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Grapevine - March 24


Award winning journo visits bangor library

Geoff Hill, the features editor of the News Letter has either won or been shortlisted for a UK Travel Writer of the Year award nine times and is a former Irish travel writer of the year. He will be sharing his world-wide experiences, that largely took place astride his motorbike, at Bangor Carnegie Library as part of Creativity Month.

in 2006, Geoff completed The Nambarrie Run II: Chile to Alaska on a Triumph - a 16,500-mile journey along the Pan-American Highway. Along the way, Geoff faced all manner of perils, from baking hot deserts to Peruvian avalanches to Alaskan grizzly bears.

The event will take place this Thursday March 24 at 7pm. Admission is free but booking is essential. Contact Bangor Carnegie Library to book your place. Tel: 028 9127 0591. Email:

What’s up doc? rabbit awareness days

Assisi Animal Sanctuary is holding two Rabbit Awareness Days this month.

The first event will be held on Friday March 25 at Pets at Home, Bloomfield Shopping Centre, Bangor, and the second event will be held on Saturday, March 26, at Pets at Home, Boucher Road, in Belfast. Both events start 10am and continue until 3pm.

At the events, Assisi will be offering free health checks to rabbits, almost like a rabbit MOT. Information will also be provided on various rabbit-related topics including nutrition, clipping nails, fur and teeth.

Assisi will also be giving out free food samples and goodies while stocks last at both events, so try to come early to avoid disappointment. There will also be free activities for children including treat making and colouring in.

You can sign up for a free Assisi rabbit health check by calling into Pets at Home on Boucher Road or their Bloomfield, Bangor Store. If you are unable to make an appointment Assisi invites drop ins at each event between the hours of 10am and 11.30 am.

Assisi will be supported by Wood Green Animal Shelters which is based in England but which does a lot of work with rabbits. For further information contact Assisi Animal Sanctuary on 028 9181 2622.


A gala performance

The Link Family and Community Centre in Newtownards, nominated as the Mayor of Newtownards chosen charity for 2010/11, is delighted that the relationship is to be celebrated in a very special evening next month.

‘A Gala Performance for Ards,’ a charity fundraising cross-community concert, is set to take place in the Ulster Hall at 7.30pm on Saturday, April 9, to celebrate this relationship.

It will feature performers from across the community in a musical extravaganza guaranteed to appeal to all tastes.

TV presenter and local broadcaster Lynda Bryans will set the scene and introduce the performers.

Tickets are on sale now through the Ulster Hall Box Office and early booking is recommended. In Mayor David Smyth’s words: “It’s one night to remember — for a concert you’ll never forget!”

Ulster Hall Box Office — tel: (028) 9033 4455 or Tickets are £20, concessions £15 and a family ticket £55 (two adults and two children under 18).

Big bus drives cancer service

Northern Ireland’s leading local cancer charity, Action Cancer, is bringing its mobile unit, the Big Bus, to Ards, as part of its ongoing tour of the region.

The unit, which is the first of its kind in Europe, will be hosted by the Millisle Community Association and located at Moss Road Car Park, Main Street, Millisle on Tuesday, March 29.

It will be hosted by Ards Community Network and located at Comber Leisure Centre, Bridge Street Link, Comber, on Saturday, April 2.

On Wednesday, April 6, the Big Bus will be hosted by Breezemount Community Association and located at Breezemount Grove, Conlig, Newtownards.

Services provided on the Big Bus, which is fully accessible for people with disabilities by means of a wheelchair lift, include digital breast screening for women aged between 40 and 49 and over 70 and health promotion and MOT health checks for men and women. A weightloss clinic using the latest technology provides clients with a full body composition analysis and offers tailored guidance on reaching and maintaining an ideal weight.

Big Bus staff can provide information on complementary therapies and other cancer support services such as counselling, a Listening Ear Service and support groups, which are available for cancer patients, their carers and families at the charity’s headquarters in Belfast and at other locations.

Anyone interested in making an appointment for the Big Bus should telephone Action Cancer in advance on 028 9080 3344. Appointments will be available from 10am to 3pm each day.

Bookings are taken on a first come first served basis as there are a limited number of appointments for all services.

Individuals wishing to make an appointment for a service and groups or companies wishing to make a booking for the Big Bus to visit their location, should telephone Action Cancer on 028 9080 3344 or use the dedicated email address

Up for an adventure

The Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) has teamed up with to encourage people across the country to get outdoors and try something new by taking part in the first Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend which takes place on Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10.

The weekend will see 23 outdoor activity providers across Northern Ireland offering more than 100 adventure ideas from canoeing or mountain-boarding to rock-climbing or surfing for only £10 per person.

Families and individuals can try coasteering, kayaking or Sea Safari. The Adventureland Weekend also marks the launch of an entire summer of outdoor activities in Northern Ireland.

To get people started, NITB and have compiled a list of sample providers and activities on offer during Adventureland Weekend with more information and ideas available at

Events will be taking place at Orlock Point in Groomsport and Clearsky Adventure Centre in Strangford.

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