Monthly Archives: April 2017

Grafton Regis – 1,000 years of history in 100 minutes

Grafton Regis has some places available for the above event, which takes place on Saturday May 6th at Grafton Regis in south Northamptonshire, and also for Saturday June 17th and Saturday October 7th. We would welcome any of your members who are interested in walking round our small village and experiencing our amazing history.

The event begins at 2.30pm in the colourfully decorated Village Hall, where you will meet some of the famous people from medieval times who have links with the village, including the White Queen, Elizabeth Woodville, and Richard III, all in authentic costume. We then take a leisurely walk through the village to the beautiful Church of St Mary the Virgin, meeting Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey, Elizabeth I and other characters from the Tudor period en route.

More events from village history, including the sacking of Grafton House during the Civil War, the creation of the Dukedom of Grafton, and the discovery of the Grafton Portrait of Shakespeare, are recounted in the Church. We also meet characters from more recent times back at the Village Hall.

Finally, tea and cakes are served in the Village Hall. The cost is £8.50 for adults, £1.00 for under 16s, and under 5s free. All profits are divided equally between the funds for the maintenance of the Village Hall and of the Church.

Booking is essential. To book or for further details, please phone Kathy on 0791 009 2132 or email

Also see information on Grafton history at’s%20On.html and follow us on twitter @GRWhiteQueen and on facebook @graftonregis1464

Summer Schools 2017

Summer Schools 2017

This year we are running three National Summer Schools and currently we have places on :
Summer School 1 – Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire  – 17-20 July History of the Workhouse
Literature – Elizabeth Gaskell
Sexuality in the Ancient World
Summer School 2 – Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester – 14-17 August
Creative Writing – Erotic Genre
Literature – Dickens & Great Expectations
Music Before the Microchip
Summer School 3 – Royal Agricultural University – Cirencester – 11-14 September History – Law & Order in Anglo-Saxon England
Opera  of the ‘Early Romantic’ Period
The Russian Revolutions a Hundred Years



Secrets of Staying Sharp… In Later Life U3A Royal Society Healthy Ageing Lecture 2017


Members of your U3A are invited to attend:


Secrets of Staying Sharp….In Later Life

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – £17 per ticket

U3A Royal Society Healthy Ageing Lecture 2017 in association with The European Alliance for the Brain.
Professor Ian Deary, Professor of Differential Psychology, Director, MRC Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology University of Edinburgh. Professor Deary is an entertaining and informative speaker, familiar to some U3A members. He will explore the reasons why some people’s brains and thinking skills age better than others, as described in The Disconnected Mind, a research project which is helping to find some answers.

Wellcome Lecture Theatre

The Royal Society

6 – 9 Carlton House Terrace

London, SW1

Attend Event

SE Region U3As Creative Writing Workshop


SE Region U3As Creative Writing Workshop

Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

The Workshop will cover the basics of creative writing. It is suitable for those new to writing or as a refresher for the more experienced. Led by Marcia Humphries, U3A National Adviser for Creative Writing & Jo Brooks, U3A Creative Writing Group Convenor Cost, including buffet lunch, £10 per person. Workshop is initially limited to 2 delegates from each U3A. Contact Hilvary Robinson for more information.

Hextable Village Hall

College Road

Hextable, BR8 7LT

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National Conference & AGM 2017 29th-31st August

Working together for a great future.

We are a network of energy, enthusiasm and great ideas. We are looking forward to a conference of discussion and innovation. Everyone will be involved in discussions and workshops which will hope will be lively and full of ideas and experiences, bringing the best of our network to the future. We have been set a challenge by our founder to reach the next 1000 U3As, we need to keep our current network strong, and attract the membership for the future. The conference will be an opportunity to bring forward your experiences, as well as talk through some of the daily operational matters that face U3As. We will have some great speakers too. Please come and join the discussion.

East Midlands Conference Centre Nottingham