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#45 The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has announced National Lottery funding and public funding from the Public Health Agency and Baring Foundation of over £144,000, for 19 organisations across the region, to deliver communitybased arts projects benefitting older people.


The funding is part of the Arts Council’s Arts and Older People’s Programme, a pioneering initiative which aims to promote positive mental health and wellbeing among older people through engagement with the arts whilst tackling issues of loneliness and isolation. • FUNDING


he Arts and Older People’s Programme was established by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 2010 and is now a cross-governmental partnership with funding from the Public Health Agency and The Baring Foundation. To date the programme has provided £1.8m funding to community organisations and voluntary groups across Northern Ireland in the delivery of 156 arts projects to older people. The programme has been

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PICTURED The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has announced National Lottery funding and public funding from the Public Health Agency of over £144,000 for 19 organisations, across the region, to deliver community-based arts projects benefitting older people. The funding is part of the Arts Council’s Arts and Older People’s Programme, a pioneering initiative which aims to promote positive mental health and well-being among older people through engagement with the arts. To date the programme has supported 156 projects. Visit www.artscouncil-ni. org for more.

stress, worries and also pain. The Arts and Older People’s Programme is committed to providing meaningful opportunities for our older people to take part in arts activities, enriching their lives for the better. The arts have a vital role to play in helping older people find their



voice and express the issues which can often affect them on a day-today basis, thus promoting positive physical and mental health. The Arts Council is delighted to have supported 156 projects since the programme began.” (CONTINUED ON PAGE 8)

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#45 Titanic Belfast welcomed its five-millionth visitor and to celebrate, it unveiled its top five things to experience according to its millions of guests.

To be named Titanic Belfast’s five-millionth guest was a wonderful surprise and it certainly made it a very memorable trip Rita Lynch 5 millionth visitor to Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast Welcomes 5 Millionth Visitor Rita Lynch from Sligo, who travelled to Belfast for the first time since 1983, specifically to experience Titanic Belfast, was greeted with a VIP reception, led by the attraction’s Chief Executive, Judith Owens, alongside Tourism NI’s Chief Executive, John McGrillen. • TOURISM


he now joins many VIP guests including Her Majesty The Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, TITANIC director James Cameron, the discoverer of Titanic, Dr Robert Ballard, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, as well as celebrities including Adele and Michael Bublé, to name a few. Judith Owens, Chief Executive of Titanic Belfast, commented, “Although the Titanic lies beneath 13,000 feet of water, the enduring story still captures minds and hearts throughout the world and Titanic Belfast having now welcomed over 5 million visitors is living proof of this. To mark the occasion, we have unveiled our top five things to experience at Titanic Belfast, according to our visitors.” The Shipyard Ride Exploring the sights, sounds, smells and stories of shipyard, as well as the City and people which built RMS

Titanic on the Shipyard Ride is the star attraction The Fit Out The interactive exhibits reliving the splendor of the RMS Titanic fit out from and journeys through, the ship’s engine rooms, working interiors, the opulent dining areas and deck promenade–should not be missed, as well as the exact replicas of the cabins The Immersive Theatre Travelling to the depths of the ocean and discovering Titanic’s final resting place through the glass floor proves popular with kids and adults alike SS Nomadic Famous as a tender for Titanic, and a quarter of her size in every dimension, guests love walking in the footsteps of Titanic passengers whilst marveling at the original ornate doors, panels, plasterwork and staircases

PICTURED Geraldine Gilpin, Chief Executive of Abbeyfield & Wesley Housing Association, receiving her Royal Patron’s Award 2018 from Ian Plaistowe, Abbeyfield’s Chair.

#45 This prestigious award was endorsed by HRH The Prince of Wales

We have an extensive network of staff and volunteers who work diligently to support and care for the elderly. I truly value their dedication and commitment to improving the resident’s quality of life; they live and breathe the Abbeyfield & Wesley ethos and I couldn’t do my job without them Geraldine Gilpin

East Belfast Chief Executive Of Abbeyfield & Wesley Housing Association Receives Royal Patron’s Award The ongoing efforts of Geraldine Gilpin, Chief Executive of Abbeyfield & Wesley Housing Association, to enhance elder care provision in Northern Ireland was recognised recently when she received a prestigious Royal Patron’s Award 2018, endorsed by HRH The Prince of Wales. • AWARDS

PICTURED Rita Lynch from Sligo, who travelled to Belfast for the first time since 1983, specifically to experience Titanic Belfast, was greeted with a VIP reception, led by the attraction’s Chief Executive, Judith Owens, alongside Tourism NI’s Chief Executive, John McGrillen


The Discovery Tour Last but definitely not least, the walking tour that goes back in time and explores the famous barrelvaulted Harland & Wolff Drawing Offices where Titanic and the rest of the mighty ‘Olympic’ class ships were designed, the slipways and brings the story up to date explaining significance of Titanic Belfast’s poignant façade is the must-do for visitors Rita Lynch, said, “To be named Titanic Belfast’s five-millionth guest was a wonderful surprise and it certainly made it a very memorable trip. From the moment we arrived, the impressive building, located by the Slipways where she was built,

bbeyfield and Wesley is a charity that provides both housing and care to Northern Ireland’s older people, supporting hundreds of residents through their 18 houses, homes and sheltered schemes. Geraldine Gilpin has been working for Abbeyfield since 1996. In fact, Abbeyfield & Wesley Housing Association itself is the product of a number of mergers which have taken place during Geraldine’s stewardship. The organisation in its current form is very much a product of her leadership, inspiration and dedication. Geraldine, who is based at Abbeyfield & Wesley’s headquarters in Carrickfergus, was presented with her Royal Patron Award 2018 at a special ceremony in London. Geraldine Gilpin, chief executive, Abbeyfield & Wesley Housing Association, discusses the award: “It is a real honour to be given this award. I love my job and I believe Abbeyfield & Wesley plays an important role in local society by providing a range of high-quality accommodation and services to older people throughout Northern Ireland, from purpose-built apartments right through to bungalows and flats offering independent living for active elderly and supported sheltered houses for those requiring additional support while maintaining independence and residential care. “We have an extensive network of staff and volunteers who work

told the story of Titanic, coupled with the galleries and SS Nomadic, Titanic’s tender ship – it was the ultimate Titanic Experience. There is no doubt that Belfast is the home of the Titanic and a must-see for anyone visiting Belfast, Northern Ireland and Ireland.” Titanic Belfast was voted the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction at the prestigious World Travel Awards, bringing the title to Ireland for the first time in the awards history. It was also recently received Tripadvisor’s 2018 Travellers’ Choice Award, which has been exclusively given to only 1% of all museums that are listed on TripAdvisor. For more information, visit

diligently to support and care for the elderly. I truly value their dedication and commitment to improving the resident’s quality of life; they live and breathe the Abbeyfield & Wesley ethos and I couldn’t do my job without them.” Congratulating Geraldine on her award Lady Hermon MP says: “I have always been hugely impressed by Geraldine’s obvious leadership skills, the great warmth of her personality and her real commitment to all of those connected with Abbeyfield & Wesley. Geraldine has spearheaded a number of initiatives and developments, to consistently improve the quality of life for older people and she is very deserving of this award.” There are two Abbeyfield societies in Northern Ireland and both are charities. Abbeyfield Belfast Society operates seven supported sheltered houses in South and East Belfast. Abbeyfield & Wesley Housing Association manages 18 supported, sheltered houses in Ballycastle, Ballyclare, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Banbridge, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Donaghadee, Downpatrick, Greenisland, Holywood, Lurgan, Newtownabbey and Portstewart. In addition, the charity also runs a residential dementia care home in East Belfast and three sheltered schemes in Carrickfergus, Newtownabbey and Belfast. For further info on Abbeyfield & Wesley please check out

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#45 Halifax Foundation puts more than £1million into improving thousands of lives

We are proud to fund these organisations that are providing a lifeline to communities that are in dire need Brenda McMullan, Executive Director of the Halifax Foundation NI

#45 Over 60 people slumbered at Stormont with Simon Community NI and Q Radio to help raise awareness of homelessness in Northern Ireland.

East Belfast Charities Attend Stormont Celebration The Halifax Foundation for NI gave £1.087million in grants to 326 charities in its latest funding period, directly helping improve the lives of 391,000 people. • FUNDING


he figures were revealed as the Foundation held its annual event at Stormont to celebrate the work of hundreds of charities that respond to the needs of disadvantaged and disabled people. The many varied projects covered by more than 600 separate grants include food banks, autism support, services for children and young people, help for the elderly and for people with learning disabilities. Among those attending were Ellen and Simon Vance from Bandanas for the Brave in Dundonald and Tom Magill of the East Belfast- based Educational Shakespeare Company.

Brenda McMullan, Executive Director of the Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland said the aim was to get much needed cash to charities working directly to help the most impoverished of communities. She added: “The Voluntary and Community sector continues to experience great challenges in the face of budget cuts and ongoing economic austerity so we are proud to fund these organisations that are providing a lifeline to communities that are in dire need.” The Foundation also announced that a pilot project to provide expert mentoring support to charities will

SUPPORTERS BRAVED THE COLD FOR CHARITY SLEEP OUT 60 supporters of homelessness charity Simon Community NI slept out on the grounds of Stormont Estate with nothing but sleeping bags as temperatures dropped to 1˚C • CHARITY

PICTURED Q Radio’s Stephen and Cate with One Big Sleep Out Participants

Between October 2017 and August 2018, a staggering 148 people died in NI whilst experiencing homelessness. Joanne McCallister, Head of Income Generation

#45 News in brief from the community

East Belfast Quitters Needed for No Smoking Day 2019 EBCDA is looking for a local quitter to profile and to be one of the faces of No Smoking Day 2019 in the East Belfast area. Ideally the quitter needs to have stopped smoking for at least 6 months and live, work or volunteer in East Belfast. All we need is a name, a contact number and willingness to be involved in the initiative, at this time. Please contact Alison, via email at or phone 028 9045 1512 for more information or to get involved.

East Belfast Diabetes Support Group EBCDA is setting up a monthly peer-led Diabetes support group for those who live, work or volunteer in East Belfast. Come along from Wednesday 14 November to Inverary Community Centre 7-8.30pm. Free tea and coffee. To register your attendance please contact Jean on 028 9045 1512 or email

PICTURED Celebrating the work of these charities was Aine McCoy from the Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland and Simon and Ellen Vance from Bandanas for the Brave in Dundonald.

become a permanent part of its activities, with 20 organisations being helped this year. The Charity Mentoring Programme links skilled bank staff with senior charity personnel to provide advice in areas such as leadership, governance, HR and financial management. Jim McCooe, a Foundation Trustee and Lloyds Banking Group Ambassador for Northern Ireland, said the feedback from the pilot was so overwhelmingly positive, it was


he charity’s 2nd One Big Sleep Out event was all to raise funds and awareness for their homelessness services across Northern Ireland, which includes temporary accommodation and specialist mental health and addiction support. Before bedtime, supporters were welcomed by Q Radio’s Stephen Clements and Cate Conway before being treated to acoustic music from Tommy McNulty and Eddie Booth as well as laughs from comedian Paddy McDonnell. Keeping bellies full and people warm on the night, burgers and sausages courtesy of Finnebrogue were cooked up Fratelli Belfast while Tesco Knocknagoney and Castlereagh looked after teas and coffees throughout the night. Speaking of the event, Joanne McCallister, Head of Income Generation at Simon Community commented: “Although One Big Sleep Out could never replicate the real emotional and physical difficulties of truly experiencing

decided to extend the programme. He added: “Mentors spoke of their pride in supporting charities trying to make lives better for people while mentees said that it helped them gain the skills required to meet the challenges of working in this most difficult of sectors. Using the skills of our employees is one of the ways we can help their essential work.” More than 60 charity representatives receiving grant aid were present at the event in the Long Gallery at Parliament Buildings.

homelessness, for the people who took part, it did show some of the realities of having no home.” McCallister further stated: “Between October 2017 and August 2018, a staggering 148 people died in Northern Ireland whilst experiencing homelessness. The monies and awareness raised via the One Big Sleep Out will go a long way to allowing Simon Community NI to continue to provide Welcome Packs, emergency heating or food and specialist support to vulnerable people right across Northern Ireland.” Q Radio’s Breakfast show host Stephen Clements says, “I had no hesitation in participating in the Sleep Out which will help raise awareness and money for this worthwhile charity. “Cate and I often meet homeless people at 5am as we’re coming into work to do our show. We’ve got to know many of them now through these early morning chats. I

PICTURED Celebrating the work Ken Simpson from the Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland and Tom Magill from the Educational Shakespeare Company in East Belfast

felt it was the least I could do to sleep rough for one night as these poor people unfortunately are in such a dark place and have to do this every night.” Co-host Cate Conway says, “I feel very humbled to be a small part of the Sleep Out and just hope that the money and awareness raised this evening will help some homeless people know that the Simon Community NI are at hand to help.” This year, Simon Community NI’s One Big Sleep Out attracted support from the corporate world with principal sponsor Blue Clarity networking on the lawns of Stormont with the likes of Grant Thornton, Galgorm and North Down. The event is expected to raise more than £10,000 with donations still coming in. People can support the charity’s work by texting SIMON10 to 70140 to donate £10 that could provide emergency food, clothing or heating to someone experiencing homelessness this winter.

Glow Walk Alfie Hill aged 4 years from East Belfast completed the 5K Glow Walk in Victoria Park on Friday 19th October. Alfie was sponsored by all his family and they also came along and supported him by completing the walk with him. All his sponsor money was raised for Autism NI. Well done to all.


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ISSUE • #45 • November 2018 • East Belfast Edition

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Titanic Quarter

Christmas in Titanic Quarter (TQ) is a magical occasion and this year’s festivities will certainly be hitting all the right notes! There’s a cracker line up of entertainment from the TQ Christmas Lights Switch-On, to Titanic Belfast’s magical Christmas experience, plus Titanic Christmas taster photography tours, and Winter Skate Family Fun at SSE Arena. You can soar into the festive season with a sky dive at ‘We are Vertigo’ or jump onboard the Winter Express at W5. Below we have included essential information to making the most of enjoying and celebrating the 2018 festive season in TQ. Visit

/TQ Events Belfast to download your very own TQ festive factsheet.

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Gather in the Dock Café on the 8th December at 4pm for Titanic Quarter’s Christmas Tree Light Switch On. Moving outside under the stars for carols by candle light, then (if our singing is sufficiently beautiful to summon him) Santa will abseil down the ARC. Our Christmas Tree will light up the Marina and there will be some special quests to entertain the crowd before they illuminate the tree at 4:45pm. Afterwards visitors can enjoy hot chocolate, mulled wine & some sweet treats. Join Titanic Belfast for their Christmas Party Nights on Friday 14th December and Saturday 15th December! Enjoy a cocktail on arrival before dining on a delicious four course banquet, then dance the night away with live entertainment followed by a DJ for an unforgettable evening! Book now at Step onboard Lagan Boats for your pre Christmas Party and enjoy an exclusive venue and lights of the Harbour. Check out Lagan Boat Company’s Maritime Shop for a Titanic Christmas with original and quirky presents, including Gift Vouchers for the world’s only Titanic Boat Tour. For party details & public sailings, visit T: 028 9024 0124

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#45 The Ulster Museum visitor figures for Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure has reached a giant 41,000 since the exhibition opened just one month ago.

Dippy Reaches ROARsome Figures at Ulster Museum

PICTURED Dippy surrounded by children from Botanic Primary School, Belfast

Dippy the dinosaur is the Natural History Museum’s iconic 26-metre-long Diplodocus which is currently touring the UK. The exhibition will be at the Ulster Museum until 6 January 2019. Tickets to the Dippy on Tour exhibition are free. To make a booking and for further information on the exhibition and all the Dippy events, visit • EXHIBIT

East Belfast Comedy Duo Celebrate ‘Wonderful Wee Christmas’ at the Mill

Comedy writing and acting duo East Belfast woman Caroline Curran and Julie Maxwell have teamed up for a bawdy and hilarious take on the perennial Christmas classic ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’.

This year’s big festive show at Theatre at the Mill ‘It’s a Wonderful Wee Christmas’ combines all the charm of the original heart-warming story with some added Belfast banter.


his is the fourth Christmas show penned by and starring the two best pals and they have brought together the familiar team of Paddy Buchanan, Jimmy Doran and Abi McGibbon and director Finn Kennedy. Julie said: “It’s my favourite film because it has such a big heart and I knew that it would transfer well to

modern day Belfast where family and friends are all important, especially at Christmas.” Instead of 1940’s small town America it’s set in modern day Belfast where an angel is more likely to get wings by downing a can of Red Bull than helping out a troubled soul and ‘Every time a Bell rings…..’ it means last orders at the bar.


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birds and mammals that live on our island.” Aaron added: “Although we are encouraging visitors to pre-book their free tickets online to beat the queues, visitors can also come along and see Dippy at the Ulster Museum without tickets.” The Ulster Museum exhibition captures the wonder of Dippy through the eyes of Senior Curator of Natural Sciences Dr Mike Simms, as a seven-year-old; the age he was when he first met Dippy in London at the Natural History Museum fifty years ago. The sight of Dippy fascinated Mike and led him to follow a career in palaeontology. Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure has been brought about by the Natural History Museum, in partnership with the Garfield Weston Foundation and supported by Dell EMC and Williams & Hill. Belfast is the third stop on an eightvenue-tour over almost three years which aims to introduce 1.5 million people to this fascinating exhibit, to inspire the next generation of scientists and to encourage families to explore nature on their doorstep.



e is a plaster cast of the fossilised bones of a Diplodocus found by railroad workers in Wyoming, USA in 1898, and took a full week to build by a team of four technicians and two conservators from the Natural History Museum. The exhibition which runs alongside Dippy explores the uniqueness of our natural world and biodiversity across the island of Ireland as well as explaining why so few dinosaur fossils have ever been found here. Aaron Ward, Head of Creative Engagement for National Museums NI, said: “The latest visitor figures, for the exhibition are fantastic and it is great to see so many visitors of all ages and from all over Ireland and beyond come to see Dippy in Belfast. Dippy has captured the imaginations of people for generations and it is very special that the Ulster Museum is the only place to see him on the island of Ireland. “We are also delighted to hear the positive responses and visitors’ enthusiasm for the National Museums NI collections exhibited alongside Dippy such as fossils and the bugs,

PICTURED Caroline Curran (Clara Crackingbody), Jimmy Doran (Geordie Bailey) and Julie Maxwell (Mary Bailey) star in ‘It’s a Wonderful Wee Christmas’ the Christmas show at Theatre at the Mill in Newtownabbey from December 4-31. For tickets go to www. theatreatthemill. com

Victoria Park & Connswater Athletics Club Take Two Honours in Bangor 10k A total of 28 runners from Victoria Park & Connswater AC competed at the recent NI & Ulster 10k Championship at Bangor on 29th September. Plus news on a team member being selcted for the International XC


Central to this seasonal tale is Geordie Bailey, the big hearted manager of the Credit Union who is the heart of his community, helping his cash-strapped customers eke out enough to enjoy Christmas. Just like the Jimmy Stewart character, Geordie’s ambition to travel and see the world has been stymied and he reaches the end of his rope when his office is robbed on Christmas Eve. Stepping in to save the day is very unorthodox angel, Clara Crackingbody, a potty-mouthed force of nature far removed from the gentle Clarence Peabody of the Frank Capra version.

he men won team silver, and the ladies were 4th team at the Bangor event. They were sponsored by Goodness Health on the Belmont Road. Club member John Craig was also selected for the Northern Ireland masters cross country team and will be competing in the Swansea International XC on the 17th November.

PICTURED Victoria Park & Connswater Athletics Club pictured with Paradox Supplements. Their sponsor is Goodness Health who are based at 21 Belmont Road. Tel: 028 9543 8479

Clara descends from ‘upstairs’ to convince Geordie that life is worth living and ‘no man is a failure who has friends’. It’s a Wonderful Wee Christmas is full of topical jokes. In this modern day Belfast fable nothing runs smoothly – bus lanes, the Glider or ‘Stormount’ but daily life goes on with a combination of resignation and black humour. Will Clara Crackingbody get her wings? Will she help save Geordie and the credit union? Find out in ‘It’s a Wonderful Wee Christmas’ at Theatre at the Mill from December 4-31.



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Issue • #45 • November 2018 • East Belfast Edition

#45 Phoenix Natural Gas and The Consumer Council recently joined forces to participate in an environmental initiative at Connswater Community Gardens as part of Love Your Landscape Day

As a public body organisation, we are very focused on our corporate responsibility and through participating in events such as this, we hope to demonstrate that we are a responsible organisation that contributes to the wellbeing and sustainability of our local communities. Together with Phoenix Natural Gas, the team helped maintain the community gardens and plant new fruits and trees, which we hope will provide a longlasting benefit to the local community.” Siobhan Rafferty Communications Officer at The Consumer Council NI

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Volunteers put in the Ground Work for Love Your Landscape Day At Connswater Community Garden The event, organised by Business in the Community, aimed to encourage businesses to support the beautiful landscape across Northern Ireland through employee supported volunteering. • OUTDOORS


s part of its corporate social responsibility programme, Phoenix Natural Gas invited the Consumer Council to collaborate on the conservation project at Connswater Community Gardens in East Belfast. Working with members of Groundwork Northern Ireland, a team of 10 volunteers from both organisations spent the day carrying out maintenance work within the gardens and polytunnel where young plants are nurtured. Volunteers also planted a variety of flowers and fruits. Siobhan Rafferty, Communications Officer at The Consumer Council Northern Ireland, said, “The Consumer Council exists to promote and safeguard the interests of consumers in Northern

Ireland and has a specific focus on the energy market. We work closely with Phoenix Natural Gas to educate and inform consumers around home heating and it was fantastic to expand our relationship with Phoenix Natural Gas through participating in this joint volunteering initiative. “As a public body organisation, we are very focused on our corporate responsibility and through participating in events such as this, we hope to demonstrate that we are a responsible organisation that contributes to the wellbeing and sustainability of our local communities. Together with Phoenix Natural Gas, the team helped maintain the community gardens and plant new fruits and trees, which we hope will

provide a long-lasting benefit to the local community.” The activity was part of a nationwide Love Your Landscape Day volunteering programme which saw thousands of employees across the UK participate in local environmental projects with the aim of maintaining and improving local landscapes. Geri Wright, Phoenix Natural Gas Communications Manager said, “Phoenix Natural Gas is actively engaged in a corporate social responsibility programme which seeks to give back to the communities which we serve. We do this in a number of ways through our own initiatives and also in association with Business in the Community, with

whom we have enjoyed a long standing relationship and undertaken various community activities. “Love Your Landscape Day was a fantastic opportunity for us to partner with the Consumer Council and demonstrate our environmental commitment to the local community. Volunteers from both organisations had a fantastic day thanks to the help of Groundwork Northern Ireland and the impact that this work has had on the Community Gardens and local area will continue to be felt. It’s this kind of partnership working that Phoenix Natural Gas is proud to be involved in and we thank Business in the Community for putting together such a great and rewarding initiative.”


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The award-winning Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company in Derry – Londonderry has received funding for the second year for their ‘Poetic Movement’ project for older people. The project will be delivered with partners Strabane Community Project and Praxis Care to some of the most disadvantaged older people in the Derry and Strabane council area. The 12-week project will work with participants who face issues of isolation, loneliness and depression due to reasons

including rural living or the effects of mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia or acquired brain injury. At the heart of the project is Echo Echo’s firm belief that everyone is a creative being and can engage in a rich and deep movement practice regardless of age, ability or experience. Participants in the project will work with Echo Echo’s highly skilled artist-teachers and local musicians. Live Music Now, based in Limavady, has received funding to deliver a programme

of fortnightly participatory music sessions for men and women, over 65, attending Ballyowen Day Centre in Andersonstown and Edgecumbe Therapy and Assessment Unit in East Belfast. Musicians will facilitate participants’ creative responses in the form of spoken word, singing, poetry and reminiscence. This material will be arranged musically and recordings produced by the musicians. The resultant recordings will be ‘premiered’ to the participants and made available digitally.

Additionally in Limavady, professional musicians will deliver a programme of six monthly community concerts at the unique community venue, the Keady Clachan, a traditional stone cottage on the Keady Mountain overlooking Limavady. Older people, experiencing rural isolation, loneliness and deprivation will come together on a monthly basis to experience a range of musical genres. Visit www. for details on all funding opportunities


History • Aidan Campbell

Features Nov 18

Issue • #45 • November 2018 • East Belfast Edition Aidan Campbell has previously published 14 East Belfast local history books entitled: Sydenham, Belmont, East Belfast Revisited Volumes 1 & 2. Ballymacarrett, Castlereagh and Greater Belfast, Belfast Through Time. He regularly gives illustrated talks to local Marie Curie Hospice Hamilton News Cregagh and EastSide Visitor Centre with profits

Beaconsfield, Knock, Cherryvalley, Gilnahirk, Castlereagh, Cregagh, Stormont, Updated and East Belfast Big Houses. Also on South Belfast Newtownbreda groups and societies. The books are available at Hillmount Garden Centre, donated to local charity. Book sales online at:

(l to r) Robin Mercer, Hillmount Garden Centre, Aidan Campbell, Robin Newton MLA, John McClelland, Knightsbridge Wealth Management


Aidan Campbell launched his latest local history book (his 16th) entitled ‘East Belfast Big Houses – the families that lived in them’ at Hillmount Garden Centre, Gilnahirk on Thursday 11th October 2018. Speeches were made by Robin Newton MLA, Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly and John McClelland from Knightsbridge Wealth Management who kindly sponsored publication costs. The event was very well attended by an enthusiastic audience who were regaled by Aidan’s presentation of times past.

Aidan is photographed (left) with Rina (Greeves) Brien who is a great-grand daughter of John Greeves of Lismachan, a grand mansion built at 378 Belmont Road in 1870. (Above) Some members of the Greeves family include (right) George Greeves, a brother of Rina, alongside his wife Angela. Left are sisters Margaret (Greeves) Dalzell and Madeline Greeves who are great-grand daughters of Thomas Malcolmson Greeves, a brother of John Greeves, who also lived at Belmont in a big house called Tweskard that was demolished in the 1930s. Guide Dogs NI is one of the charities to benefit from Aidan’s book sales and Jacqui Gormley from Guide Dogs NI is pictured with ‘Hillary’ (named after mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary) who is keenly eyeing a copy of ‘East Belfast Big Houses’.

The Camlin family home Kingsden Park House, was built at Knock in 1926 for Ernest Camlin. He operated Camlin’s / Kingsden Park Nurseries from the site on which there were c.20 greenhouses. The nursery was closed in the 1950s and houses built on the land. Valerie (Camlin) Ayling (left) is a grand-daughter of Ernest Camlin and sits alongside cousin Mike Camlin, also a grandson of Ernest, whose family operated Mount Pleasant Nurseries, Newtownards.

Holding two cups of tea (right) is Victor Kane, something of an expert in local tea-making circles, alongside Brian McCleary and Helen Kane.

A big house on Castlereagh Road was called Loretto Cottage and built in 1879. It was demolished in the 1970s and is remembered by an Ulster History Circle blue plaque on the wall of the QE1 Snooker at Ravensdale Street. It was once the home of the Emerson family who also operated Emerson’s Dairy from the site. Thomas George Emerson III, left, grandson of business founder Thomas George Emerson I is standing alongside his wife Esther and cousin Sylvia (Emerson) Gilmour.

‘Three Wise Men from the East’ enjoying the event were local history enthusiasts from Gilnahirk Men’s Group, (l to r) Frank Jackson, David Callighan and Will Hamill. In the background are Deirdre and Stephen Hillis whose grandparents once lived in a big house called Beaconsfield, located on Knock Road which was demolished in 1961. It is now the site of Marie Curie Hospice.

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Issue • #45 • November 2018 • East Belfast Edition


Roll up, roll up. Grab yourself a ringside seat at the Strand Arts Centre’s autumn line up including special screenings and live events listed right up until December


s part of the BFI Comedy Genius season, Strand Arts Centre has special event screenings of classic episodes from two of the most admired TV comedies of all time with Fawlty Towers (22nd November). From a cast of creepy characters to eccentric hotel staff, local comedy performance group Those Who Can’t will lend a certain authenticity to proceedings! The Strand’s free Minors Club for children continues on Saturday mornings during term time, followed by a different arts and crafts activity each week. And it’s never too early to book for Christmas Classics including Elf, Home Alone and The Santa Clause. New movie releases include Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2nd November), Benedict Cumberbatch voicing The Grinch (9th November) and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (16th November). Silver Screenings, proudly supported by Specsavers Connswater, provide older cinemagoers, and those who just love classic films, with another


chance to watch films including Carry on Sergeant, The Wizard of Oz and Kind Hearts and Coronets. And anyone with appreciates Art Deco can book a place on a behind the scenes heritage tour of the Strand’s iconic building. Put more fun into your Fridays with Stranded! featuring live events from Edelle McMahon & Aaron Shanley, new dance piece Hoodies, crooner Holly Hannaway, singer-songwriter Anthony Toner, plus the monthly Half Cut Cabaret. Robyn G Shiels, one of the most respected artists on the local music scene, will play an intimate gig at the Strand (29th November). Winner of the Northern Ireland Music Prize in 2014 for his album The Blood of the Innocents, Robyn has shared the stage with Robyn some of the leading peers in his genre such as Cat Power, Richard Hawley, Van Morrison and Snow Patrol. Performing arts academy NiStars will present a Christmas Spectacular (9th December) and The Ultimate Sixties Tribute (12th December) will take you back to a time when things were ‘fab’ and ‘groovy’!

NEW SCREENINGS 2nd November – Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms 6th November – Heist thriller Widows starring Viola Davis and Liam Neeson 9th November – Benedict Cumberbatch voices The Grinch 16th November – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald 23rd November – Robin Hood starring Jamie Dornan 23rd November – Nativity Rocks 30th November – Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet SPECIAL SCREENINGS Thursday 22nd November, 7.30pm Fawlty Towers Night LIVE ON STAGE Sunday 9th December, 2pm and 7pm NI Stars Christmas Spectacular STRANDED – FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE Friday 23rd November, 8pm Holly Hannaway: Keep Calm & Croon On Friday 30th November, 8pm Hoodies – contemporary dance piece about hoodie wearers. Friday 7th December, 8pm Half Cut Cabaret with Seedhead Arts.

Friday 14th December, 8pm Anthony Toner, one of our best-known singer-songwriters. SILVER SCREENINGS Thursday 1st, 8th & 15th November 2pm / Sunday 4th, 11th & 18th 6.15pm The Wizard of Oz (1939) [U] Join Dorothy (Judy Garland), Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion on their adventures. Thursday 22nd & 29th November 2pm / Sunday 25th November & 2nd December 6.15pm Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) [U] Ealing Studios crime caper starring Alec Guinness. STRAND SATURDAYS Saturday 17th November, 12 noon The Gruffalo’s Child & Stick Man [U] followed by drama workshop. Saturday 24th November, 12 noon Antz (1998) [PG] followed by nature print workshop. CHRISTMAS CLASSICS Sunday 2nd December 4.00pm, Saturday 15th December 11.30am & Xmas Eve, 2.30pm

Elf (2003) [PG] Saturday 8th December 11.30am & Saturday 23rd December 4.00pm The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) [U] Sunday 9th December, 4.00pm & Saturday 22nd December, 11.30am Home Alone (1990) [PG] Tuesday 11th December 5.45pm & Tuesday 18th December, 6.00pm It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) [U] Thursday 13th December 8.30pm National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) [PG] Sunday 16th December 4.00pm & Xmas Eve 11.30am The Santa Clause (1994) [U] Thursday 20th December 8.30pm Gremlins (1984) [12a] Strand Arts Centre Listings Information to December 2018 Box Office (028) 9065 5830 or

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The Arts

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Issue • #45 • November 2018 • East Belfast Edition

East Belfast Artist Commission Celebrates Champion Chase At 20th Down Royal

Down Royal revealed an original commission by local artist, Aly Harte to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Down Royal Festival of Racing

Winning Ways The painting portrays the colours and action of the winners of the Champion Chase from the past 20 years, depicting all the thrills and glory of winning Northern Ireland’s only Grade 1 Chase.


rom Looks Like Trouble to Kauto Star and Beef or Salmon, the commission is a fitting tribute to both the Festival and the long-term support from local wine merchants, Molly McCluskey from Down Royal said; “Aly has brought the excitement of a National Hunt Chase, in particular the famous Champion Chase at Down Royal, to life, bringing all the colours of



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PICTURED Aly is pictured with her painting at the recent launch of the final Down Royal Festival of Racing

the 20th year. “I have ridden horses from an early age and am fascinated by the movement and sensory experience that a race day brings. Not to mention the colours that bring it to life even more. “I always enjoy being commissioned to create original artworks for individuals and corporate clients as each commission gives me an opportunity to showcase my talent in

a truly unique way. This commission has been particularly special to create and the movement of the horse in the centre of the piece is representative of the final jump during an energetic race, with the kicking of the back leg and long neck demonstrating that last energetic stretch of a race. “I’m very proud of this finished work as it is full of colour since I used block colours in the striking silks with stripes and stars in keeping with how they look on each rider. It has been a pleasure working with Down Royal.” Mike Todd, General Manager at Down Royal Racecourse added; “2018 sees the 20th year of this prestigious Festival which has revolutionised racing in Northern Ireland. It has been fantastic to see the development of the Festival over the last 20 years. We have been very lucky to have had long term support from many of our Festival sponsors and we wouldn’t be here today without them. The Champion Chase is now synonymous with the start of the National Hunt season in the British Isles and I’m really excited to see what the 20th renewal will bring.”


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Issue • #45 • November 2018 • East Belfast Edition

National Museums NI unveils a new print exhibition which recognises the impact that women artists had on the history of printmaking.

In November, Artisann are delighted to welcome the critically acclaimed abstract painter Patrick Conyngham to show a collection of new works.


ver fifty works from the Ulster Museum collection are on display including examples of lithograph, etching and lino print as well as woodengraving by artists such as Agnes Millar Parker, Clare Leighton, Gwen Raverat and Lady Mabel Annesley. Many of the women artists featured in the exhibition were central to the wood-engraving revival of the 1920s and 30s and the exhibition includes findings from extensive new research on National Museums NI collections, as part of its Foundations for the Future research initiative. Historically women had little access to training in commercial printmaking as it was heavily dominated by young male apprentices who were taught by Master teachers. Printmaking redeveloped as an art form through the 1800 and 1900s. Anna Liesching, Curator of Art at National Museums NI, explains “As

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Women Who ‘Made Their Mark in Print’ Impressive In Print The exhibition at the Ulster Museum, Making Her Mark, explores how women artists used the printmaking art form in the 1800 and 1900s to expand their artistic practice, gain financial independence and have their work seen by the wider public.

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printmaking as an art form became more accessible for women, many used the medium as a powerful tool to express their views on social inequalities in society at the time whilst some used it simply as another means of expression.” She added “Making Her Mark tells the fascinating story of women and the power of print and includes works, some of which have never been seen before, which highlight the history of women who made their mark in the print industry over time.”

A key highlight in the exhibition is a selection of works by the artist and arts advocate, Lady Mabel Annesley, who gifted 100 wood-engravings in 1939 to the Ulster Museum (formerly the City of Belfast Museum and Art Gallery). Lady Annesley was a champion of her fellow female artists and was central to the woodengraving print technique in Ireland. Making Her Mark is the final exhibition of National Museums NI’s year long programme of exhibitions and events entitled Hear Her Voice. The series of exhibitions highlight the women in its collections, marking the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which was the first milestone in the journey of women’s right to vote in political elections. Making Her Mark is on display at the Ulster Museum, Belfast, until 14 April 2019. Admission is free. For further information on all exhibition and events visit

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atrick Conyngham was born in Drogheda, Co Louth in 1959 and now lives and works in County Monaghan as a poet, a writer and as an artist. In his artwork he likes to achieve a raw and hopefully beautiful but balanced feel and paints in as free and loose a way as he can manage. This involves using charcoal, oil, acrylics, felt tip, pencil, inks pastels, gouache, tea and sprays, so the works are definitively multi media. Methods used to achieve the end result include taking the paint off with newspaper (tonking), and sometimes reapplying it (monoprinting), using things like fingers for smudging, flicking and Discover something new with a host of unforgettable events at the MAC

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dribbling of paint or ink, or using paintbrushes in a conventional way. ‘The first spark, the last spark, and all the sparks in between, be they the sparks of imagination or the literal sparks from a fire, are all triggers to move us, to lift us up, just as these paintings aspire to. Whatever the expression of sparks, be it playful, dancing, airy, bright, dim or strong, they are still sparks though they act as a flash point of intuition. They take us a little more out of ourselves in a good way and bring us to a ground further up the mountain that is symbolic of life’s mystery. One hopes that this is not too lofty an aspiration but has a mooring in actuality with a door to the spirit of what the light from

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a spark brings: hope, warmth and above all, light.’ Patrick has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions in galleries throughout the British Isles and his work is held in a number of private and public collections in Ireland, Europe, and the USA.

This exhibition is a collection of his latest works. The exhibition runs to Saturday 1st December 2018. ArtisAnn Gallery 70 Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast BT5 5AE. Tue – Fri: 11am to 6pm Saturday: Noon to 5pm

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History • Aidan Campbell

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Issue • #45 • November 2018 • East Belfast Edition Aidan Campbell has previously published 14 East Belfast local history books entitled: Sydenham, Belmont, East Belfast Revisited Volumes 1 & 2. Ballymacarrett, Castlereagh and Greater Belfast, Belfast Through Time. He regularly gives illustrated talks to local Marie Curie Hospice Hamilton News Cregagh and EastSide Visitor Centre with profits

An eagle-eyed reader will notice that the Sydenham Home Guard rifles on display are the single shot Martini model similar to the type used by the British Army at Rorke’s Drift in 1879 (made famous in the film ‘Zulu’). This particular weapon was apparently obsolete as long ago as 1900 and as a firearm was recently described to me by a knowledgeable contributor as ‘probably more effective than a broom handle!’

The photo of Castlereagh ARP was taken near Corry’s smithy on the Ballygowan Road in 1945 and they met in a shed attached to Corry’s yard. Notice on uniforms the letters ‘CD’ which stood for Civil Defence. The job of the men was largely to check that ‘blackout’ regulations were adhered to during the Blitz and report air raid damage whilst women were mainly involved in providing first aid and support to evacuees.

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Put that light out! Dad’s Army is a BBC television sitcom about the British Home Guard during the Second World War. The Home Guard consisted of local volunteers otherwise ineligible for military service, either because of age (hence the name ‘Dad’s Army’) or by being in professions exempt from conscription in Britain. Conscription was never introduced in Northern Ireland. The ARP (Air Raid Precaution) Chief Warden was the platoon’s major rival who seemed to spend a lot of time shouting ‘put that light out’! The Home Guard and ARP both performed a valuable service to the nation during the Second World War. But what about the East Belfast contribution to the ‘war effort’?


ydenham Home Guard (1) are on parade at Belfast Harbour Airport, during the Second World War. An eagle-eyed reader will notice that the Home Guard rifles on display are the single shot Martini model similar to the type used by the British Army at Rorke’s Drift in 1879 (made famous in the film ‘Zulu’). This particular weapon was apparently obsolete as long ago as 1900 and as a firearm was recently described to me by a knowledgeable contributor as ‘probably more effective than a broom handle!’ 2.Rosetta Home Guard are pictured at the end of WW2 in an undisclosed location. One of the sitters is Corporal Cecil Cathcart who is sitting in the 2nd row, 3rd from right. He lived at 34 St John’s Park. It is not clear where the Rosetta Home Guard actually met as like many servicemen Cecil didn’t refer much to his wartime activities although he did refer to Ormeau Park. Cecil originally worked for Eason & Son Ltd and was based at 17 Donegall Street in Belfast. During wartime he was a ‘fire watcher’ at Easons, keeping an eye on company buildings for incendiary bombs dropped by German planes during the Blitz. 3. Neill’s Hill Home Guard met in an old Nissen Hut near the site of the Brookeborough Hall (now demolished) on Sandown Road. The enlistment age was 18 years of age. They were issued with a Lee-Enfield

303 rifle, which had probably seen service in the First World War, and they often carried out target practice. There was also a fire-watching team based at St Columba’s Church on the King’s Road. The team all lived quite close to the Church and wore helmets and were equipped with a stirrup pump. Every time there was an air raid warning they headed out to look for incendiary bombs. 4. The Air Raid Precautions Scheme was set up in Belfast in 1938, with ARP districts organized along the same lines as the existing Police Districts to ensure maximum cooperation between the two and Castlereagh was in ‘E’ District. It was estimated that nearly 6,000 wardens would be needed to cover Belfast. This photo of the smartly dressed Castlereagh ARP was taken near Corry’s smithy on the Ballygowan Road in 1945 and they met in a shed attached to Corry’s yard. Notice on uniforms the letters ‘CD’ which stood for Civil Defence. The job of the men was largely to check that ‘blackout’ regulations were adhered to during the Blitz and report air raid damage whilst women were mainly involved in providing first aid and support to evacuees. 5. Cregagh ARP, here pictured outside Cregagh Presbyterian Church in the 1940s, met originally in premises at Methodist College playing field at Pirrie Park before moving to a hall adjacent to the church. Thomas McCormick is sitting in the front row fifth from right and wife




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Ruth is standing in the second row sixth from right. To the far right, the standing figure is Dr. John Harbinson who would later become a political commentator and principal of Belfast Technical College at Brunswick Street. 6. Members of Cherryvalley ARP pose in full uniform outside the Post at 3 Cherryvalley Gardens in 1942. Previously the ARP Post had been

located at 28 Gilnahirk Road in a retail premises (now occupied by Cherryvalley Home Bakery) before moving to Cherryvalley Gardens on 4th December 1940. As World War 2 entered its final stages the ARP Post was closed on 7th November 1944 and made available for use as a private dwelling once again. Front left, William Telford and right, James Dibble. Back right, Leslie Jagoe and back right AN Other.


Advice • Ashwood Vets

Features Nov 18

Issue • #45 • November 2018 • East Belfast Edition

Patrick McKee BVetMed, BSc, MRCVS

“I know pet insurance is really important, but how do I choose the right one?”

The 5 Point Checklist For Pet Insurance That Doesn’t Come With Any Surprises

Cover Checklist Here’s my checklist for ensuring you get the good cover you want to have without any surprises when you need it most. 1. Is the level of cover a sufficient amount for unexpected medical bills and does it renew each year? Medical costs for some common problems such as eating something they shouldn’t have, broken bone or heart problem can easily run into thousands of pounds very quickly. It is a good idea to check you know what level of cover your policy provides so you avoid any surprises when something happens. It’s also a good idea to be aware of whether your policy only covers you for 12months from the initial problem occurring, or whether there is a low monetary limit on your cover or whether your cover for any condition renews and continues every year for the life of your pet 2. Know your policy excess and whether you are covered for all of the rest of the cost, or do you pay

say 10% or 20% of the rest of the cost with the insurance company picking up the remainder? Either is fine, so long as you know in advance, you won’t have any surprises. When choosing a policy, it’s probably not worth getting hung up on the exact amount of your policy excess, it is more important to understand it, and be confident that the policy is with a company you have reason to trust and that you can rely on. For example, if you have a £3000 bill, you may feel it’s less important whether your excess is £70, £90 or £110, rather it is more important for you to feel you can rely on the company to pick up the rest of the bill. 3. Does your policy have any unexpected restrictions in the small print that would affect your understanding of their “headline” cover?

It’s also a good idea to be aware of whether your policy only covers you for 12months from the initial problem occurring, or whether there is a low monetary limit on your cover or whether your cover for any condition renews and continues every year for the life of your pet

For example, if the policy advertises “four thousand pounds of cover per year” but then in the small print clarifies that only £500 of that is available for any one condition, then your pet would need to have 8 different problems all in the one year for you to be using your insurance in the way suggested by the headline. Another example would be, if in the small print, specific (usually common) conditions are listed with specific, smaller amounts of cover available compared to the headline amount. I think it’s a good idea to understand any such aspects of a policy thoroughly before taking it out. 4. Will your insurance company penalise you in your premium if you make a claim? We do a lot of insurance work at Ashwood and work with all the companies. There are only two companies we work with that state clearly that your premium is not affected by any claims you may make. 5. Will your vet help you with the administration of any claim free of charge, and will they accept

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direct payment from the insurance company? Many veterinary practices ask you to pay your bill up front and then claim the costs back from the insurance company yourself. Some will accept direct claims from the insurance company, so you are not asked to pay lots of money up front. Some vet practices will do the administration of claims for you but may charge for this work. At Ashwood, we do direct claims to the insurance company for you and we do all the administration free of charge. This saves you a lot of hassle and money up front. Around 70% of our clients have chosen to have pet insurance. As the options available for the health care of our pets continue to improve, pet insurance becomes ever more important for them. I f you would like to speak with us about any of the questions raised in this article, give me a shout on 028 90 419374 or email Thanks for reading, Patrick. FaceBook ashwoodveterinaryclinic

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Features Nov 18

Issue • #45 • November 2018 • East Belfast Edition

Congratulations to a number of Grosvenor Grammar School pupils whose impressive achievements in a range of sporting endeavors were recognised at the School’s first Honours Assembly of the year, held in the William Moles Hall on the morning of Thursday 18th October

Honours for Grosvenor’s ‘Sensational Seven’


Congrats Amongst the recipients were seven pupils whose elite sporting performances helped to secure them the highest recognition available through the Grosvenor honours system – a Green Honours Blazer.

n the track and field arena blazers were awarded to Adam Sykes, Year Twelve, and Stephen Wright, Year Thirteen, following a series of impressive recent performances. In Adam’s case he is the current Northern Ireland Under 17 champion in the 200 metres event, while he was also recently Pictured at the coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support at Tor Bank School are acting principal of Tor Bank, Claire Breen, (back 2nd left) and Laura McKnight of Genesis, which donated buns to the event (back, 2nd right) with Tor Bank pupils Emily (back far left), Katie (back far right), Lucy (front left) and Andrew (front right).

PICTURED Grosvenor Grammar School pupils (from left to right): Stephen Wright, Sasha Clare, Matthew Vincent, James McMaster, Holly Brannigan, Adam Sykes and Andrew Hagen, pictured alongside the School’s Principal Dr. Frances Vasey, each of whose outstanding sporting achievements were recongised at its first Honours Assembly of the year in October.

selected to represent Northern Ireland at the highly prestigious ‘UK School Games’, held in Loughborough in August 2018, where he placed fourth at both 200 and 400 metres. For Stephen, meanwhile, his recognition came following a fantastic summer, during which time he enjoyed success in the

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elivered free of charge to 18 schools, and with the help of more than 35 volunteers from the private sector, ‘Time to Code’ aims to address the lack of formal coding teaching available in local primary schools. An independent assessment of its pilot Fund Raisers programme found that ‘Time to Code’ A fantastic recent coffee morning at Tor Bank School delivered a 60% increase in pupils who in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. were interested in a career involving coding. Participants also benefitted from he school, whose pupils are aged 3 - 19 and increases in their awareness of coding have severe learning disabilities or profound and and were more likely to explore coding multiple learning difficulties, joined thousands in their own time. The programme of other organisations and individuals who hosted a is run by Business in the Community coffee morning on Friday 28 September, as part of the Northern Ireland. Pictured are Abbie, Macmillan’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ initiative. St Matthews PS, Mikolaj and Hasset, Magherafelt company, Genesis Crafty, donated buns Euston Street PS, Ann Marie O’Neill, to Tor Bank School to support the 120 strong team Enterprise Problem Manager, Allstate, of teachers, classroom assistants, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, Ciara Mulgrew, Programme Executive, Business in the Community and Jenni art therapist, aromatherapist and nurses, in their bid to Barkley, Communications and Corporate raise vital funds for Macmillan, which works closely with Responsibility Manager, Belfast Harbour. cancer patients.


both the Northern Ireland and Ulster Championships, before also earning selection for the UK School Games, where he placed a highly respectable fifth in the 800 metres. In boys’ hockey blazers were awarded to Matthew Vincent and Andrew Hagen, both year Thirteen. In the case of both boys their recognition comes following selection onto the Ulster Under 17 Squad to play in a three-match series against England at Lilleshall, one of the UK’s most prestigious National Sports Centres, followed by further selection to participate in a three match series against Wales in Belfast. Both boys performed incredibly well throughout all six of these matches, despite the high standard of play to which they were exposed, and, in Andrew’s case. a memorable goal in the first of these matches - a 5-1 win over England – was confirmation of just how at home he is in such an environment. In rugby, meanwhile, receipt of an Honours Blazer for James McMaster, Year Fourteen, comes following his participation as a member of the Ulster Under 17 training squad, followed by selection onto the Ulster Under 18 Schools’ squad, as a member of which he participated in four matches at the renowned ‘Interprovincial Festival’, held at the University of Limerick, following his selection in the hotly-contested

position of tight-head prop. Elsewhere footballer Sasha Clare, Year Twelve, attained recognition after being selected to play in defence for the Northern Ireland Under 19 ladies team over the summer; her participation as a member of this squad saw her travel to Estonia as one of the youngest members of the squad, where a particular highlight was her prominent role in an impressive 2-0 victory over the hosts, in the first match of the tour. Last but not least Holly Brannigan, Year Fourteen, was selected to play in the Ulster Under 18 rugby team at their annual Interprovincial tournament, in which the team impressively finished second overall. In August 2018, meanwhile, Holly was further selected for the Ulster Senior women’s squad, playing in two friendly matches against Connaught and Munster. Well done to all of Grosvenor’s sensational seven, whose elite sporting performances have been a credit to both themselves and the School over the past year; hopefully The Honours Assembly will have acted as inspiration for other members of the School’s pupil body to maximise their potential and, hopefully, emulate the achievements of the School’s current crop of blazer recipient come to awarding of further honours later in the year.

PICTURED Children from Cregagh Primary School with their fantastic bonus courtesy of The Signature Works

£500 Surprise for Cregagh Primary School Pupils “We had a very nice surprise given to us from our Uniform Supplier - The Signature Works, a cheque for £500 that will be put alongside Parent-Teacher Association Funds towards the cost of purchasing a new Interactive TouchScreen Board for one of our classrooms. Excellent!” David Heggarty, Principal.

PICTURED Dr Derek Evans, Senior Fisheries Scientist from AFBI; Cathy Chauhan, LNFCS. Beatrice Keown, Strandtown Eco Volunteer Club co-ordinator with pupils from Year 7 at Strandtown Primary School

Dr Derek Evans, leading eel scientist from the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institiute (AFBI), along with Cathy Chauhan from the Lough Neagh Fisherman’s Cooperative Society (LNFCS), visited Strandtown Primary School’s Eco Volunteer and Wildlife clubs, with some slippery Lough Neagh creatures. The children learned about the eels astonishing life cycle, and about some of the other natural treasures found in Lough Neagh, the largest freshwater lake in the British Isles


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Issue • #45 • November 2018 • East Belfast Edition

Gordons Chemists at Greenway on the Cregagh Road has recently undergone a fullscale renovation The family-run company, which has been serving patients in East Belfast for two decades, has displayed its commitment to the Cregagh community by giving its Greenway pharmacy a complete overhaul – transforming it into a space that will benefit both shoppers, and pharmacy patients alike.

Eyes Sound advice as ever from our resident expert Rosemary McWatters: 19th-25th November is Road Safety week and once again I am highlighting the need for good vision for driving.

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Gordons Chemists Revamps Its Greenway Pharmacy Community Pharmacy Joanne Watson, Pharmacy Manager, explains that the renovation enables her and her team to offer a greater number of pharmacyrelated services to the local community: “Personally - I’m thrilled with what has been achieved here. We have a brand new pharmacy that looks great, and we are enjoying our new surroundings. We’re available to discuss any aspects of your health or medication, and you don’t need to make an appointment before you call in. I had a patient just the other day who told me that I’d saved her having to book an appointment with her GP – just by answering a simple question that she had about her tablets! Our new space gives my team and I greater capacity to deliver more of the services which are available to all our patients. “Services that we offer include a Medicine Use Review for persons who suffer from asthma or diabetes. With winter just around the corner, we’ve already had lots of parents call in these past few weeks with a query about their child’s asthma. In such a review, we’ll chat privately in our Consultation Room, and really make sure that the patient is taking their medicine correctly. More often

than not - and particularly with an inhaler - we’ll identify that the patient isn’t using it correctly, or isn’t getting the very best out of their prescribed medication. When we can show them how to correct that, the patient’s health often improves. “But that only scratches the surface of what we can offer. In the New Year for instance I always see lots of people from the area making an effort to stop smoking. It’s always a rewarding part of my job to be able to help a smoker quit, through the Smoking Cessation service offered through Community Pharmacy.” “Our new Patient Consultation Room enables me to speak with patients in private. As a Community Pharmacy we are able to answer the questions that you have about your health or the medicine you’re taking – saving you in many cases a visit to your doctor. A private area gives us a space to have that discussion behind a closed door, in complete confidence. Gordons Chemists offers patients across East Belfast easier access

PICTURED L-R Joanne Watson (manager), Nicola McClearnon, Karen Porter, Myrtle Paisley

“We know that certain medicines can be hard to get, and our larger and better equipped Dispensary Area allows us to hold more stock of an extensive range of drugs. We’re more likely than ever before to have the medicine you need, at Greenway.” Joanne Watson Pharmacy Manager

to their healthcare in a number of ways. In addition to the services that Joanne has described – giving a patient instant access to a qualified healthcare professional without the need for an appointment – they also offer more convenient access to medicine. Joanne continues: “As a Community Pharmacist, I’m able to diagnose certain conditions and prescribe medicine to treat them, under the Minor Ailments Scheme. Visiting your local pharmacy, instead of your GP for these conditions, will save you time and in many cases will get your treatment started sooner. It also helps to relieve some of the pressures that are placed on our health service – particularly over the winter months. We can also make it more convenient for you to access your regular medication. On a daily basis

we call to the various GP surgeries in the area to collect prescriptions for our patients. We bring these to our pharmacy, and have our patient’s medicine prepared for them to collect, at a time that suits them. It’s another way that we’re making access to healthcare and medication easier for our patients. Andrew Sally – Area Manager for Gordons Chemists – outlines the reasons behind the pharmacy’s renovation: “We identified some time ago that there was an undeniable need for the additional pharmacy services that can be offered in a Community Pharmacy setting, in the Cregagh area. “We see Community Pharmacy, and your local pharmacist, as being the first port of call for anything health or medicinerelated. We ask our patients to think “Pharmacy First” and to consider their local pharmacy as their first contact for their health concerns.” To avail of any of the services described, contact Joanne or her team at Gordons Chemists, Greenway, Cregagh Road – telephone: 028 9040 1023. Gordons Chemists also offer these services in the following pharmacies across East Belfast: Gordons Chemists, 35-45 Castlereagh Road Gordons Chemists, 416-418 Woodstock Road, Gordons Chemists, 187 Albertbridge Road, Pollock’s Chemist, 194-196 Albertbridge Road

Can You Still Pass The Number Plate Test? Road Ready The latest figures show that an increasing number of people are failing their driving test before they even get in the car because of poor vision.


he current standards of vision for driving as outlined on are:

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It should be noted that visual standards are higher for bus, coach and lorry drivers and full details of the advice and requirements for all drivers are on the website. I doubt these learner drivers who failed before they started decided to get a tape measure out to check their vision at 20 metres away. Instead they probably all thought they were fine based on some vague check they did of

approximately 5 car lengths away. It would have saved them the expense of a wasted driving test if they had visited their optician and had a full check before putting up the L plates, as is the law in some other countries, such as Canada. Perhaps some of us who have passed our driving test long since are a bit too presumptuous in believing our vision is fine. Frequently, people will tell me they have noticed that their distance vision is definitely not as good as it once was, but then are quick to assert that they could still read the number plate even without their glasses. Very occasionally some people turn out to be right when they say this, but more often the test chart proves that more actually fall well short of the mark. A regular eye test is really the only way to ensure that your vision still meets the standard, not your own best guess. At the end of the day we need to remember that these visual standards were not put in place for the sake of rules, nor even because opticians want to drum up some business. Instead they are for everyone’s safety on the road, which is the message of Road Safety Week.












Features Nov 18

Dry scalp and Dandruff, Not The Same Thing!

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our skin constantly produces new skin cells and sheds old cells to stay healthy. Dandruff can occur when this cycle of skin renewal speeds up. This leads to patches of dead skin forming on the scalp that come away into the hair. Dandruff isn’t a sign of dirty hair, although it can be triggered by too much washing as well as too little. Dandruff can also be linked to:


• Psoriasis • Eczema • Stress • Some hair products • A weakened immune system • Excessive use of hair products • Cold weather and dry indoor heating • Stress and anxiety • Infrequent shampooing of the hair or inadequate rinsing of the scalp and hair Signs and symptoms of dandruff Dandruff flakes are larger than dry scalp flakes and are harder to come off the scalp. You will experience itching and usually have scalp odour. Dandruff is a common skin condition that causes white or grey flakes of skin to appear on the scalp and in the hair. The flakes usually fall from your scalp on to your shoulders.





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Your scalp may also feel dry and itchy. Dandruff is not contagious or harmful, but it can be unpleasant and difficult to get rid of.

Treating dandruff Look for shampoos containing one of the following ingredients: • zinc pyrithione • salicylic acid • selenium sulphide (or selenium sulfide) • ketoconazole • coal tar Read the instructions that come with the shampoo before using it to check if it’s suitable for you and see how often it should be applied. If you are unsure check with a pharmacist they can offer advice if you need it. It’s particularly important to leave the shampoo in your hair for at least five minutes before washing it out, leave it to work in your hair. Try these shampoos for a month to see if your dandruff improves. You might need to try more than one type to find one that works for you. You may be able to use the shampoo less often once your symptoms improve, but your dandruff will probably come back if you stop using it completely. Ask your stylist for advice on what professional products are best suited.


his is caused by the lack of moisture from the skin and can be caused by the application of shampoo and conditioner , cold weather, product build up, hard water, and bad diet fro example to much caffeine. Signs and symptoms are itching and small white flakes that come off easily. The treatment for dry scalp is using the correct shampoos and hair products to cleanse the scalp and to help restore the pH on your scalp and remove build up left behind by shampoos, conditioners, and other hair products. By giving your scalp a light scalp message using natural oils such as olive oil, jojoba oil, this will help hydrate and bring moisture back into your scalp. Ask your stylist for advice on what professional products are best suited.


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Features Nov 18

Issue • #45 • November 2018 • East Belfast Edition

Mums & Tots

Classes & Events



CALVARY MUMS & TODDLERS. 10.30-12.00am. £1 per family.100 Dee St, BT4 028 9073 2331 EAST END BAPTIST TINY TOTS (Westbourne street). Each Monday during term time 10:30-12noon. £1 donation. Tel: 07786 962220. LITTLE STARS The Salvation Army 110 Cregagh Rd Toys/snacks/craft/music. £1.50 p/family. 10-12 term time 0-4 years. 028 9045 4466. SYDENHAM PARENT & TODDLER Mon 10-11.30 £1 per family. Inverary CC, 028 9047 1456 ST FINNIANS 10-11.30. Cregagh Park, 028 9079 2793. WANDSWORTH MUMS & CHUMS 10-11.30am. Wandsworth CC. £1. 26a Belmont Church Rd. 07903 674698


ALBERTBRIDGE CONGREGATIONAL 10.30-12.15. Woodstock Link. Donation £1 CFC MOPS & TOTS 9.30-11am (term time - alternate Tuesdays) £1 for one child, £1.50 total for more. Tea/coffee/juice/snacks. CFC MOPS 9.30-11am (term time - alternate Tues) £3.50 per mum. Breakfast & creche. 10 Belmont Rd. 028 9067 1838 GARNERVILLE PRESBYTERIAN 10.15-11.45. Child’s Play - Tea, coffee, juice, snack. £1 p/family. MERSEY STREET PRESBYTERIAN. 10-11.45am term time. £1. 028 9065 7025 MCQUISTON TODDLERS 10-11.30am. Toast, juice, tea, coffee & biscuits. McQuiston Memorial, 83 Castlereagh Road. MOUNT MERRION PARISH CHURCH 10am Toddler Group. Tel 07905 144070. Mount Merrion Ave, BT6. ST DONARDS CHURCH 10am-12 Bloomfield Avenue Tel: 028 9065 2321 £1 for adults. Tea/coffee/juice STRANDTOWN BAPTIST TOTS 10.00- 11.30am (term time) Strandtown Baptist Church, 1 Clonallon Court BT4 2AB Tel: 028 9080 8380 £1 per adult TOTS & CO 10.15- 11.45am (term time). Cregagh Methodist Church. £1.50 per family (juice/snack & tea) 28-30 Cregagh Rd. 028 9045 7564


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BADMINTON CLUB ST Moluas C.O.I , 645 Upp Newtownards Rd ,BT4 3LR. 8pm10pm. New members welcome. 07882 058198. BALLYHACKAMORE LIBRARY 1-3 Eastleigh Drive 028 9050 9204. Ballyhack Book Pack Adult reading group (1st Mon of month) 7pm. Knit & Natter 2-4pm. Bedtime Stories 7pm. Make with Mum – Do with Dad for pre-school children (0-4 year old) accompanied by an adult. Simple craft for parent and child. All materials provided. Page-turners Book Group for 9-11 year olds every third Monday September-June. Booking essential. 9:15-12 Ballyhackamore Crime Reading Group (2nd Mon of the month) 7pm. BEAN BLESSED Bloomfield Ave Congregational Church Tea/ coffee, scones, pastries. 10.30-12 BELMONT TOWER The Programme 6.30-8.30pm. 028 9076 1172 CREGAGH CRICKET CLUB Gibson Park Avenue 028 9045 9440 6.30pm Under 9 & Under 11 cricket training. CREGAGH PRESBYTERIAN Cub Scouts. 6.30pm. Tel 07809 205579. 102-104 Cregagh Rd DUNDONALD WOMEN’S INSTITUTE First Monday of month (excl Bank Holidays) Moat Park Pavilion, Dundonald, 7:30 pm. New members welcome. HARDING MEMORIAL Rainbows 4-7yrs Mon 6pm Brownies 7-10yrs Monday 7pm Guides 10-14yrs Mondays 7pm. Clare 07905 556825. EAST BELFAST MISSION SKAINOS.ORG EBM Homework Club (P4-P6) 3.30–5.30pm. Contact Hannah Ferguson 028 9045 8560. JUNIOR BOYS CLUB (FREE) 6pm-7pm @ St. Judes Parish, Ravenhill Rd P1-P6; Football, craft & games. MENS BOWLS Cregagh Methodist. 1.30pm-4pm. Learners or just sit and chat. All welcome tea & coffee provided STRAND ARTS CENTRE & NI STARS Holywood Rd, BT4 Singing & dancing 7-8pm TULLYCARNET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH GB Teenies & Explorers (3-8yrs) 6.30-7.30pm, Juniors (9-11yrs) 6.30-8pm, Seniors & Brigaders (12-18 yrs) 6.30-8.30 Contact Carol 07813 117453. Presbyterian Women’s Group (2nd & 4th Monday of month) 8pm TEL JEAN 02890 486492 WANDSWORTH COMMUNITY 028 9065 1668. Climbing Tree Breakfast club for school children 7.30 - 9am & After School Club each day 2 - 6pm. Children & Teens carnival drumming 6.30pm-7.30pm. Aerobics 7-8pm. Combat 8.15-9.30pm WOODSTOCK LIBRARY Mindful Colouring for adults. 10.30-11.30am 358 Woodstock Road. Tel 028 9050 9239


15TH NI GIRLS BRIGADE Cregagh Methodist 23-30 Cregagh Road Tinies (3-4) 6.157.15pm explorers (5-7) 6.15-7.30pm juniors (8-10) 7.00-9.00pm company (11-19) 7.30-9.30pm tel 07783 408609 ARDENLEE LADIES BOWLING CLUB Warm and friendly Club welcoming new members. Experience not necessary, bowls supplied. Ravenhill Green, Ormeau Park, opposite Ravenhill Avenue. 028 9058 6446. Also meet on Thursdays. BALLYHACKAMORE LIBRARY 1-3 Eastleigh Drive 028 9050 9204. ART CLASSES - Book your place in Ballyhackamore Library’s monthly art class (Adult). 10-12. Classic Reading Group - share your love of the classics, pick up this months read. Last Tues of the month 11-12. BELMONT TOWER Childrens dance classes 4-7pm. Pregnancy Yoga 8pm-10pm. Belfast Wine Makers 8pm-10pm. Samantha Meditation 7pm-9pm. EAST BELFAST MISSION SKAINOS.ORG EBM Women’s Group 7pm-9pm. EBM Homework Club (P4 – P6) 3.30–5.30pm. EBM Choir practice (age 17+) 5.45 – 6.45pm. Time Out 12.30-12.50. Mens Bible studies 10.3012pm. Rang Comhra 7-9pm. GILNAHIRK LADIES GROUP Stye Brae Centre @ Gilnahirk Presbyterian Church 10.30-12 MOUNT MERRION PARISH CHURCH Junior puppet club. 3.30pm. P1-P3. Senior puppet club. 4.30pm. P4-P7. Tel 07443 334690. Learn to dance. 7.30pm, Ballroom, sequence & Latin. Tel 07547 801383. MOUNTPOTTINGER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 10.30am Open Door. 2.30pm Senior Citizens (1st&3rd Tues of month). 6.30-7.45pm GB Explorers. 6.30-8pm GB Juniors. 7.30-9.30pm GB Seniors & Brigaders. 8.15pm -PW (2nd & 4th Tues) NI FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY 4th Tuesday of the month. Sept-Jun. 7.30pm at Holywood Arches Library. ORANGEFIELD BAPTIST 3.00pm to 4.00pm “Friendship meeting” Come and enjoy cup of tea/coffee and a chat and some fellowship. Everyone warmly welcomed. TULLYCARNET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Mixed Bowling Club – 7.30 / Cell Group - 7.30 WANDSWORTH COMMUNITY 028 9065 1668. Climbing Tree Breakfast club for school children 7.30 - 9am & After School Club each day 2 - 6pm Yoga 10.30--11.30, Irish dancing for kids 5--6, Aerobics 7--8 and Boxing Fitness 8.15-9.30.

WILLOWFIELD CHURCH HALLS Open House 10.00am – 1.00pm Free tea, coffee with sweet treats & chat for anyone and everyone. Also free gym open, internet access and monthly craft activities. Debt help, Job Club & food store. WOODSTOCK LIBRARY Adult reading group (general). First Tuesday of the month. Adult reading group (crime). Last Tuesday of the month. 6.45-7.45pm. 358 Woodstock Road. Tel 028 9050 9239


29TH NI GIRLS BRIGADE Cregagh Congregational. Explorers (3-7) 6:45-8:15pm. Company Section (8-18) 6:45-10pm. Helen 07938 521823. AVONIEL COMMUNITY GARDEN Beside Avoniel Leisure Centre. Open to public 1pm - 3pm. T: 028 9046 7925 BELMONT TOWER Baby massage 10am-1pm. PlayBall NI 9am-1pm. 39th Old Boys Flute Ensemble 7-9pm. Belfast Soroptimists 7.30pm-9. NI Orchid Society 6pm-8pm. Mindfullness 6.30pm-8.30 CREGAGH CRICKET CLUB Gibson Park Avenue, 028 9045 9440 6.30pm Under 13 & Under 15 cricket training. CREGAGH PRESBYTERIAN For seniors - “Evergreens’. 3rd Wednesday of the month. 2.30pm. Tel Barbara 07752134435. second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, 2 pm-3.30pm. Tea and Talk Together: All age dementia friendly get-together with games, music and refreshments. Contact Ruth 07753 709108. Beavers. 6.30pm. Tel Carolyn 07816 658507. Squirrels. 6.30pm. Tel Laura 07597 684104 102-104 Cregagh Rd EAST BELFAST MISSION SKAINOS.ORG Kidz GAP - Young children with their Parents/Guardians 10am-12pm. Ladies Senior Friendship Club 2pm-3.30pm. Street Soccer five-a-side Avoniel Leisure Centre 1-3pm. Bible Studies general group 7.30-8.30pm. GILNAHIRK HORTICULTURAL & CIVIC SOCIETY 1st Wednesday of the month (Sep-May) 8 - 9.30pm Gilnahirk Presbyterian. GILNAHIRK MENS GROUP 10.30am – cuppa,chat, visiting speaker. Jack Britton Hall, Gilnahirk Presbyterian Church (October-April) GIRLS BRIGADE Bloomfield Ave Congregational. 3yrs-P4 6.15pm.P5+ 7.30pm KNIT & CHAT Dundonald Methodist Church (Rank Road) on alternate Wednesdays, 2-4 pm. Very friendly group who will make you very welcome. Come along and enjoy the fellowship. Enquiries 02890 486247. LUNCHEON CLUB For senior citizens. 12 noon. £1.50. Cregagh Methodist. Pre book on 028 9045 7564. MOUNT MERRION PARISH CHURCH Homework club. 3pm. P1-P3. Homework club. 4pm. P4-P7. Tel 07443 334690. Ladies craft club. T: 028 9058 9149. MOUNTPOTTINGER PRESBYTERIAN 7.45pm Midweek Prayer. ORMEAU TABLE TENNIS CLUB Kids beginners table tennis 6.30-7.30. Adults beginners table tennis 7.30-9. 113 The Mount. OVER 60’S LUNCH CLUB Bloomfield Methodist Church. 12.30pm. 3 courses for £3. Grand Parade. Tel: 028 9065 2314 to book. STRAND ARTS CENTRE “Wacky Wednesdays” All shows £3.50 TULLYCARNET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Cell Group – 7.30 / House Group – 8pm. 154 Comber Rd WANDSWORTH COMMUNITY Climbing Tree Breakfast club for school children 7.30 - 9am & After School Club each day 2 - 6pm. Sewing 10am-12. Flower Arranging 1.30-3.30pm. Yoga 7-8.30pm YOUTH DROP IN (FREE) 4-30-6pm @ St.Judes Parish Church Ormeau Rd. Secondary school youths. Pizza, snacks, chat. WOODSTOCK LIBRARY One to one beginners computer lessons. Booking required. 358 Woodstock Road. Tel 028 9050 9239


BALLYHACKAMORE LIBRARY 1-3 Eastleigh Drive 028 9050 9204. Rhythm & Rhyme (1st & 3rd Thurs of the month) 11.15am. Booking essential. BALLYMACARRETT BOWLING CLUB If interested in bowling, your local club is looking for new members. If you have played before or want to try come along to Ravenhill road green on a Thursday night From 6:30 onwards, you will be made welcome. Contact John Armstrong 02890 294 249. First few fixtures are : 21/04/18 Donaghadee b v 1st Ballymacarrett (away) 28/04/18 1st Ballymacarrett v 58th old boys (Home) 05/ 05/18 Lagan Valley v 1st Ballymacarrett (Away) BELMONT TOWER Art classes 10am-1pm. Baby Sensory Classes 10am-1pm. Yoga 6-9pm. CREGAGH PRESBYTERIAN Girl Guides. 6.30pm. Gillian 028 9187 4687 Brownies. 6.30pm. Vicki 028 9045 8208. Rainbow Guides. 6pm. Rebecca. Email EAST BELFAST HISTORICAL SOCIETY Second Thursday of the month, 7.30pm at the Oxford Suite, Park Avenue Hotel, 158 Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1PB. September to May

EAST BELFAST MISSION SKAINOS.ORG Over’s Luncheon Club 12.30-2pm. Homework club (P4-P6) 3.30–5.30pm. Bible Studies, women 6.30-7.30 fortnightly. MIXED BOWLS Cregagh Methodist. 7-10pm. Learners or just sit and chat. All welcome tea & coffee provided MOUNT MERRION PARISH CHURCH Diamontes Dance Group. Tel 07880 880829. MOUNTPOTTINGER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 10.30-Midday Open Door. 6.30-7.30pm BB Anchor Boys.6.308pm BB Junior Section. 7.30-10pm BB Company Section SENIOR CITIZENS LUNCHEON CLUB Midday @ Ballymac Centre. STRAND ARTS CENTRE Weekly screening of classic film TULLYCARNET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Parent and Toddler Group – 10.30-12 noon BB - 6.30 Contact – Irene Mornin - 02890 486475 WANDSWORTH COMMUNITY 028 9065 1668. Boot Camp 7-8 and Core Combat 8.15-9.30. Climbing Tree Breakfast club for school children 7.30 - 9am & After School Club each day 2 - 6pm


AIKIDO MARTIAL ARTS CLUB Belfast Aikido practice on Friday evenings 6:30-9pm and Saturday mornings 9-11am then 11-1pm in the Dojo at unit 9, 45 Ravenhill Road. Contact 07976 758908. ALBERTBRIDGE CONGREGATIONAL 6 Woodstock Link. Friday Friendship. 10.30-12.30pm. BALLYHACKAMORE LIBRARY 1-3 Eastleigh Drive 028 9050 9204. Chill Out Family Story. 3.30pm. Tea & Newspapers 9 am-12pm. Mindful Colouring, adult colouring 9am-12. Board Games - Come along and bring a friend for Chess, Scrabble, Draughts ….you decide. BELMONT TOWER Art Classes 10-1pm. CREGAGH PRESBYTERIAN Church open for quiet reflection 10.30-12 noon EAST END BAPTIST CHILDRENS MEETING 7-8pm. Quizzes, choruses, Bible lessons & lots of fun. MOUNT MERRION PARISH CHURCH 3rd Fri of the month - Messy Church. Tel 07880 880829 MOUNTPOTTINGER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 11am-2pm Mens Lunch Club. 7.30pm Mixed Fellowship bowls SHILOH HALL 6 The Mount, Coffee Morning. 10:30-12. STRAND ARTS CENTRE Teenage Kicks Film Club 4.15 WANDSWORTH COMMUNITY Climbing Tree Breakfast club for school children 7.30 - 9am & After School Club daily 2 - 6pm Painting for Pleasure 11am1pm. Kids Ju Jitsu 6-8pm. Boxing Fitness 8.15pm WOODSTOCK LIBRARY Knit and Natter 2.00-3.00pm.358 Woodstock Road. Tel 028 9050 9239


AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER Intervention for pre-school children with difficulty in communication and play skills. Parent & child intervention sessions. 07471 169685 AVONIEL COMMUNITY GARDEN 1-3pm. T: 028 9046 7925 ENGLISH CLASSES 10.30am to 12.15pm at Strand Church, 161 Connsbrook Avenue, Belfast. Free. All are welcome, including beginners. MOUNT MERRION PARISH CHURCH SunshineFit Kids - keep fit. SKAINOS BUILDING SKAINOS.ORG Walking Group on selected Saturdays at 10am. Contact Gary Allen on 028 9045 8560. STRAND ARTS CENTRE & NISTARS Stage school. 10-1pm WOODSTOCK LIBRARY Storytime (4-8 years) 10.00-10.30am 358 Woodstock Road. Tel 028 9050 9239


CONNSBROOK AVENUE CONGREGATIONAL 11am & 7pm CREGAGH PRESBYTERIAN Worship 11 am and 7 pm second and third Sundays EAST BELFAST MISSION SKAINOS.ORG Worship 11am. Tea & Coffe @ 10.30am. Creche. Sunday school available for primary school kids. KINGDOM HARVEST CHURCH, BELFAST Sunday Worship 11am. "Superchurch" for Children 6-12yrs @ Ballyoran Community Centre, Rosneath Ct, Dundonald MOUNTPOTTINGER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 11.30am Morning service. 6.30pm Evening service. MOUNT MERRION PARISH CHURCH KIC (Birth upwards). 10.30am. Youth Club. P4-P7. 6pm. Youth Club. Yr 8 upwards. 7pm. STRAND ARTS CENTRE & NI STARS Singing & dancing 1.30-3.30. Sat Minors Film Club @ 12 THE SALVATION ARMY - BELFAST TEMPLE Family Worship 10.30am with band and choir and children’s activities from 11am. 110 Cregagh Rd. All Welcome! TULLYCARNET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Sunday Worship 10.45am & 6.30pm Junior Church 11.10am


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