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Grape vine - June 30

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 ( or from Nicola Cherry (nee Brown) at

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

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 July 7, 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

Find out more at

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?

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 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 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.

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.

Be safe and stay safe

Are you disabled and living in Northern Ireland? Are you concerned about your safety or of being the victim of bullying, crime or anti-social behaviour? You can take steps to stay safe in your home and out and about through an initiative led by Leonard Cheshire Disability.

The programme will provide free and interactive training covering a number of issues affecting people’s wellbeing, such as: doorstep manner, bullying, internet, roads, dealing with anti-social behaviour and hate crime and protecting personal finances.

One person who is pleased about the launch of the Be Safe Stay Safe project is Joanne Sansome, a 33-year-old woman with cerebral palsy. She had her purse stolen while out and about and this had a big impact upon her.

“I dropped my purse as I was crossing the road in my wheelchair and a kind delivery driver offered to pick it up for me. A few moments later, a car drove past and someone from inside opened the door and stole it.

“This incident really shook me up and I felt extremely vulnerable. I found going to the police and providing a statement very difficult and it took me a while to get my confidence back and to trust people again.

“The Be Safe Stay Safe project is a fantastic initiative. Having gone through the training programme myself, I would encourage disabled people and their families from across Northern Ireland to get involved.

To find out more phone: 028 9024 6247 or email:

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