Northern Beaches

Welcome to Northern Beaches Region

The Northern Beaches area stretches from Palm Beach to Manly and encompasses Terry Hills, Belrose, Frenchs Forest and Forestville to the west. It was previously known as Guringai country, the land of the Garigal or Caregal people. It is home to the Manly Sea Eagles, Garigal and Kuring-Gai Chase National Parks, enviable beaches and a relaxed, carefree lifestyle.  You can find full details of our fantastic range of courses in the 2019 Semester 2 Course Book (July to December).

Occasionally changes are made to courses and events following publication of the Course Book. These changes are detailed in the Course Book Changes link on the sidebar.

Please check the Newsletters link on the sidebar to view the latest information on upcoming courses, events and any changes to the program.

More information can be found on the Northern Beaches Courses page. To assist your course planning it may be helpful to download/print the following calendars:

If you’ve ever wondered or would like more details on how Sydney U3A operates, you will be interested to read the attached article by our President, Rosemary McCulloch.

Since 2010 Sydney U3A has been a member of the wider NSW U3A Network, an organisation of autonomous U3A groups in NSW and the ACT and several groups from interstate. All groups support the general aims and directions of providing life-long learning opportunities for their members in their ‘third age’ using the skills their members gained during their ‘second age’. A conference for all member groups is held annually, usually at the end of April/beginning of May with many interesting topics and guest speakers.  More information and the latest newsletter is available on their website.

‘The Ages of Rock”

What an uplifting way to spend a winter’s afternoon – listening and singing along to the rock ‘n’ roll songs from our life. Memories of great songs by Chuck Berry, Bill Haley and the Comets, Little Richard, The Beatles, The Shadows, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Gerry Rafferty (amongst others) as well as the more recent sounds of The Traveling Wilburys, Alison Krauss and REM had the audience singing, tapping their feet and dancing the afternoon away.
The photo above shows some of the orchestra led by Harvey Broadbent and the backing singers, the Hirollers, singing a medley of Buddy Holly songs.
Full details of session days/times can be found on page 47 of the course book.
If you are interested in joining the orchestra, please contact Harvey
by email or on 0414 486 675.

2019 Award of Honorary Life Membership

Barbara Boston (Sydney U3A President) with Ian Thompson

At the Sydney U3A AGM on 20 March Ian Thompson’s commitment to both Sydney and Northern Beaches U3A was recognised with the well deserved award of Honorary Life Membership. Introduced by NB President, Rosemary McCulloch, Ian’s dedication to U3A was highlighted – his years as an active committee member, the long standing, ongoing science course at Warriewood, the many talks travelling over the Sydney region (particularly the most popular, about cockroaches of all things) and his many years editing the U3A Sydney course book.  Ian’s dedication to U3A is much appreciated and we hope he continues for many years in the future.

Barbara Boston introducing Sydney U3A members who received Honorary Life Membership. From left to right: Stanley Yan (Greater West Region); Kathrine Vern Barnett (Harbourside North); Ian Thompson (Northern Beaches); Ebba van de Helder (Upper North); Beverley Peken (nominated by the Board of Management)

AGM and 30 Year Anniversary Celebratory Lunch

The Annual General Meeting and 30th Anniversary Celebratory Lunch were held on Wednesday 13 March at the Long Reef Golf Club.  As usual the Club came up trumps with a wonderful meal and excellent service.

President Rosemary McCulloch welcomed close to 100 members with a special welcome to Barbara Boston, the current Sydney U3A President, and Ruth Buchanan, immediate Past President of the Northern Beaches region.  In her address the President noted the many new initiatives over the last year with the introduction of the Strolling Group, Opera and Lunch on alternate Sundays, a Craft Group, the appointment of a Welfare Officer and the Third Age Rock Orchestra to name a few.  With the exception of Mike Williams, Publicity Officer, the committee was re-elected for the 2019 year and Ruth Buchanan noted her thanks for their sterling work during the past year.

The special guest speaker was Detective Superintendent Deborah Wallace, Commander of the State Crime Command Criminal Groups Squad, NSW Police Force, whose humorous talk was very much enjoyed by all.

Special thanks must be given to Gaye Pringle for her excellent organisation of the event.

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Sausage Sizzle – 10 January 2019

Photos from the Sausage Sizzle held at Stony Range Reserve. A big thank you to David Tuckerman and helpers for managing the BBQ and to Jill Barrett for taking these photos.

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Oh what a night!

The opening words of the Frankie Valli song certainly rang true on the evening of 12 September when Narrabeen Baptist Church came alive to the sounds of The 3rd Age Rock Orchestra’s first public performance, The Classic Rock of Ages Show.

3ARO was established by Harvey Broadbent approximately six months ago and has grown to about 30 amateur musicians and singers. The audience was thrilled to be taken back in time by listening, singing along and dancing to popular rock ‘n’ roll and rock ballad music from that era as well as more modern songs from the 1970s to the present day. The evening was a resounding success and the orchestra received a well deserved standing ovation at the end of their repertoire.

Interval refreshments were served by U3A committee members and volunteers and a collection during the evening resulted in $720 being donated to the Farmers Drought Assistance Fund.

3ARO meets at the Narrabeen Baptist Church each Wednesday afternoon (see page 43 of the current Course Book). All instrumentalists and singers are U3A members and amateur players at various stages of progress and levels on their instruments. The common thread is the joy, fun and stimulation of playing popular music together.

Showcase – 11 July 2018

Another successful Showcase highlighting the courses in the Semester 2, 2018 Course Book was held on Wednesday 11 July at the Ted Blackwood Hall in Warriewood.  It was well attended with over 100 people learning about many of the courses on offer.  There were short presentations from course leaders and members were then able to meet the leaders and find out more information.  As always, a lovely morning tea was enjoyed by all.

A big thank you to all the many volunteers who helped make the event so successful.

Award of Honorary Life Membership

At the 30th AGM of Sydney U3A held on 22 March 2018, Northern Beaches member Barbara Potts was recognised with the award of Honorary Life Membership. Introduced by NB President, Rosemary McCulloch, as one thoroughly deserving for her dedicated involvement since joining U3A in 2005, Barbara has held many committee roles. In her modest acceptance, Barbara said the award was for all of those who work for maintaining the high standard we have come to expect from U3A.

In photo (from left to right):  Runa Schmidt-Muller, Barbara Potts, Tricia Haines, Brenda Fuller and Ann Hardiman – Out of shot: Ian Thompson, Rosemary McCulloch and Ivy Edwards

Annual General Meeting
14 March 2018

This year’s AGM was held on Wednesday 14 March at the Narrabeen Baptist Church.

President Rosemary thanked the outgoing committee and assistants for their excellent work during the year. She emphasised they are the unsung heroes for all the work they do quietly in the background.  Course Leaders and Course
Secretaries rated special thanks as without them we would have no U3A.

The outgoing committee was thanked for it’s marvellous work over the previous year and the 2018/19 committee elected. A special welcome was extended to a new team member, Mike Williams.  We wish them well in their continuing work for Northern Beaches U3A.

Refreshments were served following the meeting and several members enjoyed the ‘Bollywood’ dance entertainment.

Showcase and New Members Morning Tea
7 February 2018

A very successful Showcase with over 150 attendees.  18 quality presenters spoke about their courses and were able to hand out leaflets and provide further information during the morning. Morning tea was enjoyed by all and many friendships were enriched over a cuppa.

A big thank you to all the many volunteers who helped make the event so successful.

Laurie Wilson who is starting a ‘Creative Photography’ course this semester very kindly took and shared these photos of the event (full details of his course on page 46 of the course book).

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This year’s AGM was held on Tuesday 7 March and was well attended by approximately 80 members.  The agenda, minutes from last year’s meeting and back up papers were handed to members on arrival which allowed pre-reading before the commencement of the meeting which concluded at approximately 11.40am.

The outgoing President, Ruth Buchanan, and last year’s committee were thanked for their hard work.  Rosemary McCulloch was appointed President for the upcoming year and new committee members were welcomed.  Further members will be added to the committee over the next couple of months.

We were entertained by guest speaker Warren Fahey, folklore collector, cultural historian, author and songwriter, who reminisced about his childhood, recited poems and sang bush songs, much to the delight of the audience.