Melville and Districts

The Melville & Districts Region conducts over twenty group learning activities for people aged over 55 at three venues in the Melville area. Our activities include discussion groups, cultural activities, language, music, writing, reading and games. Some groups meeting weekly and others once a month. 

There are NO exams with our groups – just involvement in learning new things, expanding horizons, sharing skills and experiences, making new friends, helping others to learn, accepting new challenges to show that age need be no barrier to learning or to helping others to learn and to enjoy.

The annual membership fee is $45 and a levy of $3 is charged for each group attendance to cover venue hire charges.

  • Melville LeisureFit, Corner Stock Road and Canning Highway. Entry off Stock Road
  • Kadidjiny Park Hall, 72 Kitchener Road Melville
  • Miller Bakehouse Museum Corner Baal and Hammad Streets Palmyra
  • Lisa O’Malley MLA office, 265 Canning Highway Palmyra

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Before attending a group for the first time, please contact the group leader to ensure there have been no changes to the meetng time and place. Unfortunately some groups are at capacity.

Activity
Scheduled
Time
Venue
Contact
Phone
Melville Lecture
3rd Friday
2:00 PM
Melville LeisureFit
James
0467 022 153
Beginners Italian
Every Friday
10:00 AM
Melville LeisureFit
Frank
0417 669 354
Current Affairs Forum
1st Wednesday
9:30 AM
Kadidjiny Park Hall
Ian
9329 9058
French Conversation
1st Thursday
9:30 AM
Miller Bake House
Helen B
0411 340 745
Games
4th Wednesday
9:00 AM
Kadidjiny Park Hall
Barbara
9364 4510
Gardening
4th Thursday
1:00 PM
Various
Tom
0484 199 330
Going to the Movies
1st Tuesday
About Noon
Luna SX Fremantle
James
0467 022 153
Happy Readers Book Club
4th Monday
1:30 PM
Miller Bake House
Margaret
0407 601 526
History
2nd Wednesday
9:30 AM
Kadidjiny Park Hall
Ian
9329 9058
Intermediate Italian
Every Friday
9:30 AM
Melville LeisureFit
Denise
0450 727 516
Italian Continuing (Basic Italian reqd)
Every Friday
11:45 AM
Melville Leisurefit
Frank
0417 669 354
Looking at Books
4th Monday
9:50 AM
Lisa O’Malley’s office
Karen
0427 191 751
Mahjong
Every Friday
8:45 AM
Kadidjiny Park Hall
Keith
0459 575 399
Mahjong
Every Tuesday
12:00 PM
Kadidjiny Park Hall
Barry
0418 906 860
Mens Coffee Club
4th Tuesday
10:30 AM
Dome, Garden City
Kesi
0459 575 399
Philosophy
2nd Monday
9:30 AM
Melville Leisurefit
Helen F
9315 4169
Poetry Appreciation
3rd Tuesday
1:30 PM
Miller Bake House
Pat
0409 993 924
Reading 21st Century Literature
2nd Tuesday
10:00 AM
Miller Bake House
Ann
9457 1879
Ukelele Group
Every Wednesday
12:30 PM
Kadidjiny Park Hall
Bill
0418 824 223
Womens Coffee Club
3rd Monday
10:30 AM
Jamacia Blue Garden City
Alice
93649511
World Events
3rd Wednesday
9:30 AM
Kadidjiny Park Hall
Robin
0481 283 023
Writing for Pleasure
4th Wednesday
9:30 AM
Miller Bake House
Tom
0484 199 330
Writing Life Stories
1st and 3rd Tuesday
9:30 AM
Miller Bake House
Pat
0409 993 924
Writing on Life
2nd Wednesday
9:30 AM
Miller Bake House
Tom
0484 199 330

Before attending a group for the first time, please contact the group leader to ensure there have been no changes to the meeting time and place. Unfortunately some groups are at capacity.

Melville LeisureFit third Friday of the month 2pm. February to November. Once a month I invite someone to speak on a topic that I think will be of interest to our members.  The list of speakers I have accrued are often experts in a particular field or people who are able to relate activities that I think will be of interest.  The title of the talk along with a short analysis is emailed to all members, a week before the event.  Most speakers illustrate their talk via a laptop connected to the screen.  Each speaker is asked to talk for around 40 minutes followed by questions from the audience.  After the talk concludes, everyone is invited to stay for afternoon tea and an opportunity to question the speaker further. Entry fee of $3. Members of the public welcome and this is your chance to find out more about U3A. For this months topic please email u3amelville@gmail.com.

Kadidjiny Hall every Wednesday.  Sessions start at 12.30pm for beginners and 1pm for experienced players, and finish at 3pm. We typically have a group of 20-25 and we play and sing songs from our three songbooks.  Occasionally we are invited to perform for various audiences.  We are a very friendly, welcoming group and we’re sure you would enjoy playing with us.

Millers Bakehouse 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month 9.15am for a 9.30am start. Sometimes a topic is chosen, and most members write on that, but it is not compulsory.  Written pieces are ideally 500-600 words.  Stories longer than that need to be presented in two or more episodes.   Members sit around a large table and read their piece in turn.  Usually there follows a short discussion with questions and personal experiences.  At the end of the reading session there is morning tea and socialising.  We are a very friendly group.  Fifteen members are the preferred maximum number.

Miller Bakehouse 4th Wednesday at 9.30am. Our Writing for Pleasure group meets at 9.30am fortnightly (check).  We each come prepared with a short article on the topic that has been suggested, or a topic of our own choosing.  A little discussion may follow each presentation.  After a brief break for a cuppa and chat, we regather, choose a topic, and write on it for about 20 minutes, then share what we have written, We are a warm friendly group who find pleasure in being together as well as in writing.

Miller Bakehouse 2nd Wednesday of each month at 9.30am. Writing on Life is a simple writing group, where each month we write around five to six hundred words and read our writings to the group.  Our writing centres around a single word not in common use, e.g. our January 2024 word was ‘pusillanimous,’ this may sound complex but seems to work.  There is no compulsion to use the word or write about the word, just a story around the word.  There is no critique of the work of others, but often robust discussion on topics in our stories.  We currently number around ten.

Miller Bakehouse at 10.00am on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Our small group of avid readers talk about their recent reads, leading to general discussions sometimes.   All categories of books are presented, including fiction, biography, history, self-help. etc, the only proviso we have is that the book was written this century.  We are always happy to welcome new members to our group.  Our meetings are usually lasting about two hours with a mid-break for morning tea.

Lisa O’Malley’s Meeting Room, Stammers Shopping Centre, Palmyra.  10:00 am on 4th Monday of the month. We each read the same book which we hire ($7 cost) and discuss the book at our meeting.  Currently, there are about 7 members of the group, but the excellent venue has the capacity for ten.

Miller Bakehouse on the 4th Monday of the month, 1pm-3pm. Currently eight members.  We read a book of our own choice, give a synopsis of the story – this frequently leads to a discussion on the topic – books are often swapped. 

Miller Bakehouse, on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 1pm. We are a group who enjoy reading poetry and researching the lives of poets.  We do not write poetry.  Each month we study a different poet, chosen by a member of the group who will then present the poet and his/her poetry to the group.  Members are encouraged to do some research of their own and bring along a poem of their choice, which they can read to the group.  We look at a wide range of poets from Chaucer to the modern-day poets and everyone in between.

Melville LeisureFit every Friday 10.00am – 11.30am. Some grammar is needed. In class: Reading, grammar, learning how to structure a sentence, some conversation and homework.  There are vacancies in the group.

Melville Leisure Fit every Venerdi 11.45 – 13.15. Sono necessari i tempi presente, passato e futuro.  In class:  Reading, grammar, learning how to structure a sentence, conversation, and homework. 

Melville LeisureFit every Friday morning from 9.30am – 11.30am. Members of this group have a reasonable understanding of Italian grammar and can carry out basic conversations in Italian.  Some homework is required as is a willingness to run the sessions occasionally.  We have 13 regular attendees so, for now, the group is closed.

Miller Bakehouse, first Thursday of each month 9.30am-11.30am. Run by native speakers, currently about 6 attendees.  This group will welcome anybody with some knowledge of French.  The aim is to help improve pronunciation and clear diction of French.  After an initial presentation (in French) each member reads his/her homework on a set theme in French), using bilingual translating tools.

Melville LeisureFit, second Monday of each month from 9.30am – 11.30 am. Concentrating mainly on History of Western Philosophy, our topics for this year will commence with “Philosophy of Mind, Brains, Consciousness of Mind and Body, Thinking Machines, and Critical Thinking.”   We have 23 members at present and are unable to accept any more but enquire if interested as vacancies may occur.

Kadidjiny Hall, 2nd Wednesday of the month, 9.30am to 11.30am. To avoid participants having to spend a lot of time researching, we have been using packaged lectures from “The Great Courses”.  Each lecture is about 30 minutes, and we watch two each session with some discussion and coffee break between them.  Currently we are nearly through “The Fall and Rise of China” and are up to near the end of the twentieth century.  A brief synopsis of the lectures is sent a few days before we meet allowing people to read further if they wish. It is likely that our next series will be “The Middle East in the 20th Century.” 

Kadidjiny Hall, on the third Wednesday of each month from 9.30am to 11.30 am. Attendance is generally around 18 to 20 people and assemble in a semi-circular format in the room.  A volunteer from the group presents a PowerPoint presentation from one of the listed topics of World Events or may choose a topic of his/her choice.  We are flexible in this regard to offer the opportunity to anyone who wishes to present a topic of choice or their experience.  Thus far, all volunteer presenters have come from our History and Current Affairs groups.  However members from other groups are welcome to present at a World Events session. 

Kadidjiny Hall 1st Wednesday of the month from 9.30am to 11.30am. We sit in a semi-circle, and, in turn, each attendee is invited to nominate a topic for discussion (not compulsory).  These are written on a whiteboard then discussed in turn with the person nominating the topic leading off with information from a newspaper article, online, etc.  There are usually around 20 members attending but there is no limit.

Luna Sx, Fremantle first Tuesday of the month time to be advised. The convenor chooses a film that appears to be of a type that would appeal to retirees.  He emails the title and starting time to members who have registered an interest in this group.  They meet at the theatre 15 minutes prior to the starting time and purchase their own ticket.  They go to Gino’s for afternoon tea after the movie.  No deep analysis of the movie but over a cup of coffee I may get the odd compliment about my choice of film!  A pleasant social occasion with U3A members.  If you wish to be added to my list, please email me your name and email address to U3amelville@gmail.com and it will be forwarded to the convenor.

Various venues 1pm-3pm 4th Thursday of the month. Our gardening group started July 2022 – a U3A Perth first – we meet in each other’s gardens monthly from late February to late November.  The meetings consist of a simple run around the table of what we’ve done in the garden in the last month.  This turns into a problem-solving/ problem-sharing hour.  We tour the host’s garden and most importantly have afternoon tea.  The group has almost reached its optimum membership level but with enough interest could ‘branch out’ – pun intended.  We meet on the fourth Thursday of the month at 1.00 pm, the venue is advised by email about a week before we meet – usually accompanied by some witty repartee.

Theatre visits are arranged to performances by local theatre groups and when these shows are available.  Visits are to a matinee performance on Sundays.  Visits are open to all members or U3A Melville and their friends.

Kadidjiny Hall, every Tuesday afternoon 12md – 2.30pm. The Western version of mahjong is played.  Most of our players have graduated from one of our ‘Learn to play mahjong groups’.  Numbers vary from 24 to 40.  Mahjong tiles and racks are provided but you are welcome to bring your own.  We have a break for afternoon tea about 1pm.

Kadidjiny Hall, every Friday morning 8.45am – 11.30am. The Western version of mahjong is played.  Most of our players have graduated from one of our ‘Learn to play mahjong groups’.  Numbers vary from 24-48.  Mahjong tiles and racks are provided but you are welcome to bring your own.  We have a break for morning tea and a chat about 9.45am.

Kadidjiny Hall Tuesday or FridaysThe 9-week course is designed for novices to learn the Western version of Mahjong.  When you have completed the course, you are welcome to join our regular Mahjong sessions. We conduct one or two courses a year so to register your interest please email u3amelville@gmail.com.

Kadidjiny Hall 4th Wednesday of the month meeting at 9am for a 9.15am start. We bring a variety of parlour games including cribbage, canasta/bolivia/pony, rummyking, sequence, Mexican train etc.  New players and new games are welcome.

Dome, Westfield Garden City, 4th Monday of each month at 10.30am. This is a chance for the gentlemen to meet and put the world to rights.  Buy your own coffee.

Jamaica Blue, Westfield Garden City.  3rd Monday of each month at 10.30am. This is an opportunity to get together with about 12 other ladies for a social get together.  Buy your own coffee.