Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - August 4


Class reunion

‘Old’ girls of Bloomfield Collegiate School, the class of ’86 is having a 25-year reunion on Saturday August 13 in the Park Avenue Hotel.

All details are available from the school website ( or from Nicola Cherry (nee Brown) at

Tullycarnet senior citizens’ summer scheme

This community event for the elderly will be held in Tullycarnet Resource Centre, Kinross Avenue, Dundonald. It will comprise of four 2 hour sessions spread over 4 weeks. Activities include light sports, games and crafts with the elderly. A free light lunch will be served after each session.

On Thursday, August 18, from 12 noon – 2pm: A Day at the Races involving wooden horses, hurdles and bucks fizz!

Thursday, August 25, 12 noon – 2pm: Indoor Gardening and Card Making involving plant pots seeds and paint.

Thursday, September 1, 12 noon – 2pm: Drawing Games and Name that Tune involving markers and memory challenges.

Thursday, September 8, 12 noon – 2pm: The Olympic Games involving wellie boot flinging competitions and prizes. For details contact Michelle Singleton, 9050 1133.

Family fun day

Dundonald Presbyetrian Church is having a Family Fun Day on Saturday August 13 from 2pm — 5pm.

There'll be a bouncy castle, clowns, face painting, birds of prey, afternoon tea, BBQ etc. Admission is free for children, £5 for adults (includes BBQ burger/afternoon tea.


Belfast healthy cities

Belfast Healthy Cities is pleased to announce Equity in Health - Leadership for the Common Good training — a series of masterclasses focusing on cross sectoral collaboration for middle and senior managers in the statutory, voluntary and community sectors.

For full details view the training brochure or book online. Places are limited to 24 and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis with a balance of participants across sectors. A second presentation of the course may be on offer, so please register your interest.

For further information contact Caroline Scott 028 9032 8811 or

This programme is offered free of charge, with the support of the Public Health Agency.


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.

New craft fair

Belfast's oldest pub is soon to be the home of the city's newest craft fair.

From this Saturday, August 6, Whites Tavern will be hosting the Craft Cavern, “a true gem in Belfast's crafty scene”. The event brings together artists, artisans and crafters to exhibit and peddle their wares.

If you're a fan of handmade, crafty, recycled or kitsch things, the craft cavern is a must visit. The fair is open from 12-5, admission is free and all the artwork and crafts are available for purchase on the day. A wide variety of products will be available including clothing, baked goods, ceramics, jewellery and art.

The events main organiser, Stephanie Tanney, said: “We are really looking forward to this event. We have a really great variety of local artists represented. These guys are really talented and it’s a great opportunity forpeople to come along, meet the folks and take home some of their work.”

The event will be held upstairs in Whites Tavern, Belfast's oldest bar. The bar will be open serving drinks and tea and coffee and food will be available in the main bar downstairs.

More details and photographs are available on the events facebook page


Donkeys are top of the class

Meet Northern Ireland’s prize donkeys, as they compete at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum’s Donkey Day this Saturday, August 6, from 10am - 5pm.

Get up close to these charming animals as they compete in the Irish Championships in the beautiful grounds of the museum. Organised in partnership with the Donkey Breed Society, the classes include best stallion, mare, gelding and foal.

In addition, a series of fun show classes will be held with prizes for the winning donkey and handler. Watch as the donkeys test their skills during traditional egg and spoon races, musical chairs and donkey obstacle course. Normal admission prices apply for this event. For more info visit or call 028 9042 8428.

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