On the grapevine - January 27
An antique and collectables fair takes place every second Saturday of the month (from 9.30am until 4pm) at Windsor Presbyterian Church hall on the Lisburn Road.
Entry to the fair is free, and the fee to have a stall is £20. To book a stall space call John Bradley on 02830 848 452.
National story telling week
From Saturday January 29 to Saturday February 5, Libraries NI is holding free storytelling events in selected libraries throughout the country to celebrate National Storytelling Week.
The events are aimed at families with children aged 4–8 and are structured in a way that encourages parents and carers to bond with their children whilst listening to a story.
Libraries NI run regular storytimes in libraries throughout Northern Ireland. For details of these and of the events to celebrate National Storytelling Week go to www.librariesni.org.uk
Leisure for free scheme
Do you live in the Blackstaff areas of Belfast? Would you like free, unlimited access to your local leisure centre?
Maximum Boost gives users unlimited access to most leisure centre activities and facilities, including all our swimming pools, gyms and council-run activity classes, and money off many others.
A total of 50 people in the Blackstaff area will receive a Maximum Boost membership at their local leisure centre. The area was chosen using the Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation figures.
To take part, participants must commit to making good use of their membership by visiting their local leisure centre: at least once a week during the first four months, six times a month over the next four months, and eight times a month (or twice a week) in the last four months.
You can apply to take part in the scheme by filling in the online form below or by calling us on 028 9032 0202 (extension 3540).
You must be over 16 to apply. Participants will be chosen at random from entries received. If you are chosen to take part in Leisure for Free, we will write to you and invite you to your local leisure centre to get started. A list of reserve names will also be drawn up in case participants do not complete their registration or have to withdraw for any reason.
For more information about the Leisure for Free scheme, call our Leisure Development Unit on 028 9032 0202 (extension 3540).
Care and share
A New monthly ‘Care & Share Fellowship Hour’ meeting has successfully started in Richview Presbyterian Church War Memorial Hall.
The ‘Fellowship Hour’ will be held on the second Tuesday of each month between 1.30am and 12.45pm. The meeting will include quizzes, visiting speakers, Bible-study and refreshments will be served at the end of each meeting. This is a joint venture with Kilburn Street & Sandy Row Belfast City Mission Halls and everone is invited.
Blackstaff Way Guided Walking Tour which includes Sandy Row is a 90-minute tour from the Welcome Centre, Donegall Place, every Saturday starting at 11am. Tickets are only £6 and available from the Welcome Centre. This is one of a number of walking tours provided by Belfast City Council and all guides are fully qualified and members of Institute of Tourist Guiding (Blue Badge).
The tours are not just for tourists and local people are welcome. The latest group were from Nottingham who came over to see an ice hockey match and decided to find out something about the history of Belfast while they were here.
Valentine’s tea dance
It might be rather early but the Markets Community Centre have made an open invitation to the wider south Belfast community inviting senior citizens to their ‘Valentines Day’ Tea Dance.
The music will be by the Rosey Hunter Band and the venue will be the Markets community centre. You must book early as places are limited. For more information phone 90235969.
Castlereagh marks Holocaust memorial day
Castlereagh Borough Council’s Good Relations programme will mark the 66th anniversary of Holocaust Memorial Day with a public event on Wednesday, February 2 at the Council Civic Centre.
The event will commence at 7pm with a focus on the millions of untold stories of individuals, communities and towns and how we can translate their words and lessons of the past into contemporary action. It questions whether we know about the stories in our own communities today and how we can create a safer and better future for all.
The event will include excerpts from a performance piece focusing on the stories of local women from the Castlereagh and Lisburn areas, put together by playwright and theatre expert, Jo Egan, which captures the role of women in local communities over the past years.
A personal testimony from Holocaust survivor Joanna Millen, who was orphaned at the age of two in a concentration camp 50 miles outside Prague, will also be heard. Joanna will also take questions about her experiences and her life since then.
Admission is free and refreshments will be served at both events. Advanced booking is essential. For further details, call 028 90494672.