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On the grapevine - January 26


Fashion exchange

Local charity Cruse Bereavement Care and UTV personality Tina Campbell have launched a new opportunity for all fashion conscious females.

From 3pm on Saturday, February 5, St Mark’s Parish Centre in Newtownards will host the first Fashion Exchange for the North Down and Ards area. It provides an opportunity for girls of all ages to swap unwanted good quality clothing and accessories and recycle those unwanted Christmas presents.

The event will provide afternoon tea, tips on recession dressing, dressing to suit your shape, fitness and beauty with a surprise guest makeover.

Tickets cost £10 and donations of clothes and accessories can be delivered to the Cruse Charity Shop by Friday February 4 or St Mark’s Parish Centre by 12pm on February 5.


Information day for group trip organisers

The Northern Ireland Tourist Board is calling all group trip organisers to attend a Days Out Fair this Saturday (January 29) designed to showcase the best that the country 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.

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

Pensioners’ parliament

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

A series of Local Parliaments are planned for March and April and all older people from the area are encouraged to fill in a short questionnaire to ensure their view is recorded.

Bill Carson, chair of Age Sector Platform, said: “Not only will the results of the questionnaires filled out determine what will be covered in each local parliament; they will also form the basis of what we will be saying to local MLAs and councillors on the back of the Northern Ireland Pensioners’ Parliament.”

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

Hike up Kilimanjaro

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

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.

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 that 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|


Chilean miner visit

Willowfield Parish church in east Belfast is preparing for a visit from a hero, the 24th rescued Chilean miner. In association with SAMS Ireland, Willowfield church has invited people and their friends to come along and hear the story of the 24th Chilean miner to be rescued, Jose Henriquez Gonzales, who will be accompanied by the Rev Alf Cooper, chaplain to the President of Chile.

This will take place on Saturday, February 5, at 7.30pm and tickets cost just £3. This event will be ticket only and tickets are available from Willowfield church office 02890457654 or MICAH Centre 02890453041. Further information is available on


Museum marks Holocaust

Three special events will remember the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides at the Ulster Museum this week. Developed by the Ulster Museum and the Jews Schmooze Sounds Familiar initiative, the events will take place this Thursday (January 27) marking the 11th annual Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) itself, and on Friday, January 28.

The events include Poetry Readings by Ben Maier, inspired by a disused farm in Millisle, which became an unlikely home to dozens of refugees from Nazi occupied Europe, in May 1939. This event incorporates the theme of HMD 2011; Untold Stories, which provides opportunities for people to hear the told and untold stories of the Holocaust.

Interpretation manager at the Ulster Museum Hannah Crowdy said: “The annual Holocaust Memorial Day is an important time for all members of the community to come together and remember the victims of these atrocities. By listening to these readings we can learn about the experience of individuals during the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, and reflect on the importance of working together to develop a shared and tolerant society.”

Each HMD event at the Ulster Museum is free and more information can be found at, or call 028 9044 0000. To learn more about the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust visit

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