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On the grapevine - July 8


Sunday treats

Fancy something special on Sundays? Well, why not waltz your way down to the Cathedral Quarter for the afternoon and watch some quality street theatre in Cotton Court?

Performers took to the street last week, Sunday July 4, and will roll out another eight ‘foolish’ performances until Sunday, August 29. Everyone can enjoy the feast of free street theatre shows between 2pm and 4pm.

You can experience death defying aerial feats from the Barren Carrousels, a spot of extreme tea drinking with the Magilligans, an exceptional display of raw talent from Belburn Youth Circus, all rounded off with a session of Jitterbug-aerobics.

For Sunday Treats programme details and all the latest news log on to www.foolsfestival.com.


Rose Week

A workshop taken by professional photographers is one of the new attractions taking place during this year’s Belfast Rose Week which runs from Tuesday to Sunday, July 13-18, at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park.

Budding photographers will be guided by professional photographers John Murphy and Paul Moane on Thursday, July 15.

The International Rose Trials, which is the highlight of Rose Week and involves judges from around the world, takes place the previous day, on Wednesday, July 14.

A shuttle bus service runs to and from the park each day from the Europa bus centre. A bus leaves every 20 minutes starting at 1pm with the last bus leaving the park at 7pm. More information on Rose Week can be found at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/roseweek


Community Poll for mural

Belfast South Community Resources, based in Sandy Row, are conducting a poll on their website, asking what you would like to see happen to the Linfield Road mural.

The questions put are: Would you like to see the mural remain as it is? Would you like to see this mural replaced with a more historical/community mural? Would you like to see this mural removed? Would you like it to remain without the hooded man? And do you have any other suggestions? If you would like to vote on the issue then please go to www.bscr.co.uk

Car park Objection

Billy Dickson, Blackstaff Community Development Association chair, has told the Community Telegraph that the Belfast Civic Trust has written to the Planning Service objecting to what they describe as “yet another car park in the Sandy Row area”.

Mr Dickson said: “The planning application is for the provision of a pay and display single level car park at 57-65 Sandy Row. The trust is to also discuss possible plans for a five storey apartment block consisting of approximately one and two bedroom apartments on Gilpin's site in Sandy Row.

“The developer is seeking the community’s response to the possible development and feels that this type of development will enhance the area.

“The Belfast Civic Trust is expected to oppose the development but will first consult Sandy Row Community Forum.”


Boyne anniversary

Richview Presbyterian Church will be the venue for the Sandy Row Orange District No.5 Boyne Anniversary church service on Sunday, July 11 at 3.30 p.m.

The service will be proceeded by a parade from Sandy Row Orange Hall.

On Monday, July 12 the Sandy Row District will parade to Belfast Orange Hall, Clifton Street, where they will join the other Belfast districts at 9.45 a.m. Sandy Row will be in sixth position during the parade. The parade is expected to be at the City Hall at approximately 10.30 a.m.

This would be a good time to get a position on the Lisburn Road to see all of the parade.

Summer sunday school

Most Sunday schools are now finished until September but Tyndale Reformed Church in Donegall Avenue has arranged special Sunday services during July and August which are suitable for children and indeed all members of the family. The service starts at 6.30pm. Light refreshments are available after the service.

Giant tombola

A giant tombola event will be held outside the Credit Union offices, Donegall Road, on Saturday, July 10 in support of the charity 'Help for Heroes'.

charity cakes & car washes cash in

Blackstaff Bulletin Newsletter from Southcity Resource Centre announced that the Blackstaff Youth Initiative raised £1,823.16 through cake sales, car wash and bucket collections. Well done to all involved.


A thank you from the ladies

Belvoir Ladies Tuesday group would like to thank all those who contributed plants and other items for their recent fundraising sale. Their generosity helped make the event a great success.


Cregagh community festival

Cregagh Community Association will be holding a colourful and jam-packed community festival next week in a lead up to bonfire night on July 11.

The fun day runs from noon until 11pm on Saturday, July 10, and all the activities are free. There will be a variety of activities for all the family including music, food and sport.

There will be bouncy castles, kart rides, football games and the Diamonte dance group will be performing. At 5pm there will be a huge community barbecue with all the food free and at 6pm there will be a performance by lambeg drummers, followed by a number of bands.

The association thanks Castlereagh Council and the community fund for their support.

Belfast Telegraph