Welcome to our members newsletter for April 2024. It’s a great place to catch up on what’s happening in our organisation and around Healesville.


From the president

Term 1 has drawn to a close and it’s been productive on a number of fronts.

On Wednesday 27 March, I represented U3A Healesville at the Upper Yarra and Valley Services Network meeting to discuss current social issues with representatives from Eastern Health, CIRE, Badger Creek Men’s Shed, Healesville Police, Yarra Valley Living Centre and Anchor, amongst others. It provided insights into our wider community which will help us respond more effectively to the needs of our own community.

On the home front, all courses began strongly with energy and enthusiasm coming from our course leaders - especially some of our new courses. One of our strengths has been the willingness of members to offer ideas for new courses and for that to translate into action.

Our new look newsletter has received many positive comments relating to its accessibility and colourful format.

We also created a Facebook page which is another way of communicating with members and our wider community. It has been well received with 69 followers to date.

Finally, we are working at developing relationships with a number of organisations in Healesville that we hope will increase our reach and ability to offer better services to our community. Our membership has now exceeded last year’s total with 319 members as of the end of the term, which is a wonderful reflection on our community.

John Pascoe


Committee update

After 6 years as Course Coordinator, George Doig has decided to take time out and focus on his own pursuits such as Cryptic Crosswords and A Trip to the Movies. George has been a very easy-going and effective Course Coordinator who has always had the interests of our members at heart. It’s not an easy job juggling and timetabling such a wide range of courses with the number of potential locations on offer through U3A Healesville. We are extremely grateful to George for the work he has done in achieving this. Two of our committee members, Lucia Messina and Phill Hipwell, have agreed to take on the role from the start of Term 2.


Out and about

  • Connecting Community Festival
    The Uke Believers entertained the crowd at this one-day festival held on Sunday 10 March at The Memo. Performing in the foyer, the group played for over an hour, adding energy and atmosphere to the event. It was a great way to be part of the community and showcase our U3A Healesville talent.

  • Toe tapping good time
    And the Line Dancing group had the audience tapping along to their dance routines at the same festival. So much fun!


  • Stop and smell the roses
    Or crepe myrtle. It was a sensory delight for Jane and other members of the Garden Lovers group who visited Marlene Williams’ house in Healesville on Wednesday 20 March.


  • Harmonious to a T
    Healesville Community Choir was invited to perform at Estia Health Yarra Valley on Tuesday 26 March. It was a fabulous day: big turn out, warm welcome and an invitation to stay for high tea. Lots of love in the room.


  • Pedalling along

    The Bike Riding group rode through the Cheviot tunnel on their excursion from Yea to Molesworth and back on Thursday 21 March. This was followed, as always, with a well-deserved visit to a local café.


  • Sticking together
    Working on individual projects, comparing notes and enjoying each others’ company keep the Arts & Crafts group connected each week.


  • Going bush
    The March bushwalk was on the Tanglefoot North Loop incorporating Myrtle Gully, which is just behind Mt St Leonard. It was a beautiful walk with a few scrambles over fallen tree trunks. Luckily no leeches for the Bushwalking group!


For your diary

  • Court House painting: Both rooms of the Court House will be getting a new coat of paint during the Easter/school holidays so it will not be open for informal classes or activities.


  • Healesville Homegrown Food Fair: Sunday 7 April, 11am-1pm at Healesville Community Garden. This free community event celebrates home gardening, local food production and our environment. It includes gardening demos, activities, stalls and free pizza!


  • Community Voices in the Park: Sunday 7 April, 12-3pm in Coronation Park. This is a free music event for amateur performers. Many of U3A Healesville’s musicians will perform on the day. The event is family and dog friendly.


  • Term dates: Term 2 starts on Monday 15 April and finishes on 28 June.


  • Arvo Tea: Our first for the year, will be held on Thursday 18 April, Senior Citizens Hall, Healesville.


  • U3A Healesville Annual Winter Dance: Will be held on Friday 3 May at Yarra Glen Hall. We’re thrilled that Tony Rebeiro and the Bureau will perform again at our ‘gala’ event. This versatile band, with music from the ’40s and ’50s, is a crowd favourite. Mal Day will organise a few dance routines while the band is taking breaks. It’s a BYO food and drink event. Best to book a table of 6-8 people by contacting Bec Doig ( or Barb Woods ( directly. It’s guaranteed to be a fun night!  



  • Covid is still around. We care for everyone’s health and wellbeing, so please stay away from class if you are unwell and also let your course leader know if you can’t attend class.

  • Please wear your name badge to your class/activities


Stay connected

Please let us know of events, activities, highlights and news about your courses that we can share with members. We love people stories! Our roving reporters are happy to chat with you. U3A Healesville is all about people, and we are here to support you.


Phone: 0490 917 975


Facebook: u3ahealesville

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We thank Ken Fewster, Healesville Senior Citizens Club and

Yarra Ranges Council for their ongoing support.


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