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If you have a desire to write but need some help, a kick start or some people to read over your work, then Morton Writers group may be the place for you.

Meeting every Monday from 10am to 12pm at Morton Community Centre on Lorne Street, the group wish to recruit some new members . No age restrictions and all are welcome. Call Eugene on 07795247619 for more information.


Olympia community centre will be having a car boot sale on Sunday, May 30, from 10.30am to 1pm.

Anyone can bring their car with items to sell. Admission per car or stall is £5 and all proceeds are for the after schools groups and youth club.

The children from Olympia after schools and youth club will be involved and there will be face painting/hair braiding/nail art/tea coffee and much more. Everyone is welcome so have a good clear out.

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The Thrift Shop is still open daily at St Aidan’s Chirch Hall, at the corner of Donegall Road and Tierney Gardens. A wide range of goods are on sale including books, toys, games and clothes. Goods in good condition can also be donated. The Thrift Shop is in aid of church funds.


The Belfast branch of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) is holding its next Nearly New Sale on Saturday, May 22, at Newtownbreda Church Halls (St John's), 374-376 Ormeau Road from 10.30am to 1pm.

The NCT Nearly New Sale is a fantastic alternative to forking out for brand new baby products and offers you the chance to ease the strain on your budget and the environment by getting nearly new goods for much less. All profits from the sale goes towards helping the NCT Charity support its services and campaigns.

If you want to sell your nearly new baby and toddler clothes, toys and goods, you need to register as a seller as soon as possible. The quickest way to do this is to contact sale coordinator Doro by email at nctbelfast@googlemail.com.

The Hullabaloo Interactive Puppet Theatre will be performing ‘Jack and the Beanstalk' at 11am. Tickets are £2 per child or £5 per family. There will also be various complementary therapists on hand offering taster sessions, stall vendors and a kids' arts and craft area.


Stranmillis college is offering body toning classes as part of its lifelong range of programmes.

The class begins on Thursday, May 20, from 7pm to 8pm and will run for eight weeks. It is ideal for both beginners and those more experienced in fitness, and will use a variety of resistance-based, equipment free exercises with tutor Heather Weir.

Fee for the eight weeks are £45 (concession £35). There is a casual rate of £5 per class which will take place at the Sports Hall, Orchard Building, Stranmillis College.

To enrol please contact Katie Miller at lifelong@stran.ac.uk or phone 9038 4345. For more information about this or any other life long learning course visit www.stran.ac.uk/informationabout/courses/lifelonglearning.


Blackstaff community development association congratulate Mrs Annie Crothers who turned 90 last Sunday, May 16. Some of her old neighbours from Broadway Parade where she lived until recently, called in to see her for a chat about old times and were delighted to see her looking so well. We wish Annie many more happy years.


A meeting of the South West Belfast Neighbourhood Partnership was held in the Windsor Women's Centre, Lower Broadway on Thursday, May 12.

The main aim of the partnership is to endeavour to develop effective working relationships between all sectors to ensure that there is co-ordinated approach to regeneration in the greater Donegall Road and Sandy Row area.


Are your children safe while online? Find out what you can do to keep them safe in chatrooms, away from cyber-bullying and exploitation.

Parents & Internet Safety Classes will be held in the Windsor Women's Centre at Lower Broadway starting Monday, June 14, until Monday, June 28.

Classes are free and run from 10am until 12.30pm. For more details phone 90235451.


The Parent teacher Association at An Droichead have organisied another clothes swap fundraiser night which will take place at the Cooke Street school on Friday, May 21.

Doors open for browsing at 7.30pm and the official swap begins at 8.30pm. If last October’s swap is anything to go by, Friday will be an unmissable night.

There will be music, nibbles and Bring Your Own so there’s no excuse.

Entry costs £5 and all money raised goes to the school.

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