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 are now overdue and if payment is not received by 30th June, membership will be deemed to have been cancelled. Cheques only please - £15 payable to Belfast U3A, with your name printed on the back - can be posted to Andrew Walmsley. To cancel your membership, please contact Mavis Turner at

Teas/coffees at monthly meeting in Balmoral Hotel.
As of our monthly meeting on Thurs.29th August, teas and coffees will no longer be free of charge. This service will become a hotel service, managed and charged by the hotel staff, at a negotiated price of £2 per head


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.

Change of policy regarding member of other U3As attending Interest groups of Belfast U3A.
In future Belfast U3A will expect all participants in Interest Groups or activities to be paid up members of Belfast U3A.

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.

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.

Do you know there is now a national u3a newsletter available to all members?
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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

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



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

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

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.


Opportunity to improve your Spanish
The following message was received from Marion McAnulty, a member of Newry U3A who is the tutor for groups in Beginners and Intermediate Spanish.
“For the past two years I have been organizing cultural trips to Seville in Spain. We attend an Academy in Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz. We are placed with local Spanish Families, all meals included, and attend the Trinity Academy. We have lessons in the mornings and cultural excursions in the afternoons. It is an amazing experience and thoroughly enjoyed by all. This year we had some Spanish Learners from U3A Derry with us. By the way, it is very reasonably priced.”.
Marion is interested in knowing if any other U3A Spanish groups would be interested in joining them in May 2020 on the next trip.
She says that if there is enough interest the Director of the Trinity Academy will send a Spanish Representative here in November, to demonstrate exactly what the Academy offers. She would give a sample lesson in each U3A group just to show what they can expect.
Any members interested in applying to go to this should contact June Martin, our Business Secretary ( and I would then forward their names, email address and/or telephone number to Marion McAnulty. (July, 19)

Timewise Traveller - A History of People and World Events 1066 - 1901 .
This is an online facility - free of charge on the Internet produced by Derek J P Waldie. In his own words “This unique work covers not only political history but also – running alongside and in equal depth – the development of all the major disciplines, such as Literature, Music, the Visual Arts, the Sciences, Medicine, Philosophy, Exploration and Invention. And all these branches of knowledge can be isolated and placed in chronological order.”.
To access, click below:
Timewise Traveller (July, 19)

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

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