East Belfast Issue 20 • September 2013 www.bloommagazine.co.uk • @bloommag • Find us on Facebook
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A local party company is celebrating after clinching a place in the regional final to find the UK’s top children’s party company. Doodlebugs; run by Adventure Coach; Jeanette Rankin and Creative Guru; Tara Mullan beat off rivals from hundreds of other local businesses for a place in the competition run by Britain’s largest parenting site Netmums.com. Jeanette and Tara set up the social enterprise company in 2010 and work with numerous groups, organizations etc throughout Northern Ireland to ‘build a greater future one life at a time’. The national Netmums awards were set up to recognise the best firms in the growing children’s party market, which is now worth a whopping £750 million a year in the UK. For more information, please contact Jeanette on 0 7871 925093 or email email@example.com
Tesco, the Foodbanks charity the Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare held the biggest ever food collection in the UK over the summer. The National Food Collection took place in Tesco stores to help provide much needed food for people in the area. Arnette Martin, Community Champion at Tesco Castlereagh said, ‘The event here was a real success due to our customers generosity, the total item in cash value was £1079 and Tesco then added 30% to our total which was excellent. The food collected was staying local which we love to see.’
World Suicide Prevention Day On Saturday 7 September SOS and EBCDA will have a stand at Connswater Shopping Centre from 10am to 2pm to raise awareness. They will also be joined by young people from the Belfast wide Hope 4 Youth group. On Tuesday 10 September SOS are holding a coffee morning at Willowfield Parish Church on the Woodstock Road from 10-12 Also on the 10 September from 4.30pm-7pm there is a free concert at City Hall with Pink, Katy Perry and Michael Buble tribute acts, face painting, craft stalls and lighting candles in remembrance of those lost to suicide.
George Best Belfast City Airport is celebrating after receiving three prominent awards in just a matter of weeks for its hugely successful community and employee initiatives. The airport has been named winner of the ‘Local Community Impact’ award at the annual Business in the Community ‘Impact Awards’, the winner of the ‘Employer of the Year’ award at the WorkForce Annual Training Awards and Highly Commended in ‘The Right Place to Work’ at the Irish News Workplace and Employment Awards. The success comes just months after the launch of the ‘George Best Belfast City Airport High Fliers Apprenticeship Scheme’, which offers young people in the greater Belfast area the chance to gain expertise and skills in a vast range of disciplines. 4
Work on Phase 1 of the £35m Connswater Community Greenway (CCG) project started in 2013 with a focus on Orangefield and Victoria Parks. As part of Phase 1 plans have been unveiled for a new footbridge in Victoria Park which will connect the park to Airport Road. Read about all the plans at www.communitygreenway.co.uk. In July, CCG asked the public to put forward ideas to Name the Bridge. After a fantastic response, a representative panel of judges has narrowed it down to five. 1. Cranes Bridge: You can view the iconic Harland and Wolff cranes, Samson and Goliath from the new bridge as well as the wildlife cranes. 2. Sam Thompson Bridge: East Belfast man, trade unionist, playwright and worked in the Shipyards. Wrote the play ‘Over the Bridge’. 3. The Island Bridge: The Bridge links Victoria Park to Airport Road and subsequently to Queen’s Island. The central part of the Park is also an island. 4. Victoria (Vicky) Bridge: Reflects the park’s name and location, which is often referred to locally as ‘Vicky’ Park. 5. Avalon Bridge: The word Avalon means ‘mythical island’. This word also has links to east Belfast’s Van Morrison who has an album ‘Avalon Sunset’. This album includes the track ‘Orangefield’ which is also on the CCG route. How to vote: Voting opens on Mon 9th September. To vote for your favourite go to www.communitygreenway.co.uk/ NametheBridge or visit one of the Name the Bridge Centres; Avoniel Leisure Centre, East Belfast Partnership, Inverary Community Centre, Holywood Arches Library, Cregagh Road Library, Woodstock Library. Closes Weds 9th October. The chosen name will be unveiled in November.
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Slimming World are slimming down their fee for young people with a reduced price for 16 and 17 year old members of £3.95 a week instead of the standard fee of £4.95. Slimming World already offers free membership to 11 to 15 year olds who go to a group with a parent or guardian and have the support of their GP or school nurse. Sally Moore, who runs the Ballyhackamore and Holywood Slimming World groups every week, welcomes the new discounted price. She says: ‘Obesity doesn’t just affect adults, it’s a problem for people of all ages, and we’re seeing more young people struggling with their weight. Some are so severely overweight that it’s affecting their health, with young people being diagnosed with conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure that used to affect people much later in life. It has a huge impact on their self-esteem and confidence. It’s very important they get the right support to lose weight so they enjoy good health and feel great as they become adults. At Slimming World we treat everyone like an adult, we don’t tell people what to do or what to eat, but instead we equip members with the skills to make healthy choices that fit with their lives and help them to lose weight and keep it off.’ Ballyhackamore group meets every Tuesday at 5.30pm & 7.30pm in Bloomfield Collegiate School. Holywood group meets every Thursday at 5.30pm & 7.30pm in Holywood CFC Community Hall. To join pop along or call Sally on 07738713436. 6
Avoniel Leisure Centre celebrated the reopening of its swimming pool after 10 months. During this time Belfast City Council carried out extra refurbishment work to provide improved facilities. Councillor Gareth McKee, Chairman of the Parks and Leisure Committee said; ‘The pool was 35 years old and had to be taken out of operation following a serious leak. While it was closed we took the opportunity to completely modernise the pool and changing areas, so that it is bright, welcoming and up to date.’
A local award winning agency has reopened as Henry Gowan Travel. And while there may be a change of name, the same knowledgeable and helpful staff remain at the Cregagh Road agency, on hand to get you to your dream destination. Between them they have over 40 years travel experience and pride themselves on offering great value for money and excellent customer service. Manager Nicola specialises in cruises, tailormade honeymoons and weddings abroad while Assistant Manager Leigh can help organise your family holiday or groups traveling abroad. Travel consultant Carley’s loves helping the young and lively book the latest clubbing hotspots. So with all bases covered, it’s simply a matter of getting a map of the world out, picking your spot and taking a short trip down the Cregagh Road to get everything sorted in one go. Then all that’s left to do is pack! 23 Cregagh Road. Phone 028 9045 1654 or henrygowantravel@ vsmail.co.uk. Exclusive offers also on their Facebook page: HENRY GOWAN Travel.
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OF OUR LORD 2012 2 BRAVE KNIGHTS OPENED A FOOD AND ALE HOUSE IN THE OLDE SHIRE OF CASTLEREAGH.
SOON MANY STORIES WERE BEING TOLD OF THIS MYSTICAL PLACE AT THE FOOT OF THE ANCIENT HILLS AND WORD SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE LANDS OF THE WONDERFUL FAYRE SERVED BY SIR LES OF JO’BURG AND HIS MERRY BAND.
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IN CELEBRATION OF THIS GREAT EVENT SIR LES AND HIS FAITHFUL COMPANION STEVEN OF MILLREAGH SENT OUT PROCLAMATIONS THROUGHOUT THE LAND THAT HENCEFORTH THE FINE EATERY WOULD BE CALLED
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On Thursday 8th August East Belfast Community Development Agency (EBCDA) hosted the launch of their “Message of Hope” suicide awareness booklet at East Belfast Network Centre on Templemore Avenue. The booklet contains information on how to support someone who you are concerned about and lists several organisations who can help. Funding for the development of the booklet and its distribution was provided by BT, whose employees donated via their Payroll Giving Scheme. Lynda Bryans was a special guest at the launch and spoke passionately about the need for more openness and less stigma around the issues of mental health and suicide. Also present were the organisations who offer services to people at risk of suicide across the city. The booklet has already been delivered to 20,000 homes in inner East Belfast, Tullycarnett, Ballybeen, Knocknagoney, Clarawood, Ardcarn and Bloomfield. EBCDA are hopeful that they will be able to source funding to print and distribute another 20,000 booklets to the rest of East Belfast later in the year. If you would like a copy of the booklet you can call into East Belfast Network Centre, 55 Templemore Avenue or download a copy from the EBCDA website at www.ebcda.org 8
Local girl Lisa McBriar, a Volunteer for the Cedar Foundation is hosting a Charity Man Auction in aid of this great charity in the Park Avenue Hotel on Saturday 12th October at 7pm. But Lisa is not auctioning off dates, she has approached some of the best local male business talent who are auctioning off their time and expertise in areas such as personal training, hairdressing, Swedish massage, teeth whitening, makeup lessons and much more. All proceeds from the auction will go straight to The Cedar Foundation which is a local charity for children and adults living with disabilities and brain injury in Northern Ireland. This is a cause close to Lisa’s heart as her son who suffers from cerebral palsy has availed of Cedar’s services. Tickets are £25 and for ladies only who will be treated to a buffet meal before the auction and the party will continue with entertainment by the Diva Dolls. The evening will be compered by Keith Law, Producer/Prankster from Just for Laughs and there will also be a professional auctioneer and prizes will be up for grabs on the night including an overnight stay for two in the Park Avenue Hotel. So if you want your garden done, a full pamper day, a personal (celebrity) chef experience, hypnotherapy, a personal chauffeur, or some of the other treats on offer then get your tickets now: facebook.com/eventerpriseni www.eventerpriseni.co.uk or you can call Lisa on 07764485145.
The Mayor of Castlereagh, Councillor David Drysdale is encouraging people to join him on his first charity fun run in aid of nominated charity, Fields of Life. The 3 mile fun run will take place on Saturday 28th September at 11am from the Enler Centre in Ballybeen Estate. People of all ages, sizes and fitness levels are encouraged to take part. Registration Fee: £5. Sponsorship forms and further information is available from The Mayor’s Office, Castlereagh Borough Council. Phone 028 90494502 or email alisonwilton@castlereagh gov.uk
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North Down Craft Collective is the idea of 3 crafters who want to showcase local crafts in a central location in North Down on a regular basis. Over the past two years, Jenny (Cameo by Jennifer Brennan), Debbie McCann (Wee Yarn Designs) and William Clendinning (The Local) have been taking their craft to local fayres and are constantly being asked ‘where are you based? What fayre will you be at next?” They decided to look for a base and invite other local craftspeople to get involved... and this was the beginning of North Down Craft Collective! The group will meet on the second Saturday of each month at Holywood Old School on Church Road, Holywood from 10am-4pm. Along with Jenny, Debbie and William there will be another 6 ‘resident’ crafters. Each month 5 ‘guest’ crafters will attend and there will also be a vintage tea room serving tea, coffee and delicious homemade desserts. ‘I have been involved in organising craft fayres for a while now and I am always amazed at the array of talented craftspeople that we have here in Northern Ireland.’ says Jenny, a Textile Design graduate from the University of Ulster. ‘We hope that by showcasing some of this talent, people will have the opportunity to appreciate the new and traditional crafts that have re-emerged in the last few years and that are here on their doorstep!’ The collective is also planning to support local charities by inviting representatives to come along each month and set up a stall. The entrance fee of £1 per adult, will also be donated to the chosen charity. “We look forward to welcoming everyone to the first fayre which will be held on Saturday 12th October.” For more information please contact Jenny, Debbie or William at email@example.com or keep up to date with featured crafters and events on our facebook page www.facebook/ndcraftcollective
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Over the next few months, I hope to motivate you to visit your local East Belfast charity shops with lots of pictures of great finds and ideas for your home and wardrobe. Not everyone has the same patience for a rummage that I do, but hopefully you’ll cross the threshold of a charity shop for the first time and find something you love. And so a passion for preloved will begin. Trust me, I know!
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October 2013 sees the opening of The Academy of Physical Performing Arts Northern Ireland. Based in Castlereagh, it will provide training for people of all ages and abilities in a range of physical arts disciplines including Rhythmic Gymnastics, Aerial Dance/Movement, Acrobatic Tumbling, Ballet, Jazz and Urban/Street Dance and Pilates.
has also held the positions of teacher, Head of Dance and Deputy Principal in a leading (government funded) vocational training establishment. Throughout much of her career Sarah has also worked as an examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance, while more Studio 1 recently she was delighted to accept the honour of becoming a Patron for The London emands on professional artists today Ballet Company. are to be creators as well as performers Originally from Bangor, APPA-NI co- vision and artistic discovery is fundamental founder Elaine Bailie is a Great Britain in training opportunities. For this reason National Rhythmic Gymnastics judge and APPA -NI instruction and motivation is is a British Gymnastics Coach for Rhythmic based on a multidisciplinary and integrated approach to the physical artsâ€? Says APPA-NI Gymnastics. She also sits on the British Gymnastics National Coach Education Panel, co-founder, Sarah Durrant. and is currently on the Gymnastics Northern With a background in professional Ireland Management Committee with performing arts education that spans over responsibility for Finance. thirty years, Sarah has a Masters degree Having also managed and directed the in Performing Arts Professional Education, Phoenix Rhythmic Gymnastics Club in a Certificate in Education as well as Royal Bangor for 10 years, Elaine felt there was a Academy of Dance and Imperial Society of real opportunity to offer a more diverse style Teachers of Dance qualifications. Sarah has of training in Northern Ireland. run her own business in dance tuition and
Elaine says, “Physical Arts have the ability to reach people from varied backgrounds, abilities, ages and cultures in ways few other disciplines can. They essentially enhance opportunities and have the power to influence lives for the better. It is our intention that APPA – NI will have a positive influence on our students whilst broadening the diversity of their skills.” Motivated by the APPA – NI vision, specialist facilities constructed at Prince Regent Road in Castlereagh have been carefully designed to allow students and teachers to learn in the most professional, safe and comfortable environment where creativity will thrive. The Dance Studio contains a harlequin sprung dance floor with high ceiling, mirrors, barres, a music centre and piano. The centre also houses a Continental high performance rhythmic floor and an aerial training space consisting of six suspended training units which will include three silks, one rope, a four people trapeze and one hoop or lyra. Approximately 31 primary and secondary schools fall within a two mile radius of the Academy. “As well as offering first class facilities, we wanted to position the Academy close to as many schools as possible, as training and educating children and young people are at the very core of what we want to achieve” says Elaine.
APPA-NI co-founders, Sarah Durrant (above) and Elaine Bailie (right).
As personal coach for the 2009/10 Junior Rhythmic Disability champion and the 2011/13 Senior Level 2 Rhythmic Disability Champion, Elaine has been involved in coaching the Great Britain National Disability Squad. Therefore improving access to physical arts for the disabled is something she is very passionate about and an area in which APPA-NI hopes to take the lead. Furthermore, once a registered charity, the Academy aims to initiate outreach programmes with youth and community groups in areas that otherwise have limited opportunities in physical arts training. APPA-NI’s activity and learning structures are carefully designed appropriate to the age, maturity and proficiency of each student, allowing for progression as and when each individual is ready. Its timetable structure means students welcome to enrol for classes in one discipline or in a number of disciplines simultaneously.
Dance specialist physiotherapy APPA-NI will also offer full-time, on-site physiotherapy services. Katy Chambers is a dance specialist physiotherapist, advanced level Pilates instructor and Royal Academy of Dance trained teacher. Having undertaken a great deal of training in the field of therapy and injury management for dancers since graduating from the University of Ulster in 2009, Katy is now completing a Masters Degree in Dance Science at Trinity Laban, London and is teaching at The Urdang Academy, London. Katy has been teaching classical ballet, modern jazz and Pilates since 2005 and this year will be teaching the body conditioning module for full time vocational students at the Urdang Academy in London. Alongside this, her private physiotherapy practice will now extend to working with Move Physiotherapy in West London, offering therapy treatments, Pilates and on call services to Rambert Dance Company. Katy will be returning to work at APPA-NI on completion of her Masters Degree in July 2014.
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Joseph Campbell was born on the Castlereagh road in July 1879. His mother came from Donegal and she encouraged his literary interests particularly in all things Irish. By & ©Emma Dunn. - EBHS. As a young man Joseph went out into the fields of Antrim to collect and record some of the traditional Irish songs which were being sung and to give some of them English words (this was similar to what John Lomax would later do to record the songs of the deep south of America.) His most well known song being My Lagan Love which mixes the traditional music of Donegal with words about the river running through his home city and the barges which travelled it: Her father sails a running-barge ‘Twixt Leamh-beag and The Druim; And on the lonely river-marge She clears his hearth for him. When she was only fairy-high Her gentle mother died; But dew-Love keeps her memory Green on the Lagan side. His father was a building contractor and a young Joseph worked in his father’s building firm before moving to London to become an English teacher in 1906. Here he became secretary of the Irish literary society and in 1911 he moved to Dublin where he kept company with another famous poet WB Yeats. He later took part in the Easter rising as an intelligence officer and he was interned as a republican in 1922. During the eighteen months he was interned he recaptured his love of Irish literature and poetry by translating a collection of poems by Padraig Pearce. After his release from internment he separated from his wife and moved to America where 20
he settled in New York and founded the New York School of Irish Studies. He lectured in Irish literature and Irish culture at Fordham University from 1927 until 1938 and it was at Fordham he established the Irish Foundation, the first ever Irish studies department at any US college. In 1939 he returned to Ireland where he settled in Wicklow and apart from some broadcasts for Radio Eireann he lived alone in an isolated cottage at Glencree still writing his poetry. In the time when Joseph Campbell would have been growing up Castlereagh would have been no more than a village with the Loop Mill at its centre and the area around the Castlereagh road would have been fields and farming land. I wonder if it was this he thought of when he wrote the poem At Harvest which was published in 1916. In it he talks of: The swaying corn - haulms In the heavy places of the field Cry to be gathered. Joseph Campbell died at his farmstead in Wicklow in 1944 and has largely been forgotten. There is a blue plaque for him on the site of the QE1 on the Castlereagh road.
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MOORISH SKEWERS Serves 4 Preparation time: 10 minutes, plus marinating Cooking time: 5 minutes 500g pork fillet (or chicken, beef , lamb*) 1 teaspoon hot or sweet pimentón 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves 1 garlic clove, finely chopped drizzle of olive oil salt and pepper For the mojo picón 1 slice white bread 4–5 tablespoons Spanish olive oil, plus extra 2 garlic cloves 5 dried cayenne chillies 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 teaspoon sweet pimentón 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar Salt 1 Trim the pork fillet of any excess fat and cut into 2cm cubes. Place the meat in a large mixing bowl and add the pimentón, cumin, black pepper, oregano, thyme and garlic. Mix well, drizzle over the olive oil, leave to marinate for at least an hour, but 30
Pinchos Morunos with Mojo Picón anything up to 2 days is fine. 2 Meanwhile, make the mojo picón. Start by frying the bread in a little olive oil, drain on kitchen paper and tear into pieces. Using a pestle and mortar, mash together the garlic, cayenne chillies, cumin seeds, pimentón, fried bread, vinegar and salt until you have a smooth paste. You could also use a food processor for this bit. Start adding the olive oil in a thin drizzle while you are still mixing. 3 When you are ready to cook the pinchos, thread the meat on to skewers (if you are using wooden skewers it’s a good idea to soak them in water for 30 minutes to stop them burning). Pinchos morunos can be cooked over charcoal (the best way, in my opinion), under a hot grill or in a griddle pan over a very high heat. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side – you want them to be cooked through but still juicy on
the inside. Season with salt and pepper and serve with the mojo picón. *For chicken, use the thigh; beef use the skirt or flank; lamb use the leg.
Fideua PAELLA WITH PASTA Serves 2 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes 200 g fideos (thin, short angel hair pasta) broken into 2-cm lengths 1 fresh squid (about 350 g), cleaned and chopped into 1-cm pieces 10 peeled prawns, 2 garlic cloves finely chopped 1/4 onion nfinely chopped 1 tomato, finely chopped pinch of saffron 1/2 teaspoon sweet pimentón 1/2 teaspoon fish stock powder or cube 1 teaspoon salt
1 Heat about one-third of the olive oil in a wide frying pan over a medium heat. Add the dried pasta and fry for about 5 minutes until it turns golden. Remove from pan, set aside. 2 Add the rest of the olive oil to the pan, increase the heat and add the chopped squid and salt. Squid can be very temperamental as it releases a lot of water when you start cooking it so it tends to explode in the pan. It’s fair to say this bit is a tiny bit dangerous. I recommend you hold a pan lid over the pan, so that the steam can still escape, and stand back. Give it a quick stir, half cover with the lid and leave to cook for a couple more minutes. Don’t scrape the bottom of the pan, the sticky layer on the bottom is essential to make a rich stock. 3 When the squid has browned, add the peeled prawns, garlic and onion and cook for another 5 minutes until everything is dark golden (this will happen fairly quickly because of the high heat). Add the chopped tomato, saffron and pimentón and stir constantly to dissolve the sticky bits on the bottom. N o longer than 2 minutes. 4 Add the fish stock powder or cube and 1 litre of water. Bring to the boil and simmer for around 10 minutes before adding the fried pasta. You need just enough water left in the pan for the pasta to cook and absorb all the remaining liquid. A good thin fideo pasta should cook in about 3 minutes. Stir in the pasta, cover the pan and cook until the liquid has been absorbed. 5 Remove from heat, leave for 1 more minute, uncovered, to create a toasted layer of pasta on the bottom of the pan – it will taste like heaven.
Churros con chocolate
SPANISH DOUGHNUTS WITH CHOCOLATE Serves 2 Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes 400 ml water 400 g strong white flour pinch of salt 1 tablespoon olive oil 750 ml vegetable oil for deep-frying caster sugar and ground cinnamon (optional) for dusting For the chocolate 1 small bag of Spanish chocolate powder for hot dipping chocolate 1 pint milk 50 g dark chocolate, roughly chopped 1 Bring the water to the boil. Meanwhile place the flour and salt in a large pan and place over a very low heat. Stir lightly for 3–4 minutes so that the flour dries out and becomes fluffy. 2 As soon as the water has boiled, pour it over the flour and mix it with a wooden
spoon for about 1 minute until a dough starts to form. Don’t over-mix and don’t worry if there are some lumps, you can always finish it by hand once it has cooled down slightly. Halfway through mixing add the olive oil. 3 When the dough is still warm, knead for 1 minute. Place in a piping bag (not plastic) with a 8-point starshaped nozzle and spread out a sheet of baking parchment. Start squeezing the batter on to the parchment. At this point you could freeze the churros to cook later straight from the freezer). 4 Heat the vegetable oil in a large deep pan – ideally you want it to be 230–240°C to get that delicious crispy outside and soft interior. To test whether the oil is hot enough, drop a small piece of the dough into the oil – if it immediately floats to the surface and starts fizzing away then the oil is hot enough. If it sinks, wait a little longer. 5 Once the oil is hot enough carefully slide your churros, a few at a time, into the pan. Cook them for 40 seconds on one side and 30 seconds on the other. Remove and drain on kitchen paper and repeat. They should be very crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. Dust liberally with sugar mixed with a little ground cinnamon (optional) while they are still warm. For the chocolate, bring the milk to the boil in a pot and just before boiling point add the chocolate powder while whisking. Stir constantly for 10 minutes so the chocolate doesn’t burn. Stir in the dark chocolate at the end to give nice body and intensify the flavour. Serve the chocolate in a cup and dip your churros in it. www.bloommagazine.co.uk
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