Sapphire Coast U3A celebrates 21st

The University of the 3rd Age Sapphire Coast celebrated its 21st birthday recently with a high tea at Oaklands attended by 120 of its more than 500 members.

Many of the original members of what was known in 1997 as the Sapphire Leisure Community were present to be thanked for their initiative and commitment in getting what became known as U3A SC up and running.

In thanking them, and the many other volunteers who have kept the organization going and growing for those 21 years, President, Fleur Dwyer, talked about the contribution U3A makes to the wellbeing of seniors in the community.

“Our U3A is a strong community of people who help each other to stay mentally stimulated, and physically and socially active in their post-work years. And who have fun doing it,” she said.

The High Tea was evidence of the fun part. New members, flautist Lee Daynes and guitarist, Paul Daynes provided a beautiful musical background to the laughter and talk of friends, old and new, catching up. And guest speaker, Rosie Young, drawing on her book, ‘What the Rigger Saw’, kept the audience completely entertained with accounts of the highs and lows of U3A member, Reg Dew’s experience staging some of the biggest and most complex concerts held in Australia.

Happy Birthday was played by Fleur Dwyer, Jan Dobson and Joyce Luke on the recorder and Lee Daynes on the flute.

As U3A SC enters its 22nd year, its sizable membership and the 60 classes it runs concurrently each term, is testament to the hard work of all of its volunteers over the years, and to the commitment of the U3A community in the Bega Shire.

If anyone is interested in joining U3A SC you’ll find all the details you need on its website at