The U3A Singing Group took part in an Evening of Advent Meditation organised by the Armagh Cathedrals Partnership on Wednesday, 10th December in the Synod Hall.
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Over thirty of our members set off for Belfast on November,14th to discover some hidden gems of Belfast . We had organised two Blue Badge Tourist Board guides to lead the way. It proved a very informative and enjoyable two hours. We all realised we had walked past some very important historic sights in Belfast over the years with our eyes closed! We started off at the City Hall,down Royal Avenue, through the Cathedral Quarter and finished at St George’s Market. The highlights of the tour were a visit to First Presbyterian Church (1783) in Rosemary Street, the War Memorial Museum and a walk through the historic Half Bap area where we saw the new murals of some famous people of Belfast. We hope to return and explore more of the City.
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On Thursday, 4th September thirty four of our members set off to visit Ballywalter Park in Strangford Lough. Lord and Lady Dunleath proved to be wonderful guides round the Mansion House which has been in their family for 170 years. We were all very impressed how the home had been carefully restored to its former splendour with a few modern twists. This was followed by refreshments in the wonderful conservatory which was reopened in 2009. Some of us then enjoyed a stroll around the gardens accompanied by Lady Dunleath who shared her gardening knowledge with us.
It was a splendid visit and the sun shone all day!
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The outing to Ballywalter Park will take place on Thursday, 4th September. The bus will leave the City Hotel, Armagh at 10:00 a.m. arriving there at approximately 12:00 p.m. On arrival Lord and Lady Dunleith will take us on a tour of the house. This will be followed by tea/coffee in the Conservatory. Lord Dunleith will then take those who have booked on a tour of the garden. We hope to return home by late afternoon.
For further details contact Margaret Oakes on 028 37522126.
These are some photographs of the tour of SS Nomadic, click on the thumbnail to see a larger picture.
These are some pictures from the Bus Tour part of the day, click on the thumbnails below to see a larger picture.
A Belfast City Bus Tour (£7) is being arranged for Tuesday 10th June. The bus will pick us up at the Europa at 10:30 to commence the tour. This will include Belfast Castle where you treat yourself to a cup of tea or coffee. It will then drop us off at the Titanic Quarter where you can have lunch (not available to book in advance). Here you have the choice to visit the Titanic exhibition (£11) or visit the Nomadic ship which was the tender ship for the Titanic (£4.50). Otherwise you can finish your trip here. Regardless,the tour bus will pick us up here again and return to the Europa.
All must be paid on advance and this will be collected at the May meeting. You can also contact Margaret, who is organising the tour after the 21st April on 02837522126.
The Ballywalter Park visit has been rearranged for Thursday 4th September by popular request! Details will follow later.
Some photographs from the Christmas Dinner 2013, mainly of the choir but also of the organisers.