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U3A Gawler 2017 Term 3 Program

Overview of our courses

Bell Chimers

If you feel the need to experience a brain enhancing, uplifting feeling of well-being, Bell Chime ringing could be for you. Previous knowledge of music is not necessary. All that is needed is a willingness to be part of a very wonderful, fun-loving group of people who make a weekly commitment to practice and have an enjoyable time together creating music.
The only qualification you need is to be able to count up to four. I must warn you; this can be a challenge at times.
Leader: Joyce Fox 8522 5927

 Chair Dancing

Chair Dancing is a form of aerobic exercise all done sitting down. It’s not like your ordinary dull old exercises – we have to use our imagination as we go horse riding, dance the Cha Cha and the Can Can or paddle our canoes among other things. Our routines take about 40 minutes to do and we get a really good workout without really noticing. Come and join us on Tuesday mornings at 9.00am in the Gawler Sport and Community Centre.
Leader: Jacqueline Lerwill 8523 5006

Circle of Life

This is a great group to join if you like learning from the experience of others, like to reminisce, or just want to be with a happy feel-good group of people intent on having a good time. We all have a history, so come along and share yours – visual, emotional or humorous. Share a special moment from today or your thoughts for the future. Each person can make a difference.
Leader: Linda Johnston 8252 8525

Computing Help Desk

This is not a course of lessons, but a drop-in “help desk” for members needing advice or help., please ring me and I will organise an appointment to meet you at the centre .
Leader: Stan Pedersen 8524 8245

Creative Writing

Using different styles of writing while discovering the endless sources of inspiration around us.
Leader: Deanne Lecerf 0418 662 882

Discussion Group

We are an informal, mixed group who meet at the Gawler Sport & Community Centre fortnightly on Wednesdays, 10 am-12 noon. Discussions can be on any topic and members are encouraged to bring along any issue they wish.
Leaders: Peter Ryan and Mike Riley 8284 1126

Fun Fixing Fotos

Photo editing: manipulating, restoring, repairing and much more.
Leader: Helen Turvey 8280 7035  

Fun Games

We like to exercise our brains while having fun in a friendly atmosphere. We have a variety of board and card games from which to choose , with time for a Cuppa and Chat mid-afternoon. You will be made very welcome and enjoy friendship,  laughter and brain training.  
Leader: Joan Collett 8522 5681 or 0417270012



Harmonica is on Wednesday mornings from – noon. This is a great opportunity for members to come and learn the harmonica in a very friendly atmosphere. Beginners welcome.
For more information you can contact
Leader : Alan Gill 0400459575


Jam Session

Any mobile instrument; varied genre; all skill levels. Come, join in and enjoy.
Anne Weiss 0415 663 041

 Mah Jong

We play Mah Jong Western Style. It is a game of challenge and fun that will test you in a novel and intriguing way – but beware , this game is highly addictive. Beginners are very welcome. We meet on Fridays from 10.00 am -noon Please come and try.
For more information contact Jenny Young on 85224975.


We are a friendly, youthful 50+ social group who are fun to be with. We meet fortnightly on Mondays and love to walk. The distances walked are approx 3 – 5 klms. Through each term we try to incorporate a variety of walks: country, beach, gardens, historical. Some local walks are only half a day, whilst walks using public transport or members’ cars can take up to mid afternoon. Depending on the walk we will have coffee or lunch at  the finish.”Age is no barrier it is a state of mind”.
Leaders: Mike and Jo Riley 8284 1126

Scottish Country Dancing

Scottish Country Dancing is not doing the Sword Dance – that’s Highland Dancing. Country Dancing is similar to Square Dancing but a lot older. Mary Queen of Scots was a keen dancer. The most common form of the dance is done in sets of eight dancers, although there are dances for six and four dancers as well. It’s a great form of exercise for both the body and the brain! In our class the face muscles get a good workout too -we laugh a lot because it is great fun. Some of the dances we do date back to the 1700’s and are still popular today.
New dances are being devised all the time so we have a good mix of the old and the new. We are always pleased to welcome new members – it doesn’t matter if they have never danced before. We enjoy teaching newcomers and watch their enjoyment grow as they become familiar with the formations. Come and give it a try. We meet 2 to 4 pm on Tuesday afternoons at the Gawler Sport and Community Centre.
For more information call Jacqueline on 8523 5006.


The Scrabble group meets weekly for a session of friendly games – we have dictionaries and lists of Scrabble-approved words, but play just for enjoyment rather than serious competition. Anyone with spelling or other problems will find someone leaning over their shoulder to help. It’s an excellent and painless way to keep the grey cells ticking!
Leader: Daisy Cussans 8522 4738

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a set of gentle exercises based on martial art. The movements are non-aerobic and low impact, but assist flexibility, balance and breathing. Concentration is essential. Tai Chi is recommended for people with arthritic joints. It is relaxing and not physically demanding. Warning: most participants soon become addicts.
There are three levels in Tai Chi: Beginners: Maggie Cope (8522 1053) Intermediate (Sue Stanner 8522 3377) and Advanced/Shibashi Pauline Barton 8525 4126).                          See programme for meeting times.

Theatre Group

We are a group of enthusiastic theatre-goers who meet approximately six times per year, whereby we arrange and review our theatre visits.
Our main focus is on the four Therry productions at The Arts Theatre in Angus Street, Adelaide and two musicals at the Shedley Theatre, Elizabeth.
Other plays of interest can be and are discussed at our meetings.
If you want to meet new people, have a lively discussion about South Australian Theatre and see some fantastic productions please come and join us.
Leader: Linda Johnston 8252 8525


Ukulele Beginners Course Starts Again in 2018

Date and Times to be advised in 2018 The Course is held  at the Gawler Sport and Community Centre, Nixon Terrace, Gawler . It will be  a 4 to 6 week course. All you need is A  Ukulele,   A  Tuner (which you can purchase from any music shop). If you have a smart phone you can download a Free Ukulele Tuner application.
You may want to purchase a music stand , but not essential at the beginning.
And most important of all  is Yourself   and Guess what ! If you can count to FOUR  you will be able to play the Ukulele. (no kiddin‘)
At the ” Beginners Course “notes to help you will be provided.  It is a great opportunity to learn something new,  have fun and meet new people. If you can’t wait until 2018 come and join Gawler Ukes which is made of players from beginners up.
For more information:-  please ring or text  Diane  0407710903


Gawler Ukes”  is a made up of Ukulele  players who get together on Tuesdays (during school term time) from 12.30-2pm at Gawler Sport and Community Centre Nixon St, Gawler.
We play and sing all kinds of music from rock, country, folk, and other Genres. (Music provided)
Playing the Ukulele is great way to play  music and meet new people.
For more Information :-  please contact Diane on 0407710903 or email
Leader : Diane McGough 0407710903

Writing your own life story

Members explore, write and share their life experiences and even record the lives and personalities and lifestyles of people in the past who have forged their personalities. This includes descriptions of the areas and towns that they came from, their homes and work, modes of dress, eating patterns, recreation, transportation, etc. The life stories are felt to be important to inform our children and grandchildren particularly.
Convenor: Pat James 8522 1064

Short Courses & One-offs

In addition to regular offerings a number of short courses and single session presentations are offered on subjects of general interest.
These are usually given by a U3A member, a guest speaker, or a trainer.