Ballymoney U3A benefit from ‘Awards for All’ funding

Members enjoying the Ballymoney U3A dinner. Pic by Uel McDowell
Members enjoying the Ballymoney U3A dinner. Pic by Uel McDowell

The recently announced Big Lottery funding, the ‘Awards for All’, will have a positive impact on the retired and semi-retired community in the Ballymoney area through the newly formed U3A.

The Big Lottery funding will benefit the Golf and Bridge groups and also the Gardening and Art Groups by facilitating trips to various locations as they plan trips to study activities relevant to their interests, with ‘Awards for All’ supporting the transport costs.

Liz and Irene

Liz and Irene

The Golf Group meets on Thursdays at The Manor, Kilrea and Paul McCusker, facilitator of the Golf Group, said, “We are delighted to have been beneficiaries of a Big Lottery Award. Having a set of golf clubs allows new members to sample golf and decide whether it is for them prior to buying their own clubs.”

The U3A Bridge Group has been one beneficiary of the Big Lottery funding. Suitable accommodation was secured at Ballymoney Community Resource Centre. “Award for All” enabled the purchase of 12 bridge tables, cards and other essential items. The group now have the equipment to run sessions for beginners and experienced players.

The group has grown from about 5 members in June to 25 members in October.

Ballymoney U3A Christmas Lunch

Members enjoying the Ballymoney U3A dinner. Pic by Uel McDowell

Members enjoying the Ballymoney U3A dinner. Pic by Uel McDowell

On Tuesday, 1st December, the newly formed Ballymoney U3A, held their first Christmas Lunch in The Manor House and Golf Club, Kilrea. A large number of Ballymoney U3A members attended this event and enjoyed an excellent lunch, followed by entertainment by the very popular band The Brassnecks. The next Ballymoney U3A meeting will be on Tuesday 5th January in The Old Courthouse, at 11am with refreshments from 10.30am.