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No. 137 April 2015

Treasurer: Gavin Stewart 90660499;   Membership Sec: Mavis Turner 90798416
Chairman:Betty O'Rawe 90586439  Secretary Arlene Spiers 90812741;            



The AGM will be held on 30th April at the monthly meeting.  Nomination forms for Vice-Chair, Business Secretary and 4 vacant positions on committee have been circulated available .  Closing date for nominations is 9th April


At the end of April Daphne Bailie is standing down as convenor of the Film Group after several years of service, for which we say very many thanks.  Anyone willing to undertake this role in her place should contact Daphne (tel. 9260 7004) who will be glad to pass on any relevant information.


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

Archaeology Group .

Sun.13th April  2.00pm  DVD "How the Celts saved Britain. Dan Snow" Tullycarnet Library.      Please sign sheet at meeting or contact convenors.

Art Appreciation

No visit or study day this month.

Film about Vincent Van Gogh and his painting at the Odeon cinema, Victoria Square, Belfast on Tues. 14th April at 6.30pm. No U3A group has been organised. 

Art Club.

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

Badminton Group

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

Book Group 1

"A Passage to India" by E.M. Forster. Meet Mon. 13th April at 7.30pm in Eithne MacShannon's home.

Book Group 2

"Closed Doors" by Lisa O'Donnell Meet Mon.13th April at 10.30am in Judith Loder's home.

Book Group 3

 "The Dovekeepers" by Alice Hoffman.. Tues. 28th April. 2.00 pm  Finaghy Library.


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

28th March Old Inn, Crawfordsburn

11th April The Pheasant, Annahilt

25th April Olio's, 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.

Wed.8th April 7.45pm Ulster Orchestra, Ulster Hall - Beethoven & Tchaikovsky. Tickets: £22.

Sat.25th April 5.30pm Theatre at the Mill - Live from the Met, New York - Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci. Tickets: £20.

Wed.29th April 1.05 pm Ulster Orchestra Lunchtime Concert, Ulster Hall. Tickets: £6. Lunch in Harlem.

Sun.10th May 2.30 pm "Shadow of a Gunman" by Sean O'Casey at Lyric Theatre. Cost £15 includes afternoon tea after performance.

Please contact Maureen

Sat.25th April 2pm Abbey Theatre. “Hedda Gabler” by Ibsen. £13.50. Leaving Central Station 10.35 am, returning 7pm. 

Fri.19th June 7 pm - 11 pm Jazz Train Mystery Tour. Tickets: £29 (approx). (75 places available)

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 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 please contact Daphne; alternatively if you give her your Email address at she will advise you.

Gardening Group

 Nothing arranged for April

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.

Mon. 20th April & Wed. 22nd April. 10.30 am (max of 20 each day)  The Thomas Andrew Trail - a walking tour in Belfast with Isobel Anderson.  Meet at C ity Hall gates. Cost: £3 - pay on day.

   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

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

Woodburning Pokerwork

Meets alternate Mondays, 10.00 am at Belvoir.

Convenor Shirley Pierce



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11.00a.m. Thursday 30th April

VENUE : Belvoir Players Theatre, Belvoir Estate

Annual General Meeting


This Newsletter is circulated to all paid-up members.

  Editor: Carol Rusk 028 9086 2129