2019 Courses

We offer courses and activities in a wide range of interesting areas (see below). To enrol in a course or activity, you must be a U3A Kyneton member. Many courses are free, however, some courses a small charge is required to cover the cost of materials and/or expenses.

How to enrol in a course or activity

Enrolling online

Existing members can login here to enrol in courses.

If you are not a member, you will need to join before you can enrol.

Enrollment day

Enrollment day for 2019 is on Wednesday, January 16th between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM at the Kyneton Mechanics Institute, tea and coffee will be provided.  You can pay your membership fees for the year and enrol in courses if you are a returning member you will also be able to pick up you membership badge at the same time.

Semester dates

U3AKyneton semester dates for long & short courses, Friday@U3A meetings and POD’s

Semester 1:   29 January – 28 June 2019.

Semester 2:   15 July September – 20 December 2019.

Other courses operate throughout the year as determined by the group members.

Payment Details

Bank details for EFT/bank deposit:

BSB:                            633108, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited
Account Number:    127411064
Account Name:        U3A Kyneton
Reference: Include your name or membership number and course number in the payment reference details.

Disclaimer

The views, information, or opinions expressed by U3A Kyneton presenters are solely interpretations of individuals and do not necessarily represent information or opinions of U3A Kyneton and its members.  The following courses are proposed for 2019 but are subject to change.

Courses

Courses are divided into the following categories:

The Mind

Computer

Exercise

Entertainment

Language

Outdoor

Social

The Mind

1902: The Book Circle                 Type: Long Course

Dates: 07/02/2019 – 07/11/2019         Frequency: 2nd Thursday each month,  Thu 13:30 – 14:30

Location: Anglicare                     Tutor: Lydia Taylor

Our group engages in lively debate about the chosen book and any issues it raises. Books are chosen by the group in advance and discussion is usually led by the member who nominated the book.

Contact Lydia 0418 393 308.

1906: Current Affairs                   Type: Long Course

Dates: 13/02/2019 – 13/11/2019  Frequency: 2nd Wednesday 10.00 11:30 & 4th Wednesday 14:00 – 15:30.

Location: Kyneton Bowling Club           Tutor: David Wauchope

On the second Wednesday of the month, we have a general discussion about world events, while on the fourth Wednesday a member leads a discussion on a topic of their interest.

Contact David 5422 1656.

1910: Life Saving Poetry             Type: Long Course

Dates: 11/02/2019 – 11/11/2019   Frequency: Second Monday of the Month,  Mon 10:30 – 11:30

Location: Private Home            Tutor: Robert Rouse

Poetry is magic, and we have a magic program for 2019. All you need is a lively curiosity to be able to enjoy a poetry slam for World Poetry Day, or a discussion on topics as diverse as Rap, Australian women poets or even Omar Khayyam. You’ll have to join to find out more. Times are the same, venue the same. New members are welcome but spaces are limited.

Entry by gold coin donation.

1912: Mah Jong                            Type: Long Course

Dates: 22/01/2019 – 10/12/2019   Frequency: Weekly Course,  Tue 13:00 – 16:00

Location: Kyneton Croquet Club            Tutor: Ruth Gallpen

Kyneton U3A Mah Jong is open to anyone wishing to play the game, in a friendly and fun environment. For those who already know how to play the game. For those who don’t, we are offering this year a beginner’s Mah Jong course, course number 1916.

1913: In Search of Real Music    Type: Long Course

Dates: 04/02/2019 – 02/12/2019    Frequency: 1st Monday of the month ,  Mon 14:00 – 16:00

Location: Private Home                   Tutor: Len Baker

Based on the book “In Search of Real Music”, a scholarly work by music-lover and our friend Clive Bate, we will explore classical music from 1500’s to today.  Each month we will progress through time playing compositions of the leading composers of each period and provide brief summaries of Clive’s profiles.

Gold coin donation each session. Interest in Classical Music.  Contact Len or Leigh 5422 7094

1914: Singing                                Type: Long Course

Dates: 11/02/2019 – 25/11/2019  Frequency: 2nd and 4th Mondays,  Mon 13:30 – 15:00

Location: R M Begg Centre         Tutor: Jenny Shaw

If you like to share the joy of singing with the Kyneton U3A Singers. Previous experience and ability to read music is not necessary. No auditions.

Contact Jenny 5427 2423

1916: Mah Jong Introduction     Type: Short Course

Dates: 22/01/2019 – 19/03/2019   Frequency: Weekly Course,  Tue 13:00 – 14:00

Location: Kyneton Croquet Club            Tutor: Ruth Gallpen

Kyneton U3A introduction to Mah Jong is open to anyone wishing to learn to play the game, in a friendly and fun environment. On completion of the course, you may wish to join course 1912 Mah Jong.

1928: American Government & Politics Type: Long Course

Dates: 01/02/2019 – 07/06/2019        Frequency: 1st Friday of the month,  Fri 10:00 – 11:30

Location: KCLC Large Meeting Room    Tutor: Paul Reid

An ongoing look at how the US political system works A new topic will be discussed each month.

Contact Paul 5422 2429.

1943: Drawing with Pen and Ink              Type: Short Course

Dates: 18/03/2019 – 15/04/2019   Frequency: Weekly Course,  Mon 13:30 – 15:00

Location: KCLC Large Meeting Room      Tutor: Lyn McMurdie

This course will cover techniques for drawing with pen & ink. It will cover representational and caricature styles, using a variety of methods. Bring along paper (eg A4 pad), pencils, a fineliner pen, (and watercolour pencils and/or inks if you have them). Coloured pencils or pastels if you like.

Contact Lyn.

1952: New and Emerging Regional Wines       Type: Short Course

Dates: 07/03/2019 – 28/03/2019   Frequency: Weekly Course,  Thu 19:30 – 20:30

Location: Kyneton RSL Meeting Room Tutor: Scott Banks

There is so much more to wine than those classic varieties we have all grown to love. Where Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Shiraz were grown in abundance, the emergence of Mediterranean varieties such as Tempranillo, Sangiovese and Primitive are proving to be winners in various regions within Australia, particularly as some cooler climate regions begin to warm as a response to global warming. This course will examine emerging varieties within the Australian market, from whites such as Arneis, Albarino and Vermentino to reds like Tempranillo, Sangiovese and Montepulciano. We’ll also spend time covering off emerging trends such as Biodynamic viticulture, the emergence of orange wines and natural wines. These all employ very traditional winemaking approaches yet are very much on-trend in the more conservative Australian winemaking culture. 1) Emerging White Varieties 2) Emerging Red Varieties 3) Winemaking input, or lack of, in popular styles 4) Natural/Zero Sulphur Wines. – The good, the bad and the ugly Scotty Banks is the local font of wisdom and knowledge on all things wine. His local business (Banks Fine Wines) has developed from his extensive experience, his accumulated knowledge and his unabashed enthusiasm. This course was a sellout last year and we expect a similar response this year so you will need to enrol and pay the course fee early to ensure your place.

Contact Scott.

1960: French Revolution & the impact to Juda                                                       Type: Short Course

Dates: 27/02/2019 – 13/03/2019   Frequency: Weekly Course,  Wed 10:00 – 12:00

Location: KCLC Large Meeting Room   Tutor: Keith Hallett

After reading Schama’s study, I felt there was an opportunity to explore the theme of the book in 3 discussions: Judaism in the old regime; the hopes of the revolution, and the Napoleonic aftermath.  This will be a fascinating look at what took place after the French revolution from a Jewish perspective.

Contact Keith on 54283898 or 0450326784.

Computer

1905: Computer Workshop         Type: Long Course

Dates: 06/02/2019 – 20/11/2019   Frequency: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays,  Wed 14:30 – 16:00

Location: Private Home                   Tutor: Len Baker

Bring along your laptop, tablet, iPad or Android device and any other portable gadgets for ‘hands-on problem-solving.

Gold coin entry. Contact Len 5422 7094.

1931: UMAS Made Easy              Type: Short Course

Dates: 07/02/2019 – 28/11/2019           Frequency: As Required,  Thu 14:00 – 16:00

Location: KCLC Large Meeting Room   Tutor: John Taubman

The U-MAS system is a web-based database that manages Kyneton U3A membership and course enrolments, the system was introduced in January 2018.  The database is very powerful but to utilise its full potential members need to understand how it works and the features available.  This 2 hour course will explain how to access the system, enrol in courses and many other features of the system.  John and Veronica Taubman are the two U-MAS system administrators.  For more information contact info@u3skyneton.org.au.

The course is run on an ‘as required’ basis.  If you have a portable device please bring it along. Donation of $2.00 requested.

1932: UMAS for Tutors               Type: Short Course

Dates: 24/01/2019 – 28/11/2019           Frequency: As Required,  Thu 14:00 – 16:00

Location: KCLC Large Meeting Room   Tutor: John Taubman

The UMAS system is a web-based database that manages Kyneton U3A membership and course enrolments, the system was introduced in Kyneton in January 2018.  This course is primarily aimed at tutors but is also suitable for anyone with administrator level access which gives greater control over the data and allows access to members sensitive information. There are several levels of access.  This course qualifies members to be granted higher levels of system access and potential candidates include committee members, system administrators and tutors.

If you have a portable device please bring it along. This course is only available to members that require a higher level of access above Tier Zero.  For further information contact the System Administrator at info@U3Akyneton.org.au.  This course is also run on an ‘as required’ and also as a ‘one on one’ basis.

Exercise

1907: Dancercise                         Type: Long Course

Dates: 14/02/2019 – 27/06/2019   Frequency: Weekly Course,  Thu 10:30 – 11:30

Location: Kyneton Football Club       Tutor: Graeme Midgley

An exercise-dance group designed especially for the 55+. Set to music to increase the blood flow and increase the level of interest and so stop exercise from being so boring. Gold coin entry. Throughout 1st semester, with school holiday breaks.

Led by qualified physical education teacher Graeme Midgely 0407 845 479.

1917: Table Tennis                       Type: Long Course

Dates: 06/02/2019 – 27/11/2019   Frequency: Weekly Course,  Wed 16:30 – 17:30

Location: Sports and Aquatic Centre      Tutor: Pam Galbraith

Anyone can come along to try it out – a gentle exchange of the balls across the net is also very acceptable – particularly if your fitness level isn’t up to anything more strenuous. Paddles and balls are provided and it’s good sociable fun. Wednesdays during the term from 16:30 to 17:30.

Payment of $3.00 to $4.00 per session is required depending on numbers attending. Contact Pam 5422 3245.

1918: Tai Chi                                 Type: Long Course

Dates: 05/02/2019 – 26/11/2019   Frequency: Weekly Course,  Tue 15:30 – 16:30

Location: Uniting Church Hall       Tutor: Jan McIver

The sequences have been developed by Dr. Paul Lam, a Sydney GP, who has been practising Tai Chi for many years. Tai Chi is particularly useful for those with health problems such as arthritis, diabetes and osteoporosis. Tuesdays during Term, with beginner sessions running concurrently during Term 1. Cost is $3 per session payable to Tutor. Led by Jan 5422 3828

The First Term classes conclude on Tuesday, 26th March. The Second Term classes will commence on Tuesday, 16th April and conclude on Tuesday, 25th June. The Third Term classes will commence on Tuesday, 16th July and conclude on Tuesday, 17th September. The Fourth Term classes will commence on Tuesday, 8th October and conclude on Tuesday, 26th November. Dates need to be checked

1919: Tai Chi Introduction          Type: Short Course

Dates: 06/02/2019 – 27/02/2019 Frequency: Weekly,  Wed 15:30 – 16:30

Location: Uniting Church Hall       Tutor: Jan McIver

The sequences have been developed by Dr. Paul Lam, a Sydney GP, who has been practising Tai Chi for many years. Tai Chi is particularly useful for those with health problems such as arthritis, diabetes and osteoporosis. This introduction to Tai Chi will run over 4 weeks 3 times per week and will enable the participant to have a complete understanding of the techniques before joining the advanced group. It is also an opportunity to determine if the course is suitable for you. Cost is $3 per session payable to Tutor.

Led by Jan 5422 3828

1927: Golf Croquet                      Type: Short Course

Dates: 04/03/2019 – 25/03/2019   Frequency: Weekly Course,  Mon 10:30 – 11:30

Location: Kyneton Croquet Club           Tutor: David Wauchope

This is a practically-oriented introduction to Golf Croquet that will cover a brief history of the game; the rules of the game; scoring; the objectives as part of the theoretical aspects before being sized up with a mallet (supplied) and introduced to the green and the layout of the course. How to work the green and hoops to your advantage, gameplay and technique, anticipating your opponent and playing to win.

The course is run entirely by U3A members in association with the KCC. Contact Ruth 0422 125 622.

Entertainment

1949: Arthouse Films                  Type: Long Course

Dates: 14/02/2019 – 14/11/2019         Frequency: 2nd Thursday each month,  Thu 13:00 – 16:00

Location: KCLC Large Meeting Room   Tutor: Peter Johnson

Film-maker, Peter Tammer, has a wonderful collection of films which he is willing to share with us. His collection includes both commercially released films and arthouse films from many countries, from the earliest days of cinema up to movies released in recent years. French, Italian, German, American and English directors will be presented. A discussion will follow each showing.

1950: Film Appreciation              Type: Long Course

Dates: 28/02/2019 – 28/11/2019     Frequency: 4th Thursday each month,  Thu 13:00 – 16:00

Location: KCLC Large Meeting Room   Tutor: Peter Johnson

This course will screen the great movies of our time, both classical and modern to be enjoyed For you movie buffs there are many hundreds of movies at our disposal for our viewing pleasure.

A brief discussion of the movies to be held after the screening. List of movies to be screened will be published in Wotzon weekly. Contact Peter.

Language

1954: Italian – Beginner               Type: Short Course

Dates: 11/02/2019 – 25/11/2019   Frequency: Weekly Course,  Mon 14:30 – 15:30

Location: KCLC Large Meeting Room   Tutor: John Denton

This course is designed to introduce the member to the basics of the Italian language and of course Italian culture. Starting with the basics and working through the vagaries of the spoken language at a lever very much determined by the group itself. also an introduction to basic grammar.

Contact John 5423 5205

1956: Basic French                      Type: Long Course

Dates: 22/01/2019 – 25/11/2019   Frequency: Weekly Course,  Tue 10:30 – 11:30

Location: Anglicare               Tutor: Simone Graham

A new course for absolute beginners. Additional cost for prescribed text is approximately $30 and is available from the bookshop in Kyneton.

Contact Simone 0411 444 449.

1957: Intermediate French          Type: Long Course

Dates: 21/01/2019 – 25/11/2019   Frequency: Weekly Course,  Mon 10:30 – 11:30

Location: Kaddy’s Cafe        Tutor: Simone Graham

A program to continue development of French language learnt in Basic French in 2018. There will be an additional cost to purchase a prescribed language text for new members which is approximately $30 and available from the Kyneton bookshop (not necessary for previous members).

Members to also pay $3.00 per session. Contact Simone 0411 444 449.

1958: Advanced French              Type: Long Course

Dates: 23/01/2019 – 27/11/2019   Frequency: Weekly Course,  Wed 10:30 – 11:30

Location: Grist Bakery 18 Piper Street          Tutor: Simone Graham

Advanced French language group. Members discuss the language, grammar and nuances of French.

Contact Simone 0411 444 449.

Outdoor

1901: Bird Observers                  Type: Long Course

Dates: 21/02/2019 – 21/11/2019          Frequency: 3rd Thursday of Month,  Thu 9:00 – 12:30

Location: Cnr Mollison Pohlman Streets        Tutor: Tony Mew

Come along and learn about the many beautiful species of native birds we have in our area, within half an hour’s drive of Kyneton. This group is a great opportunity to learn about local birds and visit some beautiful, out of the way places in the area.  Beginners to experienced bird watchers welcome. A contribution towards petrol costs when car-pooling is used.

Outdoor activity, please dress for the expected conditions. Contact Tony 0419 319 253.

1924: Thinking About Gardens  Type: Short Course

Dates: 20/02/2019 – 27/03/2019   Frequency: Weekly Course,  Wed 14:30 – 15:30

Location: KCLC Large Meeting Room   Tutor: Peter May

Gardening in the Macedon Ranges is not without its challenges (but isn’t that why we do it?). Making your garden more sustainable. This course will look at how gardeners can better understand the environment in which they garden and how they can reduce the environmental impact of their gardening practice This course of 6 one hour sessions is based on practical experiences as a gardener in the area.

Contact Peter 5422 2333.

1959: Bicycle Riding Group        Type: Long Course

Dates: 21/02/2019 – 21/11/2019   Frequency: Weekly Course,  Thu 10:00 – 12:00

Location: Various Locations    Tutor: Robert Rouse

Conducted weekly on a Thursday, each week will be a different ride and of course, weather dependent. The tutor will advise meeting location and ride details in advance.

Social

1903: Coffee@Kaddy’s                Type: Long Course

Dates: 16/01/2019 – 11/12/2019   Frequency: Weekly Course,  Wed 10:30 – 12:00

Location: Kaddy’s Cafe                Tutor: Leigh Baker

This is an informal group meeting in the centre of Kyneton. Just turn up and ask one of the staff to be directed to the Kyneton U3A table.

1911: Lunch Club                         Type: Long Course

Dates: 07/02/2019 – 05/12/2019     Frequency: 1st Thursday of the month ,  Thu 12:00 – 14:00

Location: Various Locations       Tutor: Leigh Baker

Group members rotate the selection of restaurants or cafes with good quality, interesting food at a reasonable price.

Contact is Leigh 5422 7094.

1920: Friday@U3A                       Type: Long Course

Dates: 01/02/2019 – 29/11/2019   Frequency: Weekly Course,  Fri 14:00 – 15:30

Location: KCLC Large Meeting Room    Tutor: Alan Moor

This is one of our activities which is open to the public ‘Bring a friend and tell others about it’. Guest Speakers present a wide variety of topics or join in the afternoon’s planned activity. Located in the ‘portable’ at the rear of the Kyneton Community & Learning Centre (down the driveway to rear 34 Mollison Street Kyneton). Semester One, 1 February to 28 June 2019. Semester Two, 15 July to 29 November 2019.

Gold coin donation.

1951: Men’s Kitchen                    Type: Short Course

Dates: 13/02/2019 – 12/06/2019 Frequency: Monthly,  Wed 10:00 – 13:00

Location: Glenlyon CFA                  Tutor: Alan Moor

This course is in partnership with Dalesford/Hepburn U3A. Sessions will be held in Glenlyon at the CFA Fire Station and each will feature a different cuisine. Chef Robert Wooler will guide members through all aspects of preparation and cooking. Members will then partake of a delicious lunch. The joining fee will be $50.00 payable when you register, then a fee of $10.00 per each session that you attend.

Please advise of any food allergies. Contact Alan 5422 2351.

Courses last updated 11th December 2018