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On the grapevine - October 7


Train free and help you local community

Are you finding it hard to gain employment?

Would you like to improve your confidence by gaining qualifications and work experience?

Would you like to be able to do this and help your local community in a highly supportive environment?

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

Art and craft fair

St. Dorothea's Parish Church, Gilnahirk, is holding an art Exhibition and a craft rair 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)

Trip down memory lane

Before the doors close for the final time on Beechfield Primary School, you are invited for a trip down memory lane.

Happening today, Thursday October 7, the school will be open during the afternoon and evening were there will be a display of memorabilia of school life through the ages. To many people in the local area, the school “was central to the heart of the community”, but falling numbers in pupils forced the school in June this year.

Please phone the school office on 90457966 for further details. All welcome.

Diamond Jubilee

Garnerville Presbyterian Church on Old Holywood Road, in east Belfast is

celebrating its Diamond Jubilee on 7th November 2010.

We 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 we have 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 myself (Isabel Tully) 9076 0344.

New group for young mums

If you are a young mum or a mum-to-be aged 25 years or younger and wish to get to know other mums , to develop friendships or support, to have fun and learn some new skills then this is the project for you!

We will be having a ‘fun afternoon’ to introduce the programme at Walkway Communitty Centre on Saturday October 9, from 2pm to 4pm. There will be face painting, a magician and some pampering for the mums.

The young mum’s group will run every Thursday 10am to noon starting on October 14, in Walkway Community Centre, Finvoy Street (creche facilities available)

For more information please contact Catriona McCabe area youth worker on 07739329251


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. If you want to know more about what inspires John and his work, turn to page 14 to read his interview.

Belfast Telegraph