Kentish U3A

Learning for Leisure and Pleasure


Based in Northern Tasmania

Welcome to Kentish U3A Homepage

Come along and enjoy learning


Kentish U3A is a community run, self-help organisation, offering the sharing of knowledge among people for the over 50’s, especially those in their retirement or semi-retirement years.  It is all run on a voluntary basis in small groups, in local venues such as schools, church halls, cafes, community rooms or halls.

The U3A movement
promotes and supports lifelong learning using the skills of its members.

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 2017 Saturday Morning Seminars

 10am – 12 noon

Where – Uniting Church Hall Sheffield

                 Main Street. 


Saturday 26th August 2017    

Norma Jamieson                         talking on Euthanasia

Norma Mary Jamieson was an independent member of the Tasmanian Legislative Council in the electoral division of Mersey from 2003 until 2009. Norma worked as a nurse. Norma is a widow with two children.

Saturday 30th September         

Frank Magupa                              talking on the Eye Health Service in Dodoma Tanzania. 

Frank Magupa is the President of the Tanzania Optomistrist Association and he is passionate about saving eyesight in Tanzania.  He speaks around the world about his project in Dodoma.



If you would like to join us for a share lunch please bring along a plate and join us.

U3A members, friends and relatives are welcome.  Gold coin donation if you are not a member of U3A.   No need to book in — just arrive on the morning.

We are hoping that these Seminars will be a popular addition to our usual range of classes.

Another option for your lifelong learning.


This Free online Course is not a U3A one – it is conducted through the University of
Tasmania and it is a 9 week course on Understanding Dementia.  Since 2013, over 90,000
people have enrolled in the course from more than 170 countries.

Enrollments are open until 18th August 2017 and it appears to be run at least once a year.

This is the link to the website.




Kentish U3A Power Point Presentation 






Semester 2 is well underway. Thank you to all those who came to our Semester 2 Sign –Up Day on
Saturday July 8th, especially to the tutors. We have several new courses and there are several changes to
groups which are listed below. There are also suggestions to start a small engine maintenance,
scrapbooking and botanical art groups. Please let me know if you would like to join these groups or have
suggestions for others
Please note that a few of our courses will ask for a $2 donation towards the cost of the venue hire.

Tai Chi [beginner] Leader: Sue Crowley 10 – 11am Sheffield Uniting Church Hall
Bucket List Cooking [Fortnightly] Leader: Kim Johnson 10 am – 12 Uniting Church Supper Room
Current Events Leaders: Margaret McLachlan 10 – 11am Blacksmith Cafe
UFO Sewing Group (Unfinished Objects) Leader: Cheryl Gurnhill 1.00 – 4 pm Sheffield Uniting Church Hall

Public Speaking Leader: Lynne Ellis 10.00 – 11.00 Sheffield Uniting Church
Weigh- Me/Jazzercise Leader: Lynne Ellis 11.00 – 12.00 Sheffield Uniting Church
Beginner Guitar NO VACANCIES
Leader: Michael Reilly Sheffield Gallery Hall
Advanced 10.00 – 11.00 am Beginners 11.00 am– 12.00
Public Speaking Leader: Lynne Ellis 10.00 – 11.30 am Sheffield Uniting Church
Table Tennis Leader: Graham Verrall 1 – 3pm at the Sheffield Uniting Church

Walking for Leisure [Fortnightly] Leader: Margaret McLachlan. Meet 9am in the Don Store Carpark
Creative Writing/ Poetry Leader: Dian Kennedy 10 – 12 pm at the Sheffield Uniting Church
Improve your Art Skills Leader: Patricia Kirckaldy 11 am – 3 pm Roland Art Gallery
Geology, Rocks and Minerals [Fortnightly] Leaders: 1 – 3pm meet at the Sheffield Uniting Church
Cryptic Crosswords Leader: Margaret Hughes 2pm, 2 Roland Court, Sheffield.
Tai Chi (Railton) Leader: Sue Crowley 4 – 5 pm Kings Hall, Railton

Balance and Bones [beginner] Leader: Narelle Newton 9.00 – 10 am Kentish Health Centre
Gardening Sheffield Leader: Leoni Read 9.30 – 12 Meet at Blacksmith Cafe
Kentish Local History [Fortnightly] Leader: Barbara Wells 10 am – 12 at the Kentish Museum
Coffee & Book Club [monthly, last Thurs] Leader: Jenni Ashford 4 – 5 pm at the Sheffield Library, Henry St

Balance and Bones (Advanced) Leader: Narelle Newton 9.00 – 10.00 am Kentish Health Centre
Tai Chi (Advanced) Leader: Sue Crowley 10 – 11 am Sheffield Uniting Church

NO VACANCIES [Fortnightly]
Café French /German in the Fudge Café
Leader: Robyn Kelly 10 – 11am

Most groups have vacancies. If you would like to join, contact Leoni Read 0429 705 062 /64 911 632
Don’t forget if you are over 50, it’s important to keep your mind and body active.



Membership fee for 2017 remains the same as for 2016 – $30 for as many classes as you would like to join.     Membership forms can be printed off the website – Kentish U3A-membership form

We will be requesting that all members complete the new membership form.  It has changed since the 2016 enrollments.    You will also need to show your receipt when you attend your first classes.  


Committee Meetings – you are most welcome to attend a Committee Meeting at any time.  Please contact Jill on Mob 0448 631 922  to find out the time of the next meeting.




2017   Grant from Social Services

We were successful in our bid for a grant from Department of Social Services.  The grant was announced at the beginning of May and the money is allocated to purchasing gardening tools for the Living Murals group conducted by Leoni Read.


 2016   GRANT


We were successful in our application for a Grant from the Kentish Council. 

We applied for funding to assist in the establishment of portable classrooms so that U3A classes can be conducted across all of Kentish as required.   Our request for $1770 was successful and we would like to thank the Council for their generous support of Kentish U3A. 

The grant money has been received and an order is being placed for the Data projector and other items which will help to make our classes portable when necessary.


 Course Informatio

If you would like to know more about our courses please see   Course Descriptions — still under construction

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