Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - December 30


Scout group needs votes

The 10th Belfast Scout group on Oakland Avenue is appealing to the local community to help it win £1,000 worth of painting and decorating materials to makeover its premises — courtesy of Dulux Decorator Centres.

The Scout group has been operating in the Belfast area for 101 years and in order to win the grand prize it needs the local community to visit and vote for it.

Voting closes on Friday, January 7 and the regional finalist with the most votes will be announced on Friday, January 17.

Scout leader Robert McKissick said: “To win the prize really would make our year — we are appealing to everyone in the area to log onto the website and place a vote for us, and help us restore our premises to its former glory.”


Christianity explored

Castlereagh Fellowship will begin the New Year by running the popular ‘Christianity Explored’ course over 10 consecutive Sunday evenings.

It starts on Sunday January 9, at 6.30pm in Greenway Women’s Centre (located above shops at entrance to Cregagh estate).

Each evening begins with a bite to eat and is followed by a presentation from the Bible with the opportunity to discuss and ask questions.

Course co-ordinator Geoff McIlrath said: ‘Hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world have found Christianity Explored an informal context in which they can investigate for themselves the message of Christianity. It is open to everyone and you do not need to know anything about the Bible to come along. No one will be asked to read aloud, pray or sing. We are really looking forward to welcoming anyone who would like to join us and think things through.’

If you are interested in Christianity Explored and would like further information please contact Geoff on 07918158082 or Patric on 07710033611. Course information can also be found at|

Free skills training

Castlereagh Borough Council has devised a quarterly training calendar that aims to empower, educate and provide community groups and individuals from Castlereagh with the skills, information and advice needed to build, maintain and sustain a vibrant community organisation.

The calendar runs from January to March and includes sessions on mental health awareness, setting up a successful community group, equality, first aid, how to write effective tenders, community capacity building and many more.

The full training calendar can be viewed at Pre-booking is essential, please contact community development officer Lisa Wilson on 9049 4543 or email

Dundonald bowling club

Dundonald Bowling Club is holding a public meeting on Tuesday, January 17, at 7.30pm in Dungoyne Community Centre, Dungoyne Park, Dundonald. Tea/coffee will be provided.

The public meeting will provide the platform for the group to give an overview of their action planning to any groups or individuals who wish to attend. The constitution will then be adopted by the newly-formed group and a committee will be elected.

To confirm attendance or request more information please contact Sam Stevenson, Secretary; Dundonald Bowling Club, on 077936 80207 or

Big bus for Ballybeen

Action Cancer is bringing its mobile unit, the Big Bus, to Ballybeen, Dundonald in January, as part of its ongoing tour of the region. The unit, which is the first of its kind in Europe, will be hosted by Ballybeen Women’s Centre at Ballybeen Square on January 14.

Services provided on the Big Bus, which is fully accessible for people with disabilities by means of a wheelchair lift, include digital breast screening for women aged between 40 and 49 and over 70, and health promotion and MoT health checks for men and women.

A weightloss clinic using the latest technology provides clients with a full body composition analysis and offers tailored guidance on reaching and maintaining an ideal weight.

Big Bus staff can provide information on complementary therapies and other cancer support services such as counselling, a Listening Ear Service, and support groups, which are available for cancer patients, their carers and families.

To make an appointment telephone Action Cancer on 9080 3344. Appointments will be available from 10am to 3pm. Bookings are taken on a first come, first served basis

Are you mensa material?

Mensa is offering the people of Belfast a chance to find out their own score and to see if they too can join 23,000 other members of The High IQ Society.

A supervised IQ test session has been organised on Saturday, January 22 (10am) at Stranmillis University College for anyone interested in finding out their IQ score for £17.50.

To reserve a place on the test you can book online by visiting the IQ Test section of the Mensa website at Alternatively you can contact Helen Oliver on 01902 772 771 or email for more information.

Charity begins at home

Marie Curie Cancer Care shops are in urgent need of woollies and other winter clothing. There is also a clothing bank outside the Marie Curie Hospice in Belfast where all the items donated will go directly to stock its shops.

To find your nearest one visit|shopping or call 9067 1068.

Urgent appeal

The Ulster Cancer Foundation (UCF) is encouraging local people to donate goods urgently to their charity shops which raise vital funds to help local |people affected by cancer.

UCF provides a free collection service for anyone who is donating furniture or more than eight black bags of goods.

Please contact Marlene at UCF to arrange collection on 9066 3281.

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