Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - April 14


Egg-cellent Easter Fun

Finaghy and Ormeau 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.

Finaghy Library

Easter Story-time – is taking place on Friday, April 22 from 2.30pm to 3pm. This event is suitable for children age 4-8 years. For further information, contact: Finaghy Library (38B Finaghy Road South, BT10 0DR), telephone: 028 9050 9214 or email

Ormeau Library

Easter Egg Hunt – will take place all day, every day, from Monday, April 18-Saturday. April 23. This event is suitable for children age 4-11 years. Please ask a member of library staff for more information.

Easter Storytime & Craft session - will be held on Tuesday, April 19 from 3.30pm - 4.30pm. This event is suitable for children age 4-8 years. Places must be pre-booked.

For further information, contact Ormeau Road Library (Ormeau Road Embankment, BT7 3GG), telephone: 028 9050 9228 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

Zip wire challenge

Every participant counts in the Lagan zip line challenge next month to raise funds to provide hours of valuable Marie Curie nursing care to those in need across Northern Ireland.

On Saturday, May 14, you are invited to take part in this hair-raising challenge — no experience needed. Anyone 14 years and older can get involved though there is a weight restriction of 17 stone.

For more information on the 2011 River Lagan Zip Wire Challenge, register online at or for further information call our Events team at Marie Curie Cancer Care on 0870 0340 040.

Neighbourhood watch with a difference

Bird lovers in south Belfast are being invited to brush up on their birdwatching skills. Through Belfast City Council’s Parks Grants Scheme, Ballynafeigh Community Development Association (BCDA) is running a series of ‘Neighbourhood Bird Watch’ events in Ormeau Park this summer.

Local resident and bird expert Dermot Hughes will be leading the walks. He said: “Ormeau Park is one of the best places to see birds in Belfast — they are well used to people and tend to be easy to spot. This is an ideal opportunity to learn how to identify some of our most common and not-so-common birds as they prepare for their breeding season.”

The first Neighbourhood Bird Watch was held last Saturday, setting off from the Ormeau Road gates of the park opposite BCDA House (No. 283 Ormeau Road) at 10am. Further dates this Saturday (April 16) and June 2, 4, 9 and 11. Thursday walks are at 6pm and Saturdays at 10am.

As these walks are free of charge, feel free to come on as many or as few as you wish. Some pairs of binoculars will be available for those that have none.


Community week almost here

The 4th Blackstaff Community Week from Monday, April 25, until Saturday, April 30, makes it possible for everyone in the community to get involved.

The main object of the week is to get as many people as possible participating in doing just one thing for Community Week.

It could be anything from painting the front door and window frames to providing solar lights in gardens or anything that will make an improvement to the area.

Belfast Civic Trust will be asked to judge the best efforts and certificates of merit will be presented by the Civic Trust. For more information email

School kids raise funds for leprosy sufferers

Children and parents from Fane Street School raised £229.99 for Lepra. The pupils had a non-uniform day recently in aid of this very deserving charity that helps to fund work to support individuals and their families who are suffering from the effects of Leprosy.

Each year around 600,000 new cases of leprosy are found among the poorest and most deprived communities in our world and out of these 160,000 are children. Fane Street was pleased to help raise awareness of this charity amongst its pupils and parents and this figure adds to the £1,546 already raised by the pupils and parents earlier this year for the NI Cancer Fund for Children and Marie Curie Cancer Care. For further information on the work of Lepra please contact Audrey Heslip on 028 9443 3092 or visit:


Library blitzes the blitz

In April and May 1941, Belfast experienced the most brutal air attacks outside of London as Hitler’s Luftwaffe bore down on the unsuspecting citizens causing complete and utter devastation.

The Linen Hall Library, in partnership with the Northern Ireland War Memorial, has just launched an exhibition entitled City in Flames, marking the 70th anniversary of this catastrophic event. City In Flames will run until Thursday, June 30 and features rarely seen photographs of the aftermath, Air Raid Patrol reports, video footage and other ephemera which captures some of the city’s darkest days. There will also be a series of talks to complement the exhibition.

John Killen, of the Linen Hall Librarian, said: “Nearly every family in Belfast and Northern Ireland were affected by this horrendous attack which left thousands homeless. We have searched our archives and found a number of items that vividly capture the panic and terror of that time.”

For further information visit their website at

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