Belfast Telegraph

On the Grapevine


The Northern Ireland Assembly Roadshow is bringing MLAs from south Belfast to the Chinese Welfare Centre, 1 Stranmillis Embankment, next Wednesday, September 23.

The MLAs will be talking about the work of the Assembly and hearing first hand about the issues that matter to you. Come along, have your say and put your questions to a panel of local MLAs. Tea and Coffee is available from 7.30pm.


Botanic Gardens is this weekend holding Belfast City Council’s eighth annual ‘Garden Gourmet’ extravaganza.

Taking place on Saturday, September 19, and Sunday, September 20, the centrepiece is the Autumn Flower Show, the biggest in the province.

There will also be an opportunity to sample an extensive menu of local produce, as well as food from around the world, and there will be entertainment for all ages.

The opening hours are 12.30pm to 6pm each day. Further information is available from the Belfast Welcome Centre on 9024 6609 or by visiting

Donegall Road

The Girls’ Brigade Company attached to St Aidan's Parish Church in Blythe Street, Sandy Row, will be having a very special Thanksgiving Service to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

It will be held in the recently renovated church in Blythe Street on Sunday, September 27, at 6.30pm.

The company captain, Margaret Close, informed Grapevine that they are pulling out all the stops to contact former members who live in all areas of Belfast and outside.

For more information contact Margaret at 9062 0116. She would be delighted to hear from you.

Blackstaff Community Development Association and Lower Malone Residents’ Association were among many groups and individuals throughout Belfast who attended a public consultation meeting on Friday, September 11, in Grosvenor House dealing with the consultation paper on the reform of the planning system in Northern Ireland.

The Maranatha Gospel Hall on the Linfield Road has been active in the Sandy Row area since 1927 when four Sandy Row men preached the Gospel in an old wooden building which they brought from the Ormeau Road.

You are invited to attend their service on the Lord's Day (the Maranatha folk prefer to call Sunday the Lord's Day) at 7pm.

For further information contact Tommy Gilmour 9087 1756.

Malone Road

The Studio Symphony Orchestra will be holding its Autumn Concert on Saturday, October 3, at 7.45pm at St Bride's Church Hall, Derryvolgie Avenue, Belfast (the Malone Road end).

The concert will feature Egmont Overture, Beethoven; Piano Concerto No.9, Mozart; and Symphony No.3, Brahms. Michael McHale will be on piano and the conductor will be David Openshaw. Tickets cost £10/£8 concession/£2 children from Matchett's Music, Wellington Place, Belfast or at the door.

Ormeau Road

The Belfast Speakers' Circle is seeking new members, or visitors who might come along to see an example of the skills it practises.

The Belfast Speakers’ Circle meets each Monday evening in a friendly social atmosphere where all aspects of public speaking are practised.

The programme starts next Monday, September 21, at 7.30pm in the Church Halls, St John’s Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church, Rosetta, through to March 29, 2009.

For further information phone the secretary, Maureen, at 9045 8614.


The Marriba! Wellness Club is now running a community weight loss challenge at the Ballynafeigh Community House, 283 Ormeau Road, Belfast.

If you are serious about losing weight call personal wellness coach Gulnaz Amjad on 07966769551.

The classes will include weekly weigh and measure, nutrition education, weight loss coaching and weekly prizes and rewards.

Classes started this Wednesday but people are welcome to join at any time.

The cost is £39 for a full 12 week course.

Call Gulnaz for details on individual class prices and for further information.

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