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Design camp ni comes to museum

An exciting new summer programme for 12 to 15 year olds is coming to Museum at The Mill. For anyone thinking of art and design as part of their future Design Camp is not to be missed.

Led by practising designers David Hood and Seainin Passi, Design Camp will give budding artists and designers the opportunity to explore, design and create using the woodland of Mossley Mill as inspiration.

During this week-long workshop, ‘The Forest of Design’, participants will meet and work with real designers, gain an understanding of their work and follow the design process from start to finish. From making forest furniture and textiles to using the river to power colourful lights in the woodland, participants are guaranteed to learn new skills, meet new people and have a great time!

‘Design Camp makes you more inspired and you realise how much fun designing can be’, Seainin Passi, Camp leader and graduate of the Royal College of Art.

Design Camp NI is for young people aged 12 to 15 years old and will run from Monday June 25 until Friday July 29 at Museum at The Mill. The week – long workshop (either morning 9.30am – 1.30pm or afternoon 2pm-6pm) costs £30 and places will be limited.

For more information download the application leaflet or contact the museum on 028 9034 0129.

Outdoor theatre — a decadent affair

Those looking for something decadent for ‘staycations’ or summer evenings in Northern Ireland this year should look no further than Theatre at The Mill’s outdoor theatre performances of Sensibility and Sensibility (Wed July 20) or Great Expectations (Tues Aug 23), set in the civic square gardens of the restored Mossley Mill Newtownabbey.

Audiences are invited to picnic with friends and family whilst enjoying the romance and drama of two popular classics, set in magical and imaginative surroundings with grounds opening at 7pm to give people time to get rugs laid, food platters out and settled down for a night of theatre under the stars.

These unique outdoor theatre experiences start with a touch of regency glamour with a Chapter House Theatre production of Jane Austin’s Sense and Sensibility, promising a real escape into the splendor, sophistication and snobbery of this 18th century world. There are limited tickets available for the outdoor theatre events with over 50% of tickets already sold for Sense & Sensibility, so early booking is essential with tickets costing £13 and £10 (Concession). No seating is provided so audiences are requested to bring their own low back seating, rugs and/or blankets.

Tickets are available online at www.theatreatthemill.com or call 028 9034 0202.

Post office re-opens

Post Office Ltd is pleased to confirm that Whiteabbey Post Office has been extensively refurbished and will reopen at its former location at 607 Shore Road on Thursday June 30, 2011.

The newly renovated premises now include a modern convenience store and a range of additional features such as a wide automatic door, level access and alow-level counter position for customers using a wheelchair. Free car parking is available nearby.

Opening hours are: Monday to Friday 9am—5.30pm Saturday 9am - 12.30pm.

A Post Office spokesperson said: “We are delighted to be in a position to offer our Whiteabbey customers improved access to our valued and trusted products and services and would like to thank them for their patience while the refurbishment was taking place. Staff are very much looking forward to welcoming customers back to the new-look branch when it reopens on Thursday.”

The temporary premises at 604a Shore Road will close on Tuesday, 28 June to facilitate the branch’s opening on Thursday.


Community groups/champions, channel five are interested...

Channel five are currently searching the UK to find individuals and groups who viewers would like to see have their wishes granted. We particularly want to hear about community and voluntary Health projects and groups from around the UK.

Do you know of such a group? How could we help them? Perhaps they need new equipment, have problems with transport or facilities or you would like to see the group receive a special treat? We'd love to hear more about the project — who runs it, who they help and the difference the group makes to those who attend. Or do you know someone who could do with our help because of problems with their health? If they could wish for anything what would it be and what difference would it make to their life? Perhaps you could be the person to help make their wish come true. Contact us via email at wishlist@channel5.com or call 0207 308 5446 or 5447.

Channel five are also asking for nominations of special people who always goes out of their way to help others. Perhaps he or she is constantly fundraising, doing voluntary work or they have dedicated their life to looking after others with particular needs. Without them, maybe you, your family or your friends would be lost! Do they deserve a special surprise thank you for being ‘one in a million’? If so, then we’d like to hear all about them for a new series coming soon to Channel 5.

To nominate someone you can email us at heartwarmers@channel5.com or call 0207 308 5446 to tell us about your heartwarmer. Don’t forget to include your own details and make sure you don’t tell them. All calls are charged at a standard rate.

Summer reading

Summer opening hours have been announced for libraries.

With increased demand for library services during the day, changes have been made to the number of evening openings in some libraries, throughout the months of July and August.

For details during the summer go to www.librariesni.org.uk

Belfast Telegraph