Courses – Face-to-Face

COURSES CONDUCTED FACE TO FACE

BEROWRA: COMMUNITY CENTRE

Balcony Room, Gully Road, Berowra (behind Berowra Oval).
Large car park. Close to Berowra Station
Venue Coordinator: Anne Rayment
annerayment@hotmail.com
Presentations
AFFAIRS OF INTEREST IN THE CURRENT WORLD
2nd and 4th Mondays of the month (unless a public
holiday) from 22 Feb 10:00 – 12:00
A series of talks of general interest looking at topics
relevant to people living in today’s world.
Leaders and bookings Joan Scott and Jackie Wilson
Information: Joan Scott djscott@tpg.com.au
(email preferred) 0405 453 396
Speakers: Jackie Wilson  jhjgw@yahoo,com

Science Nature
1. An Inconvenient Truth Revisited
Monday 22 Feb
The uncomfortable world of climate change and its effect
on humans and the environment
Speakers: Joan Scott and Jackie Wilson

History
2. The Camino
Monday 8 Mar
What is The Camino? The history, significance and beauty
of the pilgrimage.
Speaker: Graham Spindler

Medical Matters
3. Quackery in Medicine
Monday 22 Mar
Medical treatment and the worst ways to cure
everything throughout history.
Speaker: Ian Thompson

Legal matters
4. Current Issues in Criminal Justice in NSW
Monday 12 Apr
Involved in criminal justice for 48 years, the speaker was
DPP NSW from 1994 to 2011
Speaker: Nicholas Cowdery

History Britain

5. Richard III Villain or Hero?
Tuesday 27 Apr
How modern forensics was applied to the solution of a
medieval mystery
Speaker: Tony McCurdy

6. Travel
Monday 10 May
Voyage to the Ice. A memorable voyage to the Antarctic filmed and directed by Ted Rayment

7.Sensory science by Greg Organ

Monday 24 May

 

Music Performance
8. Behind the Scenes
Tuesday 15 Jun
How musicals are chosen, cast, rehearsed and staged
Speaker: Tom Sweeney

Science Nature
9. Living in the Anthropocene
Monday 28 Jun
The environmental impact of humans warrants a new
geological era.
Speaker: Kevin Murray

EPPING: LEISURE AND
LEARNING CENTRE  (This course is available face to face and on zoom)

1 Chambers Court, off Pembroke St beneath Library.
Parking available. Wheelchair access.
Venue Coordinator: Ian De Mellow 9487 1908
ian.mellow@bigpond.com
History
CONFRONTING THE “FOUR HORSEMEN” IN
HUMAN HISTORY
Alternate Wednesdays from 17 Feb 1:00 – 3:00
How has humanity coped economically, politically, and socially,
with the world re-shaping consequences of the catastrophes
created by sweeping military conquests, industrialised
warfare; famines, and medieval and modern plagues?
Leader and Bookings: Ian De Mellow 9487 1908
ian.mellow@bigpond.com

TAI CHI (max 20)
Alternate Wednesdays from 24 Feb 1:00 – 3:00
Gain health benefits through its gentle exercises and
relaxation, ideal for Third Agers. Tai Chi’s graceful, fluid
movements combine three forms of exercise: strength,
stretching and breathing. Participants should provide
fitness assurance.
Leader and Bookings: Siang Tan 9888 7874

HISTORIC HOUSES OF SYDNEY
Wednesday 5 May 10:00 – 12:00
In approximately 240 years a variety of houses have
been constructed in Sydney. This describes many of the
important ones that are open to the public.
Leader: Stewart Reed
Bookings: Ian De Mellow, 9487 1908
ian.mellow@bigpond.com

EPPING: UNITING CHURCH 

Corner Chester and Oxford Streets. Large hall.
Short walk from station and bus interchange.
Venue Coordinator for Book Discussion Group:
Sandra Luntz 9874 3382 sandra.luntz@gmail.com

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
Alternate Thursdays from 4 Feb from 10:00 – 12:00
A reading and discussion group with an occasional classic
text but with the emphasis on contemporary literature.
First book for discussion will be advised on registering.
Leaders: Barbara Boston, Sandra Luntz
Bookings: Sandra Luntz on 9874 3382
sandra.luntz@gmail.com or Barbara Boston on 9417 2967
barbboston2013@gmail.com

SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING (MAX 15)

Every Friday from 5 February 10-11.30

A fun, social activity for all ages. Dances are performed
in sets of 6 or 8 people and as soon as you hear the
wonderful wealth of Scottish music you will want to dance.
Moderate physical fitness is required but no previous dance
experience or partner is need. Wear
soft shoes and light clothing. No kilt is required nor any
Scottish connection.
Leader Sheena Caswell 0401847468
sheena.caswell@gmail.co Bookings, Sue, suesuespan@gmail.com

GORDON LIBRARY

Venue coordinator: Josie Lead (Tan)  0421 959 749 jtjosie@gmail.com

TAI CHI (max 15)
Each Thursday from 4 Feb 10.00 – 12.00
Learn the ancient art of tai chi and qi gong and gain
health benefits through gentle strength, stretching and
breathing exercises. Participants should provide assurance
from their GP that they are medically fit to undertake an
exercise course. Room 2.
Leaders: Michael Wong and Rose Pettett

Bookings: Margaret Harragon gordontaichi@hotmail.com

 

MIND BODY PHILOSOPHY 
Alternate Mondays from March  1-3pm
Guided by the Great Courses series on DVD, we will continue our Mind-Body Philosophy course. When completed, a new course will be selected by participants.
Leader and bookings: Jock Buselli 9484 7041   Jock.Buselli@tpg.com.au
or bookings: Stanis Osterly stanisosterly@hotmail.com

HORNSBY: LEISURE AND
LEARNING CENTRE

25 Edgeworth David Ave. Parking available
Venue Coordinator: Heather Lakiss 0402 080 045
heatherlakiss@gmail.com
PAINTING IN ACRYLICS
Alternate Thursdays from 4 Feb 10:00 – 12:00
Come and join our friendly class. Basic skills lessons are
given to beginners, as well as guidance and assistance
provided to all, whatever your skill level.
Leader and bookings: Janny Drayer 9144 1741
jannydrayer@gmail.com

WATERCOLOUR PAINTING
Alternate Thursdays from 11 Feb 10:00 – 12:00
Discover the magic of watercolour painting in this
friendly group whatever your skill level. Different
techniques will be discussed and encouraged. Assistance
and suggestions will be given from beginners to more
experienced levels. Everyone attending should bring
their own materials.
Leader and bookings: Ildy Turner 9488 9114
ipturner@bigpond.net.au

 

LINDFIELD: SENIOR CITIZENS
RESOURCE CENTRE

271 Pacific Highway, behind Library. Limited on-site
parking. Wheelchair accessible
Venue Coordinator: Marika McLachlan 9988 3199
0411 151 722 marikamclachlan@bigpond.com

PRE INTERMEDIATE SPANISH
Alternate Mondays from 1 Feb 2:00 – 4:00 (Check with leader Jenny re start date)
For those who have already completed some study of
the language, this is a course offering instruction in basic
grammar with the introduction of useful phrases and
opportunities for conversation. A variety of teaching
methods will be used. Continuing course.
Leader and bookings: Jenny Brady 9966 8510
jennybry30@hotmail.com

LATIN INTERMEDIATE A
Each Wednesday from 3 Feb 1:45 – 3:45
This continuing course will proceed to Stage 54 of
the Oxford Latin Course Part III and more complex
grammar enhanced by passages of prose and poetry
from classical authors.
Leader and bookings: Helen Ledwidge 9489 7161
0414 489 716 helenledwidge685@gmail.com

HOW TO READ AND WRITE MUSIC (BEGINNERS)
Alternate Wednesday from 3 Feb 2:00 – 4:00 (Check with leader, Dawn re start date)
in the Senior Citizen Resource Centre Hall
How to understand and create those black dots. Class
will write and perform own rhythm and melody work for a
variety of instruments and voice in various styles.
Leader and bookings: Dawn Nettheim 9869 0451
dawn@bigpond.net.au

RUSSIAN ADVANCED CONVERSATION
Each Monday from 8 Feb 12:00 – 2:00
This is a continuing course where new members with an
adequate level of Russian are very welcome.
Leader and bookings: Dr. Richard Brettell 0423 488023
richardbrettell@hotmail.com
Language German

GERMAN INTERMEDIATE
Each Friday from 12 Feb 11:00 – 12:30
Text book: em neu 2008 Deutsch als Fremdsprache –
Niveaustufe B2. *Hauptkurs Kursbuch Hueber Verlag
ISBN 9 783195016957 Sechs Bausteine: Lesen, Sprechen,
Hören, Schreiben, Grammatik, Wortschatz. Basic
German grammar required. New members welcome.
Leader and bookings: Marika McLachlan 9988 3199
or 0411 151 722

GERMAN ADVANCED
Each Friday from 12 Feb 9:30 – 11:00
Students need to have a sound knowledge of German.
New members welcome.
Leader and bookings: Marika McLachlan 9988 3199 or
0411 151 722

PYMBLE UNITING CHURCH

Corner Pacific Highway and Livingstone Avenue.
Opposite station. Richardson Room. Limited on-site parking

PYMBLE UNITING CHURCH

The two French courses listed at this venue will now be held at ST ANDREWS ANGLICAN CHURCH, ROSEVILLE.

Please contact Peter Rennie 9451 8538 or Heather Lakiss 0402 080 045 for the latest details

Venue Coordinator: Heather Lakiss 0402 080 045
heatherlakiss@gmail.com
Language French
FRENCH READING AND WRITING ADVANCED
(max 10)
Alternate Wednesdays from 3 Feb 1:30 – 3:30
For those with a good basic knowledge of French grammar
and pronunciation. The aim of the course is to develop
students’ skills in reading, writing and speaking French.
Leader and bookings: Peter Rennie 9451 8538
Language French

FRENCH READING AND WRITING INTERMEDIATE
(max 10)
Alternate Wednesdays from 10 Feb 1:30 – 3:30
For those having completed at least three years of a
preliminary course. The aim of this course is to develop
skills in reading, writing and speaking French.
Leader and bookings: Peter Rennie 9451 8538

 

ST. IVES: UNITING CHURCH
MONDAY AT ST IVES
UNFORTUNATELY THIS COURSE HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL COVID RESTRICTIONS ARE EASED

ST. IVES: UNITING CHURCH

Venue Coordinator: Josie Lead (Tan)  0421 959 749 jtjosie@gmail.com

DANCE EXERCISE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART
Every Monday from 8 Feb 10:00 – 12:00
Wesley Room
We dance to songs like Oh Carol, Obladi Oblada,
Kiss Me, Pearly Shells, Candida etc. We’ll have fun,
the aerobics and music will energise you in this
friendly group as we cha cha and step up to better
our health.
Leader and bookings: Rose Pettett 0402 287 738
rose.pettett@gmail.com

5000 YEARS OF CHINESE HISTORY
Alternate Wednesdays from 10 Feb 1:00 – 3:00
In a world growing increasingly smaller, China still seems
a faraway and exotic land, with secrets and mysteries of
ages past. For most of its 5000 year existence China has
been the largest, most populous, wealthiest and mightiest
nation on earth.
Leader and bookings: Barrie Heath 0450 405 526
foxv217@gmail.com

CURRENT AFFAIRS FORUM 1
(This course has been postponed until Covid restrictions change)

THE GOLDEN AGE OF CINEMA
Alternate Fridays from 12 Feb 10:00 – 12:30
Calvin Room
Films were made to be seen, so why not get this great
feeling again by joining our group? Classic films from the
1920s to the 1960s will be screened.
Leader and bookings: Gary Tyrrell 0432 696 163
talk2garyt@gmail.com

HEALTHY EATING FOR OVER 55s (This course has been postponed until Covid restrictions change)

 

TURRAMURRA: UNITING
CHURCH

Turramurra Ave. Parking available.
Wheelchair access.
Venue Coordinator: Vicki Davies, 0422 522 550, Vdavies710@gmail.com

AUSTRALIAN HISTORY SEMINARS (7 sessions)
Alternate Tuesdays from 16 Feb – 11 May 10:00 – 12:00
The Chapel
A course devoted to Australian history led by a variety of
speakers. Lectures include: Up Before the Beak; Crime and
Punishment; The First 10 Colonial Governors; History Through
Family Images; Irish Famine Orphans Girls in the Colony of
NSW; Our Family Origins; Country Graveyard Tales.
Leader and bookings: Garry Smith 0418 443 147
garmal@bigpond.com

PLEASE NOTE THAT BECAUSE OF TECHNICAL ISSUES, AUSTRALIAN HISTORY SEMINARS WILL NOW START ON 16 FEBRUARY

ITALIAN FOR TRAVELLERS
Every Tuesday from 2 Feb 12:30 – 4:00
Garden Room
Are you planning to visit Italy or having been there,
are you longing to return? No prior knowledge of Italian
required. We will deal with everyday travel situations.
With the language basics, I cover cultural topics to
enhance your travel experience.
Leader and bookings: Paddy Gunning 9456 1291
gunnosp@gmail.com
History Travel

TRAVELLING LADIES (6 sessions)
Alternate Tuesdays from 2 Feb – 13 Apr 1:00 – 3:00
Lounge Room
Be enthralled by the experiences of adventurous ladies
whose forgotten stories we retell of journeys made a
century ago to little-known parts of the world.
Leader: Nola Bramble
Bookings: Lynette Trupp 9484 2641
roblyntrupp@bigpond.com

CURRENT AFFAIRS DISCUSSION GROUP
Alternate Tuesdays from 9 Feb 10:00 – 12:00
Chapel
We discuss current affairs and associated ideas based
on media reports in an informal and objective manner.
Subjects for discussion by a leader who is rostered on
a voluntary basis in each session.
New members welcome.
Leader and bookings: Jan Martin 9456 7774

GERMAN BEGINNERS (Continuing) 
Each Monday from 22 Feb 10:00 – 12:00
This course is for those who have an elementary understanding of German grammar and who have a vocabulary including commonly used words and expressions.
Members should be able to make themselves understood in simple, routine situations. The course aims to develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.
Leader and bookings: Michael Hummel 9869 1023
michael.hummel48@gmail.com

TRUTH IN HISTORY 
Alternate Thursdays from 25 Feb
9:30 – 11:30
We discuss wide ranging and relevant historical topics as
new revelations and techniques renew our interest.
Leader: Phil Pryor
Bookings: Marilyn Pryor, marilynpryor7@gmail.com   9449 3415

 

TURRAMURRA SOUTH:
UNITING CHURCH

Cnr Chisholm and Vernon St South Turramurra.
Parking available
Venue Coordinator: Yiu Lam Kwan 9498 2952
0490 045 118 yiulam.kwan@gmail.com

FRENCH PRE-INTERMEDIATE (max 15)
Each Tuesday from 9 Feb 1:00 – 3:00
For those who have completed at least two years of
a preliminary French course. Develop your skills in
speaking, listening to reading and writing French in
a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Two text-books
required. Phone leader for details.
Leader and bookings: Shirley Beck 0447 545070 or
9634 4214.

FRENCH INTERMEDIATE (max 15)
Each Thursday from 11 Feb 1:00 – 3:00
This course is for those who have completed at least
three years of a preliminary French course. Develop
your skills in speaking, listening to reading and writing
French in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Two text books are required. (Phone leader for details).
Leader and bookings: Shirley Beck 0447 545070
or 9634 4214

FRENCH CONVERSATION (max 12) (This course has been cancelled)
Leader and bookings: Mary Lambert 9440 2531

WAHROONGA: THE WONIORA

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE GERMAN INTERMEDIATE COURSE THAT WAS GOING TO RUN AT THE WONIORA HAS NOW  CHANGED TO TURRAMURRA UNITING CHURCH. PLEASE RING DOROTHEE ON 0487 2578 FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION

TURRAMURRA UNITING CHURCH  (THE CHAPEL)

Turramurra Ave. Parking available.
Wheelchair access.
GERMAN INTERMEDIATE (max 12)

Each Monday from 22 Feb 10:00 – 12:00
This course assumes that students have studied German in
the past and want to brush up on their speaking, reading
skills and basic grammar. The emphasis is on oral German
and some necessary grammar.
Leader and bookings: Dorothee Schifter 9487 2578
dorothee.schifter@bigpond.com

WAITARA GIRL GUIDES HALL

POETRY APPRECIATION  (This course is now on Zoom)
Alternate Wednesdays from 3 Feb 1:00 – 3:00
Listen to and contribute your own selected poems,
discuss a range of favourite and contemporary poets and
their work. References to literary terms used in poetry will
be occasional. Be ready to dig out your own poems of
pleasure and discover new ones!
Leader and bookings: Robert Plumbe 0407 160 835
robert.plumbe@gmail.com

WALLAROBBA ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTRE

Music Recorder
MEDIUM TO ADVANCED RECORDER GROUP
THIS COURSE HAS NOW MOVED TO WALLAROBBA ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTRE ,  25 EDGEWORTH DAVID ROAD,

This is a friendly and relaxed group whose purpose is,
the enjoyment of making beautiful music together.
Leader and bookings: Annette Salt 0407 873 455
saltnacl@bigpond.net.au    CONTACT ANNETTE FOR DATES AND TIMES

PRIVATE HOMES

Venue Coordinator: Marjorie Perry 9440 7131
marjorieperry@iinet.net.au

A WAY WITH WORDS (Pymble)
Alternate Thursdays from 4 Feb 10:00 – 12:00
Join our writing group in a motivating and supporting
environment. Knowledgeable feedback is given to
help you develop your writing skills.
Close to the bus stop and Pymble Station. Street parking
Leader: Margaret Thomason 9488 8960
Bookings: Margot Taverne 9449 2923
margottaverne@gmail.com

WITH RHYME AND REASON (Eastwood) (max 10)
Alternate Thursdays from 11 Feb 10:30 – 12:30
We are a relaxed and convivial group who love to discuss
poetry. Although our focus is 20th century English language
poets, we also look at poems in translation and poets from
other eras. Material is distributed before each meeting.
Leader and bookings: Ron Wilkins 9876 1948
ronwtwilkins@hotmail.com

PHILOSOPHY (Pymble)
Alternate Tuesdays from 16 Feb 10:30 – 12:30
We research and study philosophers and the issues they
raised. Are they still valid today? How and why?
Members of the group choose topics. There are no formal
lectures, but lots of discussion.
Leader and bookings: Margot Taverne 9449 2923
margottaverne@gmail.com

NEW COURSE

LITERARY MASTERPIECES (8) ST IVES

Tuesdays monthly 10-12 from 2 March

A small convivial group of passionate book lovers will focus upon extraordinary unforgettable stories by internationally acclaimed authors

Leader and bookings Kaye Hornley 0412750 487, kaye@practicalpsychology.com.au

 

NEW COURSE (Private home, North Ryde)

DISCUSSION GROUP – NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

NORTH RYDE DISCUSSION GROUP.

Commencing Monday, 22 February 2021 and every alternate Monday.   10.30 am  – 12.30.pm.

We will discuss National and International topics, and any other subjects that participants may wish to discuss. We are very flexible and do not take ourselves too seriously. Come and join us in a comfortable in-house environment. Look forward to meeting you.

Close to public transport: Bus 533 & 288 / North Ryde Station  a quarter of an hour walk. Plenty of parking.

Leader & bookings: Alison (Quaid-Hynes) 9887 3331 (e) quaidhynes@hotmail.com