GRAPEVINE: North Down
The Bangor Belle steam train will be transporting passengers from Lisburn and Belfast to Bangor and back on August 17 and 24.
Organised by the Railway Preservation Society, the steam train ride along the picturesque shores of Belfast Lough will enjoy an afternoon stop off in Bangor.
A dining carriage, complete with full bar and snack bar, will be serving hot and cold drinks and snacks.
The train departs Whitehead Excursion Station at 10.25am, picking up at Carrickfergus (10.40am), Belfast Central (11.10am) and Lisburn (11.510am). The return train leaves Bangor at 5.40pm.
On the same day, a local steam train, the Belfast Belle will operate from Belfast-Bangor and back for those in Bangor who would like to enjoy a steam train excursion. The train departs Bangor at 1.40pm for a two hour round-trip. Tickets are available from: www.steamtrainsireland.com or by calling the Belfast Welcome Centre on: 90 246609.
Project 24 craft fair
BANGOR'S Project 24 at the seafront is hosting a craft fair on Saturday, August 17 from 11am-4pm.
Meet the artists and craft makers at the market and browse their original creations. Say hello to the Project 24 artists in the studios, play games on the lawn with the whole family and try to find your way out of the grass maze in the community garden. For more information visit: www.project24ni.com
Ards over 50s safety event
NEWTOWNARDS' over 50s are invited to come along to a free safety event which will provide a one-stop shop for older people , offering everything from free testing of electric blankets to advice on crime prevention.
The Home Safety event takes place on Wednesday, September 11 from 10am-12pm in Ards Leisure Centre, Newtownards, with testing of electric blankets available between 9am and 4pm.
Anyone who is not able to attend on the day, can drop their blanket in advance or make arrangements to have their electric blanket collected for testing. Signs that an electric blanket needs to be checked or replaced include:
• The fabric is worn or frayed.
• There are scorch marks anywhere.
• The tie-tapes (where originally fitted) are damaged or missing.
• The flex is worn or damaged.
• Any connections at the plug or controls are loose.
• The heating wires were damaged or displaced. To check, hold the blanket up to the blanket up to the light. The wires should be evenly spaced and should not touch each other anywhere.
• Or if you are in any doubt whatsoever.
To book an appointment for your electric blanket to be tested, call: 91 824072. To book a free place at the event call: 9182 4047.
Safer Portavogie plan
PORTAVOGIE has a new plan to tackle anti-social behaviour in the village.
A programme of work to address problems from education and diversionary activities for young people to enforcement was contrived following two meetings led by Ards Borough Council's 'Safer Ards Team' – which brought local people together with police, policing bodies, education, health, business, voluntary and community sectors to identify community safety issues.
A non-emergency telephone line is operational on a trial basis for local people to report anti-social behaviour on:91 824044. All calls are logged and referred to the Safer Ards Team for action within two working days. Call Stephen Addy of the Safer Ards team on: 07825 140669 for more information.