Upper North

Welcome to U3A Upper North Region

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

Please view the Semester 2 2019 course book 

Upper North Newsletter

Upper North September 2019 newsletter   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

U3A music group’s success in City of Ryde Eisteddfod

U3A music group led by Dawn Nettheim that meets every second Wednesday at Lindfield Senior Citizens Resource Centre competed in this year’s City of Ryde Eisteddfod held on 11 August. They performed their own composition in the Seniors’ (over 50) section, and received a Highly Commended Certificate.

The course ‘How to read and write music’, run by classically trained musician Dawn, is aimed at beginners or those with a little knowledge. This group who only started the classes in January were by August ready to write and perform their own composition.

According to Dawn: “This class is a very keen and diligent group who worked so hard that I’m delighted that they were able to showcase their creativity and also the work of U3A. They strung together a medley of little tunes which they had written as part of their exercises, and performed this work on whatever instruments were to hand in an imaginative and entertaining fashion. The audience was appreciative and cheered them mightily. I am so proud of them.”

Lectures in September

A selection of lectures September


The Gully Road, balcony room. Short walk from station. Parking available.

Affairs of interest

A series of talks by specialists in their field.

Monday 9 September, 10:00-12:00

The Halvorsen story, Noel Phelan

Monday 23 September, 10:00-12:00

The secret life of teeth, Nigi Lechner

Leader and bookings: Anne Lycett   j_alycett@optus.com.au


Current World

A series of talks looking at what is happening in the current world viewed through the eyes of scientists and technologists.

Monday 16 September, 10:00-12:00

Raging skies, severe thunderstorms around Sydney, Richard Whitaker

Monday 30 September, 10:00-12:00

Inventions, Ian Thompson

Leader and bookings: Joan Scott, djscott@tpg.com.au

PLEASE NOTE that there has been a re-arrangement of dates to a couple of lectures in the Affairs of Interest course. The lecture on 14 October will now be The Islamic Golden Age, Tony McCurdy and 11 November, The Iron Ships, Gary Hughes.


Stanhope Road, village auditorium. Parking available, wheelchair accessible.

 Historical and other interesting topics

Thursday 5 September, 10:00-12:00

Sir Henry Parkes – my great, great grandfather, Ian Thom 

Bookings not required.

Venue Convener and Leader: Lesley Ransley, 9880 9949, ellar1@bigpond.com



2 Ulmarra Place, Lindfield. Meetings held at the village centre. Parking available.

A series of interesting talks

Thursday 26 September, 10:00-12:00
Men, machines and medicine in World War II, Das Dassanayake

Book through the office 9416 8466



Cnr Douglas Street and Mona Vale Road, Wesley Room

 Science and technology: glimpses of our past, present and future
Qualified lecturers present things scientific and/or technology based. Done in an easy to understand format.

Wednesday 11 September, 10:00 – 12:00
The cracking of the Enigma Code in WWII, Ros Clements

Wednesday 25 September, 10:00 – 12:00
The science and politics of climate change, Dr Brian Spies

Leader: Howard Ferrer, howardf@optusnet.com.au
Bookings: Andrew Bean, 9983 1225

Mendelssohn — the composer

Alt. Thursdays from 1 August, 10:00-12:00 (Wesley Room)

Leader: John Hughes (enquiries 9449 3416). No bookings required. Register on arrival.

PLEASE NOTE that there has been a change of contact details for the Current Affairs Forum 1 Group held at St Ives Uniting Church. For bookings, please contact Group Leader Derrick Heywood, 0402 240 189, dsheywood1@gmail.com


440 Bobbin Head Road, North Turramurra Clubhouse. Parking available.

Topics of interest

Tuesday 10 September, 10:00-11:30

Spooks, spectres and spirits in Aussie folklore, Graham Sims

Tuesday 24 September, 10:00-11:30

Flight into hell, Graham Sims

No bookings required

Convenor: Wendy Bull 9488 5268, thelandingsvilla@gmail.com


53 Rohini Street, Cowper Place. Five minute walk from station. Parking available in nearby streets.

Speakers on a variety of topics

Wednesday 11 September, 10:30 – 12:00

Volcanoes, Dr Garry Lowder (Geologist)

Leader and bookings: Margaret Waldock, 0419 740 181. margaretwaldock@outlook.com


28-44 George Street (entry in Hunter Lane opposite Hornsby Station)

History of Roman wall painting

Alt. Tuesdays from 10 September to 19 November 10:00-12:00

Leader: Emeritus Prof/Assoc Prof Jean-Paul Descoeudres, bookings: Graeme Marshall, 9489 8648, g.marshall1@bigpond.com


Australian World Heritage sites

A brief look at each of Australia’s 19 World Heritage sites

Alt Wednesday from 10 July to 13 November 10:15-12:00

Leader and bookings Graeme Aplin, graemeaplin@optusnet.com.au



9 Oxford St. Meeting room. Parking available. Wheelchair access.

More big moments in the history of science

Wednesday 4 September, 10:00-12:00

The use and abuse of drugs, part I, Dr Rosemarie Einstein

Wednesday 18 September, 10:00-12:00

The use and abuse of drugs, part 2, Dr Rosemarie Einstein

Leader and bookings: David Malone 0418 440 828, dymalone@bigpond.net.au



Turramurra Ave. Parking available. Wheelchair access.

Fun problem solving to keep our minds active
Alt. Tuesdays from 6 August, 9.45- 11.45 am

Leader and bookings: Sandra Sadler 9484 5513, spsadler@dodo.com.au


271 Pacific Highway, behind Library. Parking available, wheelchair access

Russian advanced conversation

PLEASE NOTE the new dates and time for this class, Mondays from 10-12

12 August

26 August

9 September

23 September

14 October

28 October

11 November

25 November

Leader Olga Petlevanny, 9939 6871

Bookings: Dr Richard Brettell 0423488023  richardbrettel@hotmail.com


The German Beginners class held at Turramurra Uniting Church each Monday has been cancelled from  14 September to 21 October inclusive.



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

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 Hornsby Library.

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

Are you fluent in Italian

We are looking for someone to teach extra classes of Italian. If you are interested, please contact Grahame Marr on gwmarr1@bigpond.com

Tea money

As you are aware, morning/afternoon tea is provided at most U3A courses. We ask members for a gold coin donation to offset the cost of supplying tea, coffee, milk, sugar and biscuits etc. Any surplus moneys collected also goes towards providing a thank you luncheon for all the volunteer lecturers, leaders, venue co-ordinators and administrators who work tirelessly for U3A. We recommend that members donate $2 for morning/afternoon tea.

Help with transport

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.

Ebba honoured with Life Membership of U3A

At the recent U3A Annual General Meeting held on the 20th March at the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, long-term member, Ebba Van Der Helder was presented with Honorary Life Membership of U3A. She has worked tirelessly for U3A for many years as a lecturer and as Treasurer on the U3A Upper North committee.

Upper North AGM 

Over 60 members attended the Upper North AGM in November at Turramurra Uniting Church.

 Read more about the AGM

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.


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

Fipple Fluters

The Upper North U3A group known as The Fipple Fluters recently gave a concert at the Hornsby North Baptist Church for its ‘Time Out for Seniors Group’. They had played for this group before. During the past twelve years, they have also given concerts for Probus and played for U3A events at Sydney University, Customs House and Wesley Centre. In addition they have visited a number of local schools to assist teachers in encouraging students to understand the nature and depth of recorder repertoire from mediaeval music to the present day.


 Upper North Committee 2019

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