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On the grapevine - January 26


Opportunity knocks at bowling club

For the third year running Cavehill Bowling Club, supported by Belfast City Council, will be opening their clubhouse on Saturday afternoons from 2pm to 4.30pm.

Anyone, young, middle-aged or old, can come along to enjoy the experience of playing a game of bowls on one of their three indoor bowling mats. No previous experience is necessary — seasoned bowlers and qualified coaches will be in attendance to help you get started.

There’s no charge for taking part and the only thing required of you, if possible, is to bring along flat-soled shoes which are necessary when you are using the bowling mats. No equipment is needed as sets of bowls will be available.

Bowls is one of the friendliest sports to be involved in and we will offer a warm welcome to you and your friends. A short refreshment break will be provided at each session, giving the opportunity to meet new friends and have a good time. So come along and give it a try.

If you intend to be present it would be appreciated if you could either contact Tom Sutton on 93350689 or 90719147 (Cavehill Bowling Club, 20 North Circular Road B15 5HB).


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.

The walks will take place on Saturday, February 26 and will range from two to five miles. Registration is £5 for adults and free for children. 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 dawn@|nicfc.com. More information can also be found on www.nicfc.com

Pensioners’ parliament

The Northern Ireland Pensioners’ Parliament is coming to Belfast on Friday, March 4 and the organisers are encouraging local people to get involved.

Age Sector Platform, which represents around 200,000 older people across the province, will be launching the first Northern Ireland Pensioners’ Parliament this year.

Older people from the area are encouraged to fill in a short questionnaire to ensure their view is recorded. This will take no longer than five minutes to complete, with the main question asking: “What are the main problems facing older people today?”

If you would like to attend the Belfast Parliament or would like to fill in a questionnaire, please visit www.pensionersparliament.org or phone 028 9031 2089.


Rhyming weaving

An 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 exhibition will be at the Museum at the Mill until Friday, March 11.

Opening times: Monday to Wednesday, 10am to 5pm; Thursday, 10am to 9pm; Friday, 10am to 4pm. See www.newtownabbey.gov.uk for more details or telephone Museum at The Mill on 028 9034 0129

Hike up Kilimanjaro

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

This feat of human endurance is open to anyone who is aged 18 or over on the day of travel.

For those 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 ceri@childrentoday.org.uk for an information pack.

Take to the hills

THE Ulster Cancer Foundation (UCF) is calling on keen walkers to take a winter hike to the top of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain, to raise funds for cancer patients and their families.

The challenging 4,408ft ascent takes place from Thursday, March 10 to Sunday, March 13, and participants can expect snowy, wintry, even blizzard conditions in temperatures that can plunge below -20C.

UCF has to date escorted more than 4,500 walkers to the top of the peak, raising more than £2m to support the charity’s vital services.

Those taking part are asked to pay a £75 registration fee and agree to raise a minimum sponsorship of £650. On receipt of your registration form you will be sent a complete fundraising pack as well as a guide to any equipment you may need.

UCF’s experienced fundraising team will guide and support you every step of the way — so why not register today? Contact Sarah Atcheson on 9068 0765 or email sarahatcheson@ulstercancer.org


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 and 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 a.andrews@nitb.com

Belfast Telegraph