This position could be shared by two people working as a team

Responsible for co-ordinating and overseeing the 27 or so Friday lectures each year.

The main duties are to –

  • Attend the planning meeting in November to begin formulating the following year’s programme and assigning to individual members the tasks of approaching and engaging speakers
  • Periodically contact those members to ensure that the programme is finalised in good time
  • Liaise with and assist those members as necessary
  • Receive and record suggestions from members about future speakers
  • Liaise with the Friday lecture programme co-ordinator
  • Liaise with the newsletter editor to arrange publication of each half-year’s programme
  • Maintain and, where possible, enhance the quality of the programme
  • Report to the committee.

To help the incoming co-ordinator, our previous co-ordinator can supply –

  • Copies of the information sheets and other materials given to speakers and to members approaching them
  • Details of speakers and topics since 2008
  • A specimen of the spreadsheet used to record progress in organising the year’s programme
  • A list of suggested (but as yet unused) possible speakers.

If you are able to help, please contact Peter Hatfield.  384 7046

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Marlborough U3A  are selling an unused copy of the Great Courses “Maya to Aztec: Ancient Mesoamerica Revealed” DVD and manual set. Price $100.

Anyone interested should contact Helen Hannay at


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Birdcatcher Books’ 2018 Short Story Competition is now accepting submissions. First prize is $AU250, second is $AU100 and third is $AU50. Entry fees are $AU8 for one story, $15 for two stories or $21 for three stories. The best entries will be published in an anthology (subject to there being enough entries of sufficient quality.) Subject and genre are open, with just a few restrictions. The competition will close on 31st May 2018. Details can be found at

View poster here: 2018ShortStoryCompPoster

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Our Garden tour will be of interest to U3A members who have a love and interest in gardening and horticulture and is designed for small groups or independent travellers.

We cover a selection of classically beautiful, enchanting and exotic gardens in South West France including Marqueyssac, Eyrignac and smaller private gardens owned by enthusiasts. Along the way, we visit local villages and their markets and learn more about the unique history and culture of the region.

You will be based at at our manor house near Monpazier in the Dordogne which is considered one of the best preserved bastide villages in France. The 7 day tour starts on Saturday 11 May next year and the nearest airport and railway station is Bergerac where we collect and return at the end of the tour. Bordeaux is the nearest large city with flights from Paris or the TGV fast train with a connection to Bergerac.

For more information, please look at our website: or email us on

Ray & Jacinta Standen, French Garden Adventures

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Girton College, Cambridge University

The 2018 Lifelong Learning Summer School will take place in the wonderful setting of Girton College, Cambridge.  The summer school will have slightly earlier dates (19 August – 1 September 2018), in part to coincide with the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival.

Going into its sixth year, this summer school enables participants to take academic courses for the love of learning, live and take meals in the College, and have a pretty full and exciting social programme to get the most out of being in Cambridge. In sum it is a fantastic opportunity to spend one or two weeks experiencing the highlights of Cambridge college life in the company of other lifelong learners from around the world!

More information is available at:

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Please, if you change your email address, let the Membership Secretary know promptly to avoid missing out on notices. Send your new address to:

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The fund shall be known as the “Wellington City U3A Award”. It shall be used to assist students, 55 years of age or more, for expenses incurred during their studies. These students should not be in full-time employment.

Selection criteria

Candidates must be enrolled in a course of study at Victoria University of Wellington in the year of application. The Award will be made on the basis of the academic costs to be incurred by the student in the year of application. A brief supporting statement with this information must be included in the application.

This Award can be held concurrently with other prizes and scholarships.

Number of awards offered: One per year

Value: $2,000 each year

Tenure:One year

Closing date:1 October each year


Students will apply using the application form available. The Award will be made on the basis of the academic costs to be incurred by the student in the year of application. A brief supporting statement with this information must be included in the application.


The Award shall be made on the recommendation of the Scholarships Committee or, in the case of a postgraduate student, the Research Scholarships Committee. The nomination of the student will then be approved by the Wellington City U3A.


The successful applicant will be required to speak at a meeting of the Wellington City U3A about their research or course of study during the second semester of the year at a mutually agreed date.

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Dr Heidi Thomson (VUW) draws U3A members’ attention to the Graduate Diploma in Arts programme at Victoria University of Wellington. Further information about the programme can found in the brochure that can be viewed and downloaded here.

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