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On the grapevine - January 19

NORTH BELFAST

Opportunity knocks at bowling club

For the third year running, Cavehill Bowling Club, supported by Belfast City Council, will be opening their clubhouse on Saturday afternoons from 2pm to 4.30pm. Anyone, male or female , young, middle-aged or old can come along to enjoy the experience of playing a game of bowls on one of their three indoor bowling mats. No previous experience is necessary — seasoned bowlers and qualified coaches will be in attendance to help you get started. There’s no charge for taking part and the only thing required of you, if possible, is to bring along flat soled shoes which are necessary when you are using the bowling mats. No equipment is needed as sets of bowls will be available.

Bowls is one of the friendliest sports to be involved in and we will offer a warm welcome to you and your friends. A short refreshment break will be provided at each session giving the opportunity to meet new friends and have a good time. So come along and give it a try.

If you intend to be present it would be appreciated if you could either contact Tom Sutton 93350689 or 90719147. (Cavehill Bowling Club, 20 North|Circular Road B15 5HB)|

DISTRICT-WIDE

Winter woolie walks

Lady Dixon Park in Belfast and Crawfordsburn Country Park are among the venues hosting one of the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children’s annual Winter Woolie Walks.

The Winter Woolie Walks will take place on Saturday, February 26 and each walk will range from two to five miles. Registration is £5 for adults and free for children. Participants will be given sponsor forms in advance and encouraged to raise as much money as possible.

Money raised from the walks will help support children, teenagers and young adults up to the age of 24 and their families who are living with a cancer diagnosis. The walks will start at 10.30am and warming refreshments will be provided afterwards. For further information and to register your place, please contact Dawn Weir on 028 90805599 or email dawn@nicfc.com. More information can also be found by logging on to www.nicfc.com

Pensioner parliament

The Northern Ireland Pensioners’ Parliament is coming to Belfast on Friday March 4 and the organisers are encouraging local people to become involved.

Age Sector Platform, which represents around 200,000 older people across the province, will be launching the first Northern Ireland Pensioners’ Parliament this year. All older people from the area are encouraged to fill in a short questionnaire to ensure their view is recorded. This will take no longer than five |minutes to complete, with the main question asking: ’What are the main problems facing older |people today?’

Bill Carson, Chair of Age Sector Platform, said: “This is a great opportunity for older people in the Belfast area to make their voices heard! Not only will the results of the questionnaires determine what will be covered in each local parliament; they will also form the basis of what we will be saying to local MLAs and councillors on the back of the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament.”

If you would like to attend the Belfast Parliament or would like to fill in a questionnaire, please visit www.pensionersparliament.org or phone 028 9031 2089.

NEWTOWNABBEY

First aid course

Newtownabbey Borough Council is hosting a Community Capacity Programme — Emergency First Aid For Appointed Persons from 6pm-9pm next Tuesday,January 25 at Mossley Mill. It’s free to take.

Upon completion of the course you can be the appointed person for your group/organisation to take charge of the first aid arrangements, including looking after the equipment and facilities, and calling the emergency services when required.

For information contact Lois: 9034 0208.

Rhyming weaving

A vibrant exhibition featuring a stunning collection of quilts and embroidered pieces produced by two groups, Loose Threads Quilting Group and Golden Threads Creative Crafts is coming to the Flax Gallery at Mossley Mill.

The collection was commissioned by Mid Antrim Museum at The Braid in |Ballymena and focuses on ideas from the poetry of the Rhyming Weavers.

The rhyming weaving tradition was prominent in the late 18th and 19th centuries. These rural working class poets were mostly employed in the linen weaving industry had their works published in local newspapers and periodicals as well as producing volumes of poetry.

The exhibition will be on display at the Flax Gallery in Museum at The Mill, Mossley Mill, until Friday March 11. Opening times: Monday — Wednesday 10am — 5pm, Thursday 10am — 9pm, Friday 10am — 4pm. See www.newtownabbey.gov.uk for more details or telephone Museum at The Mill on 028 9034 0129

sleeping beauty

Sleeping Beauty is on at the Courtyard Theatre, Doagh Road, Newtownabbey, from Friday, January 14 until Saturday, January 22. The Dove Drama group once again bring you lots of music and laughter when they present their annual pantomime. Prices: £8 and £5 concession. Tickets available at the door.

NORTH DOWN

Event to inspire group trip organisers

The Northern Ireland Tourist Board is calling all group trip organisers to attend a ‘Days Out Fair’ on Saturday, January 29, designed to showcase the best that Northern Ireland has to offer with great ideas for day trips and group visits.

The event at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum will cater for group organisers from all walks of life from church groups to sports and social clubs, community groups to retirement associations, from gardening groups to Rotary clubs and many more; with each group that registers being offered two free tickets to attend.

Free transport will also be provided on a first come, first served basis by local members of the Federation of Passenger Transport NI.

Those wishing to register should contact the Northern Ireland Tourist Board on 028 9044 1506 or email a.andrews@nitb.com

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