New Committee Members Required (update).

 It is now only three months to the end of our U3A year. 3 members of the committee will be leaving so we need members to stand for the roles of:

 Vice Chairman, Secretary, Newsletter Editor

 Our U3A is extremely successful with a current membership of over 850. Please think about putting yourself forward for one of these roles or persuading someone you know to stand.


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

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