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On the grapevine - June 23

EAST BELFAST

Class reunion

‘Old’ girls of Bloomfield Collegiate School, the class of ’86 is having a 25-year reunion on Saturday August 13 in the Park Avenue Hotel.

All details are available from the school website (www.bloomfieldcollegiate.org.uk) or from Nicola Cherry (nee Brown) at n.cherry@hotmail.co.uk

Nicola said: “We have managed to contact quite a number of the 1986 class and many of the teachers, but we know there are some people we just do not have contact details for. We would love to see as many of the old faces as possible!

Tullycarnet senior citizens’ summer scheme

This community event for the elderly will be held in Tullycarnet Resource Centre, Kinross Avenue, Dundonald. It will comprise of four 2 hour sessions spread over 4 weeks. Activities include light sports, games and crafts with the elderly. A free light lunch will be served after each session.

On Thursday, August 18, from 12 noon – 2pm: A Day at the Races involving wooden horses, hurdles and bucks fizz!

Thursday, August 25, 12 noon – 2pm: Indoor Gardening and Card Making involving plant pots seeds and paint.

Thursday, September 1, 12 noon – 2pm: Drawing Games and Name that Tune involving markers and memory challenges.

Thursday, September 8, 12 noon – 2pm: The Olympic Games involving wellie boot flinging competitions and prizes.

For details contact Michelle Singleton, 9050 1133.

DISTRICT-WIDE

Mr motivational speaker

Motivational speaker John Bushell is holding a seminar in the Beechlawn Hotel, Dunmurry, on Sunday June 26. This is his first motivational talk with his new business Inspire — and the seminar is free.

Contact 07964225829 or info@inspire-motivation.co.uk to reserve a seat.

Do you want to join mensa?

Mensa is offering the people of Belfast a chance to find out their IQ score and to see if they too can join 23,000 other members of The High IQ Society.

A supervised IQ test session has been organised on Saturday, July 2, at 10am at the Stranmillis University College for anyone interested in finding out their own IQ score for just £17.50.

To reserve a place on the test you can book online by visiting the IQ Test section of the Mensa website at www.mensa.org.uk. Alternatively you can contact Helen Oliver on 01902 772 771 or email bookatest@mensa.org.uk for more information.

Ruby Murray’s house

What should happen to 'Ruby Murray's House' at 84 Moltke Street? This is now a 'hot discussion' on the Ruby Murray website which is being used to help save the house in Moltke Street where Ruby lived until she was seven-years-old.

Billy Dickson of Blackstaff Community Development Association said: 'I am keen to retain the house but only if it is practical and viable. Perhaps it could be kept as a dwelling house and incorporated along with the new build. If it has to be demolished then a house can be built on the site to resemble the old house with the use of some of the old bricks.' If any Grapevine readers have any views on the subject then please contact any member of the Village and Monarch Design Team and/or the Community Telegraph.

You can visit the website at www.rubymurray.org

Entertainers wanted

National Transplant Week 2011 is coming to Belfast and NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is urgently seeking entertainers.

This year’s campaign, ‘What Are You Waiting For’ will draw attention to the fact that over 10,000 people in the UK are currently waiting for an organ transplant. It will be targeting people waiting in Belfast city centre on Thursday 7th July, and entertaining them as they wait. NHSBT would love to hear from singers, dancers, performance groups or street entertainers who could help with this. Expenses will be covered and you will have the chance to show off your talents and be involved in some high profile media opportunities.

For more information, please contact Rakhee Shah on 0207 815 3900 or rakhee.shah@munroforster.com

Find out more at www.transplantweek.co.uk

Súil Charad

LIBRARIES NI is pleased to announce Súil Charad, an exhibition and booklet on Irish language publications for over 200 years, is on display in Belfast Central Library, from June 20-30.

POBAL, the Irish language advocacy group, were responsible for compiling and publishing the exhibition and accompanying booklet. Súil Charad will be on display in Belfast Central Library from June 20-39 and then it will move to Derry Central.

For more information on POBAL, telephone 028 9043 8132 or email oforbartha2@pobal.org

You can contact Belfast Central Library (126 Royal Avenue, BT1 1EA), on

9050 9150 or email info.belb@librariesni.org.uk

Free help and advice for self-employed

Today's businesses are facing tough times and the most successful know when to make use of the available help. That help is at hand for businesses during June when HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) continues to bring its programme of free workshops to Belfast.

The workshops planned for June for HMRC Custom House, in Custom House Square, are:

Being A Director

Wednesday, June 29

10am - 12.30pm

Newly Self-Employed — The Basics

1.30pm-4pm

Business Expenses and Capital |Allowances for the Self-Employed

To book a seminar place visit www.hmrc.gov.uk/bst/advice-teams-area/nirelandtraining.htm or email bst.northernireland@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk.

You can also contact the HMRC advice team on 0845 603 2691. Further workshops will take place in July and details will be released towards the end of June.

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