Belfast

Events

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.

MONTHLY MEETINGS

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


Dates for your Diary
All Weather Walking Groups
Thu Mar 4th We are convinced of the benefits of walking outdoors, for mental, social and physical health. Because of this, we have kept the group going, always mindful of the Covid restrictions. We usually have Spring and Autumn Walking Breaks, but both of these had to be cancelled this year. As for our usual Walkers’ Christmas Lunch, we compromised with a Christmas themed picnic.
So many of the other Belfast u3a group activities have had to close that we are finding more and more people are asking to join the Walking Group. From week to week, we need to respond to the current restrictions and we have been very fortunate to have faithful group members who lead small groups of walkers each week. These have included local Belfast walking tours (led by our own members), sorties to the Bog Meadows and Lagan Meadows. ‘Not the Munros’ have not been in action since September, mainly due to distance of travel and the need to avoid car-sharing. As restrictions allow, we hope to step into the new year with hope and companionship.
Archaeology
Sat May 1st We look forward to meeting when restrictions are lifted. We will not plan any outings/talks until we feel it is safe to do so. Meanwhile, keep well.
Best wishes, Rosemary, Margery, Rosaleen and Breige.
Art Appreciation
Sat May 1st Sandra continues with her weekly email about art programmes and on occasion some alternative viewing.
It is still not possible to arrange any visits to art galleries or to organise study mornings at the present time.
Art Group
Thu Mar 4th The group has remained curtailed since November. We intend to recommence our activities as soon as government restrictions permit.
Bat & Chat Table Tennis
Thu Mar 4th Tuesday, 9.30 - 10.30am, Cregagh Methodist Church Hall. Limited numbers, to comply with Covid regulations so people must book in advance with the Convenor, Herbie.
Belfast Streets
Thu Mar 4th In all 9 regions of the u3a, a total of 533 people have registered to take part. The online forms alone hold records of almost 9,500 premises out of a total of maybe 20,000. An interim report is expected soon.
Sat May 1st Some 537 people have registered to take part in the High Streets
Project with 234 u3as in the UK involved in collecting data. The
survey produced 20,787 data-set entries from which, to date,
18,200 retail and service units have been identified, together with
linked photographs. Because the project leaders plan to make the
results of the survey available to anyone who’s interested, they
might ask for our help in clarifying some of the details in the
coming months.
They created a progress report which was presented to the Trust
board in January which you can access through the following
link: http://tiny.cc/4ufhtz and also from the first page of the u3a
Sandra Foster
High Street website https://sites.google.com/view/u3ahsp/home
Book Group 1
Thu Mar 4th The group continues to zoom at our usual day and time. It has been a very worthwhile alternative to meeting in person. We plan to have our first meeting of 2021 in early January, when we will discuss Anatomy of a Scandal, by Sarah Vaughan.
Sat May 1st Next Zoom meeting is on Monday 1st March at 7 30.
We will be discussing Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo.
The book for April is American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. Date TBA
Book Group 2
Sat May 1st Lockdown has consolidated this group into a fun-loving supportive unit. This was exemplified over the Christmas period. Some were more fortunate than others in having family connections, but everyone rallied to provide cheer on the day. Attendance at our monthly meetings is always very high. Books read: Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens; All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr; A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry.
All of these have proved to be good Book Group choices but the subject matter in all of them has been sombre. There is now a movement towards escapism for a couple of months. Choices will be discussed at our February meeting so the next newsletter will show on what sunny plains we have landed!
Book Group 3
Sat May 1st We are continuing to meet via Zoom on the first Tuesday of each month. We are finding that we have become more used to this medium although, like everyone else, look forward to meeting "in the flesh”. Since the beginning of the year we have been discussing Forgive Me by Lesley Pearse, (not a great hit with the group), and Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion. The latter, which was based on walking the Camino Trail, provoked great discussion, partly because some of the group had personal experience of parts of this walk. Over the next two months we will be reading and discussing Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.
Bowling Group
Sat May 1st As the ‘R’ number drops and our MLAs permit us to mix outside, with the permission of Belfast Bowling Club we hope to restart the bowling group in April or May.
Keep your chin up, better days are ahead.
Bridge - duplicate
Thu Mar 4th Greetings to one and all at the start of a brand New Year. I hope you are fit and well and keeping safe. We may not be able to meet together but at least we can play together on-line. Take care till we meet again.
Sat May 1st Greetings to one and all. I hope that you are fit and hearty and keeping safe. Great news! Friday morning bridge is back -this time on-line - thanks to Jim McDonnell who has created our very own Belfast U3A bridge website. See entry above.
Bridge - informal
Sat May 1st Friday 10.00 am and Monday 2.00 pm, Convenor’s Home. Under normal circumstances, new members with some knowledge of bridge and who wish to practise their play in an informal setting are very welcome. At the moment, due to Covid restrictions, no gatherings are possible.
Bridge Lessons
Sat May 1st Jim continues to provide his lessons on-line via Zoom at 12.00 noon every Tuesday.
Bridge Online
Sat May 1st Because of COVID, our Tuesday morning and Friday morning Duplicate Bridge groups have not been able to meet in their normal venues since March 2020.
We have started a new group for Belfast U3A members, to play duplicate bridge online on the bridgebase.com website. Our first weekly online tournament was held on Friday 12th February, starting at 10.00am. If you are interested in joining the new group please contact the convenor by email.
Brunch Group
Thu Mar 4th Sadly our fortnightly meetings are no more! We are all missing the friendship, chatting and consuming of good food! We will be keeping an eye on developments in the catering industry. We are quite happy to meet and eat ‘en plein air’ wearing sturdy underwear!
Classical Music Appreciation
Thu Mar 4th 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.
Sat May 1st Following last month's exploration of the life and output of Benjamin Britten (A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings), we are going to liven things up by looking at the Italian composer Gioachino Rossini. Kristin will produce a biography and Keith will examine his opera The Barber of Seville
Concert/Theatre
Thu Mar 4th No events are planned in light of Covid-19.
Craft Group
Thu Mar 4th We await things calming down before the group reconvenes. Meanwhile, the members have enjoyed a coffee morning and meeting to consider options.
Sat May 1st See the report on the News tab on the Group’s recent activities
Creative Writing
Thu Mar 4th The group has suspended meetings for the present, but anyone wishing to join should contact Deirdre or Caroline for further information.
Cycling
Thu Mar 4th End of a strange year cycling the roads of Antrim and Down. Hopefully in a few months we will be able to open up the group to those who are happier on the cycle paths.
Exercise for Body and Brain
Thu Mar 4th Sessions are still postponed due to Covid. We will resume as soon as possible. Contact Convenor for further information.
Sat May 1st Looking forward to the time when we can meet up again. In the meantime, Keep Moving. Ursula
Film Group
Thu Mar 4th The Group is unable to reopen at the moment. The Convenors will keep the situation under review. Stay safe and see you as soon as we possibly can. Every best wish, Betty and Kate
Garden Group
Thu Mar 4th As we await the GO signal to plan for 2021 we send all our patient members; ‘Whatever you would wish for yourselves’ this festive season. Keep safe, Rosemary and Roberta.
Sat May 1st While we cannot yet resume group garden visits, please see the message above. In the meantime, if you have any ideas for visits, we would love to hear from you.
Glee Club
Thu Mar 4th The Convenor regrets that the group is unable to reopen as yet.
Golf
Thu Mar 4th We hope to meet in February to plan our outings for 2021.
Sat May 1st Courses have been identified which the group are hoping to play once the regulations allow. Although Golf Ireland have been actively lobbying the governments North and South, it looks like golf will not be an option for several weeks.
Intermediate Irish
Sat May 1st It appears that, as a group, we will not experience the pleasure of improving our Irish Language knowledge together this term. In the meantime, keep learning. . . Talk to yourself and others and avoid the brain rusting. Mistakes are not important- just keep chatting in Irish. La Fheile Padraig sona duit. Happy St Patrick’s Day
Jazz
Sat May 1st No events to report at this time. Keep looking at links on jazz part of the groups section of Belfast u3a web-site to see if any events are up-coming. If you wish to join our group, follow instructions -also on the web page.
Lets Go
Thu Mar 4th Hello Everyone in "Let's Go" group and Happy New Year to everyone. 2021 has arrived - thank goodness - so - new calendar, longer days and daffodils appearing soon. Our plans for "Let's Go" are very much on hold and outings will have to wait. In the meantime we will start to collect group member details for Beacon communication. All Best Wishes from Elizabeth, Kate and Lucy.
Literature Group 1
Thu Mar 4th Despite Covid-19 restrictions the Literature group has continued to meet every Wednesday morning on Zoom. One member leads the group on a chosen book that most of us have read and we discuss various aspects of the work and content, with discussions becoming more lively as members have gained confidence in using this Internet facility. Books have varied from the mostly humorous Antoine Laurain’s The President’s Hat to extracts from the Iliad (in translation) following our study of Pat Barker’s The Silence of the Girls, a re-creation of the Iliad story from the point of view of the enslaved Trojan women. In our last session we were greatly privileged to hear some lines of the Iliad read to us in Ancient Greek by the husband of one of our members.
We reconvene on Wednesday 13th January 2021.
Sat May 1st Continuing on Zoom we have read from Bryant’s biography of Samuel Pepys, supplemented by diary entries from 1665 referring to the London Plague – which we compared to the present Covid-19 pandemic. Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie was next – dealing with current problems facing many British Muslims – the desire to be law-abiding British citizens – or the pressure on some to join a Jihadist group and the pressure this brings on their family and friends. For light relief we’ll be reading next The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith before tackling Paul Theroux’s Deep South.
Literature Group 2
Thu Mar 4th Still in session, although we are currently meeting only in Zoom. We meet every three or four weeks to discuss classic and modern fiction which we choose in our turn. We would dearly love to have new members to join us. Our next planned meeting is on January 25th, discussing Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin.
Military History
Thu Mar 4th The group continues to meet on the first and third Mondays of the month, between 10.30 -12.00, at Belvoir. A small fee is collected from each attendee to cover room hire costs
Photography
Sat May 1st We have added to our number by welcoming Julian and Jeremy to the group, which continues to be active, with regular Zoom calls to discuss photographs taken and placed into Dropbox, discuss the way forward, and identify themes for the months of September onwards. We are also planning, depending on regulations, on meeting for days out, hopefully from April..
Pilates
Thu Mar 4th Pilates is continuing via video link. Deborah is sending a short 5-minute exercise every day. We have been undertaking a 24-day marathon. The classes are very appreciative for this input.
Sat May 1st Pilates Monday and Wednesday groups continue with on-line classes. We very much hope that lockdown restrictions ease in March and normal classes will resume in Belvoir Theatre.
Sat May 1st Sadly, the Play Reading Group has not been meeting, but we live in hope. Mark Pinkerton has agreed to be a joint convenor, so there are now three convenors, i.e. Meriel Grant, Mark Pinkerton, Eleanor Rodham
Poetry Reading
Thu Mar 4th 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.
Scrabble
Thu Mar 4th Happy New Year. Hopefully it won't be too long before it is safe to meet up again.
Sat May 1st Unfortunately we remain unable to meet but I will be in touch as soon as we are able to resume. Hilary
Walking - Amblers
Sat May 1st Sadly our Amblers walks continue to be on hold. Hopefully the current restrictions will be eased in the near future and we will be able to get back to our favourite walks and enjoy coffee and craic!! In the meantime take care and stay safe. Liz McArdle, Convenor.
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Thu Mar 4th – Weaving Words of Wonder
We are sharing our writing and responding with feedback via email and Zoom.