New premises at Nelson Street for East Antrim U3A

Margaret Franklin, one of the group's Trustees cuts the celebration cake  made by Hon Secretary Teresa Connor.  INCT 40-745-CON
Margaret Franklin, one of the group's Trustees cuts the celebration cake made by Hon Secretary Teresa Connor. INCT 40-745-CON

An organisation which provides activities for those no longer in full-time employment has moved to a new premises in Carrickfergus.

The East Antrim branch of U3A - standing for University of the Third Age - covers the Carrick, Larne, Ballyclare and Newtownabbey areas.

Unveiling the plaque at the official opening of the new premises.  INCT 40-747-CON

Unveiling the plaque at the official opening of the new premises. INCT 40-747-CON

It is one of 25 branches in the province and only the second to purchase a property, thanks to the generosity of one of its members.

“The committee and some members have helped bring about the renovation of the building which had lain empty for four years,” said Karen Shaw of East Antrim U3A. “We are now able to expand our groups for those who are retired and become members. It develops friendship for the lonely and interest groups for those looking for something to do.”

The new venue at 12 Nelson Street consists of a substantial hall and another smaller hall for meetings; an office, kitchen and toilet facilities.

The branch will be running a series of workshops before Christmas, including card-making and wreath-making.

For more information or to register an interest in classes, contact Karen at eastantrimu3a@gmail.com or 07730 768 104.

For more information on East Antrim U3A,visit eastantrim-u3a.org.uk