Our events …. being out and about
A Sensational Sausage Sizzle
Nearly a month later than the originally scheduled date, 43 members gathered together for the Sausage Sizzle on Friday 5 February. The weather was absolutely perfect and everybody enjoyed the tranquil setting of Stony Range Botanic Garden, as can be seen by this selection of photos provided by Rosemary McCulloch and Leigh Haines – thank you!
This event was an organiser’s nightmare!!
Originally advertised in the November newsletter for 7 January and with a COVID limit of 30 members it was quickly booked to capacity. As the December newsletter was going to press the COVID number limit increased to 50 for outdoor gatherings and further bookings were taken. Then … as we all know … the Avalon lockdown occurred affecting all our plans for Christmas and the New Year. With no date for the lockdown to finish and 7 January looming it was decided to postpone the Sausage Sizzle to 28 January. This brought another change of plan as the COVID outdoor gatherings limit was now back to 30!
So as not to disappoint members who had booked our organiser, Treasurer David Tuckerman, agreed to hold two events and members were split into two groups – 28 January and 5 February.
What happened then??
28 January loomed and it poured with rain … all day … so, NO Sausage Sizzle!!
Finally … 5 February came along … and a perfect day, both in the organisation by David and his team of helpers, but also with the weather.
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
On Sunday 8th 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.
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.
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 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.
Another successful Showcase highlighting the courses available in the Semester 1 2020 Course Book. Members were treated to a performance by the Acoustic Guitar Group which was well received.
A big thank you to all those members who helped make the morning run smoothly. A selection of photos from the event can be viewed here.