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On the grapevine - August 19

SOUTH BELFAST

Go wild in the valley

Take a walk on the wild side with all the family — that’s the invitation from the Lagan Valley Regional Park team.

A family fun day will be held on |Saturday August 21 from 11am until 4pm at the Lock Keeper’s Visitors centre on the towpath just off the Milltown Road near the Ramada Hotel.

It will feature a wide range of activities and exhibitions including a nature themed arts and crafts workshop and an amazing aeronautical display from the Northern Ireland School of Falconry.

You will have the opportunity to see many majestic birds of prey such as hawks, owls, falcons and eagles.

Come and learn about the beauty of butterflies with Butterfly Conservation Northern Ireland and don’t miss out on wood turning demonstrations and loads of action packed games and quizzes with prizes to be won. You will also have the chance to see inside the newly restored Lock Keeper’s Cottage.

The Wilderness Fun Day is free of charge. For directions and more details about the event please contact Lagan Valley Regional Park on 02890 491922 or e-mail admin@laganvalley.co.uk

Cancer support sessions

Northern Ireland cancer charity, Action Cancer, is currently offering a series of information and support sessions for those affected by cancer.

The sessions will run every Wednesday from September 1 to September 29 at Action Cancer House, 1 Marlborough Park, Belfast (6pm – 9pm) and aim to assist those affected and their families to readjust to life with cancer, and equally importantly, life after cancer.

Elizabeth Boyd, Action Cancer’s training and development officer, said: “There is a world of issues that can arise following a cancer diagnosis and these sessions will aim to address them in a practical way so that people can feel empowered and able to move forward. People can attend all five sessions or any they feel will be of most benefit to them and their situation.”

The first session (Wednesday September 1) will look at counselling and therapeutic support. Participants will get the opportunity to sample some complementary therapy at the end of the session.

If you would like more information or you are interested in attending please contact Elizabeth Boyd at Action Cancer on 9080 3351 or eboyd@actioncancer.org

SANDY ROW

Senior citizens’ summer scheme

Open to all those who are 50+ years, Highway2Health is holding a week of activities to brighten up your summer and encourage you to keep active.

Activities will start at 10am each day and finish at 2pm from Monday, August 23 until Friday, August 27 in the Charter Youth Club, Sandy Row. Please note sessions may be longer when there is an outing.

The cost is £5 per head for the week of activities. If you are interested then you must sign up on the first day.

For more information phone 90315791.

DONEGALL ROAD

Education and training programme

The Windsor Women's Centre at 136 – 144 Broadway, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has launched its education and training Programme, which is to begin in September 2010.

Registrations will begin on Monday, August 23 from 10am until 12noon and then 1pm until 3pm.

Please phone 02890235451 to make an appointment with a member of the education department.

Village redevelopment update

Billy Dickson, chair of Blackstaff Homeowners’ Association, has informed the Community Telegraph that Michael Hegarty has agreed to take on the role of independent chairperson on the Village Redevelopment Design Team.

Mr Dickson said: “Mr Hegarty is very experienced in working with communities on regeneration projects and comes from an architectural background. Michael will be having a number of informal meetings with key stakeholders before the first meeting officially takes place.

“I will be meeting with him today (Thursday August 19) on behalf of the Blackstaff Community Development and Homeowners’ Associations.” Mr Dickson will have a further meeting with the Greater Village Regeneration Trust this week or early next week, he said.

Mr Dickson added: “The design team will draw up proposals for the area regarding the type of housing and environmental layout. The team will also develop a 'decanting plan' that will outline how houses will be demolished in stages so that new houses can be built as as soon as possible.

CITY CENTRE

Calling all daredevils

Northern Ireland Hospice is appealing to daredevils from all over Northern Ireland to join in a breathtaking abseil down the Europa Hotel, Belfast, on Sunday September 19.

Each year Northern Ireland Hospice cares for over 3000 adults, children and young people living with a life-threatening illness, not only at the Hospice but also in their own home. Services are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year and all care is provided free of charge.

To secure your place on this abseil and for further information on lots of other exciting ways to support the work of Hospice, please contact Karen Dunlop, community fundraising team, on 028 9078 1836 or email karen.dunlop@nihospice.org

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