Boroondara Community Outreach Ministry
Joan Cooper, Co ordinator

Boroondara Community Outreach happens from Kew Uniting Church, but is supported by the local churches.  It supports those living with a mental illness and homelessness with Good Grub, a lunch programme on Tuesdays, a monthly service with a meal on the second Sunday of the month and involvement in other social activities, including a community choir.

Once again our congregation has supported BCO with monthly collections of food items for the give- away pantry.  In addition the roster for the monthly Sunday service BBQ is arranged by us.  It involves members from several local churches.  The Korean women members from our congregation prepared a delicious Korean meal as did the Joong Ang Korean congregation.

There was also a food collection made for Christmas meals in conjunction with the empty Christmas tree.

Anyone interested in helping in any way, cooking, preparing food or singing, please see Joan Cooper.

Trinity Manor Nursing Home
Joan Cooper

The Knitter Knatter group continued throughout the year each fortnight on Friday afternoons.  The starting time was changed to 2.00 as this is when the girls from Genazzano school arrive for their Social Services volunteering.  They are involved in talking to the elders, although occasionally they need help to choose a topic.  Sometimes the elders teach them to knit, which is lovely to watch.  We shared in afternoon tea.

The knitted squares made by the elders and us are made into blankets, but those made this year were donated to a Rotary project, which assembles wheelchairs for children in Asia.  A quilt or a knitted or crocheted rug goes with each wheelchair shipped out.  Trinity Manor received a letter a letter of thanks with a beautiful picture of one of the children.  The elders are all delighted when another rug is finished for the project.

Volunteers are Betty Blaskett, Joan Cooper and June Stockman.  Anyone interested in joining us would be very welcome.

Susan Wilms, President

Deepdene U3A continues to grow and by December 2017, our membership stood at 1058 (compared with 940 at the same time last year) with an estimated 82% living in the City of Boroondara, (compared with 76% at the same period, last year).  Membership growth has been sustained and steady with word of mouth being cited as the main source of information for potential members.  Increasingly use of the internet provides information for the community at large. 

Our program, now into its 8th year remains appreciated for its interesting topics and its very high quality tutors.  Many of our tutors are highly regarded as professionals in their field and as a result, many classes start the term with waiting lists.

All classes are well attended and there is a continuing demand for yearlong subjects including languages, exercise, walking groups and bridge.  Appreciation of single, stand-alone classes is often described as one of our strengths.  Twilight sessions have been successful and very well attended as have travel sessions and specialist speakers providing news and views.

An exciting innovation has been the use of technology to deliver classes, to open up new topics to be used as an aid to a speaker on a particular topic. 

With increasing membership and the ensuing presentation of more classes, we find it necessary to seek new class spaces.  The City of Boroondara has worked with Deepdene U3A to assist in providing additional spaces at the new facility being developed at Balwyn Park and at the Hub in Greythorn, however the Committee of Management is anticipating that we will retain strong links with the Deepdene Uniting Church, long into the future.

We remain ever grateful for the relationship we have with the Deepdene Uniting Church and for the enormous advantage we have as leasees of so much space at the church.  We appreciate the flexibility this provides, and the willingness of the Church to when possible accommodate our needs.  For U3A Deepdene this is a very happy arrangement.

Along with the Uniting Church, the City of Boroondara continues to be supportive, encouraging, accommodating and helpful.  Lina Tallarida, Active Ageing Project Officer, City of Boroondara, is ever available for advice and guidance and we thank her most sincerely.

 Deepdene U3A looks forward to fostering healthy and productive relationships with its communities now and into the future.

Margaret Leversha, Secretary

Thanks to all our members for another enjoyable year with Deepdene Scottish Country Dancers.  We were pleased with attendances, with an average of 19 dancers at our Monday evening classes, and 31 at our monthly socials (December 2016 to November 2017), despite quite a few folk disappearing to warmer parts during the winter.
After several awkwardly-timed equipment failures, we have finally replaced the ageing sound system used for our Saturday socials with a modern Bose compact line array system.  This provides various options for class use, and has made setting up for socials much easier as well.
This year our teacher, Julia Grant, put together a total of 167 dances in the programs for our 10 socials (2nd Saturday, March - December), including 102 different dances.  Favourite dances (on at least 4 programs) included The Irish Rover, Mairi’s Wedding, Aileen’s Reel, Castle Douglas, The Falls of Rogie, Naughty Nancy, and The Robertson Rant.
We ended the year on a high note with wonderful live music for the December Social provided by David South, Matthew Robertson and Duncan Smith, at no extra charge to attendees.  This was an opportunity for the group to thank members and visiting dancers for their support throughout the year.  Somehow we managed to accommodate nearly 80 dancers (9 sets), plus a few non-dancing visitors.  A great time was had by all.
We look forward to another year of fun with Scottish Country Dancing at Deepdene.


The Club fielded three senior teams for the 2016/17 season and Hays Paddock and Willsmere Park continued to be used for home games.  The big decision to recruit an international player was a great success especially in terms of fitting in with our playing group, on-field performance and in the running of junior programmes.

The 1st XI played in the top grade, Macgibbon Shield, and just failed to make finals.  The 2nd XI played in A Grade, the newly named the Menzies & Mackay Shield, but lost their semi-final.
The 3rd XI, playing in E Grade, the Carr Shield, enjoyed a very satisfying season, winning the premiership against a previously unbeaten opponent.

Milo In2Cricket and an Under 10 team were run reflecting the importance of juniors in the Club’s future development.  A group of parents happily supported senior players in running both programmes.

The regular Thursday after-training meals and post-match BBQs were always most enjoyable and the special social events were well supported by members and guests.

Our Club continued to provide a healthy and happy environment for all players and families.  Members are always grateful for the work of the committee, captains, and others who do a great job performing the many tasks necessary to run a successful Club.