Newsletter Nr 37


Demystifying Permaculture with Rebecca Chettleburgh

Rebecca Chettleburgh, Permaculture Teacher at the Riverina College of TAFE, Thurgoona, will bespeaking to us at the Coffee Morning  on1st July.

She will explain permaculture for those of us who have never heard of it as well as further enlightening the gardeners among us.

Rebecca will give us some history and explain how permaculture can be applied in a home garden situation.


Coffee Morning

Bright Art Gallery

Friday1st July @10a.m.


Pleaseremember to wear your name label

Sunday Lunch for Term 3

Barbara Ridley is doing it again. Please sign up at the Coffee Morning.

Sunday Lunch – on Sunday, 31st July at Buffalo Hotel, Myrtleford.

Time: 11.45 for car pooling at carpark near Seniors’ Centre or meet shortly after 12 at the hotel.

Roast lunch in a cosy room with open fire.

Is there anyone out there who could convene a Chess group?

Recently, a few people havementioned that they would enjoy playing chess to liven up these chilly winter days.

Quite a few of us have played itat some time in our lives, and although we may be a bit rusty, it wouldn’t take long to brush up on the skills.

If you would be prepared toassist in getting a Chess group going, please let us know. Record your name onthe list at the Coffee Morning if you would like to play.

Vale Anna Fletcher

Anna passed away recently.

She will be fondly remembered by friends within U3A and in the wider community for her wisdom, style, sense of fun and her ability to connect with people.

Calling Bonsai group members

Barbara Ridley has agreed to convene the group as a self-help group now that the expert, Allan, has left the district.

Barbara (5755 1272) would like to know whether people would like to share in the purchase of bonsai potting medium.

Ring her or talk to her at the Coffee Morning.

Anyone for Genetics?

Sandra More is offering a fun and practical course in simple genetics.

Sign up at the Coffee Morning if interested.

 ‘Blokes’back in Business!

Phil Staff came forward at ourlast Coffee Morning and offered to convene Blokes’ Business.

Although Phil has been away with wife Geri visiting family in Canada, the Blokes have been meeting for coffee and a chat on the first and third Mondays of each month around 10 o’clock at Riverdeck Café. Philip Fox has been acting as the convener of the group in Phil’s absence.

The numbers of ‘Blokes’ attending meetings show that this is a valued activity. Thanks, Philip and Phil!

Pole Walking has a change of convener

Cathy Eldred has taken overconvening the group to give a very busy Robyn Kennedy a break.

Some members of the Pole Walking group joined the Bright United Men’s Shed in a ‘Come and Try Day’ that MaureenRyland of Alpine Health organised as part of Men’s Health Week.

Bushwalking at Cape Otway

At the end of May, eighteen ofour Bush walking Group members travelled to Cape Otway to traverse parts of theGreat Ocean Walk.

We stayed for six nights at BimbiPark, a well-established camping ground about two km inland from the famouslighthouse.

The first morning’s walk did notseem auspicious, with wind and rain to send us on our way from Apollo Bay.However, about midday it cleared and the rest of the week was cool andgenerally mild.

Seven members completed all of theplanned walks, which amounted to over 50km of the Great Ocean Walk. The routeswere along the coast with occasional detours inland. They provided a variety ofterrain – sand, surf and rocks plus steps, hills, and mud. Our coordinator, RobDuncan, shared his vast geological knowledge with us as we went.

Allison Clark and several other driversprovided shuttle transport for drop-offs and pickups each day, which was verymuch appreciated. Pat Morrissey did great work as our unofficialphotographer.  The history of the area –stories of isolation and shipwrecks in the nineteenth century – is impressive.

A tour of the lighthouse and oldtelegraph station was considered well worthwhile. Koala spotting was an ongoingpastime and there were plenty to be seen.

On the last day we visited forest areasincluding the Otway Fly –a 600 metre long ‘treetop walk’ 25 metres above theground, an atmospheric Californian Redwood plantation planted in 1938 andTriplet Falls.

On our last night together ourhosts provided a three-course meal and we celebrated our holiday with jokes andgood cheer.

Ann Briggs

Le Francais

There will be no French class on the day of the CoffeeMorning, and there will be a break for the school holidays. Barrie invitesanyone around on the 15th to join him for coffee at the usual spot.


A note from the President

Greetings Members

Last term we were able torespond to a request for a session on buying and selling on the Internet. Ibelieve those who participated found it useful.

For third term we areoffering two new possibilities – a ‘hands-on’ course on Genetics and a Chessgroup (if someone or a couple of people will share convening.)

Winter can be miserable, butif you make the effort to become involved in activities it is much morebearable. Consider those mentioned above or others of the 24 activities thatare currently running.