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On the grapevine - November 4


Best foot forward for life long learners

An afternoon workshop in traditional French dancing is coming to Stranmillis University College.

Come and enjoy the many rhythms and traditional dances of France led by tutor Vanessa Franchetti — from the hypnotic dances of Brittany to the weaving bourrées of central France and the crazy fandangos of the Basque Country.

No experience of dancing necessary, only a sense of fun and the desire to |explore!

This two hour workshop is £6 and will be taking place at the dance studio in Stranmillis University College on Saturday November 6. To book your place or for more information call 028 9038 4345.

Diwali ‘festival of light’

This Friday November 5, you are invited to intend a special Diwali dinner.

Diwali is popularly known as the festival of light the most significant spiritual meaning is “the awareness of the inner light”. Diwali is the celebration of this inner light, in particular the knowing of which outshines all darkness, removes all obstacles and dispels all ignorance.

The name Diwali translates into row of lamps in Sanskrit. Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil.

It is an important five-day festival in Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism. While the story behind Diwali and manner of celebration varies from region to region (festive fireworks, worship, lights, sharing of sweets), the essence is the same – to rejoice in the Inner Light.

From 7pm to 9pm, a variety of activities will take place to celebrate the festival: Inauguration & talks: 7pm-7:15pm, Cultural Programme: 7:15pm- 7:45pm, Dandia (Group traditional dance/ Mass participation like Ceile) 7:45pm-8:15pm, Puja and Prayers: 8:15pm- 8:30pm, Indian Dinner (Full course): 8:30pm onwards

Taking place at “SPACE” in the Student’s Union Building, opposite Queen’s University Belfast. Dinner subscription is £ 4.00 each (Children under 10 years free)

If you would like to attend please RSVP to of telephone 079251 92747

Community support group election

The deadline to return nominations to elect members to serve on the Community Support Group was yesterday, Wednesday November 3. The counting of ballot papers will take place at the University Street office on Thursday, November 25 at 2pm.


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:

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.


Kidz Christmas

Sandy Row Community Centre will be starting a Kidz Christmas Activity Club from Monday, November 8. Taking place over four weeks, starting at 2pm and finishing at 4pm each Monday and will run in conjunction with South Belfast Highway2Health.

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