Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - July 7


Broadway United FC appeal

The Blackstaff Community Development Association is still looking for information on the former Broadway United Football Team. It is amazing but no one to date has been able to give information on the colours the team played in. Can you help? If so please phone Billy 90292631 or email

Summer event in Lady Dixon

Parkinson's UK information and support team in Northern Ireland is inviting younger people living with the condition to come along to a summer picnic and treasure hunt. This free event is taking place on Saturday July 23 in Lady Dixon Park, Belfast.

The event is aimed at anyone under 65 who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, including their carers and families – all ages welcome. There will be information about the condition available, as well as the chance to meet Parkinson’s UK group members and staff.

Parkinson’s is a degenerative neurological condition and there is currently no cure. For some people having Parkinson’s can be a frustrating and isolating experience.

Parkinson’s UK in Northern Ireland offers information, friendship and support to local people with Parkinson's, their families and carers to make sure that no one has to face Parkinson’s alone. There are 12 local groups in Northern Ireland.

Catherine Murnin, Information and Support Manager for Northern Ireland said: “Every hour someone in the UK is told they have Parkinson’s, but at the moment there is no cure.

“This event in Lady Dixon Park is a great opportunity to find out what support is available locally. You can join us in making sure that no one has to face Parkinson’s alone.”

Local woman, Pauline McNulty said. “I would encourage younger people who have been diagnosed to come along to the event. Living with Parkinson’s can be a challenge and getting together like this will open up a network of support for people”

For details about the event, please contact Catherine Murnin on 0844 225 3682 or email


Bag pipe extravaganza

Belfast will come alive to the swirl of pipes for the second year in a row as it hosts more than 100 bands competing at the European Pipe Band Championships at Stormont later this month.

The hotly fought competition, which takes place at the Stormont estate on Saturday July 30, attracts pipe bands from all over the continent and proved a major hit with locals last year.

A record number of bands are participating in the European Pipe Band Championships but competition among local bands will be at its fiercest on the day with the 2010 European and World Champions St. Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band and newly crowned All Ireland Champions, Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band battling to win the European crown.

Mayor, Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile, who will be acting as chieftain at the event said: “It is a great occasion for all and looks like being a really exciting day especially for the local bands. I am looking forward to being Chieftain and to enjoying the skill and musical talent that will be there.

“Piping has a great following in Ireland and across the world cutting across a lot of traditions and it is great to see everyone putting their all into the competition. It is brilliant to showcase our local talents against the very best across Europe and the world.”

Admission into the Championships is charged at £3 for concessions available for children aged between five and 16years old, students and seniors. Family tickets, for two adults and two concessions, cost £14 while adults pay only £5. Cash only will be accepted on the day.

The Championships will also offer an opportunity for both Drum Majors and Highland dancers to showcase their skills. Entries are still open for the Highland Dance competition. Anyone interested in taking part should contact the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association to register telephone 0141 221 5414.

“To add a bit extra to the event we are organising, with the support of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, a ‘Piping is Class’ Festival from Thursday July 28 to Sunday July 31,” said Mr Ó Donnghaile. The festival includes a concert at the Ulster Hall with tickets available at £10 and £15.00 as well as free piping workshops and a free ‘Post Euros Shindig’ at the Spring and Airbrake.

Global ’bag rockers’ The Red Hot Chilli Pipers will join local ban Canntaireachd, and Scottish favourites, the Battlefield Band, in concert at the Ulster Hall on Thursday July 28. Information on all pipe events is available from


Community groups/champions, channel five is interested

Channel five is currently searching the UK to find individuals and groups who viewers would like to see have their wishes granted. It particularly wants to hear about community and voluntary health projects and groups from around the UK.

Do you know of such a group? How could we help them? Perhaps they need new equipment, have problems with transport or facilities or you would like to see the group receive a special treat? We’d love to hear more about the project — who runs it, who they help and the difference the group makes to those who attend.

Or do you know someone who could do with our help because of problems with their health? If they could wish for anything what would it be and what difference would it make to their life?

Perhaps you could be the person to help make their wish come true. Contact us via email at or call 0207 308 5446 or 5447.

Channel five is also asking for nominations of special people who always goes out of their way to help others.

Perhaps he or she is constantly fundraising, doing voluntary work or they have dedicated their life to looking after others with particular needs. Without them, maybe you, your family or your friends would be lost.

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