Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - November 11


Put on your dancing shoes

Dundonald Family and Community Initiative has two events coming up that may help to keep you on your feet:

Weekly afternoon tea dance

Starting Monday, November 15, |from 1pm to 3pm at a cost of only £1.50 per week.

The weekly dance will take place at Dundonald Methodist Church, Islay Gardens, Ballybeen, Dundonald.

So, you think you can't dance? (Supper dance)

Come down and join us from 8pm until 10.30pm on Friday, December 17, for a supper dance, which is sure to be a great evening for all.

Music is provided by Billy Faulkner, and the admission fee is £2.50.

For more information call 028 9048 9822 or visit

50th anniversary concert

The men’s club is celebrating its 50th anniversary at St Columba’s Church with an evening concert of relaxing music by the Ballykeel Conservative (silver-part) flute band.

Taking place on Friday November 19 at 7.30pm in St Columba’s Church on King’s Road, Knock, voluntary contributions will be in aid of the parish building fund. Refreshments will be available.

Annual christmas and car boot sale

The 12th Belfast Boys’ Brigade from St Mary’s Parish Church in Ballybeen, Dundonald, is hosting its annual Christmas sale and car boot sale on Saturday December 4 from 9am to 2pm in the church hall and car park.

There will be arts and crafts stalls, food stalls, toys and bric-a-brac, tea and coffee and cakes and much more.

Everyone is welcome.

Genealogy workshops

Tullycarnet Library is the location for two free family history workshops on Monday November 22.

The sessions, at 10.30am and 3.30pm, will last for an hour and a half and are designed for those who are just starting out on tracing their family roots.

A member of the Libraries NI local studies team will be on hand to give advice on using the internet as an aid to research, including the LDS family history website, the PRONI website, and the Ros Davies Genealogy website for County Down.

“We expect demand to be high for these workshops and would encourage those who are interested to book a place now,” said a library spokesperson.

To book a place on one of the sessions contact Tullycarnet Library on 028 9048 5079 or email


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 Fund, Children in Need, Heritage Lottery Fund, Lloyds TSB, Peace 3, the 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 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, at Castlereagh Borough Council |on 028 9049 4543 or Email:

celebration of life event |East Belfast Survivors Of Suicide (SOS) group invites you to a ‘celebration of life’ event on World Suicide Bereavement Awareness Day in McQuiston Memorial Presbyterian Church, Castlereagh Road, on Sunday November 21 at 3pm.

The day of reflection will be marked by song, poems, readings and music.

Light refreshments will be provided in the church hall afterwards

For enquiries call Bobby on 07595745718, Chris on 028 9045 1512 or Trisha, suicide prevention information officer, on 028 9046 0201.

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, also on the Castlereagh Road, on Saturday December 4 from 2pm until 5.30pm.

If you are interested in finding out more about Christmas Cracker, please contact Linda Wray, residential services manager, Presbyterian Board of Social Witness, on 028 9041 7234 or Mervyn Bothwell, regional director, Prospects, on 07773423081.

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

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

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