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Grape vine - March 3

North belfast

An insight into tv

An evening with Anne Hailes in Chichester Library is to be held this Thursday (March3).

Since working in UTV (1959—1966), Anne Hailes has had a varied an interesting career — covering public relations to broadcasting on BBC Radio with her own programme, At Home with Anne Hailes, and World Service Work to Press officer with the Ulster Actors Company at the Arts Theatre.

During this time she met many colourful celebrities and personalities who appeared on both local and international screens.

She has written for local and national newspapers and magazines, and is currently a columnist with the Irish News.

In this collection of stories and reminisces Anne gives a fascinating insight into the characters and the social evolution of our times.

The stories are warm reflections laced with humour and the observations of this extraordinary journalist.

The event begins at 6.45pm and Anne will read from her book, Standby Studio, and will take the audience behind the scenes as Ulster Television goes on air.

Booking is essential, contact Chichester Library on 028 9050 9210 or email|


Muddy boots

The Muddy Boots horticultural programme is a fun initiative, delivered by horticulturist Tom O’Sullivan, set up to teach local groups how to grow their own vegetables and fruit.

A novel feature of this tailored project is that sessions are delivered at the premises of interested groups, establishing a vegetable garden at a location convenient to participants.

A multimedia pack which includes |instructional DVDs and cards, vegetable wheel, job planner and a healthy-eating guide, is also provided for each group at the free Getting Started session.

In addition, each participant will receive a Fresh Food Route to Healthy Living guide which contains a wide range of fresh food recipes and useful reference sections.

A restricted number of free places are available up until March 2011.

If your group would like to get involved please contact the Muddy Boots team on 028 9034 0160 or email

Community courses

Newtownabbey Borough Council is running a series of free courses as part of its community capacity programme.

This evening, (Wednesday, March 2) ‘an introduction to event stewarding’ workshop will take place at Mossley Mill from 6pm to 9pm.

This course will examine the roles and responsibilities of stewards, health and safety, emergency procedures, customer care and personal safety.

This course is essential if you plan to organise any community festivals in your area. To book your place call Lois on 9034 0208.


Parent & baby cinema

Movie House Glengormley will hold a very special movie screening — just for new parentsand baby can come too!

Mums and dads with a baby aged one or under can come along to the first screening on Thursday, March 10; doors open at 11.45am with the movie starting at noon.

Local health visitor Sinead Lynch approached the cinema with the idea. She said: “There are a lot of parents out there who are home with baby and can be quite isolated.

“They feel they can’t bring such a young baby to a mother and toddler group and there just isn’t much to do if they want to get out of the house and see people and do something different.”

“Mums who are breastfeeding find it difficult to get out at night with their friends so this is a totally different option for them.

“They’ll have the chance to meet other mums and chat about their new baby as well as catching up on one of the latest movies,” she added.

The first movie is the romantic comedy Just Go With It starring Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler.

The cost to attend is £3.25 per parent. For more info ring Glengormley on 02890833424 or go to


Local runners needed

The Meningitis Trust is looking for runners to join its team for the British 10k London Run which is taking place on July 10.

The national charity raises awareness of meningitis and provides the widest support services in the community for people affected by meningitis in the UK.

Running in the 10k race for the trust will help it to continue its vital work of supporting 20,000 people each year who have been affected by the brain bug.

Starting on Piccadilly at Hyde Park Corner the race, which takes in the best bits of the legendary London Marathon, will go past central London's world famous historic and iconic landmarks before finishing near Downing Street.

Samantha Porter, events organiser at the Meningitis Trust, says: “Over 25,000 runners from the UK and abroad will take part, including Olympic athletes and celebrities from stage, screen and sport.

“If you would like to help celebrate the trust’s 25th anniversary next year we would be delighted to welcome you to the team”.

For more information please visit or call the events hotline on 0845 120 4530.

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