Welcome to the Melville and Districts Region

Contact: Kathy 0422 581 228
Email u3amelville@gmail.com   

Melville Update

Most U3A Melville & Districts’ groups have adapted to meeting under current COVID regulations, although some have noted a reduction in participants. Modified refreshment breaks include BYO coffee mug and individually packaged food items, but still facilitate the important social aspect of U3A activities.

The Melville Lecture in August was presented by David Urquhart. The small but enthusiastic audience were enlightened about the pros and cons of energy options for Australia but particularly Western Australia.

Our Italian language group has continued to thrive this year with regular Zoom meetings during COVID-isolation and more recently meeting at a local leisure centre. Although Mah Jong groups have experienced a slight reduction in attendances, the postponed beginners’ course commencing on Friday September 4 will introduce 24 fresh faces to the fascinating game and U3A opportunities.

Glenys Chidlow, Publicity Officer, U3A Melville & Districts

December eNews and diary dates

March – April 2021 Program


Information Day Friday the 5th of March 2021

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Melville AGM and Christmas Luncheon

To celebrate the closing of a challenging year, the Melville and Districts’ Region of U3A held their Annual General Meeting and Christmas luncheon on Friday December 4 at Kadidjiny Park Hall. Two talented members of our region provided choral entertainment and some of our members even found their voices. It was a delightful celebration and provided an opportunity for members of our different groups to gather together.   Glenys Chidlow (retiring Publicity Officer, U3A Melville & Districts Region)

Melville events in November

November has been an extremely busy month for our region. During Senior’s Week we participated in the Melville City Council’s Man Cave Mini Expo at the Blue Gum Community Centre, the Have a Go Day at Burswood Park, and we enjoyed a Thank You lunch with our valued Group Leaders and helpers at the Bentley Pines Training Restaurant.  Twenty new U3A members have just completed the annual Mah Jong for Beginners’ Course. Over 12 weeks the enthusiastic beginners learnt how to Pung, Kong and play a Goulash. They have now graduated and will hopefully continue to play at either or both of our Tuesday and Friday Mah Jong groups. We are preparing for our Annual General Meeting early in December, which will be combined with a Christmas luncheon and entertainment. The luncheon will be a celebration of a remarkable year.

Bingo Afternoon

Members from the U3A Melville and Districts region recently enjoyed a Bingo afternoon with a difference. There was a variation to the traditional cards of numbers, with some squares containing helpful COVID isolation hints. We could Walk the Dog, Bake Bread, Call a friend, Wash our Hands or Wear a Mask. The Boredom Busting Bingo afternoon was kindly organised by Kathy and Laurie Money and prizes included crossword puzzle books, chocolates, hand sanitiser and that precious COVID commodity – toilet paper.               Glenys Chidlow – U3A Melville Publicity Officer

Melville Photo Gallery

Melville Lecture 17 July 2020

Most of U3A Melville activities have now resumed, and Friday July 17 saw the resumption of the monthly Melville Lecture. An audience of 39 people were treated to a presentation by Mr John Day, a volunteer at the RAAFA Aviation Heritage Museum. Amazing facts and stories about the Catalina Flying Boat, the Lancaster Bomber and The Sugar Bird Lady were just a few of the aircraft for which tales were recounted. John was obviously a very passionate and enthusiastic volunteer at the Aviation Museum and was a fine example of the U3A ethos – Learn, Laugh, Live.

A message from the Chair:

More than 100 days have passed since the last physical U3A Melville Group meeting. Therefore it is heartening for the committee to advise that as from 1st July all of our groups can recommence their meetings. Phase 4 of the COVID-19 roadmap take effect from 27th June, and many restrictions have been relaxed. Further easing of restrictions are expected later in July. All U3A meetings should comply with the current WA Government COVID guidelines.
The decision to attend or not to attend meetings is obviously a personal one and members should feel no pressure either way. Please see below for the U3A Melville July schedule. Some groups will continue to meet electronically while some meeting venues have changed. The standard attendance fee at all venues is $3.
We are looking forward to seeing you all back and enjoying U3A.

Rhys Gray – Chairperson

Successful Information Day

U3A Melville and Districts Region held their annual Information Day on February 21. The organisers were delighted with the response as there was standing room only! More than 50 new or potential members listened to 2-minute presentations from Group leaders representing each of our 25 courses.

Many guests and members were then treated to a presentation delivered by one of own members, James Campbell, “How much do you know about Iran?”  Who would have thought that cosmetic surgery (particularly rhinoplasty) was a thriving occupation in Iran, or that Iran has some extensive ski fields, or that the ancient Persian people embraced practical concepts of water transport and evaporative cooling in harsh desert regions?   Publicity Officer, U3A Melville and Districts.

UKE3A Concert 

Saturday February 1 was World Ukulele Day and to mark the occasion our very own UKE3A group was invited to perform at the AH Bracks Library. Last Sunday afternoon (Feb 2), twenty four members of our U3A Ukulele group (UKE3A) performed for a 70 plus audience, including a number of families with small children. I was impressed by the top-class performance of the substantial repertoire of catchy popular tunes. Several talented members also added mouth organ and recorder variations to the ukulele and song presentations. Congratulations to Kerry and Erin and all group members in presenting such a wonderful event. The performers seemed to enjoy the performance as much as the audience and it was certainly a great example of the U3A motto – Learn, Laugh, Live.  Rhys Gray, Chairman U3A Melville and Districts 

Christmas Party 2019

Question: How to ensure a quorum at a regional U3A AGM?

Solution: Provide a free Christmas luncheon and gently coerce the committee members (and extras) to provide entertainment!

This proved to be a very popular event despite very warm weather. The committee performed a “fractured” nativity play that was “sung” to various nursery rhymes. Special thanks to Kathy Money for masterminding this event. Her roles included catering manager, playwright, theatre director and narrator.

The U3A Melville committee aims to continue provide more exciting events for all of our members in 2020.

Crazy Whist Afternoon

Many thanks to Kathy, Laurie and family for organising our first crazy whilst afternoon on 27 October.  This event was open to U3A members, family and friends.  Thirty-two people attended with an age range of  8 – 80.   This was a “progressive” activity so we played with different people for every game – a great way to meet everyone.  Of course, no U3A event in our region is complete without a sumptuous afternoon tea. 

Melville Annual Winter Lunch – 31st of July 2019

Melville & Districts Region have hosted an annual winter lunch for members for a number of years.  They are hugely popular and tickets sell out quickly.  Kathy Money and her band of helpers work hard to make sure this event is lot of fun.  This year (President) Denise Beer and (General Secretary) Christine Oliver were invited guests.

Melville Quiz on 7th June 2019

Despite very stormy weather, thirty members came along and enjoyed our quiz afternoon.  Kathy prepared and asked the questions, some of which were quite challenging!  The photo shows the winners.

(l-r) Liz, Rhys, Lawrie, Bob, Janet & Sandra.  Rhys & Sandra were on the winning table last year too!

Healthy Lifestyles Expo