GREAT SCENERY, GREAT FOOD, GREA CRAIC AT WESTPORT HOTEL!
Seven members of Upper Bann U3A travelled to the Westport Hotel Co Mayo for a week of bridge.
The weather was beautiful, prompting us to play truant from the morning lessons provided by Seamus Dowling who is currently the Bridge Correspondent for the Irish Times.
We visited the scenic Achill Island, Leenanne and Kylemore Abbey by day and played Bridge by night.
The standard of Bridge was high. Congratulations to Pat Flowerday and Janet Wright who impressively came second on two evenings.Thanks is due to Frances Wilson who organised the trip.
BREATHE AND RELAX
Yoga was introduced as an activity in September 2016. The first twenty to apply were allocated places and a long waiting list was drawn up. Unsuccessful attempts were made to find a second convenor. Until such times as another convenor is found, Wendy volunteered to take a Breathe and Relax session after the Monthly Get-together.
A large number of members expressed an interest in these sessions, and the first took place on Tuesday 21 March, in Lurgan Town Hall.
Everyone is welcome to join in future sessions; there is no limit on numbers and no need for special clothing, although it’s better not to wear anything too tight around the waist. We will be doing gentle seated stretches and practising breathing techniques for relaxation – nothing too serious or complicated.
So if you normally attend the monthly Get Together why not stay on and give Breathe and Relax a try? Or if you haven’t been to a Monthly Get Together yet, you could come along and listen to the guest speaker and join in the Breathe and Relax session afterwards.
If you can’t attend all sessions it doesn’t matter as each session is standalone – just come along whenever you are free.
Interested Upper Bann U3A members were recently invited to avail of 45 minute of training. In all, 23 arrived at Bleary Business and Community centre, armed with iPads and a list of their difficulties and all left happier and better informed thanks again to 02.
The following report is by Diana Caesar
Monday 20th of March was certainly a day to note for the Upper Bann U3A, when members arrived at Bleary Community Centre with iPads in hand to pick the brains of Leanne and Josh from the O2 shops in Banbridge and Craigavon. These two young people gave their day to patiently and expertly running a workshop on iPads!
Without exception everyone seemed to benefit. The 45 minute sessions for groups of 3 people certainly sorted out many problems for us all! We certainly felt that we had made progress having created ‘Photo Albums’ and designed posters in ‘Pages’! No excuses for my husband now not to write letters.
Our thanks also to Frances McKeown who not only organised the event, but also kept us to time. This report has been written on my IPad and sent by email. Not bad for a 73 year old novice iPad user!
“The best 45 minutes I’ve spent with a young man in ages!!
We quickly established a good rapport. I was able to easily understand Josh’s instructions as we worked through my query list. Going forward I feel more confident in using my iPad more productively.
I found Josh very helpful and professional and I certainly benefitted from the advice. It was very good of he and Leanne to come along and help the less knowledgable.
Thank you again for organising such a good session with Leanne and Josh. As always Leanne was her usual helpful self, So we came away with all our questions answered and hopefully we will be able to continue using our knowledge.
For more comments click www.upperbannu3a.com and go to Fun For Seniors
Further IT Training
To date the bulk of the training has focused on Apple iPad users. If you are experiencing problems with your non-apple device and if there is sufficient interest in android training then Leanne and Josh will, yet again, help out.
Interested members please firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07715046187.
A BEVY OF BEAUTIES
(Report by Pat Flowerday, Photograph by Paul Burrows)
This bevy of beauties plus Paul Burrows braved the icy elements for their nature walk along the Lagan Towpath from Moira train station to the Broadwater. They were rewarded with seeing around 20 species of birds, many wild flowers and fresh new buds and catkins making their first appearance. Isn’t early Spring wonderful!
A CYCLE IN THE COUNTRY
This week Mike took his Bikers, a group of approximately twelve men and women, through country lanes to Maghery and from there to the Cohannon Inn for lunch.
They returned via Peatlands and altogether cycled about 34 miles. Paul Burrows commented “It was a great cycle. We got to see a lot of places we’ve never seen before!”