Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Circular I

“I am not an Ulsterman, but yesterday, the 1st July, as I followed their amazing attack I felt that I would rather be an Ulsterman than anything else in the world.”
Captain Wilfrid Spender speaking about the Ulster Division’s advance on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Thursday, 05 October 2006

Hello everyone,

I’d like to take this opportunity to say hello from the officers of the Ulster Society, and to thank all of you who signed up on Fresher’s Day.

Many of you will be aware of the external Ulster Society, and although we share links with it and many characteristics in regard to Ulster-Britishness, our society is indeed a great deal older (older in fact that both the DUA and the Young Unionists at Queens), with its focus as the legend above shows, on the History and Culture of Ulster.

We have a particularly exciting line up this year in the Ulster Society and I hope that you will be able to attend as many of our events as possible.

Large Events this year will include:

The Ulster Society Formal in March, which is the premier social occasion in Queen’s for unionists of all hues to come together in fellowship. Last years formal was held in the Raddison SAS in the new Gasworks development and was a great success, as indeed it has been for many years, specific dates yet to be confirmed.
The Ulster Society Annual Lecture will be held in March, where there shall be a speaker from the National Ulster Society to a public audience.
We will be having a launch concert of traditional music and dance, organised in conjunction with the York Island Arts and Heritage Association. This will be held in April, and tickets will be available to Society Members.
The Launch concert will be in aid of a new project to take many people down to the “Green Grassy Slopes” for a traditional Orange picnic in early June. Here there will be arranged demonstrations and recreations of the Williamite period for the enjoyment of the picnickers. This day trip to the North Bank of the River Boyne will also be arranged in conjunction with York Island Arts and Heritage, and will be available firstly to Ulster Society Members.
We shall also be hosting a team at the weekly Clubs and Societies Pub Quiz, and we would encourage all our members to go, as this can be a vital source of funds, which can all go towards subsidizing the Formal in March.

We are in the process of arranging a website and e-mail address, and hope to have this up and running soon, we shall be communicating this to you in circulars to follow after this one.

We are also going to arrange regular meetings of the society to discuss issues as they arise, particularly in regards to the SRC (the Student Representative Council of the Students Union. We urge all our members to sign up for the SRC at http://www.qubsu.org/.
The SRC is particularly important in the affairs of the Union, and thus the University and the society.

Along with all the above plans are also underway to purchase some clothing (such as ties and hoodies) incorporating the Ulster Society logo (above). This would be in a recognisable yet understated form, so that members could wear them in all occasions, and could have a great keepsake of their time at QUB.

To recap dates to think about:

Clubs and Societies Pub Quiz
Every Tues Night at 9 for 9:30 in the Union
(Come Join in and meet the rest of us!)

The Ulster Society Annual Lecture
March

The Ulster Society Formal
March

Concert
April

Boyne Valley Picnic
June

Again I’d like to thank you for joining, and if you have not joined yet, get on board! We’ll be sending out more circulars when our website arranged, or if you can’t wait till then, come to the Pub Quiz and we’ll sort you out. Another option is to e-mail us! Current membership is only £3 and when we get Ties made that will be taken off the price so you have nothing to lose.

See you on soon,
Yours in the Cause.

Graham Steven Barton
President – Ulster Society at Queen’s
Robert Davis – Treasurer
Thomas Hogg – Secretary

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