Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - August 11


Anne Frank exhibition

A brand new exhibition drawing visitors into the world of Anne Frank, is now on show at Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey Borough Council’s headquarters.

Showing the relevance of the concerns she expressed in her celebrated diary, to how teenagers live their lives in twenty first century Britain — it is open for viewing every week day 9am to 5pm except Wednesdays when it will open 9am to 9pm. It will also open on Saturdays from 12 noon to 4pm. Admission is free. The exhibition will run until September 30.

Replica blank sheets from Anne’s diary will be available for visitors to record their thoughts, encouraging them to let their voice make a difference through writing, and children and teenagers visiting the exhibition will be able to sign and receive a copy of The Anne Frank Declaration in which they pledge to stand up for what is right and strive for a world in which everyone is treated fairly and equally.

For more information or to arrange a group/school booking call 028 9034 0058.

Find your family tree

The North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey branch, is running a couple of classes for people who want to start researching their family tree. The classes are for beginners and are on Monday, August 16 and Monday, August 23 from 6.30pm to 7.45pm.

Anyone wishing to come along would need to book with library staff as places are limited. Contact Glengormley Library on 028 90833797.


What’s on at the zoo

August is heading up to be a busy month at the zoo.

This Saturday and Sunday, August 14 and 15, bird of prey displays will be taking place for you to see the natural talent of the zoo’s birds.

Meet birds such as falcons, hawks, buzzards, vultures, kestrels and barn owls in our education centre from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

On the last weekend of summer, August 28 and 29, before the ‘back to school madness’, family activities will be put on, including face painting, a bouncy castle, a magic show and a puppet show.

For more information, call us on 028 9077 6277 or email

From Castle to Castle

Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) wants you to join them on Sunday, September 12 for their first ever Castle to Castle 10 mile walk.

The walk will set out from the grounds of the picturesque Belfast Castle, nestled on the slopes of the Cavehill, and finish at Carrickfergus Castle, one of Northern Ireland’s most stunning monuments.

A spokesperson from MRF said: “We are appealing for local people to take part and help raise vital funds for the charity. Our life saving achievements are only made possible by your support.

“We urgently need your help in order to continue to develop our work. Your help could save a life.”

Register now for an enjoyable day out while burning some calories! There is a £5 registration fee and a minimum of £35 in sponsorship. Light refreshments and a well deserved rest will also be provided at the end of the walk. For a registration pack please contact Keli on 028 9032 1283 or email

Carrs glen post office re-opening

Post Office Ltd is pleased to inform customers that its Carrs Glen branch at 326 Ballysillan Road will be re-opening tomorrow, Thursday, August 12.

The branch closed temporarily in March this year after it suffered extensive water damage following a fire at adjacent premises.The branch will offer the same wide range of Post Office products and services and the opening hours remain unchanged.


Big art willow

Make sure to visit Waterworks Park (Upper Pond) this month to see a wonderful array of colourful eco-art.

The Willow Sculptures were created by children and adults from Westland Community Group, Holy Family Youth Centre and Survivors of Trauma working with artist Jim Russell.

The aim of the project was to increase awareness of the park and to highlight its potential for the local and city-wide communities and also to provide accessible and highly participative opportunities for local individuals and communities of all ages and backgrounds.


Girls’ glee comes to Belfast

A unique new musical mash-up will be launched in Belfast next month, and auditions will soon be under foot.

Loughside Girls’ Choir & Glee Club will combine classical choral singing with an American-style show choir repertoire, made popular by the hit TV series, Glee.

The event hopes to attract teenagers with a range of music and dance backgrounds and the target age range for the girls' group, is 12-16 years.

Rehearsals will be on Monday evenings, from 6.30 p.m. until 7.45 p.m., in the university area of Belfast

Auditions will be held at the end of August. For an application form, contact Judith Watson on 07749 517329, or email

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