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On the grapevine - August 26


New abuse recovery group

A new recovery group Lifering will be starting soon in Belfast.

Lifering is open to people with substance abuse problems and their families — it has a secular approach and is non 12 step.

Taking off in Dublin with six new meetings in the past year, this meeting in Belfast will be the first face to face meeting in the UK.

Friends Meeting House in Frederick Street, Belfast will be the venue for the introductory talk at 8pm Tuesday, September 7 — after which regular meetings will start from Tuesday, September 14, at 8pm.

Lifering will appeal to the non denominational cross community mind set. The Belfast meetings will have close links with Dublin instead of the UK simply because its more practical than ideological.

You are not required to label yourself as an “alcoholic” or “addict” to participate at the meetings. A desire to be clean and sober is the only requirement for being there. It is also a requirement you be clean and sober at the time of the meeting in order to speak.

Lifering will be seen as a cross border, peaceful initiative which will make it easier for networking with other community groups. For further information visit www.lifering.org.


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.

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 today, Thursday, August 26, from 4pm to 9pm and tomorrow, 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.

You can follow the latest news about George Best Belfast City Airport on Facebook.


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: environmentalhealth@castlereagh.gov.uk.


Up in arts this autumn

Bollywood dancing and the chance to throw your own clay pots are just two of the new classes on offer in a latest local arts programme.

Enrollment for all classes at Ards Arts Centre (Conway Square, Newtownards), opens on Tuesday, September 7, at 9am.

As well as the firm favourites, like water-colour painting, parchment making and art for kids, the autumn range of classes now also includes an Indian dance class, facilitated by Arts Ekta — which will teach the classic South Asian dance, Kathak, as well as the more modern Bollywood style of dancing.

New too are pottery sessions being run for both children and adults, with Portaferry-based maker Donald Nelson taking a class for adults on Wednesday afternoons which will explore a range of techniques for working with clay — while on Saturday afternoons, five to seven-year-olds get the chance to create amazing animals and imaginative pots from clay during ‘My First Pottery Class’ with Angela George.

After the success of a one day ‘Colour Me Beautiful’ class last spring, a full 10 week course has been organised for Thursday evenings.

And talented local calligrapher Jaquie Brachi will be taking a 10 week course where students will learn the various techniques of uncial lettering.

Emily Walsh, Arts officer with Ards Borough Council said: “We are already receiving a lot of enquiries and looking forward to welcoming old friends, as well as new visitors to the Arts Centre.”

Bookings can be made in person at the centre, or by telephone on 028 9181 0803.

Belfast Telegraph