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On the grapevine - March 10


Pit your wits at charity quiz

The Cedar Foundation is looking for |people to get their thinking caps on and come along to support a table quiz on Thursday, March 31, at Cooke Rugby Club, Shaw’s Bridge at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £5 each and all proceeds raised from the event will go to the disability charity. The quiz is being organised by the charity’s user forum that is made up of service users from the charity from across Northern Ireland with varying disabilities.

Tickets can be purchased from Christine Tweedie, call 028 9066 6188 or email

The Cedar Foundation works in |partnership with disabled people across Northern Ireland providing |quality support, care, accommodation and training services to enable disabled adults and children to participate in all aspects of community life. To find out more log on to

Spiritual lunch

Shaftesbury Square Reformed Presbyterian Church is ideally situated as it acts as a hub connecting the Lisburn Road, Sandy Row, Donegall Pass, Botanic, and University areas.

The church is active in reaching out to the people of south Belfast and is at the present time delivering invitations to homes in the greater south Belfast area, inviting residents to attend the activities in the church.

Of special interest is a short lunchtime service held each Thursday from 1pm until 1.25pm. This historic Covenanter church is located near the Tesco Express on the Dublin Road.

One for the bookworms

Book worms are in for treat as NI writers hit the road for national literature tour this week.

A nationwide literature tour is taking to the road for a three-night run of free events this week around the country and will be dropping into the Crescent Arts Centre this Sunday, March 13.

A selection of Northern Irish writers, who have all been published by local companies, will read extracts from their books to a local audience at the |intimate events taking place that include an evening at Belfast’s Crescent Arts Centre.

Writers who will be reading at the event include Terri Hooley, Tim Brannigan, Sean Mackel, Carlo Gebler and Ivan McKeown. Places at the events are very limited, so to guarantee your free place contact Nicola on 07590 606727.


Cultural evening

The Live and Learn Open Doors Project is organising a Global Xchange Cultural Evening for the communities of Annadale, Benmore and Taughmonagh to attend free of charge.

The event, featuring international food, music, dance, and Global Xchange workshop, is on Tuesday, March 15, from 8pm to 10pm at Finaghy Community Centre, Geeragh Place, Belfast. Free transport provided for residents from |Annadale. The organisers would be grateful if you could confirm your |attendance, for catering arrangements, by tomorrow. If you require transport from Annadale, please contact the office on 028 9060 4220 to reserve your seat on the bus.


Health day for seniors

Charter Youth Club, Bentham Drive is the venue for an older people’s programme on health and will be held on Thursday, March 24 at 10.30am. There will be information by Diabetes UK and a podiatrist will give advice on foot care. For full details, contact Adrienne Magill 07866 108484. The programme is open to all senior citizens.

Footy fundraising night

South Belfast Spurs Supporters Club would like to invite everyone to A Night at the Races & Disco in the Naval Club, Great Victoria Street on Thursday, March 24 starting at 8pm until late. Tickets are only £3.


Blackstaff community

A meeting to discuss how to promote what is best and what is available in the Blackstaff area will be held in the Park Centre, Donegall Road next Monday, March 14.

Local businesses, sporting and leisure organisations are especially welcome. The meeting is being arranged by the Blackstaff Community Development Association. If anyone is interested in attending, please email


Cancer support

Action Cancer is offering a series of |information and support sessions for those affected by the disease. They will run until this Monday, March 14 at Action Cancer House, Belfast (6-9pm). They aim to assist those affected and their families to readjust to life with cancer.

The sessions will look at counselling and therapeutic support, reactions within the family and living with the |consequences of cancer. If you would like more information or are interested in attending any of sessions, please contact Elizabeth Boyd at Action Cancer on 028 9080 3351 or For more info visit or call 028 9080 3344.


Mini-man jam

T13, the new urban sports park at |Titanic Quarter (Queen’s Road, Belfast) is hosting a Mini-Man Jam — a national skateboarding event for kids aged 14 and under on Saturday, March 12, from noon to 6pm.

If you think your skateboarding skills are up to scratch, come along and have a go, meet new friends and show off your talents on the number one skateboard destination in the whole of Ireland. Helmets are compulsory for all competitors.

It’s £10 to ride and spectators have free entry. There will be music at the event, a BBQ and great prizes on offer. For more information, visit

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