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No. 138 May 2015

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


Please note Annual subs are now due. 

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.


Golf Group Following several enquiries, it is hoped to form a Golf Group in Belfast U3A if there is sufficient interest.  Please contact Adrian Ross on 0772 9499 671.


It is hoped to arrange monthly Smart Walks on the Tuesday prior to the monthly meeting so May walk on Tues. 26th. (Brenda McHugh 9096 1579


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

Mon.11th May 10.30 - 12.30  Study morning at Belvoir Players: "Giotto, the roots of modern painting".

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

 "Nora Webster" by Colm Toibin.  Meet Mon. 11th May at 7.30pm  in Joan Hamilton's home.

Book Group 2

"The Accidental Tourist" by Ann Taylor. Meet  Mon.11th May at 10.30 am. in Judith Loder's home.

Book Group 3

"Necessary Lies" by Diane Chamberlain Tues. 26th May. 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

9th May Suburbia Bar, Ramada, Shaw's Bridge

23rd May Fitzwilliam Hotel Bar, Gt. Victoria St.

Chatter Box

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

.Concert/Theatre Group.

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

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

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.

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 send your Email address to the convenors

Gardening Group

 Wed.20th May 2pm Garden of 18th century property near Ballynahinch. Details later.

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.13th May Malahide Castle outside Dublin. Dep. Central Station.10.35 am. Tour of castle & gardens - £6 payable in advance.

Please sign sheet or contact Clare (or Jennifer).     

Literature Group

Wed.10.30-12.30 at Finaghy Library. For now the group has capacity membership. Last meeting before summer break is on 27th May, resuming September. 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
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.

Singing Group

New Group will meet on Tues.5th May 2pm in Belvoir Theatre. All welcome.

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. Now on summer break, resuming Mon. 7th Sept.

Convenor Shirley Pierce



Click here for contact details


11.00a.m. Thursday 28th  May

VENUE : Belvoir Players Theatre, Belvoir Estate

Speaker: Lady Sylvia Harmon

This Newsletter is circulated to all paid-up members.

  Editor: Carol Rusk 028 9086 2129

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