A wee bit of a plug – As well as our usual church events across Northern Ireland throughout the Autumn, Graeme and I are delighted to be taking part in 'An Evening of Ulster Scots Music and Crack' which is part of Newtownards Ulster-Scots Festival Week organised by Loughries Historical Society. The venue is the Londonderry Room in the Old Town Hall Newtownards.

� Hosted by Newtownards man David Anderson MVO, MBE.

� Also performing will be Lord Londonderry's Own CLB Band

� Wilbert Magill (local poet, writer, accordion player and radio star! Wilbert and I played together – accordion and mandolin – at the open air meeting in Carrowdore a few Saturday evenings in August)

� Newtownards Orange Male Voice Choir

� There will also be a talk on Asha Kiran School in India by Billy Curry. (a retiring offering will be collected in aid of the school).

Entry is �6.00 per person, pay at the door (no tickets). There will be light refreshments and,�if you're lucky, you might even get to see the old jail cell (see photo below) where many a troublesome Ulster-Scot has been held over the years!

NB – numbers are limited, so please get in touch with me, or with Mark Anderson at Balmoral Perspective, if you want to go. Rumour has it that the refreshments might include proota breid which Mark will be making fresh that afternoon from spuds grown in his back yard, so he'll need to know how many drills to hoke up! I can vouch for his spuds – very good with some scallions and country butter. And his beetroot is very good too, but he hasn't disclosed his secret pickling recipe yet.

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