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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:

Brendan Dever

Vice President
Tina Jones


Peter Venz

Committee members:

Course Co-ordinator
Tina Jones

Publicity Officer
Diane Rewko

Newsletter Editor
Denise Martin

Web Manager
Peter Venz

Social Activities Facilitator
Di Johnson

Social Media Manager
Pat Hughes

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Dates - Activities

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Term 1 starts 22nd January 2024 and finishes 28th March 2024.

Queensland School Term Calendar for 2024 can be found on the Contents Page.

Next Committee Meeting
Friday 08th March 2024 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 23 February, from 11:30am at the Beaudesert Golf Club (Kerry Road)

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.

Beaudesert U3A Inc. Annual General Meeting
Fri 01 March 2024 10:00 - 12:00

You are invited to join us at the 2024 Annual General Meeting to be held on Friday 1st March at GTM Music Studios, Shop 16 Post Office Square arcade at 115 Brisbane St.

Entry is open to all financial members of Beaudert U3A Inc. Morning tea will provided after the meeting - to assist with catering numbers please register via the link on this email. (Registration is not a requirement for entry to the meeting)

After presentation of reports by the Treasurer and President all positions on the Management Committee will be declared vacant. Cr Michael Enright has again kindly volunteered to conduct the election of office bearers for 2024.

After the election the new Committee will conduct the remaining business of the meeting. The agenda and AGM documents will be sent to financial members via email or post on 16th February 2024.

We're aiming for a shorter meeting this year!

At the close of the meeting all Members are invited to share morning tea and a chat with fellow members and the incoming Committee.

Parking: - There is a rooftop carpark with entry from Davis St. - The Council carpark behind Davidson Park, vehicle entry from Helen St, then via the pedestrian crossing. - Please let me know if you require asssitance to attend the meeting.

Please register your attendance by clicking this link 2024 AGM Registration

Brendan Dever
President 0418 192 999


Link to the Super Trouper information page


Link to the conference website U3A Network State Conference 2024 – Beaudesert

2024 U3A State Conference Accommodation flyer


Registration Link to the 2024 Art CompetitionBeaudesert U3A Art Competition State Conference 2024

Link to the 2024 Art Competition Flyer (PDF version) Beaudesert U3A Art Competition State Conference 2024 Flyer

Link to the 2024 Art Competition Guidelines (PDF version) Beaudesert U3A Art Competition State Conference 2024 Guidelines

Link to the 2024 Art Competition Entry Form (PDF version) Beaudesert U3A Art Competition State Conference 2024 Entry Form

U3A Network Qld Introduces COTA Insurance

The U3A Network Queensland Inc has been negotiating with COTA (Council of the Ageing) for some time to get discounts for our U3A members on insurances.

COTA have agreed to provide a level of discount for U3A members, and have drawn up two pamphlets explaining how the discount will work.

COTA General Insurance flyer

COTA Travel Insurance flyer


Girton Life long Learning 2024 flyer

Social Lunch at Flavours Cafe and Curries

The restaurant, Flavours cafe and curries opened especially for us on 24/11/23 for lunch which they don’t usually do.

35 attended, food was great as was service and the waiting time to be served.

Can’t praise them highly enough.

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Di Johnson
Social Activities Facilitator

Beaudesert U3A Cards

There are two interesting and challenging card games which are currently being played by Beaudesert U3A members.

Two main benefits of card playing is that it is good for the brain as memory is stimulated and provides an enjoyable social interaction.

There are plenty of spots available for members new to cards or for those who are considering a comeback. Every one is welcome so don't be shy.

Monday 12:30pm - 4:00pm - The Club Beaudesert
Thursday 12:00pm - 4:00pm - St James' Anglican Church hall

Contact: Di 0468 849 448

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Diane Rewko
Publicity Officer

Trivia Puzzling

Test your general knowledge with the U3A Beaudesert trivia group meeting on Wednesday afternoons at St Thomas's Anglican Church hall.

The group are "heads down" at 1.30pm ready to tackle questions that are sourced from TV, magazines and everyone's favourite, Google.

With three sets of 25 questions to get through, covering a wide range of subjects from geography, history, music and films, just to name some, the afternoon can fly by.

Afternoon tea provides the chance for members to have a chat, as the focus is on fun and socialising as well as learning.

Contact: Jenny 0439 138 212

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Diane Rewko
Publicity Officer

Roll up at U3A Beaudesert Indoor Bowls

Combine three mats, plenty of space and a little friendly rivalry, it is no wonder that the Beaudesert U3A indoor bowlers look forward to their Friday morning games.

Des, after years of playing golf, took up indoor bowls and has been playing for fifteen years all up. A passionate car collector in the day, Des sported a yellow Chevrolet, a favourite of his 24 car collection.

Alf, who has also played indoor bowls for many years, firstly with the Uniting Church Men's group and more recently the Beaudesert U3A is in it for the fun.

Facilitator, Terry has been playing the game for around three years and also enjoys attending Beaudesert U3A line dancing classes.

Newest member, Dianne has been with the group for only seven weeks, along with Heather, who has been playing for four months. Both are keen to learn from experienced players, like Barbara who can consistently edge her bowl the closest to the jack.

Did you know?
The "jack" is derived from the Latin word jactus and means a cast or throw.

If you think you have what it takes, come along to St Thomas's Anglican church hall, on Friday mornings 9-12 noon.

Contact: Terry 0428 627 673

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Diane Rewko
Publicity Officer


With an average of 25 people attending Beaudesert U3A table tennis and four tables available to play on, there is bound to be some guaranteed noise and action. With a round robin format, similar to that of U3A social tennis, everyone gets a turn.

Ken, one of the two official co-ordinators loves playing the game and has done so from an early age and has been with the U3A group for the last eight years.

Annette and Di have been playing with the group for around three years each. Annette looks forward to playing each week, as does Di who loves the variety of activities that Beaudesert U3A offers. Peter says "Thursday is the best day of the week".

So if you are looking for a fun exercise and good companionship, come along and give table tennis a go.

Thursdays, 8:30-12 noon, St Thomas's Anglican church hall

Contact: Glenda 0418 771 758 or Ken 0408 703 388

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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!

A new year brings a new group of keen beginners our first 3 have already completed theirs. More to follow. Congratulations you're on your way to explore the exciting art of mosaics. I look forward to seeing the next projects you choose for yourself.

Well done ladies!

Contact Tina on 0418 780 861 for more information.


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 February 2024.

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