Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - April 13


Jack’s the name of the game

Young people are being encouraged to give bowls a sporting shot — especially now the outdoor greens in local parks are reopening next weekend.

Many bowling pavilions will also have coaching classes on offer free of charge this Saturday morning (April 16) between 10am-12noon.

Belfast City Council’s 11 outdoor bowling greens will open this Saturday for the summer season. Information on individual sites and charges can be found on our website

Outdoor leisure officer, Jillian Thompson said: “Bowls has an older persons’ image but some pilot projects have been organised with young people and have proved successful.

“There is a lot more skill in positioning the bowl than first appears and the excellent eye and arm coordination younger people get using video games can be put to good use in this sport.

“It is also more physical than expected as you have to drop up and down, picking up or rolling the bowl and walking from end to end.

“We want more young people to take it up so will be making an effort to encourage them to get involved.”


Take Harte from training

Belfast City Council is holding a series of free one day training courses from this week for people seeking to work in the local hospitality sector as part of the HARTE (Hospitality and Retail Training for Employment) initiative.

The training will be aligned to NVQ Level 2 in Customer Service and places will be available for individuals who deal with the public in ‘front of house’ roles such as receptionists, shop assistants and workers in B&Bs, hotels and other small businesses.

Each one day course runs from 9.30am-4pm and will take place tomorrow (Thursday, April 14) at the Holy Cross Parochial Hall and Mount Vernon Community House on Wednesday, May 4.

Places will be on a first-come first-served basis and lunch will be provided. To register call 9050 0512 or

Easter library fun

Chichester and Grove Libraries have organised a number of events for children over the Easter holiday. All these events are free and children are welcome to join in these Easter library celebrations.

Chichester Library

Easter Storytime – is being held on Saturday, April 23, at 11.30am. This event is suitable for children aged 4 - 8. No booking necessary. Everyone welcome to come along!

For further information, contact Chichester Library (Salisbury Avenue, BT15 5EB) or telephone: 028 9050 9210 or email

Grove Library

Easter Storytime and Craft fun — is being held on Thursday, April 14, from 3.30pm - 4.30pm.

This is suitable for children aged 4 - 8 years. No booking necessary. Everyone welcome. For further information, contact Grove Library (Grove Wellbeing Centre, 120 York Road, BT15 3HF), telephone: 028 9050 9244 or email

Most NI Libraries organise special children’s events, such as storytelling and craft sessions, during key times of the year, such as Easter.

For details of these and all other free children’s events taking place in Libraries NI, check out the events calendar at


An evening with yazz

This evening, Wednesday, April 13, at 7.30pm Yazz will be singing live and sharing her story at Ballyhenry Presbyterian Church in Newtownabbey (just off the Sandyknowes Roundabout). This event is open to all in the community, admission is free, parking is available on site and doors will open at 7pm.

After more than a decade away from recording and performing, Yazz’s latest album Running Back to You tells the story of a remarkable journey, a journey through life, which eventually led to the cross of Christ, a place that Yazz describes as ‘the cross of possibilities — the possibility of being restored to the Father in heaven’.

Could you be queen?

Haveyou got what it takes to become the Ballyclare May Fair Queen 2011?

Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Ballyclare May Fair sub committee is delighted to announce the return of the May Fair Queen Crowning Cabaret on Friday, May 20, this year in Ballyclare Comrades Club.

Kathy Wolff, chair of the sub committee said: “The May Fair Queen crowning cabaret is one of the highlights of the May Fair. We are looking for someone with a sparkling personality and a special talent that makes them stand out from the crowd.”

Remember the May Fair takes place on May 20-24 and the earlier you get your registration in, the better. The closing date for registration is Monday, April 25, 2011.

Application forms can be obtained from Ballyclare Town Hall or can be downloaded from For up to date information on the fair, follow on facebook —

Watch out, trout about

The latest facility at Newtownabbey Borough Council’s civic headquarters was ‘ofishally’ opened to the public last week.

The Mossley Mill Dam, an exclusively Brown Trout Fishery, will be open Monday to Sunday from 9am to 10pm.

Speaking at the opening event the Mayor of Newtownabbey, Alderman Paula Bradley, said: “The dam, which for so many years stood idle, has been transformed into a wonderful recreation and wildlife area.

“The work has included development of the smaller balance pond into a dipping pond for local schools and community groups to teach young people about the wildlife which can be found on their doorstep.”

You can book a ticket either in person at Mossley Mill or online

The Threemilewater Conservation and Angling Club will provide bailiffs at the site to ensure the fish stock and wildlife are protected.

The £120,000 project was funded by the Council and a £50,000 grant from Biffaward.

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