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.


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 Sept 2018

Finally my winter fat is gone. Now I have spring rolls.

In the winter we snuggle up, decline to go for healthy walks and in the longer evenings we are tempted to indulge in chocolates and lollies and other temptations which we would be too busy for in the warmer weather.

I usually make only a working cup of coffee to take with me into the garden or study to keep me on track. In the winter it is too tempting to have a biscuit as well even though I do not have a sweet tooth. Consequently I find my clothes have shrunk!

I am looking forward to warmer weather when a salad is the best bet and to longer days when I will be tempted into the garden for an extra half an hour rather than just drop in a chair in front of anything on the TV. If I try really hard perhaps I will manage to take off a little weight. I have no complaints with my current weight but if I continue to put it on like I have recently I will be like the back of a bus or a hippopotamus in a couple of years.

Even the garden is bursting out all over. My native plants are still giving lots of colour; the bulbs are joyfully welcoming spring, the Camellias are giving a wonderful display and Daphne is scenting the garden for me.

For many years after moving to Acton we had a breeding pair of frogmouths on our property. The male arrives first and makes a very low almost droning cooing noise then the female joins him. They are difficult to see against the gum tree branches and sit so close together that it takes a while to make out that there are two of them. We had young ones consistently for over 30 years, mostly two but sometimes only one. Then after some drought years we did not see any for about 3 years. This year we were delighted to see the pair back. Unfortunately there are no babies. I can only assume that after dry weather there are not enough small mammals and insects to feed them enough to raise offspring. We are keeping our fingers crossed for next year. I find them such fascinating birds

We do have our first currawong in the garden this week. Seeing them close on the ground rather than in a tree I realize how big they are and what a ferocious beak.

I am quite pleased with myself. I have planted my spring pinkeye potatoes this year. Perhaps it is not too late to start another strawberry bed. The garden cycle is so comforting. As the seasons come and go it gives me a lift and reminds me that I am a small but relevant part of a much larger whole.

I don’t bother with spring cleaning I only have to do it all again next year. (Maxine)

PTO for News

Supreme Opportunity

Tour of the Supreme Court

Sunday 28th October 2018 9.30 to 12 noon

Every year the Australian Institute of Architects arranges, with the owners of interesting buildings, for access to be given to the public. For the last few years the Supreme Court of Tasmania has opened its buildings in Salamanca Place and allowed conducted tours.  Traditionally the tours have been hosted by the Chief Justice or a Supreme Court Judge who provides information and answers questions regarding the Court. Peter Partridge, the architect of the complex, talks about the buildings’ design. 

We are very fortunate in that Peter is a member of our U3A and has arranged a tour on Sunday 28 October exclusively for U3A Clarence. As the tour will visit all parts of the buildings, pre-registration together with wearing our name badges is a requirement.

Security and access has been arranged from 9.30am until noon.

No name badge no entry. If you need a replacement lanyard and membership name badge please give Secretary Sue Storr (or me) an envelope with your name on it and $5.

The tour is free and numbers are limited. Attendees will be on their feet for the whole of the 2 hours and will need to cope with stairs. We will meet in the entry foyer of the Civil Court Building and the tour will start at 10.00am. There will be a list for interested members on the Board in room 6.

Anniversary booklet $10

Our 25th Anniversary commemorative booklet “In Celebration of Silver: U3A Clarence Turns 25” will be launched at our special event on 4 October at Blundstone Arena. It comprises a delightful variety of member prose, poetry and photographs. Pre-ordered copies that have been paid for will be available for collection immediately after the launch.

Any remaining copies will be sold on U3A days during the remainder of Term 3. If you want to be assured of your copy or copies, please place your order on the sheets on the U3A noticeboard.

Why not purchase extra copies? They would make lovely gifts for family or friends. The price is $10:00 per booklet, but we are offering a special deal for members who pre-order and pre-pay: buy two for $17:00 or three for $25:00. Of course this offer also applies to those who have already pre-ordered and paid for their copies.

To order your booklet please use put your name on the list on the notice board in room 6

Payments should be placed in an envelope with your name and number of copies on the front, and the envelope should then be dropped into the Silver Anniversary box on the table in the morning tea room.

Electronic payments may be made as usual. Account name : University of the Third Age – Clarence Inc. BSB : 06 7103 (CBA Rosny Park) Account number : 059047 Reference : Member’s first name and surname and the word booklet

Christmas luncheon Our Christmas luncheon will be held on Monday 26th November at the Howrah Recreational Centre. More details later.

AGM on Wednesday 20 February. More details later.

Regular Bulletin

Newsletter 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...

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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

The Nobel Peace Prize

MY nominee For The NOBEL PEACE PRIZE The person, whom within MY lifetime, has done more for Peace and the preservation of good Literature in my lounge room, is the inventor of the MUTE BUTTON. Eugene Polley of the Zenith Radio Corporation is credited with creating the...

Looking Back

Looking back from 20 years in the future You are only 5 minutes late, don't get so bothered about a little delay. I can remember when people had to line up for hours just to get on one of those big cramped, noisy aeroplanes in order to go from Hobart to Sydney. Then...

Where the Wind Comes From A storey for Fia A little girl named Fia sat watching the leaves being swirled in the air by a Dust Devil when her Grandfather came and sat beside her. "you look very thoughtful, what are you thinking about?", asked the old man. "Where does...

Animals in my Garden

Hello to the Animals in my Garden I am sitting in my small secluded back garden, the air around me is redolent with the perfume of roses, the trees and shrubs sway in a light breeze. I am watching the tiny silvereye birds joyfully playing in a terracotta bird-bath...

Borders of Sleep

I have come to the borders of sleep, Yet my eyes will not close. I am wondering why. Was it what I ate tonight? I’m wondering. Or the wine that I drank; Or perhaps the heat of the day Which has continued till now. I’m wondering. Why? Is it the warmth of the body Now...

Waste, ain’t it!

“Mum, Mum, wait till you see this!” The girl was hard to see in the darkness: a vague silhouette, slithering over piles of rotting rubbish, fruit, vegetables and other unsold and out-of-date foodstuff. Behind the shopping centre a yard was enclosed by a brick wall,...

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