Newtownabbey, Larne and Carrickfergus 

County Antrim,  Northern Ireland


East Antrim

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

Latest news                                 Last updated 5 June 2015                                         


Last update 16 December 2017


Red Cross Volunteering    More information here.

New groups

Needle Natters is a new group. It started on Thursday 2 November and will be held weekly 12.30-2.00.  Bring your knitting, crochet, craftwork, hand sewing and your picnic lunch! We are aiming to be a friendship group as well as a productive one and learn from each other. Beginners to any craft are welcome to attend as long as they bring their own yarn etc. it would be good to have an idea of numbers attending please, so contact Karen or text her on 07730768104

Gundi Cahill & Hilary Reid have started a German group. It is on Tuesdays from 17 October from 11.00 to 12.30 at Nelson St.



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



   Folk & Country Music: if you can play an instrument and this kind of thing makes you go “Yahoo” then please contact Teresa Connor via email to register your interest.

   Luncheon Club has started. See here for first event. They plan to eat out at different venues twice a month and maybe an evening dinner.  If interested, please register your interest to and your name will be passed to the person who suggested it.

    Military History: anyone interested in helping to start or to join a group, please register with Teresa

   Quiz Nights  anyone interested, please register with Teresa

Information about scams. Click here.

The CHRISTMAS FUNCTION will be held in Loughshore Hotel in the Loughview Suite on Monday 18 December. Due to eating lunch this will start at 12.00 for 12.30pm.  



NSPCC Young Witness Service - Volunteer opportunity

Could you be there to support children and young people who have to give evidence in criminal trials? Our young witness service is currently looking for volunteers to help children and families going through the court process across Northern Ireland.

If you think you could be there for a child through this challenging time, you can find out more by clicking here or calling Billy Eagleson on 028 9448 7568.

Best regards

Billy Eagleson
Volunteer Coordinator – Young Witness Service NI
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
028 9448 7568     078 2594 8244

Arthritis Care delivers self management courses throughout the province for people over 18 years of age who have  long term pain or a long term condition.  These courses are FREE to participants thanks to funding from various sources ie Health and Social Care Board.

Please see attached our “Living with chronic pain?” flier (click here) and our course timetable (click here).  Quite a few of these courses have either started or are full.  However, we still have places on the courses highlighted in red on the attached sheet.  Please note although the courses are full we will take names for future courses.

On a long waiting list but can't afford to go private? BBC Spotlight request. Click here.

NEW Prostate cancer research information needed. See here.

CHRISTMAS WREATH MAKING: Monday 11/12/17 with Dorothy Dean.

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Wishing all members A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We have much appreciated all the cards, messages and kind thoughts since Margaret’s illness, and l am happy to tell you she is making good progress.

David Nesbitt

Honorary President


Pictures by Ellie Gawley and Brenda Nicholl