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Belvoir Riverbank canoe trail: Lagan Valley Regional Park staff will join with the mobile adventure team to give you the opportunity to take to the water and learn about the surrounding environment. Meet at the Shaw’s Bridge car park on Saturday, June 13, at 11am. The price is £10 for adults and £5 for children. Canoes and instruction will be provided.

Belvoir Community Association has organised a public meeting for Monday, June 15, at 7pm in Belvoir Primary School.

The subject will be the new Knockbreda Centre, also known as the Castlereagh Wellbeing and Treatment Centre, which faces Forestside Shopping Centre.

Belfast Health Trust representatives Jim Hibbert (estates manager) and Rowan Davidson (community liaison and development) will address the meeting and answer questions from the public about this new facility.

Summer Music will take place at the Lock Keeper’s Cottage, near Shaw’s Bridge, on Tuesday, June 16, at 7.30pm.

Thomas Smith on guitar is the first of three summer concerts. Thomas’ guitar

technique is based around a bluegrass finger-picking style. Admission is £3. Contact the arts officer for bookings at 9049 4566.

An informal tour of the wildflower meadows at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park will take place on Wednesday, June 17.

Meet at the Lower Stables car park, Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, at 7.30pm.

Donegall Road

The annual summer sale and cafe morning by Friends of City Way Day Centre in Sandy Row on Friday, June 5, was a tremendous success, with £1,700 being raised.

There is a strong possibility that names of ex-servicemen and women from the Donegall Road area are still missing from a recently published book, Journey of Remembering.

The compilers had hoped to list all fatal casualties, born or resident in Belfast, who died during the First World War (1914-18).

If you wish to correct any omissions then please write to the Belfast Book of Honour Committee, 37-41 May Street, Belfast, BT1 4DN, or you can email

Blackstaff Homeowners' Association is continuing to protest about the blocking up of houses in the Village Urban Renewal Area.

Blackstaff Homeowners' Association has consistently protested about the blocking up of houses before vesting and a plan is agreed.

The homeowners claim that most of these houses are in excellent condition.

The association said the empty houses also represent the loss of many fine residents who have lived over 40 years in the area.

Sandy Row Junior Orange Order District were joined by Ballynafeigh District in a visit to the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre at Oldbridge, Drogheda, County Meath on Saturday, June 6.

There was some general discussion about the Orange Order's intention to rebuild the original obelisk situated on the Crossing Field.

The 170ft monument was built in 1736 and blown up in 1923.


The Ballynafeigh Community Development Association is seeking volunteers to work with children from age four to young adults of 18 from July 27 to August 14.

Enjoy various activities from arts to crafts to sports and trips out, be part of a close team, meet new friends and develop new skills.

Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed. For further information contact Hilary at 9049 1161, or email

The Ballynafeigh Community Development Association’s community house is hosting a planning advice clinic on Thursday, June 18, from 3pm to 7pm.

Voluntary sector organisation Community Places will be providing advice on a wide range of planning issues.

The event is open to all. Contact the community house at 9049 1161.

Lisburn Road

Friends of the Cancer Centre is looking for 100 dare devils to abseil down the Dromore Viaduct on Saturday, June 27.

Each participant will need to pay a £20 registration fee and raise £100 in sponsorship. Full training will be given on the day.

For more information contact Colleen or Cathy on 9069 9393 or email


Mount Oriel Support Group is hosting a table quiz at Shaftesbury Bowling Club, 20a Annadale Avenue, on Friday, June 19, at 9pm.

All proceeds go to Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke. Admission is £5 and a light supper will be provided.

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