with the standard of dancing improved considerably.

Crib & Solo Whist     

Meets Alternate Monday Evenings
Venue Windmill Club - map
Details Cards for fun - Crib & Solo Whist.

Cycling multi groups     

Meets Every Monday
Venue Stanwick Lakes - map
Details Meeting April till October there are 3 levels of cycling available, gentle - cycling from Stanwick Lakes to The Old Mill for coffee and cake (30 minutes each way moderate - cycling from Stanwick Lakes to Thrapston for lunch - 50 minutes each way moderate + away - as this ride goes from different locations it would mean transporting your bike to the start of the ride - generally these rides are round routes which can take between 2/3 hours

Days Out Car Share     

Meets Places for Wimpole Hall 23/4/18 available.
Venue Venue Varies, Visits, No Fixed Venue
Details 2/7/18 Wrest Park English Heritge property.Lovely historic garden.With 30min archaeolgical tour at 2pm £3 each. Booking essential.Car share.Entrance charge for non E.H. members.Ring Linda or Chris on 01933 387892or email as we will not be at meetings until April.

Digital Photography A     

Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesday
Venue Rushden Hall - map
Details Improving our group digital photography experience. .

Digital Photography B     

Meets 3rd Friday of each month
Venue Ringstead Village Hall - map
Details Our group is for anyone who is interested in digital photography. A detailed knowledge and experience is not necessary, we all merely like to take photos and improve our techniques as a group.


Meets Ad hoc
Venue Venue Varies, Visits, No Fixed Venue
Details Assistance with driving in current conditions on the roads today.

Family History (Genealogy)     

Meets 3rd Tuesday of each month
Venue St Peters RC Church Hall - map
Details Family History... Is a life size puzzle Tracing your roots from the past. Our group, has no instructors We simply help each other research our family histories Using various search sites, & Members expertise. We occasionally have Outside speakers and trips to relevant places

French (Advanced A)     

Meets 1st Tuesday - 11:00 till 12:00
Venue French Group - Leaders home - map
Details Advanced French - Morning Session

French (Advanced B)     

Meets 1st Tuesday - 12:00 till 13:00
Venue French Group - Leaders home - map
Details Advanced French - Afternoon Session


Meets 2nd Thursday
Venue Rushden Hall - map
Details The Garden Group always welcomes new members. May-September visits to various gardens.


Meets Fortnightly, various days
Venue Venue Varies, Visits, No Fixed Venue
Details Active group of 10 golfers of mixed abilities and playing various golf courses.

Guitar (electric) Group     

Meets Every Monday
Venue Full Gospel Church Hall - map
Details Guitar Improvers and Advanced also Electric Guitars facilities Group Leaders Ron Smith Tel: 07986024635 & Contact Chris Saunders 01933 315955 if Ron Smith not available

Guitar Beginners     

Meets Thursdays
Venue Venue Varies, Visits, No Fixed Venue
Details The 'Learning to play the Guitar' Beginners & and experienced welcome.

Guitar Improvers     

Meets Tuesdays
Venue Asda - map
Details The Guitar Improvers/Advanced


Meets 4th Thursday of the month
Venue Rushden Town Bowls Club - map
Details The group is interested in all forms of handicrafts: needlework, card making, crochet, knitting, cold porcelain, mixed media and other crafts. We meet to share knowledge and learn and practice new skills.


Meets 1st Thursday monthly
Venue Full Gospel Church Hall - map
Details The aim of the group is to (re)discover and share our love of History. In the winter between 5 October 2017 - 5 April 2018 we will enjoy meeting at the FGCH Hall, Rushden between 2pm-4pm and have a different speaker each month, followed by a social cup of tea and chat. Between May & October we have a coach trip each month to interesting places, including National Trust Properties.For 2017 our trips are May-Ironbridge, June-Henley/Greys Court NT Property, July-Haddon Hall/Bakewell, August-Chelsea Pensioners Hospital, Sept-Blickling Hall, and October-Kensington Palace.

Home dining     

Meets Twice a month varying days
Venue Home Dining - map
Details Home dining at the leader's home. A 3 course meal, with 2 choices for each course, including a glass of wine & tea or coffee for £10 per person. Come and join us and enjoy good company & good food.

Jewellery Making     

Meets Ad hoc
Venue Venue Varies, Visits, No Fixed Venue
Details Jewellery Making for artistic fun.

Knit and Natter     

Meets Alternate Monday
Venue Knit and Natter leader's home - map
Details Meeting to produce knitted items and enjoy company together.

Mahjong for Fun     

Meets 1st and 3rd Friday of the month
Venue Windmill Club - map
Details Beginners group - though all levels welcome... meeting at the Windmill Club., Glassbrook Road, NN10 9RP

Non Fiction Book Group     

Meets 3rd Monday of each month
Venue Chris & Linda Walker home
Details Are you a non-Fiction reader? Are you interested in Travel, History, Biographies etc. The group will meet on the 3rd Monday of each month at the Group Leaders home. Members would need to commit to buying the books we will be reading on Kindle or online. We are reading Return of the King The battle for Afghanistan by William Dalrymple. Next meeting 12/3/18. Our first choice should bring in some lively discussion.

Painting for Pleasure     

Meets Alternate Monday
Venue Colemans Craft Warehouse - map
Details Mixed ability painters meeting to share gained experiences in a friendly environment. Plenty of light and space and tea and biscuits and lively conversation


Meets 3rd Monday
Venue Venue Varies, Visits, No Fixed Venue
Details 6-10 members meeting to talk about philosophy at various member's home. We are currently looking at Language and Thought.

Play Reading     

Meets 1st Tuesday
Venue Higham Ferrers Library - map
Details Around 10 members, welcoming new members and guests.

Popular Music Appreciation     

Meets 1st Friday of the month.
Venue Chris & Linda Walker home
Details Listen to favourite recordings before 1970 - light and popular music, shows, jazz, comedy, folk.We are a small light hearted group.This months theme Autumn.

Reading Bookmarks     

Meets Second Wednesday
Venue Higham Ferrers Library - map
Details Sharing the pleasure of reading and inspiring us to try something different.

Rock and Blues Appreciation     

Meets Last Thursday of the month
Venue Rock and Blues - Leader's home - map
Details Did you grow up, or develop your musical tastes, through the late 60s and the 70s? Did you (and do you still) love rock bands like Cream, Deep Purple, Alex Harvey, Rainbow, The Doors, Black Sabbath, Jefferson Airship (and its derivatives), Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin? What about the more bluesy Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Chicken Shack, B.B.King, Derek and The Dominoes or Dire Straits, or even the electronic music of Kraftwerk or Tangerine Dream? Even if you only like some of these, this group is probably for you!

Rusty French     

Meets 1st Wednesday
Venue French Group - Leaders home - map
Details Brush up your French from the past.


Meets Alternate Tuesday
Venue Kilburn Place Residents Lounge - map
Details Scrabble for Beginners and the more experienced players.

Sequence Dancing     

Meets Alternate Thursday
Venue Heritage Chapel - map
Details The Sequence Dance Group - a friendly group please come and join us no experience necessary. Thursday 11th January we will be at Yelden Village Hall as the Heritage Chapel is not available.

Settlement group A     

Meets 4th Tuesday
Venue St Mary's Church Vestry - map
Details Learning about the surrounding area from a geographical, geological, historical and social view.

Settlement group B     

Meets 2nd Wednesday
Venue Rushden Hall - map
Details Learning about the surrounding area from a geographical, geological, historical and social view. In the four Summer months, we try to visit villages/towns which have been presented to the group in the Winter months.

Sewing Group     

Meets 3rd Thursday of each month
Venue Sewing Group - Leaders home - map
Details The group is for all abilities, if you are a beginner and need tips on getting started or if you are an experienced sewer but would like to start a new project and need help or advise OR can give help and advise. Dressmaking and all other items of sewing from learning how to do alterations through to making a complete item.

Singing for Fun     

Meets Alternate Thursday
Venue Rushden Hall - map
Details We are a friendly group meeting fortnightly at Rushden Hall no singing experiences necessary. We are currently rehearsing for a show which we will put on in In May and will commence rehearsals for a Christmas show in September and anticipate continuing similar in the coming years. We have a waiting list currently.


Meets Alternate Wednesday
Details Spanish for all Levels at Group Leaders Home.

Special Events     

Meets Various Dates / Times
Venue Venue Varies, Visits, No Fixed Venue
Details This group arranges special events, some events with away stays. Currently we are booking for a Turkey & Tinsel stay at Bournemouth from 3rd to 6th December @ £225. The Ideal Home Show in London on 20th March @ £30. The Hollies Tribute Band at Royal & Derngate on 5th April @ £29. Ladies Day at Newmarket on 12 July @ £45. A trip to see War Horse at Milton Keynes Theatre in September 2018 @ £59. Various other events in the planning stage.

Sunday Lunch     

Meets Every two months
Venue Venue Varies, Visits, No Fixed Venue
Details We meet every two months on the last Sunday of that month at various venues. Next Lunch is on 25th March [Palm Sunday] At Rushden town Bowl club 144 Northampton Rd, Rushden NN10 6AN.£10 for main course £2 each for starters and sweets. Cotact leaders for to book 01933 387892

Table Tennis     

Meets 1st, 2nd & 4th Wednesday
Venue Pemberton Centre - map
Details table tennis for fun, all levels of ability welcome,

Ten Pin Bowling     

Meets Alternate Friday
Venue AMF Bowl - map
Details Bowling at it's best! - trying to beat the leader of the group.

Video Editing     

Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesday
Venue Video Editing - Leaders home - map
Details Editing and enhancing video film captured on hand-held video cameras.


Meets Ad hoc
Venue Venue Varies, Visits, No Fixed Venue
Details Walking for pleasure and company.

Walking in Country parks     

Meets 2nd Sunday of month
Venue Venue Varies, Visits, No Fixed Venue
Details Walking - Country Parks and pocket parks within a short driving distance of Rushden. Car lifts can be arranged. We are not ramblers, and the pace is set so that we wait for the slowest walker. We meet on the 2nd Sunday of the month throughout the year, and the walk commences at 10.30am and finishes about 12 noon. Dogs must be kept on a lead. After the walk some members get together for lunch at one of the nearby country pubs.

Wine and Dine     

Meets Ad hoc
Venue Venue Varies, Visits, No Fixed Venue
Details Meeting at pubs and restaurants throughout the county.

Wine Appreciation Thursday     

Meets 4th Thursday
Venue Wine Appreciation - Leaders home - map
Details To appreciate and understand wine, the different grapes and the countries. This should help us to understand why we like some wines and not others.

Wine Appreciation Tuesday     

Meets 4th Tuesday
Venue Wine Appreciation - Leaders home - map
Details Learning about wine where it comes from, how it is made and how the taste differs from country to country