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Groups – What’s happening

The following groups are currently meeting for details please contact the convenors:

Cycling and the three walking groups


Bridge is meeting online.

The following groups are not currently meeting but hope to resume when people are comfortable meeting up indoors again:


Family History



Local History

Out-to-Lunch Bunch



Tai Chi

Wine Appreciation

April Newsletter

­­        April Newsletter­
­­Thanks to all who Renewed their u3a Membership­­
­­We had a splendid renewal campaign particularly due to another well attended and enjoyable coffee morning. If you have not yet renewed and need a form then click on the button below. The form has all the information on the what we need and how to pay your fees. ­­­
­­­Click here to get a renewal form­­­
­­­Annual General Meeting Rescheduled
The next meeting planned for April was going to be the Annual General Meeting but due to a delay in getting the accounts audited this has been rescheduled and will take place in May. As soon as we confirm the arrangements we will let you all know.  
Replacement Talk
Apologies again for the hiccup with the last talk. We will do better I promise! To replace the Annual General Meeting we are organising a presentation by our very own Lorna Quin who is to tell us the story behind her book, “ Yes! We Have No Bananas”, a collection of memories of those who grew up during the War years. Bare with us and we will let you know the exact details very soon.­­
­­­­u3a Committee Vacancies

Unfortunately we have to say goodbye to a number of committee members at the next AGM who have now served their time (NO its not like prison) and so we have vacancies to fill. If you, or anyone you know, would like to join us in suggesting and planning u3a events and helping us run the branch please get in touch. A vibrant committee means a healthy and active u3a branch. No experience is necessary just wanting to be involved is all it takes. More information can be had from any committee member or by contacting me at Denu3a@gmail.com.

Please don’t be shy, as the poster says, your u3a needs you.­­­
­­Each month we post a link to the National u3a newsletter. This month they feature a message for Ukraine, Brain testers, a new Japanese puzzle format, a crochet challenge as well as highlighting objects that need improving to make them more useful to folks our age, and information about National events. As always, well worth a quick look.­­

View the National Newsletter­­­
­­                 April Calendar­
Walking Groups
We now have 3 possibilities if you fancy a bit of exercise through walking.  
For the energetic who like rambling contact Caroline Good  (cbgood@doctors.org.uk) for more details.­­­
Join the Walking Soles this Month
The group features walks with optional lunch/coffee and meets on Tuesdays at the Palace car park at 10.00 am. The April calendar is above.
For more details contact, Patricia McConville on,  patriciamcconville@btinternet.com­­
­­Easy on the Feet
For more gentle strolls combined with lots of chatting
contact Anne Cassidy at cassidy1539@gmail.com­­
­If you are just coming out of hibernation and fancy some exercise then we have a couple of vacancies in the pilates classes.

If you are interested then email – denu3a@gmail.com­­
­­­And Finally….. As I now go on at length to the grandkids about the good old days, I often remember the time I asked my dad , “You keep going on about the good, old days, what was it that was so good?”  He paused, smiled and said, “the best thing about them was I wasn’t good and I wasn’t old”. ­­­

Hill Walking Group

The Hill Walking Group started in 2011 when Armagh u3a was first set up. Our walks are varied—-in forest parks, in the hills & mountains & along country roads.

We meet weekly on Thursdays.

Walks are usually 2-4hours.

Members of the group plan and decide on the next walk at the end of each walk. The leader of the walk then posts information to the WhatsApp Group.

Hiking carries risks and participation in hiking or walking activities can result in injury. It is the responsibility of each walker to ensure he/she has the experience and fitness for any walks they undertake; sturdy footwear and waterproof clothing are essential. Denim jeans are not suitable.

Car Sharing can be arranged between members who are happy & comfortable to share & drive. Final decision is with the driver on the day.

All communication for the u3a hill walking group is by WhatsApp

Contact Caroline: cbgood@doctors.org.uk

Tuesday Walking Group

The Tuesday Walking Group walk on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Meeting in the carpark in the Demesne next to the children’s playground. Numbers are currently limited to 15 participants, though this may change as Covid restrictions are relaxed. For further details contact Patricia McConville.

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..