Belfast Telegraph

Grapevine - May 26

South Belfast

Family fun day

The Lady Taverners family fun day and sponsored walk is set to take place at Barnett’s Demesne this Saturday, May 28 from 9am to 2pm

The range of activities on offer will include DJ Jack, Face painter, Mr Whizzy, balloon modelling and Joe Loughlin’s From The Gathering Drum, a sponsored walk and much much more.

The family entrance fee is £2 and the activities will be taking place at Belfast Activity Centre at Shaws Bridge.

The Lady Taverners are promising everyone a fun-packed day.

Walking in the memory of...

Hundreds of people across the province will step out in remembrance of a loved one on Saturday, June 11. They will be taking part in walks to raise vital funds for the volunteer-based charity Cruse while enjoying a fun day out in memory of someone who has died.

As well as Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park walkers will also set off from Crawfordsburn Country Park, Ormeau Park, and Florence Court in support of Northern Ireland’s leading bereavement |charity.

Eleanor Clarke is just one of the many people in Northern Ireland who have benefited from Cruse support.

Eleanor says: ” My mum died in November 2009 and I tried to cope in the months after she died but after talking to my GP I was advised to contact Cruse.

“There was just so much to deal with after mum died and I thought it was a fantastic service — to talk to someone who understands. I will be supporting the Cruse Memory Walk and would encourage anyone who has used Cruse services to support this event to ensure the services are there for others when someone dies”

Every pound that is raised will make a difference for bereaved people and will allow Cruse to continue to provide free one-to-one bereavement support services, for children , young people, adults, and continue to support bereaved parents and families through the Remember Our Child Project

If you would like to make your footsteps count, registration forms are available to download from Alternatively, you can call 028 90 792419 or email

Donegall Road

Mobile Library

The mobile library operates every Friday between 2.45pm and 3.30pm at Tates Avenue, near Ebor Street. Billy Dickson, a local resident, said: “The mobile library is needed more than ever as the nearest library at Sandy Row closed recently. There is a desire to have a permanent library provision in the area. It’s good to see local people — including children — making their way to the mobile library. Books are expensive and many people can’t afford them, so this is a much needed service to the public.”

Lisburn Road

Meet and Greet

A newly signed notice board at the |former Ulsterville Presbyterian Church is to encourage all who see it to go inside to the 'Meeting Point 139' from Tuesday to Thursday from 11am until 3pm.

It's an opportunity to meet friends, share a free lunch, practise English, use the internet cafe and if you are in a serious frame of mind you can even talk about life issues. All activities are free.

Stranmillis Road

A question of history

A readers of the Grapevine is seeking information about the Exhibition Hall, Botanic Avenue (long time demolished). He remembers reading that this hall was put up adjoining the rear of the Palm House, the roof of which came from a gunboat shed used by Harland and Wolff to build small warships.

The hall could accommodate 1,500 people and was used for social functions.

Is there a reader or readers of the Grapevine that could confirm the above information and perhaps provide additional information? Contact us at or telephone 028 9033 7392

City Centre

Belfast history centre

The Belfast History Centre should become a reality this year. Belfast Civic Trust is working on pull-up panels that will tell the story of Belfast.

To get the project off the ground, two venues have been offered to the Civic Trust. Billy Dickson, a member of the Civic Trust, said that he hoped that the centre will be successful and prove that a purpose built Belfast History Centre is needed.

More details will be provided when the Belfast Civic Trust agree the venue and the opening date.

East Belfast

Fair and car boot sale

Dundonald Primary School Summer Fair and Car Boot Sale will take place in Church Green, Dundonald on Saturday June 4, from noon to 3pm.

Gates open for the car boot sale at 10.45am, and all are welcome. Expect bouncy castles, craft stalls, climbing wall, archery, burgers, doughnuts, crepes, teas and coffee. For further details contact 077 6525 6161.

Floral demonstration

A floral demonstration by Mark from Remarkable Flowers will take place on Friday, June 2 at 7.30pm in the Church of God, Glenmachan Road, Belfast. Tickets are £10 with light supper. Contact Ruth Patton 07929208950 or for details.

Family fun day at stormont park

This bank holiday Monday May 30, Stormont Estate is once again offering this beautiful location for families to come along and enjoy a fantastic day out when the grounds will be filled with a huge range of fun activities for all ages.

Family Fun Day is organised in support of BBC Children in Need and guarantees a great day out. Attractions include kiddies rides, bungee trampolining, giant slides, the popular teddy bears ring which offers competitions for children and their favourite toys, crazy golf , balloon modelling, laser games, a rodeo bull, a Kentucky derby, and much more.

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