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On the grapevine - August 11


Collectables and antique fair

A collectors and antiques fair is to take place this Saturday August 13 from 9.30am-4pm at Windsor Presbyterian Church Hall on the Lisburn Road.

This month there will be a special exhibition of White Star and Titanic memorabila. There will also be items on display which have not been seen before as well as other collectables for sale.

The entrance is free and we do give the church a fee for the use of the hall so everyone benefits.

If you would like to be an exhibitor contact Bobby 07500 186 526 or email junkmanni@yahoo.com or contact John on 07565 203 975 or email jb@a2zeeantiques.com

Art in the park

To celebrate the beauty of the Lagan Valley Regional Park, the Laganscape project is launching its 2011 annual art competition and they would like you to enter your artwork depicting your interpretation of the park.

The competition aims to get individuals to think creatively about the great outdoors and create a piece of art that represents ‘your’ Lagan Valley. Some suggested topics are:

The scenery (the river, |woodlands, meadows and parks)

The amazing wildlife (birds, mammals, fish, minibeasts, trees and flowers)

Historic features like the Giants Ring, the Norman Motte at Belvoir, |Castle

Gardens or the Lock Keeper's Cottage

Recreational activities such as canoeing, cycling, adventure sports or horse riding.

Or whatever you think makes a park special.

Entries must be received by Friday October 28 and entries must be labelled. LVRP are not responsible for returning any artwork, Although requests can be made.

There will be an exhibition and prize giving held at the Lock Keeper's Visitor Centre. The exhibition will tour libraries and civic centers. Entrants will have the chance to win prize money of up to £100.


Back to school with RNIB

This Saturday August 13, from 11am to 4pm, the Royal National Institute of Blind People Northern Ireland, (RNIB NI), will be holding a ‘Back to School’ day in our Linenhall street shop, Belfast.

Parents, blind and partially sighted young people, and anyone who works in education, can call in and brows our extensive range of products which are designed to assist blind and partially sighted people in many aspects of daily living.

There will also be a children's entertainer as well as refreshments available through out the day.

Amy Stewart, RNIB NI Shop Manager said, "We want to give parents/guardians and, everyone who works with children, a better understanding of what products are available from RNIB NI to support blind and partially sighted young people in education."

For further information, please call our Linenhall street shop on 9032 9373

Type 2 Diabetes test

The Diabetes UK Roadshow will visit the front of the City Hall in Belfast on Thursday August 18 and Friday August 19 from 9am to 5pm to help people find out more about diabetes and discover whether they are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The roadshow,supported by the Big Lottery Fund, aims to identify some of the estimated 10,000 people in Northern Ireland who have Type 2 diabetes but are not aware of it.

This is vital because Type 2 Diabetes can be undetected for 10 years or more, meaning 50 per cent of people already have complications by the time they are diagnosed.

The roadshow will also raise awareness of risk factors for Type 2 diabetes. In 2010 Diabetes UK’s Roadshow programme carried out nearly 10,000 risk assessments and more than half of those people were referred to their local GP.


North of Ireland Dahlia society

The 35th largest Dahlia and Gladiolus Show in Ireland will take place at Knockbreda Parish Church Halls , Purdy’s Lane on Wednesday August 31 (from 5-8pm) and Thursday September 1 (2-5pm).

Come and see their display - admission free. Sale of plants and flowers too.


Free family fun day

This Saturday August 13, Helen’s Bay Organic Gardens (9c Coastguard Avenue, beside Crawfordsburn Park) will be hosting a free event that will include: organic food and drinks, face painting, treasure hunt, farm tour, and live music from ‘Katie & the Carniva’l and ‘White Mansions’.


One for the girls

A Girls Night Out will be held this Friday August 12 in Ballyclare Comrades Football Club, Dixon Park, Harrier Way, Ballyclare. The Charity Fun Night is back by popular demand.

The last show had completely sold out in a couple of days. The Full Monty style show starts at 8pm sharp and will be followed by a disco and raffle.

All monies raised will be donated to Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary in Antrim,towards the cost of feed and vet bills for the many rescued animals that are cared for there.

Tickets cost just £10 and are available from Jules 02893352548 or 07921571051 or facebook Jules Moore.

Belfast Telegraph