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BOROUGH LIFE // October 2018 Welcome to the October issue of Borough



Life, our residents’ magazine that keeps



you updated on everything in the Borough,



offered by the Council.



Thank you to everyone who entered our Best


Kept Garden competition. I am delighted to see the bright colours and beautiful







We are working hard to make our services



and facilities more accessible for all. If you










flowers when I am out and about across the Borough. (See page 4 for the winners).

or your family have additional needs, to enable you to enjoy our facilities, we have highlighted (on pages 6 and 7) a number of services and facilities that will help everyone to enjoy living here. There are also hints and tips on home safety and preparing for the colder months, especially for older people (see page 9). With its beautiful golden hues, autumn has arrived and the Halloween midterm break is not far away. Don’t be concerned about how to keep the family entertained, as there are plenty of spooky fun activities and events lined up (see pages 14 and 15). Don’t forget to pull off the back cover and keep your recycling guide. We are always getting questions about what can be recycled and hopefully this guide will help. Our residents have a genuine interest in recycling, which might explain why we are, yet again, the top recycling council area in Northern Ireland (last quarter 2017/18). Congratulations and thank you for making a difference.





If you are planning for Christmas already, then keep 5 November free in your diary when



the Christmas edition of Borough Life will be hitting your doorstep. Meanwhile, enjoy


reading our residents’ magazine and also keep up to date with our social media channels.


Councillor Paul Michael


Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey









The magazine is delivered to postal areas BT29, BT36, BT37, BT39, BT41 and our residents in BT38. If it is not delivered to any of your neighbours living in these areas, please let us know. Printed on FSC accredited material.

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BOROUGH LIFE // October 2018


BEST KEPT GARDEN 2018 The fantastic weather this summer resulted in beautiful gardens, hanging baskets and pots, judged in the Borough’s Best Kept Garden competition. Over 50 entries were received from residents all across the Borough which gave the judges a difficult task of deciding this year’s winners! Thank you to everyone who took part and congratulations to the winners and runners up:





Winner - William Crawford, Templepatrick Runner up - Colin Mitchell, Doagh







Winner - Sara McLaughlin, Jordanstown Runner up - Noel McCreight, Antrim



Winner - Ballycraigy Primary School Runner up - Ballyclare High School







Winner - McKeowns Jewellers, Randalstown Runner up - Budding Designs, Randalstown



Winner - Clonmore House Care Home, Rathcoole completed by 16th Newtownabbey Boys Brigade Runner up - Schools Area at Viewpoint, Randalstown

Next year’s Best Kept Garden competition will be launched in spring 2019 and all entries are welcome! Don’t forget, if there is someone nearby you think deserves recognition, nominate them and show them how appreciated their hard work really is. In the meantime, keep gardening!


For more information T. 028 9034 0069 or E.


GREEN FLAGS FOR OUR PARKS We are extremely proud to announce that we now have 17 Green Flag sites in our Borough. Belmont Cemetery in Antrim, was awarded a Green Flag for the first time with Antrim Castle Gardens and Sentry Hill receiving their third Green Heritage Award. Community Green Flags have been awarded to Toome Linear Walk, Rathfern Social Activity Centre and Ballyeaston Ruin. The Community Green Flag Award highlights the efforts of volunteers at each of these sites. Well done to all involved. Jordanstown Loughshore Park, including Hazelbank Park and Gideon’s Green, as well as Mill Race Trail, Valley Park, Wallace Park, Ballynure Cemetery, Kilbride Cemetery, Mallusk Cemetery, Rashee Cemetery, Lilian Bland Community Park, Newtownabbey Way and Sixmilewater Park, all retained their Green Flag Award for another year.

A BLOOMING BEAUTIFUL BOROUGH Have you noticed the beautiful colour around our Borough this summer? Brightly coloured flowerbeds, a new splash of colour on the walls in Whiteabbey, additional planters and hanging baskets, all to make our Borough a nicer place to live and visit. After consultation with Elected Members and traders in the local towns and villages, we identified areas to brighten up. In addition to these areas, we have also upgraded many of our roundabouts across the Borough. This will hopefully provide a more welcoming first impression. Like what you see? Why not take a photo of an area that has been brightened up this summer that you like and share it on social media @ANBorough #LoveLivingHere

We hope you enjoy your next visit to our wonderful award winning sites.



For more information on these improvements T. 028 9034 0223 or E.

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AUTISM FRIENDLY COUNCIL It is very important to us that all of our residents can enjoy our facilities and services. To help make this happen we are continually making improvements to our facilities and events to support those with additional needs.

Autism training

With the support of Autism NI, we are on our way to achieving the Autism Impact Award to help us become an autism friendly council. This award promotes our support for those with additional needs in our Borough. What is the Autism Impact Award all about? • Frontline staff throughout the Council will complete a training course in the fundamentals of autism • Autism champions will be based at each of our venues to help make them more welcoming and accessible, to those with autism and their families • Autism action plans will be designed specifically for each venue, to ensure we do our best. JAM Card welcome here…In addition to the autism award, Council staff recently completed JAM Card Training. JAM Card means ‘just a minute’ and helps our staff to assist customers who experience communication barriers due to their disability.

If you would like to learn more about the Autism Impact Award, have a suggestion or a comment, visit or T. 028 9446 3113 or E.




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Our gyms and swimming pools are accessible for everyone and each of our fitness suites have pieces of equipment which can be adapted for wheelchair users.

Inclusive play park equipment is available at 32 of our Council play parks. Our play park at V36, Newtownabbey features a Wheelchair Accessible Swing, Wheelchair Roundabout and Sensory Play elements. Our new play park at Antrim Loughshore Park features a Wheelchair Accessible Boat, Wheelchair Accessible Swing and Roundabout.

As part of the gym equipment replacement programme we aim to provide a high percentage of Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) accredited gym equipment. All of our leisure centres have a wheelchair accessible lift and the swimming pools also have a hoist to help those with a disability in and out of the pool. SWIMMING LESSONS Little Stars at the Valley Leisure Centre is suitable for children age 5-10 with learning difficulties. Sharks swimming lessons are held in Sixmile Leisure Centre and are open to children with disabilities. Our adult swimming classes are open to all abilities and if required, one-to-one coaching is also available. CLASSES Our Every Body Active Coaches organise sport specific sessions for those with additional needs. We also offer classes such as ‘Wheelie Active’, Boccia and Inclusive Golf. DISABILITY SPORTS HUBS Disability Sports Hubs were launched earlier this year at the Valley Leisure Centre, Allen Park and Crumlin Leisure Centre. The Hubs have disability sports equipment including twelve sports wheelchairs, one rugby wheelchair, three track racers, five hand cycles, four tandems, three trikes, three boccia sets and one sensory activity pack.

MEMBERSHIP We offer a concessionary rate of £16 for our monthly leisure membership. If you require a carer to help you when you are at one of our leisure centres, your carer can accompany you free of charge. For concession criteria please visit If you have any suggestions on how we can make our leisure facilities and activities more accessible, let us know.

For more information visit antrimandnewtownabbey. /accessibility or T. 028 9446 3113 or E.

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SUCCESS Our leisure membership is a great way to live a healthier and active lifestyle, whether it is to lose weight, tone up or simply get more active. We love hearing about your weight loss results and the positive impact becoming a member has had on you all. We recently caught up with one of our residents from Crumlin, Shanagh Close, who lost an amazing six stone in a year and is a great inspiration for anyone wanting to start.

What are your favourite activities to keep fit and active?

How long have you been a member of Crumlin Leisure Centre?

What was your biggest challenge in reaching your goal?

I became a member of Crumlin Leisure Centre in January 2016. Originally, I just paid each time I visited the gym or went to a class rather than taking out a membership. I did not know if I could do the exercise, if I would like it or if I would be able to fit it in with work and family life. I quickly realised that I enjoyed the gym and the first class I went to was Zumba on a Wednesday night, so then I started the monthly individual membership after a couple of weeks as it was better value for money than pay as you go.

In terms of my weight loss journey, I very rarely struggled with going to the classes or the gym. I found it enjoyable with great overall benefits for me physically and mentally, in terms of having time out from working full time and looking after a family.

Initially I went to the gym at 9pm during the week and Zumba on Wednesday nights. I enjoyed both of these activities. I then started Core Toning on a Friday evening and a 15 15 15 class on Monday evenings, which I still do now. When I can, I do Circuits on Wednesday nights, Saturday mornings or Sunday mornings. I try to do three classes per week and maybe one hour at the gym. I tend to push myself more in the class environment, as opposed to the gym.

In terms of my biggest challenge, it would probably be maintaining self-control and moderating what I ate. Also learning to eat when I was hungry, as opposed to eating when I was happy, sad, stressed or to fill time.

What type of membership do you have? I started off with the individual membership, then in May 2018 I changed to a MORE family membership. I have a husband, a 15 year old son and a 10 year old daughter, so the family membership was better value for money. My husband, son and I all use the gym together at Crumlin and the whole family use Antrim Forum for swimming.

What would be your advice for anyone wanting to lose weight?

What do you enjoy the most about Crumlin Leisure Centre?

For information on becoming a MORE member visit uk/MORE or T. 028 9448 1499

Crumlin Leisure Centre offers a great choice of classes during the day, evenings and weekends. The great opening times make it easier for me to exercise a minimum of 3 times per week around my busy schedule. The leisure centre staff are also friendly and approachable and when I started in January 2016, weighing 17 stone and being very unfit, the staff made me feel very welcome and supported me when I started my fitness journey. The staff are knowledgeable, answered any questions I had informatively and reassured me to do what I could and work at my own pace.

I would advise them to make small changes to calorie intake and level of exercise. It is also important to set realistic goals. I started with wanting to lose 7lbs, then 1 stone and so on. I also joined a local slimming group which was also a great support.

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AGE FRIENDLY ANTRIM AND NEWTOWNABBEY Did you know that Monday 1 October was International Day of Older Persons? With people living and working longer it’s important that we support our older residents within the Borough.

HOME SAFETY Safety in the home is important to everyone but living with a diagnosis of dementia can add to the concern of keeping people safe in their own home.


Free home safety equipment can also be provided and referrals can be made for free smoke alarms and expert fire advice, from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service. This free equipment is subject to eligibility.

Did you know that people with dementia and those over 65 years are entitled to free home safety checks by our Home Safety Officer? As well as providing tips and advice on all aspects of home safety, our officers can make referrals to other services on issues such as heating and home energy (see page 19 for more information). For those living with dementia, tailored advice will be given to families and carers to make their home safer. Simple tips such as writing notes about turning off electrical appliances and gas cookers, or having emergency phone numbers in large print beside the telephone, all help in some way to create a safer environment.

For more information or to arrange a home visit T. 028 9034 0160 or E.


BE WINTER WISE The winter months will soon be creeping in and for some older residents it can be hard to stay warm and well. Winter Wise is packed full of tips and advice on how to keep warm and well throughout the winter months. It also includes information on how to winterproof your home, including steps to decrease the risk of flooding or pipes freezing. There are also some tips on what you can do to be prepared for an emergency, as well as a full list of emergency contacts.


You can view the booklet online at


For more information or to request a copy T. 028 9446 3113 or E.

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OLDER PEOPLE’S ART PROJECT Retired? Want to make new friends? Like to become more involved in the community?

If this is you then you may be pleased to learn more about our Older People’s Art Project. These weekly 2 hour classes will run until May 2019, delivered in the heart of the community and they are free of charge. Classes will be a mix of Creative Reminiscence, painting, music, dance and crafts.


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Come along meet new friends and join in the fun. No registration required, however availability is limited.





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Nourishing your mind and body at Mossley Mill with Tai Chi in nature, sunrise Pilates and food to make your insides sing. Start your weekend with a morning of energising activities, made for your mind and body in the beautiful Mossley Mill. The Mill has been at the heart of community life since the 1700s and this event celebrates that legacy.

THE EARLY SHIFT SUNRISE AT THE MILL Saturday 27 October 8am – 11am £5 Age 18+


From superfood demonstrations in the Museum, to Tai Chi on the lawn, try out our mix of activities that will have you glowing from the inside out. Get involved in mindful crafts and as the sun flows into the Mill, then join an energising Yoga class to set you on your way. Leave feeling ready to take on the weekend or venture onto the Newtownabbey Way, on our doorstep, for a walk or cycle.

To book T. 028 9034 0202 or visit


A BOROUGH’S TRIBUTE The autumn of 2018 marks another milestone in the ongoing Decade of Centenaries, when we reflect upon the end of the Great War on 11 November 1918. The Great War, otherwise known as the First World War, was a global war, originating in Europe, that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. This war had a huge impact on, not only the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough, but across Northern Ireland. As such, this Centenary is being marked throughout the UK in the months ahead giving communities the chance to remember and pay tribute to all those lost in the Great War.

VOICES AND VOTES: SUFFRAGE AND REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE, 1832–1928 Museum at The Mill Thursday 4 – Saturday 27 October To mark the centenary of The Representation of the People Act 1918, PRONI has developed an exhibition exploring the history of suffrage from a local perspective, particularly the struggle for women’s representation. This exhibition includes unique archival material which highlights some of the people who championed change.

The Borough lost many in the War and the Council is recognising the importance of marking such an event through the delivery of ‘A Borough's Tribute’, a series of events and initiatives until November. The Council programme aims to educate, inform and promote understanding of this historical event and the impact it had for the people of our Borough. The Council invites all of the community to engage with this inclusive programme of events and activities so we all have a deeper understanding of this historical event.

those over the age of 30 and subject to a number of qualifications. It is also significant in that it extended the franchise to all men over the age of 21 for the first time, without qualification. It would take a further ten years in the UK before men and women were granted equal suffrage in 1928. For more information T. 028 9034 0129 or E.

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BOROUGH LIFE // October 2018


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SLEEPY HOLLOW Fri 2 - Sun 4 Nov // 7.45pm Tickets: £15 & £13 (Concession) Family Ticket: £50 (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children) Matinee: 2.30pm (Sat 3 & Sun 4 Nov) Join us if you dare, for a trick, treat and scare! Magically travel back in time with school friends Amy, Irving and Charlie to meet schoolmaster Ichabod Crane and hero Brom Bones, as they battle for the attention of the enchanting Katie Van Tassel at the school disco. Come along and meet the crazy Halloween characters of the 1800’s and watch out for the Headless Horseman! The creative team that brought you Annie Jr and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, proudly present this family friendly, fun filled fantasy adventure, suitable for all ages.

m-4pm a 0 1 r e b m e v No Saturday 10 £3 (under 16’s free ) Admission ing available k r a p E E R F d e Limit Step into a world of festive delights at our Christmas Craft Fair, where you will find a variety of arts and craft products, children's toys and beautiful decorations for your home. The ideal opportunity to start your Christmas shopping, meet friends and relax with coffee and cake or lunch in the beautiful surroundings of Theatre at The Mill. There are festive children's activities to keep the little ones entertained, making this a great day out for the whole family. Box Office T. 028 9034 0202 Online:


Mr Hullabaloo and The Courtyard Theatre presents

Sat 24 Nov – Sat 22 Dec Tickets: £11 (Includes a gift from Santa) Group Discount Available Time: Weeknights: 7pm, Weekends: 1pm, 4pm & 7pm Signed Performance: Fri 7 Dec at 7pm Relaxed Performance: Sat 8 & Sat 15 Dec at 1pm Recommended Age: 3 - 12 yrs

Tick Tock, Tick Tock, the clock is ticking. Come join Peter Pan and Wendy on their adventures in Never Never Land where they meet Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily and the infamous pirate Captain Hook. The Courtyard Theatre in partnership with Mr Hullabaloo Productions has produced sell out shows together for the past seven years. Join in the excitement as this timeless adventure unfolds. Special guest Santa, will be handing out presents at the end of the show. This performance is presented by arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity & Samuel French Ltd and at least 5% on the price of each ticket is payable to the Charity. To book T. 028 9034 0202 or visit

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Theatre at The Mill presents

Preview: Tues 4 & Wed 5 Dec: all seats £14 Tickets: Tues & Wed: £19 & £17 (Concession) Thurs - Sat: £20 & £18 (Concession) New Year’s Eve: £23 (includes after show party) Time: 7.45pm (except Sat 8, 15 & 29 Dec: 6pm & 9pm) New Year’s Eve: 9pm only Signed Performance: Fri 21 Dec Relaxed Performance: Sat 22 Dec Recommended Age: 16yrs + Contains adult humour Caroline Curran and Julie Maxwell, the writers of last year’s smash hit Christmas comedy The Nightshift Before Christmas, return with their fourth Christmas treat, bringing their unique Belfast twist to that Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life. Geordie is the manager of the Lower Falls Credit Union, savings, loans, you name it, Geordie will sort you out and we all need a bit extra at Christmas, right? On Christmas Eve life takes a turn leaving Geordie in dire circumstances, fortunately a less than angelic angel appears to show him his A*$e from his elbow! So grab yourself a ticket, come down to Theatre at The Mill and see if Geordie finds out if It’s a Wonderful Wee Christmas after all!

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Mr Hullabaloo and The Old Courthouse Theatre presents

Wed 5, Fri 7, Sat 8 Dec and Tues 11 - Sat 15 Dec Tickets: £10, Group Discount Available Time: Evenings 7pm Sat:1pm & 4pm Signed Performance: Fri 14 Dec at 7pm Relaxed Performances: Sat 8 & Sat 15 Dec at 1pm Recommended Age: 3 - 12 yrs

Join Jack and his friends for an amazing fantasy adventure that brings the timeless story of Jack and the Beanstalk to life. Featuring an outstanding cast of live performers, puppetry, dazzling sets and lavish costumes, children of all ages can join in the excitement and fun as our spectacular story unfolds. The Old Courthouse Theatre in partnership with Mr Hullabaloo, has produced two sell-out pantomimes, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs and Aladdin, receiving rave reviews from families, schools and youth organisations. With just 188 seats, this intimate venue is perfect for children to get up close to the action. To book T. 028 9442 8331 or visit

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Mr Hullabaloo’s Happy Halloween Saturday 13 October – The Old Courthouse Saturday 20 October – The Courtyard Theatre 1.30pm & 4pm £6 Join Mr Hullabaloo and his cast of colourful puppet friends down in the magical pumpkin patch where an exciting autumn adventure is waiting to unfold. Full of lots of stories and songs, this show is an ideal way for families with young children to celebrate the season. To book T. 028 9442 8331 or visit To book T. 028 9034 0202 or visit

Halloween Spooktacular Thursday 25 October 6-8pm The Junction, Antrim FREE ADMISSION Dust off your broomsticks and join us if you dare for our annual Halloween Spooktacular, in partnership with The Junction. This year’s theme is Day of the Dead and your little ghosts, goblins and ghouls are invited to come along in their scariest costumes. Join Stephen, Cate and the Q Radio roadshow to see who picks up the bag full of tricks and treats for the best dressed. We will also have fire jugglers, face painting, arts & crafts and spooky characters to keep everyone entertained. The celebrations reach a crescendo around 8pm, with a spectacular fireworks extravaganza.* Free shuttle bus departs from Dunsilly and Market Square, Antrim to The Junction, at regular intervals from 5.45pm. Access to the event is by Ballymena Road entrance only. *Please note the fireworks displays at both locations are subject to weather conditions.


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In this hands-on workshop, children can make their very own Harvest themed collage to take home (inspired by master artist Arcimboldo's 'Autumn'). With the help of tutor Kim Montgomery, young creative minds can create their own masterpiece by drawing, cutting and sticking to make a harvest inspired portrait head collage! Book online at or T. 028 9034 0202

Screams & Tricks at V36 Halloween Fun Fair Friday 26 October 6-9.30pm Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 October 2-9.30pm* Monday 29 & Tuesday 30 October 4-9.30pm Wednesday 31 October 6-9.30pm There are plenty of attractions for the whole family to enjoy. Free admission to event only, charges apply for attractions. *Sensory Sunday - the lights and noise levels of the funfair will be adapted for children and adults with specific needs on Sunday 28 October between 2-4pm.

Spooked Out at V36 Wednesday 31 October 6-8pm V36 at the Valley FREE ADMISSION Dust the cobwebs off your favourite fancy dress outfit and join us and Cool FM’s Rebecca McKinney for spooky fun and frolics for all the family. Join in the Halloween games and enter the fancy dress competition to win prizes galore. We will also have face painting, bouncy castles and spooky characters to keep everyone entertained. Spooked Out will come to an end with a fangtastic fireworks display* at 8pm.

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WICKED Walks Mossley Mill Sat 27 Oct 6pm Sun 28 Oct 6pm Fri 2 Nov 6pm Sun 4 Nov 6pm & 8pm

Antrim Castle Gardens Tue 23 Oct 6pm & 8pm Wed 24 Oct 6pm & 8pm Thurs 25 Oct 6pm & 8pm Thurs 1 Nov 6pm & 8pm

Sentry Hill Tues 30 Oct 6pm & 8pm £5 per person Come be guided through one of our historical buildings and hear about the ghostly goings on of yester year. A sensory experience will entertain and enthral as your guide reveals the dark side of our heritage with mirth, wit and a feast of unknown facts! Only for those who dare step back in time during the spookiest time of year! Book online at or T. 028 9034 0202

Wondering what to do with your leftover pumpkin carvings? Why not make a tasty soup or even some pumpkin mash? Visit for recipes and tips for reducing food waste.

Make sure it’s a happy Halloween Dressing up at Halloween can be fun but it could quickly turn dangerous if care is not taken. Under EU safety regulations, children’s costumes are classed as toys rather than clothing which means they are not subject to the strict flammability standards that regular clothing is and can ignite and catch fire in just a matter of seconds. Be careful where you buy... Many retailers have voluntarily signed up to a scheme which puts costumes through more robust flammability tests and carry a ‘CE’ mark to prove they are safe. On the contrary, counterfeit costumes are not subject to the same testing as genuine items and therefore could be extremely dangerous.

Be sure to follow these tips for safe shopping this Halloween: • Trust your instincts – if an offer looks too good to be true, then it probably is • Check the spelling on the website as often the people behind these sites will try to deceive you by slightly changing the spelling of a well-known brand or shop

Don’t forget your pet! While Halloween is a fun time for all the family, it can be traumatic for our pets. Welcoming trick or treaters means lots of door opening, bell ringing, scary costumes and screaming kids. Keep your pets safe by putting them in a separate part of the house. Even pets who are kept indoors may experience intense anxiety with the loud bangs of the fireworks, so if you think more will be needed, speak to your vet about options to calm your pet.

• Look to see where the trader is based and whether they provide a postal address – just because the web address has ‘uk’ do not assume the seller is based in the UK • Ensure the website address begins ‘https’ at the payment stage – this indicates a secure payment • Ask the trader if there is a returns policy or guarantee. Most rogue traders will not offer this • Watch out for pop-ups appearing asking you to confirm your card details before you are on the payment stage. Never enter your PIN online.

For more information T. 028 9034 0160 or E.

Make sure your dog is microchipped and licenced, just in case he or she manages to escape.

For more information or advice T. 028 9034 0160 or E.

BOROUGH LIFE // October 2018


COMMUNITY NOTICE BOARD THE DUNANNEY CENTRE Situated in the heart of Rathcoole, the Dunanney Centre is a bustling community hub offering high quality training and meeting facilities to the local community. Council recently took over the management of this facility from the Rathcoole Churches Community Group and held a fun day to celebrate the occasion. Just a 15 minute drive from Belfast City Centre, the Dunanney Centre is easily accessible and is home to a number of organisations including Citizen’s Advice Bureau, SureStart, Bryson FutureSkills, Newtownabbey Family Connections, Bytes Project and Newtownabbey Arts and Cultural Network. Each of these organisations offer support to the people of Rathcoole and working in partnership with them means the Dunanney Centre is ideally located to host a range of training and events.

OUT IN THE COMMUNITY Council has ten community centres across the Borough, offering everything from birthday parties to senior citizens' groups. Our centres are open: Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 10.30pm Saturday: 8.30am – 6pm Sunday: 12 – 6pm (excluding The Dunanney Centre) Looking to hire a meeting space or host a birthday party? Each of our centres have kitchen facilities available for organising your catering. For a full list of community centres and contact details visit Monkstown and Rathfern Community Centres are operated by local community organisations.

Rathcoole Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership, which is made up of Elected Members and community representatives, regularly deliver programmes and projects at the Dunanney Centre, all aimed at enhancing the lives of the people living in the local area. Be sure to follow Rathcoole Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership on Twitter @RathcooleNRP to keep up to date with their activities and events. For more information or to book The Dunanney Centre, T. 028 9034 0100 or E.communitycentrebookings@

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GO ON…GET DIGITAL Do you volunteer with a community/voluntary group within the Borough? Would you like some help when it comes to the internet? Why not book a 45-minute session at our Digital Day and get some FREE one-to-one advice with a range of topics such as:

The Digital Day, which is being organised as part of Get Online Week, will take place on Monday 15 October at: Antrim Civic Centre, 10am–1pm or Mossley Mill, 1.30-4.30pm

- Setting up and using an email account

Advance booking is essential. You will need to bring your own device e.g. tablet, laptop, iPad or mobile phone.

- Using the internet for searches, comparing prices for financial savings and booking activities

For more information or to book a place T. 028 9034 0060/61 or

- Social media for your group (Facebook)

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- Council services e.g. online grant applications - Online banking for your group - Security and scams

GRANTS FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND FESTIVALS Could your group benefit from funding for community festivals or development activities? All constituted community/voluntary groups working within the Borough are eligible to apply for funding which can be used for small activities or insurance grants, up to £500. Grants of up to £5,000 are also available for larger festivals. Any group considering applying to the scheme should attend one of the information sessions. Details of these can be found at The Council’s Grant Aid programme will be open for applications from Monday 15 October and will close on Friday 14 December.

For more information or to apply for a grant visit or T. 028 9034 0060

BOROUGH LIFE // October 2018


TIME FOR A NAPPY CHANGE Are you fed up forking out for disposable nappies? Would you prefer natural materials, rather than man-made chemicals next to your child’s skin? Then switching to modern cloth nappies could be the answer. The Council has teamed up with Nappy Advice Service NI to offer a FREE, two week trial of cloth nappy kits for up to 30 families across the Borough.

believe how much money I am saving from not having to buy disposable nappies.” More than 380,000 disposable nappies are sent to landfill each day in Northern Ireland, costing both parents and Councils, significant amounts of money. Using just one cloth nappy per day will save more than 900 nappies from going to landfill, over the course of 2½ years. If you would like to be added to the list for the Cloth Nappy Kit Trial, contact the Nappy Advice Service NI via their Facebook page or E.

Jean Stafford-Lynn took part in the trial and was impressed at how easy the nappies were to use; “Moving to reusable nappies has been fantastic. There are no pins to worry about, as these funky designed nappies now come with velcro fastening, poppers or plastic clips. There are so many shapes, sizes and designs to choose from and I can’t



Fairtrade is about giving the people who produce the things you buy a fair price for their work. Often only a tiny bit of the money you pay for something goes to the person who actually made it, particularly when items are imported from poorer countries. Next time you are buying fruit, chocolate, tea or coffee, why not consider buying Fairtrade and make a difference to the lives of those who produced it. Do you have a business within the Borough that sells Fairtrade products? Let us know so we can promote this on our Fairtrade section of the Council website. If not, then why not consider making the change?

Saturday 17 November Ballyearl Arts & Leisure Centre or Sunday 18 November Antrim Castle Gardens Cost: £28 Tutor: Maddie Dunlop, Serendipity at Home

For more information T. 028 9034 0254 or E.


Book into one of our workshops where you will learn how to use paint and decoupage to create a shabby chic effect.

Time: 1–5pm

Would you be interested in helping to promote Fairtrade throughout the Borough? Contact us so we can keep you up to date on campaigns and events that are taking place.


Would you like to learn how to upcycle?

All materials will be provided. Upcycling is a great way to breathe new life into good furniture, ornaments and accessories. It also helps to reduce waste and have a positive effect on the environment. To book visit antrimandnewtownabbey.



HOUSEHOLD RECYCLING CENTRES Have you seen the litter-loathing puppet about? He’s the star of a new anti-litter campaign across Northern Ireland which has featured on TV adverts, radio, billboards and across social media. The campaign from Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and its Live Here Love Here programme, features the puppet who pops up out of nowhere giving litter louts a proper puppet telling off, in true Northern Ireland style. Last year over 141 tonnes of litter were collected, costing a staggering £45.5m on street cleansing. Like many members of the public who take pride in our province, this puppet gets very aggravated when he sees people being careless with their rubbish! Keep an eye out for the puppet popping up in your local area. For more information visit Want to do your bit? Then why not help to clean up your local area by doing a litter pick? Council can provide equipment such as litter pickers, gloves, bags and hi-vis vests free of charge.


We have five fantastic recycling facilities across the Borough where you can recycle a range of items including old kitchen appliances, clothing and textiles, mobile phones and even batteries. Long gone are the days when these centres were regarded as a dump and attracted all kinds of household waste. At each of our recycling centres you will find clearly labelled bays for all types of recyclables. Please separate your waste types before you arrive and our staff will be on hand to help direct you to the right place. In order to further reduce the amount of materials going to landfill, the Council also work in partnership with East Belfast Mission. The charity refurbish some of the bulky items that have been brought to the centres and make them available for sale in their shops, Restore. Visit our website at recyclingcentres where you can view interactive maps of each of the centres and what can be recycled.


For more information T. 028 9034 0056 or E.

For more information T. 028 9034 0056 or E.

BOROUGH LIFE // October 2018


TAKE 5 STEPS FOR YOUR WELLBEING We know how important it is to look after our physical health but what about looking after our mental and emotional health and wellbeing?

achievement you feel when you have accomplished something new. Connect

Here are five simple steps that will help you improve your emotional health and wellbeing and build it into your everyday routine: Be active


Why not go for a walk or run around one of our many beautiful parks, do some gardening or even just play a game? Being more active really does make you feel good. Take notice


Stop, pause, or take a moment to look around you. Be observant and look for something beautiful or remark on something unusual. Savour the moment. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you. Keep learning


Why not take the opportunity to try something new, rediscover an old hobby or even sign up for a course! Have a look at our wide range of courses and workshops taking place near you. Take the challenge to learn something new by visiting You might just be surprised at the great sense of

Connect with the people around you; family, friends, colleagues or neighbours. Try to do something different today and make a connection – speak to someone new or just talk to someone instead of sending an email. Building relationships and connections will support and enrich you every day. Give

Why don’t you think about giving your time and volunteering in your local community? Visit to find out more. Did you know we have a number of Lending Libraries across the Borough where you are welcome to take a book as well as give a book for others enjoyment? Within these libraries you will also find some leaflets on Positive Mental Health and local Mental Health Services. For more information on the Take 5 initiative visit

Contact our Animal Welfare Section on T. 028 2563 3134


If you have concerns about a domestic animal, horse or donkey, then it’s time to speak up!


Giving to others is a good thing and can be incredibly rewarding. Even the smallest act can make a difference to how we feel, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word.


Most owners take proper care of their animals, but unfortunately some animals are neglected or badly treated.


Causing an animal unnecessary suffering


Potential Prison Sentence

Complaints regarding farmed animals should be reported to DAERA on T. 0300 200 7840 For more information visit animalwelfare 20 ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH


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Do you rely on oil to heat your home?

Are you living in a cold home? Do you struggle to keep your home warm during the winter months? The Council offers free tailored advice on how to heat your home in an efficient and cost effective way, that keeps you warm and ensures energy bills are manageable.

Buying home heating oil can be a costly purchase. Affording large quantities, whilst more cost effective, can be difficult and using smaller oil drums, can end up costing more per litre.

One way to help budget is to buy oil stamps through the Council’s Oil Stamp Savings Scheme. This scheme allows you to spread the cost of fuel and buy larger quantities, making it a more cost effective option.

Simply purchase £5 oil stamps from our Council premises or local retailers and place them on the free savings card. You can then use the card as payment, or part payment, at any of our participating oil companies.

For a full list of oil stamp retailers and participating oil distributors visit

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“The loft insulation has made such a difference to the house and my heating bill has been greatly reduced. I would recommend anyone who is struggling to keep warm, particularly in the winter months, to contact the Council” said Una.

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Una Mullan from Randalstown contacted us as she was finding it hard to keep her house warm in the winter and often had to burn the coal fire as well as have the heating on. Our Community Wellbeing Officer visited the house and, after an assessment, helped Una to apply for a loft insulation grant.

Small changes can make a big difference when it comes to reducing energy bills. Why don’t you try:



Our Community Wellbeing Officer can arrange a home visit where they will discuss how effective your current heating system and insulation are, give energy saving tips as well as information on energy saving grants that may be available.

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• Changing energy supplier – suppliers are always introducing special offers to attract new customers. If you haven’t switched for a year or more then you may be missing out.


For more information or to arrange a home visit T. 028 9034 0160 or E. envhealth@antrimandnewtownabbey.

BOROUGH LIFE // October 2018


DEVELOP YOUR BUSINESS WITH HELP FROM THE EXPERTS The Optimal Programme is Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s leading business growth programme, offering up to 5 days free mentoring. This project is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme. It provides tailored and specialist business support to small businesses (including social enterprises), through one-to-one mentoring. Mentors are available right now to help your business with whatever support you need, for example:

Budgets and Cashflow Management Digital and Social Media Strategic Planning

Marketing and Sales Legal and Compliance Issues

Exploring New Markets and Suppliers

Who Can Apply? • Small businesses (up to 50 employees) with growth potential. • Must have a registered business address within the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council area.


For more information, terms and conditions T. 028 9034 0052 E. or visit

You will also have the opportunity to choose one of two workshops, covering either Google Analytics or Google Maps for Business. Know your Business with Data Workshop Wednesday 14 November, 5-9pm Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey We’re excited to announce that we are partnering with Google Digital Garage to bring businesses in the Borough, digital skills training from Google. At this ‘Know your Business with Data’ workshop, you will learn how Google Analytics can help you uncover your customer trends, including how people use your website or interact with your business online.


Google Digital Garage is FREE to attend but booking is essential.

For more information and or to book with #digitalgarage E.


OUR OSCAR WORTHY BOROUGH We were delighted that our Borough was recently chosen as one of the locations for the filming of ‘Normal People’, a romantic drama starring Academy Award nominees Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville. Carnmoney Cemetery and Jordanstown Loughshore Park will both feature in this Ireland-set film which is due to hit our cinema screens in 2020. Brian Falconer, Producer commented; “It has been such an honour to feature Carnmoney Cemetery in our film Normal People. When we were searching for a cemetery location, we wanted somewhere beautiful and when our location manager showed us pictures of Carnmoney, it was a unanimous decision. For us it is often difficult to secure locations, but dealing with Antrim and Newtownabbey Council, the process has been so straightforward and enjoyable. So thank you for your hospitality and your help, I cannot wait for you all to see the final production.”

 Filming underway along Jordanstown Loughshore

Northern Ireland’s Premier Christmas Event

Friday 7 to Tuesday 18 December


BOROUGH LIFE // October 2018


YOUR COUNCILLORS KEY ABBREVIATIONS DUP Democratic Unionist Party IND Independent SDLP Social Democratic and Labour Party



Antrim Threemilewater

TUV Traditional Unionist Voice UUP Ulster Unionist Party


Macedon Glengormley Urban

Airport District Electoral Area (DEA) covers Aldergrove, Clady, Crumlin, Mallusk and Templepatrick and consists of 5 members. MAYOR

THOMAS BURNS SDLP T. 07803 535094 E. thomas.burns@ antrimandnewtown

ANNEMARIE LOGUE SINN FEIN T. 07533 353610 E. annemarie.logue@ antrimandnewtown

MATTHEW MAGILL DUP T. 07825 374019 E. matthew.magill@ antrimandnewtown

PAUL MICHAEL UUP T. 07587 657120 E. paul.michael@ antrimandnewtown

Antrim District Electoral Area (DEA) covers Antrim Centre, Fountain Hill, Greystone, Springfarm, Steeple and Stiles and consists of 5 members.

NEIL KELLY ALLIANCE T. 07545 992615 E. neil.kelly@ antrimandnewtown

ROISIN LYNCH SDLP T. 07827 276840 E. roisin.lynch@ antrimandnewtown

JIM MONTGOMERY UUP T. 07471 147666 E. jim.montgomery@ antrimandnewtown

DREW RITCHIE UUP T. 07713 864953 E. drew.ritchie@ antrimandnewtown

MERVYN REA mbe UUP T. 07860 590614 E. mervyn.rea@ antrimandnewtown


JOHN SMYTH DUP T. 07436 582180 E. john.smyth@ antrimandnewtown


Ballyclare District Electoral Area (DEA) covers Ballyclare East, Ballyclare West, Ballynure, Ballyrobert and Doagh and consists of 5 members.

DAVID ARTHURS UUP T. 07925 740395 E. david.arthurs@ antrimandnewtown

JIM BINGHAM UUP T. 07789 208142 E. jim.bingham@ antrimandnewtown


MANDY GIRVAN DUP T. 07912 028945 E. mandy.girvan@ antrimandnewtown

TIM GIRVAN DUP T. 07895 208006 E. tim.girvan@ antrimandnewtown

VERA MCWILLIAM UUP T. 07792 477050 E. vera.mcwilliam@ antrimandnewtown


Dunsilly District Electoral Area (DEA) covers Cranfield, Parkgate, Randalstown, Shilvodan and Toome and consists of 5 members.

LINDA CLARKE DUP T. 07803 132601 E. linda.clarke@ antrimandnewtown

HENRY CUSHINAN SINN FEIN T. 07871 229810 E. henry.cushinan@ antrimandnewtown

BRIAN DUFFIN IND T. 07909 605144 E. brian.duffin@ antrimandnewtown

JORDAN GREER DUP T. 07738 263167 E. jordan.greer@ antrimandnewtown

RODERICK SWANN UUP T. 07423 457376 E. roderick.swann@ antrimandnewtown

Glengormley Urban Electoral Area (DEA) covers Ballyhenry, Burnthill, Carnmoney, Collinbridge, Glebe, Glengormley and Hightown and consists of 7 members.

AUDREY BALL DUP T. 07749 083538 E. audrey.ball@ antrimandnewtown

PHILLIP BRETT DUP T. 07971 538685 E. phillip.brett@ antrimandnewtown

MARK COSGROVE UUP T. 07740 063726 E. mark.cosgrove@ antrimandnewtown

 E. michael.goodman @antrimandnew

MICHAEL MAGUIRE UUP T. 07827 936498 E. michael.maguire @antrimandnew

NOREEN MCCLELLAND SDLP T. 07789 208157 E noreen.mcclelland @antrimandnew

JULIAN MCGRATH ALLIANCE T. 07920 029033 E. julian.mcgrath@ antrimandnewtown

Macedon District Electoral Area (DEA) covers Abbey, Carnmoney Hill, O’Neill, Rathcoole, Valley and Whitehouse and consists of 6 members.

BILLY DECOURCY DUP T. 07789 208144 E. william.decourcy@ antrimandnewtown

PAUL HAMILL DUP T. 07803 186008 E. paul.hamill@ antrimandnewtown

THOMAS HOGG mbe DUP T. 07792 891572 E. thomas.hogg@ antrimandnewtown

DAVID HOLLIS TUV T. 07475 033363 E. david.hollis@ antrimandnewtown

ROBERT FOSTER UUP T. 07846 084545 E. robert.foster@ antrimandnewtown

W.J. WEBB mbe jp ALLIANCE T. 07799 866876 E billy.webb@ antrimandnewtown

Threemilewater District Electoral Area (DEA) covers Ballyduff, Fairview, Jordanstown, Monkstown, Mossley and Rostulla and consists of 6 members.

FRASER AGNEW mbe UUP T. 07711 135267 E. fraser.agnew@ antrimandnewtown


PAMELA BARR DUP T. 07974 826165 E. pamela.barr@ antrimandnewtown

TOM CAMPBELL ALLIANCE T. 07595 978690 E. tom.campbell@ antrimandnewtown

SAM FLANAGAN DUP T. 07984 037509 E. sam.flanagan@ antrimandnewtown

STEPHEN McCARTHY UUP T. 07525 751293 E stephen.mccarthy@ antrimandnewtown

STEPHEN ROSS DUP T. 07713 946038 E stephen.ross@ antrimandnewtown


BOROUGH BOROUGH LIFE // October LIFE 2018 // August 2017

GATEWAY CENTRE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES You may have noticed or heard about the fantastic new play area at Antrim Lough Shore Park, with equipment for all children and young people to use. The play area is the first step in the development of the new Gateway Centre, which is going to enhance leisure and tourism on the shores of Lough Neagh. As part of this development, there are opportunities for hospitality and leisure based businesses to take advantage of this popular, key location in our Borough. We are now seeking a tenant to provide a quality catering service to customers visiting the Lough Neagh Gateway Centre. The restaurant will offer high quality food and beverages, with an emphasis on a menu that takes advantage of local fresh produce. We are also looking for proposals from organisations to provide high quality activities/outdoor pursuits from the new Gateway Centre, at Antrim Lough Shore Park. These tender opportunities will be available for applications from November 2018. Please see page 2 for details on how to register for e-tendering, so you can be notified when these opportunities go live.


For more information on the Gateway Centre T. 028 9446 3113 or E. karen.steele@antrimandnewtownabbey.

ANNUAL REPORT 2018 The Council has recently published its Annual Report on performance for 2017-18. To view the Annual Report visit



For more information on any aspect of our performance T. 028 9034 0088 or E. james.porter@antrimandnewtownabbey.






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LEISURE CENTRES Allen Park Antrim Forum Ballyearl Crumlin Sixmile Valley

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THEATRES Courtyard Theatre Old Courthouse Theatre Theatre at The Mill

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FACILITIES Antrim Castle Gardens & Clotworthy House Ballyclare Town Hall Flax Gallery & Museum at The Mill Pogues Entry Sentry Hill Whitehouse

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Opening times for recycling centres are available at recyclingcentres Craigmore (Randalstown) Crumlin Newpark (Antrim) Bruslee O’Neill Road

028 9447 3813 028 9442 3640 028 9442 8107 028 9034 0056 028 9034 0056


Contact details for community centres are available at antrim


To report an incident in a park 028 9034 0275


Check your bin collection day at Please remember to leave your bin out for 7am on collection day at normal collection points.



PLEASE NOTE - The Council is NOT responsible for these services. We've listed some useful contacts to help you.

Animal Welfare Bryson Energy Bus and Rail queries (Translink) Citizens Advice (Antrim & Newtownabbey) Education Authority Electricity Faults & Emergencies (24 hours)

028 2563 3134 0800 142 2865 028 9066 6630 028 9590 6505 028 2565 3333

Fallen trees (Department for Infrastructure)

0300 200 7893

Gas Emergency Response (24 hours)

0800 002 001

Hospitals Antrim Area Hospital Whiteabbey Hospital

028 9442 4000 028 9086 5181

Housing Executive Main Number (including grass cutting & graffiti) Repairs Line Housing Benefit Land Registry Mapping (Land & Property Services) Northern Health & Social Care Trust Pest Control (Consult your phone directory) Rates (Property Rating & Valuation) TransportNI (previously Roads Service) Bus shelter vandalism/graffiti Cut roadside trees and grass verges Fallen trees Flooding roadway, footpath and blocked road gullies (24 hours) Road repairs (including potholes) Street lighting Traffic Hotline Winter salting (24 hours) Social Security Agency Antrim and Newtownabbey Offices: Benefits Freephone Employment Service Telephone/Utility Boxes (BT fault) Voting (Electoral Office) Water (NI Water) Flooding Incident Line (24 hours) Report your property is flooded or flooding

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Flooding - Council owned property

028 9446 3113

Burst watermains and blocked sewers (Northern Ireland Water) (24 hours)

0345 744 0088

Overflowing rivers and watercourses (Rivers Agency) Water pollution in watercourse (Northern Ireland Environment Agency)

028 9260 6100 0800 807 060

Consumerline (9.00 am to 4.00 pm)

0300 123 6262

Action Fraud

0300 123 2040



#iRecycleRight T: 028 9034 0056

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