­­October Newsletter­

­­October Newsletter­
­­Thank You!Thanks to all who attended the first coffee morning and a special welcome to our newest members. There seemed to be lots of chatting, scoffing of scones and an overwhelming relief at getting going again.  As you will see there are lots of upcoming activities and events. As these need additional planning and frequently depend on the numbers interested, so we are asking for lots of feedback. Hopefully, this is an easy process where you click on one of the buttons below, get a very short set of questions to answer and submit these. This all helps us to identify what you want, when you want it and makes the planning of events much easier. So thanks in advance for helping by leaving your feedback. October Lunch OutingAs hinted at the coffee morning, we are aiming for a lunch outing this month and have made provisional arrangements to hold this at the Armagh Golf Club on Monday 10th October at 12.30 for 1.00 pm although the date can be changed if members need more time. We have a suggested 2 course menu which again can be modified so let us know what you think……. Main   Coley fish   Brisket of beef   Fillet of chickenAll served with mash, roast potatoes and seasonal vegetablesDessert  Roulade  Lemon posset  Bramley apple crumbleCost £20 If you are interested please click on the button below and give us some feedback. We will then email all members and let them know the final arrangements.­­
­­Click to leave feedback on the lunch­­
­­ When do you want the next Coffee Morning? Given the success of coffee mornings, we are keen to keep them going. BUT…. why is there is always a but! Now we are getting up and running again our expenses are increasing so we would need to ask for a small contribution towards the coffee and scones. As aways we first ask you to show if you are interested in attending coffee mornings, what you think is a fare payment and lastly when you want the next palaver. Let us know what you think by clicking on the button below.­­Coffee Morning Feedback­­
­­­ As yet we have not agreed a venue nor a speaker but we are actively pursuing possibilities and are hopeful that a meeting can be arrange for near the end of the month. As always we will give you all the details well in advance. Watch this space!­­
­­October Groups Calendar­
­Walking Groups Hill Walking Group
This group do walks along country lanes, in forest parks, hills, and mountains. Walks are usually 2-4 hours.We meet weekly on Thursdays at the Armagh Palace car park by the children’s play park and depart promptly at 9.30 am. Members of the group plan and decide on the next walk at the end of each walk. All communication is by a WhatsApp group. The leader of the walk posts information to the WhatsApp Group. All members are encouraged to take a turn in leading walks. Please remember that hiking carries risks and participation in hiking or walking activities can result in injury. It is the responsibility of each walker to ensure they have the experience and fitness for any walks they undertake; sturdy footwear and walking clothing are advised. Denim jeans are not suitable. 

For more information contact, Caroline at cbgood@doctors.org.uk and add your mobile number to join the WhatsApp group.

 Tuesday Walkers
For those seeking a more gentle walk and talk. The schedule for October is……..
4th           Bantry
11th         Lurgan Park
18th         Peatlands
25th         Oxford Island
The group meets on Tuesdays at the Palace car park at 10.00 am

For more details contact, Patricia McConville at patriciamcconville@btinternet.com. ­
­­ Cycling group. 
The group meet weekly on Wednesday mornings (weather permitting) at different locations. Cycling is mostly on secondary or minor roads, occasionally on major roads. Distance cycled is approximately 30-35KM (3hours) with a coffee stop along the way. Members must have their own bikes, helmets and Hi-Vis tops and be comfortable with cycling on roads. Communication is by a WhatsApp group. 
Those interested should contact Peter Good at pdgood@doctors.org.uk and add your mobile number to join the WhatsApp group.­­
­­­­­­Pilates­Classes are underway once more and we have vacancies in the Wednesday 12.30 am group. These have proved to be very popular so if you are interested get in fast! For more information contact Margaret at tro111@hotmail.com­­
­­­­­­Aqua Aerobics­
In collaboration with the Armagh City Hotel we have negotiated a possible class to be held in their pool on a Thursday at 10.00 am. This will have a maximum of 15 places and cost about £6. Again this depends on numbers so if you are interested click on the button below and let us know.­­
­­Click to leave feedback on Aqua Aerobics­­
­­Bridge GroupThis is up and running again after the summer break. The online sessions are held on a Wednesday at 7.00 pm and last week we had 20 take part. If you are interested in finding out how to play online contact, 
Dennis at denu3a@gmail.com
The face-to-face sessions start again on Monday October 3rd in the Cardinal Tomas O Fiaich Memorial Library at 2.00 pm. If you are still worried about COVID issues we suggest you bring a mask and/or sanitising hand wash. Many other bridge groups have restarted without these but don’t hesitate to bring them if you feel more secure. We will also be holding beginners lessons at the same time. 
If you are interested please come along or contact, Patricia at patriciamcconville@btinternet.com­­
­­­u3a Choir

Hopefully, the choir will start later this month. We are still negotiating the exact start date. As soon as we know we will send out an email. Choir meetings will be on a Thursday at 4.00 pm and are likely to be held in the Music Room of St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral.  If you are interested contact Kathleen at Kathleen.daly41@icloud.com.­­­

Family HistoryThis group hopes to restart in person towards the end of this month, could anyone interested in attending send their e-mail address to;  Richard at richardburns@rocketmail.com or ring me on my mobile 077 6866 3867 by Friday, 14th October.­­­­­

Local History sessions will provisionally start in October on Thursday, 13th from 11.30am. Venues will vary but these will be communicated well in advance for those who provide the details asked for below. Topics will include Armagh’s economic, social and political history from the late 18th century until early 20th century.  Those interested should send their email addresses and/or or mobile phone numbers to Mary McVeigh at mtmcveigh@icloud.com­­
­­It’s YOUR u3a so let us Know!­
­­What MORE can we do for you? Although we are trying hard to get the existing groups up and running we want to expand our horizons. There seem to be a number of possibilities,

New groups – these run weekly or at a regular interval. Are there any YOU feel are needed? For example we had an active book club, can we resurrect this? Are there other physical activities we could organise?

Short courses – these are 6-10 week courses on set topics. For example, using an iPad, using the web, foreign languages (these might run at different levels), introductions to topics such as psychology. We may even pay providers for these! What do you think? 

What can you do for us?
We may all be retired but there are lots of skills our members have that others want to know about. Would you be willing to organise a group / run a short course on a topic that interests you? If so, we would LOVE to hear from you. Give us feedback on any of these by clicking on the link below to share your thoughts or even better your skills and interests.­­
Click here to give us your ideas­