Jun
18
6:30 pm18:30

St Bride's Rambling Group - Cavehill

Leave the Square car park at 6:30pm. Drive to the Cavehill Country Park near Belfast Castle. The route follows the green waymarking arrows and will take in McArt’s fort at the top of Cavehill before around towards Divis and back to the car park. A challenging route. Follow this link for a map - Cavehill

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Difficulty rating - 7

Distance - 7.2 km

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Jun
25
6:30 pm18:30

St Bride's Rambling Group - Glenarm Forest

Leave the Square car park at 6:30pm and drive to Glenarm along the A2 coast road from Ballygalley and past St Patrick’s church on the road out of Glenarm towards Carnlough. Park in the car park just past the church beside the children’s play park and toilet block.

Walk over the footbridge and over to the marina and then into the village, up Toberwine Street and on to the entrance to the forest. Walk the long loop around the forest following the red waymarkers and then back to the village. Look out for red squirrels on the walk.

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Difficulty rating - 5

Distance - 6.5 km

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Jul
2
6:30 pm18:30

St Bride's Rambling Group - Castle Gardens, Antrim

Leave the Square car park at 6:30pm and drive to the Castle gardens in Antrim parking in the Castle grounds car park just off the Randalstown Road. The walking route goes around the back of Clotworthy House, across the Six Mile Water using the Deerpark Bridge, then right to follow the river downstream to Lough Neagh. Return to Antrim via the Lough Road crossing under the main A6 Dublin Road and on to Bridge Street. Turn left and continue on to High Street and Market Square. Cross under the A6 road again using the underpass at the river and back into the Castle Gardens. Follow the path through the ruins of the castle and into the main garden area before returning to the cars in front of Clotworthy House.

The route is almost as seen on this map (courtesy of the the WalkNI website and the former Antrim Borough Council)

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Difficulty Rating - 3

Distance - 4.5 km

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Jul
9
6:30 pm18:30

St Bride's Rambling Group - Divis

Leave the Square car park at 6:30pm. This will be the same route that was walked around Divis last year. Drive to the car park just above Hannahstown and then follow first the blue way markers and then the red to the top of the hill, returning down the opposite side looking out for the World War 2 aircraft that crashed during the war.

Follow this link for a map - Divis

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Difficulty rating - 7

Distance - 10 km

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Jul
23
6:30 pm18:30

St Bride's Rambling Group - Olderfleet Castle, Larne

The ‘Clyde Valley’ memorial, The ‘Princess Victoria’ memorial and the Chaine Memorial Tower.

The ‘Clyde Valley’ memorial, The ‘Princess Victoria’ memorial and the Chaine Memorial Tower.

Leave the Square car park at 6:30pm. Drive to Larne and park near the leisure centre on Tower Road. The route will go along the Chaine Memorial Road towards the harbour, past the round tower and the SS Clyde Valley and Princess Victoria memorials, before turning right into Bay Road, left on to Coastguard Road and follow it to the roundabout. Coastguard Road continues on the opposite side of the roundabout and leads down to the ruins of the castle. Double back on the Coastguard Road, then the Curran Road and turn right at Larne Methodist church on to the Glenarm Road. Follow it to the entrance to the Chaine Memorial Park and follow the path through and down to the coastal path. Return to the cars along this path passing the leisure centre.

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Difficulty rating - 3

Distance - 6 km

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Aug
6
6:30 pm18:30

St Bride's Rambling Group - Randalstown

Leave the Square car park at 6:30pm. Drive to Randalstown and park in the car park at Drummaul Parish Church in Church Street. Follow the route as shown on the Highway to Health map for the town - Randalstown map

We hope to meet up with some walkers from Drummaul and walk around the town together. The walk will divert off to see the war memorial garden beside the Presbyterian church.

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Difficulty rating - 2

Distance - 6 km

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Aug
13
6:30 pm18:30

St Bride's Rambling Group - Cregagh Glen from St Finnian's Church

Leave the Square car park at 6:30pm. Drive into Belfast and near the top of the Cregagh Road take the last avenue before the Knock dual-carriageway and park along the avenue leading to the church (or other nearby streets).

The walk starts on the other side of the dual-carriageway and leads up through Cregagh Glen on unmade paths so walking shoes/boots are recommended. The path is steep in places and there are steps at a number of locations. Near the top the path opens out into farmland.

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Difficulty rating - 7

Distance - 7 km

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Aug
20
6:30 pm18:30

St Bride's Rambling Group - Shane's Hill & Agnew's Hill

Leave the Square car park at 6:30pm. Drive to the back of Ballyboley forest and park in the car park on the Shane’s Hill Road. Follow the Ulster Way signs across the road and through a short section of forest heading north. Climb firstly Shane’s Hill and then Agnew’s Hill before retracing the route back.

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Map 2

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Difficulty rating - 8

Distance - 6 km

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Jun
11
6:30 pm18:30

St Bride's Rambling Group - Buttermilk Bridge, Broughshane

Leave the Square car park at 6:30pm. Drive over the Collin to Broughshane. Turn right at the ‘T’ junction on Main Street and the car park is at Houston’s Mill just beside St Patrick’s church. Starting to walk at approximately 7:15 pm. The walk follows the River Braid and back by main street. This walk is suitable for all abilities. It is the intention that some parishioners from St Patrick’s will join us for this walk.

Follow this link for a map of the walk - Buttermilk Bridge

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Difficulty rating - 2

Distance - 5 km

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Jun
4
6:30 pm18:30

St Bride's Rambling Group - Ballyclare Churches

Meet in the Square car park for a 6:30pm start. Route will be from the car park on to the Doagh Road, past the Free Presbyterian Church, up Foundry Lane past the Presbyterian Church, Hillmount Avenue and through Rathmena to the Rashee Road. The Baptist Church is just beyond the electricity substation. Back down the Rashee Road, then into Victoria Road and Ballyeaston Road to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, left into Ballycorr Road to the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Park Street. Back on to the Ballyeaston Road, North End and into Main Street passing Ballyclare Christian Fellowship beside Falstaff’s, then the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church, then the Methodist Church at the bridge. Turn left into Abercorn Drive and into the Memorial Park. Veer left and over the river using the foot bridge and follow the road past the leisure centre and pitches to the Ballynure Road and the Gospel Hall just beyond the Ballyclare Vets Centre. Back towards the town along the Ballynure Road to the Mill Road passing the River of Life. A hundred metres further on take the path on the right into the Six Mile park, cross the footbridge and follow the path closest to the river to the end of the park before looping back and coming on to Avondale Drive. Turn left on to Hawthorn Way and follow through the estate, then take the path across the small park area. Continue up the hill and turn right on to Ollardale Park and right on to Doagh Road. The Church of the Sacred Heart is on the right. Walking the last few hundred metres the next church is St John’s Church of Ireland on the right before returning to the Square car park where The Way Church meets in Ballyclare Town Hall. The total route is 8 km but there are lots of short cuts that can be taken if preferred on the evening of the walk.

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Difficulty Rating - 4

Distance - 8 km (can be shorter if necessary)

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May
30
8:00 pm20:00

St Patrick's - Templepatrick

Rev. Jeremy Mould

Rev. Jeremy Mould

The Rev. Jeremy Mould, curate of Belvoir Parish, Belfast, in the Diocese of Down and Dromore, has been appointed as Incumbent of the United Parish of Templepatrick and Donegore.

For more details on Rev. Mould follow this link to the Connor website - Rev. Jeremy Mould

The service of institution will take place at 8:00pm on 30th May in St Patrick’s Parish Church, Templepatrick.

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May
28
6:30 pm18:30

St Bride's Rambling Group - Cranny Falls, Carnlough

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Leave the Square car park at 6:30pm and from there drive to Carnlough. Going through the village turn left at the Spar. Cross over the crossroads and drive up to the small roundabout. Turn left again and park in the car park at the end of this avenue. Starting to walk at approximately 7:25 pm. This walk is almost a repeat of last year’s visit to Carnlough but on the way back from the waterfall it will cross below the cliff face and over the mine workings to the Croft Road and then back to the village. There are lovely views of Carnlough Bay from the mine workings.

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Difficulty Rating - 4

Distance - 4 km

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May
21
6:30 pm18:30

ST BRIDE'S RAMBLING GROUP - SALLAGH BRAES, NEAR CAIRNCASTLE

A change to the normal meeting place this evening. The May fair is on in Ballyclare so we will meet at Jackson’s car park in Ballynure instead at 6:20pm. From there drive to Robin Young’s car park in the hills just above Carncastle. Starting to walk at approximately 7:00 pm. The route heads south, following the Ulster Way markers, to the top of the hill and then follows the escarpment with excellent views across to Scotland and across Ballygalley bay. The area directly below the escarpment is usually covered in bluebells in May.

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Difficulty Rating - 8 (steep section at the start for approximately 750m but reasonably flat from then on)

Distance - 6 km

View from Sallagh Braes

View from Sallagh Braes

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May
17
7:30 pm19:30

Fisherwick Masonic Lodge Table Quiz

Fisherwick Masonic Lodge

Fisherwick Masonic Lodge

An invitation has been received from Fisherwick Masonic Lodge No.505, inviting parishioners from St Bride’s to its annual charity table quiz. Details as follows;

Date - 17th May (Friday)

Time - 7:30pm

Venue - The de Courcy suite, Templeton Hotel, Templepatrick

Admission - £10.00 per person which includes supper. Come as a team of from 4 - 6 people or join others on the night.

Charity - Guide Dogs for the Blind (click to visit their website)


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May
16
4:00 pm16:00

Kilbride Parish Ladies' Group

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The annual outing will be taking place on Thursday, 16’th May, 2019 going to The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn for dinner and will be leaving the Church car park at 4.00pm. In an attempt to keep costs to a minimum we are trying to organise lifts with the Ladies’ Group members, and anyone willing to drive should let a member of the committee know as soon as possible.

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May
14
6:30 pm18:30

St Bride's Rambling Group - Woodburn Forest

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Leave the Square car park in Ballyclare at 6:30 pm and then to the forest car park just below Woodburn Presbyterian Church. Leaving the forest car park at approximately 6:55 pm. A selection of routes to pick from. Rough paths so walking boots recommended.

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Difficulty Rating - 4

Distance - 8 km (this is to the Knockagh monument but shorter routes are also available through the forest)

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May
12
to 18 May

Christian Aid Week

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This year Christian Aid Week (Sunday 12th - Saturday 18th May) will focus on the plight of mums and babies in the West African country of Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone, roughly the size of Ireland, is the most dangerous place in the world to become a mum. Ten women die every day giving birth. One in nine children does not live to celebrate a fifth birthday mainly due to malaria and cholera. In 2014 Sierra Leone came to a virtual standstill when the Ebola virus struck. It claimed the lives of 4000 people and killed 10% of healthcare workers. Joanna Tom - Kargbo, who works for Christian Aid in Sierra Leone, says "Ebola really devastated us. It wiped out whole families. We are still suffering from poor healthcare. Sierra Leone lacks the funds to provide basic services." Christian Aid's response is to build Health Centres, provide medical training for nurses and give basic hygiene training. To help out during the crisis, the IMF (International Monetary Fund) gave loans to Sierra Leone's Government which is now having to pay off these debts at a time when the people are struggling to access basic healthcare. As the UK Government is the fourth largest shareholder in the IMF, Christian Aid is urging it to use its influence to have these crippling debts written off! Christian Aid believes in Life before Death. Last year our Church collection raised £403.51 and the house to house £469.57, making a total of £873.08. Many thanks to all those who gave so generously. As in previous years, envelopes will be placed in the Church pews. This year we will be starting on Sunday 12th May and then on following Sundays. We will also be collecting house to house on the evening of Monday 13th May. If you would be willing to help with this collection please contact Barbara Rea (Tel. 93322207).

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May
7
6:30 pm18:30

St Bride's Rambling Group - Titanic Walk

The new rambling season begins this evening and it will be a flat route to get everyone started with an easy walk.

Leave the Square car park in Ballyclare at 6:30pm and from there drive to the car park at the junction of Corporation Street and Dunbar Link in Belfast. Leave the M2 at Duncrue Street and drive along Corporation Street, under the M3 and railway flyovers and the car park is on the right just before the traffic lights in Exchange Street. Parking is free after 6:00pm - leaving this car park at approximately 7:00pm. From there the walk will go to the City Hall and in particular the Titanic Memorial on the eastern end of the building. Then it will head for the River Lagan and across the pedestrian footbridge at the ‘Big Fish’. Past the SSE Arena, ‘SS Nomadic’ and the Titanic Building to the ‘Great Light’, then HMS Caroline and then find a spot for coffee in the Anne Street area or Cathedral Quarter before returning to the cars via Tomb Street. A little bit of Belfast’s maritime history will be discussed on the way.

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Difficulty Rating - 3

Distance - 8 km

Study this map to get an idea of what’s on view (courtesy of the Titanic Quarter website).

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Apr
28
2:00 pm14:00

St Cedma's Quilt Display, Larne

The sewing ladies, called the Parish Piecemakers, in St Cedma’s in Larne have been very busy stitching over the last number of months and have created a wonderful selection of quilts to celebrate the joy of the Easter season. The reality of the meaning of Easter revealed after the long penitential season of Lent is truly a joyful and celebratory moment! The quilts will be on display on Saturday, 27th April and Sunday, 28th April, from 2:00 - 4:00pm on both days, with refreshments being available on both days for a nominal charge.

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Apr
28
11:00 am11:00

Equipping for Life

Rev. Bro. David Jardine

Rev. Bro. David Jardine

Guest preacher for this morning’s service will be Rev. Bro. David Jardine who will preaching on Equipping for Life.

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Equipping for Life is a faith-based organisation, founded by Brother David Jardine in 2018. Its aim is to encourage Church people to give their services free of charge to serve those who live in areas that are deprived and may have suffered a great deal during the Troubles.

One area where the organisation is already involved is sending volunteers into schools to help children with their reading. This is going very well and, as volunteers are recruited, the project will grow and develop.

What makes Equipping for Life different is that all of the work is surrounded in prayer. This spiritual dimension is very important. Also, most of what is done is on a one-to-one basis, so that people can be given personal attention. Volunteers have begun working in the Greater Shankill area, but before long a move will be made into other deprived areas.

Brother David will be speaking on the whole project in our church at this morning’s service. If you think you have a heart for this work and would like to offer your practical skills or to pray for the ministry, do let the Rector know.

If you would like to find out more about this organisation and the work they are doing please follow this link to their website - Equipping for Life

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Apr
27
2:00 pm14:00

St Cedma's Quilt Display, Larne

The sewing ladies, called the Parish Piecemakers, in St Cedma’s in Larne have been very busy stitching over the last number of months and have created a wonderful selection of quilts to celebrate the joy of the Easter season. The reality of the meaning of Easter revealed after the long penitential season of Lent is truly a joyful and celebratory moment! The quilts will be on display on Saturday, 27th April and Sunday, 28th April, from 2:00 - 4:00pm on both days, with refreshments being available on both days for a nominal charge.

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Apr
24
2:30 pm14:30

Wedding Day

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The church bell will ring this afternoon at St Bride’s for another wedding as Jenna Simpson marries Gavin Green. Best wishes to the couple from everyone in St Bride’s as they ‘tie the knot’ in front of family and friends.

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Apr
21
2:00 pm14:00

St Cedma's Quilt Display, Larne

The sewing ladies, called the Parish Piecemakers, in St Cedma’s in Larne have been very busy stitching over the last number of months and have created a wonderful selection of quilts to celebrate the joy of the Easter season. The reality of the meaning of Easter revealed after the long penitential season of Lent is truly a joyful and celebratory moment! These quilts will be on display in church on Easter Sunday for the services and then the church will be open in the afternoon between 2:00 - 4:00pm for anyone who wishes to come and look more closely and enjoy the atmosphere . (On this occasion there will be no refreshments served.) The quilts will also be on display on Saturday, 27th April and Sunday, 28th April, from 2:00 - 4:00pm on both days with refreshments being available on both days for a nominal charge.

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Apr
21
6:45 am06:45

Easter Dawn Service

The United Parish of Christ Church and St John’s will be holding its annual Easter Dawn Service in the old ruins of St Augustine’s church in Ballyeaston. It will be followed by breakfast in the church Rectory in Ballynure. The service will be led by Rev. Jonny Campbell-Smyth. Parking is available in the village car park beside the 1st Ballyeaston Presbyterian church hall.

All are welcome.

St Augustine’s Church, Ballyeaston

St Augustine’s Church, Ballyeaston


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