Holywood U3A September Activities

As usual, this September, Holywood U3A has a full and remarkably varied programme.


  • Amble Friday 1/9/17 Helen’s Bay/Clandeboy Avenue (can be muddy) meet 10.00am Seapark Holywood to car share or 10.30 Car Park near beach at bottomof Fort Rd near Church Rd, coffee in Crawfordsburn Country Park Café.
  • Amble Friday 22/9/17 Mount Stewart meet 10.00am Tesco Knocknagoney Bottle Bank to car share or 10.45. Remember your National Trrust membership card or be prepared to pay admission charge £8..63. Coffee in Tea Room
  • For Ambles just turn up. contact Mark Hewitt 028 9042 2614 / 07747 175113 , mh@markhuit.plus.com



The book reading group meets on the 3rd tuesday of the month from 2 to 4 pm – upstairs in the holywood library – room 4

The next meeting is Tuesday 19th September – as above

The book under discussion is ‘The Notebook’ by Nicholas Sparks

Drawn from the 60 year marriage of his wife’s grandparents, the story is a sensitive and romantic post 2nd world war drama.  It became an international best-seller and was made into a film

CHRIS HEWITT Convener: hewitt383@btinternet.com



The U3A Choir will recommence at 4 pm on 6th Sept in Choir Room at St Philip and

St James Parish Church . New members will be made very welcome and If anyone

has any requests or ideas for new repertoire ( e.g. Favourite Christmas songs ) just

pop me an e mail. barbarafoster63@yahoo.co.uk Look forward to seeing everyone

in September.

contact Barbara Foster barbarafoster63@yahoo.co.uk



Camphill Coffee Shop, 8 Shore Road, Holywood BT18 9HX

Tuesday 12th September at 10.30

If you are free do come and join us.

Telephone no. 90295427 or cmj.montgomery@ntlworld.com

Holywood U3A SEPTEMBER 2017 Newsletter



Creative Writing, third Wednesday of the month, 2-4pm, Holywood library

The Holywood U3A Creative Writing group has been meeting since June, 2014 and

during those three years, the members have produced amazing work they read

aloud for the LitFests we held in November, 2015 and April, 2017 – both at the

Holywood library, both very well attended and supported by the U3A and its members

and the local community.

This year we will again be working hard towards creating even more amazing stories,

poems, first chapters of novels, or essays, with the aim of holding another Lit-

Fest in the near future. Once you’ve done it once, it becomes a tradition. And we’ve

done it twice now!

If you’d like to participate, your attendance is necessary at the monthly meetings,

where your work will find their ‘first readers’, and their kind support and encouragement.

Members already on the convenor’s email list will be sent an email closer to the

next meeting, which is on Wednesday, 20th of September, from 2-4pm, at the

Holywood library. New members are always very welcome, and don’t be shy. (Doing

the LitFest is not compulsory, just a fun thing to do if you wish.) Come along and

hang out with us, over a tea/coffee, biscuits and chocolate, and share your work

with us when you’re ready. You will be very welcome and instantly included. We

writers stick together so contact the convenor for more details.

Please contact Denise for details at mrs.ddh@gmail.com



Exploring the Short Story, second Wednesday of the month, from 10.30 to 12.30,

Holywood Library

This group reads and discusses short stories which are specifically picked by the

convenor to highlight different aspects of the short story, such as narrative perspective,

modernist elements, temporal perspective, intertextuality, to facilitate a better

understanding of this shortened form. Although these concepts may sound quite academic – they are – but the convenor will have you understanding them in a very non-stuffy way. The group is nearly a year old and in that time we have looked at short stories from writers from the 1890s to the present day, from Russia, Northern Ireland, the United States, Germany, Ireland, Canada and New Zealand.


The next meeting is on Wednesday, the 13th of September, from 10.30 to 12.30, at

the Holywood library, and members already signed up will be sent a short story in

an attachment via email towards the end of August. New members are always welcome.

Contact the convenor for more details.

There is a small fee for copies of the stories and teas/coffees (plus biscuits and


Please contact Denise for details at mrs.ddh@gmail.com.



Proposed Film Nights

Wednesday 30 August

Friday 22 September

Hopefully some good films coming our way. I will e-mail members with details

of films, venues and times a few days in advance. For those without e-mail

please phone for information.


Dundonald Omniplex will be screening live relays from The Royal Opera

House,The Royal Ballet and The Met throughout the year.

Tuesday 5 December : The Nutcracker

Dundonald Omniplex 7.15 pm

Tickets : £15.00

If anyone is interested in going as a group to this, please sign the relevant sheet at the monthly meeting on 25 August and pay cash so that I can book the seats together.

Convener: Anne McMurray annemcmurray@talktalk.net Phone:02890798584



We are looking forward to our September outing which will be to the Member’s

Room, Stormont.

As I’m still on holiday I will send out details when I return at the end of the month.




I was overwhelmed by the number of people who were interested in flower arranging.

In the past I’ve attended classes and feel for practical purposes that we could

not possibly work with 28 people. The most manageable size would be 10. I’ve

therefore notified the first ten on the list who have chosen the first Tuesday of each

month [mornings] and will run this from September until January 2018 [6

sessions]. The chosen venue is High Street Presbyterian Church Welcome Area –

through the glass doors at the front of the church [next to Little Wing] and I hope to

reserve car parking for everyone.

We’ll start at 10.30 until around 12.30. The cost will be at £3.50 each to cover the

cost of the room, plus tea, coffee and biscuits and items such as oasis, etc. Members

are requested to bring along a container of their choice and some garden foliage

and flowers or a small bunch of bought flower.

In the New Year I will contact the next 10 on the list, and perhaps change to another

day or time, if that suits people better.

I’m sorry I’ve taken so long to get back to you all but I hope we will all have an enjoyable


Norma Cooper [9042 4545]

Norma [coopers2.ni@gmail.com]



At a very wonderful Woodland Feast, ( part of Banger Open House Festival) I met

Erin & Jo who run The Edible Flower. What they are doing is so interesting and you

can get a look at their website with the link below.


I am delighted that Erin has agreed to come and give us a small demonstration and

talk on Tuesday 12th September in Holywood Baptist Church at 2.30pm.

Convener Sharyn Williams sharyn6617@mail.com



Off we go again to another lovely garden…

Glenarm Castle Walled Garden on Monday 11th September.

Reg Maxwell will give us a tour of the herbaceous borders, water features & the

fruit & vegetable gardens.

The Tea Room opens at 10am if you fancy a coffee & scone ( just get your own)

10.45 Tour starts

£7.50 cost..I will collect

No number restrictions this time…just turn up !

I look forward to seeing you there…

Liz Wallace

Convenor. Liz Wallace lizwallace@live.co.uk


Indoor Bowls

The new season starts on Monday 18th September 7.00pm in Holywood

Methodist Church Hall (corner of Church View/Church Rd). Do come along for

some mild exercise, fun & competition. Tuition and bowls are available for novices,

all you need is £2.00 and a flat-soled pair of shoes. (In association with Holywood

Methodist Bowling Club). New Faces are Welcome, just turn up on a Monday.

If any U3A members have a set of bowls that are no longer required. Please advise

Mark Hewitt

contact Mark Hewitt 028 9042 2614 / 07747 175113 , mh@markhuit.plus.com



The History Group are hosting a talk on ‘Ulster Folklore by Laura Spence’ at

10.30am on Wednesday 6 September.

Convener Robin Masefield rmasefield@hotmail.com



Day trip to Dublin, Tuesday, 5th September 2017

From Holywood, take the 7.37am train to Central Station, or 7.41am from Sydenham,

to connect with 8am Enterprise to Dublin Connolly.

Buy a return ticket on the Holywood to Central train if you can. We arrive in Dublin

about 10.10am.

The day is free for shopping, sightseeing etc, however we may meet for lunch,

maybe Davy Byrne’s pub at No. 21 Duke St (off Grafton Street),

or a place of your choice. We will confirm details en route.

Return on the 16.50 train from Connolly to Belfast Central, to connect with the

19.12 train to Holywood. Please meet in Connolly not later than 16.25.

There is a wonderful exhibition at the National Gallery called “Vermeer and the

Masters of Genre Painting” which some may wish to visit.

You can also see the refurbished original galleries, such as The Shaw Room, which

have reopened after six years (free).

Tickets for “Vermeer” can be purchased online, or take a chance on the day.









The Outdoor Bowling will be closing for the winter on Tuesday 5th September.

We hope to restart next April and details will be circulated before then.

Convener – Brian Cheyne

Note – Members wishing to continue bowling during the winter,

will find details available for the Indoor Bowling Group.

Convener – Brian Cheyne brianr.cheyne@gmail.com



The philosophy group will resume on Monday 25th September at 10.30am in Room

4, Holywood Library.

Convener Dr Alan McKay alanmckay33@yahoo.co.uk



Relaxation & Meditation

The first group will be commencing on Tuesday a.m. 5th September for 4 weeks.Those attending have been contacted. Anyone interested in coming to a future group should sign up at the Friday General Meeting.

Convenor- Eileen Cheyne eileen.cheyne@gmail.com



As you may be aware, COPNI are part of the Scamwise NI Partnership which was launched last year in response to the rising number of scams being reported. Other partners include the PSNI, Trading Standards, the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland, Age NI, Age Sector Platform, the Department of Justice and Victim Support amongst others.


The Scamwise NI partnership are looking to raise awareness of scam mail in the next phase of the campaign – COPNI’s research launched last year showed that 91% of older people in NI receive between 1 and 30 pieces of scam mail per week. I was wondering if you know of any older people who have been scammed via scam mail and would be interested in telling their story as part of this campaign.


Whilst this can be difficult for people to speak about, individual experiences can really help to drive the message home, both in terms of awareness raising and demonstrating the impact that this type of scam can have on the victim.

If you would be interested in getting involved, or would like any further information,please do not hesitate to contact: Christy.hunter@copni.org <mailto:Christy.hunter@copni.org> / 028 9089 0899.


MACtivist Volunteering Programme

We welcome volunteers from all walks of life, whatever their reason may be. Some want to learn new skills, whilst others have a passion for art and live theatre. They all have one thing in common though: a love for all things MAC.

As a valued member of our MACtivist team, you’ll have the opportunity to get involved in lots of aspects at the MAC, including our galleries, theatres and creative workshops. Tell us what interests you the most as we’d love to hear from you. Applications to volunteer are welcomed throughout the year and can be accessed here:https://themaclive.com/about-us/volunteer


Community Ticketing

Here at the MAC, we believe that the arts should be accessible and affordable to all.Community groups of 6 or more can avail of our special community ticket rate of £8, and for every 10 tickets bought, the 11th ticket will be completely free. The community ticket rate is available on shows from Tuesday – Thursday.

To book on behalf of your group email ciaranm@themaclive.com




Whether you’re interested in getting behind the scenes with a theatre production or exploring world class art exhibitions, we’ve got something you’ll love. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are delivered by a member of our team, who will show you and your group around our exhibitions and point out interesting things along the way. You can also request to meet our curators on your visit, if you’d like to hear further information on any of our exhibitions.To book on behalf of your group email ciaranm@themaclive.com