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On the grapevine - December 2

EAST BELFAST

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.

Northern 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 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 0845 8734780 or visit their website www.cats.org.uk

Donations welcome

The Marie Curie shop on the Cregagh Road is looking for donations — bric-a-brac, records, toys, anything you may have but no longer have use for is very welcome (but no electrical goods please).

Please drop in your wares during the shop’s opening hours, Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm.

If in doubt about what will be accepted, you can phone the shop to check with staff on 9046 1404.

Carols by candlelight for charity

This December, Mencap is celebrating the festive season with a truly unique event taking place at The Great Hall, Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

Carols by Candlelight starts at 6.30 pm on Thursday December 9, with a blend of traditional Christmas songs, carols and readings by special guests, not forgetting mulled wine and mince pies. We are delighted to be supported by our sponsor Courtney & Nelson and welcomed to Parliament Buildings by supporter Mr Tommy Gallagher MLA.

The Belfast Community Gospel Choir will perform on the night, joined by members of St Louise’s Comprehensive College and Tor Bank School.

Tickets cost £25 for an adult, £10 for under 18s and £60 for a family ticket (two adults and two under 18s). Book quickly to avoid disappointment.

For more information or to book your ticket, please contact Lorna Patterson on 028 9069 0166 or email lorna.patterson@mencap.org.uk

December events at St Brendan’s

St Brendan's Church on Larkfield Road, in Sydenham, is making the most of the advent season by hosting a wide range of activities throughout the month:

Sunday December 5 at 6 pm: A Christingle Service is taking place. Christingle is an inspiring, candlelit celebration which brings together people of all ages from the community. During the celebration everyone receives a Christingle which is made of an orange, a lighted candle, and a red ribbon.

Sunday December 12 at 7 pm: Come along and sing your favourite Carols.

Tuesday December 14 at 7.30 pm: Sing Out in aid of Marie Curie with 137th Brownies and Guides, St Brendan's Church Choir, Ormeau Concert Band and special friends. Free admission, but an |offering will be taken for the work of Marie Curie.

Sunday December 19: A family service to celebrate Jesus’ birthday — speaker Marie Cameron.

Christmas Eve at 11.15 pm: Christmas communion service.

Christmas morning December 25 at 11 am: Christmas worship.

New Year's Eve December 31: Watchnight service at 11.15 pm.

Fun and fellowship from 9 pm.

All welcome at all of the above events.

Annual christmas and car boot sale

The 12th Belfast Boys’ Brigade from St Mary’s Parish Church in Ballybeen, Dundonald, is hosting its annual Christmas sale and car boot sale this Saturday December 4 from 9am to 2pm in the church hall and car park.

There will be arts and crafts stalls, food stalls, toys and bric-a-brac, tea and coffee and cakes and much more. Everyone is welcome.

CASTLEREAGH

Santa comes to castlereagh

The Mayor of Castlereagh, Councillor Vivienne McCoy is extending an invitation to a Christmas craft fair on Friday December 3, from 6pm to 9pm in the Civic & Administrative Offices at Castlereagh Borough Council.

The fair will commence at 6.00pm, with Santa arriving in one of Castlereagh Borough Council’s famous bin lorrys. A mascot from the Build a Bear Workshop will also be visiting the fair to join in the festivities with the children.

Speaking prior to the event, the Mayor of Castlereagh said, “This is a great opportunity to purchase some Christmas gifts. We have a variety of 20 stalls to include: Miglio Jewellery, Pandora, Belgian Chocolate Fountain, and Phoenix Cards, to name but a few. Hospitality will be available from Café 2 U.

A special thank you must go to |Dundonald Community Band who |will be providing the music for the evening.”

Everyone is warmly invited to the Craft Fair which will be held at the Council Civic Centre at Upper Galwally, opposite Forestside Shopping Centre. Entry is £1 which will go towards the Mayor’s Charity, the neo natal unit in the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald.

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