Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - February 23


Are you a sleuth like indiana jones?

Dinner party guests have the opportunity to investigate a suspicious death in the style of Indiana Jones next week (Friday, March 4) when a leading archaeologist perishes during a ‘murder mystery’ night in Ards.

Aspiring amateur sleuths are invited to figure out whether the renowned Professor Robinson, recently returned from an archaeological dig in the Egyptian Valley of the Kings, was murdered in cold blood or died as a result of the curse of the knife of Isis — a beautiful, jewel encrusted ceremonial knife from the Temple of Isis which he discovered and brought home.

Ards Arts Centre is the setting for an evening of clues, curses and chilling gongs-on, presented in the best 1920s fashion, by Valhalla Street Theatre, with guests also invited to dress the part.

The Murder Mystery Night ‘The Curse of the Temple of Isis’ takes place on Friday, March 4, at 7.30pm in Ards Arts Centre, Conway Square, Newtownards. Tickets, priced £10 including a light supper, are available from the Arts Centre, Tel: 028 9181 0803.

Get in the guide

For anyone organising an event in Ards this spring and summer, now’s the chance to get the details in the area’s forthcoming events guide, free of charge.

Produced twice a year by Ards Borough Council’s tourism service, the Spring/Summer Events Guide lists a range of local events, from the large scale to the small, which are all open to the public.

The guide is a key publication for the spring and summer months to attract visitors and locals alike to the area and is widely distributed to tourist information centres, accommodation providers and attractions throughout Ireland.

Anyone who would like to publicise an event through the new guide, can visit the council’s website at to download and complete an event information form or can contact Ards Tourist Information Centre, 31 Regent Street, Newtownards, Tel: 028 9182 6846.

The closing date for information to be included in the next guide is Friday, March 4. Anyone who would like further information should contact Alastair McDowell, events development officer, on 028 9182 6846.

Friday night quiz night

NendrumCollege School Association will be holding another Quiz Night on Friday, March 11, in McBrides (on the Square), Comber. The quiz begins at 8pm and the cost is £5 per person with a maximum of six to a team, please. Spot prizes and ballots on the night. All inquiries to secretary Pauline Rea at 07968746614 or email


Recycling centre temporary closure

Residents are advised that the Holywood Recycling Centre will be closed this Thursday (February 24) and Friday, February 25.

This is to facilitate the installation of a Roll-Packer, which will enable further separation of waste and help increase recycling rates at the site.

The centre apologises for any inconvenience caused and the site will reopen at the earliest permissible time.

The Roll-Packer has been funded through the Department of the Environment Northern Ireland's Rethink Waste Fund.


Mini-man jam

T13, the new urban sports park at Titanic Quarter (Queen’s Road, Belfast), is hosting a Mini-man jam — a national skateboarding event for kids aged 14 and under — on Saturday, March 12, from noon to 6pm.

If you think your skateboarding skills are up to scratch, come along and have a go, meet new friends and show off your talents on the number one skateboard destination in the whole of Ireland (helmets are compulsory for all competitors).

It’s £10 to ride. If you are new to the sport and want to watch, there’s great news — spectators have free entry.

There will be music at the event, a barbecue and great prizes on offer.

For more info visit


New York sally army

The Salvation Army’s New York Staff Band is playing in Belfast on Saturday, May 28, but book quick — the tickets are expected to sell out very soon.

The band, under the leadership of Bandmaster Ronald Waiksnoris, last played in Belfast in 1999 and received a tremendous welcome, engaging the weekend audience in high calibre music, much loved Gospel hymns, Salvation Army favourites and much more.

The band has toured extensively throughout the world, performing in venues such as New York Carnegie Hall, Buckingham Palace and the Sydney Opera House, and has shared the concert platform with, among others, the New York Philharmonic, Sir Elton John, Joseph Alessi and Harvey Phillips.

Seating is limited for the event at Carnmoney Presbyterian Church (258 Carnmoney Road, Newtownabbey) which starts at7.30pm.

Register your interest by emailing, or contacting Iris Corry at 028 9067 5009 for Belfast tickets.


The mensa iq challenge

Mensa is offering the people of Belfast a chance to find out their IQ 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, March 19 (10am) at the Stranmillis University College for anyone interested in finding out their own IQ score for just £17.50.

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

Everyone who scores within the top 2% of the population is invited to join Mensa. Mensa currently has 100 members in Belfast. The society welcomes people from all walks of life, with the objective of enjoying each other’s company and participating in a range of social and cultural activities.

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