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Cycling Group – Scarva Pod

The Scarva Pod has been booked for 9.15 am on Thursday 26th March. We plan a leisurely cycle to Newry-no rush, no hills. And over coffee we can firm up a couple of outings that should take us up to Easter and a little beyond.

Those of you who have your own bikes please give them a check over to see if they are OK for the 26th.

CoVid-19 – Corona Virus

At the U3A Executive Committee on Tuesday afternoon the unanimous decision was taken to suspend all monthly and group meetings until the situation in relation to Covid-19 (corona virus) improves.

The committee will review their decision in 4 weeks time and a further announcement will be made then.

Family History

The Family History group meets on the second Wednesday in the month at 2:30 in the Irish and Local Studies Library, all welcome.

The convener for the group is Richard Burns, if you wish to contact him ring 077 6866 3867.

Out-To-Lunch-Bunch: Academy Restaurant Belfast

Date: Friday 6th March 2020
Time: 1 p.m. (13:00)

Venue – Academy Restaurant at University of Ulster Campus, York Street, Belfast.

Anyone who has already given their name to me need not reply UNLESS you are not able to go.

If you wish to go please let Florence know before 3rd March.

02837 523104
florence.johnston25@btinternet.com

Walking Group – Ravensdale Forest Park

Big thank you to Peter and Caroline who will lead our walk on Thurs. 5th March.

Our walk for Thursday–Ravensdale Forest Park. Weather permitting.

Meet as usual at Palace at 9.30 or 10.00 at Carrickdale Hotel (exit 20 off dual carriageway) in first car park on left. We walk 15 minutes along a small road to the entrance of Ravensdale Forest Park then walk up a steady incline along forest roads. Wonderful views of Ring of Gullion. Onwards, downwards and a short uphill to rejoin the forest road and back to the hotel for refreshments.

Forest tracks. Muddy in places. Boots & poles recommended.

Approx 9 km. 3–3½ hours. See you there!

Walking Group – Rossmore Park

Our next walk (weather permitting) will be in Rossmore Park on Thursday, 20th February. The walk will be led by Margaret Neville and will last approximately two and a half hours. We meet at 9:30 a.m. at the car park at the palace stables.

General Meeting – Sandra Dickson

Our February meeting will be held in the Golf Club on Wednesday, 19th February at 11:00 a.m. The speaker will be the storyteller Sandra Dickson who will tell the story of the Belfast Blitz, our own singing group will be there to assist with the performance.

Coffee and tea will be available from 10:30.

Out-To-Lunch Bunch – Newry

Florence has been in touch with the Southern Regional College Newry Campus (Newry Tech) and has booked us in to the Restaurant there.

Date Friday 7 February 2020

They would like us seated at 12.30 but remind us to allow time to get parking permit from reception and park car.

Please let Florence know if you are going, no later than Monday 3 February.  She has booked for up to 30 people.

Florence Johnston
(028) 37523104
florence.johnston25@btinternet.com

Walking Group – Davagh Forest

Mark Bailey has kindly offered to lead our walk this Thursday, leaving from top car park (beside Kids Play Park) at Palace Grounds at 930 am.


Some information from Mark…
We will meet, as usual, at the Palace Stables car park, and then drive (approx 1 hour) via Cookstown to the main car park at Davagh Forest, where there are basic toilet facilities etc. 

The whole walk will take approximately 2.5 to 3.0 hours.  After that, if people wish we can return to the main A505 via Beaghmore Stone Circles and then (if people wish) grab a coffee and snack at An Creagan. 

From there, the shortest way home is via Ballygawley (0.5 hour), and then back to Armagh via Aughnacloy (0.5 hour). Bring sandwiches and a drink, and suitable clothing. 

The walk is mostly along established forest paths and track, although some parts of the boundary path SE of Beleevnamore Mountain can be muddy in wet weather.  Although there’s a bit of a climb, it’s all along forest tracks.