New Social Events announced

We have planned a Quiz in November and a Christmas party in December. Please go to the Social Events page for details, by clicking this link.


u3a Tour of Northumberland 2022

Northampton U3A together with Just Go Holidays have organised a tour of Northumberland starting on Sunday 17th July till Thursday 21st July.

The holiday will include:

  • Return coach travel.
  • 4 nights at Jurys Inn, Gateshead Quay (next to the Baltic Exchange) with dinner and breakfast.

Alnwick Castle * Excursions to Lindisfarne (Holy Island), Alnwick Castle (entrance inc.), Hadrians Wall and Chesters Fort (entrance inc) plus hopefully other places (still being negotiated)

  • Guided Tour of Hadrians Wall
  • Free day in Newcastle.

The basic cost will be £350 per person, £20 single supplement and £25 per person Riverside View. Deposit of £75 needed by 13th November and balance by 1st May. Cheques made out to U3A Northampton and sent to Ray Clifford at 21 Watermeadow Drive, Northampton, NN3 8PL. You can also pay electronically - see the Application form. Queries to Ray on 01604 495134.

Even if you have already reserved a place, you need to complete a Holiday 2022 Application Form (which you can download by clicking the link) and return it to Ray.


2021 AGM

We had a good meeting on 29th June and are pleased to announce that we have a new Chair, Sue Shurville, and two new committee members, Jackie Brame and Ella Lewis Nichol. Minutes of the Annual General Meeting will be published shortly.

Alan Harris has stood down as Chair and the committee, but continues as Speaker Seeker.


u3a Day

We had a very good afternoon at our Northampton u3a Day 'get together at Abington Park' on WEDNESDAY 2ND JUNE.

We had over twenty groups meeting near the bandstand with the Dixielanders providing music on a beautiful sunny afternoon.

The Mayor and Leader of the New Northampton Town Council, Councilor Rufia Ashrafwill visited us, and chatted to members about the varied learning and fun activities Northampton u3a groups offer.

To see pictures taken at the event, click on this u3a Day link.



Sept 24th 2021 UPDATE
The Northants u3a Network has confirmed that the event will go ahead as planned on 15th October at the venue below at 1.00pm for 1.30pm start.

Please note that we will not be offering teas and coffees and members are quite welcome to bring a drink with them if they wish. Masks are not mandatory.

There are a few seats available, so please contact the Network by email as per the poster, if you are interested.

This has had to be postponed again, until Friday 15th October 2021 at the same time and same place, (United Reformed Church, High Street, Wellingborough NN8 4HW, at 1.30pm) with the hope that it will then take place, OUR 4TH ATTEMPT! Tickets that have already been issued will still be valid. Please keep your fingers crossed and it promises to be a good afternoon. Gervase has written a novel during lockdown, the third in the School At The Top Of The Dale series called Class Act. It will be in the shops in March, the other two published in 2018 and 2020. He is also working on a novella set on a cruise ship, anecdotal, light hearted and an easy read.

Details (for the 2020 planned meeting) are on the poster for Gervase Phinn, which you can see by clicking the link. He is a very popular entertaining speaker and booking early is essential if you want to come.



March 2021

Existing members can now renew and pay online via the Northampton u3a Member's Portal.

At our committee meeting on 12th October it was agreed that for all members who have paid up for 20/21 membership will be discounted by 50% for 2021/2022 year. This is primarily due to the lack of opportunities for activities this year. We will be inviting membership renewal from January 2021.

u3a Northampton still has running costs whether members are attending meetings or not. i.e.
1. We pay a per capita sum to National Office each year
2. Beacon database costs us per head
3. Costs for a speaker at the Zoom General Meetings
4. The Zoom licence(s)
5. The Newsletter costs
6. Postage costs
7. Audit costs

A Membership renewal form has been emailed or posted to all current members and can be accessed by clicking the link. Please return the completed form, your cheque and a sae to the membership secretary, Tony Kellett by 30th April 2021.


Do you enjoy going on coach trips to interesting places?
The leaders planning the trips need others to join them to provide new ideas and help arrange the trips. See Trips (by Coach) page for more details or speak to Sue Rowe at the General Meeting.


Can you help

Committee Advert We need additional help on the Committee and at Meetings and Events. Please talk to a committee member if you are willing to help.


Group News is published each month and the latest one can be accessed by clicking the link on the right. This provides information on Planned and Existing Groups. See also New Groups for details of relatively newly formed groups.

Please send your pictures taken at any functions, events and group meetings, in jpeg format (.jpg) to the Webmaster using the 'CONTACT' page.