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(31/12/2016)  New Year Greetings  

A very happy New Year to all our members and friends.

At this time of year we remember all our old friends that are no longer with us. We remember this year especially Irene Malone and Margaret McCloy who died during the year. They are sorely missed by us all.

During the year the games continued to grow at The Short Strand Community Centre and bowls were added to the list of games. We are all busy training for our trip to the BPF games in Leicester in March and hopefully we will bring back some silverware.

The quiz continues every month and as well as funding our mid week break it is also a great social outlet for many of us.

The annual dinner and annual bar-b-que brought together many members.

This year the Fellowship hosted an event to highlight PPS at Stormont.

If you are a member and want to become more involved in the Fellowship in 2017 please get in contact. We would be delighted to see you.

All the best for 2017

(18/12/2016)  Christmas Quiz Outstanding Success  

The Annual Christmas Quiz last night was another outstanding success. The Docker's Club was filled to capacity with over 70 quizzers competing for the honour of Christmas Champions 2016. In the end only one point separated the top two teams with "Yuletide Nibblers" (Eddie McCrory and family and others) edging out "10 from Len" (Gertie Jenkins, Joe McVeigh, Colette Pill and many more).

The supper organised by Jim Bailey was a feast to behold and everyone really did have their fill. A very special thanks to Patrick and Patricia Campbell and Alan Hughes for serving up the food.

The festive questions set by our resident quiz master Paddy Pill really did test everyone and we all learnt something new. We all now know who the father of Rudolf was!

Many thanks to all who donated the prizes for the special ballot. There were 30 fantastic prizes and all winners were delighted. Thanks to Kate for handing out the prizes.

What can we say about Ronnie and Christine. They organise the quiz every month but boy do they push the boat out at Christmas. Thank you for all your tireless work.

Lastly a very big thank you to all those who bought tickets for the quiz and ballots on the night. Your support of the Fellowship is very much appreciated.

Wishing everyone a very happy and a peaceful Christmas and hope to see yo all in the New Year.

(14/12/2016)  Christmas Quiz - Saturday 17 December 2016  

The Grand Christmas Quiz takes place this Saturday night at 7.30pm in The Dockers Club, Pilot Street.

The cost of the quiz is £10 and includes a magnificent buffet supper. There will also be a bumper ballot for 30 prizes including overnight stay at The Slieve Donard Hotel, Luxury Christmas Hampers, Wines and Spirits and much much more.

As demand for tickets is always high get in touch with Ronnie as soon as possible to get your ticket.

(4/12/2016)  Death of Margaret McCloy  

It is with great sadness that the Fellowship announces the death of a truly faithful friend of the Fellowship - Margaret McCloy. Margaret and her late husband Jim were invaluable helpers for many years. Jim drove the bus until he was 84 years of age and when he stopped driving he was always there helping members in and out of the bus, using the hydraulic lift and just being there to give help and advice. Were Jim was there was Margaret the best way to describe her was as "a gentle lady". She simply befriended everyone with her quiet ways and pleasant manners.

They were friends to us all but always gave special attention to PJ and William. PJ only had to phone with "PJ from Ballyclare here I need ......" and Jim and Margaret were at Chisolm Court within minutes.

She missed Jim terribly when he died a few years ago but still came to various functions. One of the last times many of us saw her was at Jean Thompson's funeral when although very frail she was determined to pay her last respects to an old friend. The picture above is of Margaret with Jean at the annual dinner in 2005.

May Margaret's gentle soul rest in peace and be reunited now with her beloved Jim.

Margaret's funeral takes place tomorrow - Monday 5 December at 1pm in First Antrim Presbyterian Church.

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