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.

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


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



Our Second Term 2017 session schedule now available here.  Have a look at it now and book early!

We are preparing our third term 2017 session schedule ( July to September) and it will be available soon.


Session and Workshop News


The U3A Springtime Afternoon Tea Dance

will be at the Community Centre

4pm on the 17th September 2017.


Solar and Alternative Power:

On Thursday the 22nd June, Geoff Tosio will present his popular session on the various aspects of alternative power sources, and their impact on domestic supply.

The session will be in the Club Room at the Dorrigo Hotel, Dorrigo.   Please register your intention to attend with Brian Magrath, 6657 8068


Orienteering Experience__:

Orienteering is an activity for all ages.. Are you game to come and try it?

Jenny Hawkins held an Orienteering event on 24 May at Dorrigo
Showground and those who attended enjoyed a worthwhile experience, and had a great time.

The idea grew out of a request to talk about Orienteering to U3A and developed into three sessions; two have already taken place, and the third will be on next wednesday. Jenny will be talking about places where she and her family have orienteered around the
world...from New Zealand to Iceland with a lot of other places in between...
(Hickory House, May 31 at 3.30pm)

Jenny can be contacted on 0438 613 509 - if you can, please let her know if

you are coming so she can guess how many maps to print.


 Dorrigo Plateau U3A Discussion Forum:


The group discussion  on the 7th May, centred on discussions concerning individual experiences and differences in customs and history of areas visited by participants to the group, all of which was interesting. Some unusual facts emerged concerning Australia in the 1940s and 1950s, experienced by members.

There will be a break now until August.

Next meeting: Wednesday 16th 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


History of Dorrigo:

On Monday the 8th. May, Lynn Burke and the Dorrigo museum helpers hosted a "History of Dorrigo" session, which was attended by 12 members and guests. The session was very well received and greatly interesting to the extent that a further session is planned for later in the year



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 between 10am and 12pm. Free to members, guests can make a gold coin donation to the Dorrigo Plateau U3A Inc.




 Power Tools

The session planned for Tuesday the 16th is postponed because the venue has a problem hosting us. We shall re-scedule it for later in the year, as soon as practical.



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.


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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..



        Have a look at our latest newsletter here: Newsletter             

Our Constitution has been updated to reflect the changes in the Associations Incorporations Act   2009 (Amended 2016) and the draft can be viewed  here


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.

If you are a prospective tutor, the Tutor Course Proposal 2017 form will let the U3A committee know about your course proposal

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

                             There will be no session schedule for this first term of 2017, sessions on offer will be in the newsletter.

                                              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