Northamptonshire u3a Network

The Northamptonshire Network consists of 13 u3as based across Northamptonshire.
To find out where we are, hover the mouse pointer over an appropriate picture.

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Oundle & District

Great Oakley                          
Gt Oakley & District   Brixworth & District     Kettering 

Thrapston & District

Higham & Rushden

Brackley U3A
  Brackley & District  

       Daventry U3A                    Ise Valley
Daventry & District        
             Ise Valley, Kettering         
Upper Nene
Upper Nene Villages

Latest Trustee

Links to member u3as

Brackley & District u3a

Brixworth & District u3a

Daventry & District u3a

Higham & Rushden u3a

Ise Valley Kettering u3a

Kettering u3a

Northampton  u3a

Oundle & District u3a

Towcester u3a

Thrapston & District u3a

Wellingborough u3a

Upper Nene Villages u3a

Gt Oakley & District u3a

The email address of the Network County Contact is

East Midlands Region Website

National u3a site

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

There are now over 1,000

u3as in Britain!

The u3a Day at Chester House was a resounding success with the weather being kind, the displays brilliant and attendance high.

Click here to see the official report (with pictures)




Last year, as part of Northamptonshire Network 40th Anniversary celebration, Thrapston & District members took part in a Members Mile Challenge. They walked their mile but also decide to make it a sponsored event. The money raised was used to buy a bench (and a plaque to put on it) which was put in place at the beginning of March.  It sits among the daffodils planted by the primary school children within the Thrapston Park Project and halfway round "the mile “.  It is already in use and anyone who rests there now knows there is a local u3a.

The Walk            Well earned rest           Adding the plaque

Fifty Mysterious Postcards

Oundle Member Kathryn Baird has writen a book and has been published

Find out about it by clicking here

What are u3as?

u3a is a UK-wide movement which brings together people in their ‘third age’ to develop their interests and continue their learning in a friendly and informal environment. It is an organisation for those who have finished working full-time or raising a family and have time to pursue interests with like-minded people or just to try something new.   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 1057 u3as (as of October 2020) with about 450,000 members including U3As

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
Link to
                          Video of u3a