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 1 2020 course book 

Upper North Newsletter

Upper North newsletter, February 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




will be held on Monday, 10 February, 1.30-3.30pm


Turramurra Uniting Church (behind shopping area car park)

Welcome to a showcase of courses where new and current members, and nonmembers can sample what’s on offer at U3A.

Listen to short lectures on a wide range of topics.

Discuss the courses you might be interested in with course leaders.

Meet the Upper North Committee members to discuss general U3A matters.

Refreshments provided


Bookings: Claudine Parr 9487 2170, c_parr@exemail.com.au, Marilyn Pryor, 9449 3415, pryoru3a@gmail



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

Affairs of interest

A series of talks by specialists in their field.

Monday 10 February, 10:00-12:00

Cartoons and comics, Stewart Reed

Monday 24 February, 10:00-12:00

The History of Atheism, Frank Wilson

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



Current World

Monday 17 February, 10:00-12:00

Volcanoes — can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em, Garry Lowder

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



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

Historical and other interesting topics

Thursday 6 February, 10:00-12:00

Meeting Sydney’s freshwater needs, David Robinson

 Venue convenor and leader, Lesley Ransley, 9880 9949 ellar1@bigpond.com

Bookings not required


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

A series of interesting talks

Thursday 27 February, 10:00-12:00
Early Ku-ring-gai, Jo Harris

Book through the office 9416 8466



Cnr. Douglas Street and Mona Vale Road

Monday at St Ives

Monday 3 February, 10-12 noon

The Australian Museum, Stewart Reed

Monday at St Ives

Monday 17 February, 10-12 noon

The Brontes of Haworth, Session 1, Cindy Broadbent

Leader and bookings: Joy Liddell, 9449 5193, jjliddell@bigpond.com



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 26 February, 10:00 – 12:00

Symmetry, Laurie Wilson

Leader Howard Ferrer: bookings Andrew Bean 9983 1225, andrewrosbean@bigpond.com



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

Topics of interest

Tuesday 11 February, 10:00-11:00

Hypnotherapy, Dr Leon Cowen

Tuesday 25 February, 10:00-11.00

The evolution of the universe Kevin and Glenys Murray

No bookings required

Convenor: Wendy Bull 9488 5268   thelandingsvilla@gmail.com



9 Oxford Street, Epping, meeting room, parking available, wheelchair access

More big moments in science

Wednesday 19 February, 10:00-12:00

Weapons of mass destruction 1, Das Punchi

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



The Upper North Annual General Meeting was held on Monday 18th November at Turramurra Uniting Church.

Grahame Marr, President, opened the meeting by warmly welcoming the large crowd. He also acknowledged the attendance of Barbara Boston, President of U3A Sydney.

The meeting started with the confirmation of the minutes of the 2018 AGM. This was followed by a report of the year’s activities and the Treasurer’s report by Grahame Marr (in the place of Jane Cooper who was unable to attend).

He thanked the outgoing committee for all their work throughout 2019. A big thank you was extended to Course Co-ordinators, Venue Coordinators, Leaders and Presenters.

He also thanked Gerald Sabel for providing ongoing IT support.

Stuart Cumming, U3A’s IT spokesman, gave a short presentation on a pilot being conducted to develop an on-line course booking system. He said that the pilot (on a sample number of courses) had gone well and that, in the near future, the system would be used for the booking of all courses. Stuart explained that members will be able to use MyU3A to access the on-line booking system.

Following Stuart’s demonstration was the election of office bearers for the Upper North committee led by life member Margot Taverne acting as Returning Officer. The following people were duly elected:

Grahame Marr, President;

Marjorie Perry, Vice President, Venue Coordinator and Assistant Course Book Coordinator;

Jane Cooper, Treasurer;

Marilyn Pryor, Secretary;

Claudine Parr, Events Officer;

Barbara Sabel, Statistician;

Sue Shaw, Publicity Officer,  Newsletter and Web Editor;

Pauline Holbrook, Course Book Editor and Course Co-ordinator;

Graeme Marshall, Equipment and Assets Officer;

Vicki Davies, Venue Convenor.

Heather Lakiss (new committee member).

The first guest speaker of the day was future energy needs expert Martin Thomas who gave a very thought-provoking and insightful talk on the topic of Nuclear Energy, entitled ‘Gift of God or Invention of the Devil’.

Eloquent speaker and organiser of the popular Australian History course Garry Smith described how his interest in genealogy began when he started to research the history of his own family. He also outlined what lectures had been planned for next year’s Australian History sessions.

The final speaker was the irrepressible Nola Bramble. Nola never fails to entertain with her presentations on ‘Travelling Ladies’. She told the audience that so far she has researched and given presentations on 100 ladies from the Victorian and Edwardian era who travelled to exotic locations at a time when it was rare for women to travel unaccompanied. She gave a short but fascinating introduction to one of the ladies she will discuss next term.

The meeting closed with General Business and then a delicious afternoon tea was served.

A big thank you to all the committee members who made the afternoon a success, especially Marilyn Pryor and Claudine Parr who organised the catering. Thanks also to Phil Pryor for providing the delightful music at the event and Steve Shaw for taking the photographs.

Member reminder

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.

Important note for course leaders

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.


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

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

Note to all secretaries of courses  

Would all secretaries of courses please forward end of year rolls to Marilyn Pryor. Contact: 9449 3415, marilynpryor7

Change of venues in 2020

Please note that owing to planned renovations at HORNSBY LIBRARY in 2020, the courses currently held there will be transferred to the following locations:

Turramurra Uniting Church will be the venue for:

Australian History Seminars;

Italian for Travellers;

Travelling Ladies.

Waitara Girl Guides Hall behind Willow Park, Sherbrook Road) will be the venue for Poetry Appreciation

Gordon Library will be the venue for: The World of Classical Music.

Dates and times will be published in the Term 1, 2020 Course and Events Book which will be sent out to members in January.


Fernbank, 2 Kitchener Street, St Ives will be the venue for Tuesday Wordsmiths


Tea money

 Guidance for members and class secretaries

There is a little confusion about tea money which the following might clarify.

The idea is that each session attendees are requested to DONATE a gold coin, preferably $2, to cover tea or coffee and biscuits.

(SOME classes prefer to do something similar but pay a lump sum at the start of each semester to avoid fiddling with cash each session.)

Classes generally have a surplus in their tea money fund each semester. Out of this ‘social fund’ we cover REGIONAL costs, such as:

  • Our Annual Leaders’ Lunch held at Hornsby RSL Club for about sixty leaders as a thank you for all their work throughout the year.
  • The AGM, attended last year by more than 100, at which a substantial afternoon tea is provided.
  • The Welcome to New (or prospective) Members at which we showcase courses with a series of short lectures by course presenters. We also provide an afternoon tea.
  • Occasionally reimbursing presenters for costs such as photocopying etc.
  • Class members may also wish to give a small gift to their course presenter at the end
  • of the term or the year.

After any reimbursements and/or money for a small gift for the presenter, class secretaries are requested to hand over the remaining tea money each semester. Please contact Upper North Secretary, Marilyn Pryor on 0414 493 415 or email Upper North Treasurer, Jane Cooper on jccu3a@gmail.com for banking details.

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.

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

 Upper North Committee 2020

View our current committee

Visit our newsletter archive