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On the grapevine - October 14


£500 bursaries open for young people

Young people in Ards have the chance to scoop a £500 award by applying now for one of three Blair Mayne Bursaries.

Anyone under 25 who lives in the Ards borough and who ‘aspires to excellence’ in one of three categories — sport, academic study or adventure training — can apply for a bursary as a way to help them achieve a goal or realise a particular project.

Recent awards have gone to talented sportsmen and women, musicians, students and adventurers, all of whom received bursaries to pursue their ambitions.

The bursary was established with excess funds from a public appeal to erect a memorial to Lt Col Blair Mayne DSO, and is intended to reflect his life and achievements by encouraging young people to aspire to excellence.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday, October 27. Further information and application forms are available from Ursula Mezza at Ards Borough Council, Tel: 028 9182 4021, Email: ursula.mezza@ards-council.gov.uk or www.ardscouncil.gov.uk/services/blair-mayne-bursary.


Animal charity

Assisi Animal Sanctuary are busy fundraising with some interesting ideas over the next few months.

They are looking for volunteers to give up a few hours at the sanctuary as well as helping fundraise through bag packs in the next few months.

The first is in Sainsbury’s at The Holywood Exchange on Sunday, October 17, from 1 pm to 6pm. Usually volunteers do a two-hour shift which would be 1pm to 3pm, 3pm to 5pm or 4pm to 6pm.

If you want more details on any of these activities, call Elaine on 07803 271214 or you can keep up to date on up and coming activities on the website, www.assisi-ni.org

Home comfort appeal

Councillor Peter Weir MLA is delighted to announce that his office will again act as a collection point for Glentoran Community Trust ‘Home Comforts Appeal’ for troops serving in Afghanistan.

The North Down MLA said: “I am delighted that the Glentoran Community Trust (GCT) are once again running their Home Comforts Appeal for Troops serving in Afghanistan.

“DUP constituency offices are available for anyone who wishes to donate goods.

“My office at 94 Abbey Street, Bangor, and we can be contacted on 028 9145 4500 for anyone with a question about what can be included in the pack..

Forget stricty come dancing...

...and come along to the tea dance at Carnalea Methodist Church hall next Tuesday! (October 19)

There's no weeks of training needed for this one — the event starts from 2pm and finishes at 4pm. If you want a bit of company, craic and a nice cup of tea, then this is for you.

If you enjoy dancing, all the better, but it's not compulsory. All will be made welcome and you don't have to be a member of the church to come along. Just come as you are.


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 (closed w/c October 25).

An evening of pure entertainment — all welcome!

Pool competition

The Northern Ireland ladies pool team

are playing exhibition matches against the Bangor Civil Defence Club pool team on Saturday, October 16, starting at 12.30pm in the CD Club (27-33 Victoria Road, Bangor BT20 5EX).

This is to raise funds for the CD pool team to buy their own team shirts as they are a new team within the league this year.

Story dancing

Bangor Carnegie Library will provide locals with an opportunity to learn the art of Kathak dance at a workshop given by the South Asian Dance Academy, on Saturday, October 23, from 2pm until 4pm.

Commenting on the event, Mairead Ferguson, Libraries NI cultural specialist manager, said: “The workshop will cover a brief introduction to Kathak dancing. Kathak comes from the word “kathars” or storytellers who, from two thousand years ago, used their craft as a source of income as they travelled through the Indian subcontinent entertaining the public.

The workshop is free but you need to book a place in advance. Contact Bangor Carnegie Library on 028 91270591 /bangorcarnegie.library@librariesni.org.uk.

Brooming it to spookfest

Bangor witch Evvie Bishop (3), hops on her broomstick to make sure she doesn't miss out on the Spookfest at Bangor’s Flagship Centre.

All the free entertainment kicks off on Saturday, October 23, with Cinemagic showing spooky cartoons and the family film Casper plus spooky makeovers.

Get nasty scars, a green face or lost on a trick or treat trail by Over The Moon on Saturday, October 30.

Further details are available at www.flagshipcentre.com

Belfast Telegraph