On this page you will find Announcements from the Committee and other events/opportunities for participation which may be of interest to you.

As there will be no July meeting, the committee invites all members to the Summer Coffee Morning at Belvoir Park Golf Club, 73 Church Road, BT8 7AN, on Thursday 25th July at 10.30 am. Cost £4 for tea/coffee & scone. Please sign sheet and pay at the May or June meeting. Event contact: Moya Crunden.
Attendance (max 120) for this event must be booked and paid for in advance.

Membership fees were due on 1st April. Cheques only please - £15 payable to 'Belfast U3A', -with your name printed on the back- can be handed to the treasurer at the monthly meeting or posted to the address given in the emailed version of the newsletter.

From Maureen Pimley, Groups Co-ordinator for the attention of all Convenors: Please contact Maureen if your group is interested in making use of the "Listening Device" which has been purchased. Please note also that Belfast U3A business cards for use by those booking events/outings involving outside bodies, can be obtained from Maureen.


Belfast U3A’s first monthly meeting on Thursday, 28th March 2019 at the new venue at Balmoral Hotel was hailed as a great success by the many members who attended.
A full house availed themselves of the 250 seats that had been arranged in the spacious ballroom, all on a level floor - no stairs involved – and coffee /tea and biscuits were provided by the hotel. Side tables, set up in the alcoves at the side of room, manned by various members, displayed information on upcoming events which gave rise to lots of chat indicating the friendly atmosphere that prevailed at the event.
On a raised dais a table, covered by the beautifully embroidered Belfast U3A cloth, along with 2 chairs and a microphone had been made ready for the Chair Person and Business Secretary. To the side of the table stood a lectern from which the Chair Person welcomed everybody after which various announcements were made. The guest speaker was a Crime Prevention Officer who advised us how to deal with possible criminal intruders at our homes, advised us to beware of scam phone calls from, for example, banks and other official sounding bodies, and alerted us to further scams disseminated on the internet. The loud applause demonstrated the audience’s appreciation.
The Chair Person, on behalf of the members, thanked the hotel management for their help and co-operation in the organization of the event and also acknowledged the great effort taken by our committee member, Briad McCallion and her husband, Paul, to find such an excellent venue.

NOSTALGIC MOMENTS AT BELFAST U3A – the final meeting at Belvoir Players Theatre

Belfast U3A is about to change the venue of their monthly meetings. It was with some nostalgia that they met in February 2019 for the last time at Belvoir Players Theatre whose premises they had used regularly since 2003. Lena, the Chair, thanked the theatre for the use of their premises but pointed out that our membership had grown to such a number that the Theatre no longer suited our needs.
Lena McCann reminded all those present of the work and service given by the various chairpersons of Belfast U3A since its inauguration – Brian Connors, Bill Duff, Clare Devlin, Liz Lattimore, Paul Trainor – and also mentioned Brian Bridge, who had made such a significant contribution to the organisation with his photographic and electronic skills as well as his enthusiasm as leader of the walkers’ groups. Some of his photographs brightened the screen as a background during the meeting.
The speaker at this last meeting was very appropriate – Ivan Little, journalist and actor, who in his talk entitled “My Life in Journalism and Theatre” invoked many memories in us all as he related heart rendering stories of his years as a journalist during the “Troubles” as well as lacing his reminiscences with many hilarious – and phenomenal – episodes which led to side-splitting laughter in the hall.
See photos at the right hand side of the page.
Lena announced that the next general meeting of Belfast U3A in March will be held at the new venue – Balmoral Hotel.



At the Christmas Mince Pies event Lena announced that this
was to be our last Christmas Party at Belvoir but not the last monthly meeting.
We are moving to a new venue - Balmoral Hotel, Dunmurry in March 2019.
The first monthly meeting will be held in the Balmoral Hotel on
Thursday 28th March 2019.

See map showing new location at the right hand side of this screen.
Please click below for directions to Balmoral Hotel from all directions.
Directions to Balmoral Hotel
Success for Belfast U3A member Dorothy Byrne at Laganside Navigation Trust
Story Telling Festival 2019

Lena McCann, wearing her Creative Writing Convenor’s hat reports:
‘Sheila Leggett and myself were in the audience at the above event on Saturday February 2nd. Belfast U3A Creative Writing Group for the second year running availed of two free Workshop delivered by Olive Broderick on behalf of the Trust. The theme this year was “Linen on the Lagan” and along with storytelling there were musical and tapestry sections. Imagine our delight when one of our Creative Writers, Dorothy Byrne, was called forward by Lady Daphne Trimble to accept her award from Brian Cassells OBE, Chairman of the Trust for 1st prize in the Adult Story Section -
Belfast U3A congratulate Dorothy – you have made us truly proud’ (see photograph to the right of this screen)
Click below to read Dorothy’s award-winning story:
Linen on the Lagan by Dorothy Byrne

Belfast U3A was recently contacted by Lecturer Charlotte Boman, about an illustration archive at Cardiff University. The archive contains over a million illustrations from 68,000 digitised volumes covering Literature, Philosophy, Art, History and Geography, mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries. It may be of use as a resource for some interest groups and/or individuals. Find out more from their website:

With 320 members already participating, Gift Aid adds over 10% to our membership income. By completing a simple Declaration Form, taxpaying members can increase each annual payment by 25%. Forms usually available at monthly meeting or from Ronnie Carser.

New Data Protection Legislation, Privacy and Safeguarding policies
On 25th May 2018 Data Protection legislation changed and the new law is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Our lawful basis for holding your information is the contract due to the membership fee that you pay to the U3A. The documents for Belfast U3A's Privacy Policy, GDPR and Safeguarding Policy can be accessed from the Welcome Page of the website (or from Links).

Wish List for new Interest Groups
Do you have an idea for a new group you would like to see formed in Belfast U3A? If so, the committee would like to hear from you.
Please see sheet at meeting or contact Maureen Pimley.

Do you know there is now a national u3a newsletter available to all members?
Sign up for it at

U3A NI Regional events
Click below to view upcoming regional events:
Dates for NI regional events


Proposed Memory Programme for Belfast U3A
This is a well-trialled U3A Memory programme which aims to help participants understand, prevent an manage everyday memory problems. The programme has been running successfully in over 60 U3As across the UK and Northern Ireland.
If you would be interested in attending an interest session about this Programme, in order to identify prospective facilitators and administrators, then please click below:
Memory Programme Invitation

A possible Whist Group has been proposed. If you are interested, please sign sheet at meeting or contact Maureen Pimley.

A Second Literature Group has now been formed. It is meeting fortnightly in a member's home on Wednesdays at 10.30 am. The convenor is Michael McIlroy.

Jazz Group Good news for the jazz fans amongst you. We have two new convenors for the temporarily suspended Jazz Group - Mark Hewitt and Caroline Brown; see Jazz page for more details.

A leader is still required for the new Spanish Conversation Group.
Also the Glee Club would like to have a back-up pianist for those occasions when Eileen Hurley cannot attend.
If interested in either of the above please contact Maureen Pimley.

The Poetry Group have submitted a little piece about our Poetry Group to the Third Age Trust for the magazine - make sure to look out for it! You can read it here: Belfast Poetry Group

The Glee Club require a back-up pianist for those occasions on which Eileen Hurley cannot attend. If interested please contact Maureen Pimley.

Film Group co-convenor, Patricia Moore is standing down and is replaced by Kate Irvine who joins Betty McCarthy to plan the group's outings.



Queens Research project on Balance in Older Adults
Your help is requested by a research student looking for volunteers over the age of 65 to help in her investigation into improving balance feedback.
For more details please click below:
Balance Research Project

Queens research project - can you help?
IA fourth year student from Queen's University is carrying out a survey to gain a better understanding of how older adults in the city percieve their walking environment. She is looking for volunteers to complete a survey. Please click below for details:
Walking research project

Research project on impulsivity in adults with and without Parkinson's Disease.
Viola Izzo, a PhD student with the School of Psychology, QUB, has written in the hope of recruiting interested participants from U3A in the above research project. Please click below to read her letter and to learn more about the project,
Letter from Viola Izzo
Izzo Research Project

Age Friendly Handy-Person Home Safety Check and Repair Service
Those who are over 65 years and living in the Belfast City Council Area are entitled to a free Home Safety Check. You may also use the services of a handyman at a cost of £15 per hour for repairs, putting up shelves etc.
Click below for details
Age Friendly Flier

Opportunity to join the Belfast Phoenix Choir
Belfast Phoenix Clhoi are recruiting Basses Tenors , Altos and Sopranos . If any of your members would be interested in joining the choir please contact me ,NORMA GORDON on (07756) 222540 .

Quality Books Required by Self Help Africa Bookshop (previously known as War on Want) 24 Botanic Avenue Belfast BT7 1JQ Tel: 028 90 247773 in support of their African projects.(On the same side as Botanic Station, about 4 shops up from Shaftsbury Square). Please keep in mind if you are house clearing, downsizing or if you know of anyone who may have books to donate.


Please click below to read the latest news from Eddie Lynch, the Commisioner for Older People, Northern Ireland.
COPNI newsletter

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