Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - September 9


Teatimes a treat

Learning disability charity, Mencap is delighted to announce the launch of a new fundraising initiative that may just be the ‘The Yummiest way to fundraise’.

‘Tea with Me’ will be asking the public to hold their very own quaint tea party — full of tea, cake, and chat, to raise funds for people with a learning disability here in Northern Ireland.

You are invited to the formal launch of the ‘Tea with Me’ initiative at the stunning boutique B&B, Maryville House (Lisburn Road, Belfast) on Thursday September 30 at 3pm — set to be a delectable afternoon tea in style.

Lorna Patterson, area fundraising manager for Mencap said: “’Tea with Me’ is a unique event that brings friends and family together in a fun environment and it can be as big as you like. Not only will you be raising vital funds for Mencap, but it is a fantastic way of treating you and your guests; you could even theme your party.

“We can provide a fundraising pack for your event – full of tips for a fun day, invitations to send to your guests and posters. ’Tea with Me’ is open to everyone and the fundraising team for Northern Ireland will support you every step of the way.”

For more information on the Launch or how you can hold your own ‘Tea with me’ party, contact Lorna Patterson on 028 9069 0166 or email Also visit

Tickets for the launch event are £10.


Why not drop in?

The Drop-In Centre at the former Ulsterville Presbyterian Church is a popular stop for many south Belfast residents.

You can drop-in for a chat and free tea or coffee every Wednesday from 10am until 4pm.

The drop-in is run by the South Belfast Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.

Also on Wednesdays from 7pm until 9pm you have the opportunity to attend a free English class with a qualified teacher. You can get more information by contacting Keith by telephone 07846699554.


New times for junior karate

The junior Karate class at Olympia Leisure Centre has changed the time and day of their session.

Young people from Primary 1 age up to 13, can now attend the class on Monday evening from 7pm-8pm.

Organisers who have been taking the class for over 20 years would encourage members of the public to go along and learn how to defend themselves and at the same time have fun learning.

So go along and bring a friend and you can learn together with a black belt instructor. Classes are £3.

For more information you can visit or call Paul on 07775687132.

redevelopment & improvement meetings underway

The first meeting of the Village & Monarch Redevelopment & Improvement Area Community Design Team took place last Monday, September 6 in the Place, Fountain Street.

Billy Dickson, chair of Blackstaff Community evelopment Association said: “The meeting lasted over 4 hours and was chaired by Michael Hegarty. Residents are pleased that the work of planning a new future for the redevelopment and improvement area has at last started. Mr Hegarty is to consider ways of keeping the community informed of any developments.”


Are you one to box?

Sandy Row Boxing Gym located at Renwick Street would like it to be known that they would welcome new members.

The gym promotes discipline, team work, physical fitness and determination. Monday and Wednesday from 6.30pm until 7.30pm are for juniors 9-15-years-old.

If you are 16 years or over, then you can go along on a Monday and Wednesday at 7.30pm and also Friday at 5.30pm.

To find out more you can call the gym on 9024 6425 or email


Transatlantic exhibition

On Monday September 13 the Linen Hall Library will launch ‘Transatlantic Links’, a collection of rarely-seen items charting Ulster emigration to the US from 1722 to 1848.

The exhibition charts the five great waves of migration from Ulster to America during the eighteenth century, and illustrates the desire for religious freedom, personal and political liberty and the better life that seemed to beckon from the other side of the Atlantic.

Featured in the exhibition are a book of letters written by Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the US; the first printing of the Declaration of Independence in the Irish press; and letters from an American farmer describing the harsh circumstances of the British

Colonies in North America in 1783.

It will be displayed in the Library’s Vertical Gallery and will run until Friday December 24.

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