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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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Member of U3A Network Queensland

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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:

Andy Fechner

Vice President
Lise Leatherbarrow

Yvonne Berry

Helen Atkinson

Committee members:

Course Co-ordinator
Tina Jones

Membership Secretary and
Assistant Treasurer

Michele Goucher

Publicity Officer
Cheryl Folley

Yvonne Berry

George Evans

Social Activities Facilitator
Di Johnson

Facebook Co-ordinator
Carol Castles

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Dates - Activities

B.U.G.s Latest News.
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Term 1 starts 27th January 2021 and finishes 1st April 2021.

Queensland School Term Dates for 2021 can be found on the Contents Page.

Next Committee Meeting
Friday 26th February 2021. 09.30am Venue 12/61-85 Brisbane St (RSL Sub Branch Upstairs).

Important Notices

U3A Network
The official (New) 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

Next Social Lunch Outing

(Please read page two of O.W.L.s U3A Newsletter for details).
RSVP to Di ASAP Email - candyroxy1946@gmail.com Phone/text - 0468 849 448

Kerri Cryer from Town Cryer Media has kindly allowed us access to the Tamborine Bulletin. Click here to see photos of our last Social luncheon

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 April Newsletter and Courses

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.

Are you a ukulele player able to pass on skills?

If you are an experienced ukulele player with the confidence to tutor others, Beaudesert U3A has an interesting possibility for you.

We are keen to offer our members a musical opportunity for 2021 and are aware that some of them might be keen to learn ukulele.
We’ve called for expressions of interest from members but we also need a volunteer tutor.

The aim would be to have fun, not to become professional musicians!

For insurance purposes, we would prefer any new volunteer to become a member of U3A. All our courses are run by volunteers who are competent in many different fields. The proposed class would be held in the early afternoon on Thursdays. If you wish to help, please ring the courses coordinator Tina on 0418 780 861 or email u3abeaudesert@gmail.com.

Cheryl Folley
Publicity Officer

Travel and Adventure Group River Trip

On Sunday 20th December, 35 U3A members and friends travelled by bus to Mowbray Park, East Brisbane to join Brisbane Cruises on a 3 hour sunset cruise and dinner on the Brisbane River. Two other members joined us there.
Due to everybody arriving early, we were able to leave ahead of schedule. The 5 people being picked up in Jimboomba were all waiting and we continued on to Brisbane with no traffic holdups, arriving approximately half an hour ahead of time. We were able to wait on the river bank and enjoy a beautiful cool sea breeze after a very hot day in Beaudesert.

We travelled downstream to the Gateway and upstream to the Story Bridge which was lit up with red and green lights. We watched lightning from some storms but we were fortunate that they stayed away.
Judging by the buzz of conversation on the bus and on board the boat, we would like to think that everyone had an enjoyable time. The bus was extremely comfortable. A big thank you to the bus driver for an excellent, safe trip.
Also many thanks to our photographer, Tina Jones.

For anyone interested in contributing and being part of our travel group, our next meeting will be held on the Beaudesert Library deck at 10am on Monday 11th January. BYO morning tea and any ideas for more activities.

Ray and Kirtsey Arthy
Co-Tutor Facilitators
Travel and Adventure Group (T.A.G)

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Photos Tina Jones
Tutor Co-ordinator

A double opportunity in two related courses

When it comes to recording family history for the next generation, U3A Beaudesert can offer a chance to combine two current courses - scrap-booking plus calligraphy (or “beautiful writing,” as the ancient Greeks knew it).
Our scrap-booking tutor Anita Mahon started attending the calligraphy course last year when she realised how valuable it would be to enhance her scrap booking classes with hand-done script. She has now started her own students on a challenging project, to construct an album from raw materials and then to fill it with their own stories.

Independently, a new member of our calligraphy class, Lorraine Henderson, came to the same conclusion from a different angle.
“I’ve collected calligraphy tools for something like 30 years with the idea that someday I would use them,” says Lorraine. “Now I have started on making family albums for all eight of my children and step-children and realise how the two go hand-in -hand.”

Our new calligraphy tutor Robyn Vines will be mentoring Lorraine and any other interested students as they discover various fonts and applications for their proposed albums.

Anyone interested should contact Anita on 0408 452 584 or Robyn on 0439 721 325.

Scrapbooking classes are held on the second Monday morning of each month and calligraphy on the first and third Friday afternoons of the month. (And of course, students may wish to follow just one path with either subject).

Anita Anit Robyn and Lorraine Robyn

Cheryl Folley
Publicity Officer

Last Update 26th February 2021.

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