Wellingborough & District




February meeting

David Templeman

This month 207 members, including 10 new members who joined at the meeting, braved the cold of an unheated church to enjoy a talk on Arbella Stuart, given to us by David Templeman. Arbella was a fascinating woman - the queen who never was. She was the great-great-grandaughter of Henry VII and had at one time been thought of as a potential heir to the childless Queen Elizabeth. In her early teens she spent time at court with the queen. However James I of England and VI of Scotland was chosen to succeed Elizabeth, and the unhappy Arbella, seen as a threat, spent years under house arrest and was forbidden by the king to marry. She defied him, and both she and her husband, William Seymour, were imprisoned. They escaped, but Arbella was recaptured and eventually died in the Tower of London, refusing to eat.


The raffle took £220 and the star prize was the popular £50.00 M&S voucher again


Dear U3A members,

The date for the Network’s big event is 23rd April this year at the United Reformed Church in Wellingborough. Our venue was chosen as it is both large and fairly central for all members of the Northamptonshire Network. The event will be a talk by popular author and public speaker Gervase Phinn. It promises to be a really great afternoon, and tickets will be required; more information will follow, regarding the cost and how to obtain tickets. (There is even talk of cake for this auspicious event, so mark the date on your calendar; if you attended our November meeting you will know that the cakes we supplied were sublime. We promise you will not be disappointed, so do come along – Thursday 23rd April – make a note now!!!)

We hope to see lots of you there, and you will have the opportunity to meet many other members from the 13 (soon to be 14) U3As across our county.


Non Fiction Book Group

The Non Fiction Book Group meets on the 3rd Monday of the month 2.15 - 4.00pm
January is our planning meeting. New ideas for reading welcome.
Are you a non-Fiction reader? Are you interested in Travel, History, Biographies etc. The group will meet on the 3rd Monday of each month at the Group Leaders home. Members would need to commit to buying the books we will be reading on Kindle or online.
Details can be found on the groups list or contact the Groups Co-ordinator.

The Crochet Group

The Crochet group is looking for new members. It takes place every Tuesday from 10.00 - 12.00. The group is suitable for beginners or the more experienced. Details can be found on the groups list or contact the Groups Co-ordinator.

Walking Football

Is there anybody interested in joining a walking football group, if you are please contact Julie, Groups Coordinator


Outing to Courteenhall House

Courteenhall House Northampton NN7 2QG

Linda and Chris Walker are organising an own transport trip to Courteenhall House on 06/07/2020. Arrive at 1.30pm for a two and a half hour tour of House and kitchen garden. Bookings are still being taken at £18 each. Contact Groups Co-ordinator, who can give you contact details for Chris & Linda.

The property is only open for private tour visits and is only 30mins from Rushden.

Chris & Linda are happy to arrange a meal locally after the visit. Let them know if you are interested.

Courteenhall House, built in 1792, is a stunning example of classic Georgian architecture, built by Samuel Saxon.
The grounds were designed by Humphrey Repton and the arboretum is internationally recognised for its collection of rare and beautiful trees and shrubs.
Courteenhall House was commissioned by Sir William Wake (10th baronet), and retains almost all of its original features. It remains the home of the Wake family to this day and is a treasure trove of family and national history. The house is very rarely opened to the public. The grounds were designed by the legendary Humphrey Repton and can be viewed in detail. The arboretum, planted by Sir Hereward Wake (14th baronet), is visited by the International Dendrology Society and the Royal Forestry Society, amongst others, for its stunning and rare specimens.


Don't Forget

Please remember to bring your plastic membership cards with you and have them ready for scanning so we can get you in more promptly. When you renew your membership this year you will not get a new card so please look after your existing card.


Digital Projector

The digital projector is currently kept by the Web Co-ordinator, Sue Burrell. If any group leaders would like to borrow the projector please contact Sue.

Remember to check the Groups pages and the Events page for the latest information.