. New Courses and One-off Events in Semester 1 2020

U3APP has been very active in continuing to add to the course program.  The following new courses, repeat courses and one-off events have been included so far:  (the newest courses since the last e-bulletin are highlighted in bold text)


Monday Courses

Tuesday Courses

Wednesday Courses

Thursday Courses

Friday Courses


Out and About

Saturday Seminars


For further details about the above courses and one-off events and to book, or if the event is full, to put yourself on the waitlist, click on the course or event name.

You can check back here whenever you want to know about new Courses and One-Off Events.

. e-Bulletin Dates for 2020

Distribution date for regularly scheduled e-bulletins Date by which content to be sent to [email protected]
Sunday, 19 January 2020 Thursday, 16 January 2020
Sunday, 26 January 2020 Thursday, 23 January 2020
Sunday, 9 February 2020 Thursday, 6 February 2020
Sunday, 23 February 2020 Thursday, 20 February 2020
Sunday, 8 March 2020 Thursday, 5 March 2020
Sunday, 22 March 2020 Thursday, 19 March 2020
Sunday, 5 April 2020 Thursday, 2 April 2020
Sunday, 19 April 2020 Thursday, 16 April 2020
Sunday, 3 May 2020 Thursday, 30 April 2020
Sunday, 17 May 2020 Thursday, 14 May 2020
Sunday, 31 May 2020 Thursday, 28 May 2020
Sunday, 14 June 2020 Thursday, 11 June 2020
Sunday, 28 June 2020 Thursday, 25 June 2020
Sunday, 12 July 2020 Thursday, 9 July 2020
Sunday, 26 July 2020 Thursday, 23 July 2020
Sunday, 9 August 2020 Thursday, 6 August 2020
Sunday, 23 August 2020 Thursday, 20 August 2020
Sunday, 6 September 2020 Thursday, 3 September 2020
Sunday, 20 September 2020 Thursday, 17 September 2020
Sunday, 4 October 2020 Thursday, 1 October 2020
Sunday, 18 October 2020 Thursday, 15 October 2020
Sunday, 1 November 2020 Thursday, 29 October 2020
Sunday, 15 November 2020 Thursday, 12 November 2020
Sunday, 29 November 2020 Thursday, 26 November 2020
Sunday, 13 December 2020 Thursday, 10 December 2020

. Dates for your Diary



Thursday 5 March - U3APP Volunteer Information Expo

Monday 9 March - Labour Day holiday - no classes this day

Saturday 21 March - Saturday Seminar - Fishermans Bend. An urban renewal project unlike any other in Australia

Friday 27 March - end Term 1

Monday 13 April - Easter Monday holiday - no classes this day

Tuesday 14 April - Term 2 begins - Classes resume

Wednesday 15 April - Out & About: Tour, Talk and Q&A at the Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute

Saturday 18 April - Saturday Seminar, tba

Saturday 16 May - Out & About: Port Melbourne History Walk

Saturday 16 May - Saturday Seminar, tba

Monday 8 June - Queen's Birthday holiday - no classes this day

Friday 19 June - Out & About: Guided tour of (Percy) Grainger Museum

Saturday 20 June - Saturday Seminar, tba

Friday 26 June - end Term 2


Monday 11 July - Term 3 begins - Classes resume

Friday 18 September - end Term 3

Monday 5 October - Term 4 begins - Classes resume

Tuesday 3 November - Melbourne Cup day - no classes this day

Friday 4 December - end Term 4


. Tutor Orientation 2020

U3A Port Phillip’s year got off to a good start with the Tutor Orientation.

Pam Caven, Deputy President, committee of management warmly welcomed forty-five tutors who have volunteered to lead a course in 2020. Team co-ordinators outlined U3A PP processes, especially the changes to our IT systems.

Tutors were able to mingle over morning tea organised by Claire Keech.

Jim Pribble is the new Tutor Support and can be contacted at [email protected].

Without the volunteer tutors U3A PP would not exist.

. Report: 2019 AGM & End of Year Celebration

As we come to the end of our U3A year, I want to congratulate the Committee of Management and all involved for the excellent AGM and Christmas function on Saturday 30th November 2019.

The new venue (South Melbourne Community Centre) was perfect with lovely light filled rooms and plenty of space, particularly for the Catering team to set up while the AGM was in progress.

The AGM heard presentations from our President Graham Gosling and Treasurer Jim Pribble (with a nod to Charles Dickens). Graham reported the many achievements of the current year, and plans for the year to come, while Jim reported on the strong state of our finances. Graham noted the particularly important role played in our U3A by volunteers, and encouraged all members to consider how they could contribute, whether on CoM, one of the subcommittees, or in the other functions such as IT, membership, office volunteers, and admin that our wonderful members keep running.

Congratulations again to the Life Membership recipients: Margaret Byron, Alison Harris and Sunny Acreman for 10 years of membership and volunteering; well-deserved recognition to all.

Elections for the Committee of Management were not required due to fewer nominations than available positions. The CoM hopes to fill the vacancies as soon as possible.

The food was delicious and special congratulations to Claire and her team, including her husband Paul who acted as barman, as well as many other duties, so it all ran like clockwork.  Also a special mention and thanks to David Sharples for sharing his wonderful singing talents to entertain us (and those jiving on the dance floor).

Ian Shaw, Secretary - U3APP Committee Of Management


2019 AGM


. Seniors Festival Community Forum Report

The Port Phillip Seniors Festival Community Forum on Saturday 12 October hosted by U3A Port Phillip attracted an audience of nearly 90, filling the hall at the Mary Kehoe Centre in Albert Park.

We had designed a Community Forum to enable representatives of the Victorian Government and the City of Port Phillip to outline how they were responding to the opportunities and challenges facing older people in our community.

To read about the very successful event click below.

Report on the seniors Forum final

. U3APP Policies & Procedures updated

As part of the U3APP Strategic Plan, the U3APP Policies & Procedures manual has been updated to include 4.8 Environmental Policy.

To view the updated manual, click here.

. Awash With Colour – Art Show

The U3APP Art Show invites you to its Opening Night on Friday 23 August from 7pm - 9pm, at the South Melbourne Community Centre, corner Ferrars Place & Park St.  The show features the work of more than twenty artists including watercolour, mixed media and drawings.  Wine and cheese will be served and works will be available for purchase (cash or card).

You can view the flyer for this event by clicking here

. Farewell Colin Jones

Farewell Colin Jones - compiled by Diane Boyle from comments by Colin's class members, and with thanks to Mac for his photo of Colin

Colin led the Tales of the Sea course for over 10 years at U3APP.  His topics were wide-ranging from naval battles in every sea over the centuries, to histories of the Victorian Navy, ship construction, exploration of Australia by sea, even a series of talks about the Hornblower books.  His extraordinary knowledge also gave us talks on the Melbourne cable cars and blimps.  His talks were full of interest as he was a good story-teller and had a twinkling sense of humour.  His passion for history and for ships shone through.  He brought to class many an interesting book, including several of the over seven books he wrote, and vast numbers of pictures of ships and maps.  He loved songs such as sea shanties and Gilbert & Sullivan, parts of which he would sing to us from time to time.

Many of his class members returned year after year to listen to the fabulous tales Colin had to tell.  He had an encyclopaedic mind filled with anecdotes that kept the class of Tales of the Sea enthralled.

A celebration of his life was held at the Albert Park Yachting and Angling Club at which his wife Robyn read an obituary which Colin had written for himself prior to his death.

Tales of the Sea class - written by Jill Hearman

When I was on duty in the office I always looked forward to Colin’s visits on Thursday afternoons when he came in to run his class. He was always so cheery and obviously enjoyed passing on his vast knowledge about ships and the sea.

I admired him enormously for continuing to teach despite his ongoing cancer treatments.

We have lost a born teacher and a delightful man in Colin Jones.


. VALE Ian Spalding

VALE Ian Spalding

Ian Spalding, U3APP member, died peacefully on the morning of 7 April 2019.  Ian was married to Barbara, who was the U3APP Office Coordinator for many years.

Ian came to Melbourne from rural Victoria, where his father had a Stock & Station Agency.  Ian graduated as a teacher and taught in Melbourne schools until he met Barbara and they married.

Ian’s second career was in International Aid & Community Development.  He also had a lifelong commitment to Australia’s First Peoples and travelled to many indigenous communities where long lasting friendships were built.

In retirement, Ian and Barbara joined U3APP where their combined contribution was significant.

Gentle, courteous, and always supportive, Ian was a loving husband to Barbara and loving father to Rebecca, Harriet, and Ellen.  As a loyal, and staunch friend, Ian will be sadly missed by so many.

José Simsa