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, or attend a monthly meeting and add your name to the sign-up sheet.


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!

As we do not know how long we will be affected by restrictions imposed by lockdown advice, I have arbitrarily put a date at the end of August for messages relayed by various group leaders about interim activities/arrangements ...

Messages from the Convenors (taken from the June Newsletter) can be found under Group News on the Notices Page

Dates for your Diary
All Weather Walking Groups
Mon Aug 31st Brenda advises:
1. With very able help from Carol Rusk, I have compiled a mini-newsletter for the Walking Group.
We have received contributions from our group members - reminiscences, poems, stories, photos, quizzes etc. We have distributed our First Edition and are planning the follow up.
2. We have a weekly live fitness session in which participants meet online by Zoom. This free session is led by my daughter free of charge.
3. In order to facilitate our members to participate in the fitness sessions, I have been conducting Zoom practice sessions. These enable us to share our step by step learning and familiarise ourselves with this medium. By using Zoom for our online fitness, and by learning about it together, we are up-skilling people, who can take their new skills and use them in other settings - family groups, other interest groups etc.
4. I have also started a phone sharing network of our members, whereby people permit their numbers to be shared to enable mutual support.
Art Appreciation
Mon Aug 31st Sandra has been using email to keep in touch with members of the Art Appreciation Group and tell them about art programmes on the television, and art galleries’ online services that they might be interested in. She widened this to look at art in the broadest sense, to include opera, musicals and plays, all of which are available online. Members of the Group participate by sending information about other programmes and links to art websites. Ann Dickson and friends produced a light-hearted arts quiz, using a video of famous paintings.
Mon Aug 31st Peter is hosting virtual meetings on Zoom on Friday mornings, where members can say “Hello” and have a chat. He finds that having something like a quiz works well on Zoom.
Bridge - duplicate
Mon Aug 31st Members play Bridge base online. Many keep in touch by phone and watch the Bernard Magee Bridge YouTube channel
Bridge - duplicate 2
Mon Aug 31st

*****Please note ******
Bridge 2 sessions at the Boat club are suspended until further notice due to the Coronavirus

Bridge Lessons
Mon Aug 31st Jim advises that Bridge Lessons are continuing at the normal time via Zoom Video Conferencing
Classical Music Appreciation
Mon Aug 31st Keith selects a piece of music for members to listen to and provides a short description of the piece, its context, and some aspects of the music to listen out for which might not be obvious. It all adds to the enjoyment of the music for members. In addition, Kristin provides biographical notes on the composer for members. Keith is using WhatsApp to let members know of any concerts or streaming events which are taking place, at short notice, and to provide a platform for feedback.
Creative Writing
Mon Aug 31st Some of the members are keeping daily journals of the coronavirus lockdown. Members are invited to use the group’s mailing list to keep in touch and provide mutual support for each other. Deirdre uses email to circulate writing exercises. Resources used have included a video clip, a villanelle challenge and a quiz. Next for the group will be a joint project with the Photography Group, where the Writers will respond with a story to the images provided by the Photographers
Email from Allison Milligan, TSE officer based at Belfast Central:
I have been asked to contact you on behalf of Nikki Terlik our TSE officer based at Belfast Central, she has been delivering fortnightly online creative writing sessions via zoom. She was wondering if any members of our creative writing groups based out of Ormeau Road Library would be interested in joining in, as it will be a considerable length of time before meetings can resume at the branch. Nikki’s contact email address is if anyone wishes to get in touch, she will then contact those participants with log on information for the Zoom meetings. The sessions generally take place fortnightly on a Wednesday at 2.00pm (next session 1st July TBC). If you could pass this information onto other participants of the U3A Writing Group, I would be most appreciative.
Garden Group
Mon Aug 31st A message from Rosemary
This lockdown period has been great for my garden, if not yours, as it’s currently getting my undivided attention. Though we may not be able to venture far from home, there are gardening programmes on the radio and TV: BBC Radio Ulster, Gardeners’ Corner, at 9.00am every Saturday and BBC 2 Gardeners’ World, on Fridays at 8 pm. It’s possible to buy plants, compost etc. online and to have them delivered to your door so it’s worth checking websites to see what’s on offer. For example, Hillmount Garden Centre, Upper Braniel Road, offers free delivery within 10 miles of Belfast for orders of £50+. Contact: or tel. 028 9044 8213. Cameron’s Garden Centre, Ballylesson Road, also offers home delivery, Tel 028 9082 6467 or email Happy gardening!
Editor: I am advised that Cameron’s also have a £50 minimum order value for free delivery.
Mon Aug 31st Adrian plans to use virtual meetings on Zoom to keep in touch with the golfers.
(He has also been keeping us amused with a selection of quizzes which have been much appreciated)
Mon Aug 31st Visit the Belfast U3A website for information. Sign up for our emails to be kept up-to-date on activities
Literature Group 1
Mon Aug 31st Members have been listening to the new adaptation of George Eliot’s novel The Mill on the Floss. This was the book they had started studying before the lockdown – so it has been very apt to follow on BBC Radio 4
Mon Aug 31st Lena has been in touch with Porthcawl U3A in Wales. The WWW Group are learning from their experience and continuing with their writing and sharing feedback online.

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