TALKING POINT      4 June 2018

We thought you’d like to know about the new NIREC committee and what the news is, so we hope this will be a regular newsletter which aims to keep you informed.

The new Executive Committee, elected at the AGM hosted by Shimna U3A in Newcastle is as follows:

Sheila Magee (Downe) CHAIRMAN
Gabrielle Deans (Foyle) VICE CHAIRMAN
Marjorie Ringland (Downe) TREASURER
Karen Shaw (East Antrim) SECRETARY
Adam Harbinson (North Down & Ards)
Deirdre Kenny (Belfast)
James Carroll (East Antrim) WEBMASTER

Lila Jackson will remain on the committee ex-officia for the year following her Chairmanship.
The committee members can be contacted via

Ulster Orchestra Talk, Thursday 28 June 12.00 noon

Richard Wigley, Managing Director Ulster Orchestra will give a talk on the history of the Orchestra and future plans for it in the North West in U3A Foyle on Thursday 28th June at 12 noon followed by a light lunch, cost £3.

Richard joined the Ulster Orchestra in 2016: his previous posts include General Manager BBC Philharmonic, Head of Performance & Planning Royal Northern College of Music and Head of Artistic Planning Hallé Orchestra.   Please contact to book your place

Fund Raising Dance Friday 22 June 2018 0 9.00pm

U3A Foyle is holding a Fundraising Dance in its premises on Friday 22nd June 2018 from 9pm. Live Music with Rosemarie. Light supper will be served. Tickets are limited, are priced at £5 each and are available from U3A Foyle – 028 7186 0123 or


On 25 April this year East Antrim U3A hosted the Songfest in Carrickfergus and received super feedback from attendees and guests of eight U3A choirs.  Immediately, the question “where are we meeting next year” came to our ears.  To date we haven’t asked, nor therefore, received any volunteer U3A to host this super event.  So perhaps you could chat with your Committee and ask if this is something they’d like to do.  Please contact us Karen can offer her words of wisdom following the recent East Antrim hosting.

Summer18 Workshops at East Antrim

East Antrim are offering a series of one day summer workshops throughout the period Monday 16 July to Friday 24 August.  They are wide and varied subjects including: Holiday Languages (French, Spanish, Italian, German and Esperanto), Irish Culture & Music, Calligraphy, Colour Pencil Art, Cold Porcelain Flowers (can also be used in Sugar Craft), The world of the deaf and their language, Bridge Tournament, Canoe Taster day, Wet Felting Craft, Laughter Yoga, Spinning & Weaving, Tai Chi and Table Games.  Full details can be found on along with how to get in touch to book your space.  All U3A members are welcome.

National Office Workshops

We hope to be able to launch details about future workshops being run by National Office, in Belfast.

We would love to hear your ideas of subjects and workshops you would like to do.  For example at a recent brainstorming session, run by our Regional Trustee Rose Marie Bradley, it was suggested that a series of regular lectures on various subjects, may be welcomed by all our U3A Members. If you or your members have any suggestions, we are open to listen.  Please ask them to email us

Your Events:
We would also love to hear from you about any events you are planning, and if you are interested in inviting other U3A members, then we could include it in future Newsletters like this one.

Your Contact details:
Please do keep us updated with any changes to your Chair or Secretary and their contact details.  We know that communication is King and we like to make sure that everyone in U3A is kept informed.  Also we would ask that you read this newsletter to members at your monthly meeting or include it in your own newsletters.

Remember that NIREC is there to represent you and the interests of all NI U3A members.  Help us to help you!
Finally, we would be delighted to hear from you with any suggestions you have for inclusion in future Talking Point newsletters.

NIREC  6 June 2018
Karen Shaw
NIREC Secretary

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