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.


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Our President’s Latest Message

President’s Message February 2018


Welcome back to our Summer Term 2018

U3A Clarence has been providing quality lectures and other activities to Clarence residents and beyond since 1993.  This year we celebrate our 25th anniversary in October.

I wonder if the small group who initiated our organisation realised how successful it would be and that it would grow to well over 300 members. Truly from small things large things grow (to coin a phrase!).

On the theme of growing, it is apparently possible to grow new brain cell whatever age we are.  Learning something new or enjoying new activities is apparently all it takes.

This is just as well.  I seem to have lost quite a few as I can tell from the time I spend wandering from room to room looking for something I have just put down.

So while we are sitting in lectures, learning new routines in line dancing, scheming new strategies in Mah Jong or drawing a new scene we can perhaps, if we try really hard, feel our brains expanding.  I doubt it but it is an amusing thought.

Information about current activities and courses for this term can be found in the Newsletter on this website.  Once again our course programmer, Carol Rossendell and our volunteer Tutors have provided an exciting program. My only difficulty is that there is almost always more than one lecture or event, which I would like to attend, at the same time spot.  It requires much brain cell activity on my part to choose one.

You may just take one activity each term or three on each morning of Monday and Wednesday. It is entirely up to you depending, upon your interest and available time.

Another aspect of a healthy brain at any age is to have a good social circle. We join together at 10.30 am for a cup of tea or coffee in room 6 at the library where lectures are held. Here we can discus ideas raised in our lectures or just chat with old or new friends.  I look forward to seeing you there

I welcome both continuing and new members

Jocelyn Head
President U3A Clarence

Regular Bulletin

Exciting News for Term 3

The volunteer art guides at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery run 10 week courses at TMAG on Creative Ageing and this has been offered to U3A Clarence in Term 3 2017 for the first time. This very exciting initiative by TMAG gives U3A members the opportunity to...

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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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Our Photo Albums

Some stories from our writers

Living off the Land

The three of us moved cautiously past the ruins of the house and into the overgrown back garden. We were moving carefully as the long grass hid ankle-turning bricks, toe-stubbing baulks of timber and shin-barking pipes. We had learned of these obstacles the hard way...

The greater need

About 10 years ago, as I was about to enter Central Station in Sydney, a very untidy man approached me. He was about 30 years old, looked pretty down and out, and was probably an alcoholic. "Could you give me a dollar, mate, so I can buy some breakfast?" he said. "A...

Graveyard Shift

Arnold was an amateur astronomer and knew that a certain star was going to disappear behind the moon and reappear about an hour later. To get a better view and out of the dazzle of street lights, he wandered into a churchyard with the idea of standing in the shadow of...

For Sale

Colin passed some "FOR SALE" lists to us, Two lists each – Don't make a fuss, Just write a piece – just make a choice And when it's your turn, speak in a clear voice. $40 – blockout curtains, one pair, quality guaranteed, Cream, with blue butterflies – is there a...

Grandfather Time

Mad genius is an old, oxymoronic description, but in old Doolan's case it was perfect. At 72 years old he was still overloaded with brains but was nuttier than a health shop. His ability to construct the most elaborate electronic equipment from salvaged TV's,...

The Flower Garden

I suppose our neighbourhood is like most others really. The only happenings from year to year are the changes of season which, unfortunately, seem to affect everyone. For some it is in a small way but for others, well, their whole lives are torn apart and they are...

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