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

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!


Dates for your Diary
Meetings
Thu Apr 30th AGM Notice
The AGM will be held on 30th April 2020 in the Balmoral Hotel. The business of the AGM will include elections to the Committee of Belfast U3A. Members are encouraged to consider serving on the Committee. Nominations Forms for the Committee will be available at the March meeting and from the Business Secretary.
Click to access Nomination Form
Tue Jun 30th COVID-19 - Please note that the following groups have cancelled meetings mostly until further notice:-
1. Art Appreciation
2. Art Group – contact convenors for updates.
3. Badminton
4. Bat & Chat table tennis
5. Book Group 1
6. Book Group 2
7. Bowling
8. Bridge 1
9. Bridge 2
10. Bridge Lessons
11. Brunch – visit to Stock Kitchen on 28th March is cancelled and all visits until end of April
12. Canasta
13. Concert & Theatre – Faith Healer in the Abbey on 9th May will probably have to be cancelled
14. Creative Writing - Closed until 29/4/20
15. Exercises for the Body and Brain
16. Film Group
17. Fitness programme, both groups
18. French Conversation, both groups
19. Garden Group – trip to Ballyrobert Gardens on 25th March is cancelled
20. Genealogy
21. Golf
22. Irish Language – meetings suspended until 23rd April
23. Jazz ​- Check with convenors, venues or organisers re East Belfast Jazz Club and the Sunday Java Jive Jazz Brunch in SD Bells
24. Let’s Go
25. Literature Group 1 – meetings suspended until after the summer
26. Photography – April meeting cancelled
27. Plato’s Parlour
28. Play Reading
29. Poetry Reading
30. Scrabble – Meetings cancelled until further notice. Situation being reviewed on a weekly basis. Contact convenor for updates.
31. The Last Word – still meeting. New members welcome
32. Yoga – new group, Lorraine will contact those who have expressed an interest with a start date when the situation becomes clearer.
Other Events
Thu Apr 2nd

A tailored Fitness Programme geared to the needs of U3A members, to improve mobility, flexibility, core strength and overall fitness level
Wed, Feb 19th to April 1st, 2 sessions: 11:15am and 12:15pm, Belfast Boat Club.
****PROGRAMME CANCELLED***

Book Group 3
Tue Apr 7th 'The Big Sleep' by Raymond Chandler'
2.00pm in Finaghy Library.

The group is at full capacity
Bridge - duplicate 2
Tue Jun 30th

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

Concert/Theatre
Sat May 9th

“Faith Healer” by Brian Friel
Abbey Theatre Dublin, 2.00pm.
Tickets £16.50 (50 available)
**THIS WILL PROBABLY BE CANCELLED**
Book with Richard

Garden Group
Wed Apr 22nd BALLYEDMUND ESTATE.
Cost: £16
All places now taken
Wed May 13th Hillsborough Estate
Cost: £15.
All places now taken
Wed Jun 17th Helen Dillon Greystones
Cost: £15
All places now taken
Tue Jun 30th

***ABORTED SUMMER VISITS****
Hi Fellow Gardeners.
It is an awful pity as Rosemary and I put a lot of thought and effort into thinking up and forward organising these visits and it is with huge regret that we feel they should all be cancelled due to the virus outbreak -
April BALLYEDMUND Estate
May. HILLSBOROUGH Estate
June. HELEN DILLON DUBLIN
None of you will be as disappointed as we are!
Things to look forward to - virtual rhododendrons ...
& virtual bluebells in May
& hold your breath - getting back to normality!

Lets Go
Wed May 20th

Carrickfergus Castle
(Featuring time-lapse video of new roof construction, newly opened costume room, winch room and Chapel).
Travel by Train. (meet 09.30, Great Victoria Station).
Lunch in Dobbin’s Hotel (Soup and Sandwiches £8)
Guided tour of St. Nicholas’s Church (1182) in afternoon.
Names and money of those interested will be collected at the next U3A meeting
***OUTING HAS BEEN CANCELLED***

Kate Irvine 07930451054
Lucy McGovern 07900213018
Elizabeth McKeown 07552935353

Sunday Lunch
Sun Apr 12th

**** NO meeting on Easter Sunday *****

Walking - Not the Munros
Tue Jun 30th PLEASE NOTE
Due to the present situation all NTMS walks have been cancelled for the next few months.
Hope you all can keep walking yourselves or in very small groups. Take care. Jennifer.
Walking - Ramblers
Thu Apr 2nd The Derry Quays and Walls Walk has been POSTPONED
Watch this page for updates.
Sun Apr 5th
→Tue Apr 7th
Sad to say that the Spring Break for Walkers has been cancelled, due to the Coronavirus.
Thu Apr 9th Slievenaslaght Hill, Castlewellan Forest
POSTPONED
Leader - Heather Sharpe
Thu Apr 16th Leitrim Lodge to Kilbroney
POSTPONED
Grid Ref: 225257
Linear walk, approx 6.5 miles. Mostly paths, but some rough ground. Boots and poles advised.
Bring packed lunch. Meet At Hillsborough Forest car park at 9.30am
Or Leitrim Lodge at 10.30am
Leaders - Jill Warwick and Jennifer Lemon
Thu Apr 23rd Dundrum through Murlough dunes and beach walk
POSTPONED
Leaders - Anne Kirk and Eithne Barnes
Thu May 7th Loughgall Country Park
POSTPONED
Leader - Carol Rusk
Thu May 14th Portglenone Forest - a bluebell walk
POSTPONED
Leader - Goretti O’Connor
Thu May 21st Castlewellan Loanens
POSTPONED
Leader - Ivan Baxter
Walking - Scramblers
Thu Apr 2nd Due to the COVID 19 virus, Scrambler walks will be cancelled until further notice
Stay safe.

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