Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - March 9


Not to late to run...

Get readysetand go get your running shoes on. Grab three friends to sign up to the relay and show your support for Marie Curie Cancer Care by joining their Daffodil Team.

The Belfast Marathon will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, May 2 and over 20,000 runners are expected to hit the streets ofthe city once again — starting at the City Hall and finishing at Ormeau Park.

Whether it’s running, walking, relaying or just for fun you’ll be helping us to provide care and support to people with terminal cancer and other illnesses with every step you take.

However, if running isn’t for you but you have the gift of the gab, you can still show support by joining our Cheering Stations and help give some much needed vocal support for the runners along the way.

The money raised last year provided 15,000 hours of high quality nursing care that Marie Curie Nurses can provide at our Belfast Hospice and to local communities totally free of charge, giving terminally ill patients the choice of dying at home with the support of their families.

For more information on the 2011 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon log on to and to find out about running for Marie Curie Cancer Care contact 08700 340040 or register online at


Friday night quiz night

Nendrum College School Association will be holding another quiz night this|Friday, March 11, in McBrides (on the Square), Comber. The quiz begins at 8pm and the cost is £5 per person with a maximum of six to a team.

There are spot prizes and ballots on the night. All enquiries should me made to secretary Pauline Rea at 07968746614 or email

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.

She said: “I’m delighted to be involved with this gala evening to help support The Link in Newtownards and the great work the centre does in the community. I had a chance to look around The Link when I was invited there to speak on depression and mental health last year and it’s a real example of God’s love in action. There’s a great and diverse line up of home grown talent for the Ulster Hall concert and I’m looking forward to being a part of it.”

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).

Get in the guide

For anyone organising an event in Ards this spring and summer, now’s the chance to get the details in the area’s forthcoming events guide, free of charge.

Produced twice a year by Ards Borough Council’s tourism service, the Spring/Summer Events Guide lists a range of local events, from the large-scale to the small, which are all open to the public.

It is a key publication for the spring and summer months to attract visitors and locals alike to the area and is widely distributed to tourist information centres, accommodation providers and attractions throughout Ireland.

Anyone who would like to publicise an event through the new guide can visit the council’s website at to download and complete an event information form or can contact Ards Tourist Information Centre, 31 Regent Street, Newtownards, Tel: 028 9182 6846.

The closing date for information to be included in the next guide is Friday, March 4. Anyone who would like further information should contact Alastair McDowell, events development officer, on 028 9182 6846.


Mini-man jam

T13, the new urban sports park at Titanic Quarter (Queens Road, Belfast), is hosting a Mini-Man Jam — a national skateboarding event for kids aged 14 and under — this 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. If you are new to the sport and want to watch, there’s great news — spectators have free entry.

There will be music at the event, a barbecue and great prizes on offer.

For more information visit


New York Sally Army

The Salvation Army’s New York Staff Band is playing in Belfast on Saturday, May 28 but book quick — the tickets are expected to sell out very soon.

The band, under the leadership of bandmaster Ronald Waiksnoris, last played in Belfast in 1999 and received a tremendous welcome, engaging the weekend audience in high-calibre music, much-loved Gospel hymns, Salvation Army favourites and much more.

The band has toured extensively throughout the world, performing in venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Buckingham Palace and the Sydney Opera House, and has shared the concert platform with, among others, the New York Philharmonic, Sir Elton John, Joseph Alessi and Harvey Phillips.

Seating is limited for the event at Carnmoney Presbyterian Church (258 Carnmoney Road, Newtownabbey) which starts at 7.30pm. Email, or telephone Iris Corry at 028 9067 5009 for Belfast tickets.

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