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Groups Calendar 2020

Groups and
June 2020 July 2020 August 2020
All About Plants
10am, 4th Thursday

Gail Morrison,
Jenny Blackmore
Tree Ferns and Epiphytes
Venue: 46 Ashmore Crescent, Warkworth
Thursday 25th June, 10 am.
"Gardens of Japan"
Presentation by Nigel Swaffield
Venue: Totara Park Recreation Hall
Refreshments, gold coin donation.
Thursday 23rd July, 10 a.m.
All members welcome

Ancient History
9:30am, 1st Friday
Jeni & Jim McGlashan
Victor & Sheilah Jowsey

Antiques and
10am, 4th Friday
Hilary Lewis

Art Appreciation
1st Wednesday,
check for times.

Helen Howard
Elle Glazer
Kathleen Browne

Book Talk 10am,
1st Tuesday

Shirley Shirley
Venue: 18 Melwood Drive, Warkworth
(Angela Kissling)
7th July, 10 a.m.

Current Affairs
2pm, 3rd Thursday
Geoffrey Bowes
Our first "Liberation" meeting at "The Oaks" Boardroom, Queen St , Warkworth
Thursday 18th June, 2 p.m.

Developments in Medicine
2pm, 4th Thursday
Linda Moore

Jazz Listening
2pm, 3rd Monday

Val Couling
Val is organising a lively 'get together again' meeting at her house:
25 Gordon Craig Place, Algies Bay
Monday 15th June, 2 p.m.

Local History
10am, 4th Tuesday

Lorna Laxon

Music Appreciation
2pm, 2nd Thursday

Alison Coates
To keep members thinking musically, for this "meeting" we each research someone or something that begins with the same initial letter as your first name.
The one restriction is that you can't research one of the Greats - eg  Chopin, or Mozart.
The idea is to come up with some interesting information about a composer, a conductor, a music venue,  or a related music topic to share with others.
Note date change.
Meet at Clauge's, 23 David William Place, Warkworth.
Sunday July 19th at 2:15pm.
Ann will give a background talk on the Vesa & Friends concert later in the day.

Vesa & Friends concert.
Warkworth Town Hall, 4 pm.
Tickets at door (cash only), or online www.warkworthmusic.org.nz

Play Reading
10am, 2nd Tuesday

Pam Ellender
Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever”
At Val's, 25 Gordon Craig Place, Algies Bay (opposite the boat ramp).
Tuesday, June 9th, from 9.30am for a cuppa, so we can start reading by 10 am, in one session.

Poetry Reading
1:30pm, 3rd Wednesday

Lynda Spivey

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About our Groups

Leader(s) Description
All About Plants

Gail Morrison,
Jenny Blackmore
All About Plants is a U3A Group that studies topics pertaining to all forms of plant life. We are not a gardening group but do on occasions visit gardens to have some variety. Members read around the topic chosen for the month and then join in a discussion in an informal setting. We begin at 10.00 with morning tea and are usually finished by 12.00.
Members are always welcome to tell us about their hobbies, e.g. Shirley Shirley described her interest in growing and training Bonsai and Julie Dowland showed us her work with plant dyes on fabrics.
Barry Ferguson entertained us with stories of his career as a florist to the rich and famous of New York. Videos of the The Lost Gardens of Heligan and the national Arboretum at Eastwoodhill in Gisborne were welcome on winter days.
In 2020 we look forward to learning about Tree Ferns and Epiphytes, Edible Flowers and Clothes made from Plants.
A return visit to the beautiful garden “The Paddocks” is also planned. We always welcome new members.
Ancient History
Jeni & Jim McGlashan,
Victor & Sheilah Jowsey
Ancient History Group meet in members’ homes the first Friday of each month at 9.30am,, excluding January.
Our meetings start with morning tea/coffee and fellowship before we explore the chosen programme for the year.
Group members can chose to research aspects of the programme to present their findings to the group.
On occasions we have a Bits & Pieces Meeting where members can contribute to the meeting with historic items of interest.
Antiques & Collectables

Hilary Lewis
At our monthly meetings, held in private homes, brief talks are presented by members on selected topics related to antiques or collecting.
Art Appreciation
Helen Howard, Elle Glazer, Kathleen Browne The Art Appreciation Group has approximately 40 members but the size of the group varies from month to month.
During the warmer months we often go by bus to art exhibitions. At our other meetings we enjoy presentations from invited artists or from some of our members.
Book Talk
Shirley Shirley

Current Affairs
Geoffrey Bowes
There are 20 of us which is our limit and we are currently meeting in the Boardroom at The Oaks.
Everyone is asked to speak about a current event that interests them and after they have talked the rest of the Group are invited to comment/add to the topic which can lead to lively debates.
One Member recently commented "its better than going to the pictures".
Developments in Medicine

Linda Moore
All new members welcome; no medical background required, just interest and willingness to be part of the group. We have excellent discussions, and lots of people can usually add to what’s been said. We learn a lot. It’s fun and lively.
Jazz Listening
Val Couling
One of the original Warkworth U3A groups, we have over 20 members with an average attendance of about 15.
This lively group meets monthly at each other’s homes and the presentations are always interesting and informative as many of our members have a wide and diverse knowledge of jazz. Topics range from the history and styles of jazz and jazz musicians using CDs, DVDs and YouTube, as well as sharing our favourite recordings and occasional live jazz sessions.
No prior knowledge is required to join this group, just a wish to hear great music and learn something new.
Local History
Lorna Laxon
The district of Warkworth is teeming with history, and while the local history group of U3A has been in operation for 11 years there is always another topic ‘on the horizon’ waiting to be explored!
Currently the group numbers 12, many being comparatively new members. Sometimes we meet in a member’s home for a presentation, other times we travel to the destination to be discussed - field trip style.
With the pandemic negating group meetings, a quiz and visual meeting have been arranged.
Our home based meetings are often presented by a member, or sometimes by a local person with a strong knowledge of a particular aspect of our local history.
Music Appreciation
Alison Coates
This groups meets at 2pm on the 2nd Thursday of the month at a member’s home.
A group member presents a topic that they have researched, and prepared using DVDs, CDs and/or You Tube clips. Some recent presentations have been Music of Scotland, Famous Conductors, Music for Meditation, Music Therapy and The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
We conclude the presentation with afternoon tea.
New members are very welcome.
Play Reading
Pam Ellender

Poetry Reading
Lynda Spivey

Members, want to join a new group?

If you are not a member of a group and would like to join, contact the group leader for further details.

Recent Group Events

Music Appreciation Group:

Congratulations to John Williamson who has set up our first virtual meeting to beat the Covid-19 virus.

The topic is "Musical Pieces from Others' Ideas".

"We are familiar with composers creating a melody or theme then modifying it. I decided to look at composers using pre-existing themes on which to base a piece. I thought there might be a few dozen, but found that there are hundreds. Many are by classical composers, but there are many more recent genres, such as jazz.
I have chosen a number of pieces to illustrate the idea"

Click on the link below to open John's lesson sheet which contains links to the online material.
Click here to start the discussion.

Local History Group:

Local Hiostory Group Objects
Local Hiostory Group

In February, the Local History group met at the home of Don Alford and Glenda Came and discussed possible topics for this year’s programme. Some members also brought along historic artefacts, which included an old brick from the Brick Bay kiln, a knocker used in the 1913 protests in Wellington to curb protesters, a C19 coffee grinder of cunning design, and a chair from the wreck of the USSC ship Wairarapa off Great Barrier Island in 1892.

New Members are always welcome.
At U3A Warkworth you will meet familiar faces plus a new group of friendly people with similar interests. If you have just moved to the area, or recently retired and are looking for new horizons, this is a pleasant and stimulating way to extend your circle of friends

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