Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - September 16


New group to shine in

A new social group organised by Willowfield Parish Church is beginning for people with learning disabilities.

If you have a learning disability or care for someone with a learning disability, why not call in for the first session on Tuesday September 28 at 6.45pm.

For two years Willowfield has already been running a group once a month to support people with learning disabilities in their faith. Both the members and the volunteers have enjoyed this time so much that a new social group is being set up for people with learning disability where there will be craft, games, time to relax, chat, and make new friends over a cuppa.

Both the spiritual support group and the social group are affiliated to Prospects, a Christian charity with over 30 years experience in supporting |people with learning disabilities.

Both groups meet once a month in the Micah Centre beside Willowfield Church on the Woodstock Road between 6.45 pm and 8.00pm. The group which supports people in their faith meets on the second Tuesday of each month, and the social group will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The groups are open to everyone and will be inclusive of a wide range of abilities. For any further information you can ring Fiona on 07970805178.

Carers’ get together

Belfast Central Branch of, Carers UK arrange monthly get togethers for people throughout Belfast Trust areas who are carers for family, neighbours or friends.

Our next event is a card making session, planned for Saturday September 25 and to be held at Stye Brae Hall (beside Gilnahirk Presbyterian Church) 161 Gilnahirk Road, Belfast from 2pm -until 4.30pm approx.

Back to church

The annual National “Back to Church Sunday” this year will be held on Sunday September 26. The idea is that if you haven't been to church before, or for some time, then 'Back to Church' Sunday, as the name implies, provides an |opportunity to come to Church and see either what it's about, what you have missed or what has changed since you last attended.

Saint Brendan's Church of Ireland Church on Larkfield Road in Sydenham is taking part in the initiative this year and would like to extend an open invitation, to anyone who would like to do so, to join them on Sunday September 26.

The service starts at 11.30am and will stop earlier than normal as a cup of tea or coffee will be provided afterwards. Everyone is assured of a warm welcome to what will be an informal time of fellowship and worship.

Cup cake break

Light of the World Ministries is inviting all ladies to join with them on Saturday September 25 to take part in the ‘Cupcake Break’ to help raise money for the national charity Ovarian Cancer Action.

Feel free to leave the housework to later and drop into Clarawood Residents Hall between 10.30am – 12pm from some great coffee & delicious cupcakes served up from local bakeries.

The Cupcake Break is a twist on the traditional coffee morning, as it is a ladies-only morning and is a great way to have your cake and help beat ovarian cancer.

What could be a better reason to have a bit of what you fancy and indulge your cake cravings? So far the UK has raised nearly £10,000 through the ‘Cupcake Break’ and as a church in East Belfast we are encouraging women to come together to fundraise even more money and help raise awareness of the disease.

Clarawood Residents Hall is located on 22 Clarawood Park, off Sandown Road, Ballyhackamore. For more information please contact Laura at


Bedding down for the winter

Plan ahead for the cold winter months by getting your electric blanket tested during a special home safety roadshow courtesy of Castlereagh Borough Council.

The event will take place on Thursday, September 30 at the council Civic Centre from 10am to 4pm.

To book, please contact the council’s Environmental Health Service on 9049 4640.


Fun weekend

Marie Curie Cancer Care is delighted to promote ‘Connswater’s Fun Weekend’ at Connswater Shopping Centre & Retail Park.

The event will take place in the shopping centre on Friday & Saturday September 17 and 18, from 10am to 4pm.

Grace Smyth, Community Fundraiser, Marie Curie Cancer Care, said: “All children are welcome to join in with our family fun days where we will be planting daffodils and decorating pots, and each child will be able to take their pot home. There will also be facepainting, balloons, and lots, lots more.”

All donations from ‘Connswater’s Fun Weekend’ will be used for the special care of people with cancer at The Marie Curie Hospice, Belfast, and also in the |privacy of patients’ own homes, through the Nursing Service.

Your support will help us continue to provide these caring services free of charge to patients and their families.

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