Greater Western Region

Welcome to The Greater Western Region

January, 2019.    Web Editor: Carmel Liddell

Where’s the newsletter??????

Where’s the newsletter?

Look behind you!

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Greater Western Links    

Membership: To join, renew or update, click here

Parramatta, built on the land of the Darug people, is rich in colonial history and lies at the heart of our region which embraces 31 post codes in  a loose circle from Ermington to West Pennant Hills, Castle Hill, Glenhaven, Kenthurst, Kellyville, St Marys, Fairfield, Lidcombe, Granville plus all suburbs within- such as Bella Vista, Blacktown and Kings Langley. Central Parramatta is  being rebuilt and the new railway line from the Hills area is becoming a reality. Blacktown is also having a facelift! A new Town Centre with multi-story accommodation is under construction.
The Greater Western Region is blessed with many beautiful parks and recreational areas. 
Members: * There are two main pages for your use, this one Regions, the other Courses.  Use this link to go to the Courses page.

*  To read Archives of years 2014, 15, 16 & 17 – scroll to the bottom of the page.

****GWR Venue Addresses are listed under Course Book Changes, top of the page, left.

Up-coming event

All members are invited to attend our Annual General Meeting on 22nd February!

There will be no entertainment programme, however – all  members  will be able to catch up with U3A friends, enjoy afternoon tea, and possibly take home one of four  door prizes ($25 gift vouchers.) See course book  p.30 


Interested in Cecilia’s personal story?  Click  Newsletters in the Greater Western Links section- top left of the page.

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Cecilia Padlan (aka Cecille, an experienced dance teacher) will be Leader of a new Ballroom Dancing Group  in 2019!

When?    Every Thursday from 1pm – 3pm from 7th March, 2019.

Where?   St Anthony’s Church Hall, Aurelia Street,Toongabbie.

Contact Cecilia Email:

                         Mobile: 041 5965325

The session will  include the music and moves of both  Latin American, and Ballroom dancing. No partners required so come along and join in the fun!.

To find out more, read the article about Cecilia in the February newsletter and/or click onto the Course Book Changes in the sidebar.  


*Thank you Ian Keith for  the photos below, taken at the  Canasta Christmas party, 2018.

Christmas party!

2018 – The year that was…

Where is Sue Brennan?

To find the answer, click onto The  Big Question  

Sue Brennan with flowers sent to her by the Greater Western Region Committee


New Course Suggestion – Be in it, Readers. To find out more, click here


2018: Advertising – and all that jazz.

We are advertising to attract new members to our Greater Western Region!

# To view GW’s campaign thus far, click here 

Plus, thanks to Ian Keith, community service announcements re the GW U3A are being aired on radio 2CCR Alive 90.5!. (FM 90.5)

Ian also arranged for an on air promotion. Presenter Dennis Johns was keen to discuss the U3A on his Wednesday Morning Magazine programme, so Lorna Clayton, stepped up to the microphone. Thank you Lorna! To hear her pre-recorded interview on the 11th July, click Lorna’s photo

Two weeks later, Ian Keith was invited to do a live, on air interview with presenter Aparna Vats. Aparna’s evening programme, Point of View invites various community members to have a say, be informed, and to inform others. The ideal forum for further promotion of our GWR. One hour, a photo of Aparna, and a cup of coffee later, Ian left the building…To hear a recording of Ian’s live interview, click Aparna’s photo.

Aparna Vats

During the interviews, Alive 90.5 listeners were both entertained and informed so tune in  and discover things you may, or may not know, about our U3A.

A big thank you to Ian Keith who (due to technicalities) ‘broke up’ the large audio file and up-loaded them to our web site.


 Vale Jim and Margaret Dowell.           To read Ann Orel’s tribute click here


Tanglin Lodge Alpaca Farm and a Touch of Tuscany Tour – 10.4.18          Photos by June Keith.

         To read Bev Cockburn’s report, click here

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Bellingen and the Coffs Coast Holiday  March, 2018

              Diana Pine’s report click here

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Now, if your interest has been piqued by the Bellingen and Coffs Coast holiday, start planning for next year!

The Batemans Bay, Moruya & Narooma

six day tour is booked for March, 2019. Full details will appear in the second semester course book but in the meantime-
for a sneak preview of events, click here 
and for the full itinerary, click here


To view Diana Pine’s  U3A  21st Birthday Movie of past tours, click on the arrow below.  Enjoy!


To read Home Page Archives, click on the years below.

Archives 2014

Archives 2015

Archives 2016

Archives 2017



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