Newtownabbey, Larne and Carrickfergus 

County Antrim,  Northern Ireland


East Antrim

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We are a registered charity. Northern Ireland charity number: NIC103317.

Latest news                                 Last updated 5 June 2015                                         


Last update 22 September 2017


Red Cross Volunteering    More information here.

New groups

Bridge Club Click here.




East Antrim U3A now has its own operational headquarters at 12 Nelson Street, Carrickfergus. This consists of a substantial hall and another smaller hall for meetings, office, kitchen and toilet facilities. There is wheelchair access if required. Group meetings are now being held there unless otherwise stated on the monthly activity programme.

Our new telephone number is 028 9336 1110, so if you are interested in joining or have any query you can give us a ring. Generally there will be someone present in the office to answer your call. Alternately you will be welcome as a visitor at our next general meeting (see above), and you can join then if you wish.

Our new address for all correspondence is 12 Nelson St, Carrick BT38 8AR

We are having our official opening on Friday 29 September 10.30 for 11.00.

There will be a series of workshops before Christmas: (please contact Karen or 07730 768 104 to put your name forward)

MAKING CARDS FOR CHRISTMAS with Dorothy Dean. There are two dates Friday 20 October and Friday 10 November; please come back to Karen to express your interest.  The sessions will last two hours and will start at 2.00 at Nelson Street.

CHRISTMAS WREATH MAKING: Friday 8 December, to be confirmed.  Please register your interest ASAP.

This may be of interest to some members. To see the flier, click here, and to see the schedule, click here.

Information about scams. Click here.

NI Pensioners Parliament Survey: Scams                               

The Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament has launched a survey seeking views from older people on their experiences of responding to and avoiding scams.

Scams are when criminals use lies and deceit to fool you into parting with your cash. You usually get nothing in return and lose your money.

The Parliament wants to know:

Your experience of scams

    How easy you find it to spot a scam

    How proactive you are in avoiding scams

The survey should take 5 - 10 minutes to complete, and responses should be submitted by Sunday 24th September.   .

Click on this image to see the survey.

  Thank you!


The Creative Writing Group has now been formed. Click here.

The meetings will be monthly on the first Wednesday of each month with the first on Wednesday 4 October from 10.00-12.00.

We hope to have a local author at every meeting; the first of our invited guests is Jo Zebedee, who is a fantasy writer with several books published.

It's envisaged that workshops will be informative with guests telling us about themselves, how they got started, how they got published and give us inspiration and maybe some constructive criticism on our writings.

Any comments, please email me to

The Bridge groups are so popular that Ronnie is starting a stand-alone beginners group:

Beginners Bridge Monday 2.00-4.00 at Nelson Street, starts Monday 2  October 2017

INTERNATIONAL GROUP, Food, drink and culture convenors Celia Luke 07765 278 355 & Tina Irving 07780 113 739. NEW First meeting now arranged, see here.

The next general meeting will be held on Monday 16th October 2017
in Joymount Presbyterian Church Hall, Carrickfergus, at 2.00 pm.

Our speaker will be from Age NI and as per last time they joined us, it will be an interesting and informative presentation.

Refreshment Duty will be undertaken by the Italian Group.

NEW Members may be interested in attending a talk about the Girona – 50 years of Archeology of the ship, which was part of the Spanish Armada.  The Girona went down off Dunluce Castle.

Venue of meeting; Linen Hall Library

Date: Friday 13th October 2017  from 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm.