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On the grapev ine - October 7


Received your copy?

An Anti-Crime Initiative has been launched by Southcity Resource Centre and Belfast District Policing Partnership. A 8 page booklet was delivered to every home in the Donegall Road area. Topics covered include home, holiday, motor, business and cyber security.

Village regeneration update

The second meeting of the Village & Monarch Community Design Team was held in the Windsor Women's Centre on Wednesday, October 6th. The committee met the Housing Executive and Housing Associations appointed to build new houses in the area.

The Blackstaff Homeowners' Association are delighted with the news that Arthur Acheson, the Belfast architect who represented their views at the Village Housing Public Inquiry has been appointed Chairman of the Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG) for Architecture and the Built Environment in Northern Ireland. The homeowners wish him well in this role and believe, that along with the other members of MAG that they will have a positive influence on architecture and the built environment in Belfast.


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Play morning

A Play Morning is held on a Monday from 10am until 11.30am in Sandy Row Methodist Church.

All baby pre-school age children and their parents or careers will be warmly welcomed for fun play and a cuppa!

Contact 028 9066 4172 if you would like more details.

Sandy row community centre update

The Annual General Meeting of Sandy Row Community Centre will be held on Wednesday, October 13 at 7pm. Refreshments will be provided and everyone is welcome.

An Elevenses Brunch Club is being held in Sandy Row Community Centre every Monday from 11am until 1pm. £1 for any brunch item and you get free tea, coffee or orange


Gallery show at City Hospital

The Tower Gallery at Belfast City Hospital is currently running an exhibition on the paintings of Andrew Shimmin who was originally from Liverpool but now lives in Belfast. The exhibition is of special interest to those who love pictures of trains. The exhibition runs until Saturday, October 16.

A titanic feast of art

John Stewart, a Belfast born mural artist has launched his first collection of fine art paintings, inspired by the 1900’s and Titanic era.

The 50 piece collection is currently on at the Square Space Gallery, 34 Shaftesbury Square. Everyone is welcome to drop in for a look around. On Thursday October 14, at 7pm, there will be an opportunity to meet and chat with the artist himself, at the gallery.

If you want to know more about what inspires John and his work, turn to page 12 to read his interview with the Community Telegraph.

All for chari-tea

National charity Epilepsy Action is urging tea drinkers in Northern Ireland to have a diamond cuppa as part of National Tea Break 2010.

This year's event, on Friday October 22, marks the eighth time running for the grand scale tea party. National Tea Break encourages tea lovers to get together to help raise vital funds for Epilepsy Action, simply by drinking tea and eating cake.

Michael White, fundraising events officer at Epilepsy Action, said: “It’s a great way to get together and have fun with friends, family and colleagues, while raising vital funds for a great cause. Don’t worry if you can't hold a tea break on October 22; just choose a day that best suits you.”

Everyone who registers to be a National Tea Break organiser will receive an organiser's pack containing an organiser's guide full of useful hints and tips, posters to promote the event and lots more.

For more information about National Tea Break, or to register for an organiser’s pack, visit www.epilepsy.org.uk/teabreak or call Michael White, fundraising events officer, on 0113 210 8800.


Don’t slip up on home safety

Don’t slip up on home safety is the message from Belfast City Council which is offering to exchange old slippers for new at events for older people.

The first on Tuesday October 19 will cover the south and east of the city; the next on Wednesday November 3 will serve the west and north. Both events will run from 9.30am -1pm.

There will also be electric blanket testing, information about home safety, fire safety, and information about falls prevention. A limited number of Winter warmth packs (blanket, hat, scarf and flask) will also be available for distribution.

Chairman of the council’s older people cross party political reference group, Councillor Bernie Kelly, said: “We are running two events this month and next, the old slippers for new is a way of attracting older people to the event as well as forming part of ‘The Falls Prevention Initiative’. Most accidents occur in the home and old slippers, while comfortable, may also be a real hazard for older people. Both events are free and we are hoping for a large attendance. Groups with whom we are working include Engage with Age, Volunteer Now and Age NI.”

The Home Safety Team will be at Orangefield Presbyterian Church Hall, Castlereagh Rd on 19 October and on 3 November at NICVA, Duncairn Gardens.

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