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South Belfast

Community walk about

The newly elected chairman of South Belfast Partnership Board, Gordon Douglas has been visiting groups and directors of the board at informal meetings to discuss general issues and to get a grass roots understanding of what concerns the people throughout greater south Belfast. Members of the board very much appreciate the efforts of Gordon in taking the time to go out into the various areas to meet local people and groups.

Broadway united FC appeal

The Blackstaff Community Development Association is still looking for information on the former Broadway United Football Team. It is amazing but no one to date has been able to give information on the colours the team played in. Can you help? If so please phone Billy 90292631 or email feedback@blackstaff-residents.org.uk

Summer scheme

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Sandy Row Community Centre have announced that the centre will launch its Summer Scheme from Monday, July 18 until Thursday, August. All children from 5 to 11 years of age welcome.

Registration will take place on Monday, July 4 between 2pm and 4pm. As places are limited you are advised to go along early and register your children.

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 for this Saturday, July 2, at 10am in 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.

Castlereagh road

Summer spy kids

Local children set for an action packed week at church’s holiday club.

Woodstock/Willowfield area’s children are set for a week of fun and games at McQuiston Church’s holiday club. Based on Scripture Union’s Mission Rescue holiday club material, the week will be full of creative teaching, games, craft, songs, prayers and Bible reading as children learn about God’s Rescue Mission — All this being discovered through spies and secret agents.

The holiday club runs from 10:30am–12:30pm from Monday July 4 until Friday July 8 and is open to all Primary 1 to Primary 7 children.

Leader of the holiday club Ben Johnston is excited about the event. “I’m really looking forward to this year’s holiday club. It will be great fun, we’ll learn a lot and it would be brilliant to see lots of children come along,” he said.

McQuiston Church is situated on the Castlereagh Road in Belfast.

City centre

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

District wide

Community groups/champions, channel five is interested

Channel five is currently searching the UK to find individuals and groups who viewers would like to see have their wishes granted. It particularly wants 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 is 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.

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.

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

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