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On the grapevine - April 21


Cregagh celebrates Royal Wedding

Cregagh Community Association is organising a community celebration for the Royal wedding next Friday, April 29.

The fun starts at Cregagh community centre at 11am when the wedding will be shown on a big screen, and will run right through until 4pm with lunch for the local pensioners, a fancy dress party for the children and lots of fun with bouncy castles etc.

For further information call Tommy Sandford on 028 9514 2282.

Egg-cellent Easter Fun

Woodstock, Ballyhackamore, Holywood Arches and Tullycarnet Libraries have organised a number of events for children. All these events are free and children are welcome to join in these Easter library celebrations.

Holywood Arches Library

Easter Egg-stravaganza is taking place on Wednesday April 27 from 3:30pm – 4:30pm. This event is suitable for children aged 4 - 10 years. Places are limited so please pre-book.

East Belfast Blitz — 70th Anniversary — Everyone is invited to call in and view |a display to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Blitz in East Belfast, which will be in the main library over the Easter period.

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 www.librariesni.org.uk

Zip line 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 at www.mariecurie.org.uk/events or for further information call our events team at Marie Curie Cancer Care on 08700 340 040.

Holy week services

The details of Sydenham Churches Fellowship Joint Holy Week Services are as follows:

Easter Sunday service will be held at St. Brendan's on Larkfield Road at 7 pm

From Monday April 18 to Friday April 22 each evening, services will begin at 8pm in Sydenham Methodist Church on Palmerston Road.

Desi Maxwell from Explorations shall be the speaker at all the services — all welcome.

Re-think waste workshops

Free workshops on how to revamp furniture and clothes will take place across Belfast over the next eight weeks to inspire local communities to ‘rethink’ their attitude to waste.

The Department of the Environment’s (DOE) Rethink Waste campaign and Belfast City Council Waste Management have teamed up with the popular Fashion Souk to deliver 32 workshops at centres across Belfast.

The Fashion Souk’s talented team of experts will share their top tips on restyling and refurbishing textiles and furniture. Working alongside participants, they will demonstrate just how easy it is to give items already in your home a facelift and create new purposeful items — without the hefty price tag.

Knocknagoney Community Centre

From 6pm-9pm

Monday May 9

Inverary Community Centre

From 10am-1pm

Tuesday May 3


Golf for kids

Swing into Easter at Castlereagh Hills Golf Course: Louis Anthony, Jenny Baker and Ben Anthony practise their golf swing as they prepare for Castlereagh Hills Golf Course’s Easter Golf School for children aged 8-17 years. Courses run from Wednesday April 27 to Friday April 29. For further details call 028 9044 8477.


May Day

North Down Borough Council has planned another fantastic day of fun for all in Holywood this May Day, Monday, May 2.

Holywood & District Community Council have organised traditional favourites, Bonnie Baby Competition (10.30 am, Queen’s Leisure Complex) and Fancy Dress Competition (12.15pm High Street stage area) — with the ever-popular Maypole dancing at 10.15am and 11.30am.

Over 70 stalls will offer something to tempt every purse whether it’s something exotic to eat, an irresistible craft, rare plants or homemade jam. Children love the chance to dance round their own special Maypole with Jump Jiggle and Jive from 1.00pm to 4.00pm — and if that just gets them going there will be two discos in the Queen’s Leisure Complex (p1-p3 — 1.00 – 2.00 pm) and (p4-P7 — 2.30 pm-3.30 pm).

For the older swingers in town there will be a Tea Dance — also held at Queen’s Leisure Complex from 1.00 -3.00 pm. For more information visit www.northdowntourism.com

Belfast Telegraph