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On the grapevine - November 3


Ulster youth chamber choir

One of Northern Ireland’s leading youth choirs is to perform in Ards next week (Saturday, November 13).

Made up of 25 of the country’s best singers, the Ulster Youth Chamber Choir takes to the stage for this year’s Anne Iveston Musical evening, organised by Ards Arts Committee in honour of Donaghadee resident, Anne Iveston, a member of the committee as a representative of local choral music for over 20 years and still an active member of Ards Choral Society.

Formed only two years ago in 2008, the vocal ensemble has received rave reviews and performed in venues such as Ormeau Baths Gallery and St George’s Church in Belfast, and most recently featured in the BBC Proms with choirs from across the UK. The choir is conducted by Greg Beardsell, one of the UK’s leading choral conductors.

“We’re delighted to be welcoming the Ulster Youth Chamber Choir to Ards for what promises to be an outstanding evening of the finest choral music,” said Emily Walsh, Arts Officer with Ards Borough Council. “There are few finer tributes we could pay to Anne Iveston to recognise her service to the arts and to choral music in particular”.

The Ulster Youth Chamber Choir performs in the Queen’s Hall, West Street, Newtownards, on Saturday, November 13 at 8pm. Tickets, priced £10 (£8 concession) including refreshments following the performance, are available from Ards Arts Centre, Tel: 028 9181 0803.

It's a wonderful life

The Simon Community are showing It’s a Wonderful Life at the Tudor Cinema in Comber tomorrow.

All proceeds raised will go to Simon Community Northern Ireland. Tickets cost £10 and after the film drinks and nibbles will be served.

Simon Community Northern Ireland seeks to strengthen communities by leading the way in addressing the issue of homelessness.

The organisation has 319 bed spaces across 20 sites throughout Northern Ireland and provides a comprehensive service to homeless individuals and families, including temporary accommodation, leaving care services and community support services.

For more information contact Valerie McKee at the Simon Community’s central office on 028 90 23 2882.

Business energies

Local businesses are being urged |to get ‘energetic’ by attending a seminar highlighting how to become more |energy efficient and to tap into business opportunities in the sustainable energy market.

The event will take place today at 6.30 pm in Sketrick House, Jubilee Road, Newtownards.

The sustainable development event will focus on providing local businesses with advice and information on reducing their energy and waste costs, as well as an insight into commercial opportunities in the sustainable energy market.

The seminar has been organised jointly by Ards Borough Council and Invest Northern Ireland and is open to all local businesses at no cost.

For further information and to register for the workshop, contact Karine McGuckin at Ards Borough Council on 028 9182 4025 or email


Interested in benefits for older people?

Libraries NI is inviting people aged 60 and over to come along to roadshows being held in 12 libraries across Northern Ireland, including Bangor Carnegie Library, to help raise awareness of the benefits and services available for older people.

You are invited to come along to a session at Bangor Carnegie Library next Tuesday (November 9) from 10am to 3.30pm and to enjoy the opportunity to find out about benefits for older people, as well as free services offered by other Government departments, including the Social Security Agency, NI Housing Executive, Land and Property Services and NI Direct.

For further information, you can contact Bangor Carnegie Library on 028 9127 0591 or email

Fair Trade christmas sale

Bangor fairtrade retailers Rachel Surgenor and Patricia Norrington are hosting a Fair Trade Christmas Craft sale at North Down Museum on Saturday, November 27.

On sale will be a variety of items including Christmas cards, jewellery, accessories and food.

There will also be an opportunity to buy living gifts from Tearfund and Trocaire, alternative gifts which help those living in poverty.

The sale, which runs from 10am until 4pm at the Heritage Centre, is supported by North Down Borough Council. Contact Rachel Surgenor,

PSNI Ladies choir on song

Ballycrochan Playgroup presents an Evening with the PSNI Ladies Choir on Friday (November 5) at 7.30pm in Ballycrochan Presbyterian Church, Silverbirch Road, Bangor.

Tickets cost £10 and include supper. To obtain tickets call Heather on 07502128441 or Gillian on 07727270280 or call into the Playgroup (in the church hall adjacent to the the church) anytime between 9.30am and 11.45am, Monday to Friday.

An evening of pure entertainment — |all welcome!


Christmas cheer with the Ulster orchestra

The Ulster Orchestra is to host a free Christmas concert for community groups in the Belfast Waterfront Hall on Friday, December 3, at 7.45pm.

Community groups are invited to celebrate the festive season with a light-hearted evening of carols |and seasonal music with the orchestra and guests — conductor Christopher |Bell, soprano Mary Nelson and Belfast Philharmonic Choir.

The Christmas Cheer concert is supported by JTI and up to 15 free tickets are available for each community group on a first come, first served basis, through the Ulster Orchestra box office on 028 9023 9955 or by emailing (quote Christmas Cheer).

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