Here is a somewhat random collection of information and events that may be of interest to members. 
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NZIAHS Canterbury Forum
Lincoln & Districts Historical Society AGM
Citizen’s Advice looking for volunteers
Lincoln University courses


NZIAHS Canterbury Forum

New Zealand Institute of Agricultural & Horticultural Science Canterbury Forum will be on Wednesday 23 October 2019 at Lincoln University. The hours are 9am to 3:30pm, but you can attend the afternoon only after the U3A Ellesmere meeting in the morning.

U3A Ellesmere members may enroll for the retired fee of $60, including lunch. Our members have attended previous forums and have found them very interesting.

Full details and enrollment form is here (PDF).


Lincoln and Districts Historical Society AGM

You are warmly invited to our AGM on Sunday 18 August 2019, to hear our guest speaker, Dr. Christine Whybrew, Heritage New Zealand, who has researched a local case study for her presentation: How to research your house: Lincoln

We are looking forward to it and we would love to see you there! Download poster (PDF)

And also happening in August – Family History month 🙂
10-11 August Prebbleton Heritage
Presents TOP 30 – a display of 30 enlarged photos to show the history of Prebbleton village, and photos of more recent times, at Prebbleton Hall, 10am-4pm. Free entry but donation welcome to cover costs.

And keep 8 September free for the LDHS afternoon trip to Selwyn Huts and Waihora homestead – more details to follow soon.


Citizen’s Advice looking for volunteers

Want to Help?



For many volunteers like Bruce volunteering has created a sense of purpose after having been forced to take early retirement due to health reasons. “I was looking for a way to be of help 

to other people. A lot of volunteer work is physical whereas Citizens Advice gave me a chance to work in an office environment and use my intellect”.

On any given day, a volunteer working their shift might be approached about a whole range of questions, from tenancy rights, requests for directions, or needing documents signed by a Justice of the Peace, to helping someone deal with redundancy.

Citizens Advice Bureau volunteers support clients through interviewing them to find out what is at the heart of an issue provide, them with personalised information and discuss with them strategies for addressing a particular issue or a problem. The focus is on helping clients to make informed decisions about their lives and increasing the clients’ connection to local community-based resources.

“One of the things I have really enjoyed is you don’t have to know everything. It’s about listening to our clients’ stories, looking up information and finding options for them, so they are empowered to do something about their situation” Bruce.

Volunteers are fully supported with Induction training and ongoing development as they move from being observers through to probationary interviewers to, finally, accredited bureau workers.

Email: to help someone in your community or phone 0800 367 222 to talk to one of our caring and supportive volunteers.


Further Lincoln University Courses offered to U3A members (updated 7 Aug 2019)

After the successful offering of the course LINC101 in semester 1 of 2019 to U3A Ellesmere members, Lincoln University is offering two further courses for semester 2 from mid-July to mid October.

Just head to the Student Administration area and to complete an “occasional enrolment” and pay for your course(s).

The courses offered this semester are:

SOCI 219, Themes in New Zealand History
An examination of key social, political, environmental and economic developments in Aotearoa/New Zealand history from Polynesian settlement to the late twentieth century. Download course details, including a list of all lectures (PDF).

ECOL 103, New Zealand Ecology and Conservation
An introduction to the sciences of ecology and conservation biology, with an emphasis on New Zealand ecosystems and their plants, animals and fungi. Download course details, including a list of all lectures (PDF). (updated 7 August 2019).