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 October 2018


Life is too short to be serious all the time. So, if you cannot laugh at yourself call me, I‘ll laugh at you. (Victor Borge) (if you can remember him you are old enough for U3A)

Let’s get serious. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

Young children often find humour in the unusual (think of peek-a-boo for babies) and find many unusual and surprising things to laugh at. Adults do the same but the older we get the less likely we are to find everyday things unusual. That is one of the reason we like to be with babies, toddlers and young children. Their laughter is infectious and often about things we find mundane, they wake us up to the usual and unsurprising unusual. I think the most wonderful noise in the world is the first laughter of babies. It shows that they are human instead of just a bundle with one entry and one exit.

Laughter is the shortest distance between people.

I was wandering around the Modern Art Museum in Washington DC (showing off here). I am not fond of modern art but in a very long avenue I think it was the nearest museum. Some of it was interesting and some very puzzling however some of it was decidedly sick. After getting lost and looking for the exit I was distracted by a showcase full of a jumble of metal objects in some sort of arrangements. I stood for a while wondering what was the point. Looking up I noticed a man who had been doing the same. We looked at each other and jut burst into laughter. So reassuring to know we were sane, it was the others who were mad.

Laughter truly does link people. All over the world strangers meet people on their travels and some incident makes them both laugh regardless of language. Because I love small children this often happens in their vicinity, parents, grandparents and other strangers share the laughter. It gives me such a boost.

At times when I am very angry or moaning a lot, a particular friend makes me mad because she makes me laugh at myself. It is very annoying to laugh when I don’t want to.

Now for some fun

If the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence it’s probably artificial.

Don’t grow up. It’s a trap

They say nothing is impossible but I can do nothing all day.

Diets are hard because I get hungry.

People say everything happens for a reason. So when I punch you in the face remember I have a reason.

Please have a laughter filled life.



Tour of the Supreme Court

Sunday 28th October 2018 9.30 to 12 noon

We quickly filled up the available spaces for this tour.

We will meet in the entry Foyer of the Civil Court Building. The building will be open from 9.30am and the tour will start at 10.00am. Please wear your name tags.

If there are any members who were unable to attend this tour, the Australian Institute of Architects will run three tours on Saturday November 10th at 9.30am, 11.30am and 1.30pm. The Judges participating with Peter will be Chief Justice Alan Blow, Justice Stephen Estcourt and Justice Greg Geason.  The tours are a part of ‘Open House Weekend’; the program launch will be on Thursday 11th October when details of how to register will be made available. In the meantime information about the program, which will involve many interesting buildings around Hobart, is/will be available online at ‘‘.

Lanyards and name tags

If you need a replacement lanyard and membership name tag at any time please give Secretary Sue Storr (or me) an envelope with your name and the word Lanyard and $5.

Please wear your name tag. Should you have an accident and be unable to talk those around you know who you are. It is advisable to put emergency contact details on the back of your name tag. Also the wearing of name tags help the library staff keeps track of any unauthorised early entry to the library. For chronic name forgetters like me it helps me to have a quick peek so that I am not atrociously impolite without meaning to be (this reminds me of the old saying “An English gentleman is never impolite except on purpose”)

Christmas luncheon

Our Christmas luncheon will be held on Monday 26th November at the Howrah Recreational Centre. There will be lucky door prizes and entertainment plus our annual fundraising raffle. Donations for prizes will be gratefully received. Please give them to me or any other committee member in room 6 at morning tea in early November.

Our caterers will be Anne Milburn as usual so we are guaranteed a good and varied feast. Because Anne provides a buffet the dietary requirement of most of us will be met. There will be an opportunity to record dietary requirement on the list on the notice Board in room 6 later in the month or early November. Both the caterer’s and the venue have increased their fees this year so the cost of the luncheon will be $40. We will subsidise any cost above this amount. Please put your $40 in an envelope with your name and the words Christmas luncheon on the outside and give it to me or any other committee member or place it in the box provided


We need more of the stacking mugs we use for morning tea. They are not so pretty but make a big difference to storage space. They are unavailable in the shops these days. Should you have one or more lingering in at the back of your cupboards we would appreciate it if you donated it to U3A

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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