Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - June 17


Come dine with me

Dinner with one of Ireland’s most prestigious artists is on offer at Queen’s this week, as the University’s Welcome Centre invites guests to come dine with J B Vallely.

BBC presenter William Crawley will conduct an entertaining after dinner interview with special guest J B Vallely on Friday 18 June. The Out to Dinner event takes place in the splendour of the University’s Great Hall and offers a silver service two course dinner, plus tea/coffee and mints.

Vallely is famous for featuring themes of traditional music, ‘rural’ sport and mythology, history and customs in Ireland.

Lynn Corken, organiser of the Welcome Centre’s Out To Dinner series, said: “They say a picture paints a thousand words, but on Friday night, there is a rare opportunity for a painter to speak them, and I would encourage people to listen.”

Tickets for Out to Dinner with William Crawley, priced £35, can be purchased from Queen’s Welcome Centre by telephoning 028 9097 5252 or emailing

Summer ball

St Bride’s parent teacher association will hold its midsummer ball at the Culloden Hotel on Friday June 25, with a champagne reception, three course meal and entertainment by Sean Crummey.

Tickets are £40 per person and table of eight, 10 or 12 are available. All parishioners, past pupils, friends and family are welcome. For more information contact Bernadette on 07813 049 658, Stephanie on 07743 820 731 or email


Cheer leading try-outs

Young people from P1 up to 16 years of age are invited to shake their pom poms and have a go at cheerleading.

South Belfast Eagles cheer leaders are hosting a try-out evening on Monday June 29 from 7pm until 9pm in the Nubia youth club, Nubia street, off Donegall road. Parents/ guardians can phone Agnes on 9020 2930 for more information on how their child can take part.

To raise funds for their next trip to championship games at Blackpool there will be a BBQ and tombola. The evening will also be hosting a tribute to Michael Jackson —two 10 year old boy dancers from the local area will recognise the contribution of the late star by impersonating his most famous dance moves.

Homeowners association

Blackstaff Homeowner’s Association and community development association are keen to continue to involve the local community in housing issues and keep them informed of any developments in the Village area. Regular meetings are held and if you would like to get involved (you don’t have to be a home owner) then please drop a line to the chairman at 31 Broadway Parade or phone 9029 2631.


Summer sale and coffee morning

The City Way day centre is to host a summer sale and coffee morning on Friday June 18 from 10.30pm until 12.30pm.

Always a very popular event, admission is £1.50 and includes cream tea/coffee.

Proceeds from the event go towards supporting the work carried out at the day centre thoughout the year.

Community forum

Sandy Row community forum invites everyone to go along and have their say on community issues at a public meeting on Thursday, June 17 at 7pm.

The meeting will be held in Sandy Row community centre.


Women’s group seeking donations

The Tuesday Women’s group are looking for people to donate their unwanted or unused items in the lead up to their June sale.

If you have anything to donate, please contact Margaret on 9064 4088

The sale will take place at Belvoir Activity Centre, Belvoir Drive from 10.30am to noon on Tuesday June 22. Arts and crafts, bric a brac and more will be on offer. Browsers of the sale stands can also enjoy a cup of tea or coffee — there is sure to be something for everyone.

Summer sale

Belvoir Methodist Church will be hosting a summer sale to include a wide variety of events for people of all ages to enjoy.

The event takes place on Saturday June 19 and begins at 10.30am at the church on 63 Castledillon Road in the Belvoir Estate.

There will be many choices of goods ranging from children's clothes, cakes, groceries, books and toys together with an auction, penalty shoot out and face painting. Tea and coffee will be available as well as a barbecue later in the day.


Good new drive in

The good new drive-in organized by the Free Presbytyrian Church at the Boucher Road playing fields is in its final few days and motorists are invited to drive along any evening from 8pm.The final evening for the drive-in will be Friday, June 18.


Free english classes

If you are interested in brushing up your English language skills, a free class with a qualified teacher is available.

Taking place every Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm at the new drop-in centre in the former Ulsterville Presbyterian Church, Lisburn Road. The group would like grapevine readers to make this known to those who might benefit but would not be able to read this information. You can get more info by contacting Keith by phone on 07846699554.

Anyone can drop in for a chat and free tea/coffee every Wednesday at the drop in from 1pm until 4pm.

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