Upper North

Welcome to U3A Upper North Region

The Upper North region covers mainly the Local Government areas of Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai. Face-to-face courses are held in Berowra, Castle Hill, Epping, Eastwood, Gordon, Hornsby, Killara, Lindfield, Pennant Hills, Pymble, St Ives, Turramurra, Wahroonga, and Waitara.

Welcome to Spring at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Gardens, St Ives







Face-to-face courses returning to a venue near you

Course leaders, venue coordinators, Upper North committee members and course coordinators have been working very hard putting together a program for 2021.  We are offering person-to-person/face-to-face and zoom courses.

We will be offering many of your favourite courses in a selection of venues including Berowra Community Centre, Epping Leisure and Learning Centre, Epping Uniting Church, Gordon Library, Hornsby Leisure and Learning Centre, Lindfield Senior Citizens Resource Centre, Pymble Uniting Church, St Ives Uniting Church, Turramurra South Uniting Church, Turramurra Uniting Churches, and a small number of private homes.

The ever popular “Australian History Seminars” will be held at Turramurra Uniting Church with a series of seven sessions, and everyone’s favourite speaker, Nola Bramble, will be returning with lectures on travelling ladies.

“Monday at St Ives” at St Ives Uniting Church will be returning once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted with a series of interesting lectures for everyone to enjoy.

Also at St Ives, “The Golden Age of Cinema” sessions will return in 2021.

We are also hoping to start two new dance classes for those who like more active pursuits.

Joan Scott and Jackie Wilson will be bringing back “Affairs of Interest in the Current World” at Berowra Community Centre.

Language classes in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian and Latin will be available in 2021, either face-to-face or on zoom

Ian de Mellow is offering a new course called “Confronting the Four Horsemen in Human History” at Epping Leisure and Leaning Centre.

Stewart Reed will be running a one off lecture called “Historical Houses of Sydney” at Epping Leisure and Learning Centre and Sandra Luntz will resume her “Book Discussion Group” at Epping Uniting Church.

Art Classes will be available at Hornsby Leisure and Learning Centre.

Dawn Nettheim will be resuming her “How to Read and Write Music” course at Lindfield Senior Citizens Resource Centre.

A number of course leaders have decided to continue with zoom in the first semester, 2021. For example, Howard Ferrer will return with another series of “Music We Have Grown Up” and there will be new sessions of “More Big Moments in Science”.

Zoom courses are taking off

We have plenty of Zoom courses for members to attend. Please check what Zoom sessions are available in the Upper North Region on the Zoom/email side panel. If you are reading this on your i-phone the panels are at the bottom of the screen.

Zoom can be set up quite easily on your home computer, or your Apple or Android device. Click here for instructions

We have a few courses which are now running face-to-face. Please note that numbers in each class are limited as per social distance regulations. Please check the Face-to-Face side panel for contact emails and phone numbers.

A Covid-19 safe plan for venues has been prepared for when we return to face to face teaching.

Upper North Newsletter

Upper North Newsletter November 2020 If you haven’t received the latest copy please check as it may have been captured in your junk email folder. We also take this opportunity to issue a friendly reminder to contact us with your updated details if you change your email address, contact: stuart@incontact.com.au

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Annual General Meeting, Upper North

Due to the present situation regarding social distancing, our AGM for Upper North has been postponed until February. It will be a joint function with our annual Showcase and Welcome to New Members.

There will be a number of positions vacant on the committee in 2021. If you are interested in joining our friendly team, please contact Grahame Marr, 0447580088 gwmarr1@bigpond.com

2021 first semester course book

Plans are underway to publish a Course and Events Book for Semester 1, 2021. It will be printed and distributed in January.

You will have received an email from Central Office asking for your preference in regard to what form you want to receive the Course and Events book.

The email explains that the options are:

Option 1. Electronic (pdf) via email (FREE)

Option 2. Hard copy – via Australia Post – ($10 p.a. payable with subscription renewal)

Option 3. No course book

To be chosen if either:

  1. A PDF will be downloaded from our website sydneyu3a.org


  1. Where there are 2 or more U3A members in one household and only one copy is required

We are currently collecting information on Upper North courses to be included in the book.

If you have a course you would like to present next year, please contact Pauline Holbrook, 0428294595 courses.u3aunr@gmail.com or Grahame Marr, 0447580088 gwmarr1@bigpond.com

U3A Upper North Venues

This month we are featuring Berowra Community Centre

Berowra Community Centre is set in pleasant country surroundings, has plenty of parking and a balcony back room. Photograph and information provided by Joan Scott who has been running a science course there for many years.

Click here to see a photograph of Berowra Community Centre



The Landings, U3A – North Turramurra

Due to the Covid 19 (regulated social distancing) and our future clubhouse remodeling/renovations (construction noise, workers and safety aspects) we very much regret to announce the postponement of all U3A speaker sessions until further notice.


Please contact me if you have any queries or if I can be of assistance at any time.
Wendy Bull,  thelandingsvilla@gmail.com

Events in 2020

Click here to read about the Upper North Showcase and welcome to new members 2020

Read a report on 2020 Seniors Festivals


Click here for Upper North News items


Upper North AGM

The Upper North Annual General Meeting was held on Monday 18th November. Click here to read a report on the meeting.

Important notes

Notification of change of contact details

If you have changed your email address or phone number, could you please inform Central Office on officemgr.sydneyu3a@gmail.com

Wanted Course Leaders

Are you interested in running a course for U3A? Do you know a lot about a particular topic?

Why not impart your knowledge to an audience of enthusiastic U3A members. Contact either Grahame Marr on gwmarr1@bigpond.com or Pauline Holbrook on holbrookj@bigpond.com


As we are tentatively resuming face-to-face sessions, here are a few reminders about meeting protocols:

  • All venues will have a Covid-19 safety plan. Please adhere to all instructions given to you regarding this plan
  • Morning tea – Because of Covid-19 restrictions, morning tea will not be served at the face-to-face meetings. Please note you are welcome to bring your own tea/coffee/biscuits.
  • Please remember to wear your name tags when attending U3A events. Name tags must be worn so that we can verify you are a paid up member.
  • Would all secretaries of courses please forward end of year rolls to Marilyn Pryor. Contact: 9449 3415, marilynpryor7
  • Course leader please note that if there have been changes to the people assisting with the running of your course, could they please remember to let the course convenor know.
  • Are you having problems getting to U3A classes because of mobility issues? Please be aware that you may be eligible to take advantage of the Australian Government’s My Aged Care service which can provide you with transport options if you are unable to attend U3A classes.You need to contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or look at their website, www.myagedcare.gov.au You will be set up initially with an identity number and given a suggested list of providers in your area. There is usually a small charge for transport to and from the venue.

AV assistant required

We are looking for a volunteer to help our IT/AV guru, Gerald Sabel, with a view to eventually taking over, the setting up and running of the AV equipment for courses currently held at Turramurra Uniting Church.

If you think you have the skills required, or you need more information, please contact Gerald at: sabels01@optusnet.com.au

Tea Money – click here to read about tea money protocols

A big thank you to Ku-ring-gai Council

Our region has been fortunate to receive a community grant from Ku-ring-gai Council totalling $1922.

The generous amount has made possible the purchase of a range of audio-visual equipment for use in a variety of presentations and venues.

Thanks to the Council on behalf of all our members.