|June 2020||July 2020||August 2020|
10am, 4th Thursday
9:30am, 1st Friday
Jeni & Jim McGlashan
Victor & Sheilah Jowsey
10am, 4th Friday
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|Book Talk 10am,
2pm, 3rd Thursday
2pm, 4th Thursday
2pm, 3rd Monday
10am, 4th Tuesday
2pm, 2nd Thursday
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.
10am, 2nd Tuesday
|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.
1:30pm, 3rd Wednesday
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| 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.
||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.
||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".
||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
If you are not a member of a group and would like to join, contact the group leader for further details.
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.
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
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