- 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..
If a group wishes to hold group meetings on Zoom please contact
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The next walk is this Thursday, 23rd January and will be in Cave Hill Country Park . It is a loop walk , starting and finishing at Belfast Castle . There is a clear path to the top, which is McArts Fort and is 368 metres above sea level . The incline is gradual; and would be suitable for almost any level of walking fitness . If it a clear day you will be treated to wonderful views . Water proofs and suitable footwear are advised . Time ; circa 2 hours . For afterwards there is the Cellar bar in Belfast Castle
The Local History group meets on the first Wednesday in the month at 1:30 in the Irish and Local Studies Library, all welcome.
The convener for the group is Mary McVeigh,
A new series of Beginners classes is starting on Monday 27th January at 2.00 pm in Golf Club.
Anyone interested should contact Patricia on 38 891247.