Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

On the grapevine - January 6

SOUTH BELFAST

Titanic art exhibition

The first of three ‘Titanic’ exhibitions across the city will begin next Monday (January 10) at Higgin Gallery at the Malone House, Barnett Demense. Running all month, the fine-art display by well-known mural artists John Stewart and David ‘Dee’ Craig celebrates 100 years of the Titanic’s launch.

Exhibition opening times are Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sundays 12pm to 4.30pm. T: 02890 681246 email: mhreception@malonehouse.co.uk. It runs all month.

John Stewart is an artist who in recent years has created a significant collection of fine-art paintings. A lover of Belfast’s shipyards and docks, John is renowned for his work depicting life in the times of the Titanic era.

David ‘Dee’ Craig grew up beside Harland and Wolff, began painting at an early age and was involved in many street murals. He was invited to Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington few years ago to represent Belfast by painting a large outdoor mural all about the city’s industrial past, including the |Titanic.

DONEGALL ROAD

Good start to the year

A traditional Scottish Psalm Service was held in Tyndale Reformed Church, Donegall Avenue on Friday, December 31 starting 11.15pm and finished at 12.15am. After the service light refreshments were served and all all present believed it was a great way to end the old year and begin the new.

Fane street thank you

A packed Assembly Hall in Fane Street Primary School experienced two wonderful performances of 'Jack and the Beanstalk’ by P4-7 pupils and 'Born in a Barn' by P1-3 pupils during their Christmas Concert.

Principal Stephen Orr, staff and pupils would like to thank those parents and friends who supported the concert and wish everyone a very happy and |peaceful New Year.

History appeal

The famous Liverpool player Elisha Scott was born in the Donegall Road area of Belfast. He played for the local Broadway United Football club and the 4th B.B. Company. In 1913, he made his debut for Liverpool and returned home to play for Belfast Celtic, and from 1936 was their manager. He died in 1959, age 66. His home was demolished and the area is now part of the Broadway roundabout.

Blackstaff Community Development Association is seeking information on the history of Broadway United FC,|especially the date of the Junior Irish Cup Final in which Broadway United FC beat the Black Watch FC 1 – 0 in 1912.

If you can provide any information then please phone Billy at 90192631.

Bible study group

You are invited to go along and join a Bible study group held on Tuesdays at 8.00pm at 98 Rockview Street, near Frenchpark Street. There are biblical talks dealing with such subjects as 'The EU — the last world empire'. |Further information is available from Wolfgang Mayer at 07879753883.

CASTLEREAGH

Christianity explored

Castlereagh Fellowship will begin |the New Year by running the popular Christianity Explored course over 10 |consecutive Sunday evenings.

It starts on Sunday January 9, at 6.30pm in Greenway Women’s Centre (located above shops at the entrance to Cregagh Estate).

Each evening begins with a bite to eat and is followed by a presentation from the Bible with the opportunity to discuss and ask questions.

Course co-ordinator Geoff McIlrath said: “Hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world have found Christianity Explored an informal |context in which they can investigate for themselves the message of Christianity. It is open to everyone and you do not need to know anything about the Bible to come along.

“No one will be asked to read |aloud, pray or sing. We are really looking forward to welcoming anyone who would like to join us and think things through.”

If you are interested and would like further information, please contact Geoff on 07918158082 or Patric on 07710033611.

Course information can also |be found by visiting www.christianity|explored.com

NORTH DOWN

Event to inspire group trip organisers

The Northern Ireland Tourist Board is calling all group trip organisers to attend a ‘Days Out Fair’ on Saturday January 29 designed to showcase the best that Northern Ireland has to offer with great ideas for day trips and group visits.

The event at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum will cater for group organisers from all walks of life from church groups to sports and social clubs, community groups to retirement associations, from gardening groups to Rotary clubs and many more; with each group that registers being offered two free tickets to attend.

Free transport will also be provided on a first-come, first-served basis by local members of the Federation of Passenger Transport NI.

Elaine Groves, NITB Product Marketing Officer feels this unique event offers a great opportunity for those in charge of group travel to be inspired.

She said: “We want to showcase the best that Northern Ireland has to offer group day trips. We have such a wealth of beautiful gardens, historic monuments, cultural experiences, heritage sites and special interest tours, some of which may be unfamiliar to many people.

“Our aim at this event is to inspire people to visit somewhere that is new to them or to rediscover places that they may not have been to in many years and to provide useful advice on how to organise a successful group outing.”

Those wishing to register should contact the Northern Ireland Tourist Board on 028 9044 1506 or email a.andrews@nitb.com

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