The 2019 Lifelong Learning Summer School will take place in the wonderful setting of Girton College, Cambridge.  The summer school will take place 18-31 August 2019.

Going into its seventh 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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Organised by U3A Manawatu.

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A project to commemorate the 1918 influenza epidemic


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Clifton Terrace Model School, successor to the Terrace School, is erecting a new war memorial to replace the memorial which was lost in 1972. The new memorial will be unveiled by the Governor-General at a ceremony to be held on Monday 19 November 2018.

The names and service details of the old boys who died on active service can be viewed at the following web address: 

Any descendants wishing to attend the unveiling ceremony can register their interest by contacting Claire Bruin, Office Manager, Clifton Terrace Model School, Ph 04 4727519 or Email

Jenny Austin


Link to a more detailed description of the project.

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Wellington Heritage Week 2018 returns for the 22-28 October with over 30 events across the region that celebrate our people, places and stories. Events include walking tours, exhibitions, open properties, talks and films. See the full event programme at

There are a number of great events which lend themselves to group outings that U3A may be interested in getting a group booking for. These events are:

  • Wellington City Archives Tours and Talks: Come along to a free behind the scenes tour, followed up by a Q & A opportunity. There will be 4 tours throughout the day and some talks that will tell you a bit about the collection and some research advice. Monday 22 October. Tours leave at 10:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, & 2:00pm. Talks will be at 10:30, 11:30, and 1:30. Booking is required. Contact or call 04 801 2096.
  • Portraiture, Art and Objects Tour of Parliament: Free guided art tour with an emphasis on portraiture, significant art and heritage objects from the Parliamentary Collection . This 90 minute tour moves through Parliament’s historic buildings stopping to view and learn more about some of the many historic objects from Parliament’s Collection. Friday 26 October 9am. Booking is required. Contact or call 04 817 9503.
  • From Pito-one to Petone Tour: A free heritage tour on the history of Petone from the 1800’s to today. Join us in our heritage building to share stories of our past – and a lovely cup of tea. Together we’ll step back in time and tour through industrialisation, the settler’s ship Aurora and Te Atiawa’s long standing settlements around our beautiful harbour. We’ll finish with a cuppa and bikkie and an opportunity to share memories of our personal Petone. 12pm Tuesday 23 and Thursday 25 October. Booking is required. Click here to book.
  • Ka Mura, Ka Muri Walking Tours: Let Te Wharewaka o Pōneke‘s expert Kaiārahi (guides) take you on a journey, exploring the layers of development diving back to nineteenth century Wellington. Te Wharewaka o Pōneke Wellington Heritage Week Walk Tour special will show you the history and taonga (treasures) of the past at three key sites buried just below the Wellington CBD and explore the narrative of how Wellington is fast becoming a convergence point of traditional and contemporary biculturalism, pathing the way for future generations. 12pm Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 October. Booking is required. Contact or 04 901 3333. 
  • Truby King House and Garden Tours: Visit the former home of Sir Truby King and Lady Isabella King, the founders of the Plunket Society. Sir Truby is widely remembered for his contribution to improving the health of children. Truby King House and Garden is a 1.9 hectare heritage-listed estate in Melrose built in 1923 by pre-eminent Wellington architect William Gray Young. The free tours will start in the house and finish with a stroll through the garden planted with pines, roses, rhododendrons and azaleas by King himself. The gardens offer picturesque views over the city. 10am-4pm. Monday 22 October. Booking is required. Click here to book. 

Wellington Heritage Week 2018 is a community sourced heritage festival. The festival is organised by Wellington Heritage Week Trust and sponsored by Wellington City Council, Museums Wellington, Wellington Civic Trust, and Wellington Community Trust.

Get in touch with me if you required any further information.

Kind regards,

David Batchelor

Wellington Heritage Week – Director


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Mehdi Shariata spoke at one of our Paramount meetings, promoting his new business of travel to Iran. He has returned this year with an offer of 10% discount for U3A members.

Click here to view flier.


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Invitation to join NZ-UK Link

Click here to view flier

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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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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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