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North Down & Ards U3A

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Ulster Museum and Ulster Folk & Transport Museum events



If you have any photographs of your group's activities, the Committee would like to hear from you.  For details, CLICK HERE

To see the programme from September 2018 CLICK HERE
The Grand Opera House is offering U3A members a discount on certain performances.  If you are interested in knowing about these (some events may not have much warning), please contact Margaret on 9146 0447 and she will contact you by email or phone regarding any performances coming up.
Major events are from the Royal Opera House, the National Theatre, Bolshoi and The Met are screened at the Odeon, Victoria Square, Belfast.  Contact Margaret on 9146 0447.

For the latest programme CLICK HERE

Odeon Oldsters

Information on upcoming events will appear here.

Silver Screen
Films for seniors are shown at the Odeon on both mornings and afternoons on Wednesday and Thursday of each week. 
The cost is £3.00 and includes tea or coffee.
Details can be found on the Odeon website at


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The phone number for the 24-hour legal helpline has now changed to 0344 770 1040
The Third Age Trust has an arrangement with Arc Legal Assistance (in partnership with Irwin Mitchell Solicitors) to provide this free service to all U3A members.
Members will need to quote "U3A Legal Helpline, code number 70494" if they use the service.
U3A Online is an individual independent and autonomous U3A based in Queensland, Australia.  They produce GEMs, a monthly newsletter which contains all sorts of information on, for example, Cognitive Fitness, Exercise, Diet, Fun and Technical topics.


A couple of items in the TAT Members Area might be of interest to ND&A members.
In the 'Learn the U3A Way' section, there are sub-headings for Shared Learning Projects and a Research Noticeboard.  Any member looking for help with projects can submit a notice which will be posted for a month and then removed unless an extension is requested.
In the 'Noticeboards' section, members who would like to contact other U3As for advice or help can click on 'contact us', which provides an email link to the National Office.

Please note that the TAT Members Area can be accessed only by registering a User Name and Password.  This can be done easily via the U3A/TAT website: 


Chess enthusiasts who would like to play by email can use the TAT Members Area to register and/or contact the adviser, Dick Chapman.  Just log into the TAT Members Area and type 'chess by email' into the 'Search our website' box towards the top right hand corner of the page.

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'Making Connections' Programme
This is a programme of free monthly open afternoons for anyone aged 50+.  Events take place at the Ulster Museum on the first Wednesday in the month and at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum on the second Wednesday.

Bookings are not necessary for individual visits, but groups should book in advance.  Please mention at the ticket desk that you are going to the Making Connections event to ensure you get free entry.

Discovery Farm: Experience farm life from over 100 years ago
Stroll back in time and uncover a way of life on the farms of 100 years ago as you explore a number of farmhouses and farm-related buildings from Donegal to the Mourne Mountains.  Through their daily tasks, meet the people who lived on the land and looked after the animals.
Discovery Farm will offers visitors an unrivalled, authentic experience of country living from 100 years ago.  Each reflects traditional methods of farming, ranging from small scale to commercial, in diverse landscapes which have been recreated to represent the areas in which they were originally located.
Follow one or all of our trails to truly experience it all including Farm Houses and Farm Yards, the Lie of the Land and the Cycle of Country Life.
A programme detailing demonstrations and locations will be provided upon arrival. Please note the programme of demonstrations may be subject to change.
There is no need to book but for further information please contact the Live and Learn Team on 9039 5081.

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Information is available to anyone interested in finding out about the scheme:
For a general poster CLICK HERE
For a Briefing Document CLICK HERE
For the Bryson Energy Narrative CLICK HERE


Click on the link below to access a monthly magazine which you might find interesting.

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8th May – Les miserables

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever.

15th may – pitch perfect

Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.

22nd may - lincoln

As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

29th may – the impossible

The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

5th june – song for marion

Grumpy pensioner Arthur honors his recently deceased wife's passion for performing by joining the unconventional local choir to which she used to belong, a process that helps him build bridges with his estranged son, James.

12th june - flight

An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling.

19th june – safe haven

A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.

26th june – guilt trip

As inventor Andy Brewster is about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime, a quick stop at his mom's house turns into an unexpected cross-country voyage with her along for the ride.

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