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No. 134 January 2015
Chairman:Betty O'Rawe 90586439  Secretary Arlene Spiers 90812741;            

Treasurer: Gavin Stewart 90660499;   Membership Sec: Mavis Turner 90798416


CALLING ALL QUIZ FANS An Inter-U3A Quiz will be held on Tues. 10th Feb. 1.45 – 3pm in Robinson’s Bar. 4 people per team - £10 p.p. includes buffet lunch. Meet 12 for 12.30pm. Register by 26th Jan. - details on website notices page.   


DATE FOR YOUR DIARY Our Annual Lunch will be held on Wed.18th Feb in Malone Lodge Hotel, Eglantine Avenue. 

Cost: £24, by cheque only please, payable to Belfast U3A, will be collected by our Treasurer, Gavin Stewart, at meeting or by post.


Membership cards available for collection at monthly meeting


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) 
Click here for details of current Smart Walk

All walking groups: Xmas lunch, Thurs.11th Dec., Belvoir Golf Club. contact Brenda.

Archaeology Group .

Tues.13th Jan. at 2pm  Visit to St. Patrick’s Centre, Downpatrick. (limited to 20 people).Please contact convenors. 

Mon.16th Feb. at 2pm “Poles Apart” – comparison of life existence in countries above the Arctic Circle. Illustrated talk by Annie Given, archaeologist & photographer. Tullycarnet Library. Cost: £3..

Art Appreciation

Tues.20th Jan. 2pm The National Gallery, Dublin. Conducted tour of “Masterpieces from the Collection”. Cost: 3 euros. 10.35am train from Belfast Central or, if preferred, take earlier train and meet us at the Gallery 

  Please contact Ann .

 Art Club.

The Club meets on Tuesdays 10.30am-12.30pm at Belvoir Players.  For now the Group has full capacity.

Badminton Group

Mondays 9.30 – 11.00am Avoneil Leisure Centre. Racquets & shuttlecocks provided by the Centre. Proposed additional session Friday 9.30 – 11.00

Book Group 1

Cold Comfort Farm” by Stella Gibbons Meet Mon. 5th Jan. at 7.30pm in Briad McCallion’s home.

Book Group 2

The Little Old Lady who broke all the Rules” by Catharina Inglelman-Sundberg. Meet Mon.12th Jan. at 10.30am in Florence Davidson’s home.


Book Group 3

 “Stay where you are and then leave” by John Boyne. Tues. 30th Dec. 1.00pm Lunch meeting at Balmoral Golf Club .


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.

Last day before Christmas will be 19th December, returning 9th January..

Brunch Group
Alternate Saturdays at 12 noon

10th Jan. Papa Brown’s, Carrickfergus

24h Jan. Malone House, Barnett’s Park

Chatter Box

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

.Concert/Theatre Group.

Sat.17th Jan. 6pm Theatre at the Mill. Live from the Met, New York – “The Merry Widow” by Lehar. Tickets: £10 TBC.

Please contact Maureen

Sat.7th March 2pm Abbey Theatre. Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. £13.50. 100 places (!). Leaving Central Station 10.35 am, returning 7pm.

Please contact Richard.

Craft Group

Meet each 1030 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 now full.

Cycling Group

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

Film Group

Usually meets for cinema visits alternate Mondays. Check the Film page for notices. If you are interested please contact Daphne; alternatively if you give her your Email address at she will advise you.

Gardening Group

 Wed.10th Dec.3pm Christmas arrangements & afternoon tea. Belvoir Players Theatre. £5.

Contact Convenors

Irish Conversation Group

Thurs. 1-3pm, Ormeau Library.

Jazz  Group

Thurs .8.30-11.00pm The Parador, Ormeau Road – Bourbon Swing Band with guest                    

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

."Let's Go" Club.

Wed.14th Jan. 10.40am Visit SS Nomadic, Titanic Quarter.

£5.50 –  (No.26 bus, Wellington Place, or park under Belfast Met.) Optional tea/coffee later at The Dock.   Please contact Clare  

Literature Group

Wed.10.30-12.30 at Finaghy Library.  A few places available. Please contact convenor. Programme is 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
1st, 2nd & 3rd Thurs. of the month, 10.30-12.30, Finaghy Library. Resuming on 8th Jan.

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 meeets 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 welcomei

Woodburning Pokerwork

Meets alternate Mondays, 10.00 am at Belvoir. Resuming 5th Jan.i

Convenor Shirley Pierce 



Click here for contact details


11.00a.m. Thursday 29th January

VENUE : Belvoir Players Theatre, Belvoir Estate

Speaker: Elizabeth Rea - on Hans Sloane

This Newsletter is circulated to all paid-up members.

  Editor: Carol Rusk 028 9086 2129