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On the grapevine - January 6


Scout group needs votes

The 10th Belfast Scout group on Oakland Avenue is appealing to the local community to help it win £1,000 worth of painting and decorating materials to makeover its premises — courtesy of Dulux Decorator Centres.

The Scout group has been operating in the Belfast area for 101 years and in order to win the grand prize it needs the local community to visit www.dulux| and vote for it. Voting closes this Friday, January 7 and the regional finalist with the most votes will be announced on Friday, January 17.

Scout leader Robert McKissick said: “To win the prize really would make our year — we are appealing to everyone in the area to log onto the website and place a vote for us, and help us restore our premises to its former glory.”

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 on 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.

A weightloss clinic using the latest technology provides clients with a full body composition analysis and offers tailored guidance on reaching and maintaining an ideal weight.

Big Bus staff can provide information on complementary therapies and other cancer support services such as counselling, a Listening Ear Service, and support groups, which are available for cancer patients, their carers and families.

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.

Connswater 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 on Wednesday, January 26 and Thursday, January 27 from 10am-1pm (Venue: Carew II Family and Training Centre). If you are interested in taking part please contact Ruth Hunter on 07530370171 or email


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 on Saturday, January 15.

Matches take place between 9pm and 12midnight. So if you are between 13 and 17 years old this is your chance to get involved for free.

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

Christianity explored

Castlereagh Fellowship will begin the New Year by running the popular ‘Christianity Explored’ course over 10 consecutive Sunday evenings.

It starts this Sunday, January 9, at 6.30pm in Greenway Women’s Centre (located above shops at entrance to Cregagh estate). Each evening begins with a bite to eat and is followed by a presentation from the Bible with the opportunity to discuss and ask questions.

Course co-ordinator Geoff McIlrath said: ‘Hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world have found Christianity Explored an informal context in which they can investigate for themselves the message of Christianity.

It is open to everyone and you do not need to know anything about the Bible to come along. No one will be asked to read aloud, pray or sing. We are really looking forward to welcoming anyone who would like to join us and think things through.’

For further information please contact Geoff on 07918158082 or Patric on 07710033611. Course info can also be found at

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