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No. 129 July & August 2014
Chairman:Betty O'Rawe 90586439  Secretary Arlene Spiers 90812741;            

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


PLEASE NOTE There is no July meeting, and the ‘August’ meeting will be on Thurs. 4th September.


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 .

Wed.6th Aug. 2 pm. Dundrum Castle. Meet at castle for (optional) picnic lunch at 1.00 pm.

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

Please contact convenors.

Art Appreciation
is taking a summer break.
  Please contact Ann .

Art Club.

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

Finishing 24th June, 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
“Of Love and Other Demons” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Meet Mon.21st July at Florence Davidson’s holiday home in Portrush. No August meeting.

Book Group 3

Next meeting will be on Tues.26th August 2 pm in Finaghy Library. Two books: “The Fault in our Stars” by John Green and “The Bolter” by Frances Osborne.


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].  Finishing 4th July, resuming 1st August. All U3A bridge players welcome. A small fee is charged to cover hall hire..

Brunch Group
Alternate Saturdays at 12 noon

5th July The Barking Dog, 33 Malone Road

19th July Robbie Cahoon’s, Queensway, Derriaghy

2nd August Deanes at Queens, near QUB

16th August Ballymac, Rock Rd. Stoneyford

30th August The Buck’s Head Inn, Dundrum.

Chatter Box

is taking a summer break and will resume on Fri. 19th Sept. at 1.30 pm in Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church Hall. .

.Concert/Theatre Group.

Sat. 30th Aug. George Bernard Shaw’s “Heartbreak House” at Abbey Theatre 2 pm. Leaving Central Station 10.35 am, returning 7 pm. Tickets: £12.

Sat. 27th Sept. (Dublin Theatre Festival) Abbey Theatre 2 pm -“Our Few and Evil Days” by Mark O’Rowe starring Sinead Cusack & Ciaran Hinds. Numbers limited to 70. Price to be advised. Leaving Central Station 10.35 am, returning 7 pm.
Please contact Richard

Craft Group

Meet each Wed. 3rd 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.. Summer break July & Aug, resuming 1st Sept.      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 visit to two Monaghan gardens. Cost £3, 20 places only. Departing 9.30am, returning afternoon. 2-course £9 lunch optional. All available garden places taken .

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. 21st July 10.30am Crumlin Road Gaol. Tea/coffee & scones plus tour - £10. Please pay in advance. .
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. .Summer break in July. August meetings at convenor’s home.
Newcomers welcome

Pilates Group

Mon 2.00-3.00p.m. and Wed 2.00-3.00 p.m. at Belvoir Players classes continue July & Aug. but NB 1-2 pm.
Wed. & Thurs. classes finish last week of June, Summer break July & August, restarts 10th Sept. . 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

Singing Group is taking a summer break and will resume in September. Date to be advised later.

T'ai Chi
Wednesdays. 11.00am in Divis Community Centre, Ardmoulin Place. Cost: £1.Summer break July & August, restarts 10th Sept.
Fri. at 11.00a.m. Grove Well Being Centre Grove sessions continue in summer BUT 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.

Now on summer break until 5th Sept.The subject matter is wide-rangingi

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


Woodburning Pokerwork

After the summer break the Group will resume on Monday, 8th Sept. 10.00am in Belvoir..

bjts e wide-ranging.



Click here for contact details



11.00a.m. Thursday 4th Sept

VENUE : Belvoir Players Theatre, Belvoir Estate

Speaker: Anita Robinson IRISH TIMES journalist

*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