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Belvoir The Association of Belvoir Churches’ (ABC) annual five-a-side football tournament kicked-off with 45 local young people (form one to five boys and girls) on Monday, June 29, at the Boys’ Brigade Playing Fields, Belvoir.

The tournament runs until Friday, July 3. Each night there are medals for the winners and runners-up as well as individual awards.

There will be a visit from the IFA’s ‘World United’ who’ll bring their anti-racism message to the participating players. There is no charge for the young people taking part.

The Association of Belvoir Churches (ABC) holds the first of its United Summer Services on Sunday, July 5, in Belvoir Presbyterian Church at 6.30pm.

The AGM of the association will be held during the service. All proceeds from the offering will go to the work of ABC.

The inaugural meeting of the Belvoir Community Forum, hosted by Belvoir And Milltown Action Group (BAMAG), was held in Belvoir Activity Centre, Belvoir Park, on Tuesday June 23, at 7pm.

Twenty-four people attended representing groups, including BAMAG, Castlereagh Council, GEMS NI, the PSNI, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Newtownbreda United Churches, and Engage with Age.

The date for the next forum meeting is set for Tuesday, August 4, 2009 in the Activity Centre at 7pm.

Donegall Road

Donegall Road Methodist Church and St Simon's Church of Ireland will be having a United Service in St Simon's on Sunday, July 5, at 7pm. Rev Paul Jack will take the service.

The Local Government Boundary Commission's consultative period for written representations into the revised boundary recommendations has finished.

The commissioner has written to all consultees informing them that the commissioner, Mr Dick Mackenzie, has submitted his final recommendations which include joining the Sandy Row ward of the Laganbank electoral district with the Balmoral district’s Blackstaff ward.

At the start of the process it was proposed to include Sandy Row into a new central ward, but due to the representations made to the commission it was recommended that it should become part of Blackstaff ward.

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Expressions of interest forms are to be delivered in the Village Urban Renewal Area.

The forms are in relation to a planning application to build 48 semi-detached houses at Maldon Street, off the Donegall Road.

It is believed there is some interest among local homeowners in buying these houses, should their homes be vested.

Homeowners who live in the Village Urban Renewal Area may possibly benefit from the new housing proposals announced by Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie in February.

Under the proposals, homeowners would get the option of buying a home in the area without having to meet the five year qualifying period, or they will be able to part-rent and part-buy a home.

The Blackstaff Homeowners' Association believe that there is an opportunity to dovetail the Maldon Street development into the DSD's proposed scheme to help homeowners stay in the area.

A meeting will be held with all interested parties once the list has been compiled.


More than roses will be on show during the annual Rose Week, which begins at the Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park on Tuesday, July 14.

Belfast City Council is also offering a chance to discover other aspects of the park with a Secret Garden Stroll on the evening of Wednesday, 15 July, and a Birds, Bees and Buildings walk looking at biodiversity in the park on the afternoon of Thursday, July 16.

Those interested should meet at the Stables car park at 7pm. For more details call 9049 1922.

Information on all Rose Week events is available at

Holy Land

The Belfast Friendship Club is running every Thursday, starting at 7.30am, at Common Grounds Cafe on University Avenue.

The club provides a safe shared informal space for a range of individuals from diverse backgrounds to meet others, socialise and build strong positive relationships.

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