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On the grapevine - November 10


Tree -ly remarkable

Tree lovers are being invited to discover the remarkable trees of Minnowburn with a guided tour provided by the National Trust.

This is free to all visitors and kicks off on Saturday 20 November at 11am, from the Minnowburn car park.

The walk, led by National Trust warden Lynn Cassells, will celebrate the autumnal season and seek to uncover the secrets, myths and folklore surrounding trees. It will reveal the truth about how these giants of nature survive and provide habitats for all kinds of bugs, birds and animals. Highlights will include the Minnowburn beeches, the most famous stand of trees in South Belfast.

Visitors will also learn about traditional woodland management and how the National Trust is working to keep these ancient crafts alive. Minnowburn is the first National Trust property in Northern Ireland to reignite the practice of Charcoal burning, so why not be the first in the country to come and see this for yourself!

This event is run in partnership with the Lagan Valley Regional Park

Sturdy footwear and waterproof clothing advised.


Free fundraising training for community groups

Castlereagh Borough Council, in partnership with Supporting Communities NI, has devised a community training programme that aims to empower, educate and advise community groups and individuals in Castlereagh on all aspects of community fundraising.

The course will run for four weeks and will include information on successful fundraising, how to fill in a successful grant application, local fundraising, money management and monitoring and evaluation.

The programme will culminate in a ‘Meet the Funders’ session, where a number of funders will come to Castlereagh and meet the community, including the Big Lottery, Children in Need, Heritage Lottery, Lloyds TSB, Peace 3, Community Relations Council and many more.

The courses will run concurrently from Wednesday November 17 from 7pm-9pm until Wednesday December 1 in the newly built Moneyreagh Community Centre. The final ‘Meet the Funders’ session will be held on the Wednesday December 8 at Castlereagh Borough Council Civic Centre from 7pm-9.30pm.

Pre-booking is essential and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please contact: Lisa Wilson, community development officer, Castlereagh Borough Council on Tel: 028 90494543 or Email: lisawilson@castlereagh.gov.uk

Christmas cracker for carers

“Prospects” and the Presbyterian Board of Social Witness are offering an opportunity for carers of adults with a learning disability to enjoy a period of respite. This will take the form of “CHRISTMAS CRACKER”, a fun programme of activities specially designed for adults with learning disabilities.

The programme, based on the Christmas story and run by experienced staff and volunteers, will include arts, crafts, music, games and refreshments.

This programme is set to take place at McQuiston memorial Presbyterian Church on Saturday November 27 from 2pm until 5.30pm and Orangefield Presbyterian Church on Saturday December 4 from 2pm until 5.30pm. Both churches are on the Castlereagh Road.

If you are interested in finding out more about “Christmas Cracker”, please contact: Linda Wray, Residential Services Manager (Presbyterian Board of Social Witness), at 028 9041 7234 or Mervyn Bothwell, Regional Director (Prospects) at 077 7342 3081.


Pensioner’s fitness

The Pensioners Fitness sessions at Olympia Leisure Centre are proving very popular — it's not only an opportunity to keep fit but to meet people and have a very enjoyable time.

Sessions are held on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.30am to 11am. Some local residents have joined recently and they would encourage others to go along and give it a try. You can enter the Leisure Centre from Olympia Drive or Boucher Road if you go by car.

Who wants to be a cheerleader?

South Belfast Eagles Cheer Leaders are inviting all boys and girls from P4 up to P7 to to join them between 7pm and 8pm every Monday in the Nubia Youth Club, Nubia Street, off the Donegall Road. Parents can phone 90202930 for more information.

Missionary sale

A Missionary sale will be held in Richview Church Halls, Pembroke Street on Saturday. November 13 at 10.15a.m.

Cake stall, white elephant stall, car washing, bouncy castle will be among the activities on the day. Admission per person is £1 and this includes a tea or coffee and a piece of cake or bun.


Congratulations to twins, Margaret Richardson and Yvonne Brown nee: Gore who turned 65 years young yesterday (Wednesday, November 10).

A friend and reader of the Community Telegraph said: “It seems like only yesterday you were both playing as wee girls around your home in Utility Street or playing as members of the Ulster Girl Pipers but your friends know that you both have plenty of puff left”.


Sneak preview of 24 hour gym

The public will be able to get the first glimpse of Belfast’s new 24 hour no contract gym from this Friday.

Pure Gym at Saint Anne’s Square in the Cathedral Quarter is open for special previews from Friday November 12 to Wednesday November 17 before the official opening on November 18.

Preview hours will be 9am to 8pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm, and Monday Tuesday and Wednesday from 7am to 8pm. Just a few monthly memberships are still available for £12.99 at www.puregym.co.uk.

Next week’s Community Telegraph includes a chance to win membership.

Belfast Telegraph