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On the grapevine - December 1

NEWTOWNABBEY

Christmas fun at the fair

Glengormley Integrated Primary School invites the whole community to our Christmas fair next Wednesday, 8th December from 6.30pm in the school hall.

Are you struggling with time or ideas for your Christmas shopping? Perhaps you just want something affordable or different? The fair can help you then — with local stallholders selling jewellery, pottery, books and more!

It isn’t just about the shopping, there is lots on offer for the children too. From getting involved with the arts and crafts to taking the Wii challenge in the games room — they can get their face painted or a great glittery tattoo.

Santa and his elves will be our special guests so the kids can come to the grotto and have their photo taken with them.

Ballot tickets will be on sale on the night for some great prizes, so once the shopping is done, sit down with a cuppa and wait to hear if your numbers comes up.

There will be a small entrance fee on arrival — Glengormley Christmas Fair is a yearly event run by the Parent Teacher Association to help raise money for items the school budget won’t stretch to. The PTA is a registered charity. Event organisers would like to thank the many local businesses who donated prizes to the raffle and would like to express their gratitude for their continuing support.

NORTH BELFAST

Magic christmas at the zoo

The weekends of December 4 and 5, 11 and 12 and 18 and 19 are your chance to enjoy some festive activities with a difference at Belfast Zoo.

Santa and his elves will drop in from the North Pole to deliver Christmas presents in their magical grotto and there will be a range of festive treats for all the family, including Christmas crafts, animal feeding times and a winter warmer quiz. Children can also wrap presents for the chimpanzees and gorillas before watching them tear into their Christmas treats!

If you want to visit Santa in his grotto, pre-booking is essential as there are limited places available. Tickets to meet Santa cost £6.50 per child and he will be available on December the 4, 5, 11, 12 and 18 and 19.

To book tickets call 028 9077 6277 ext 207 or visit www.belfastzoo.co.uk/events for more information. Activities start from 10.30am and last admission to the zoo is at 2.30pm. Normal zoo admission rates apply.

Cinderella panto

Shankill Players present Cinderella at St Matthew’s Parochial Hall (beside Shankill Graveyard), from next Tuesday, December 7, until Friday, December 10, show starting at 7.30pm.

Shankill Players reach a landmark this year when they present the fifth annual pantomime, the much-loved Cinderella. This new version of the show, presented in the way only Shankill Players can, promises to be full of fun, laughter, song and dance.

Shankill Players have continued to grow over the years and are proud to announce that they “are putting their all into making this the best pantomime they have ever produced”.

Tickets are priced at £5 adult, £3 concession, £12 family ticket (four people). Special rates are available on request for groups of 10 or more. With pre-bookings already made, this promises to be Shankill Players most popular pantomime ever. Why go to a city centre venue and pay upwards of £70 for a family of four when you can see a local show by local people?

The players usually do a charity collection at the end of the show. This year, 20 per cent of ticket money will be donated to FASA for suicide awareness.

You can book your tickets using the contact us link at the website www.shankillplayers.com, by joining their Facebook page and leaving a message, or by phone on 90581829 (leave a message and someone will get back to you).

Free christmas gift for cat owners

Attention all Belfast cat owners, give your cat the gift of neutering this Christmas — for free

Beginning today, Wednesday December 1, Cats Protection, the UK’s leading feline welfare charity is offering all Belfast cat owners the unique opportunity to have their cat neutered completely free of charge. The offer is open to all residents living within the BT1-BT16 postcode region and will run for a limited time only — so it’s ‘first come, first serve’ if you want to take full advantage of the charity’s yuletide generosity!

N. Ireland Campaigns Manager for Cats Protection, Janice Watt said “Last year alone, our small adoption centre received approximately 1000 calls a week requesting assistance with unwanted cats and kittens – this is a totally unmanageable and the only solution is to neuter.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for cat owners to get their cats neutered during these difficult economic times, especially in the run up to Christmas. It’s the kindest gift a cat owner can give to their cat as it has so many practical and physical benefits for them.”

For further information on Cats Protection’s free neutering campaign, please contact their Neutering Hotline on 08458 734780 or visit their website www.cats.org.uk

EAST BELFAST

Santa clauses are coming to town

This Sunday, December 5, national charity, the Meningitis Trust, is holding its 5K Santa Stroll around Stormont’s gorgeous grounds and is calling for festive fun-lovers to join in the fun by dressing up (the Santa suits are free once people have registered).

The family friendly Santa Stroll was launched by BBC Radio Ulster’s Alan Simpson, who donned his Santa suit to help promote the event

The Santa Stroll starts at 11am at Stormont. Registration is open now for the event – call 0845 120 0663 or email kellys@meningitis-trust.org. It costs £8 for adults and £5 for children. A family ticket (for 4 people – maximum of 2 adults) is £20. The charity is asking everyone to try and raise as much sponsorship as possible.

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