Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - June 9


Sunday worship

Join with local churches to celebrate Pentecost Sunday.

United Pentecost Worship will take place this Sunday at 7pm at Garnerville Presbyterian Church (off the Old Holywood Road at the junction with Glenmachan Road.)

Class reunion

‘Old’ girls of Bloomfield Collegiate School, the class of ’86 is having a 25-year reunion on Saturday August 13 in the Park Avenue Hotel.

All details are available from the school website ( or from Nicola Cherry (nee Brown) at

Nicola said: “We have managed to contact quite a number of the 1986 class and many of the teachers, but we know there are some people we just do not have contact details for. We would love to see as many of the old faces as possible!"

Annual summer Fête

St Dorethea’s Parish Church is once again getting ready for its annual summer fête.

It takes place on Saturday, June 18 from 2pm at St Dorothea’s hall and grounds, situated on the corner of the Gilnahirk Road and Lower Braniel Road. Admission is £2 for adults and 50p for children.

This year’s great attractions include a demonstration by the police dogs (back by popular demand) and a collection of super-sized remote control cars will be on display in the top car park. The ever-popular owls and hedgehogs will also be back with a new albino hedgehog and a tortoise.

There will be plenty of great stalls to browse around, including plants, cakes and home-made produce, jewellery, white elephant, books, bottles and tombola. There will be lots for the children to do. There’s the bouncy slide, traditional village fete-style games, including Zap the Rat and the penalty shoot-out will be back as well. As usual, there will be a Fancy Dress competition for the little ones. This year’s ballot has over 30 wonderful prizes on offer with the star prize of a mid-week break for two in the Knockranny House Hotel and Spa, Westport, Co Mayo.

There will also be old-fashioned candy floss and popcorn, the barbecue will be available all afternoon and there are always the afternoon teas which will be served in the hall. For further information contact the Parish Office on 90 704123 or Deborah on 07729 239412

Get on your bike

From June 18-26, Belfast City Council will be providing a range of activities to promote cycling in Belfast as part of Bike Week.

On Sunday, June 19 the council have organised an event in Victoria Park to include cycling proficiency training and mountain bike skills sessions. This promises to be a great family fun event and a welcome opportunity to promote cycling and our parks.

Connswater Community Greenway, with Victoria Park, is soon to become the cycling and pedestrian gateway from east Belfast to Titanic Quarter and on into the city centre with the provision, under the CCG, of a new footbridge onto Airport Road.

Why not come along and join in the fun or support the event by marshalling in the park on the day.

If you are interested in volunteering to marshal see

For more information on Belfast’s Bike Week events, visit:


The British Transplant Games needs your help

Do you want to be a part of a national sporting event, actively contribute to a fun and engaging atmosphere and are over the age of 16? If ‘yes’, then apply to be a volunteer at the 34th British Transplant Games.

To support the event a strong team of volunteers will be involved to ensure it runs smoothly and efficiently. Volunteers will be asked to undertake a range of roles, from involvement in the opening ceremony and registration, to stewarding, branding and helping with the individual sports. All selected volunteers will be required to attend an orientation training event prior to the Games, undertake an Access NI check at Enhanced Disclosure Level and be 16 years old by June 1. For further information and to download an application form go to

Parkinson’s info evening

Parkinson’ UK — the support and research charity — is committed to finding better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s.

The Belfast branch of the charity is inviting local people to join them for an Information Evening on Wednesday June 22 at 7pm in the Malone Lodge Hotel, Eglantine Avenue, Belfast.

The event is free for anyone in the area who is affected by Parkinson’s, or is interested in learning more about the condition. The Belfast branch 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. If you would like to attend or would like more information please contact Paula Mc Larnon on 0844 225 3684, or email


Bird watch

Come and join bird expert Dermot Hughes and explore the wonderful bird life of Ormeau Park. Despite its urban setting, the park is a haven for big numbers of birds, including treecreepers, long-tailed tits, sparrowhawks and blackcaps. Most of these are breeding and their youngsters may already be on the wing.

Learn how to find and identify these birds and many more during a gentle stroll through the park. Children are welcome, but, if you have a dog please keep it on a lead. Meet at the upper entrance on the Ormeau Road this evening (Thursday) at 6pm. There is another session this Saturday morning, June 11, at 10am.

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