Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - July 21


Community fair

Tesco Newtownabbey is holding a family friendly fun day on Sunday July 25 from 11am to 4.30pm.

Thousands of customers are expected to come along and celebrate what’s going on in their local community. Regional suppliers and charities will man stalls at the fair and showcase their locally-grown products and community-led activities.

Signing up to local groups and buying regional foods are just some of the ways that people can get involved on the day and rally behind their local


With face painting, musicians and foodie treats galore, there’ll also be loads of things to do for all the family., Community Champion at the store said, “Customers coming along on the day can expect to walk away with a load of freebies and they won't have to spend a penny! We can't wait to give our customers a great day out.”

Barron Hall services to relocate

Due to the recent arson attack at Barron hall on the Antrim Road, the community telegraph has been told that the majority of its community services will relocate to Ballyduff Community Centre, situated in Forthill Dr, Newtownabbey over the next few weeks. More information to follow in due course.


Volunteers needed for youth arts festival

Children and young people from across North Belfast are welcome to participate in the week-long programme of arts-based activities as part of the exciting Celebrate North Belfast Youth Arts Festival, led by New Lodge Arts.

The festival, from August 4-11, has workshops where young people can develop skills in a variety of art forms from dance, drama, music and visual arts, event management and technical production. Families are invited to support the young participants at showcases celebrating the outcomes of the activities.

Last summer, 158 young people were involved in the Youth Arts Festival and over 600 audience members attended the showcase events. If you would like more information about becoming a participant, volunteer or audience member, please contact New Lodge Arts, a community arts organisation based in the Greater New Lodge area of North Belfast.

The volunteer development programme is open to anyone over 16 years and relevant training and workshops are available. Your unique skills and |experience are welcome. Please contact Helen Coburn on 90742255 or email for further details.

Glengormley Pavillion Arts and Crafts Summer Scheme

The Glengormley Pavillion Arts and Crafts Summer Scheme is set to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays.

The Summer Scheme will run for five weeks from July 19 to August 20 from 10am to 4pm daily.

Parents can only register their own children and places will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Children must be aged between eight and 14.


Dragon boat race

Northern Ireland Hospice invites you to join them for a Dragon Boat Race Extravaganza on Saturday July 31, at Carrickfergus Harbour.

This exciting Dragon Boat Race is aimed at attracting individuals and teams from across all of Northern Ireland, and all money raised from this event will help ensure that your local hospice continues caring for adults, children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses.

Drinks company Diageo NI has signed up to enter a boat and is looking forward to a day of fun.

Jill McCann, customer marketing manager, explains: “‘Dragon Boat’ racing is a great idea for a team-building day for any company or organisation and the activities that are ongoing throughout the town will add to the fun!”

The Dragon Boat Races will complement a host of other fun being organised within the Carrickfergus Harbour Festival by Carrickfergus Chamber of Commerce, NI Environment Agency and Carrickfergus Council.

To enter a team, please contact Stefani Butler at Northern Ireland Hospice on 90781836 or email Also visit for more information.


Total wipeout

If you’re an adrenaline junkie then Cutters Wharf in Stranmillis is the place to be this summer when Total Wipeout returns full of obstacles and challenges that is set the leave even the most arduous adventurer weak at the knees.

The event will take place on Sunday August 1 and some of the challenges will include sumo wrestling, giant ski race, human table football, gladiator duels and a demolition zone and if that weren’t enough the teams will have to go that little bit further to complete the Grand Finale large assault course.

The Total Wipeout Summer Fun Day will take place at the Cutters Wharf car park, which will be transformed for one day into an assault course.

Teams of five will then battle through the various activities with one team being crowned Total Wipeout champions by the end of the day.

The event will support the work of Cutter Wharf’s nominated charity Marie Curie Cancer Care. Marketing Manager Teresa Casey commented, “Total Wipeout is a great opportunity to get some friends or work colleagues together and battle it out on our assault courses. It’s set to be a great fun filled event”. To enter a team of five persons and for sponsorship forms contact Teresa on 90 354262.

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