Broaden your horizons by participating in u3a national opportunities

Weekly Maths Challenge
Rubbish at maths or a whizz kid with a slide rule why not challenge yourself with these problems and puzzles.

Walking with purpose
Slow Ways are leading a national initiative to create a Great Britain-wide network of walking routes. A vast network of routes has been plotted, and volunteers are being asked to test them out and assess them. For more details visit their website

The National Creative Writing Competition

Could you be the winner of the 2022 competition? Once again, we are delighted to be partnering with Bloomsbury, in the search for the best short story written by a u3a member.

We will be supplying copies of the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook 2022 to the 12 top entries. The Yearbook is edited by Alysoun Owen, who is one of the judges selecting the overall winner from all of the entries. Alysoun will also be running some Zoom sessions on how to get published, so do look out for those on our online events page.

For more details on how to enter visit

The deadline for submission is 12 noon on Thursday 16th June 2022.


Skill sharing brings people together, whatever your age

TV Presenter and journalist Steph McGovern is supporting a new skill sharing initiative celebrating the talents older people can share with the younger generation.

It is all part of the GenerationWOW campaign (which stands for wonderful older wisdom) from Specsavers Home Visits, together with u3a (University of the Third Age), which gives older people a platform to pass on their skills and life experience to others. A poll of 2000 people, commissioned by Specsavers, in December 2021 revealed a large majority (68%) of over 60s believe they have valuable untapped knowledge going to waste, yet more than half (52%) feel that the younger generations aren’t interested in hearing what they have to say.

86% fear that certain crafts may disappear entirely if their wisdom isn’t passed on, with a quarter saying younger people could benefit by learning to garden (26%) or do basic electrics like changing a plug (24%). However, some of their fears may be misplaced, as 87% of younger people surveyed were really keen to learn from those older than them, especially about cooking (26%), parenthood (26%) and money (25%). Nearly a quarter (23%) also want their advice on love and 16% would like to gain their perspective on career success.

And the good news is that the skill-sharing can go both ways with the younger generation wanting to impart their knowledge to an older person on technology (26%), social media (23%) and current affairs (24%). In fact, 29% want to ask an older person to teach them a skill they have and 21% of younger adults would like to teach them a skill in return.
Steph can vouch for this desire to learn, which is why she likes to spend some of her free time learning to paint with her 68-year-old dad, Eamonn, a professional artist.

The series highlights the knowledge and skills of older adults and the benefits of sharing skills between generations.
Tutorials currently on show are painting, laughter yoga and flower arranging.

If you have a skill you would like to share in a future tutorial contact at email using the link on the top right.


Group Leaders / Committee training

On 18th November a training session was held for Group leaders and Committee members to help improve communications within our u3a. About 40 members attended and enjoyed an excellent lunch to thank them for the hard work they do to keep our groups vibrant. The sessions focused on the Beacon Database system which has the potential to ease group communications, as well as to provide information about group activities for both members and those seeking information about what we do. We also discussed ways of communicating with the membership and financial requirements for groups, which we have to meet under Charities Commission rules. Pictures taken during the event are here. If you want to know more, please talk to your group leader.


u3a Tour of Northumberland 2022


About 14 people are on the waiting list

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.


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.


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