Links to member U3As
& Rushden U3A
Valley Kettering U3A
Gt Oakley U3A
The email address of the Network Secretary is U3Anorthantsnetwork@hotmail.com
National U3A site
eg. open days for general public and various
publications for sale
are now over 1,000 U3As in Britain!
See the events page for the report on the Brackley,
Towcester, Daventry, Northampton, Rushden, Kettering and
Oundle and District U3A member Anne Brown, who is a former
President of the Arab Horse Society, is signing her new
book "Centenary" at Oundle Book Shop on Saturday 12th May
(Farmers' Market Day) from 10.30am - 12.30pm. It has just
been published to celebrate the Centenary of the Arab
Horse Society, and all the achievements of horses and
riders down the decades. Lawrence of Arabia was a founding
member! Do come along if you are free.
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
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
- 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.
- 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.
- Enable and support the launch of new U3As.
- Organise outings and joint events such as Study
days, exhibitions and competitions.
- Help Interest Group Leaders share their knowledge
and expertise with other U3A groups with the same
- Share information about special events,
excursions, holidays etc
Click on the picture to see a video
of U3A members