Rockingham and Districts Region to Restart

Rockingham region will start again in July. Stage 4 social distancing rules will apply at all events.

July – October Program

November – February 2021 Program

Contacts:  Colleen Hardie 0423393183, Valerie 0438272911

Meeting Place: Meetings are held at the Masonic Hall, Wanliss Street, Rockingham, on the first and third Fridays of the month.

Guest speaker Ian Deany – A Journey down the Canals of Europe

Ian’s presentation of a very leisurely journey down the canals of Europe in his purpose-built boat was beautifully illustrated with many photos and a very informative commentary.  He and his wife lived life in the slow lane while enjoying numerous and unusual perspectives not often experienced by visitors to this part of the world, unless they did so by way of the thousands of kilometres of canals. Many families live permanently on the canals, and to accommodate the children’s activities, some barges are made into permanent sandpits for children to play in, as long as they wear life jackets when they play!

Music, Evolution and Harmony for the Soul

Emeritus Professor Alan Harvey took the audience through a stimulating precis of his book “Music, Evolution and Harmony for the Soul.”  He touched on so many things, from pre homo sapiens to modern man, pointed out that music and rhythm is present in all cultures, highlighted the commonalities and differences between language and music, and so much more.  He answered one huge question for me – why do I get teary when I hear certain music?  Now we know!

Greg Watson- Migrant Support Program

On 21 August, Rockingham members were challenged by the presentation of Greg Watson, who is employed by the Red Cross and lectures at Curtin University.  He delivered a very thoughtful presentation entitled “Migrant Support Program” in which he put a series of questions to the audience to demonstrate the difficulties refugees experience when deciding what to do when contemplating leaving their own country.   It was a non-judgemental presentation, but highlighted the dilemmas faced by displaced persons.

An 0verview of Hypnotherapy

Janet Williams with Lisa Billingham

Our guest speaker on August 7th was Lisa Billingham, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist.  Her informative and interesting talk assisted our understanding of hypnosis, and provided an insight into the benefits of hypnotherapy to assist in the treatment of many medical and psychological conditions such as anxiety, phobias and eating disorders.

Emeritus Professor Bob Mead at Rockingham

Rockingham members, appropriately distanced, enjoyed a fascinating presentation by Emeritus Professor Bob Mead entitled “A Toxic Death California Case”.  On Friday, 4th August, a hypnotherapist will be our guest speaker.

Rockingham’s First Meeting Post Covid

Rockingham Region held it’s first post covid  meeting on July 3rd. Our speaker, Anthony Alborn, gave an interesting presentation on the history of newspapers.
At the meeting our secretary Colleen, pictured below with chairman Terry, was presented with a floral arrangement in thanks and appreciation for the wonderful work she had done throughout  the lockdown to support members and then to ensure all aspects were covered for the safe resumption of activities.

Frankenstein Project

During the COVID-19 lockdown 7 members of the Rockingham region Play Reading Group wrote stories imagining different endings for the Mary Shelley Frankenstein story.  Read their efforts by clicking HERE.

Rockingham Regional Expo – 11th October 2019

Rockingham U3A Tour Optus Stadium – 29 March 2019

On Friday 29 March members of Rockingham and Districts had an outing to Optus Stadium. The day began with a coffee at Elizabeth Quay before boarding a small electric ferry for a short cruise to the stadium. Along the way our skipper pointed out places of interest and some of their history. The weather was almost perfect and as there was no sound from the engines our trip was very peaceful and calm. Approaching Optus Stadium we sailed under the Matagarup Bridge which provides pedestrian access across the river to the stadium. The bridge’s structural shape which could be two flying swans, complete with wishbones, a Wagyl serpent or a ribbon, and the striking black and white colour is such an impressive sight.  The stadium situated on the banks of the river and surrounded by beautiful walks and garden is also quite stunning. Walking around the stadium on the tour we discovered the state of the art sporting and high tech facilities. Players and staff, patrons and broadcasters, had all been considered in the design of the stadium.

It was such an enjoyable experience being able to see all the behind the scenes features as well as have breathtaking views of both the Swan River and city from the highest part of the stadium.