Wanneroo

Welcome to the Wanneroo page

Contact: Jan Kimber 0409 207 633, or Stephanie Mitchell 0429 133 891 

  • Meetings with a guest speaker are held at 12.45pm on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at the Wanneroo Recreation Centre, 275 Scenic Drive Wanneroo.
  • Book Club A meets at 1pm on the first Tuesday of each month at the Wanneroo Library.  Inquiries to Vicki on 0412 767 790.
  • Book Club B meets at 10.30am on the third Tuesday of each month at the Wanneroo Library.  Inquiries to Stephanie on 0429 133 891.
  • Petanque is played on the first and fifth Thursday of each month at 10.00am next to the Wanneroo Recreation Centre.  Inquiries to Constance on 9206 4098, or Cheryl on 9306 1621.
  • Fun and Games is held on the third Thursday of each month at the Wanneroo Recreation Centre from 10:00am until 3:15pm (byo lunch).  Activities are designed to exercise the mind and body and may include board games, sitting exercises, and various activities. Inquiries to Constance on 9206 4098 or Cheryl on 9306 1621.
  • Wanneroo Weekday Walkersoperates Monday to Friday.  Contact Cheryl on 9306 1621 or Constance on 9206 4098 for details of each walk.
  • Creative Writing is held at 1.00pm on the 1st Thursday of the month at the Wanneroo Recreation Centre.  Contact Stephanie on 0429 133 891.
  • A Coffee group meets at various venues on the 4th Saturday of the month at 10.00am. Contact Marilyn on 0402 576 112.

Wanneroo Actvities

Speakers
Petanque
Weekday Walkers
Fun and Games
Xmas in July
Bus Trips

The Four Tees Bookclub had a Christmas lunch with a quiz and lots of fun

Ursula Celebrates her birthday

Ann Marshall celebrates Ursula Johnson’s 96th birthday. Ursula still attends Wanneroo U3A twice a month and has given us delightful talks on her colourful life.

Tour of His Majesty’s Theatre

Last Monday a group of us made our own way into town to meet up at His Majesty’s Theatre for a very informative behind the scenes tour with our guide, the theatre’s resident history buff, Ivan King. He entertained us with stories of the building itself as well as the artists who have treaded the boards over its long history.

After having a look at the costume and make up areas we went out onto the newly restored balcony, which is surprisingly bigger than it looks from the street. It’s all set up with lounges to enjoy your pre show drink. We then finished our tour in the theatre’s museum.

We were well looked after by the staff and thanks go to Kevin and Lois Gest for organising the day.

New Norcia Away Day

On the last day of winter, we travelled to the Benedictine Monastery town of New Norcia in perfect summer style weather with Great Western Tour Company. This was our last trip for the year, and we also welcomed some U3A North Coast members.

First up we stopped at Bindoon for morning tea in the lovely Clune Park. Along with a welcome cuppa, we feasted on homemade honey cake and fruit cake which were delicious, before heading on up the road to New Norcia, through wonderful fields of green wheat and gold canola as well as quite a few wildflowers to be seen.

On arrival we were joined by a guide who hopped on board the bus as we drove around the village buildings. First stop was the monastery and after learning about the history this was followed by a tour of the Abbey church. For those who wanted to stretch their legs we then had a short walk across too the St Ildephonsus boys’ college which as with the Abbey church, was fabulously decorated, from the very ornate pressed tin ceilings, to the altar and wall paintings.

It was then time for our “monks lunch” which was in a dining room within the boy’s college and I have to say if that’s what they have for lunch every day, they eat very well. We were served a 3-course meal with a bottle of red and white wine for each table, orange juice and water.

We then continued with our tour, and again you could choose to walk or hitch a ride on the bus, but seeing it was such a beautiful day many chose to walk. Our tour guide then took us into the St Gertrude’s girls’ college, which he described as softer and rounder, in other words, not quite as grand as the boys’ college, but just as beautifully decorated.

Our guided tour finished in the chapel of the girl’s college with our member and organiser of this tour, Kevin Gest, giving his own very interesting presentation about some ancient symbolism used throughout the chapel. There was then time to wander at leisure through the art gallery and gift shop before boarding the bus for the journey back home. It was the perfect way to spend the last day of winter

Wanneroo Visits the Chittering Valley

On the 29th of June members of the Wanneroo branch travelled by bus to the Chittering Valley for Xmas in June. After morning tea and honey tasting at the Little Eeden Farm, we travelled on to the Stringybark Winery and Restaurant for a sumptuous Xmas lunch, after which we all relaxed on the bus back to the Wanneroo Recreation Centre. A great day very well organised by Kevin and Lois Gest.

Sue Boyd –  Not Always Diplomatic

Sue Boyd was the 1st speaker at Wanneroo U3A in 2023 on the 12th of January. Sue gave a brief history of her life growing up in the UK and WA and how she became a diplomat. The presentation was entertaining and informative, full of humorous accounts of her career as a diplomat. Sue wrote a book “Not Always Diplomatic – An Australian Woman’s Journey through International Affairs” that may be borrowed from WA libraries.

Fun and Games at Wanneroo

What does U3A Wanneroo have up it’s sleeve for it’s Fun and Games on Thursday 19th of January? It looks like fun!

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AGM and Quiz

Photos by Mei Wong

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Remembrance Day 2022

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A Trip to York and Beverley

Just over 30 U3A members and friends boarded a bus to venture into the hills and visit the historic towns of York and Beverley. The weather was kind to us and our first stop was on the banks of the Avon River where we tucked into some morning tea. We then invaded this town of York where we checked out the quaint little shops and school, before heading onto the town of Beverley to have lunch at the Freemasons Pub. No complaints here about the food and service. Our return journey was interrupted by loud snoring by some passengers, but there were no speeding fines, flat tyres, broken windscreens or unpleasant smells.

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Wanneroo Visits Mundaring

On Wednesday 2nd June, 33 adventurers from Wanneroo U3A enjoyed a bus trip to Mundaring Weir. (C Y O’Connor was some great engineer). The local Hotel provided us with a yummy lunch, and mouth watering Rocky Road to follow. (All slimming, of course). This was an outing that will well be remembered.

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