Belfast Telegraph

The Grapevine - Belvoir, Milltown and the Donegall Road

by Brian Dunwoody, David Henry & Billy Dickson


Join the Lagan Valley Regional Park (LVRP) team on Saturday, December 13, at 3pm for an exciting day creating traditional Christmas wreaths and Yule logs using evergreen materials gathered from the park.

Please bring your own secateurs/pruners if possible. As this is a site-based activity, booking ahead is required.

The venue will be confirmed at the time of booking. Contact the LVRP office on 9049 1922.

Carol singers from the Association of Belvoir Churches (Presbyterian, Methodist and Baptist) will be bringing some festive sounds to the ears of Christmas shoppers at Tesco, Newtownbreda, on December 15, 17 and 19, from 7pm to 8pm.

Belvoir Presbyterian Church’s ‘Lunch Club’ will be holding its Christmas dinner on Tuesday, December 16, at 12noon.

Those wishing to attend should contact Joan Crooks in advance on 9064 8420 to assist her with the catering.

The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) is holding its last Belvoir ‘surgery’ of this year on Tuesday, December 16, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm in Belvoir Activity Centre, Belvoir Drive.

Cab offers a free, impartial and confidential outreach service, so if you have queries concerning benefits, housing, employment, debt, consumer issues or legal issues, just drop in, without appointment, and see CAB advisor Paul Bready.

Belvoir Players will be holding their 35th annual pantomime in their studio on Belvoir Drive.

The pantomime begins at 8pm on December 22, running on various nights up until January 3.

Admission is £7 with a £5 concession charge. Contact 9049 1210 or 9064 9835 for more information.

Belfast Giants and Great Britain ice hockey player David Phillips visited children at Belvoir Presbyterian’s Junior Friday Focus Group last week.

David told the children lots about himself, answered numerous questions, signed autographs for everyone.

The children hope to go and see David playing for the Giants in the new year.

The Community Association of Belvoir and Milltown would like to let everyone know that the Community House at 1a Kilwarlin Crescent will be closed from December 24 to 26, re-opening on Monday, December 29. We will also be closed on December 31 and look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

The neighbourhood police officer for Belvoir, Milltown, Best’s Hill, Greer Park, Royal Lodge, Constable Jonathan Dunne, is committed to providing an effective and impartial service to all residents of the areas.

Constable Dunne can be contacted during shift hours on 07827279437, or alternatively by telephoning 9065 0222 and asking for the Castlereagh neighbourhood policing team.

You can also email him at

Donegall Road

The Blackstaff Homeowners' Association is urging all residents living in the Village urban renewal area who are intending to object to a vesting order application from the Housing Executive to do so in writing before the Christmas holidays.

This should give the Department for Social Development time to acknowledge receipt of all letters before the holiday rush.

The Blackstaff Community Development Association has asked Translink to reinstate the Metro bus stop at the new Richview Regeneration Centre, which is opposite Richview Presbyterian Church.

The stop was taken away during building work at the Richview site, but as the work has finished, residents feel that the stop should be reinstated.

As a result of the request,Translink has contacted Roads Service about the condition of the footpath where the stop was originally.

Donegall Road Methodist Church will be holding a ‘Christmas Joy in the Community’ event on Sunday, December 14, at 11.30am.

This is followed at 4pm with carols, stories and reflections.

Everybody is welcome.

The South West Belfast Christmas Festival starts on Sunday, December 14, with a community carol service in Blythefield Primary School, Sandy Row, from 6.30pm until 7.30pm.

Leaflets have been distributed throughout Donegall Road and Sandy Row with details of events.

For further information, please contact Glenda on 90238446 or Kerry on 9033 3527.

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