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BEAUDESERT U3A Inc © Beaudesert U3A inc March 2011

Beaudesert U3A Inc was established in March 2011, the first courses starting that month.

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ABN 88 945 460 759

Contact address:

Beaudesert U3A Inc
P.O. Box 561
Beaudesert, Qld, 4285

Email: u3abeaudesert@gmail.com

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Office Bearers:

Brendan Dever

Vice President
Tina Jones

Val Salama

Peter Venz

Committee members:

Course Co-ordinator
Tina Jones

Publicity Officer
Diane Rewko

Trish Gleeson

Web Manager
Peter Venz

Social Activities Facilitator
Di Johnson

Social Media Manager
Pat Hughes

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Term 1 starts 23rd January 2023 and finishes 31st March 2023.

Queensland School Term Dates for 2023 can be found on the Contents Page.

Next Committee Meeting
Friday 14th April 2023 09:30am Venue: GTM Studio 21 (Shop 21, 115 Brisbane Street)

Important Notices

U3A Network
The official U3A Network website is up and running with a link to Network News, the home page of the website and also Facebook:

click here to go to U3A State Web Network News

click here to go to U3A State Web Site

Click here to go to U3A State Website Facebook Page

Click here to go to Brisbane U3A Web Site

The next social lunch will be Friday 31 March, from 11:30am at the Tipsy Grill - Jimboomba

RSVP to Di ASAP Email - candyroxy1946@gmail.com Phone/text - 0468 849 448

New Groups and Recessions
A number of new groups have started, due to seasonal changes, some have gone into recess and some restarted. For more information, please go to current Courses button at the top of this page.

Click here for Mount Tamborine's latest Newsletter and Courses

Click here for the Boonah U3A Web Site

Beaudesert Tennis Club Some of our members belong to the local Beaudesert Tennis Club. By reciprocal arrangement and for the benefit of members, we have agreed to a link between our Web Sites click here to go to Beaudesert Tennis Club Web Site


The University of the Third Age is a mutual aid self-help movement - a modern community of scholars and artists, catering primarily for people in the Third Age of their lives.

The overall aim of Beaudesert U3A Inc. is to provide the members with both the stimulus of mental and physical activity and the satisfaction of a continuing contribution to society. It will enable them to take up new interests and to extend old ones. It will offer the joy of learning for the sake of learning: it will open up new horizons for them - unrestricted by the requirements of vocation or the desire for qualifications, and it will do so, principally by drawing upon the extensive life experience, skills and energies of the members. It is a mutual aid self-help movement - a modern community of scholars, catering primarily for people in the Third Age of their lives.

Beaudesert U3A promotes the joy of learning for the sake of learning, and seeks to open up new horizons for its members unrestricted by the requirements of vocation or the desire for qualifications. It does so, principally by drawing upon the extensive life experience, skills and energies of members.

The history of U3A and how they operate is on this page.


The Beaudesert U3A Art group has expanded on the back of January's successful open day. New members, Karen and Angela, are keen to become a part of this diversely talented group of artists.

Angela, new to art, has started off with sketching, while Karen having dabbled on and off with art for nearly 30 years, began with life drawing. She rekindled her love of art on visiting her sister, a renowned artist who exhibits her work in Tasmania.

While there isn't an official teacher, the more experienced artists like Denice and Jan, freely offer support and some advice to anyone who asks.

Member Keith applies a slightly more technical approach using a spreadsheet chart to size match his photographic reference to canvas. Once the sizing is correct, he can then go ahead to draw and paint. As he says "it works for me".

Stephanie, who has been in the group for around six months, paints every day at home employing the various media of acrylics, oil and watercolours and is happy to try her hand at abstract. Narelle, a member since August last year, finds art relaxing and together they bounce ideas off each other and come up with different versions of the same picture. As Narelle says "every painting is an experiment". She also loves teaching art to her grandchildren as soon as they can hold a pencil.

Everyone does their own thing and will choose their subject according to their interest at the time, like Paul, who intends to work from a downloaded image of an English cathedral over a period of several weeks or for as long as it takes. Michael, never gets bored with his art as he switches competently between acrylics and oil according to what he is painting on the day.

Artistic license is alive and well in the art group, so if you think you would like to come along and have a go, the group meet every Wednesday morning 9am to 12 noon at St Thomas's Hall, Albert Street.

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Diane Rewko
Publicity Officer


Beaudesert U3A put it's best foot forward for 2023's open day which was held on Friday 20 January at The Club. Brendan Dever, Beaudesert U3A's president, thanked everyone for their efforts in making the day a great success.

Approximately 40 visitors made up the 140 who attended and they got to experience first hand the variety of activities on offer like 500 and Bolivia cards and Mahjong. The presentations of spectacular and interesting works from the Mosaics and Art groups could entice any budding craftsperson or artist alike and our Singing Owls and Linedancers presented a selection of songs and dances, which got a few toes tapping.

With 61 member renewals and 24 new members signing up, 2023 is looking to be very promising indeed for the Beaudesert U3A.

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Diane Rewko
Publicity Officer

"Try before you buy" chances in two activities

If you have an interest in mosaics or line dancing, now is the time to take advantage of the Be Healthy and Active program which is sponsored by the Scenic Rim Regional Council.
Both activities are available for non-members of U3A to try out over a period of up to ten weeks, before making any decision about joining U3A.
The only expense is a small ($3) contribution to room hire/ refreshments for each session.

The Mosaics group meets at the Arts and Information Centre at 2-14 Enterprise Drive from 1.30 to 3.30 pm on Mondays. This is a creative and energetic group, which enjoys the occasional social outing as well as sparking each other into varied and attractive artistic creations!

Our beginners for 2023 have finished their starters piece, a perfect introduction to learning how to cut, shape ceramic tiles work with glue and grout. The outcome a lovely coaster for your morning coffee.

Well done ladies!

Contact Tina on 0418 780 861 for more information.

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Line dancing: a fun way to exercise

So you've heard about line dancing, but don't feel quite sure what it's all about? At Beaudesert U3A we are happy to invite anyone interested to come along and see for themselves.

Our line dancing group meets every Tuesday afternoon at The Centre in Brisbane street in the large air-conditioned main hall, making distancing easy while exercising. This is a relaxed beginner group with many easy dances and some slightly more challenging, all with plenty of help on hand for "newbies."

To choose each week's dances, we have a repertoire of about 30, gradually adding to this from the hundreds written up online (called step sheets) from simple sequences of 16 steps to 64-step sequences with more complex choreography. The music and styles cover almost all genres including country, rock 'n' roll, cha cha, swing and even waltz. And because we need to dance to it, the music is always catchy and/or melodic.

I asked some of our group of 25 why they line dance:

"It's enjoyable exercise"
"Love the variety of music"
"You don't need a partner"
"It has improved my balance"
"This gives me team camaraderie and mental stimulation"

Our line dancing group is partially subsidised by the Scenic Rim Regional Council's Be Healthy and Active program, meaning that we can offer the weekly class for $3 per session. Non-members of U3A are welcome to "try before you buy" for this activity for some weeks without joining U3A, paying just the weekly fee, although they need to join if they decide it is for them...which then entitles them to check out and join any other of our varied activities

Contact Yokie on 0407 171 813 for more information.



Ongoing advice on Covid

COVID-19 remains a potentially serious disease. Do not attend any U3A functions or courses if any of the following apply to you. Please notify your tutor or facilitator of the circumstances.
• if you are unwell and have COVID-19 symptoms – fever (37. 5°C or higher) or symptoms of COVID-19
• if you are a close contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19 and are within their self-isolation period
• if you live in a household with a person who is currently self-isolating
• if you are waiting on a COVID-19 test result

We're all looking forward to another step in 'back to normal'. Please take care of yourselves, and follow appropriate COVID-19 precautions.

Brendan Dever
President 0418 192 999

Last Update 15 March 2023.

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