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No. 130 September 2014
Chairman:Betty O'Rawe 90586439  Secretary Arlene Spiers 90812741;            

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


BRIDGE CONGRESS 2014 NI Inter U3A Duplicate Bridge Congress - Thurs. 6th Nov., Marine Hotel, Ballycastle. £21 for the day. For more info please contact convenors.


JAZZ NEWS –Gay McIntyre at Crescent Arts Centre, Fri.19th Sept. 7.30pm. Singer Suzanne Savage. Tel.9024 2338 – concession tickets £8  


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

Please note Brenda McHugh has a new email address:

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 .

Tues.16th Sept. 2 pm Somme Centre, Conlig. Guided tour: £4.75. .
Please contact convenors.

Art Appreciation
Sat 4th October 11am. F E McWilliam Gallery Banbridge. Conducted tour of “Parallel Visions”, sculpture and installations from IMMA collection.
  Please contact Ann .

Art Club.

The Club meets on Tuesdays 10.30am-12.30pm at Belvoir Players.  .

Re-starting 9th Sept. .

Book Group 1

“Transatlantic” by Colum McCann. Meet Mon. 8th Sept. at 7.30pm in Joan Hamilton’s home..

Book Group 2
“And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini. Meet Mon.15th Sept. 10.30 a.m. at Margery Jennings’ home.

Book Group 3

“The Fifth Child” by Doris Lessing Tues.30th Sept. 2 pm, Finaghy Library. New members welcome


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
13th Sept. Ivory, House of Frazer, Victoria Square

27th Sept. The Barge, Lanyon Quay.

Chatter Box

Resume on Fri. 19th Sept. at 1.30 pm in Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church Hall. .

.Concert/Theatre Group.

(Outing to the Abbey for “Our Few and Evil Days” has been rescheduled for 25th Oct.)
Also, Richard recommends: Sun.5th Oct. 3pm Live National Theatre relay of “A Streetcar Named Desire” . at QFT. Meet in foyer around 2.30 pm. Book own tickets at HYPERLINK ""
Secondly, The Abbey Theatre’s “Sive” by JB Keane at Lyric Theatre 4-9 Nov. Highly recommended but no group booking planned.
Wed.1st Oct.1.05pm Lunchtime Concert, Ulster Hall. £6. Lunch in Harlem.
Sat. 4th Oct. 7.45 pm Theatre at the Mill. The Big Band Era. £16.
Fri.10th Oct. 7.45pm Ulster Hall, Ulster Orchestra - Mozart, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev
Sat. 18th Oct. 6 pm Theatre at the Mill. Live from the Met, New York, The Marriage of Figaro. £10.
Please contact Maureen.

Craft Group

Meet each Wed. 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.      Places available – please contact convenor.

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. 9th July No visits planned

Irish Group
Thurs. 1-3pm, Ormeau Library.

Jazz Group

1st & 3rd Thurs of month.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.22nd Sept.11 am. Tour of Belfast City Cemetery with Tom Hartley. Meet at gates. Cost £3 approx.
Please contact Clare

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Literature Group

Wed.1030-12.30 at Finaghy Library.

Now adjourned for summer break. Planning meeting on 10th Sept.; weekly meetings recommence          1st Oct.

Military History Group
1100-1230 2nd/4th Friday each month.
Newcomers welcome

Pilates Group

Mon , Wed, & Thurs 2.00-3.00 p.m. at Belvoir Players
Restarts 1st; 3rd & 4th September. 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, starting 2nd Oct.

Play Reading Group

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

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.

Singing Group

Singing Group will meet after summer break on Wed. 1st October at 7.45pm in Belvoir Players. All welcome.

T'ai Chi
Wednesdays. 11.00am in Divis Community Centre, Ardmoulin Place. Cost: £1. restarts 10th Sept.
Fri. at 11.00a.m. Grove Well Being Centre Always check with Centre to check availability. tel. 9072 6363. 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-rangingi

Woodburning Pokerwork

The Group will resume on Monday, 8th Sept. 10.00am in Belvoir..

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Click here for contact details



11.00a.m. Thursday 25th Sept

VENUE : Belvoir Players Theatre, Belvoir Estate

Speaker: Sam & June Martin "A Stroke of Luck"

*NB No meeting July & August

This Newsletter is circulated to all paid-up members.

All copy to the Editor Saturday 30th August

  Editor: Carol Rusk 028 9086 2129