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What’s happening in U3A Armagh

March General Meeting

Our next general meeting will be held on Wednesday 18th March in the Golf Club at 11:00 a.m. Tea, Coffee and Biscuits will be available from 10:30 a.m. The speaker will be Suzi Johnston.

Massage, mobilisations and movement – Reflections of a Physiotherapist

Suzi Johnston

As 2020 is the centenary year of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy receiving its Royal Charter, Sui’s talk is a light hearted look at the history of physiotherapy from its inception to the advances of modern day physiotherapy practice. She will also be sharing some stories from the archives of her almost 30 year physiotherapy career.

Suzi has worked as an Advanced Practice Physiotherapist for the past 16 years and currently works for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust. She is also a qualified Pilates instructor. Originally from Scotland, she has worked throughout the UK and in Australia and moved to Northern Ireland 12 years ago.

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.

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

News from the Region

1) Dates for your diary:


March 24th : Inter-U3A Bridge in the Lodge Hotel, Coleraine. (Booking details will be issued nearer the date)

April 29th : Inter-U3A Songfest (Choirs should be aware of the arrangements)

May 11th : Regional AGM in Bangor (Notifications to follow in April)

June 3rd : National U3A Day (see below)

Originally we hopes to hold another quiz this spring but now plan to leave it till the autumn to avoid overloading diaries. We are waiting for confirmation before arranging a U3A Money Matters workshop in March or April.

2) The latest on Beacon is that it is undergoing an update but advice from those in the know is that if you are hoping to go on to Beacon you are advised to apply now and that the switch from Beacon 1 to Beacon 2 should be relatively simple. A Beacon expert hopes to be in NI within the next few months and we will see what can be arranged when that has been confirmed. (For those unaware of Beacon, this is a customised IT system for dealing with U3A membership info, costing £1 per head.)

3) Questions have been raised about the “model constitution” for NI U3As. First, this is a suggestion, not obligatory and if you and the Charity Commission are happy with what you have, that’s okay. The current version of the model suggests that changes to a constitution have to be sent to and approved by the Trust, but this is not the case. The Trust would welcome a copy of your constitution because if you have any queries for them the first thing they would do is to check your constitution.

4) To publicise the existence and value of U3A membership, each U3A is asked to mark the National U3A Day on 3rd June when there is likely to be media attention.

5) Expo 50 Plus returns to the Waterfront in Belfast on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th February. Last year the Region manned a table showcasing what U3As have to offer and raised a lot of interest, so we are returning this year. While the Expo is aimed at services for the 50 plus age range, it also comprises a genealogy conference and will be of interest to genealogists, collectors or those interested in antiques . You can download a publicity flyer by clicking the lnk below.

6) At the Autumn meeting there was discussion about an offer from Kingsbridge Private Hospital. Discussions on this are ongoing, awaiting advice from the Trust.

7) Discussions are also ongoing between the Region and the Belfast campus of the Ulster University, exploring options for links similar to those with the Coleraine and Derry campuses.

8) Some libraries have been holding open days to which they have invited the local U3As to attend. You may want to follow up on this with your library and if needed the region can provide publicity material.

9) Causeway U3A has organised a Spring Holiday in Kilkenny. Although well subscribed, there are stiIl a few places available which they are offering to other U3As. For full details, click on the link below to see the flyer. A deposit of £50 should be sent to Ken Canavan, 4a Tramway Drive, Bushmills, BT57 8YS, with the cheque made out to Causeway U3A by February 14th.

10) A PhD student is carrying out research into the social impact of Brexit on communities in NI and is looking for respondents to a questionnaire. For details see the post on the website Participants for Brexit Survey.

Tour Of The Armagh Cider Company Premises in Ballintaggart – Price reduced

We have organised a tour of the Armagh Cider Company Premises at Ballintaggart House. The date is Friday, 1st November and this will be another outing combined with out-to-lunch.

We have the following details of the day:

When group arrive they are given a drink of juice with shortbread.
Philip will give a talk on history of the place (approx 20 mins)
Then tour of bottling plant which may or may not be working (approx 25 mins). Then tasting of all products (remember to note favourite and ask for it at lunch)

Vegetable soup, sausage roll, wheaten and soda bread, all locally made
Apple pie and fresh cream.

If anyone is interested in horses they will bring out a pony and talk about it.

There are products for sale.

Cost: £20.

There is more information on the Apple Cider Company’s website at Apple Cider Company

If you are interested in taking part in this outing, please contact MARGARET on 028 3752 2126

Hillsborough Castle

A trip (including Out to Lunch) to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens has been arranged for Friday, 27th September 2019.

The bus will depart from Armagh City Hotel at 9:30 am and return around 5:30 pm.

The price will be £32 . This includes bus (subsidised), tea/coffee and scones on arrival in Tea Rooms, entrance to Castle and Gardens, a 2 course lunch with tea or coffee in Yellow Door Restaurant at Castle and tips for restaurant and bus driver.

Numbers are limited to 50. It may be necessary to split into 2 groups for the tours.

Payment to be paid by cheque made out to Armagh U3A before 5th September.

Hoping to see you at this event

Margaret Oakes. Florence Johnston

You can contact MARGARET on 0283752 2126
Cheques paid at General Meeting or posted to
Margaret Oakes
17 Killuney Park Road
Armagh BT61 9HG

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