NB-News and Events

Our events …. upcoming tours

Full details of our events plus booking information can be found on pages 9 and 10 of the
full Sydney U3A course book

Wednesday 5 October
Day trip to Mount Wilson to view two gardens in full spring splendour (page 9)

Thursday 20  October
Annual Celebration Picnic at Clontarf Reserve (page 10)

Thursday 3 November
Tunnels and Gunners Tour with a guide from Sydney Harbour Trust (page 10)

Our events …. being out and about

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Showcase – 17 February 2022
January 2022 social events
A Sensational Sausage Sizzle
Trip to Port Macquarie
Jacaranda Cruise
Meg’s Monday Morning Tea
Spit Roast Get Together

Showcase – 17 February 2022

Showcase – 17 February 2022

Success snatched from what looked like being a total disaster!

Imagine our feelings when we arrived at the previously booked venue and found that it had been double booked to a large children’s group, already set up.  Read more here …..

January 2022 social events

January 2022 social events

Although the weather looked threatening, we were once again lucky to escape the rain at this annual picnic at Jamieson Park on 20 January.
20 members enjoyed sharing food and a chat whilst gazing out over the
Narrabeen Lagoon with its many birds showing off in front of us – together with kayaks and wind surfers, all having a happy time.
Rosemary McCulloch

 

A morning visit to Scotland Island on 4 January, organised by Meg Watson, was a great success – and we were fortunate enough to have a brand new ferry to transport us around the island.
After the trip we had a group luncheon at the Post Office Café at Church Point which was a perfect end to an enjoyable outing.
Rosemary McCulloch

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A Sensational Sausage Sizzle

A Sensational Sausage Sizzle

This free to members event to allow members to socialise between the Christmas break and the start of courses in the New Year struck a few problems but turned out a successful day. Our usual venue of Stony Range at Dee Why was closed because of the mini tornado which struck a few days earlier. So a new venue had to be found which met the criteria of a public gas BBQ, on a bus route and toilets nearby.

We found a BBQ at Narrabeen Lake on the water’s edge near the Tramshed which had escaped the wrath of the storm, unlike the BBQ about 40 metres to the south which had been smashed by fallen trees. 13 tree stumps of about 35cm diameter surrounding that BBQ provided evidence of the savagery of the storm.

We were blessed with good weather. Clouds and shade and umbrellas made it pleasant and rain forecast as a possibility did not eventuate.
We needed to take covid precautions and small individual chip packets and antipasto bags were supplied pre lunch. Then the sausages with bread, tomatoes and sauces. We also had individual watermelon slices and finished with individual biscuit bags. Soft drink and fresh water were supplied, but you had to bring your own alcoholic drinks and tea and coffee.

There were some dropouts on account of covid fears or covid boosters and other clashing matters, but we fed 40 plus.

Special thanks to cooks Leigh Haines and Chris Bowles and others who lent a hand.

David Tuckerman (Organiser)

Two thank yous:
From Newsletter/Website Editor: Thanks to Ian Thompson for taking the photos
From President Rosemary: Enormous thanks to David for a wonderful event and the skill he showed in changing venues at the last minute

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Trip to Port Macquarie

Trip to Port Macquarie

Thanks to the efficient organising by Kerrie Sanders, this three night holiday was a great success and the weather from start to finish was superb. The group made the journey in four cars and the drive took an easy four and a half hours.

Staying right in the heart of Port Macquarie in holiday units complete with swimming pool, the group partly went its separate ways, meeting up on a boat trip on the Hastings River and also for an evening of nibbles and cocktails before dinner on the last night. Another outing was to explore the Rain Forest Walk and also a visit to the Koala Hospital. Six members of the group met up with members of the Port Macquarie Hastings U3A for a very enjoyable dinner and then looked around the U3A Centre which was most impressive.

Everyone agreed that they felt much more relaxed after this short, action-packed holiday.

Thank you Kerrie for all your work.  Rosemary McCulloch

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Jacaranda Cruise

Jacaranda Cruise

On Sunday 8 November a group of approximately 30 members headed into Barangaroo to board our boat for a jacaranda cruise.

What a fabulous afternoon we had! After a couple of rainy overcast days the sun came out and the purple jacarandas were the shiny stars. Apart from the more familiar parts of the harbour the boat also ventured into the Lane Cove River and Hunters Hill area where we found most of the jacarandas.

A very interesting commentary by Graham Ross, horticulturalist, author and presenter on the TV program ‘Better Homes and Gardens’ for the last 25 years, was well received. It was the 102nd tour Graham had presented and it was full of interesting and historical facts – he was obviously enjoying the cruise and sharing his knowledge as much as us.

Two of our members, Kaye and Runa, won packs of garden goodies in the Lucky Door Prize draw so headed home with big smiles.

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Meg’s Monday Morning Tea

Meg’s Monday Morning Tea

A group of happy members meeting up for Meg’s Monday Morning Tea at the Harbord Diggers Club. The weekly get togethers will continue next year after everyone has recovered from the festive period.

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Spit Roast Get Together

Spit Roast Get Together

As you will appreciate, during 2020 and COVID-19 restrictions, events have been few and far between.

We were therefore happy to hold our first post COVID-19 event on Friday 16 October 2020 which was a Spit Roast at The Dutch Club in Frenchs Forest. Of course all COVID-19 restrictions re numbers, recording of details and social distancing were followed. It was good to feel as though some sort of normality had returned to our lives and a big thank you needs to be given to the team of volunteers who made this happen. Particular thanks go to Gaye Pringle and Sue Kenney for their commitment to organising the event and for making sure there was bountiful food for all.

Judy Harris, the U3A Sydney President, took the opportunity to present Rosemary McCulloch, the U3A Northern Beaches President, with her Honorary Life Membership award, bestowed earlier in 2020 and unable to be presented due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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