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On the grapevine - August 12


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 pm until 7.45 pm 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 loughsidechoirs@aol.co.uk.


Ormeau Baths Gallery

Situated in the former Victorian |swimming baths, one of the foremost exhibition spaces is offering a range of activities to celebrate August Craft month.

Don’t forget the Saturday Art Club continues in August to encourage and nourish the artists of the future.

The classes are designed to enable children of all ages and abilities to engage and respond to contemporary art.

The workshops are created by experienced artists who explore a wide range of mediums and themes related to the current exhibition with themed workshops by professional makers and artists,

Running every week from 10.30am to 12.30pm at a cost of £3, the following is the schedule for next month:

August 14 — Family Workshop

August 21 — Children’s workshop (11-13-year-olds)

August 28 — Children’s workshop (six-eight-year olds)

Summer Schemes

10.30 — 12.30pm, August 3-5 (eight-10-year-olds). Cost: £8

Summer Schemes at OBG offer children and young people the chance to work on a more extensive creative project.

Booking is essential for all these activities, so please contact Gillian at mail@ormeaubaths.co.uk or call on 028 9032 1402.


Sandy Row poet royally minted

The Royal Mint have announced that they are producing a 2010 £1 coin dedicated to Belfast. In its advertising literature it has used the poem ‘Songs from the Shipyard’ by Sandy Row man, Thomas Carnduff who was born in 1886 at 13 Kensington Street, Sandy Row.

Carnduff wrote more than a dozen plays, including radio drama. He published two books of poetry.

He died April 17, 1956.

Long after his death, Carnduff was largely forgotten, so those with a keen interest in the history of Sandy Row are delighted that his poetry is now being used by the Royal Mint to advertise the new £1 coin.

For more details go to www.royal mint.com


Bible club

Richview Holiday Bible Club is being held from 16th - 20th August 2010 in the Richview Church Halls, Pembroke Street, each night from 6.30 to 8pm.

Children from age 3 to 11 are invited to come along and enjoy singing, games,crafts, Bible stories etc.

Broadway remembers ‘Mina’

The lower Broadway community “has been stunned” by the sudden death of Wilhelmina (Mina) Topping who for many years worked in the family owned hairdressing business 'Wilma-Rose' at lower Broadway.

Billy Dickson from the Blackstaff Homeowners Association said: “ She was well known and greatly liked by everyone in the community. She lived with her husband George in their home at French Park Street but as it was in the redevelopment area they moved recently to Abingdon Drive in the middle Donegall Road area.

“Mina died on Thursday, August 5 after only being one night in her new home.

The funeral service was held on Monday, August 9 in St. Simon's Parish Church, Donegall Road.“


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 call 028 9032 1283 or email keli@meningitis-ni.org

Belfast Telegraph