U3A Network                                                                 

We are a group of "Universities of the Third Age " (more commonly known as U3As) based in Northamptonshire. 
To find out where we are, hover the mouse pointer over an appropriate picture.

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Great Oakley               
  Gt Oakley          Brixworth            Kettering    


Higham & Rushden

Brackley U3A

Daventry U3A

Ise Valley, Kettering
Upper Nene Villages
Upper Nene Villages

Links to member U3As

Brackley U3A

Brixworth U3A

Daventry U3A

Higham & Rushden U3A

Ise Valley Kettering U3A

Kettering U3A

Northampton U3A

Oundle U3A

Towcester U3A

Thrapston U3A

Wellingborough U3A

Upper Nene Villages

Gt Oakley U3A

The email address of the Network Secretary is U3Anorthantsnetwork@hotmail.com

East Midlands Region Website

National U3A site

Current Events
eg.  open days for general public and various publications for sale

                        There are now 1,000 U3As in Britain!

Higham and Rushden U3A  held an open event on 2nd November to celebrate their 1000th member - see the Events page

Brackley U3A held an 'Open Morning' on Thursday 18th August - the Events Page has a non-member's view of the event

Also on the events page there is an article on OUNDLE & DISTRICT ART APPRECIATION 4 - PICTURE RE-ENACTMENT

If you think the U3A might be the very organisation you are looking for, why not visit one of the Open Days where you will see many of our activities in action, talk to Committee Members and have any questions answered.

Ise Valley Kettering U3A is holding their Drop-In Session between 1pm and 3pm on the 1st Wednesday in May (3rd May) at the Eden Centre, Montagu Street, Kettering.
Click here to see the poster

Thrapston U3A is having their session at the Plaza, Cosy Nook, Thrapston, NN14 4PS from 10am to 2pm on Saturday 6th May. Click here to see the poster

All are welcome to Drop-In and see us.  Just turn up.

Two Charity events by Rushden & Higham U3A
The Singing for Fun Group (who literally sing for fun)  have decided to put on an “Old Time Musical Evening” at the Heritage Chapel and Halls, Park Road, Rushden, on Saturday 13th May 2017, 1900 hours and the proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support. 

Click here to see all the details 

The Cycling Group organises rides each week for all abilities and are currently in training to take part in the London to Brighton charity ride on the 18th June 2017 raising funds for the British Heart Foundation.   

What are U3As?

The University of the Third Age is a self-help organisation for people no longer in full time employment.  It provides educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment.  The individual U3As are run entirely by volunteers and draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide interest groups.  The teachers learn and the learners teach in such fields as art, languages, music, history, life sciences, philosophy, computing, crafts, photography and walking though not all subjects are found in all U3As.
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.  To learn more about the national and individual U3As click on the links shown in the column to the left or click on the video link at the bottom of this page,

There are now 1000 U3As (as of Summer 2016) with about 384,000 members including U3As in the Isle of Man and Omagh District so there is bound to be one near you!

The Aims of the Northamptonshire Network

    1. Enable U3As to work together to help them meet their objectives (learning recreation and companionship) - by cooperative activities usually involving discussion and sharing of experiences.
    2. Ensure U3As have the opportunities to propose and vote for their representative on the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Third Age Trust.  It provides one means by which to communicate with the NEC through the Trustee.
    3. Enable and support the launch of new U3As.
    4. Organise outings and joint events such as Study days, exhibitions and competitions.
    5. Help Interest Group Leaders share their knowledge and expertise with other U3A groups with the same interest.
    6. Share information about special events, excursions, holidays etc

Click on the picture to see a video of U3A members