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From play-reading to poetry to discussions about the great writers or meeting others who like to write and share their stories

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U3A Clarence is a cooperative learning community for retired and semi-retired people, run by volunteers on a non-profit basis.  While there are no age limits, its courses attract the over 50s.  It was founded in 1993 and now has about 350 members.

We have something for everyone

Get Moving!

Whether it be dancing or Tai Chi.  Fluid movement can help reduce tension of the body and mind.  It can also be a lot of fun too.

Painting Classes

Awaken your inner Picasso!  Beginners and intermediate course on painting and sketching are available now.

Our Stories

Discover the writer within.  Read and Listen to new contributions from members.  Share thoughts and ideas with like minded individuals.

Science

Join us to learn more about celestial space, our bodies, mind and matter.

President’s Welcome Message

The University of the Third Age Clarence (U3AClarence) has been providing quality courses and activities for the residents of Clarence and beyond for 25 Years.

The original concept of U3A was to extend the intellectual learning life of older individuals. U3A Clarence does this and more with a varied program of lectures and other activities.

There are no defined age requirements but is usually most suitable for those 50 to 55 and older. Some of our members are over 80 and still enjoy interesting activities with like minded people in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Unlike universities for the young there are no exams and no previous knowledge of the subject matter is required. All are welcome regardless of educational level, past occupations, and backgrounds.

There no competitive components, except perhaps in Mah-jong and chess. We get together to exercise our minds and bodies at entirely our own pace, with co-operative and mutually supportive other members.

Our varied activities cover lectures and discussion groups on geography, science, history, art and issues of topical interest. For our physical wellbeing we have Tai Chi, circle dancing, yoga and line dancing. During the year we also organise social activities such as a trivia afternoon and visits to places of interest.

Rosny Library (LINC) is our meeting place which is well appointed, warm and convenient. We are run entirely by volunteer members which is why we can keep our annual subscription to $45 to cover essentials. Subscription and enrolment forms are available on other pages of this website.

Our current program is now available and is as varied as usual. I am sure there is something of interest for both our long term members and newcomers.

New members receive a warm and comfortable welcome. You may choose to simply attend the sessions you are interested in. But we hope you will join us for morning tea in Room 6 at 10.30 am.

I look forward to meeting you soon

Jocelyn Head

Honorary President U3A Clarence

President’s Message August 2018

In this newsletter, we have another exciting program to interest us in the third term of 2018. I am perpetually grateful to the tutors, who give their time to provide us with new and continuing information and activities.

I find that when I have completed a course, I notice and appreciate additional facts on the subject which I would not have noticed before. So, a new book or newspaper article I read, or a TV documentary I see, is more interesting and has greater insight if I have previously taken a course on the subject. It seems to bring the issues to life. So the work of our tutors echoes through my further activities. This should not be a surprise but it is a delight.

The less formal but wide ranging discussion groups always contain at least one gem of comment which stays with me. I must confess to being nonplussed at times, that people who are more intelligent than I and whom I respect, do not always hold the same opinions that I do. How strange! Joking aside, it is this exchange of very different viewpoints which make the discussions so interesting and they open my mind to a different, perhaps more balanced view.

This term, I have been particularly enjoying Britain on Film with Paul Bywater, so bitter sweet. We are the first generation to be able to easily see our parents, their contemporaries or our younger selves on film. The past is less far away to us than to our grandparents at the same age who relied on memory alone.

Activities which are not so information focused such as Tai Chi, meditation, circle dancing, painting or art give greater enhancement to the inner being of those taking part and enhance their physical health.

As usual, we have a well-balanced mix of courses covering most aspects of intellectual and physical well-being for us in our third age. All of this, of course, is almost self evident but I try not to take it for granted. It is good sometimes to see expected things in a fresh light.

As Oliver Wendell Smith said:-

A man’s mind, stretched by new ideas, may never return to its original dimensions.

You have been warned!

Jocelyn Head (getahead@bigpond.net.au)

President

 

U3A Clarence Newsletter August 2018

U3A Clarence Newsletter January 2014 2014eadline Here

 

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TERM 3 PROGRAM: MONDAY SESSION 1: 9.30-10.25

M311

GERMAN FOR BEGINNERS KARIN WIDER

This course will mostly involve conversation, but there will also be some practice at writing and reading.

M312

Britain on film: the 1940s and 1950s PAUL BYWATER

We will look at public information films and docu-dramas made during the 1940s and early 1950s for screening in cinemas by government departments and private producers. These will provide an insight into British life and attitudes during the war years and up to the Festival of Britain in 1951.

M313

INDIAN CUISINE (first 5 weeks) GERRY & YO FREED

Enjoy the styles and flavours of one of the great cuisines of the world. Learn to cook different dishes, and get wonderful recipes.

M314

TURNING POINTS IN THE HISTORY OF ART (last 5 weeks from 22 Oct) ANNA MELTON

A look at Art History from earliest art to contemporary. In particular, how is it affected by the historical and social context to which it belongs, what major changes take place in and why. The content will be similar to last year’s course, but taken at a more leisurely pace allowing for more audience participation and some extra content. To be continued Term 1, 2019.

M315

PAINTING FACILITATOR: MARG DILGER

This is a self-directed course working predominantly in watercolour. This class is full.

M316

CRAFTY CHRISTMAS (first 5 weeks) GAYE HYND

Sharing decorating ideas for Christmas.

M317

GHOSTLY TALES OF TASMANIA (last 5 weeks from 22 Oct) JANE HALL

This is a look at Tasmanian folklore and facts about spooks, spectres and things that go bump in the night. Believe in these or not, this will look at Tasmania’s past and how the tales grew in the first place. The past 200 years are well documented and the stories are relatively intact.

TERM 3 PROGRAM: MONDAY SESSION 2: 10.50-11.50

M321

THE WRITERS COLIN PYEFINCH

An opportunity for those who enjoy writing (or would like to) to share their efforts in a friendly atmosphere of mutual support and encouragement.

M322

HISTORY OF CLIMATE CHANGE ALBERT GOEDE

This course will look at the history of climate change.

M323

A VIRTUAL WALK ALONG THE MIDLAND HIGHWAY WAYNE SMITH

A virtual walk through the history of Campbell Town, Cleveland and Perth incorporating biographies of pioneers, photos of heritage properties, the first settlers, later property owners and district folklore including bushranger raids and local scandals.

M324

PAINTING MARGARET DILGER

This is a self-directed course working predominantly in watercolour. New members welcome.

M325

LINE DANCING – CONTINUING BEV CHANDLER

This course is for people who have been line dancing here or elsewhere. It is NOT for beginners. We dance to a variety of music, the emphasis being on socialising and having fun while being physically active. This course is full.

M326

SEATED (CHAIR-BASED) TAI CHI/SHIBASHI EILEEN LEVETT

Chair-based Tai Chi/Shibashi (one of the many branches of Tai Chi) aims to encourage overall health and a feeling of well-being and mindfulness.

TERM 3 PROGRAM: MONDAY SESSION 3: 12.00-1.00

M331

POETRY READING CHRIS BISHOP

Read poems you like and ones you remember. Recite any verses that tickle your fancy, or maybe a song or rhyme that you’ve written.

M332

KALEIDOSCOPE JANE HALL & JULIE BOTHMAN

A different speaker will speak on their own area of knowledge or interest. Subjects will be topical and presented at a readily understood level. The dates may vary for each speaker.

M332

17/9/18

Discussion on Research

Tony Cook

24/9/18

How to Deconstruct a Newspaper

Sheila Allison

1/10/18

Share the Dignity”

Tania

8/10/18

Towards Zero Tasmanian Safety Strategy 2017-2026

Craig Hoey

15/10/18

The Healthy Brain Project Report

Menzies Centre

22/10/18

A Musician’s Journey in Time and Place

Michael Fortescue

29/10/18

Discussion of Intergenerational Research Findings

Peta Cook

5/11/18

Collecting

Lauren Carpenter (ABC Collectors)

12/11/18

A Guide Dog’s Journey to Helping People with Low Vision

Kristy Wright and Dexter (RGT)

19/11/18

Protecting your Finances

Kerri Rose and Annette Horsley (COTA)

M333

UPDATES OF THE FRONTIERS OF ASTRONOMY AND COSMOLOGY

SCIENCE PETER TAYLOR

We will look at new developments in astronomy, the discoveries and how they are continually changing and updating our views on the universe.

M334

CONTINUATION TAI CHI/SHIBASHI EILEEN LEVETT

Tai Chi/Shibashi (one of the many branches of Tai Chi) will aim to:

  1. refine current technique

  2. introduce Yi Jin Jing – 12 new ‘Energy Postures’

  3. encourage continuing health, a feeling of well-being and mindfulness

M335

SPANISH SELF DIRECTED

This is a continuing course so new students should have a basic knowledge of the language.

M336

GERMAN CONVERSATION SELF DIRECTED

German conversation for German speakers wanting conversational practice. New members are welcome in the group but you need to have a reasonable grasp of the language.

TERM 3 PROGRAM: MONDAY SESSION 4: 1.15-2.15

M341

LINE DANCING – CONTINUING BEV CHANDLER

Line dancing for seniors or beginners. We dance to a variety of music, the emphasis being on socialising and having fun while being physically active.

TERM 3 PROGRAM: WEDNESDAY SESSION 1: 9.30-10.25

W311

EXTREME GEOLOGY PETER STEVENSON

W312

THE THUCYDIDES TRAP: IS WAR BETWEEN CHINA & AMERICA STEVE TOLBERT

INEVITABLE? (first 5 weeks)

Thucydides Trap: when a rising power threatens to displace a ruling one, the most likely outcome is war. This has happened 16 times in the last 500 years: 12 ended in war. How likely is a 13th?

W313

TRAVELLING THE SEVEN SEAS WITH BRADSHAW’S MICKEY BENEFIEL

(last 5 weeks from 24 Oct)

A continuation of a course presented in 2017. The European tourist attractions as they were, using Bradshaw’s Tourist Guide to Europe, published in March 1913. A period that would be the last of its kind. You will see the world through the eyes of people of the time, and European kings, emperors and other leaders approaching the advent of war in 1914.

W314

CHAUCER’S PEOPLE MARGARET ROSE & ROWENA MACKEOWN

The Middle Ages were turbulent times. In the fourteenth century alone, England was ravaged by war, plague, revolt and the overthrow of a king. Among the surviving records, the poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer is the most vivid. But what can it tell us about the everyday lives of medieval men and women?

W315

TRADITIONAL CHINESE PAINTING MICHAEL WU

This class is an opportunity to learn traditional Chinese painting from a Chinese artist who works in the field. Michael is visiting from China and is offering these sessions to Clarence U3A.

W316

MAH JONG JAN CHIPMAN

Play and/or learn Mah Jong. Two hours for those who want to stay.

TERM 3 PROGRAM: WEDNESDAY SESSION 2: 10.50-11.50

W321

SINGING FOR FUN BEV CHANDLER & REGAN LOVE

Choral work involving male and female singers- with a varied range of work from shows, gospel, comedy, formal etc. with performances if suitable.

W322

WHAT MAKES WESTERN MUSIC SO UNIQUE? NINA THOMAS

Why do we like some musical works and dislike others? This course looks at how Western music evolved from Egyptian through to the 20th century, and why it speaks to us logically and emotionally. We delve into the elements of music looking at melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, dynamics and how they affect us.

W323

FRENCH CLUB SELF DIRECTED

Continuing course for those participants from last term. Newcomers are welcome but some basic knowledge of the language would be preferable.

W324

SKETCHING/DRAWING SELF DIRECTED

W325

TAI CHI SELF-DIRECTED

This class is self-directed and will be following a recently purchased DVD.

W326

MAH JONG – CONTINUATION FROM SESSION 1

TERM 3 PROGRAM: WEDNESDAY SESSION 3: 12.00-1.00

W321

DNA AND YOU (A rerun) JOHN COLL

The course looks at the development of genetics and the vital role of DNA in our present and past self-images.

W332

ARMCHAIR TRAVEL MARY BOLTON & SUE PAMPLIN

The course takes us to all corners of the world. We enjoy cruises, train trips, bus tours, walking adventures, all from the comfort of our chairs at LINC.

19/9/18

Unseen Italy and Slovenia

John Bothman

26/9/18

Wilds of Scotland

Pat Olding

3/10/18

China

Maggie McKerrbreher

10/10/18

South America

Sally O’May

17/10/18

TBA

Genevieve Atkins

24/10/18

Brazil and Colombia

Warwick Moore

31/10/18

Finland

Peter Sands

7/11/18

Norway

Pat Jeffery

14/11/18

Italy

Jude Mudaliar

21/11/18

TBA

W333

FELLOW AUSTRALIANS WHO LEAD INTERESTING AND DIFFERENT PATRICIA CORBY

LIVES

People are so interesting. I love meeting and learning about them. This term we have 10 new people to get to know – an Ashley boy turned altar boy, a migrant ABC reporter, a Tasmanian gardener and indigenous rights activist, a celebrated artist, a youth outreach worker and numerous others I have found on my discovery path. Come along and meet them!

W334

PLAY READING MICKEY BENEFIEL

If you have ever attended a play that you really liked, come and join in re-creating the sometimes hilarious, sometimes mysterious, but ALWAYS fascinating and fun masterpieces of the theatre. There will be plenty of parts for you to choose from. Something to suit every kind of capability.

W335

CIRCLE DANCING PETER SANDS & ANGELA TAMAYO

Circle dancing draws its roots from European folk dance traditions such as Balkan, Greek, Rom and Israeli dance. The music is incredibly varied, from traditional Gypsy to modern folk and classical. Circle dancing is exercise for the body and the soul, and the circle is open and welcoming. Angela will teach mainly traditional Balkan, and Peter mainly contemporary circle dances.

W336

CHESS SELF DIRECTED

The aim of this course is to introduce the game to beginners and assist in the improvement of skills for those wishing to improve their game. Above all, the aim is to enjoy this ancient game.

TERM 3 PROGRAM: WEDNESDAY SESSION 4: 1.15-2.15

W341

LINE DANCING – CONTINUING 2 BEV CHANDLER

This course is for people who have been line dancing here or elsewhere. This course is NOT for beginners. We dance to a variety of music, the emphasis being on socialising and having fun while being physically active. This course is full.

Most of your Wednesday set-up crew: We get the furniture unpacked and set up, the morning tea almost completely ready and the sound and visual systems going.

We would love more people to come and help, then share a hot drink with us. We meet at 8.40 a.m. outside the front door.

A Supreme Opportunity’

The Supreme Court in Salamanca has an ‘Open House Weekend’ in November and allows conducted tours. Usually the tours are booked as soon as they are advertised. One of our members, Peter Partridge, can arrange for our members to have advanced notice and therefore book early for these tours.

This year the tours are planned for Saturday 10th November and perhaps additional tours on the Sunday. There will be a list for participants to sign on the notice Board when we return in September and contact should be made through Peter by phone or email as mentioned in the notice.

If you are interested, you should act quickly.

U3A Clarence Inc

Important Dates for Sept 17 2018 to end 2019

Term 3 2018 Monday 17 September – Wednesday 21 November

Special 25th Anniversary Event – Thursday, October 4th, 10 a.m.– 3.30pm., Blundstone Arena.

Committee Meetings Mon 24 Sept 1.15-2.30 Room 1
Mon 22 Oct 1.15-2.30 Room 1
Mon 12 Nov 1.15-2.30 Room 1
Newsletter Mon 12 Nov
Christmas Luncheon Mon 26 Nov 12 noon Howrah Recreational Centre

**** 2019 ****

Pre- term 2019 Note: Term 1 dates have changed to allow 10 full weeks.

Newsletter Mon 21 Jan
Committee Meeting Wed 6 Feb 1.15-2.30 Room 1
Enrolment Day Wed 13 Feb 10:00-12.00 Room 6
AGM Wed 20 Feb 1.30-3.30 Room 6

Afternoon tea Guest Speaker

Revised: Term 1 2019 Monday 4 March – Wednesday 22 May

No classes Monday11 and 13 March (Public holiday week)

No classes Monday 22 April and Wednesday 24 April (Easter)

This gives 10 Mondays and 10 Wednesdays

Committee Meetings Mon 18 March 1.15-2.30 Room 1
Mon 15 April 1.15-2.30 Room 1
Mon 13 May 1.15-2.30 Room 1
Newsletter Mon 13 May

Term 2 2019 Monday 17 June – Wednesday 21 August

Committee Meetings Mon 24 June 1.15-2.30 Room 1
Mon 22 July 1.15-2.30 Room 1
Mon 12 Aug 1.15-2.30 Room 1
Newsletter Mon 12Aug

Term 3 2019 Monday 16 September – Wednesday 20 November

Committee Meetings Mon 23 Sept 1.15-2.30 Room 1
Mon 21 Oct 1.15-2.30 Room 1
Mon 11 Nov 1.15-2.30 Room 1
Newsletter Mon 11 Nov
Christmas Luncheon Mon 25 Nov 12 noon Howrah Recreational Centre

25th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet

The 25th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet, for which many members submitted contributions, has been compiled by the editorial sub-committee. During a number of classes, photos were taken. At the discretion of the graphic designer who is doing the layout, some of these photos may be included in the booklet. The booklet will be launched officially at the anniversary event at Blundstone Arena on 4 October.

As there will be a limited print run of the booklet, if you would like to ensure you get a copy or copies, you may pre-order them on the order sheet that has been placed on the noticeboard in the morning tea room.

The price is $10 per copy. Please place your payment in an envelope, clearly marked with your full name and the amount enclosed, in the Booklet Box in the morning tea room.

Pre-ordered copies can be collected at the Blundstone Arena event, after the booklet has been launched.

Any remaining copies will be available for sale on U3A days after the anniversary event.

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AIDE MEMOIRE

Note the courses you have enrolled in to give yourself a record of them.

Monday Wednesday

Session 1 Session 1
Session 2 Session 2
Session 3 Session 3
Session 4 Session 4

ENROLMENTS DUE: Wed, September 7.

Enrolling:

You can do this online (see the next page), or on paper using the enrolment form enclosed. (Note: this time it is on two sides of the sheet.) Drop it in the box at U3A, or post it.

Postal address is U3A Clarence Enrolments, PO Box 774, Rosny Park,7018.

Please speak to one of our Committee members if you would like help to enrol online, or reassurance you can do it. It really is not that hard, and while you enrol you can have a good look at our revamped website.

ENROLLING ONLINE

Enrolling online is simple, quick, cheap and environmentally friendly.

  1. Just Google U3A Clarence to get to our home page.

  2. Click on ‘Course Info’ at the top of the page to find out about the courses and enrolment.

  3. On the enrolment form click on the circle next to each course you wish to attend. If you are not attending a course during that session, click None.

  4. If two people are enrolling from the same email address, you may need to refresh the page before the second enrolment.

  5. Click submit!

  6. You should receive an email message confirming your enrolment. If you don’t, try again.

  7. Next – visit the Subscription/Membership form and complete your details. Everyone should do this if joining for the first time in the year.

NOW give yourself a pat on the back and explore the rest of the website!

N.B. YOU DO NOT NEED TO COMPLETE THE SUBSCRIPTION/MEMBERSHIP FORM OR PAY A SUBSCRIPTION UNLESS YOU ARE JOINING FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR.

ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION (membership) FEE FOR 2018

$45 PER PERSON

YOU MUST SUBMIT THIS FORM WHETHER YOU PAY ONLINE, OR BY CHEQUE, MONEY ORDER OR CASH

Name (s) __________________________________________________

Preferred name (s) for name tag (s) _______________________________________________

Phone __________________________

Email address ________________________________

Residential address ___________________________________________________________

__________________________________________Post Code _________

Method of payment and amount paid – cheque, money order, cash or direct credit $ _______

Please make your cheque or money order payable to U3A Clarence and mail with this form to

PO Box 774 Rosny Park 7018 or hand it in at U3A.

You can pay online as follows:

MEMBERSHIP PAYMENTS BY DIRECT CREDIT

Members can pay their U3A Clarence subscriptions by direct credit. Payments can be made by visiting a bank and making a deposit to our account, or by electronic funds transfer to our account. Whichever method is used to make a direct credit payment, it is essential that the following information is recorded as part of the transaction:

Account name: University of the Third Age – Clarence Inc

BSB: 067103

Account number: 10059047

Reference: Member’s first name and surname

Please note:

When making a deposit at a bank you must ensure that your reference information (first and last name) is recorded whether or not the teller asks for the details.

Please address any Subscription or Payment queries to the Treasurer, Terry Mahoney.

July 5th Excursion to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

An intrepid group of ten explorers was conducted through the new Bond Store galleries to investigate the colonial collections. Our guide helped us see the potential of the collections and pointed out particularly interesting exhibits. One interesting aspect was the amount of material accessible if you only knew to look in the drawers underneath display cabinets. Many fascinating items are squirreled away, we discovered.

We discovered the ways early settlers saw their new world, came to record it and exploited it. The wars with the traditional owners of Tasmania were a theme of one gallery. The last gallery we examined held all sorts of interesting memorabilia from our past, including the currencies used and the way they developed. My favourite was a chair with solid metal rings for carrying poles. This chair was used to carry Lady Jane Franklin when she took breaks from walking during her epic journey to the West Coast with Governor Franklin.

Left: Snakebite antivenom created and sold by Charles Underwood in the 1800s.

Tasmania’s first one pound note – from the Colonial Galleries, TMAG.

by Anna Melton

(Newsletter Editor)

TRANSPORTED BY THE DELIGHTS OF MUSIC

by Jane Hall (Co-Coordinator for Kaleidoscope)

On Monday July 30th, our Kaleidoscope group were joined by a number of other members to attend a presentation by Frances The.

Frances is a professional musician with an orchestra based in Amsterdam. Also, she belongs to another group of musicians who play Baroque music in the manner and style it would have been presented by the composer. Frances has been invited to play in Sydney and Melbourne. Being a Tasmanian, she coupled this with a visit home to see family and friends. She kindly offered to present her renditions at U3A Clarence, Hobart and Kingston.

There was some interesting discussion on how musicians need to be sleuths to discover what the composer had in mind and the style of the violin and bows – including how these were held by the musician.

Frances then played several pieces for us and we were transported for that time.

I was thrilled to be able to arrange this presentation. Also, I want to give credit to all members who attended, making this a worthwhile exercise for Frances.

Thanks also to Eileen Levett and her Tai Chi group who very kindly exchanged rooms for the session, allowing more people to attend in comfort and for our presenter to have the “best” room for acoustics.

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Regular Bulletin

U3A News from around the State

U3A State-wide meetings are held around every 6 months and with invitations to all current U3A groups to attend. The meetings are in Campbell Town, the last on March 1st, 2017 and attended by myself and Carol Rossendel representing Clarence.

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