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On the grapevine - July 22


Volunteer along the Greenway

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast 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 the parks and walkways in the Connswater Community Greenway area.

The study is due to start on Monday August 2 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 1 hour time periods (7.30am; 12.30pm; 3.30pm; 6.30pm) each day for 7 consecutive days.

All volunteers will be provided with a complementary fleece, umbrella, pedometer, lunch and high street vouchers.

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Full training will be provided and is taking place on Wednesday July 28 and Thursday July 29 from 10am-1pm (Venue: Connswater Community Greenway office).

If you are interested in taking part please contact Ruth Hunter on 07530370171 or email ruth.hunter@qub.ac.uk

Work has begun at skatepark

Construction work on Northern Ireland's first public outdoor skate park has begun.

The project, titled the ‘Bridges Urban Sports Park’, will cover around 20,000 square feet when completed.

The park, being built under the M3 bypass near Belfast city centre willl cost £500,000 and has been is funded by the European Union with Belfast City council contributing £80,000.

The site will be designed and built by Freestyle Skateparks who have previously worked on some of the UK's leading urban sports parks.

The outline design of the park has been put on youtube by Belfast Urban Sports organisation who are working with the council on the project. To view it over the internet to ascertain the scale of the park, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eamlrKwtdlo

Alternative memories

Artist Laura Graham has created a series of new work entitled Alternative Memories to run in conjunction with the new theatre production of Dancing Shoes - The George Best Story, by Marie Jones and Martin Lynch with music and lyrics by JJ Gilmour and Pat Gribben.

Alternative Memories will be on display in the Grand Opera House from Wednesday, July 28 until Saturday, August, 14.

Alternative Memories includes stunning portraits of George Best. "Although known internationally as a footballer, George was not just a footballer, he also represented success, glamour, beauty and fashion. All the time we watched and envied him, he lived with demons that he hid from himself, and from us", says Laura Graham.

Free legal clinic

Age NI, the new charity combining Age Concern NI and Help the Aged in Northern Ireland, in partnership with local law firm Mackenzie & Dorman, is running a Legal Clinic on Wednesday, August 4, offering free, no-obligation advice to older people on legal issues that may affect them in later life.

The Legal Clinic will take place at the Mackenzie & Dorman Solicitor offices at 94-96 Holywood Road, Belfast. Places must be pre-booked by Friday July 23.

Judith Hutchinson, a partner with the firm, will be available throughout the day to talk with individuals who have queries or concerns about writing a Will, inheritance tax planning and other related legal issues.

Numbers for the legal clinic are limited and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis and appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes on a one on one basis. To register your attendance or to request a free copy of the Age NI ‘Will to Change’ publication, contact Linda at Age NI on 028 9024 5729 or email linda.dowie@ageni.org.


Alice production

North Down Borough Council will present their first ever outdoor theatre production Alice Through The Looking Glass at Bangor Town Hall today, Thursday, July 22, at 7.30pm.

Children are encouraged to join in the fun and come along dressed up as their favourite character from the story, there will be prize for the best dressed.

Tickets are priced at only £5 and are available from North Down Museum on telephone 9127 1200, Bangor Tourist Information on telephone 9127 0069or email tic@northdown.gov.uk.


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 welcomecentre@belfastvisitor.com, pick up a whatabout guide or click www.gotobelfast.com.

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