Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - July 28


Local flute band centenary

The Millar Memorial Flute Band was established in 1911, and so this year they have been celebrating their centenary. The band is regarded as one of the top melody bands in the UK and in 1968 they were the all Ireland Champions and NIBA Melody Flute Champions in 1967

The South Belfast band has always met for practice at Milltown in the Shaw’s Bridge area.

The Millar Memorial is always the chosen band to lead the Orange July 12 Parade in Belfast.

On Saturday, July 16 the band played at Windsor Park before the football match between Linfield and Rangers. Broadway Parade residents were delighted that the band met in their street before parading to Windsor Park.

The band's many supporters wish the band all the very best for the next 100 years.

Community saddened by death

The Blackstaff community “is very saddened” by the death of Mrs Moreen Robinson, formally of 73 Donegall Avenue who died on Monday July 11.

Billy Dickson, chairperson of Blackstaff Community Development Association said: “There are many today who remember the very hard work that Moreen Robinson put into making improvements within the community as a member of the Blackstaff Community Development and Homeowners' Association.

“She is particularly remembered for her work for the Glenmachan and Tavanagh Housing Action Committee which resulted in the building of new houses and the refurbishment of many others. Even thought she gave so much time to community work Moreen always put church meetings first.

“When she sent an apology for not attending a meeting it was usually that there was a church meeting on at the same time. She was a woman of strong Christian principles.

“Moreen attended a very important planning day at Wellington Park Hotel in July 2007 when she represented the Blackstaff Homeowners to discuss proposals for the area.

“This led to a broad agreement for future development. Unfortunately after the planning day she was not able to attend many more meetings but the community would like to put on record that all her work was appreciated and for those who are still involved in community work, her life has been an inspiration to them to continue to do their best the make our community a better place for everyone.”

The funeral service took place in Donegall Road Methodist Church on Monday, July 18.

Kenya ministry

Jim McIlwaine, an elder at Richview Presbyterian Church will be going to Kenya with a team of men from LIFT. (Labour in Faith & Trust) this month. He will be working in partnership with Kenya Sunbeam Ministries (KSM.).

The organization opened a children's home in August 08. Their vision is that this home will accommodate children orphaned by AIDS or who are HIV positive themselves or have a disability that does not allow them to live in community. They also plan to build a hospice nearby so that when terminally ill the children can receive proper palliative care.

Jim and the team will be working on a project to extend the kitchen and roof, build two storerooms, open a serving hatch and build a veranda around the home.


Belfast healthy cities

Belfast Healthy Cities is pleased to announce Equity in Health - Leadership for the Common Good training — a series of masterclasses focusing on cross sectoral collaboration for middle and senior managers in the statutory, voluntary and community sectors.

For full details view the training brochure or book online. Places are limited to 24 and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis with a balance of participants across sectors. A second presentation of the course may be on offer, so please register your interest.

For further information contact Caroline Scott 028 9032 8811 or

This programme is offered free of charge, with the support of the Public Health Agency.


Type 2 Diabetes test

The Diabetes UK Roadshow will visit the front of the City Hall in Belfast on Thursday August 18 and Friday August 19 from 9am to 5pm to help people find out more about diabetes and discover whether they are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The roadshow,supported by the Big Lottery Fund, aims to identify some of the estimated 10,000 people in Northern Ireland who have Type 2 diabetes but are not aware of it.

This is vital because Type 2 Diabetes can be undetected for 10 years or more, meaning 50 per cent of people already have complications by the time they are diagnosed.

The roadshow will also raise awareness of risk factors for Type 2 diabetes. In 2010 Diabetes UK’s Roadshow programme carried out nearly 10,000 risk assessments and more than half of those people were referred to their local GP.

Holiday programme for seniors

NI based charity BCM (Belfast Central Mission) are piloting a new holiday programme for older people this September.

This new programme will replace their ever popular trips to Millisle, which ended this year. A spokespersons said: “This four day short break to Bangor, Co. Down is an excellent way for older people to make new friends, visit the coastal sights of the area, enjoy fine food and socialise in a relaxed and informal environment.”

Anyone interested should contact BCM’s Community Services manager Janet Sewell on 028 9024 1917 by August 30 for booking details and more information.

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