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On the grapevine - March 17


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 which 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


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.

Thank you for the football

Linfield Football Club will hold a commemorative thanksgiving service in St Aidan's Parish Church, Blythe Street on Sunday, March 20 at 3.30pm.

The service will mark the club's 125th anniversary and will be conducted by the rector the Rev Terence P. Kerr and assisted by the Linfield chaplain, Rev Bill Lavery.

The special preacher will be Rev Dr John Lockington. Club supporters from the past and present and the wider sporting public are invited to attend.

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.


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 Taughmonagh Community Forum and located at Taughmonagh Social Club, Finwood Park BT9 on Thursday March 24.

It will be hosted by North Belfast Women’s Initiative and located at the Everton Complex, Ardoyne Road BT14 on Thursday April 7.

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 weight-loss 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.


Chinese whispers

Robert Neill, an Ards man working as a missionary to western China, will be sharing some of his adventures at Highway of Holiness Church on the Ravenhill Road on Tuesday, March 22.

Robert, who lives in the Himalayan foothills in the west of the country with his wife Maritta, is currently working with a group of people in a remote part of the country who still practice head hunting.

He spoke at Covenant Love Church last Sunday and had everyone on the edge of their seats.

For details of his appearance at Highway of Holiness call 9046 9298.


Reading local interest

For those interested in the city’s architectural history and music legacy, Belfast Central library has a couple of special events lined up this month.

On Wednesday March 23 at 6.30pm, Architects Dawson Stelfox and Brian Knox will visit Belfast Central Library, to give a talk on building design during the Victorian age.

The talk will include references to the historical importance of some of Belfast’s finest buildings, including Belfast Central Library which has recently had its stonework restored.

Dawson Stelfox is one of Ireland’s leading architects who specialises in preservation while Brian Knox worked on the restoration of the stonework at Belfast Central Library.

The following Monday March 28, at 6.45pm Libraries NI will welcome Ralph McLean to Belfast Central Library , to give a talk on Irish, Ulster Scots and American music. Ralph, who is best known for his TV and radio presenting, will talk about the connection between the three types of music and will take questions from the audience.

This event is part of a programme of events to celebrate Creativity month. Admission is free and booking is advisable. Contact the Belfast Central Library Information Desk on 028 9050 9162 or email

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