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On the grapevine - January 12


Winter woolie walks

Lady Dixon Park in Belfast and Crawfordsburn Country Park are among the venues hosting one of the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children’s annual Winter Woolie Walks and Miss Northern Ireland, Lori Moore, is urging local people to come along.

The Winter Woolie Walks will take place on Saturday, February 26 and each walk will range from two to five miles. Registration is £5 for adults and free for children and participants will be given sponsor forms in advance and encouraged to raise as much money as possible.

Money raised from the walks will help support children, teenagers and young adults up to the age of 24 and their families who are living with a cancer diagnosis.

The walks will start at 10.30am and warming refreshments will be provided afterwards. For further information and to register your place, please contact Dawn Weir on 028 90805599 or email More information can also be found by logging on to

Hike up Kilmanjaro

In 2011 discover Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest free-standing mountain by trekking on behalf of children’s charity, Children Today.

Participants will be taking the challenge to raise funds for a very worthy cause. Children Today believe that the provision of specialised equipment for children and young people with disabilities has a direct and immediate impact on their quality of life and independence and is vital in helping them to overcome obstacles to live a life of greater independence.

This feat of human endurance is open to anyone who is aged 18 or over on the day of travel. For those of you with a sense of adventure and the desire to do something challenging for a great cause simply call Ceri Ward at the office |on 01244 335 622 or email: for an information pack. |

WWII veterans urged to apply for funding

Veterans from the Belfast area still have the chance to apply for funding to make special pilgrimages to WWII battlefronts after the programme was extended by the Big Lottery Fund.

The ‘Heroes Return 2’ programme ensures World War Two veterans can make their personal commemorative journeys to the places they saw action.

The extra funding for the scheme will help make sure Belfast veterans still to apply are able to travel in the year ahead to revisit the scenes of WWII events, such as the forthcoming 70th anniversary of the Battle of Crete.

Joanne McDowell, the Big Lottery Fund’s NI director, said: “The popularity of Heroes Return is reflected in the many emotional letters we have received from veterans and their families.

“It is clear how valuable these journeys are in helping veterans come to terms with traumatic events and experiences and to remember those lost almost 70 years ago.”

War widows and widowers of veterans are also eligible, and carers and spouses can also receive funding to travel with veterans. For more information on how to apply call 0845 00 00 121 or visiting


First aid course

Newtownabbey Borough Council is hosting a Community Capacity Programme — Emergency First Aid For Appointed Persons from 6pm-9pm on TuesdayJanuary 18 and 25 at Mossley Mill. It’s free to take.

Upon completion of the course you can be the appointed person for your group/organisation to take charge of the first aid arrangements, including looking after the equipment and facilities, and calling the emergency services when required.

For information contact Lois: 9034 0208.

Rhyming weaving

A vibrant exhibition featuring a stunning collection of quilts and embroidered pieces produced by two groups, Loose Threads Quilting Group and Golden Threads Creative Crafts is coming to the Flax Gallery at Mossley Mill.

The collection was commissioned by Mid Antrim Museum at The Braid in Ballymena and focuses on ideas from the poetry of the Rhyming Weavers.

The rhyming weaving tradition was prominent in the late 18th and 19th centuries. These rural working class poets were mostly employed in the linen weaving industry had their works published in local newspapers and periodicals as well as producing volumes of poetry. Using the Ulster Scots dialect as well as English, they explored themes such as local identity, Irish politics and the decline of handloom weaving.

The exhibition will be on display at the Flax Gallery in Museum at The Mill, Mossley Mill, from January 17 until Friday March 11. Opening times: Monday – Wednesday 10am – 5pm, Thursday 10am – 9pm, Friday 10am – 4pm. See for more details or telephone Museum at The Mill on 028 9034 0129

Sleeping beauty

Sleeping Beauty is on at the Courtyard Theatre, Doagh Road, Newtownabbey, from Friday, January 14 until Saturday, January 22. The Dove Drama group once again bring you lots of music and laughter when they present their annual pantomime. Prices: £8 and £5 concession. Tickets available at the door.


Event to inspire group trip organisers

The Northern Ireland Tourist Board is calling all group trip organisers to attend a ‘Days Out Fair’ on Saturday, January 29, designed to showcase the best that Northern Ireland has to offer with great ideas for day trips and group visits.

The event at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum will cater for group organisers from all walks of life from church groups to sports and social clubs, community groups to retirement associations, from gardening groups to Rotary clubs and many more; with each group that registers being offered two free tickets to attend.

Free transport will also be provided on a first come, first served basis by local members of the Federation of Passenger Transport NI.

Those wishing to register should contact the Northern Ireland Tourist Board on 028 9044 1506 or email

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