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On the grapevine - August 19


Music school finale

More than 60 young people from The Salvation Army will be raising the roof at Belfast Temple this weekend.

On Saturday August 21, you are invited to come along for the annual music camp finale concert. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

The young people (aged nine to 26) are just returning from an intensive week of tuition and fun at the annual week-long residential camp, run by Belfast Temple Salvation Army at Castlewellan Castle.

The evening will include band and choral pieces learnt and perfected at music camp along with drama, dance, timbrels and a short awards ceremony to recognise outstanding achievements during the week.

Donation tickets cost £5 and will be available at the door (Belfast Temple Salvation Army, 110 Cregagh Road, Belfast). Come early to avoid disappointment as full capacity is expected.

For further information on The Salvation Army’s youth work, contact Captain Nicola Hylton-Jones, divisional headquarters, at 028 9067 5000 or visit

Fundraising ball

East Belfast Mission will be holding a fundraising ball on Friday, September 10, at 7pm in the Stormont Hotel.

Tickets are £40, and included in the price is a four course meal, music and entertainment.

There will also be a charity auction. For further details or tickets please contact: East Belfast Mission, c/o Stepping Stones, 240 Newtownards Road, Belfast, 02890 458560.

Summer fun

Cregagh Community Association is holding its biggest fun day of the summer on Saturday, August 21.

The Green will be a hive of activity from noon to 4pm with lots of attractions from bouncy castles to tasty treats. Everyone is welcome.

Airport information days

George Best Belfast City Airport is inviting local residents to the airport as it hosts two community information days.

The community days will be held on Thursday August 26 from 4pm to 9pm and Friday August 27 from 8am to midday in the conference suite at the airport.

It is an opportunity for local residents, community groups, charities, schools and sports groups to find out how to apply for support from the airport’s Community Fund, a voluntary initiative which has already seen over £36,000 donated to 11 local projects.

Ruth Kimbley from the Community Fund said: “We’re looking forward to meeting people who share our vision of improving the health and well-being of local communities.

“We also welcome those who want to talk about issues including the proposed runway, the environment, or anything to do with our operations.”

Since it was set up last year, the Community Fund has helped local people including children with autism at Helping Hands Community Group in Tullycarnet and young people with Down’s syndrome at Cregagh Diamontes dance group.

Visitors can enter a prize draw to win a pair of Flybe flights and the first 50 people to come to the event will win copies of Silver Wings, a book commemorating 25 years of the airport.

Those attending can book behind-the-scenes tours and visitors can view the airport’s new noise and track monitoring system — which accurately records the height of approaching and departing aircraft.

For more information please contact Ruth Kimbley on 028 9093 5013.

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Calling daredevils

Northern Ireland Hospice is appealing to daredevils from all over Northern Ireland to join in a breathtaking abseil down the Europa Hotel, Belfast, on Sunday September 19.

Each year Northern Ireland Hospice cares for over 3000 adults, children and young people living with a life-threatening illness, not only at Hospice but also in their own home. Services are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year and all care is provided free of charge.

Fundraiser for Northern Ireland Hospice, Karen Dunlop, commented: “This event offers a popular and exciting challenge at one of the city’s best known landmarks. Spaces are filling up fast and I would urge anyone who is interested to sign up now to avoid disappointment.”

To secure your place on this abseil and for further information on lots of other exciting ways to support the work of Hospice, please contact Karen Dunlop, community fundraising team, on 028 9078 1836 or email


Bedding down for the winter

Plan ahead for the cold winter months by getting your electric blanket tested during a special home safety roadshow —courtesy of Castlereagh Borough Council.

The event will take place on Thursday September 30 at the council Civic Centre from 10am to 4pm.

To book, please contact the council’s Environmental Health Service on 9049 4640 or email:

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