On the grapevine - January 20
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 email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can also be found by logging on to www.nicfc.com
An antique and collectables fair takes place every second Saturday of the month (from 9.30am until 4pm) at Windsor Presbyterian Church hall on the Lisburn Road.
Entry to the fair is free, and the fee to have a stall is £20. To book a stall space call John Bradley on 02830 848 452.
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:|email: deirdre@fitzpatrickassociates.|co.uk, Tel: 028 9079 9224, Mobile: 07740282414
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.
More information about the former Broadway United Football Club has been obtained by Blackstaff Community Development Association after a search through the newspapers of 1912. The search revealed that Broadway United did play the Black Watch in the Junior Irish Cup but not in the final as was reported in last week’s Grapevine. An advert in Ireland’s Saturday Night’ newspaper gives the information that Broadway United played the Welsh Fusiliers in the final on Easter Wednesday, April 10, 1912. Broadway United won the match 2-1. Hedley Lawson from England, who is writing a book on Elisha Scott also confirmed that Broadway United played the Welsh Fusiliers in the final. Hedley is to visit the Donegall Road soon and would like to talk to local people who might be able to provide additional information about Elisha Scott and Broadway United. If you would like to meet Hedley then please phone Billy at 90292631.
TATES AVENUE bridge art
Readers may remember that Grapevine mentioned in 2010 that Tates Avenue Bridge could have timeline art panels on the bridge. It was reported that Belfast City Council ran a series of feasibility workshops through the New Belfast Arts Initiative to identify potential projects for the Arts Council’s Re-Imaging Programme.
The council secured funding and artists David McClelland and David Dudgeon were commissioned to carry out workshops with local groups and develop designs for the bridge. The timeline panels have now been erected on the Tates Avenue Bridge archway at Donegall Avenue. Thousands of people will see the timeline as it is the main road to Windsor Football ground. The art work includes two local characters such as Andy from Broadway (Andy Farlan) with his pram and Rev Charlie Maguire with his bike.
CASTLEREAGH marks holocaust memorial day
Castlereagh Borough Council’s Good Relations programme will mark the 66th anniversary of Holocaust Memorial Day with a public event on Wednesday, February 2 at the Council Civic Centre.
The event will commence at 7pm with a focus on the millions of untold stories of individuals, communities and towns and how we can translate their words and lessons of the past into contemporary action. It questions whether we know about the stories in our own communities today and how we can create a safer and better future for all.
The event will include excerpts from a performance piece focusing on the stories of local women from the Castlereagh and Lisburn areas, put together by playwright and theatre expert, Jo Egan, which captures the role of women in local communities over the past years.
A personal testimony from Holocaust survivor Joanna Millen, who was orphaned at the age of two in a concentration camp 50 miles outside Prague, will also be heard. Joanna will also take questions about her experiences and her life since then.
Admission is free and refreshments will be served at both events. Advanced booking is essential. For further details, call 028 90494672.