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Clarence River U3A

Do you like to travel? Perhaps you would like to talk about travel hints and ideas, and to listen to the tales and ideas of other like-minded members? Take the opportunity to be part of a new CRU3A group ‘Talking Travel’ which starts on Monday July 8, 4.30 – 6.30pm in Yamba. The first night will feature a presentation by group leader, Ruth Williams on one of her trips to South America. Co-leaders Ruth and Anne will tell of their plans for this monthly ‘trip advisory’ type group and are keen to incorporate suggestions. Unlike many of other groups, spaces in Talking Travel are not yet limited, but notification is required just contact Anne on 6646 2644 or 0408 738 116 or to register.

There are also currently spaces in the weekly ‘Yamba Walks’ at 8.30am on Thursdays, in ‘Pitter Patte’, ‘Bush Walking’, ‘Yamba Art on Thursday’ and ‘Thursday Talkers – and Listeners Discussion’ groupat 2-4pm. The ‘Pottery’ group due to start next month is now full. For all groups mentioned, please contact Anne.

‘Joy of Gardening’ meets at 8.30am on Friday 28 at Treelands Drive Community Centre, this will be a bumper meeting; guest speaker is Brian Heath from Grafton and forty plus members of Lismore Garden Club. As usual there will be plants and cuttings for sale and the raffle table a $1 ticket ensures a prize. After the meeting there will be a visit to a Woombah garden. Flower of the month is a native shrub, pot plant is cactus or palm and floral art, Beauty in a Basket. Hopefully friends from Caroona will also attend.

For U3A members who attended Super Seniors class at Yamba 24/7 Health and Fitness, this class will continue at the Yamba Community Centre at 10.15am on Wednesday. Contact Susanna on 0410995445 or email It should be noted that this is not a U3A group.

‘A Little Bit of Culture’ will be off to Afternoon at the Proms at the Saraton, Grafton at 2pm on Sunday October 27; this is always a wonderful day and should you would like to join in the fun, contact Patricia at The cost for travel, ticket and lunch will be advised.

The afternoon tea party last Friday at the meeting room, Uniting Church on Angourie Road organised by committee members Gail and Oliver was a resounding success. Over 45 members and guests attended the function, which featured local poet, raconteur and singer Peter Capp who entertained the audience with two hours of side-splitting humour and stories. The food was scrumptious (Gail surpassed herself with an array of beautiful cakes which were supplemented by tasty sandwiches produced by friends) and the choices of tea available a nice touch. Congratulations to Gail and Oliver and their helpers for a delightful afternoon.

‘Croquet’ had 20 six players on Tuesday, with twenty games played. Shot of the day, a two metre jump shot for Sandra. Dianne scored one and Dot a hoop to hoop. Three wins for Richard, Bob, Tessa and Ros, two for Margi B, Margaret, Sandra, Tessa, Morna, Sue G, Francis, Hans and Dianne.

On Friday the Clarence River challenge continued with us hosting Lawrence, once again, tight tactical games and a lot of fun. Bob and Colleen v Sandra and Dot, Francis and Keith v Patty and Ann, Joy and Leeannn v Dianne and Morna, Lawrence winning four games to CRU3A three. Lunch at the Marina finished off a great day.

Pauline Keegan