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On the grapevine - November 18


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.

It takes place this Friday, November 19, at 7.30pm in St Columba’s Church on Kings Road, Knock. Voluntary contributions will be in aid of the parish building fund. Refreshments will be available.

Genealogy workshops

Tullycarnet Library is the location for two free family history workshops next 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

Christmas extravaganza

Fun for the big children and little children in your family at Winter Wonderland.

Visit Santa and his Elves, get a present and see some of your favourite cartoon characters along the way. (bring your own camera and capture a picture of Santa) Free Puppet Show and story-telling and there is Santa’s Snack Shack if you’re peckish.

All taking place at the Church of God Glenmachan, (Glenmachan Road, Belfast Belfast BT4 2NN), there will be craft and gift stalls at the Christmas market for handmade and unusual gifts to buy including jewellry, pottery, cards, Captain Tortue French clothing, Hampton Blue accessories and gifts, jams and chutneys, Hatti Fair Trade Products, Wooden Gifts and much much more.

Opening times are:

Thursday November 25 from 6pm to 9pm, Friday November 26 from 6pm to 9pm and Saturday November 27, from 10am to 6pm

Admission: £5 per child and £1 per accompanying adult. Childrens admission price includes a present from Santa. Remember to bring your own camera!

No charge for entry to Christmas Market. More info at or telephone Ruth on 07929 208950.

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.


An event called 'Griefshare: Surviving the Holidays' will take place next Wednesday November 24 at 7.30pm in Orangefield Presbyterian Church, 464 Castlereagh Road.

No matter how long it has been since your loved one died, grief can make the holidays a painful time — but there's hope!

Join us for an encouraging seminar that will help you survive the holidays and discover new reasons to enjoy them again. The seminar is combined with support group discussion where those attending can say as little or as much as they like.

A light supper will be provided and everyone will be made very welcome.


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, this 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.


Put your best foot forward

An Introduction to Ballroom Dancing class will be taking place at Belfast Boat Club at Stranmillis on Sunday Nov 28 from 7pm until 9.30pm

Admission is £5 and all profits are to go to USPCA. Contact Karen 07711 626344 to book your place.

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