Community News

Clarence River U3A – new groups

There are some exciting things happening with the CRU3A in 2019. 

Women’s health forum

All U3A women members are invited to our free women’s health forum on Tuesday March 5 at the Treelands Drive Community Centre Yamba from 9am till 12.30pm during NSW Women’s Week. 

You will learn more about specific issues facing mature women from an integrative approach, featuring some of our local female health advocates including naturopaths, women’s health nurse, physiotherapists, dietician, mental health practitioners and many more. The morning will also include some fun activities and a healthy options welcome drink and morning tea.

You can also invite a female friend to this forum with a gold coin donation. Please contact any of the following: Laura O’Brien, Anne Dinham, Robyn Adams, Jill Groth or Gail Strickland to book in.

The ‘Almost Back to Basics’ camping group (under the leadership of Lorraine) is off to a good start with 10 new members. The first camp will be held at Arrawarra (Coffs Harbour) beach caravan park on the Wednesday and Thursday February 20-21. This camp has attracted 18 campers, some of whom are first timers. Lorraine hopes that you will enjoy it as much as we have in the past. Dee is welcomed as the assistant group leader. Lorraine hopes we can go on a four to six day longer camp and travel a little further at least once a year and maybe have an earlier get away for our regular camps. She would like your thoughts on these two maters. There will be some other changes which will be brought up at the camp meetings.

‘Bushwalkers’ group leader Col, reports that the first walk is on Wednesday February 13. Everyone meets at the Iluka hotel at 8.30am parking on the spare block and once again we will do the Iluka shoreline (four beaches) and rainforest. It is an ‘easy’ (flat) walk suitable for beginners. So, bring a hat, sunscreen, water (there are no taps to replenish water), togs and nibbles; allow 3-4 hours for the walk. We will have lunch at the hotel when we finish the walk. A short meeting will follow lunch to discuss future walk options.

There are about 50 on our list and I expect half of them to be walking. No need to advise me if you are coming or not, but if you are a possible new member, ring on Col H on 0416 814 911.

Possible new groups

Have you ever wanted to play an instrument? We may have the answer for you. A ukulele group is being investigated and if you are interested please contact our group leader liaison officer, Anne Dinham at to register your interest.

Are you a Gilbert and Sullivan tragic? So many of us are; so we have decided to set up a new group of G and S called ‘Pitter Patter’ which will happen every six weeks at the Treelands Drive Community Centre (dates of which are still to be confirmed). A glass of red/white will greet you on arrival, exposition of the musical to be shown that night, followed by anecdotes, questions etc. then supper. It will be presented by a number of very musical members of CRU3A who have performed in many productions. Cost will be $5 per head. Contact either Laura O’Brien or Anne Dinham,

Our voluntary organisation has nearly 600 members enjoying many different and vibrant classes. Why not contact secretary Gail Strickland at or membership officer Graham La Motte at or Laura O’Brien, president at if you would like to join our organisation.  See us online at

We are always seeking talented and skilled people who will conduct classes in their field of expertise.  If you have an idea for a new group, please get in touch with Anne Dinham, email address above. You will be welcomed with open arms.

Laura O’Brien