Dec 182023

Our Choir

Our Choir meets on Saturday afternoons at Old Eltham Courthouse under the leadership of Lyndsey Byrnes.

Dec 172023

Posts by various of our classes

The posts below include the following classes:

  1. Cycling Group (by Raeanne McLean).
  2. Diamond Valley Big Band (by Rosemarie Jaeger).
  3. Greek (by Jan Taylor).
  4. Hurstbridge Creative Writing Group (by Pam Kemeys and June Rushton).
  5. Luncheon Club (by Abe Kelabora).
  6. Mahjong (by Maree Papworth).
  7. Music Tutti (by Maree Krohn and Bob Stubbings).
  8. Play Cards Afternoon (by Mike Rich).
  9. Poetry Through the Ages (by Noel Butterfield).
  10. Pot Painting (by Lisa Attrill).
  11. Power Tools (by Lisa Attrill).
  12. Second Tuesday Book Club (by Sue Lloyd).
  13. Shakespeare Rocks (by Noel Butterfield).
  14. Tai Chi.
  15. Weirdness of Light (by Guy Palmer).
  16. Yoga.
Dec 162023

The Writing Workshop

This class began in Term 1, 2023 when it became evident that the two other writing classes were full. Friends, Jan Taylor and Lynne Geary, decided to put themselves forward as co-coordinators of another such group; this encouraged them to write regularly and created another opportunity for Nillumbik U3A members with an interest in writing. Given neither considered themselves to be creative writing teachers, they structured the sessions in the form of hosted collaborative workshops. The idea was to attract members who were already writing and who wanted support for their writing process.

The group went from strength to strength throughout 2023, with a steady membership of eight and a ninth member joining the group later. Memoir was a strongly favoured genre, but fiction, plays, poetry and creative non-fiction focusing on travel and other issues were also contributed. As a celebration of the camaraderie and collaborative spirit of the group, not to mention the wonderful writing output, the group decided to contribute one of each of their best pieces to post here on the Nillumbik U3A website.

In alphabetical order, the following pieces have been submitted:

Dec 092023

Our guest speakers

Every fortnight during term time, we organise for someone to give a presentation to which any of our members can attend. Thanks to Cath Bauman and Pam Griffith for organising. Here are the talks over the past few years.

  • Alan Cuthbertson: Climate change and Extinction Rebellion.
  • Alan Flint: On being surrounded by money.
  • Brenda Fitzpatrick: Unlikely heroes in unlikely places.
  • Brian Devenish: Worldwide scamming.
  • Catherine Blakey: Tactics for hearing impaired people.
  • Cathy Guinness: On being a white woman in an Aboriginal world.
  • Chris Durham: Looking for answers.
  • Daryl Bolton: Welcome to the Shrine.
  • David Ronson: Forensic facts.
  • Dianne Parslow: Powerpoint.
  • Dianne Parslow: South America and Antarctica.
  • Fiona Malcolm: A recent Literature Festival Cruise.
  • Fiona Malcolm: Children’s books.
  • Fiona Malcolm: Desert island crime fiction.
  • Fiona Malcolm: Railway murders.
  • Fiona Malcolm: Rural noir – before and after The Dry.
  • Gaby Seymour: Maintaining bone health as you age.
  • Gavin Watson: Covid-19 pandemic hardship.
  • Geoff Paine: Geoff Paine.
  • Gillian Essex: Grandmothers for Refugees.
  • Graham Parslow: Vintage radio.
  • Greg Papworth: Still worried about Covid?
  • Guy Palmer: A history of modern art.
  • Guy Palmer: Generating one’s own energy.
  • Guy Palmer: Google maps.
  • Guy Palmer: Poverty.
  • Guy Palmer: Social exclusion.
  • Guy Palmer: Ten interesting animals.
  • Guy Palmer: The best painting of the last 150 years.
  • Guy Palmer: Why ants work together in colonies.
  • Heather Wearne: The Referendum on a First Nations Voice.
  • Helen Durham: The laws of war.
  • Jim Connor: Eltham’s muddy history.
  • Jim Connor: Eltham pioneers and families.
  • Jim Connor: History of Old Eltham Courthouse.
  • Jim Connor: History of the Maroondah Aqueduct.
  • Jim Connor: The Old Eltham Courthouse restoration.
  • June Rushton: Memories of a lighthouse keeper's daughter.
  • Kelvin & Beverly Spiller: People, personalities and preferences.
  • Liz Pidgeon: The history of your library service.
  • Louis Roller: Disease and medicines in Shakespeare’s plays.
  • Louis Roller: Hair.
  • Louis Roller: Human smiles.
  • Louis Roller: Music and well-being.
  • Louis Roller: My story.
  • Louis Roller: The placebo-nocebo conundrum
  • Louis Roller: What do your blood test results mean?
  • Louis Roller: You and your medicines.
  • Louise Heathcote: The Camino de Santiago.
  • Melinda Clarke: How the Melbourne Map was made.
  • Nick Szwed: Back to the USSR.
  • Philomena Holman: Montmorency Asylum Seekers Support Group.
  • Tammy Shepherd: Mercy Ships.
  • Terry Beaton: the Burma Railway.
  • Victorian Energy Compare.
  • Wayne Kinrade: Eltham copper butterfly.
  • Zara Thompson: Music therapy and ageing.
  • Nov 132023

    Our Walking Groups

    We have three walking groups: our original Walking Group led by Kay Bichard and others, our Gentle Walking Group led by Pam Griffith and others, and our Slow and Steady Walking Group led by Suzanne Teese and others.

    May 082023

    Our Mahjong Groups

    Our morning Mahjong Group meets each Tuesday morning at Eltham Central Pavilion under the leadership of Maree Papworth.

    Our afternoon Mahjong Group meets each Tuesday afternoon at Eltham Central Pavilion under the leadership of Lyn Frazer.

    Apr 162023

    Our Golf Groups

    Our main Golf For Fun Group plays on Tuesday and Friday mornings at Yarrambat Golf Club. The leader of the group is Alan Clayton.

    In addition, in some terms, we have golf workshops for beginners led by Abe Kelabora.

    Apr 162023

    Zentangles and Mandala Design

    Zentangles and mandalas are both forms of art doodling, with mandalas being more structured/mathematical/geometrical than zentangles.

    The Zentangles and Mandala Design class meets on Tuesday afternoons.

    Says Lyn Colenso, erstwhile tutor of the group: “Some people feel inadequate when it comes to art and shy away from it completely. The wonderful thing with zentangles and mandalas is that they are fabulous forms of doodling that anyone can learn how to do. Nothing is a mistake. Anyone can pick up the techniques easily and, in so doing, often get hooked in the process. It is so relaxing and therapeutic too.

    Mar 132023

    Our Painting and Drawing groups

    We have a number of art groups who meet in different suburbs on different days. They create their art work in a variety of media using a diverse mix of skills. Our tutors include Leanne Ipsen, Brenda Smith and Valerie Osborne.

    Here are some of their videos.

    The group in action (15 minutes). The group in action (3 minutes).
    The Story Serpent at Eltham Bookshop. Leanne Ipsen demonstrates her equipment for acrylic painting.
    Leanne demonstrates her outdoor painting technique. Brenda Smith introduces watercolour painting.
    Jo Ball demonstrates ‘flow painting’. Colleen Hall discusses oil painting.
    Nov 102022

    The Collaborative Writers’ Workshop

    The wild wind raged across the open plain. It pushed through the cracks in the old cabin where Ali waited and shivered under a threadbare blanket.” So you like to write but need a supportive community to share your work with. Our workshop may just be what you’re looking for. We offer ideas, encouragement and support, and also share our own writing experiences.” Fridays, 9-11am.
    April Edwards

    Here are links to the various stories below.

    Sep 182022

    Our morning teas

    From time to time, we organise morning tears, either for the whole membership or for new members. Thanks to Carole Meade, Dianne Parslow, Pam Griffith, Rhonda McPhee and Suzanne McNally for organising. Here are some of the morning teas over the past few years.

    May 072022

    Our marketing activities

    This blog summarises some of our marketing activities over the past few years.

    Here is a video which covers many of the classes that we offer.

    Apr 162022

    Poetry through the Ages

    The Poetry through the Ages class meets on Wednesday mornings. The tutors are Noel Butterfield and Susan Lloyd.

    Mar 142022

    Our fundraising activities

    This blog summarises some of our fundraising activities over the past few years.

    Fundraising can actually be fun as it brings some of our members together to do something which is both social and helps our U3A.

    Mar 132022

    Poems by our members

    Various poems by various of our members.

    Also, see some poems written by our Poetry through the Ages group, Lyn Richard’s poems about birds and Andrew Leopold’s poems about Eltham.

    Mar 132022

    Stories by our members

    Various stories and songs by various of our members.

    Also, see some stories written by our Collaborative Writing group and some other stories written by our Writing Workshop.

    Jan 132022

    The Cooking Group

    The Cooking Group is currently in abeyance. Under Vasundhara Kandpal’s leadership, they used to cook three or four plant-based dishes each week, which they then ate together over lunch. Vasundhara shares one of her recipes in this blog.

    Apr 232021

    Life Changing Events in History

    The Life Changing Events in History class has now concluded. This blog provides some of Andrew Leopold’s presentations to that class.

    Mar 242021

    Our Craft Group

    Our Craft Group meets each Friday afternoon at the Hurstbridge Bowling Club. The leader of the group is Cheryl Winstanley.

    Nov 152020

    The Travel blog

    Various presentations of various holidays in various styles by various presenters.

    Aug 242020

    Astronomy and Cosmology

    The Astronomy and Cosmology class used to meet on Tuesday afternoons (some terms only). The tutor was John O’Connor.

    Jul 192020

    Climate Change and Renewable Energy

    Our Climate Change and Renewable Energy class has now ended.

    Feb 242020

    Our First Nations Class

    Much of this blog comprises a series of articles written by Jim Poulter. Thank you, Jim, for your generosity in sharing the articles with us!.

    1. Farms without fences (pdf).
    2. Aboriginal thought systems (pdf).
    3. Aboriginal society (pdf).
    4. The collisions of worlds (pdf).
    5. The Kulin seasons (pdf).
    6. First contact in Port Phillip (pdf).
    7. The impacts of colonisation (pdf).
    8. Surviving colonisation (pdf).

    Jim has tutored U3A classes in Australian History for many years and is a frequent guest speaker at our First Nations class. He also writes the ‘Birrarung Stories‘ for the Warrandyte Diary newspaper. Jim has known and worked with many iconic Aboriginal Elders and tribal people who have trusted him with their knowledge.

    Feb 192020

    The Wine Appreciation Groups

    We have a number of wine appreciation groups. Wine Appreciation runs in some terms only. It is an introductory course about wine and is led by Karen Coulston. The other groups are monthly luncheon or dinner events which are only open to people who have previously done the Wine Appreciation course.

    In August 2018, the Wine Appreciation group gathered at Karen Coulston’s house in Yarrambat to bottle some wine that they had previously made. Watch a 5 minute video of the day.