Greater Western Region

Welcome to The Greater Western Region

April, 2019.    Web Editor: Carmel Liddell

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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: 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.

Our day outing to Berry was a lot of fun with good company and chocolate galore at the Treat Factory.  A great lunch at the Shoalhaven Ex- Servicemens Club.  One of the best food selections we have seen in a while then finishing off with wine at the Coolangatta Winery.  What a better selection of activities could you ask for.

Click on the coach to see a few photos taken on the day.

We have just returned from a very successful holiday in Batemans Bay.  Click on the coach photo to explore our holiday.  This link provides details of next years holiday based in Tamworth.

The holiday starts with a big red coach.

Greater Western Committee Members, 2019.

To see who is doing what on your behalf, Click here

AGM Greater Western Region, 2019

A small, jovial group of U3A members rolled up today (22.2.19) for the Annual General Meeting. Committee members were elected; guest speaker U3A President Barbara Boston entertained us with her speech; and lucky door prizes were won!   Below are photos of the day – thank you, photographer, Ian Keith. For a full report of the day, including excerpts from Barbara Boston’s speech, see the March newsletter. (Click onto Newsletters in Greater Western Links)  

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Cecilia Padlan’s first Ballroom Dancing session was a resounding success!  25 people had a ball and vowed to return! Congratulations Cecilia! 
When?  Every Thursday from 1pm – 3pm.
Where?   St Anthony’s Church Hall, Aurelia Street,Toongabbie.
Contact Cecilia Email:
                         Mobile: 041 5965325
The sessions include the music and moves of both  Latin American, and standard Ballroom dancing. No partners required so come along and join in the fun!. 


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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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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