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No. 131 October 2014
Chairman:Betty O'Rawe 90586439  Secretary Arlene Spiers 90812741;            

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


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


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 .

Monday 10th November 2:00 pm  Looking at artefacts with Barrie Hartnell; Tullykarnett Library, Kings Road.

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 .

Mon.13th October 10.30am-12.30pm Study Morning at Belvoir. Women in Art 2 – illustrated talk by Mary McFadden. Donation £2. Please contact Edna .

 Art Club.

The Club meets on Tuesdays 10.30am-12.30pm at Belvoir Players.  For now the Group has full capacity.

Book Group 1

"Americanah" by Ngozi Adichie. Meet Mon. 6th Oct. at 7.30pm in Jacqueline Porter’s home.

Book Group 2
I know why the caged bird sings” by Maya Angelou. Meet Mon.20th Oct. 10.30 a.m. at Mavis turner’s home.


Book Group 3

 “The Garden of Evening Mists” by Tan Twan Eng. Tues.28th Oct. 2pm Finaghy Library.  Our group is now well established and we would be delighted to have some new members.


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

27th Sept. The Barge, Lanyon Quay.

11th Oct. Rockmount Golf Club, Carryduff

25th Oct. Home, Wellington Place, Belfast


Chatter Box

Fri. 1.30 pm in Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church Hall. Discussion of topical issues. 

.Concert/Theatre Group.

 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 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 now full.

Cycling Group

Next meeting: 8th October 10am. New Pavilion, House of Sport, Upper Malone.   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

 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.

Wed.22nd Oct. 11 a.m.

 Ballywalter House. Tour of House & refreshments: £12. Advance payment would be appreciated.     Please contact Clare  

Literature Group

Wed.1030-12.30 at Finaghy Library. Weekly meetings recommence 1st Oct. A few places available. Please contact convenor. Programme is on the website.

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

 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 will meet on Wed. 1st & 15th Oct. at 7.45pm in Belvoir Players.

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

Meets alternate Mondays, 10.00 am in Belvoir. Next meeting: 6th October.

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Click here for contact details


11.00a.m. Thursday 30th October

VENUE : Belvoir Players Theatre, Belvoir Estate

Speaker: Jim Bradley, Belfast Hills Partnership

This Newsletter is circulated to all paid-up members.

All copy to the Editor Saturday 25th October

  Editor: Carol Rusk 028 9086 2129