Newsletter May 2021

From the President
Dear Members
What a wonderful beginning to the new year as we met for the first time on 20th April and
enjoyed a feast and a get together with friends. We all love a good social gathering. I hope
you are participating in and enjoying the courses for this semester. Cooking for one or two was a
huge success with people already booking for the next course. ‘Cryptic crosswords’ is going gung-ho
with participants learning how to decipher crossword clues and challenge their thought processes.
‘Not so famous Australians’ brought out those hidden gems of talented people whom we never get
to hear of. ‘Snapshots of History’ was an amazing look at the Australian judicial system in relation to
big events over the last two centuries. A huge thank you goes to Barbara Thomas, Alison Lockhart,
Doddy Englert and Mary Hinchcliffe for their research, co-ordination, and presentation.
We are always looking for new ideas for courses to share with our fellow members to keep our
brains active and follow our motto of ‘Learning for Life’. Please contact the committee if you have
any ideas.
Your President Evelyn

From The Treasurer
It is planned to take a coach to see the Orange Theatre Company’s “Mamma Mia” on Saturday 23rd
October 2021 for the 2pm matinee session. I already have quite a number booked. It will cost $60.00
made up of coach fare $20.00 and Mamma Mia ticket $40.00. I am currently taking names of those
interested in attending. I will ask for payment once I have sufficient numbers to cover the cost of the
coach. Please ring 68511801 and leave a message if not answered or 0438205519 if you wish to have
your name added to the current list. A thank you to all who responded to the request to finalise
membership payment for 2021. Our current membership stands at 160.
Trevor.

150 +1 years Forbes Shire Council Celebration.
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic in 2020, Forbes Shire Council was unable to celebrate its 150th
anniversary since its inception. On Saturday May 8th the community was invited to celebrate in a
Gala, formal event in a marquee erected on Harold Street opposite the Town Hall, and what a grand
event it was with people encouraged to arrive in their best formal attire, sip champagne and eat
canapes from roving wait staff while being entertained with music and of course speeches. The
event was attended by Council Staff, ex Council Staff, Councillors and members of Government.
Most importantly, Forbes U3A was represented by 8 members who reportedly had a very enjoyable
night.

Future Fun
Still to come are the Taste of Forbes visits organised by Jane Gilmour and Mary Lou Kemp. These
bites of deliciousness begin on Wednesday May 26th at Isabel’s Place at 12 noon. Wednesday June
23rd sees us at the Commercial Hotel followed by Wednesday July 28th at the Sport and Rec Club
and Wednesday August 25th at the Golf Club. We meet at each venue at 12 midday. If you would
like to join the Taste of Forbes activity and haven’t already booked, please contact Mary Lou Kemp
on 0427 092 271.
Don’t forget to come along to our next general meeting on Tuesday June 15th to meet and hear
Melanie Suitor from the Parkes/Forbes/Lachlan Shire Councils. Melanie is the Road Safety and Injury
Prevention Officer. On Tuesday 20th July our general meeting will welcome John Zannes who will talk
about the Inland Rail. Our general meeting on Tuesday August 17th will see a presentation of
courses for the second semester 2021.

ONGOING ACTIVITIES
The U3A choir meet each Monday at 2pm at the Uniting Church Hall. With the final session for the
current block to finish on 21st June. Dates for following weeks will be advised at that time. Cards and
Scrabble every Thursday ongoing 10 am to 12 midday. Just turn up for fun and laughter.
The highlight of our year.
During New South Wales Seniors Festival 2021, Forbes U3A in conjunction with Forbes Shire Council
held the now annual variety Concert. The five acts provided a wide variety consisting of Organ recital
Maz Rees, vocalist Kimberley Ryan, Tall storyteller Laurie Norris, Violin with piano accompaniment
Joseph & Georgette Pereira and Senior singers led by Elaine Huckel. Owing to Covid-19 safe
distancing requirements two performances were held, morning and afternoon both followed by
refreshments. The Gold coin collection yielded $438.00 which was donated to Red Cross, Forbes
Branch. Mayor Phillis Miller OAM presented Wilma Hepburn with a cheque for $500.00 Forbes
Council having donated the balance.