Dorrigo Plateau U3A - University of the Third Age

55 Hickory Street, Dorrigo 2453, New South Wales, Australia
66571662 or 66578068
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 The U3A (University of the Third Age) movement began at the University of Toulouse, France in 1973, and was subsequently launched in Cambridge, United Kingdom and this became the model for U3A in Australia. 

The term “University” is used in the original and medieval sense of an association or community of teachers and scholars, united in the pursuit of knowledge. 

In 1984, the U3A was founded in Melbourne, Victoria, and since then, the  movement has grown to 240 independent U3A groups in all States and Territories.  The U3A movement in Australia, per head of population, has the largest number of U3A groups in the world, and continues to expand.

Despite being a part of a small community, THE DORRIGO PLATEAU U3A Incorporated,  continues to offer some rewarding and interesting courses. 

 Read our latest newsletter

committee u3aThe Dorrigo Plateau University of the Third Age Incorporated,  [U3A], is a not-for-profit organisation, and is organised entirely by volunteers. These dedicated people look after the administration for the group, in setting up courses, sessions and workshops over a variety of interesting subjects.

Our voluntary tutors freely donate their time and are willing to share their skills and life experiences with members of the U3A group; this results in everyone learning for pleasure, both tutors and participants.



 The "University of the Third Age" or U3A, is open to anyone who wants to learn things, not for qualifications, but for the reward of learning and the joy of discovery.

  To take part in this exciting venture, you can become a member by applying for membership on the form you can download here; renew/apply for membership or you can pick up a form at the information centre in Hickory Street, Dorrigo.

Membership runs from January to December and is $25. 

As a member you are entitled to attend any courses you choose, but if you decide to attend a course or workshop, it is essential that you contact the tutor and register  for the course before attending; this is important because if a tutor thinks there are not enough participants for a course, seven days before the course begins, then the course may be cancelled.  

When attending a session, you will be asked to state your membership number, before the session begins.    

A small donation may be requested from participants in some courses to assist with the hire of venues.

If you become a member, and have a friend, not a member, who would like to attend a session with you, you may invite them, for one session only, after which they will be asked to become a member, if they wish to continue attending.

It's useful to know that Members of the Dorrigo Plateau U3A are also entitled to attend courses in other U3A groups without further payment. 

The tutor of the course can tell you about all this.


Our Management Committee are all volunteers:

Clare Beckett..............Secretary 6657 1662

Rigoberto Briones.......Member  0425 820 958

Wendy Davison...........Treasurer  6657 8068

Jenny Hawkins............Publicity  0438 613 509

Carol Kaiser.................Member  0431 106 317

Brian Magrath..............President 6657 8068

Dorothea Rossellini......Member 0448 203 882

Julie Ward.....................Member 0419 558 028



Session and Workshop News

5th July 2017

We have a change to our session schedule. We have cancelled the session with guest presenter, John Imrie, which was the 15th July, because so few have shown interest, and the session will now be the Saturday 9th September 2017,  at  10am  unless we don't get support for this interesting session.


5th July 2017

Louise' Drawing class (four sessions),  is nearly full, with one place remaining.


Our THIRD Term 2017 session schedule now available...

 click here  Have a look at it now and book early!


The U3A Springtime Afternoon Tea Dance

will be at the Community Centre

4pm on the 17th September 2017.



 Dorrigo Plateau U3A Discussion Forum:


ext meeting: Wednesday 9th August 1.30pm at the Food Angel Dorrigo

Free for U3A members, non-members Gold Coin donation to the Dorrigo Plateau U3A .

 Please let either Warren ( 0432 040 310) or Annefie (6657 2557) know if you intend to be there.


New Discussion Forum:

Following a recent meeting of this group, it was decided to split off the democracy discussion into a separate group, as the subject requires more attention. The object is to discuss what, and how, and if, true democracy could be introduced into Australia, and endeavour to sort out the attendant difficulties with this idea.

Interested?  Then email   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or contact Brian Magrath  6657 8068


 Balance Your Life with a flexible Approach  This series of sessions begins on Wednesday the 19th of July in the CWA hall Dorrigo, at 10.30am to 12pm., and presented by Martin Pearce.

This is a class for men and for women, for those carrying past injuries and incapacities or not, and for those recovering from surgery (with your doctors consent).We will be gently exercising our bodies with the aim of regaining some of our youthful agility and balance which will in turn reduce our incidence of falls and injury. This is not an aerobic class and nor is it a competition! Our exercises are performed slowly (and with grace?!) which helps to progressively strengthen little used muscles and to avoid over extension and overstress injury.

To participate in comfort, you should attend wearing loose, comfortable clothing that allows freedom of movement. You may find it advisable to wear several layers if it is a cold day so that you can remove the top layer(s) as you warm up. You will need an exercise mat (about $15 at the likes of BigW and Kmart), a pillow if lying flat is uncomfortable and be prepared to remove your shoes during the exercise session.

There is still some room for more to participate, so if you know someone who would like to join in, please invite them along and / or get them to contact me ... they will need to join U3A before attendance of course for insurance reasons ....



A member of the Dorrigo Plateau U3A, Martin Pearce, recently moved here from Victoria, and being experienced in genealogy has started a regular session at the Dorrigo library on Fridays starting 21st July between 10am and 12pm. Free to members.



The planned session exploring the possibilities for U3A members to enjoy the pleasures of bow(person)ship, has to be postponed because of venue problems. Another venue is being investigated and those who registered have been advised. If you are interested in the possibility of an archery session in Dorrigo just let Brian Magrath know.


NSW LogoBe a Tutor for Us?

If you or someone you know would be prepared to tutor a course, workshop or session for the group, then please use the course proposal form in "services provided" section here,  pick up a form at the information centre on Hickory Street Dorrigo, or email us. For further details or enquiries, please contact the secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



        Click on links below to view and/or download :

If you are interested in attending one of our courses, and you are not yet a member of the U3A, download and complete this renew/apply for membership and forward it to us as shown on the form.

Tutors please use this attendance register to record attendance at each session.


                                              You can also check at the Dorrigo Library and the Information Centre in Hickory Street, Dorrigo for these forms.

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  •  - 17 September 2017 until 17 September 2017
    The U3A Springtime Afternoon Tea Dance will be at the Community Centre 4pm on the 17th September 2017.
55 Hickory Street, Dorrigo 2453, New South Wales, Australia