April Meeting

Our next Zoom monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 21st April at 10:30 am for an 11:00 am start.  The speaker will be one of our own members Mary McVeigh and she will be talking about some of the stories that appeared in Armagh Newspapers around 100 years ago.

Bridge Group Goes online

  • The current state of affairs has meant that the normal beginners’ classes and the weekly bridge sessions have been on hold. Since it seems that these might not be convened for some time we have been exploring ways of providing on-line alternatives; the u3a are now able to provide:
  • Classes for those who have completed the beginners’ phase and wish to develop their bridge skills. There are 6 classes that consist of sets of videos followed by questions designed to explore the material presented. Each includes a brief resume of a basic idea then adds additional advanced material.
  • We are also in the process of setting up a weekly bridge playing session (the equivalent of those held in the Golf Club) on-line using the BridgeBase Online internet platform. This is an Americal system so the cost of each afternoon’s play is $1.50 (just over a pound) but we are negotiating to halve this cost. 

If you are interested in either of these please contact Dennis Hay at..

 armagh.u3a.sec@gmail.com

U3A reception at the Palace

The Lord Mayor, Gareth Wilson hosted a reception for members of Armagh U3A in the Palace on Wednesday, 6th December at 1:00 p.m. We are grateful to Liam McArde for his kind permission to publish photos of the event on our website.

Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Gareth Wilson welcomes U3A – University of the Third Age to a reception at The Palace Armagh Co.Armagh
6 December 2017
CREDIT: www.LiamMcArdle.com

Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Gareth Wilson welcomes U3A – University of the Third Age to a reception at The Palace Armagh Co.Armagh
6 December 2017
CREDIT: www.LiamMcArdle.com

Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Gareth Wilson welcomes U3A – University of the Third Age to a reception at The Palace Armagh Co.Armagh
6 December 2017
CREDIT: www.LiamMcArdle.com

Mayor’s Lunch

A group to represent the U3A have been invited to lunch with the Mayor at the Palace on Wednesday, 6th December at 1:00 p.m. Please note numbers are restricted to those that have already been notified.

Ceramic flax flowers project at the F. E. McWilliams Gallery

The F. E. McWilliams gallery in Banbridge has organised pottery workshops at Mount Ida pottery in which some members of the Armagh U3A have taken part.

The project involved making lots of flax flowers in ceramic which will be installed in the gallery garden for their 10th anniversary. The “Weeping Poppies” from London were the inspiration for this idea.

You will be able to see the results of their work and that of the other participating groups in the gallery gardens at the F. E. McWilliams gallery in Banbridge from 22nd March 2018.

Songfest 2017

Armagh U3A are hosting the Songfest this year and it will take place on Wednesday, 26th April in the Market Place Theatre, Armagh. This year ten choirs are taking part in the festival, from Armagh, Belfast, East Antrim, Erne, Foyle, Newry with 2 choirs, North Down and Ards, Omagh, and Upper Bann.
Anyone wishing to attend should be seated in the theatre by 1:15 p.m. for a 1:30 start.

Tickets are available at £5 per head which includes tea/coffee and sandwiches after the performance.

We want to acknowledge the assistance given by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Marketplace Theatre Staff, and the following Supermarkets, Emerson’s, McAnerney’s and Sainsbury’s

This event is grant-aided by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council. The views expressed herein are not necessarily shared or endorsed by the council. The council does not accept any responsibility for these views.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 19th April, 2017 at 11.00am in County Armagh Golf Club, 7 Newry Road, Armagh. All members are eligible to attend and vote.

Proposals to amend the constitution and/or nominations for the committee must be received in writing either via post or email to the Business Secretary, Mary McVeigh (see notes below), by Monday, 10th April 2017.

Permission must be given by prospective candidates prior to their nomination. The current committee members are: Margaret Oakes (Chair), Stephen Garvin (Vice-Chair), Margaret Neville (Treasurer), David Dorman Groups (Co-ordinator), Richard Burns (Membership Secretary), Mary McVeigh (Business Secretary), Catherine McDonald (Minutes Secretary) Una Boylan, Peter Conway, Bernie Harvey, Emmett Lynch and Eleanor Pierce.

AGENDA:
1. Apologies
2. Minutes of previous AGM
3. Matters arising
4. Reports:
Chair
Treasurer
Groups Co-ordinator
5. Elections
6. Changes to constitution.
7. A.O.B.