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No. 127 May 2014
Chairman: Liz Lattimore [9260 1860] Vice Chair:Betty O'Rawe [90586439]
Secretary Arlene Spiers 90812741; Treasurer: Gavin Stewart 90660499;   Membership Sec: Mavis Turner 90798416


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!


Please note that annual subscriptions (£20) are now due. Cheques only, please, (payable to Belfast U3A) to treasurer, Gavin Stewart. Those who have not paid by the end of June will be deemed to have resigned.


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. 6th May 2 pm Visit to Nendrum Monastery, Comber with guide. Optional picnic 1.00 pm.
Please contact convenors.

Art Appreciation
Mon. 26th May
Visit to Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, Ely Place, Dublin. 10.30 am Enterprise from Belfast Central Station.   Please contact Ann .

Art Club.

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

                    For the moment the Group has full capacity. ..

Book Group 1

“Sons and Lovers” by D.H. Lawrence. Meet Mon12th May at Susan Mageean’s home.

Book Group 2
“Blood and Beauty” by Sarah Dunant. Meet Wed.28th May at 2 pm at Ann Hayes’ home to travel together to Isobel Gamble’s home.

Book Group 3

“The Conductor” by Sarah Quigley. Meet Tues. 27th May 2.00 pm in 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].   For now we have maximum numbers. To be put on waiting list, please contact convenors.A small fee is charged to cover hall hire..

Brunch Group
Alternate Saturdays at 12 noon
26th April Secret Garden, Old Dundonald Road
10th May Slim’s Kitchen, opposite renovated church on Lisburn Road.
24th May The Tannery Bistro, near Moira station. on left off Airport Road

Chatter Box

Fri. 1.30pm in Community Centre, St. John’s Church, Knockbreda. New group to explore and discuss topical issues and encourage active participation by all members.

Computer Group

The Working Group has not found it possible to organise a series of workshops, as had been hoped. Regrettably it has been decided that no further work will be undertaken at present.

.Concert/Theatre Group.

Sat. 28th June Brian Friel’s “Aristocrats” at Abbey Theatre 2 pm. Leaving Central Station 10.35 am, returning 7 pm. Tickets: £12.

Please contact Richard

Craft Group

Meet each Wed. at 10.30 a.m. 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..

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

Fri.16th May Visit to Kilmacrew near Banbridge, (family connection to writer & scholar, Helen Waddell). “Stout footwear” advised. Cost £5 includes tea/coffee. Meet 1.30 pm sharp at B & Q car park (right side at Sprucefield). Please sign sheet or contact convenors.
Advance notice: day trip to a garden in Monaghan on Wed. 9th July. More info to follow.

Jazz Group

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

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

."Let's Go" Club.

Wed. 7th May 2.30 pm. Visit to Armagh Observatory. £6 for guided tour including Astropark and Human Orrery. Travel by car or bus.
Please contact Clare

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Literature Group

Wed.1030-12.30 at Finaghy Library.

Meeting on 30th April, 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th May. A few free places available. Please contact either convenor for information about vacancies.

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

Pilates Group

Mon 2.00-3.00p.m. and Wed 2.00-3.00 p.m. at Belvoir Players
Thurs 2:00 - 3:00pm at Belvoir Players Our Wednesday & Thursday class still have a few free places. Please contact relevant. convenor..

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

Meets each month in Belvoir Players. Next meetings 7.30pm on Wed.14th and 28th May. Ladies only, for the time being.

T'ai Chi
Wednesdays. 11.00am in Divis Community Centre, Ardmoulin Place. Cost: £1.
Fri. at 11.00a.m. Grove Well Being Centre Tel. 9072 6363 to check July/Aug. 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

The class now has capacity membership (but see Chatter-Box).


Woodburning Pokerwork

New group starting Mon.12th May 10 am in Belvoir. Please sign sheet or contact convenor.

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Click here for contact details



11.00a.m. Thursday 29th May

VENUE : Belvoir Players Theatre, Belvoir Estate

Annual General Meeting
This Newsletter is circulated to all paid-up members.

All copy to the Editor Saturday 24th May

  Editor: Carol Rusk 028 9086 2129