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Grapevine - January 27

ARDS

Country Music Night — Enjoy an evening of country music with Brendan Shine and his band with Little Johnee Dawson, and supporting act Rod, Tracy & Barroom Buddies.

Taking place on Wednesday, January 27, at Queen's Hall, Newtownards, tickets are available from Scrabo Electrical on Regent Street.

For further information on the concert contact Sammy Pollock on telephone 9187 8573.

Murder Mystery — Murder Mystery: Christmas Murder at the Somme takes place on Friday, January 29, at the Somme Heritage Centre.

In December 1916 the 36th Ulster Division found themselves in the muck-filled trenches of the Somme. The dead lay silently in no mans land. Two days of cease fire was declared by all combatants. The guns fell silent and an uneasy calm fell across the battlefield and trenches.

Major Orr, of the Inniskilling Fusiliers, on the second morning of the cease fire was found dead in his trench. A German bayonet had been driven into his back and he was found with little blood flowing from the fatal wound and a bottle of brandy lying nearby.

Was he killed by a rogue German soldier, or was it something more sinister? The major had many enemies on the Western Front, not all of them German! Your country needs you to assist in finding the answer to this mystery.

For further information contact Ards and Portaferry Tourist Information Centres on telephone 9182 6846.

Ramble Along — Ramble through the lesser known areas of Mount Stewart with an experienced guide at the end of this month.

This popular event, which will take place on Sunday, January 31, will be followed by a well earned meal in the Bay Restaurant. Children must be over 10 years.

For further information telephone 4278 7807.

Ghost Stories — An Evening of Charles Dickens' Ghost Stories, performed by Russell Kennedy, is a two-act adaptation of the most eerie ghost tales, guaranteed to send shivers down the sturdiest of spines.

The production consists of three hair-raising stories — The Ghost in the Bride's Chamber, The Trial for Murder and Dickens’ most famous tale, The Signalman.

This performance takes place at the Web Theatre on Friday, February 5.

For further information telephone 9182 8234 or visit www.webtheatre.biz.

Watercolour Workshop — This workshop is ideal for beginners, though painters with some experience in other mediums are welcome.

Graham Booth takes the course which is informal and provides company and confidence to paint.

The class, which begins on Saturday, February 6, takes place at the Battletown Creative Studio in Newtownards.

For further information telephone Alison McFerran on 9182 2626.

Dance the Night Away — If you are interested in sequence ballroom dancing then come along to the British Legion on Court Square in Newtownards every Tuesday.

Dancing is held between 8pm and 11pm and is suitable for people of all ages.

If you are interested in classes contact Thomas on 07836789081.

CRAWFORDSBURN

Charity Day — After the incredible success of G.I. Jane 2009, Meningitis Research Foundation has announced that its 2010 event will take place on Saturday, February 27, at The Scout Centre in Crawfordsburn Country Park.

Meningitis Research Foundation welcomes back all past participants but is on the look out for more people.

Ladies will be kitted out in army attire, camouflage and will be put through their paces military-style.

Ladies aged 16 years and above will compete in a series of both physical and mental challenges including an assault course, caving, archery, climbing wall, karting and much more.

Places are limited for Boot Camp so if you are interested please download a fundraising pack at www.meningitis.org, email emma@meningitis.org, or telephone 9032 1283.

Belfast Telegraph