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

Link to National site

East Midlands' News Bites'  leaflet prepared by the EM Regional Education and Development Officer

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

                               A celebration of 1,000 U3As

To mark reaching the milestone of 1,000 U3As, a special event is being held on the 22nd November at Friends House, London.

Eric Midwinter (founder of the U3A movement) and Baroness Frances d'Souza (Speaker of the House of Lords) will be addressing the hall.

Tickets cost just 5, and are available now via Eventbrite.

To book, just click the button below or visit u3a1000.eventbrite.co.uk.

There will be some flyers and posters to encourage you to book when I receive them but you can already  Book tickets here

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

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