Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - July 22


On par for charity

Back by popular demand Meningitis Research Foundation in association with Woodvale Cricket Club is holding it’s 2nd charity golf day at Belvoir Park Golf Club on Thursday August 26.

Golfers everywhere are invited to join in help raise much needed funds for the Foundation.

On arrival players will be served bacon rolls and tea/coffee. Players will receive a goodie bag on 1st tee and on course refreshments will be provided free of charge by a roving buggy!

Free hot dogs and burgers will be provided adjacent to the 12th green

After golf there will be a prize giving and speeches followed by a ballot. All this for £50 which includes a donation to our charity.

The Foundation relies on your voluntary donations to fund its work in research, awareness and support for people affected by the diseases. Your help could save a life.

To secure your place, call Keli on 90 321283, or email


Stressed and depressed?

Help is at hand for people in South Belfast experiencing stress, depression or bi-polar disorder.

Local mental health charity, Aware Defeat Depression provides support groups for people across Northern Ireland who are affected by depression. The South Belfast group meet on the first and third Tuesday of every month in the Beacon Centre (Fingahy Rd South) from 7.30pm.

Everyone is welcome, including people who are relatives or friends of people who are experiencing depression.

A support group member said: “I found the simple concept of people affected by depression meeting, sharing experiences, giving and getting support was very powerful. This was undoubtedly the turning point in the road to my recovery.”

The free groups are managed by trained facilitators and members can meet people experiencing similar problems as well as supporting each other and learning more about their illness and ways to recover over a cup of tea.

For more information or support call the helpline on 08451 20 29 61 or visit


Consulting owner-occupiers in redevelopment areas

The Department for Social Development (DSD) has launched consultation that aims to create sustainable communities through new provisions that will afford Owner Occupiers in redevelopment areas like the Village and Monarch similar opportunities to remain in the community post regeneration as already exists for tenants.

The 'Support Owner Occupiers in Redevelopment Areas' document is available at

Blackstaff Homeowners' Association have been told that the DSD are more than happy to send out hard copies to any individual who does not have access to a computer. Our association have been asked to inform any of the said individuals to contact Una Ferguson at 90829295 and she will arrange for the document to be issued to them directly.

Hop on a bus to St George’s

St George's Market bus will operating on the second Friday and last Friday of each month for a return journey for only £2. Pick up points include Lower Broadway (opposite Women's Centre) at 9.15am. Spar Garage and Librury Hill at 9.30am. The bus will return from St George's Market at For more information contact Adrienne 07816108489.

Walk your way to health

Highway 2 Health Walking Group would like to invite others to join them for a walk of the Donegall Road area starting from the top of Roden Street Monday / Wednesday at 7pm. Everyone is welcome.


Health fair for young people

A Young People's Health Fair will be held on Thursday, July 29 in Sandy Row Community Centre from 1pm to 4pm.

There are many interesting things for young people to do including free beauty therapies, free health information, free lunch, arts and crafts and much more. Get full details of this Highway 2 Health event at the community centre or phone 90315791.


Come rain, hail or shine

The Belfast Welcome Centre is encouraging parents across the city to discover the great range of events and activities taking place over the summer to keep the children entertained.

Belfast has plenty of indoor and outdoor activities including canoeing at Shaw’s Bridge on August 7, free performances by the Festival of Fools at Cotton Court each Sunday until August 29, Bat Nights at Colin Glen Forest Park, running August 3 - 5, tours of Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factoryand a number of events taking place at W5 throughout July and August.

Julie Cochrane, Belfast Welcome Centre Manager said: “We are open seven days a week and our opening hours have been extended over the summer months, so I’d encourage all parents to call in and make sure they are informed of things to do.”

For more information drop into the centre at 47 Donegall Place, call 9024 6609, email, pick up a whatabout guide or click

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