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On the grapevine - March 16


A gala performance

The Link Family and Community Centre in Newtownards, nominated as the Mayor of Newtownard’s chosen charity for 2010/11, is delighted that the relationship is to be celebrated in a very special evening next month.

‘A Gala Performance for Ards,’ a charity fundraising cross-community concert is set to take place in the Ulster Hall at 7.30pm on Saturday, April 9, to celebrate this relationship.

It will feature performers from across the community in a musical extravaganza guaranteed to appeal to all tastes.

TV presenter and local broadcaster Lynda Bryans will set the scene and introduce the performers.

Tickets are on sale now through the Ulster Hall Box Office and early booking is recommended. In Mayor David Smyth’s words: “It’s one night to remember — for a concert you’ll never forget!”

Ulster Hall Box Office — tel: (028) 9033 4455 or Tickets are priced at £20, concessions £15 and a family ticket £55 (2 adults and 2 children under 18).

Thank you quiz go-ers

Nendrum College Comber School Association would like to thank everyone who attended their Quiz NIght at McBrides in Comber on Friday March 11.

Association secretary Pauline Rea said: “A special thank you to McBrides for providing the Venue, to all those who donated some fantastic ballot prizes and the Teachers and members of the committee for their support. A good night was had by all.”

Big bus drives cancer service

Northern Ireland’s leading local cancer charity, Action Cancer is bringing its mobile unit, the Big Bus, to Ards, as part of its ongoing tour of the region.

The unit, which is the first of its kind in Europe, will be hosted by the Millisle Community Association and located at Moss Road Car Park, Main Street, Millisle on Tuesday March 29.

It will be hosted by Ards Community Network and located at Comber Leisure Centre, Bridge Street Link, Comber on Saturday April 2.

On Wednesday April 6 the Big Bus will be hosted by Breezemount Community Association and located at Breezemount Grove, Conlig, Newtownards.

The 18 metre-long articulated vehicle with expanding side pods, houses cancer prevention and early detection services and staff on the unit also provide information about support services.

Services provided on the Big Bus, which is fully accessible for people with disabilities by means of a wheelchair lift, include digital breast screening for women aged between 40 and 49 and over 70 and health promotion and MOT health checks for men and women. A weightloss clinic using the latest technology provides clients with a full body composition analysis and offers tailored guidance on reaching and maintaining an ideal weight.

Big Bus staff can provide information on complementary therapies and other cancer support services such as counselling, a Listening Ear Service and support groups, which are available for cancer patients, their carers and families at the charity’s headquarters in Belfast and at other locations.

Anyone interested in making an appointment for the Big Bus should telephone Action Cancer in advance on 028 9080 3344. Appointments will be available from 10am to 3pm each day.

Bookings are taken on a first come first served basis as there are a limited number of appointments for all services.

Action Cancer Head of Professional Services, Geraldine Kerr said: “Cancer detection and prevention are crucial with cancer rates set to increase by 54% in the next 20 years. The emotional support provided by our services will also help many people coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis themselves or deal with the devastating effects of a family member getting cancer.”

Individuals wishing to make an appointment for a service and groups or companies wishing to make a booking for the Big Bus to visit their location, should telephone Action Cancer on 028 9080 3344 or use the dedicated email address

Up for an adventure

The Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) has teamed up with to encourage people across the country to get outdoors and try something new by taking part in the first ever Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend which takes place on Saturday April 9 and Sunday April 10.

The weekend will see 23 outdoor activity providers across Northern Ireland offering more than 100 adventure ideas from canoeing or mountain-boarding to rock-climbing or surfing for only £10 per person.

Families and individuals can try coasteering, kayaking or Sea Safari. The Adventureland Weekend also marks the launch of an entire summer of outdoor activities in Northern Ireland. As a special bonus, all those taking part in activities during the launch weekend on April 9 and 10 will receive a 10% discount off further bookings before the end of September 2011.

To get people started, NITB and have compiled a list of sample providers and activities on offer during Adventureland Weekend with more information and ideas available at

Events will be taking place at Orlock Point in Groomsport and Clearsky Adventure Centre in Strangford.


Dunk your biccies for charity

Would you like to take part in a fun, easy, family-friendly event this March?

By simply popping the kettle on and inviting family and friends round, you can help people affected by meningitis.

One call to the Meningitis Trust on 0845 120 4530, or by visiting gets you a free pack, including lots of things to get you started, from biscuit recipes to fun-filled fundraising ideas.

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