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On the Grapevine

Residents’ meeting — the Ulidia Residents’ Group would like to invite all the residents of the area to a meeting in the Ballynafeigh community house, 283 Ormeau Road, next Thursday, March 25, at 7.30pm.

Topics for discussion include: community safety; neighbourhood watch; identity theft; expansion of the group; City Airport; joining Park Road residents; district planning; other neighbourhood issues and concerns.

Sandy Row book — Grapevine recently mentioned the possibility of seeing a new book printed about Sandy Row in a few years time which would be based on a local family.

The idea is to produce the book in short sections using a manuscript already in existence which was produced by the late Gordon Freeman.

Through the Grapevine, an appeal was made for a volunteer proof reader or readers.

The Blackstaff Community Development Association has said one volunteer has already agreed to help. If you are interested in supporting the project in any way then please email or Call 9029 2631.

Charity quiz night — a charity quiz night for Changing Faces NI is to take place at Ormeau Golf Club this Friday, March 19, at 8pm.

UK charity Changing Faces supports and represents people who have disfigurements to the face, hand or body from any cause.

It has been working for and on behalf of children, young people and adults (and their families) in Northern Ireland since 2007.

Admission for the quiz night is £5 per-person. For further information contact the charity’s Northern Ireland office on 0845 4500 732 or email

Community week — organisers are preparing for the Blackstaff Community Week, due to start on Monday, April 26.

The main object of the week is to get as many people as possible participating in doing just one thing for the week that will make a difference to their street and the general environment.

There will be a number of community events and these will be announced closer to the time.

If your church, club, school or organisation would like to get involved then please e-mail or phone 9029 2631.

Good news club — the Good News Club at Fane Street Primary School, held each Thursday from 2pm until 2.45pm, will give children the opportunity to learn sign language in easy stages as they go through the alphabet, linked to games, craft work, singing and bible stories.

Please contact the school on 9038 1945 for more information.

Walking tour — the Blackstaff Way walking tour continues from the Welcome Centre, Donegall Place, every Saturday at 11am.

The tour takes in part of Sandy Row including the famous Boyne Bridge.

Tickets cost £6 and are available at the time of the tour from the staff inside the Belfast Welcome Centre.

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