Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

On the grapevine - July 7

NORTH DOWN

Entertainer that’s right up your street

Looking for something to do with the kids this Saturday?

Then come along to The Sunken Gardens where North Down Borough Council’s Summer Entertainment Programme continues with the hilarious Pete |Dobbing.

Summer sports

Don't forget North Down sports department has summer fun activities — for its timetable details go to www.northdown.gov.uk/summeractivities.

Still remember the king?

It's 34 years to the day since the King of Rock and Roll ‘left the building’ and so the Elvis Presley fan club of Northern Ireland will be hosting an anniversary disco in his honour at the Clandeboye Golf Club on August 19.

There will be live entertainment as well as a ballot and auction in aid of their chosen charity for 2011 — Assisi Animal Sanctuary in Conlig.

All this for just £5 to non members - join for just £12 per year which includes 4 full colour magazines and reduced entry (£3) to the monthly events — held on the third Friday each month.

ARDS

War time heritage appeal

Can you help the Somme Heritage |Centre, near Newtownards, in its bid to preserve heritage?

Together, the University of the Third Age (U3A), an international educational organisation run by and for retired people which has 5,000 members province-wide, and the Somme Heritage Centre, are now looking for memories and memorabilia.

If you have information or memorabilia which would help the Somme Heritage Centre, ring 028 9146 2043 or 028 9145 9644.

Cream Tea indulgence

Treat yourself to a luxurious afternoon cream tea in the stunning surroundings of Castle Ward, near Downpatrick, which throws open the doors to Lord Bangor’s suite, weekends only, until this Sunday,July 10, and weekends in| September.

Homemade scones, the creamiest clotted cream and mouth-watering fruit preserves, fruit cake and delicate finger sandwiches await the discerning palate, all washed down with the finest Earl Grey tea or coffee.

Cream Teas are available in the Bangor Suite weekends only, until July 10 and weekends in September, with sittings at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Up to 20 people can have a cream tea at any one time.

Cost is £7 per person plus normal admission to Castle Ward. Bookings are preferable to avoid disappointment. For further information contact the tea-room on 028 4488 1015 from 11am to 5pm daily.

Community groups/champions, channel five are interested...

Channel five are currently searching the UK to find individuals and groups who viewers would like to see have their wishes granted. They particularly want to hear about community and voluntary Health projects and groups from around the UK.

Do you know of such a group? How could we help them? Perhaps they need new equipment, have problems with transport or facilities or you would like to see the group receive a special treat? We’d love to hear more about the project — who runs it, who they help and the difference the group makes to those who attend.

Or do you know someone who could do with our help because of problems with their health? If they could wish for anything what would it be and what difference would it make to their life?

Perhaps you could be the person to help make their wish come true. Contact us via email at wishlist@channel5.com or call 0207 308 5446 or 5447.

Channel five are also asking for nominations of special people who always goes out of their way to help others.

Perhaps he or she is constantly fundraising, doing voluntary work or they have dedicated their life to looking after others with particular needs. Without them, maybe you, your family or your friends would be lost.

Do they deserve a special surprise thank you for being ‘one in a million’? If so, then we’d like to hear all about them for a new series coming soon to Channel five.

To nominate someone you can email us at heartwarmers@channel5.com or call 0207 308 5446 to tell us about your heartwarmer. Don’t forget to include your own details and make sure you don’t tell them. All calls are charged at a standard rate. The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland

Steam ahead to portrush

The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland will be operating two more Portrush Flyer steam trains from Belfast this summer, this Sunday July 10 and Sunday July31. These will be both the last chance for the public to sample the delights of the “Jeep” before it is taken out of service for overhaul and the first chance to sample First Class steam rail travel in Northern Ireland for more than 60 years.

The “Jeep” is the nickname for steam locomotive No.4. Now 64 years old, the locomotive was one of a class of 18, built for the Northern Counties Committee of the London, Midland, Scottish railway. The locomotives were famed for their ability to go anywhere and pull anything, just like the army Jeeps so popular after the second world war, hence the nickname.

First class passengers will enjoy compartment seating in a 1960’s-built First Class carriage. They will be welcomed with a complimentary glass of Bucks Fizz and treated to waiter service throughout the day. For lunch, they will be served a Picnic Box for two, to be enjoyed either on the train or to be taken as a picnic at Portrush when the train arrives.

The trains are open to tourists and the general public, with tickets on sale from Belfast Welcome Centre. The trains are well timed to allow connections from Lisburn, Portadown and Bangor. The train is an accurate recreation of travel in the mid part of the last century.

With a seat in a lovingly restored carriage and steam train travel through some of Northern Irelands finest country and seaside, there is plenty to enjoy for all.

Tickets are available now from Belfast Welcome Centre or online from the RPSI website www.steamtrainsireland.com. Advance booking is essential.

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