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On the grapevine - April 21


Community facilitator Angela Johnston, of the Belfast Interface Trust, is hosting a political panel debate with representatives of the six parties running for assembly within the Balmoral constituency next week.

Angela, a facilitator working with interface communities in the Village, St James, Iveagh, Roden Street and Lower Grosvenor Road, was interviewing a local MLA when she had the idea for a hustings for the area.

“In recent years, the number of people who vote within the greater Village is on the decline and I feel that it is due to some politicians being disengaged with the community,” she explained.

“I am hosting the event to allow the community to come face to face with their local MLA candidates and ask the questions that they want answered. Hopefully it will promote an understanding of local politics and help people to make an informed choice as to who they should vote for.”

The event is on Thursday, April 21, at 7pm in Richview Regeneration Centre on the Donegall Road. For information email or call 90 333527.

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 finaghyroad.library|

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 ormeauroad.|

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 stones.

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


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

Mobile library

The mobile library operates every Friday between 2.45pm and 3.30pm at Tates Avenue, near Ebor Street.

Billy Dickson, a local resident said: “The mobile library is needed more than ever as the nearest library at Sandy Row closed recently. There is a desire to have a permanent library prevision in the area. It's good to see local people — including children — making their way to the mobile library. Books are expensive and many people can't afford them, so this is a very needed service to the public.

“If you are new to the area and are not aware of the facility then go along any Friday and have a talk to the staff who would be only to happy inform you of the range of services provided at the mobile library.”

Royal wedding celebrations

The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday, April 29 will be celebrated in many areas of south Belfast with traditional street parties.

We understand that there will be at least five in the Donegall Road and Sandy Row area. There may be many more along with family garden parties. Many local residents are keen to give the children the experience of a Royal Street Party that they will remember for the rest of their lives. The majority — if not all — street parties will be organised by and for residents only as private events.


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.

For further information visit their website

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