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On the grapevine - October 14


Art and craft fair

St. Dorothea's Parish Church, Gilnahirk, is holding an art Exhibition and a craft fair during the last week in October.

A wealth of local talent will be showing their paintings at the art exhibition which is being held in the Minor Hall from Thursday October 28 until Saturday October 30.There will be over 175 original works of art on display and all will be for sale. Viewing times are Thursday and Friday 2.00pm - 8.00pm and Saturday 11.00am - 4.00pm. Refreshments will be available.

Also running along side this exhibition, on Saturday 30, there will be a craft fair in the main hall from 11.00am - 4.00pm. A variety of interesting and unusual goods will be on offer on the various stalls. So why not come along and soak up the atmosphere. Tea, coffee, and some of our great home baking will be available in the tea room throughout the afternoon.

For further information please contact Deborah Roddy at the Parish Office on 028 90 704123. St Dorothea’s Parish Church, Gortland Park, Gilnahirk (corner of Gilnahirk Road and Lower Braniel Road)

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MacKenzie and Dorman solicitors are running another drop-in clinic at the East Belfast Advice Centre on Friday, October 22 from 2pm to 3.30pm.

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Are you finding it hard to gain employment? Would you like to improve your confidence by gaining qualifications and work experience?

If you answered yes to any of the above you may like to avail of this unique opportunity — the East Belfast Independent Advice Centre (EBAC) are recruiting volunteers for our Community Advocacy Skills Training Project..

As a volunteer with us you will have the opportunity to not only gain recognised qualifications in Advice Work but also gain essential work experience while volunteering in the centre. You will also have the opportunity to access other training and gain Community Development experience.

You do not need any qualifications or experience. All training is free. We provide travel and out of pocket expenses. We also provide child care expenses. All we ask of you is some of your free time.

For further information please contact,

Gerard Morgan

Community Advocacy Skills Trainer

East Belfast Independent Advice Centre, 85 Castlereagh St, Belfast, BT5 4NF Tel: 90963003 or email gerard@ebiac.org

This project is funded under the BIG Lottery Reaching Communities Programme. The EBAC provides free, independent and confidential advice on a range of issues including welfare benefits, tax credits, employment, housing, consumer, debt, etc

Diamond jubilee

Garnerville Presbyterian Church on Old Holywood Road, in east Belfast is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee on 7th November 2010.

They would love past members and friends to make contact with us and accept an invitation to join us on that Sunday as we look back over 60 years.

To mark the occasion they have also produced a book called “Garnerville Gems”. It has been written by members and would be of interest to everyone with any connection to our church.

Any further details can be had from the Minister, Rev Peter McDowell (9076 9035) or Isabel Tully on 9076 0344.

24 hours online library

Tullycarnet Library will inform locals about the benefits of being a library member in two workshops next Monday, October 18.

The sessions, at 11am and 2.30pm, will last for an hour and a half and will focus on the many services now available via the Libraries NI website.

Joan Thompson, Information Services Manager with Libraries NI said: “It’s easy for members to use their library from home if they have access to the internet. They can search the catalogue to request and renew books and can also avail of the online library resources.”

Booking is essential so contact Tullycarnet Library on 028 9048 5079 or email Tullycarnet at tullycarnetlibrary@librariesni.org.uk

October 18 to 24 is Get Online week and this event gives an opportunity to do just that! Admission is free.

Fundraising success

Shandon Golf Club was over-run last Friday night (October 8) with a motley crue of fund-raisers dressed in 1980s costumes. The event was organised to raise much needed funds for the Alzheimer's Society and a local support group - Edgecumbe Carers Association.

This event was organised by Rosemary Smyth, whose father was diagnosed with the disease. It was aimed, not only at raising money, but also awareness of the disease. Businesses throughout Northern Ireland kindly donated items to be auctioned or as ballot prizes and our thanks go to them.

The Carers Association provides essential advice and support to the partners and families of people with Alzheimers. If you are caring for someone with the disease or would like more information about it contact tel 9066 4100.


A titanic feast of art

John Stewart, a Belfast born mural artist has launched his first collection of fine art paintings, inspired by the 1900’s and Titanic era.

The 50 piece collection is currently on at the Square Space Gallery, 34 Shaftesbury Square. Everyone is welcome to drop in for a look around. On Thursday October 14, at 7pm, there will be an opportunity to meet and chat with the artist himself, at the gallery.

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