Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - January 13


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 9080 5599 or e-mail More information can also be found by logging on to

Skills for youth

Enterprise Skills for Youth is an innovative new programme to help young |people develop enterprise skills. It |is being managed and delivered on behalf of Belfast City Council by Deirdre |Fitzpatrick & Associates. The programme will start this month for those aged |between 18 and 30.

The programme includes exercises and activities geared towards running a business, six workshops on business and personal skills, a one-day placement in a business you are interested in and one-to-one and group mentoring to help you achieve your goals, plus a visit to successful young business owners (including a one day trip to London).

The course is free, but there are only 20 places available, so contact Deirdre Fitzpatrick to register your interest:|e-mail: deirdre@fitzpatrickassociates.|, Tel: 028 9079 9224, Mobile: 07740282414

Titanic art exhibition

The first of three Titanic exhibitions across the city began this week at Higgin Gallery at the Malone House, Barnett Demense. Running all month, the fine-art display by well-known mural artists John Stewart and David ‘Dee’ Craig celebrates 100 years since the Titanic’s launch.

Exhibition opening times are Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sundays 12pm to 4.30pm. Tel: 028 9068 1246, e-mail:


Sign up to community

Blackstaff Community Development Association are pleased that in 2010 there was an increase in membership following a mention in the Grapevine, so the association would like to repeat its appeal for new members for 2011.

Membership is open to all residents living in the Blackstaff Ward which includes, Olympia, The Gardens, Lower Broadway (The Village), Monarch and Roden Street (Richview & Empire). If you are interested then please phone 028 9029 2631 or call into 31 Broadway Parade requesting an application form.

Football appeal

In last week's Grapevine it was reported that the famous Liverpool player Elisha Scott was born in the Donegall Road area of Belfast and played for the local Broadway United Football Club and that Blackstaff Community Development Association would like information on the history of Broadway United FC, especially the date of the Junior Irish Cup Final in which Broadway United FC beat Black Watch FC 1–0 in 1912.

The Blackstaff Association would like to repeat the request for information about Broadway United FC. If you can provide any information please phone Billy at 07974315293 or 028 9029 2631.


Breakfast club

The Breakfast Club at Friendship House, Blythe Street is held on a Wednesday and Thursday morning between 8am and 8.45am. If you would like more information about the breakfast club then please phone 028 9032 2733.


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-serve basis by local members of the Federation of Passenger Transport NI.

Elaine Groves, NITB product marketing officer, feels this unique event offers a great opportunity for those in charge of group travel to be inspired.

She said: “We want to showcase the best that Northern Ireland has to offer group day trips. We have such a wealth of beautiful gardens, historic monuments, cultural experiences, heritage sites and special interest tours, some of which may be unfamiliar to many people.

“Our aim at this event is to inspire people to visit somewhere that is new to them or to rediscover places that they may not have been to in many years and to provide useful advice on how to organise a successful group outing.”

Those wishing to register should contact the NITB on 028 9044 1506 or e-mail

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