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(19/9/2015)  Death of John Shortt  

It is with much regret the Fellowship announces the death of our member John Shortt. Shortty as he was known was a very active member of the Fellowship in the 1960s. He was a regular at the swimming in Ormeau Baths and the weekly trips to Polio House and went on all the outings and parties which Mr Rankin organised at this time. He was particularly friendly with Jim Bailie, Billy Nesbitt, Christine Martin (now Connolly) and Breige Smith (now Torrans).

John immigrated to Australia and had a very full life there and was back in touch recently with Jim Bailie through facebook. He had been ill for sometime. He was in his late fifties and will be sadly missed my his wife children and grandchildren.

Sincere sympathy from all his friends in the NIPF to his family circle.


(17/9/2015)  Tommy Kidd's Funeral Arrangements  

Tommy's funeral arrangements have now been announced. The funeral will take place from Lishara Presbyterian Church, The Square, Crossgar at 12.30 this coming Monday 21 September. This is the same church from which Tommy's dear wife Mary was buried.

All available members are asked to attend to say farewell to a long time member and friend of NIPF.


(16/9/2015)  Boccia and Scrabble heats for BPF Games Leicester 2016  

The British Polio Fellowship games 2016 are being held in Leicester from 18 to 20 March 2016 and the NIPF have been invited to enter a team again this year.

We hope to enter Boccia, Kurling, Bowls, Scrabble, Darts standing and sitting, Dominoes and 5s & 3s. Heats will be run off for all games to decide who represents us at the Leicester games. We are permitted to enter two people for each competition with the exception of Kurling for which only one competitor is permitted.

The first heats take place next Wednesday 23 September at 7PM in the Short Strand Community Centre when the heats for Boccia and Kurling take place.

Entry is open to all members of NIPF so if you wish to enter Boccia or Scrabble please come along next Wednesday.

When dates for the heats for the other competitions are set details will be put on the website so keep an eye on the web if you are interested in entering the games.


(16/9/2015)  Next Quiz - 26 September 2015  

The next quiz takes place on Saturday 26 September at 7.30pm in The Dockers Club, Pilot Street. The cost is £7 per person and this includes entry to the quiz, spot prizes, supper and Play Your Cards Right.

It is always a great night so come along and join the craic.


(12/9/2015)  Update on Tommy Kidd's Funeral  

Tommy's sister is on her way home from Australia so funeral arrangements have not yet been finalised. As soon as details are known the website will be updated.


(11/9/2015)  Death of Tommy Kidd  

The committee of the NIPF are saddened to a announce the death on 10 September of one of our Stalwart members Tommy Kidd. Tommy was an active member for many years and only failing health curtailed his involvement over recent years.

Details of Tommy's funeral will be posted as soon as they are known.


(6/9/2015)  BBQ Roaring Success  

The Annual BBQ took place today at The Clandeboye Estate, Bangor. A record number of Fellowship members and friends attended - over 70. It was standing room only as an SOS went out for extra chairs as the response to the invites exceeded all expectations. A great time was had by all. The food was out of this world and a big thank you to Jim Bailie for organising the catering.

Master of ceremonies Ronnie Connolly was bowled over when all 70 attending entered the first game. To say it took a bit longer to run through the heats than he expected is an understatement.

It was great for so many old friends to meet up again. As ever an enormous thank you to Christine and Ronnie for all the work they put into the organisation of one of the highlights of the Fellowship's year.

Photos will follow shortly.



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