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.

Course and Events Book 2021, changes to course book

The new course book has now been published. However there are some changes to the Upper North Section of the course book that you need to be aware of.


Because of  evolving Covid-19 situation, some changes have occurred since the Course Book went to print in December. For example some courses were listed as face to face but have since changed to zoom.

Click on the link of the side bar, Courses — Face to Face and Courses — via Zoom and email for the latest status of Upper North courses.

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

Zoom Courses

Please check what Zoom sessions are available in the Upper North Region on the Course via Zoom/email side bar. 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


Upper North Newsletter

Upper North Newsletter June 2021 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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Lectures in June

Berowra Community Centre

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

Affairs of interest in the current world

A series of talks of general interest looking at topics relevant to people living in today’s world.

Alternate Mondays 10:00-12:00 noon

Members should arrive at 9.45 am to go through Covid safety procedures.

15 June, Behind the Scenes, Tom Sweeney

28 June, Living in the Anthropocene, Kevin Murray

Leaders: Joan Scott and Jackie Wilson

Information and bookings: Joan Scott djscott@tpg.com.au (email preferred) 0405 453 396

Speakers: Jackie Wilson – please note that this is her correct email address jhjgw@yahoo.com 

 Music we have grown up with (zoom only)

Alt Thursdays

10:00-12:00 noon

The course moves to its 6th consecutive year. In 2021 it will continue to explore the magic of music from the 1920s to the 1970s, including music genres such as musical theatre and folk music. The music is delivered by way of video (worth 180 million words, if a picture is worth a 1,000 words).

10 June, Chris De Burg and Cat Stephens

24 June, Return of Neil Sedaka

Leader and bookings: Howard Ferrer, howardf@optusnet.com.au

 Science and Technology: Glimpses of our past, present and future

(via zoom)

Alt Wednesdays

Log in at 9.45 am for 10.00 am.

Please note that the following is subject to change without notice including date changes of sessions.

2 June, Will Australia ever adopt nuclear power?  Martin Thomas (AO)

16 June, The history of printing, Henk Lanstra

30 June, The make up of the COVID vaccines, Prof Don Napper

Leader Howard Ferrer

Bookings: Andrew Bean 9983 1225 andrewrosbean@bigpond.com

More big moments in science

(via zoom)

Alt Wednesdays 1.30-3.30 pm

Our scientific series of general interest examines: medicines, ecology, and astronomy.

2 June, Snowy ecosystem under threat, Jackie Wilson

16 June, Digital disruption in medicine, Punchi (Das) Dassanayak

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

 This month’s featured lecturer

This semester Nola Bramble is lecturing on Travelling Ladies at Turramurra Uniting Church. She is an amazing lecturer and likes to ‘dress the part’ for her lectures. She travels all over the world for her inspiration. Here she is talking about a ‘travelling lady’ who visited Turkey.


As we are 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.
  • 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@gmail.com
  • 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 coordinator 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.

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  Grahame Marr on gwmarr1@bigpond.com, Marilyn Pryor, 9449 3415.

Voluntary contributions (known previously as ‘Tea Money’ – click here to read about voluntary contributions protocols