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North Belfast grapevine - February 17


Muddy boots

The Mayor of Newtownabbey, Alderman Paula Bradley, has joined council staff to launch the ‘Muddy Boots’ horticultural programme.

This fun initiative, delivered by horticulturist Tom O’Sullivan, will teach local groups how to grow their own vegetables and fruit. A novel feature of this tailored initiative 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 envhealth@newtownabbey.gov.uk.

Community courses

Newtownabbey Borough Council are running a series of free courses as part of their community capacity programme.

On Monday (February 21) a ‘practical skills in completing funding applications’ workshop takes place at Mossley Mill from 6pm to 9pm.

This course will explore the essentials of planning your project, the reasons for applying and the reasons why applications may fail.

It also tells groups what they should include in their application form, as well as some examples of actual funders' application forms.

Get your share of the £3bn available in the UK from grant making trusts and foundations. To book your place call 9034 0208.


Belfast gospel choir

Newtownabbey Methodist Mission will be hosting Belfast Gospel Choir for a special night on Saturday February 26 to raise funds for mission partner Pat Jamison who is currently serving in Bangladesh & Hill Croft Special School

Belfast Community Gospel Choir (BCGC) perform with power and energy, creating a dynamic vocal sound. They are led by their charismatic director, Marie Lacey. BCGC is a professional gospel choir that perform at concerts, civic & charitable events, festivals, as well as on television & radio. They also provide backing vocals for international and local music artists performing in Northern Ireland.

Although based in Belfast, choir members come from all parts of the province. The choir takes pride in the fact that it is completely multi-cultural and cross-community. Following decades of violence, division and political upheaval in Northern Ireland, BCGC are committed to performing music that carries the message of love, joy and peace and to promoting a positive image of Belfast City

The performance kicks off at 8pm but doors open from 7.15pm. Refreshments will be served during the interval and tickets are £10. Tickets can be purchased from NMM Offices (028 90852546) |or by contacting Davy Smyth.|

District wide

Step into spring for hospice

Northern Ireland Hospice is encouraging people of all ages to take steps to |support the 2011 Hospice Walk. Thousands are expected to participate in the 11 walks taking place from Saturday, March 26 to Sunday, April 3. People of all ages and ability can take in the charity challenge to walk from a minimum of 1.5 miles and maximum of 11 miles on various routes.

Familiar faces are also expected among the stampede of walkers with May McFettridge, actress Olivia Nash, Miss NI Lori Moore, UTV’s Paul Clark and other personalities tying an extra knot in their laces to take part in one of the walks.

Northern Ireland Hospice is a local charity caring for over 3,000 people across both adult and children’s services in hospice and in the |community.

Money raised from events like the 2011 Hospice Walk will help care for those |living with a terminal illness and offer support for their families.

All care is free and is provided 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

To walk for the hospice is as easy as ABC — get registered, get sponsored, and get walking!

If you would like to take your first step towards taking part in the 2011 Hospice Walk, register today by visiting nihospice.org, by telephoning 028 90777123 or by texting the word HOSPICE to 81222.

Hospice Walk Dates:

Saturday, March 26 (walks start at 10am) — Lagan Tow Path, Carrickfergus and North Down

Sunday, April 3 (walks start at 8.30am) — Mournes Mountain Trek

Saturday, April 2 (walks start at 10am) — Castle Ward, Castle Coole, Colin Glen, Portstewart, Antrim, Belfast Castle and Larne


Mini-man jam

T13, the new urban sports park at Titanic Quarter (Queen’s Road, Belfast), is hosting a Mini-man Jam — a national skateboarding event for kids aged 14 and under — on Saturday, March 12 from 12 noon to 6pm.

If you think your skateboarding skills are up to scratch, come along and have a go, meet new friends and\[Thomas Hawkins\] get show off your talents on the number one skateboard destination in the whole of Ireland (helmets are compulsory for all competitors).

It’s £10 to ride. If you are new to the sport and want to watch, there’s great news — spectators have free entry.

There will be music at the event, a barbeque and great prizes on offer.

For more info visit www.t13.tv

Belfast Telegraph