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‘Culture’ off to a great start

Members of Clarence River U3A’s ‘A Little Bit of Culture’ group have enjoyed two great outings to start off 2020.

The first was on Wednesday January 29 when we travelled by bus up to Brunswick Heads boat harbour to go on a morning tea cruise on the beautiful Brunswick River.

What a fantastic time we had. The weather was perfect and our hosts were amazing. Simon and Gavin gave us a fabulous commentary for the whole of the two-hour cruise on the happenings and history of the river and surrounds; the amazing bird life and of the marine life in the river. We were lucky enough see a few huge turtles as they came up for air. A photographers dream.

Lunch was enjoyed at the Brunswick Hotel where we had a delightful covered al fresco dining area to ourselves, where we enjoyed the delicious food and the hotel’s wonderful ambience, before heading home.

On Friday February 14, Valentines Day, 30 members celebrated the day with a lunch at Sanctus Brewing Co at Townsend. What a great atmosphere it has as well as great service and yummy food.

We were lucky enough to have brewer, ‘Banjo’, tell us all about the brewing process. He was so informative and answered all the questions our members put to him. Thank you for giving us your precious time, Banjo. It was really appreciated.

Our next outing will be on Saturday when we have 14 going to the Yamba Bowling Club for dinner then to see the Robertson Brothers. We are all taking our dancing shoes so it should be a fun night.

On Friday March 13 I have two tables booked for the combined VIEW Club’s annual International Women’s Day luncheon at the Yamba Bowling Club. These are always fabulous days so if you are reading this and haven’t booked to go, then I have just three seats left out of our 24. Please contact me if you would like to join us. Tickets are $32 and includes entertainment, morning tea and lunch and lucky door prizes. There will also be raffles etc with all funds raised going to The Smith Family Learning for Life Program.

Our Book Clubs are very popular and places are in demand. There are currently two places available in the ‘Between the Leaves’ book club, which meets on the third Thursday of the month in the chapel at Caroona from 2pm until 3.30 pm.  Please contact group leader Robyn Adams at [email protected]  if you are interested.

Musical Theatre’ commences on Wednesday February 26 at Treelands Drive Community Centre Yamba. Sign on is at 6pm and cheese, wine and canapes are provided until the film begins at 6.30pm. Our first film is ‘The Student Prince’. This film, starring Anne Blyth and Edmund Purdom (voice dubbed by the wonderful Mario Lanza) was immensely popular when it was released and is still a favourite.  The fee of $5 includes film, refreshments and supper.  Contact group leader Laura O’Brien at [email protected] if you are interested.

A reminder to happy walkers from Anne Dinham that our next walk will be the February 20. We will meet (for all of February) at the Yamba ferry wharf. Please refer to previous guidelines regarding bad weather: if it looks set in you will be emailed around 8am to cancel. If you are unlikely to get an email, then you will need to text or phone to 6646 2644 or 0408 738 116.  If it is just light or patchy rain organisers will be setting off around 8.10 for the meeting point – with a rain jacket!

There is no better way to meet new friends than joining CRU3A. Our organisation caters for 50’s and over and we have so many varied and interesting groups conducted by volunteers, that you could consider joining. We invite you to check out our website at to find out more about our wonderful organisation and how to join it.

Patricia Kan