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On the grapevine - October 14


We are not anti-social

Gort na Móna CLG & Glór na Móna present Deena Haydon “We're social, not anti-social” as part of their

community lecture series 2010.

On Friday 15, at 7.30pm in the Gort na Móna CLG (on the Springfield Road, Belfast), Deena will be challenging the criminalisation of children and young people.

Haydon is a postgraduate researcher within the childhood, transition, and social justice initiative at Queens University, Belfast. Initially a primary school teacher, she became senior lecturer in Education and Early Childhood studies and head of research in the school of education at Edge Hill University.

She was also Principal officer for research and development for Barnardo's, and then an independent research consultant in NI. She was published widely on the issue of excluded young people and children's rights.

She is currently completing her doctorate on the potential of a rights-based agenda in addressing the issues faced by children, identified as ‘at risk of offending'. She currently lives and works in Belfast.

Have you GOT the x-factor?

Shankhill players drama group are now supporting FASA, a professional community-based organisation providing services for those directly or indirectly affected by substance misuse or suicide/self harm.

To raise money for this project, the Shankill players will host an X Factor karaoke competition to raise funds for this year’s pantomime on October 22, at 8pm at Shankill Rangers Club on the Shankill Road.

The top prize will be £100, but other cash prizes are available.

Twenty-five percent of profits will be donated to suicide prevention, which will be donated through FASA.

FASA was formed in 1995 by local |parents in the Greater Shankill area.


Hallowe’en enchanted garden

National Trust invites you and your family to the Enchanted Garden at Mount Stewart.

Come along in your scariest costume, and see the house and gardens in all its spooky splendour.

There’ll be creepy crafts, a murder mystery trail, and a twilight tour of the mansion to keep you on your toes. Join us for the frolics and frightful happenings from 6pm on Saturday October 30.

Please RSVP by Monday October 18 by email: laura.kelly@nationaltrust.org.uk or Tel: 028 9751 2356


Membership is now due for Newtownabbey music club, and the bad news is that it has been increased to £20. There is, however, good news too, for as well as receiving discount on all music club events, the manager of Theatre at the Mill has agreed that music club members can also have £2 discount on the |following performances:

Tuesday, October 26: Ballet Ireland Romeo and Juliet

Tuesday, November 16: Five guys named Mo

Tuesday, December 7: Christmas Eve can kill you

You will also need to produce your music club membership card in order to claim these special offers, so fill in the |attached form and return it as soon as possible.

For more information, contact Cathy Cole, Newtownabbey arts development officer on 028 9034 0063.

Enterprise NI loan fund

During these tough economic times, the greatest single issue affecting small and micro-business owners in Northern Ireland remains their ability to access |sufficient and affordable capital for their business.

However, via the Enterprise Northern Ireland Loan Fund, individuals looking to start, or who are already running their own business, who can demonstrate a viable business proposal but who are unable to access mainstream sources of finance for all or part of their funding requirements, do still have a means of |obtaining the necessary capital.

For more information on the Enterprise NI Loan Fund visit: www.enterpriseni.com/loanfund.aspx.

You can also contact Andrew Reynolds, Loan Finance Manager ENI on 0 28 7776 3555 or email andrew.reynolds@enterpriseni.com

Website: www.enterpriseni.com


wednesday lunch club

BCM (Belfast Central Mission) is currently operating its highly successful |mid-week Lunch Club for older people.

Each Wednesday in BCM’s Grosvernor House headquarters on Glengall Street, anyone who wishes can enjoy good food, companionship, and a bit of a laugh, all for £2 a week.

A three-course meal and light entertainment are all provided. The Wednesday Lunch Club is a great opportunity for older people to meet new friends, and is set in a comfortable and central Belfast location.

For more information of the Wednesday Lunch Club, and other BCM projects, such as the Holiday Programme for Older People, please contact |Community Services Manager Janet Sewell on 028 9024 1917

No tricks just treats at linen hall library

October in the Linen Hall Library features a fabulous series of events —

Linen Hall Reading Group

Thursday October 28 at 1.10pm/Free

Everyone is invited to join the Linen Hall’s popular reading group that meets on the last Thursday of every month. This month’s title up for discussion is The Anatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor.

Readings for Children

Saturday October 30 at 11.00am/Free

Ghostly ghouls visit and scary tales will be told at this special Halloween-themed reading. Come dressed in fancy dress — the best to win a year’s free membership to the Library.

Belfast Telegraph