Community News

Clarence River U3A

“HMS Pinafore”, a Gilbert and Sullivan favourite, was shown at Treelands’  Drive Community Centre last Wednesday night. Doug Towner presented the synopsis and approximately 30 members enjoyed recollecting their various involvements with the operetta. The penultimate showing will be “Iolanthe” presented by Christine Westwood, who has had a lot of experience performing in G&S operettas. The date is November 13, same place, same time. If you would like to join us, contact Laura O’Brien at [email protected] 

The Christmas party for members of this group will be on Wednesday December 18 at Treelands Drive. We will be showing “Topsy Turvy”, the story of the Gilbert and Sullivan collaboration and turbulent relationship.

Yamba Walks is now onto its fifth different walking route, each with its own historical stories to tell. Walks are loosely modelled on the Port of Yamba Historical Society’s historical walks around Yamba. The current walk starts with the little known rail cutting between Cox St and Yamba Rd, that allowed trains to transport rock quarried at Angourie to be transported further down Shores Drive to build the half-tide (or Middle Wall). Ironically last month’s walk was indeed at Angourie, seeing the area just before and just after the fires that came so close. One small positive is that further remnants of the old rail line were revealed by the fire through the Green Point Heritage Walk area. Members are enjoying an easy paced recreational walk, exploring some lesser known tracks as well as the geographical features of Yamba.
Walks are now planned to start and end with an appropriate coffee shop in mind, with many of the group staying on to get to know each other further over a coffee, in true U3A style. Walks are from 8.30 to 9.30am on a Thursday morning, but as the start point varies each month it is essential to book in by contacting Anne Dinham on the CRU3A email address.   

The Talking Travel group, although only just getting off the ground has already established a pattern for monthly meetings which involves a chance to share briefly about recent travels, seek advice from others who have gone before, and discuss a pre-set topic – such as packing, or insurance and documents. Perhaps the most anticipated segment is the in more depth presentation by one group member. The group have so far journeyed to Chile and Jordan and also been introduced to the wonderful world of house exchanges. Individual travel choices are many and varied – from organised tours and cruises to adventurous independent travel, exotic to Australian destinations, singles to groups…and much more. This group meets on the second Monday of the month, in Yamba, 4.30 – 6.30pm with plenty of room for more! An interesting recent suggestion to be investigated is a drought tourism excursion. Again contact Anne through the CRU3A.

Let’s All Sing has had and is still having a busy time this year. In August the group sang at Rathgar Lodge and at Whiddon in Maclean in September. On Tuesday October 8, the group went to Brushy Tartan Club and on Tuesday October 29 we venture into a new area, performing as a Pub Choir at the Yamba Shores Tavern. On November 7 we will be singing at Whiddon again, Caroona on November 14, then finish the year singing at Mareeba followed by our Christmas lunch at Yamba Golf Club on Thursday November 28. Please pencil in the date for CRU3A’s Christmas party to be held at the Yamba Tavern on Thursday December 5. Last year’s “Gray Mardi Gras” was a big success, and this year the party may be even bigger.  The theme is “Denim, Dudes and Diamonds”.  So think Johnny Cash, Keith Urban, Willie Nelson, Lee Kernaghan, Dolly Parton, Shania Twain, Casey Chambers etc. Entertainment will be provided by ‘Croozin Broadway’. Cost is $30 per head for members and $40 for guests and includes a free drink/mocktail on arrival, plus canapes. More information will be forthcoming through your group leaders.

Laura O’Brien