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On the grapevine - November 11

ARDS

Ulster Youth Chamber Choir

One of Northern Ireland’s leading youth choirs is to perform in Ards this Saturday (November 13).

Made up of 25 of the country’s best singers, the Ulster Youth Chamber Choir takes to the stage for this year’s Anne Iveston Musical evening, organised by Ards Arts Committee in honour of Donaghadee resident, Anne Iveston, a member of the committee as a representative of local choral music for over 20 years and still an active member of Ards Choral Society.

Formed only two years ago in 2008, the vocal ensemble has received rave reviews and performed in venues such as Ormeau Baths Gallery and St George’s Church in Belfast, and most recently featured in the BBC Proms with choirs from across the UK. The choir is conducted by Greg Beardsell, one of the UK’s leading choral conductors.

“We’re delighted to be welcoming the Ulster Youth Chamber Choir to Ards for what promises to be an outstanding evening of the finest choral music,” said Emily Walsh, Arts Officer with Ards Borough Council.

“There are few finer tributes we could pay to Anne Iveston to recognise her service to the arts and to choral music in particular”.

The Ulster Youth Chamber Choir performs in the Queen’s Hall, West Street, Newtownards, at 8pm. Tickets, priced £10 (£8 concession) including refreshments following the performance, are available from Ards Arts Centre, Tel: 028 9181 0803.

BANGOR

Library book sale

A Book Sale is taking place in Bangor Carnegie Library (Hamilton Road) next Tuesday (November 16) from 10am to 5pm and Wednesday November 17 from 10am until 4pm

You are invited to come along and avail of ex-library stock at bargain prices.

For further information, you can contact Bangor Carnegie Library on 028 9127 0591 or email bangorcarnegie.library@librariesni.org.uk

Fair Trade christmas sale

Bangor fairtrade retailers Rachel Surgenor and Patricia Norrington are hosting a Fair Trade Christmas Craft sale at North Down Museum on Saturday, November 27.

On sale will be a variety of items including Christmas cards, jewellery, accessories and food.

There will also be an opportunity to buy living gifts from Tearfund and Trocaire, alternative gifts which help those living in poverty.

The sale, which runs from 10am until 4pm at the Heritage Centre, is supported by North Down Borough Council. Contact Rachel Surgenor, info@pueblosfairtrade.com

Switch on to RNLI

While towns across Northern Ireland turn their attention to the switching on of Christmas lights, Progressive Building Society is helping encourage the public to switch on this Christmas to the life-saving charity of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Progressive is helping to continue the valuable local service that the RNLI provides from lifeboat stations, by hosting an RNLI Christmas Shop within its branches. In 2009, the local lifeboat station in Bangor launched 55 times and rescued 69 people.

Emma Gibson, Community Fundraising Manager of the RNLI, says: “All proceeds from the sale of RNLI Christmas Cards, calendars and diaries through Progressive will raise valuable funds which will help us to run the lifeboat service that operate across the UK and Ireland and rescued a total of 26 people in 2009.”

The local Bangor branch of Progressive Building Society is just one of the outlets that are selling the products this year. Others include Ards, Ballymena, Coleraine, Enniskillen and Lisburnbranches, as well as Belfast’s Wellington Place and Donegall Square South branches. The RNLI Christmas Shops are open inside branches until Saturday December 18 (stocks permitting.)

RNLI’s Emma Gibson, adds: “It is a great opportunity for us to raise funds and awareness of the RNLI during the festive season.

“Thank you on behalf of RNLI volunteers, who are willing to launch the lifeboats to meet emergencies around the coast of Northern Ireland day or night 365 days a year, even on Christmas day. You have helped them save lives at sea.”

For details of participating branches contact Progressive’s head office on Tel. 028 9024 4926.

CITY CENTRE

Christmas cheer with the Ulster Orchestra

The Ulster Orchestra is to host a free Christmas concert for community groups in the Belfast Waterfront Hall on Friday, December 3, at 7.45pm.

Community groups are invited to celebrate the festive season with a light-hearted evening of carols |and seasonal music with the orchestra and guests — conductor Christopher Bell, soprano Mary Nelson and Belfast Philharmonic Choir.

The Christmas Cheer concert is supported by JTI and up to 15 free tickets are available for each community group on a first come, first served basis, through the Ulster Orchestra box office on 028 9023 9955 or by emailing boxoffice@ulsterorchestra.com (quote Christmas Cheer).

Sneak preview at 24 hr gym

The public will be able to get the first glimpse of Belfast’s new 24 hour no contract gym from this Friday.

Pure Gym at Saint Anne’s Square in the Cathedral Quarter is open for special previews from Friday November 12 to Wednesday November 17 before the official opening on November 18.

Preview hours will be 9am to 8pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm, and Monday Tuesday and Wednesday from 7am to 8pm

Keep your eyes open for next week’s Community Telegraph where one lucky reader will have the opportunity to win one year’s membership to Pure Gym.

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