Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - August 5


Midnight soccer

Calling on clubs, community groups and the casual players!

The ever popular midnight soccer will be returning to the Waterworks multi sports facility in September. To book your place call 90754200

Don’t forget the Waterworks has its summer programme of events for 6-16 year olds over the summer:

Friday football: 8pm-9.30pm; Saturday Kids Sports: 6pm-7.30pm

Sunday activities 12noon-2pm

For more information visit

Big art willow

You are cordially invited to the launch of the Waterworks Big Art Willow Sculptures taking place tomorrow, Thursday August 5 at 2pm in the Waterworks Park (Upper Pond).

All are welcome to come back to Westland Community Centre for refreshments and to participate in a range of art activities afterwards.

The Willow Sculptures were created by children and adults from Westland Community Group, Holy Family Youth Centre and Survivors of Trauma working with artist Jim Russell.

The aim of the project was to increase awareness of the park and to highlight its potential for the local and city-wide communities and also to provide accessible and highly participative opportunities for local individuals and communities of all ages and backgrounds.

The project also allowed New Lodge Arts and Belfast City Council Parks Department to restore an important shared space to a central peaceful and welcoming place within the community.

Katrina Newell, New Lodge Arts, said: "This is a really exciting project which offers children a great opportunity to think about the Waterworks park as a shared space, to open it up to the whole community, enhance their skills, and get creative and make a real difference to places where they live."


Find your family tree

The North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey branch, is running a couple of classes for people who want to start researching their family tree. The classes are for beginners and are on Monday August 16 and Monday August 23 from 6.30pm to 7.45pm. Anyone wishing to come along would need to book with library staff as places are limited. Contact Glengormley Library on 028 90833797.

Anne frank exhibition

A brand new exhibition drawing visitors into the world of Anne Frank, showing the relevance of the concerns she expressed in her celebrated diary, to how teenagers live their lives in twenty first century Britain, will be showcased at Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey Borough Council’s headquarters.

The exhibition opened last week and will run until September 30.

It is open for viewing every week day 9am to 5pm except Wednesdays when it will open 9am to 9pm.

It will also open on Saturdays from 12 noon to 4pm. Admission is free.

The exhibition was developed and is run by British charity the Anne Frank Trust UK, who worked alongside its sister organisation the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, and an award winning creative team, to create a unique and challenging experience for young people that will interest and motivate them.

Cathy Cole, arts development officer, added that she was particularly pleased the Anne Frank exhibition is coming to Newtownabbey. This will be the only chance that visitors from the Co Antrim area will get to see it.

"To have such a visually exciting multimedia display in Mossley Mill will be terrific for Newtownabbey Borough Council and our visitors."

Replica blank sheets from Anne’s diary will be available for visitors to record their thoughts, encouraging them to let their voice make a difference through writing, and children and teenagers visiting the exhibition will be able to sign and receive a copy of The Anne Frank Declaration in which they pledge to stand up for what is right and strive for a world in which everyone is treated fairly and equally.

For more information or to arrange a group/school booking call 028 9034 0058.


Music at the bandstand

Woodvale Park will host Corcrain Flute Band on Sunday August 8.

A free event for all the family, the band will be playing from 3pm to 4pm at the park’s bandstand.

This is part of Belfast City Council’s music in the park summer programme.

For further information please visit


Weave strangford seaweed into art

Weaving seaweed from Strangford Lough to make art is just one of the creative options open to children this Friday August 6 when Conway Square in Newtownards is transformed into a tented craft village.

From 11am to 4pm, as well as making environmental art, kids can try their hands at creating dramatic collagraph prints using water-based inks and textured materials or their own unique piece of textile work. Suitable for children aged six and over, the workshops are free, as are the demonstrations from local crafters which will take place throughout the day. For further info Tel: 028 9182 6846 or visit

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