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.

After a very unsettled 2020 we are excited to share with you the Semester 1 2021 Course Book. Please check the ‘Changes to Current Courses‘ link on the sidebar to view the very latest information as some changes have occurred since the Course Book went to print in December 2020. Read more ….

Our Newsletters are issued towards the end of each month and the sidebar link gives access to our last four editions. These have up to date information on upcoming courses, events and any changes to the program.

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

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.

COVID-19 and our venues

The current COVID-19 regulations can be viewed here.
Please familiarise yourself with these and follow the guidelines at all times.

Check in is now required at all venues – this is most important as follow up may be necessary by NSW Health if any COVID-19 cases are detected. Service NSW QR Codes will be on posters in all venues and can be accessed via your smartphone – on entry, please show that you have checked in. If you do not have a smartphone and are unable to use the QR Code your details must be recorded on a contact tracing sheet which will be available at the entrance.

Northern Beaches Seniors Festival
13-30 April 2021

Each year Northern Beaches Council holds a Seniors Festival, coordinating a program of activities focusing on health and mental stimulation, food and nutrition, multicultural and inter-generational relationships, technology, accommodation and local service options. The full program can be viewed here.

U3A Northern Beaches is inviting non-members to sample a selection of our wonderfully diverse program of presentations and courses during this year’s festival and full details can be viewed here.

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 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.

With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions they are now able to rehearse again, with social distancing, at the Narrabeen Baptist Church. They are working towards being able to perform publicly in the not too distant future.

Harvey kept busy during lockdown, continuing rehearsals via Zoom; he also wrote a song and prepared some videos – these, along with the Orchestra’s other news and some of their Pre-COVID performances, 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

The 2021 AGM was held on Thursday 25 March at The Dutch Club in Frenchs Forest and was well attended with 50 members present. The formal meeting was followed by our guest speaker, David Strike, and a light lunch.

Full details can be found here along with reports/photos from previous years’ meetings.

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 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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