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No. 136 March 2015

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



The AGM will be held on 30th April at the monthly meeting.  Nomination forms for Vice-Chair, Business Secretary and 4 vacant positions on committee will be available at the February and March meetings.  Closing date for nominations is 9th April


Smart Walk: Tues. 10th March Groomsport to Bangor (or further!). Leave Gt.Vic.St. 10.02 or Central Sta. 10.10. train to Bangor, then bus to Groomsport, arr. 11.05am. Walk to Bangor; lunch (packed or otherwise) in Bangor. Return trains half-hourly. Leader: Felicity McCartney 9066 2777. 


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) 
Click here for details of current Smart Walk

Archaeology Group .

Sun.1st March 1.45pm Walking tour with Ruairi O'Baoill, Archaeologist, QUB. Meet front of City Hall. Cost: £4.

Please sign sheet at meeting or contact convenors.

Art Appreciation

Wed.25th March 2pm Ulster Museum - "Order and Revolution / New Art, New Nature." Conducted tour - donation £1. Please sign list at meeting or contact Ann.

 Art Club.

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

Badminton Group

Mondays & Fridays 9.30 – 11.00am Avoneil Leisure Centre. Racquets & shuttlecocks provided by the Centre. 

Book Group 1

"Home" by Marilynne Robinson. Meet Mon. 2nd March at 7.30pm in Eithne MacShannon's home.

Book Group 2

"Restless" by William Boyd. Meet Mon.23rd March at 10.30am in Irenee Orr's home.

Book Group 3

 "Her Fearful Symmetry" by Audrey Niffenegger. Tues. 24th Feb. 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

28th Feb. The Plough, Hillsborough

14th March Ginger Bistro, Hope Street, Belfast

28th March Old Inn, Crawfordsburn

Chatter Box

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

.Concert/Theatre Group.

Wed.11th March 1.05 pm Lunchtime Concert, Ulster Hall. £6. Lunch in Harlem.

Sun.15th March 2.30 pm "God Bless the Child" - based on stories by Frank O'Connor at Lyric. Cost £18 includes afternoon tea after performance.

Sun.29th March 2.30pm "The Pillow Man" by Martin McDonagh at Lyric Theatre. £18 includes afternoon tea. 

Please contact Maureen

Sat.7th March 2pm Abbey Theatre. Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. £13.50. 100 places (!). Leaving Central Station 10.35 am, returning 7pm.

Sat.25th April 2pm Abbey Theatre. “Hedda Gabler” by Ibsen. £13.50. Leaving Central Station 10.35 am, returning 7pm. 

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

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 please contact Daphne; alternatively if you give her your Email address at she will advise you.

Gardening Group

 Nothing arranged for February

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.

Mon.2nd March Killyleagh visit on 2nd March now fully booked. Meet 9.45 am at Caryduff to car share, or 10.15 am at Killyleagh Castle. Payment of £5 now due - can be made at Feb. meeting on 26th. (For those interested and who did not get a place this time, another visit will be arranged later this year)..

   Please contact Clare  

Literature Group

Wed.10.30-12.30 at Finaghy Library.  A few places available. 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
1st, 2nd & 3rd Thurs. of the month, 10.30-12.30, Finaghy Library

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.

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.

Convenor Shirley Pierce



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11.00a.m. Thursday 26th March

VENUE : Belvoir Players Theatre, Belvoir Estate

Speaker: Clive Scoular on the Easter Rising & Countess Markievicz.

This Newsletter is circulated to all paid-up members.

  Editor: Carol Rusk 028 9086 2129