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:    here .

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;  click here  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 30th January to the 13th April 2018

 View our SESSION_SCHEDULE_1st_term_2018.pdf  


Dorrigo Plateau U3A Discussion Forum:


 The Discussion Group: will continue, each alternate Wednesday 1.30pm at the Food Angel Dorrigo; Please contact Annefie on 6657 2557. or Warren on 0432 040 310



25th July 2017


Very interesting session with Molly Odgers the Waste management Manager from Bellingen Council. Discussion was varied and raised some valid questions concerning the waste problems we face.

We plan to repeat the session again at some future period.


A difficult topic - Incontinence 
Mel Couper, our local physiotherapist, presented a session for U3A on this important topic at Hickory House on Monday 18 September at 11am. The session was well attended and found to be interesting with many questions



The U3A Springtime Afternoon Tea Dance  was held at the Community Centre

4pm on the 17th September 2017.; dancing was to "The Refreshments" and  dancing,  afternoon tea and social interaction was enjoyed! 


 Disrupt Ageing!

Balance Your Life with a flexible Approach  


Flex and Stretch:  The time and place for our stretching and balance exercise class (Disrupt Ageing) is changing and the class will now be held on Tuesdays between 9.30am and 10.30am at the Recreation Centre in Dorrigo. If you are interested in maintaining your life style for as long as possible and if you want to minimise your likelihood of falls in the future by joining our group, To register Please contact Martin on 0419 333 525



Genealogy: sessions will continue at the library on Fridays, Please contact Martin on 0419 333 525


Spanish: These sessions will re-commence in the new term January to April 2018  10am to 12pm at Hickory House.
Please contact Rigoberto Briones on 0425 820 958 for details.




 Carpet Bowls: organised at the RSL Dorrigo on Tuesdays 2pm to 3.30pm (Be there at 1.30pm). $2 contribution. Please contact Rita on 6657 1615 for details



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 a membership application form ( click here ) 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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