Hooley on the Hill is back with a packed programme of events for all ages

Hillcrest Summer Scheme leader Rosemarie Griffin pictured with summer sceheme staff at the former Immaculate Conception College, Waterside on Tuesday morning. DER3015MC019

Hillcrest Summer Scheme leader Rosemarie Griffin pictured with summer sceheme staff at the former Immaculate Conception College, Waterside on Tuesday morning. DER3015MC019

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This year’s Hooley on the Hill kicks off next Monday 3rd August, and Hillcrest Trust and the Whistle Project in the Top of the Hill have organised a fantastic programme of events.

Rosemarie Griffin, Communtiy Development Officer at Hillcrest House said, “This year’s festival will mostly be held in the Community Marquee at the Immaculate College Conception site, enabling a wider variety of events and activities for all the community to attend.

“There’s something for everyone in the programme too, whether you’re aged one or one hundred.

“We’ve also got a large number of volunteers this year which is great, and the whole community is looking forward to a week of great events. Everyone is welcome.”

The marquee events kick off on Wednesday 5th August from 1-3pm with Gorbal Gadgets - this is an event for young people aged 7-14 years to discover the scientist in you with Game On-Retro Gaming, Laser Tag, Fab Lab and much more.

That evening a panel event will be held at 7pm, titled Meet the Female Mayors. Light refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.

The evening will close with an exhibition of works from Temple and local community groups. Following on from the huge success of Temple, photographs by Matthew Andrews will be exhibited, along with local groups displaying their work down the years. This is organised in partnership with Artichoke and begins at 8.30pm, light refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome. The exhibition will then run from Thursday 6th to Friday 14th August in Hillcrest House for the public to view.

On Thursday 6th August events include a Disney Family event for children aged 0-10 years from 1-3pm followed by Top of the Hill Big Bingo at 6.30pm with cash prizes and £100 snowball prize. The evening will finish with the Silver Slipper Barn Dance as country comes to the Top of the Hill, with a bit of craic and dancing, £5 entry includes supper, begins at 9.30pm and music is by the Mindbenders.

On Friday 7th August at 12 noon there will be a Summer Fete and Car Boot sale, and they are still taking booking for tables and cars at £5 each. Stalls will be selling baked goods, jewellery and other items.

A hanging basket workshop will take place and the bike doctor will be available to fix minor repairs.

That evening will see many talents from the Top of the Hill take part in the Top of the Hill Voice at 7pm, categories include under 10s, 10-13 and 14-18 years, cash prizes for winners of each category, contact The Whistle or Hillcrest to pre-register.

Finally on Saturday 8th August the programme closes with a Family Fun Day on the site from 2-5pm and entry is £1.

That evening will see a number of groups coming together to put on Top of the Hill does Strictly Come Dancing. Tickets are £10 each and are on sale at Hillcrest. This is a strictly over 18s event and music on the evening will be by Legacy.

For more information check the Hillcrest House Facebook page or contact the centre on 71347515.