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On the grapevine - October 27

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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.

For more information of the Wednesday Lunch Club, and other BCM projects, such as the Holiday Programme for Older People, contact |community services manager Janet Sewell on 028 9024 1917.

Community christmas cheer

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

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Community groups are invited to come along and 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. They can be booked through the Ulster Orchestra Box Office on 028 9023 9955 or by emailing boxoffice@ulsterorchestra.com (quote Christmas Cheer).

Dare to take a spooky stroll?

Looking to do something different this Halloween? Then come along and enjoy a night of ghostly stories and spooky spirits at the first ever Hospice Spooky Stroll in Belfast City Centre this Friday (October 29).

The organisers of the Spooky Stroll are aiming to raise much needed funds for Northern Ireland Hospice and Children’s Hospice.

The evening will start with a bang as the ghost stories of Lucifer’s Match Factory are divulged and walkers are advised to walk with caution as they encounter the ghosts of the Belfast Workhouse and University Street. After two hours and approximately two miles spent visiting the homes of the city’s scariest ghosts, you will be taken back to a safe location to calm your nerves with a spooky punch and Halloween treats.

As an extra bit of fun and to support the hospice further, participants are encouraged to get sponsored to dress up in their scariest fancy dress outfit and see if they can spook the ghosts as well.

The spellbinding evening starts from Central Hall, Rosemary Street, Belfast and is suitable for both adults and children aged seven-years-old and over. Strolls commence from 7pm and continue every 20 minutes until 10pm.

As group numbers are limited, it is essential that you pre-book for this event in order to guarantee your place. Adult tickets are priced £15, Children £7 (aged between seven-17).

Family tickets £40 (two adults, two children, additional children £5 each). Register your place on the Spooky Stroll now by calling 02890 777 123, or emailing laura.gray@nihospice.org. For further information, please visit www.nihospice.org).

NEWTOWNABBEY

Big baking competition

The first ever Big Baking Competition will take place as part of the Ballyclare Autumnfest this year. The council is asking as many people as possible to get out their mixing bowls and battle for the title of Ballyclare’s Best Baker 2010.

The Mayor of Newtownabbey, Alderman Paula Bradley comments: “We all know that nothing beats those delicious home made treats and I know that there is definitely a wealth of baking talent in our borough.

“You might be a dab hand at scones and wheaten bread or maybe an expert in cupcakes, fudge cake or pavlova. Whatever it is, if you’re proud of what you do, why not showcase your skills and enter the competition?”

Recipes can be brand-new ideas or variations of old classics. As well as the overall prize of Best Baker, there will be prizes for Best Cake Maker, Best Bun Maker, Best Bread Maker and Best Young Baker.

To enter the competition, just bring your cakes, buns and bread to the marquee in the Town Square on Saturday, October 30 at 11am. You should also bring along your recipe and we will make this available to those attending.

And don’t forget Autumnfest kicks off this Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30, with entertainment for everyone. It’s an autumnal treat not to be missed and perfect for keeping the kids happy over the mid-term break.

For more information contact Lisa O’Kane on 028 9034 0052, email lokane@newtownabbey.gov.uk, see our website www.newtownabbey.gov.uk/autumnfest or follow us on facebook www.facebook.com/autumnfest.|

Halloween 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 in the frolics and frightful happenings from 6pm on Saturday, October 30.

Further details can be had by email to laura.kelly@nationaltrust.org.uk or tel: 028 9751 2356.


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