Donegall Rd Good progress is being made on renovation work at St Aiden’s Parish Church, Blythe Street, according to church rector, the Reverend Terrence P Kerr.
The work will finish next year and, in the meantime, services continue to be held in the church hall on Donegall Road. St Aiden’s was severely damaged when a German landmine demolished two blocks of houses opposite the church during the Second World War.
The Greater Village Regeneration Trust and Sandy Row Community Forum have secured £10,000 from Belfast City Council towards running a joint Christmas festival in the areas. Workshops will be held throughout November and December on the project, culminating in a week-long programme of events beginning on December 12. For further information, or if you would like to get involved, contact Kerry on 9033 3527.
A Christmas dinner for the over 50s will be held in Sandy Row Community Centre on Monday, December 15, between 1pm and 5pm. Reserve your place now as places are limited.
The Belvoir Parents’ Support Group, which is aimed at parents of children with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, begins on Friday, November 14, from 10am to 12noon in Belvoir Activity Centre, Belvoir Drive. Contact Rowena Frazer on 9096 2428 for more information.
The Belvoir Community Association has elected a new committee for the next 12 months following its recent members’ meeting. Membership is open to anyone in the Belvoir area. Contact Bernadette Reid on 9064 5929 or Brian Dunwoody on 9064 6946 for more details.
Belvoir Presbyterian Church’s Lunch Club meets on Tuesday, November 18, from 12noon to 1.30pm. Guest speaker is Dr Ben Simon from the Forest of Belfast who will give a presentation entitled ‘Belvoir — A Treasured Landscape’.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Christmas shop is now open in RSPB headquarters, Belvoir Forest, from Tuesdays to Fridays from 10am to 4pm. Every purchase assists the conservation work of the RSBP.
Minnowburn is renowned for its beautiful Beeches and more unusual trees, which readers of the grapevine can take a closer look at on the Arboreal Discovery Trail on Saturday, November 22. Meet at Minnowburn car park at 11am if you would like to take part.
Due to a revamp, the formerly named ‘Community Association for Belvoir, Milltown and Newtownbreda’ is now called, ‘Community Association for Belvoir and Milltown’ (CABAM). CABAM would like to invite anyone from these communities who would like to play an active role in making a positive difference to their area to join the association by calling 9022 1397.