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On the grapevine - February 9


Fancy some folk on friday?

Audiences in Ards can expect a passionate performance as the Southern Tenant Folk Union bring their mix of bluegrass, Gospel, country folk and pop to the Queen’s Hall on Friday, February 18.

Playing as part of the Friday Night Live series, the seven-piece acoustic band is one of the most highly acclaimed folk/bluegrass bands in the UK today and will be performing songs from their latest album, New Farming Scene, featuring direct lyrics with a modern twist and strong vocal harmonies backed by tight playing.

Formed by Belfast born five-string banjo player Pat McGarvey in 2006, the rest of the band hails from mainland UK and will be in Ards for one night only.

“The Southern Tenant Folk Union promise to provide a great night of entertainment and if you’re up for a night of fine folk and bluegrass music, in a relaxed atmosphere, this is a gig for you,” said Emily Walsh, arts officer with Ards Borough Council.

The Southern Tenant Folk Union perform in the Queen’s Hall on Friday, February 18, at 8pm and the event is ‘bring your own’. Tickets, priced £7, and further information are available from Ards Arts Centre, Conway Square, Newtownards, Tel: 028 9181 0803.

Cultural arts showcase

From an Ulster-Scots sword dance to a Chinese fan dance, an event in Ards on Saturday (February 12) will showcase music, literature, craft and cuisine from across the globe.

The celebration will include Bollywood and Mexican dancing, Argentinian rhythms and fusion bands, with readings from Bangladeshi texts, poetry from Poland and Hindu recitals — all taking place after guests have had the opportunity to sample food from around the world and to see at first hand different countries’ arts and crafts.

The event, A Feast Of Cultural Delight, is being organised by Ards Arts, the arts service of Ards Borough Council, with Artsekta, Northern Ireland’s only multi-|ethnic international arts organisation.

Amy McKelvey, community arts |development officer with the council, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Artsekta again and to be bringing back this event for a second time.

“It was hugely popular in 2010 and this year promises to be more vibrant and colourful, with an even greater opportunity to take a mini-tour of other people’s cultures right on your own doorstep.”

The Feast Of Cultural Delights will take place at Ards Arts Centre, Conway Square, Newtownards. Crafts and food- tasting begin at 7.30pm and the performance starts at 8.30pm.

Tickets are £8 (£6 concession) and group rates are available for parties of 10 or more.

For further information and to book, contact the Arts Centre on 028 9181 0803 or email

Friday night quiz night

Nendrum College School Association will be holding another Quiz Night on Friday, March 11, in McBrides (on the Square), Comber.

The quiz will start 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.

Any inquiries to the secretary please, Pauline Rea — 07968746614 or e mail


Fall in love with cycling

North Down residents are invited to fall in love with cycling this Valentine’s weekend, by joining campaigners on a bike ride around Bangor town centre on Saturday (February 12).

The event, called Love Your Bike, is part of North Down and Ards Friends of the Earth’s campaign for better cycling provision in the borough.

Cyclists will gather at Bangor Translink station at 10.30am, and proceed to cycle round the town centre, before arriving at Bikeworks Cycle Shop, 1 Balloo Link, for the launch of the campaign’s Cycling Manifesto for North Down.

Speaking on behalf of Friends of the Earth, Andrew Muir said: “Taking up regular cycling is like embarking on a life-long love affair. As well as being a quick and convenient way to get around town, getting on your bike has many health benefits, both physical and psychological.

“North Down suffers from serious traffic problems, lack of access for those without a car, and widespread health issues. Our manifesto proposes simple actions to be undertaken by both the council and the Department for Regional Development, which would make cycling throughout the area easier, safer, and more enjoyable.”

Mr Muir went on to say: “If your bike has been abandoned in your garage all winter, then Valentine’s weekend is the perfect time to renew your commitment to cycling, by joining us at Bangor train station.”

Tea and coffee will be served at the manifesto launch at Bikeworks. For more information, call Andrew Muir on 07813 945411 or email


Step into spring for hospice

Northern Ireland Hospice is encouraging people of all ages to take steps to support the 2011 Hospice Walk. Thousands of people are expected to participate in the various 11 walks taking place from Saturday, March 26, to Sunday, April 3.

People of all ages and ability can take up the charity challenge to walk from a minimum of 1.5 of miles and maximum of 11 miles in various annual routes.

Familiar faces are also expected among the stampede of walkers with May McFettridge, actress Olivia Nash, Miss NI, Paul Clark and other personalities tying an extra knot in their laces to take part in one of the 11 walks.

Money raised from events like the 2011 Hospice Walk will help care for those living with a terminal illness and will offer support for their families. All care is free of charge and is provided 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

If you would like to take your first step towards taking part in the 2011 Hospice Walk, register today by visiting, by telephoning 028 90777123 or by texting the word HOSPICE to 81222.

Hospice Walk Dates:

Saturday, March 26 (walks start at 10am) — Lagan Tow Path, Carrickfergus and North Down

Sunday, April 3 (walks start at 8.30am) — Mournes Mountain Trek

Saturday, April 2 (walks start at 10am) — Castle Ward, Castle Coole, Colin Glen, Antrim, Belfast Castle and Larne.

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