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On the grapevine - August 3

NORTH BELFAST

Highwayman treasure hunt

Feeling ‘robbed’ of things to do with the kids this summer?

The hunt is on in the Belfast Hills for the silver acorn — buried by the notorious 18th century Irish highwayman Naoise O’Haughan.

The Belfast Hills Partnership’s summer adventure aims to find one of his most prized ill-gotten gains — the mythical silver acorn he stole from Lady Donegall.

This exciting family treasure hunt can be done in your own time. It runs over July and August.So get the youngsters and big kids onto Cave Hill this summer for the great Belfast Hills treasure hunt!

There are two trails, one just less than four miles and taking in the best of Cave Hill, while the shorter trail is perfect for younger treasure hunters.

The treasure trail maps produced by Belfast Hills Partnership and Belfast City Council are free and are available online through www.belfasthills.org and clicking on ‘downloads’. The published map can also be posted out from our offices. Just call 02890 603 466 or email your postal address to info@belfasthills.org

Pilot holiday for seniors

NI based charity BCM (Belfast Central Mission) are piloting a new holiday programme for older people this September.

This new programme will replace their ever popular trips to Millisle, which ended this year. A spokespersons said: “This four day short break to Bangor, Co. Down is an excellent way for older people to make new friends, visit the coastal sights of the area, enjoy fine food and socialise in a relaxed and informal environment.”

Anyone interested should contact BCM’s Community Services manager Janet Sewell on 028 9024 1917 by August 30 for booking details and more information.

NEWTOWNABBEY

Outdoor theatre — a decadent affair

Those looking for something decadent for ‘staycations’ or summer evenings in Northern Ireland this year should look no further than Theatre at The Mill’s outdoor theatre performances of Great Expectations on Tuesday August 23 will be set in the civic square gardens of the restored Mossley Mill Newtownabbey.

Audiences are invited to picnic with friends and family whilst enjoying the romance and drama of two popular classics, set in magical and imaginative surroundings with grounds opening at 7pm to give people time to get rugs laid, food platters out and settled down for a night of theatre under the stars.

Tickets are available online at www.theatreatthemill.com or call 028 9034 0202.

No horsing around

To help raise funds for winter feed, CrossKennan Animal sanctuary are now launching our riding lessons and experiences programs.’

For more information and to book please ring Crosskennan on 028 9446 5384 and clearly leave your contact details on the answerphone or email crosskennan@hotmail.co.uk. Our instructor will contact you as soon as possible.

CITY CENTRE

Type 2 diabetes test

The Diabetes UK Roadshow will visit the front of the City Hall in Belfast on Thursday August 18 and Friday August 19 from 9am to 5pm to help people find out more about diabetes and discover whether they are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The roadshow,supported by the Big Lottery Fund, aims to identify some of the estimated 10,000 people in Northern Ireland who have Type 2 diabetes but are not aware of it. This is vital because Type 2 Diabetes can be undetected for 10 years or more, meaning 50 per cent of people already have complications by the time they are diagnosed.

The roadshow will also raise awareness of risk factors for Type 2 diabetes. In 2010 Diabetes UK’s Roadshow programme carried out nearly 10,000 risk assessments and more than half of those people were referred to their local GP.

Beat the Recession at Central Library

Libraries NI is pleased to announce that Belfast Central Library is holding a Beat the Recession Roadshow, supported by the Big Lottery Fund, next Thursday August 11.

The project aims to support individuals and families struggling financially due to loss of income and changed circumstances as a result of the economic downturn.

Bríd Steele, Information Services Manager at Libraries NI, explains: “Libraries NI is delighted to host a range of Beat the Recession workshops across Northern Ireland to allow people to call into their local libraries and avail of a free advice package, which has been designed to support people and families struggling financially because of loss of income and changed circumstances that have come about as a result of the recession.

“If you’d like to find out more about how this initiative can help you to Beat the Recession, you’re welcome to call into Belfast Central Library on Thursday August 11 from 12.30am – 7.00pm.”

A Mobile Debt Advice Unit will visit venues, such as bibraries, TESCO stores and other community venues, and Belfast Central is one of several Northern Ireland libraries to welcome this Roadshow to allow local people to call in and seek advice.

As part of the project, Citizens Advice has also set up a website offering a live out of hours on line support chat room where people can chat directly with a trained Money Adviser, to gain information and guidance (www.beattherecession.me).

Advice NI (www.adviceni.net) will offer free legal representation for people facing repossession in court, help for people facing redundancy or cuts in hours, targeted support for people in areas that have been most affected by the recession, and they will work with community champions who will make people aware of the support that’s available.

The Law Centre NI will provide a link through to specialist legal advice on employment law for those facing redundancy or reduced working hours (www.lawcentreni.org), and both

With free library membership and free internet use for all members, you can make use of the computer facilities in any library to access the Beat the Recession and other websites, to gain information and financial advice.

For further information, contact Bríd Steele, Information Services Manager at Belfast Central Library (Royal Avenue, BT1 1EA) on telephone number 028 9050 9167.

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