Northern Beaches

Welcome to the Northern Beaches Region

Previously known as Guringai country, the land of the Garigal or Caregal people, the Northern Beaches area stretches from Palm Beach to Manly. It is home to Manly Sea Eagles, Garigal and Kuring-Gai Chase National Parks, enviable beaches and a relaxed, carefree lifestyle.

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

You may be interested to see details of our usual fantastic range of courses (pre-COVID-19) in the 2020 Semester 1 Course Book (January to June).

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.

If you have a Facebook account, you’ll be pleased to know you can now connect to us there to catch up with the latest news. Just log in and search for Sydney U3A.

Re the COVID-19 Virus (Novel Coronavirus)

The good news is:

As you’re aware, the COVID-19 restrictions are slowly easing and some of the Northern Beaches Council venues are now open to U3A activities. We will need to comply with certain restrictions and with limited numbers dependent on the current regulations and up to date guidelines can be accessed here.

A number of face to face presentations/talks have commenced and the details can be found here.

Online ZOOM presentations are still very popular and will be continuing on a fortnightly basis until later in the year.  Details of these presentations/talks can be found here.

In view of the continued uncertainty of COVID-19 restrictions there will be no Semester 2 Course Book this year.  As courses open they will be recorded here and the monthly schedule will be noted on each newsletter.

2021 Semester 1 Course Book

Work is currently well advanced to publish a Course Book for Semester 1 in 2021, the first book since the COVID-19 shutdown. Members can choose whether they would like to receive a printed copy or download a PDF version from our website. If choosing a printed copy, there will be a charge of $10 a year (for two copies, Semesters 1 and 2) which will be payable with your subscription renewal.

News and Events

As you will appreciate, during 2020 and COVID-19 restrictions, events have been few and far between. However, we have been able to hold some, including our annual Showcase, and you can read more here.

News of the Third Age Rock Orchestra

U3A’s 3rd Age Rock Orchestra was established by Northern Beaches member Harvey Broadbent early in 2018. Prior to COVID-19 they were practising at the Narrabeen Baptist Church each Wednesday afternoon and since then fortnightly via Zoom.

The exciting news is that they were able to meet face to face at Ted Blackwood Hall on 28 October, the first time since March this year. Harvey has prepared a video to mark this momentous occasion and along with their other news and some of their Pre-COVID performances this can be viewed here.

Vietnam/Cambodia Tour

A fabulous trip by a group of our adventurous members.

From the bustling, chaotic, steamy atmosphere of Hanoi to the cool, French built hill stations of Sapa and Dalat, this beautiful country grabs you by the hand and pulls you along with it.

More photos and narrative can be viewed here

Annual General Meetings

Due to COVID-19 there was no face to face AGM in 2020. We are hopeful it will be ‘business as usual’ in 2021 to enable the AGM to proceed in March.

Over the last few years following the formal meeting we have arranged a lunch and special guest speaker – you can read more about these and see photos here.

Honorary Life Membership Awards

Each year any of the Sydney U3A regions can nominate members for an Honorary Life Membership. These awards are approved by the Sydney U3A Board of Management and granted to members who have contributed enormously to the running of his/her region. You may be interested to read about the Northern Beaches region members, Rosemary McCulloch, Ian Thompson and Barbara Potts, who have received such an award over recent years.  Read more …..

U3A Sydney Membership – Join, Renew or Update

If you are retired or semi-retired and would like to join Sydney U3A you won’t regret it!
Apart from the courses/events in your local region you will be able to attend any course or event covered in the wider Sydney network. Membership is just $75 per annum – a reasonable price to pay to continue your learning experiences and to establish new friendships. Full details about membership – how to join, renew or update your details – can be found here.

The Central Office newsletter ‘Stay Connected’ is a good read and keeps members up to date. The latest edition can be viewed via the Sydney U3A home page.

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