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No. 139 June 2015

Chair: Betty O'Rawe 90586439 Vice Chair: Paul Trainor 90826271 Treasurer: Gavin Stewart 90660499;   Membership Sec: Mavis Turner 90798416
  Secretary Arlene Spiers 90812741;            


Please note Annual subs are now overdue. 

Cheques only please - £20 payable to Belfast U3A can be given to our Treasurer, Gavin, at monthly meeting.

Those who have not paid by the end of June will be deemed to have resigned.


Duplicate Bridge

Relaxed Bridge Break Dufanaghy 21st to 23rd September. Please contact convenors


Please note that tea / coffee will be served at the monthly meetings 10.15 – 10.45 a.m. to allow official proceedings to begin promptly at 11.00 a.m

The Catering Team has decided to introduce a 10p charge for the use of a disposable cup so best bring your own mug – you have been warned!


All Weather Walkers Group

Thurs. a.m. - Short, flat walks with Amblers (Veronica Browne) or longer walks with Ramblers & ad hoc Smart Walks  (Brenda McHugh). 1st Thurs. of month Scramblers (Brian Bridge) & Not the Munros (Daphne Bailie & Jennifer Lemon) Click here for details of current Smart Walk

Archaeology Group .

Tues.2nd June 2 pm Castle Espie WWT centre near Comber. Talk by archaeologist K Mackie: "Castle Espie pottery and archaeology of surrounding area". Concession (65+): £4.72 or £6.17. WWT members free.     Please contact convenors.

Art Appreciation

Wed 1st July 1100 am  "Unfolding the Archive" - conducted tour at F. E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge..

Please contact convenors.

Art Club.

The Club meets Tuesdays 10.30am-12.30pm at Belvoir Players.  All media acceptable.                Places  are available    

Badminton Group

Mondays & Fridays 9.30 – 11.00am Avoneil Leisure Centre. Racquets & shuttlecocks provided by the Centre. 

Book Group 1


"A Spool of Blue Thread" by Anne Tyler.  Meet Mon. 1st June at 11:00am  in Susan Mageean's house at Strangford.

Book Group 2

"Nora Webster" by Colm Toibin.  Meet  Mon. 8th June at 10.30 am. in Jeanette Chambers' home.

Book Group 3

"A Fine Balance" by Rohinton Mistry. Tues. 30th June 2.00 pm  Finaghy Library. The group is now full


Meets weekly on Fridays at 10.00 a.m. in a member’s house. For those with basic knowledge to develop their play and gain confidence.  For now the group has capacity membership.

 Duplicate Bridge

Meets each Friday 10am-12.30pm at St.Anne’s Hall, Dunmurry [at Blacks Road traffic lights].   All U3A bridge players welcome. A small fee is charged to cover hall hire.

Brunch Group
Alternate Saturdays at 12 noon

6th June Daft Eddy's, Whiterock, Killinchy.

20th June Neill's Hill, Upper N'ards Rd, Belfast

Chatter Box

Fri. 1.30 pm for a prompt 1.45 start in Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church Hall. Discussion of topical issues. 

.Concert/Theatre Group.

Fri.19th June 7 pm - 11 pm Jazz Train Mystery Tour. Tickets: £29 (approx). 

Sat.1st Aug. 2pm Abbey Theatre, Dublin. "The Shadow of a Gunman" by Sean O'Casey. £13.50. Leaving Central Station 10.35 am, returning 7pm

Sat.12th Sept. 2pm Abbey Theatre, Dublin. "By the Bog of Cats" by Marina Carr (based on Greek Tragedy Medea). £13.50. Leaving Central Station 10.35 am, returning 7pm.

Please contact Richard.

Craft Group

Meet each 10:30 in Ormeau Library  For all those interested in needlework, knitting and nattering!  All new members will be welcome.  For more info contact Jill Quinn.

Creative Writing

Meets Ormeau Road Library 2-4 p.m. Monday.  Class is now full.

Cycling Group

Next meeting: Meets 2nd & 4th Wednesday mornings.   Contact convenor for details

Film Group

Usually meets for cinema visits alternate Mondays.  If you are interested send your Email address to the convenors

Gardening Group

 Friday 10th July(am). 

Visit to Cherry Townsend's garden, Islandmagee. Cost: £6 incl. tea/coffee etc.

Please contact convenors

Irish Conversation Group

Thurs. 1-3pm, Ormeau Library.

Jazz  Group

                   Last Fri. each month 8.30 – 11 pm East Belfast Jazz Club, Downshire Hall, Cregagh Road.

Due to lack of support the Thurs. sessions at The Parador have been discontinued.  

."Let's Go" Club.

Wed.   17th June Antrim Castle & Gardens - guided tour, no charge. Meet at coffee shop 1.20 pm Optional lunch before or tea/coffee afterwards. Please contact Jennifer.

Mon. 20th July Another visit to Killyleagh Castle & town - more details in next Newsletter.

August Proposed visit to Devenish Island, Co. Fermanagh.

Please sign sheet at the meeting or contact Clare (or Jennifer).     

Literature Group

Wed.10.30-12.30 at Finaghy Library. For now the group has capacity membership. 

Now on summer break, resuming September.  Programme will be on the website.

Military History Group

1100-1230 2nd/4th Friday each month at Belvoir Players . Newcomers welcome

Pilates Group

Mon , Wed, & Thurs 2.00-3.00 p.m. at Belvoir Players

 Places are available. Please contact relevant. convenor.

Plato’s Parlour 

A Ramble through Philosophy
Now on Summer Break until the Autumn

Play Reading Group

Tuesdays 10.30am – 12.30 pm at Convenor Meriel Grant’s home. New members & new ideas always welcome.

Poetry Group

 First meeting on Tues.13th Jan. 1.15 pm Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church.

Rambling with a Sketch Book

Group meets 2nd Sun. and last Tues. each month. Quick 10-minute sketches during the course of a walk. Check with convenor for details.

T'ai Chi

Wednesdays. 11.00am in Divis Community Centre, Ardmoulin Place. Cost: £1.
Fri. at 11.15a.m. Grove Well Being Centre. Concession rate £2:10.  Newcomers please contact convenor

The Last Word

Our discussion group meets Fridays 1.30p.m.-3.00p.m. at Belvoir Players. The subject matter is wide-ranging. New members welcome. Summer break after 12th June.

Woodburning Pokerwork

Meets alternate Mondays, 10.00 am at Belvoir. Now on summer break, resuming Mon. 7th September.

Convenor Shirley Pierce



Click here for contact details


11.00a.m. Thursday 25th  June

VENUE : Belvoir Players Theatre, Belvoir Estate

Speaker: Ross Thompson from Punjana Tea

This Newsletter is circulated to all paid-up members.

  Editor: Carol Rusk 028 9086 2129

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