Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - January 13


Local panto fun

Expect fun and frolics at Cookes Centenary Presbyterian Church Hall (Park Road, East Belfast) this weekend, with their amateur dramatics group presenting Cinderella.

The pantomime begins at 7.30pm sharp this Friday and Saturday (January 14 and 15). Adults £4, children and concession £2.50, all proceeds go to church property fund.

Refreshments are provided. The show should finish around 9.30pm on both evenings.

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 this Friday, 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.

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.

Greenway volunteers

Researchers at Queen’s University are looking for people to volunteer to help them investigate the potential health benefits of the Connswater Community Greenway.

They are looking for around 20 volunteers to help collect this information on the current use of its parks and walkway.

The study is due to start on Monday, January 31, and lasts for seven days (Monday-Sunday). One example of the type of information collected, will be the number of people walking/cycling, from seven different areas along the Greenway.

You will be asked to record users of specific areas at four one-hour time periods (7.30am; 12.30pm; 3.30pm; 6.30pm) each day for seven consecutive days. All volunteers will be provided with a goody bag including lunch and high street vouchers for taking part.

Full training will be provided and is taking place next Wednesday, January 26 and Thursday, January 27 from 10am-1pm (Venue: Carew II Family and Training Centre). If interested, contact Ruth Hunter on 07530370171 or email

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.


Midnight street soccer

THE next Midnight Street Soccer league is approaching and they are on the lookout for teams of 13–17 year olds from all over the Borough of Castlereagh to take part.

Midnight Street Soccer provides young people with the opportunity to take part in sport at times when communities are vulnerable to crime and anti-social behaviour and takes place at 15 facilities all over Northern Ireland. The 10 week programme finishes with a national finals night in Dundalk.

The Castlereagh league, funded by the Community Safety Partnership, is managed by Castlereagh Borough Council in conjunction with the north Belfast Play Forum and will begin at Hanwood 3G pitch this Saturday, January 15.

Matches take place between 9pm and midnight. So if you are aged between 13 and 17, this is your chance to get involved for free.

For more information or to enter a team call Lynsey McCourt, Castlereagh Borough Council, on 02890 494522 or 07825 181292.

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