On this page you will find details of forthcoming events - both those for all members and those organized by specific interest groups. If you are interested in attending a group event, please follow the link to the page for that group (by clicking on the coloured group name) where you will be able to send a message to the Convenors.
We have a meeting open to all members at Balmoral Hotel, Blacks Road at 11am on the last Thursday of every month. The meeting gives us the opportunity to meet up with other members in a relaxed atmosphere over tea or coffee and to learn about forthcoming events. This is also the time to sign up for any events that interest you. Each month we invite a speaker to our meeting to talk on a wide range of interesting topics.
Non-members are welcome to come along and see what we are about ….. You can be sure of a warm welcome!
Please Note At the current time, monthly meetings are conducted via Zoom. See below for details
***** MESSAGE FROM WEBSITE ADMINISTRATOR *****
An arbitrary date of October 31st has been entered against event dates in many cases to cover arrangements coming into force over the next two months.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Thu Sep 24th||Monthly meeting on Zoom|
11.00 am (the meeting will open at 10.45am).
There will be presentations by Committee Members and Adrian Ross.
|Thu Oct 29th||Monthly Meeting on Zoom|
11.00 am (the meeting will open at 10.45 am.
This will be the 2020 AGM. More information will be available nearer the time.
|Thu Dec 31st||The Archaeology Convenors send best wishes to all the group members and hope they are keeping well, “We have decided to postpone our events until after the New Year – then we will decide how and when to arrange future events. Keep safe.”|
|Sat Oct 31st||Sandra continues sending out information for the group on TV programmes and websites with items of interest on the arts generally. The Convenors are keeping the situation under review as to when it might be possible to organise a group outing to an art gallery.|
|Tue Sep 29th||Reopening Tues 8th Sept with a max of 10 people. Convenors have consulted the venue management and completed the necessary Risk Assessment to ensure compliance with Covid 19 regulations. All members must sign in and complete a Personal Member Assessment for the venue management – so please, bring your own pen!|
|Bat & Chat Table Tennis|
|Sat Oct 31st||The group plans to reopen on 15th Sept. Limited numbers, to comply with Covid regulations so people must book in advance with the Convenor, Herbie.|
|Sat Oct 31st||This is a new project and new group. Sandra has registered a number of volunteers for this national U3A High Streets Project. The aim is to look at a small number of streets over a period of two years and record the changes that take place in the light of COVID-19. They are currently awaiting guidance before embarking on the project in September.|
|Sat Oct 31st||Regrettably bowling cannot resume at Musgrave until we receive safety clearance from Belfast City Council. They in turn are taking advice from NI Sport. Meanwhile we are enjoying play at Belfast Bowling Club until the end of the summer season. Any update will be posted on the website.|
|Bridge - duplicate|
|Sat Oct 31st||Duplicate Bridge continues, for now using Bridge Base Online. We have choices: playing solitaire; casual; practice; and if you are a member of NIBU, taking part in competitions. Contact the Convenor for more info|
|Bridge - duplicate 2|
|Sat Oct 31st||It has been a disappointment that our fledging group had to ‘pause’ at such an early stage. Some have been playing online. You may find Bridge Base Online useful. If you are encountering difficulties with this, contact the Convenors for advice. We hope all who joined us since September 2019, have remained safe and in reasonable spirits. Stay safe until we can meet again without impediment.|
|Sat Oct 31st||The Brunch Group resumed on 20th June after lockdown and has been meeting fortnightly since then. We have been visiting venues at which we can eat outside in the open air. We have also been social distancing. We are thoroughly enjoying being back together but poor weather will present a problem!|
|Classical Music Appreciation|
|Sat Oct 31st||The Classical Music Appreciation Group continues to function with the circulation of biographies of leading composers and musical listening suggestions along with key listening points. Although virtual meetings are an option these would be restricted to discussions because of poor sound quality using all the various platforms.|
|Sat Oct 31st||The group will reopen on Mon 21st Sept at 2pm in Belvoir Players Studio Theatre, meeting twice monthly. Contact Deirdre for more information|
|Sat Oct 31st||The group is observing the guidelines and regulations on Covid closely. Due to the large existing numbers it is at full capacity and cannot accept any new members.|
|Exercise for Body and Brain|
|Sat Oct 31st||The Convenor sends greetings, “Hope you are well. I’m investigating the possibility of reopening in October at Belvoir Theatre. We can use the big hall – plenty of space to social distance. The venue will put in place measures to comply with Covid regulations. Any questions or thoughts, please contact me. It will be lovely to see you, Ursula.”|
|Sat Oct 31st||We hope you are all in good health. We are sorry to say that we feel we cannot reopen the Film Group at the moment. The coronavirus situation changes from week to week and we will review it in six months. Stay safe and see you as soon as we possibly can. |
Every best wish, Betty and Kate
|French - Conversation|
|Sat Oct 31st||French Conversation, Intermediate Group |
Planning to reopen in Sept, on Zoom. Dates and times being discussed on the French Group’s WhatsApp group. Contact the convenors for more information if you are not yet in the WhatsApp group.
French Conversation, Advanced Group
Friday, 11.00am on Zoom. A few places available, contact convenors to join.
|Sat Oct 31st||We had a very successful first visit in July 2020, to the Rose Gardens in Lady Dixon Park, Belfast. Everyone was delighted to be socialising again in a safe environment. We just hope that the weather holds out for us – until we run out of ideas for this unbelievable 2020. |
Keep safe everyone,
Rosemary & Roberta
|Sat Oct 31st||The Convenor regrets that the Glee Club is unable to reopen as yet.|
|Sat Oct 31st||The Golf Group have managed to have their first outing of the year to Carnalea Golf Club. Considering we are having to comply with Covid regulations everyone enjoyed the day. Further outings are planned to Castlereagh Hills Golf Club and Blackwood Golf Club. A number of our group are going to Ballymascanlon for a few days golfing in mid-Sept.|
|Sat Oct 31st||Members of our Irish Group look forward to learning together soon. Some continued to practise conversation in the Gaeltacht during the Covid break. Our return will bring inspirational tales, in Irish, and lots of discussion. Plans to resume meeting will appear in the Newsletter.|
|Sat Oct 31st||We hope to see you soon at a group event. In the absence of live music events I have enjoyed Spotify. I am currently listening to “The Temperance Seven” performing “Pasadena” on SPOTIFY FREE. |
See you again, Sometime. NOW, WASH YOUR JAAZZ BANDS AGAIN!
Caroline & Mark
Stop Press: SD Bells’ Java Jive Brunch restarts 6th Sept, see website.
|Sat Oct 31st||Hello from Kate, Elizabeth and Lucy,|
The Let's Go Group have no plans for any fun outings at the present
|Literature Group 1|
|Sat Oct 31st||During the summer it was agreed that we would restart our meetings in the autumn on Zoom. A successful planning meeting was held on Wednesday 19th August in which 15 members participated.|
Regular meetings will commence on September 9th when Nuala Zahran will lead our discussion on Maeve Brennan’s Springs of Affection
|Sat Oct 31st||The group will reopen on Fri 2nd Oct at in Belvoir Players Studio Theatre, meeting twice monthly. Contact Gwyn for information|
|Out of the Box|
|Sat Oct 31st||A new programme of activities for us all to look forward to – when Covid regulations are eased sufficiently. Watch this space.|
|Sat Oct 31st||The group holds fortnightly Zoom meetings and have had several outings, i.e. to Whiterock, Whitehead, etc. which have proved very successful. We are now entering a time of year when we submit photographs on a set theme. For September the theme is ‘Boats’.|
|Sat Oct 31st||Reopening Sept in Belvoir Players Studio Theatre, contact convenor|
|Sat Oct 31st||The Poetry Reading Group have decided to hold our fortnightly meetings on Zoom for the next number of months. We are keeping to our usual dates and times: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 2-3pm. Our subject for our first meeting on 8th Sept is ‘Autumn’.|
|The Last Word|
|Sat Oct 31st||Since last March there has been little to Learn, Laugh or Live about Coronavirus, rather gloom, doom and despondency. Thank goodness there is now a glimmer of light as Last Word prepare to resume our discussion group. All recommended precautions will be taken to keep us safe, Pauline and Margaret|
|Walking - Ramblers|
|Thu Sep 24th||Delamont Country Park |
Meet at the county park at 10.30am. The walk (approx 6 miles) takes about 1.5 - 2 hours. Muddy in parts, some inclines but not steep.
Directions:- On A7 past Saintfield, turn left at Crossgar roundabout and go towards Killyleagh. Travel through Killyleagh and onto A22. Delamont is 1.5 miles outside Killyleagh.
Or travel to Killyleagh via Comber, Lisbane on A22
Bring snack/drink or use local eatery
Leaders - Jackie Mitchell and Margaret Dornan
NB. For those who don’t wish to travel to Killyleagh, you can meet up at Malone House car park at 10am and walk locally.
|Sat Oct 31st||We’ve been active during the lockdown – exchanging stories and feedback by email. Some members entered writing competitions. It was lovely to meet face to face in a member’s home in July but with the increased restrictions in August, we are returning to Zoom.|
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