Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - December 2


Free christmas gift for cat owners

Attention all Belfast cat owners, give your cat the gift of neutering this Christmas — for free

Beginning today, Wednesday December 1, Cats Protection - the UK’s leading feline welfare charity - is offering all Belfast cat owners the unique opportunity to have their pet neutered completely free of charge. The offer is open to all residents living within the BT1-BT16 postcode region and will run for a limited time only — so it’s ‘first come, first served’ if you want to take full advantage of the charity’s Yuletide generosity!

Northern Ireland Campaigns Manager for Cats Protection, Janice Watt said: “Last year alone, our small adoption centre received approximately 1,000 calls a week requesting assistance with unwanted cats and kittens – this is totally unmanageable and the only solution is to neuter.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for cat owners to get their cats neutered during these difficult economic times, especially in the run up to Christmas. It’s the kindest gift a cat owner can give to their cat as it has so many practical and physical benefits for them.”

For further information on Cats Protection’s free neutering campaign, please contact their Neutering Hotline on 08458 734780 or visit their website


Interested in taking part in the next community week?

The 4th Annual Blackstaff Community Week will be held from Monday, April 25 to Saturday, April 30 next year.

If your group, club, school or organisation would like to get involved by organising an event during the community week, then please phone Billy on 9029 2631 to indicate an interest. An application form will then be sent to you. We are also keen to hear from potential sponsors for events such as the Best Garden and Best Street Competition. The event is being organised by the Blackstaff Community Development Association.

Pensioners’ fitness

The Pensioners’ Fitness sessions at Olympia Leisure Centre are proving very popular — it's not only an opportunity to keep fit but to meet people and have a very enjoyable time. Sessions are held on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.30am to 11am. Some local residents have joined recently and they would encourage others to go along and give it a try. You can enter the Leisure Centre from Olympia Drive or Boucher Road if you go by car.


Breakfast club

The Breakfast Club at Friendship House, Blythe Street will in the future be held on a Wednesday and Thursday morning from 8am until 8.45am.

If you would like more information about the breakfast club then please phone 90322733.


Community training programme

Castlereagh Borough Council has one more session available for community representatives to attend as part of their four-week training programme to support local community / voluntary groups.

The session ‘Meet the funders’ will take place next Tuesday December 8 from 7-9.30pm at Castlereagh Civic Centre (beside Forestside).

Here a range of funders will provide information on current funding programmes to include — Big Lottery, Community Festival fund, Children in Need, CBC Arts Grants, CBC Good Relations and Peace III. To book a place on this session please contact Lisa Wilson on 90 494543/ 07940508233 or email

Santa comes to Castlereagh

The Mayor of Castlereagh, Councillor Vivienne McCoy is extending an invitation to a Christmas Craft Fair this Friday December 3, from 6pm to 9pm, in the Civic & Administrative Offices at Castlereagh Borough Council.

The fair will commence at 6pm, with Santa arriving in one of Castlereagh Borough Council’s famous ‘Bin Lorries’. A mascot from the Build a Bear Workshop will also be visiting the Fair to join in the festivities with the children..

Speaking prior to the event, the Mayor of Castlereagh said: “This is a great opportunity to purchase some Christmas gifts. We have a variety of 20 stalls to include: Miglio Jewellery, Pandora, a Belgian Chocolate Fountain, and Phoenix Cards, to name but a few.”

Everyone is warmly invited to the Craft Fair which will be held at the Council Civic Centre at Upper Galwally, opposite Forestside Shopping Centre. Entry is £1 which will go towards the Mayor’s Charity, the Neo Natal Unit in the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald.


Creative christmas at BMC

Christmas comes early to Belfast Metropolitan College when it opens its doors to the public next Wednesday (December 8) for its annual Christmas Fair from 10am to 4pm.

Entrepreneurial students from a range of full and part-time courses will be setting up stalls in College Square East’s Central Hall to sell their products and services. Over 30 stalls will exhibit a range of homemade produce, handmade jewellery, crafts and cards. Professional cookery students have the Christmas catering covered, selling Christmas cakes, artisan breads, tapenades, chutneys and more.

Proceeds from the fair will support various charities locally and internationally, including the Northern Ireland Hospice, the USPCA and this year’s college- supported campaign to build a school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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