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Holywood Issue 14 • March 2014

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m ater seems to have been the

you this month. Once again there

Down stained glass artist Ann Smyth

dominant force over the last

has been a phenomenal amount

shares the story of her career and

few weeks in the form of a constant

happening and it can be difficult to

talks about her wonderful project for

threat of rain from above and Bloom

cram it all in without some overspill

Belfast Harbour Office. We profile the

readers in tears as they await the next

but we’ve certainly done our best.

Holywood Family Trust, a crucial local

edition. Ha. Funnily enough there are

We have all your regular faves

charity in town. And for all you Jazz

usually a few tears at the end of the

including the latest news and all

and Swing aficionados, there’s an

month as we send the mag to printers. the info and links you need to see

amazing event happening this month

Tears of joy, relief and confusion as

what’s happening with the Holywood

that is right up your street! All this plus

another edition becomes real. And

Masterplan which will guide the town’s St George’s Bar and Grill talk you

we’ve certainly been keeping it real

growth and development over the next though how to make the perfect Ulster

over the last few weeks uncovering

20 years. We also feature a stunning

some amazing people, projects and

energy efficient home in Crawforsburn. and settle down to this months sizzling

businesses who we are sharing with

A blueprint for future builds. County

Bloom Magazine Belfast @bloommag Bloom Magazine 308 Albertbridge Road Belfast BT5 4GX www.bloommagazine.co.uk Editorial & Design : Stuart stuart@bloommagazine.co.uk Tel: 07977 144904 Advertising : Angela angela@bloommagazine.co.uk Tel: 07719 104862 Advertising & Accounts : Juanita info@bloommagazine.co.uk Tel: 07725 621642 Printed by Nicholson Bass Distributed by Speedpost NI Any views expressed within are not necessarily endorsed by Bloom Magazine or Newborn Media. Reference to any specific product or service does not constitute or imply its endorsement or recommendation by Bloom Magazine. Links and contacts are provided for user convenience and do not constitute or imply endorsement or recommendation by Bloom Magazine. Any reproduction without permission is prohibited.

4 Local News It’s all the stories that are new to you and us and come in the form of news.

12 HEALTH AND BEAUTY Ruth at The Beauty Studio gets you ready for the incoming spring season.

16 SLIMMING WORLD The local groups are getting behind a brilliant sponsored slim for charity.

18 LOCAL FAMILY TRUST It’s the 10th anniversary year of the Holywood Family Trust.

Fry. So stick on your bangers, feet up edition of Bloom. Enjoy!

22 BELFAST JAZZ HANDS It’s the amazing Swing Era Saturday down at Shorts Recreation Club.

24 cookbook Cook the perfect Ulster Fry with the guidance of St George’s Bar & Grill.

26 PASSIVE HOUSE A Crawfordsburn home built on the green principles of Passivhaus.

30 TALKING BUSINESS Richard Graham of Cloud Accounting NI talks all things business plans.

20 GLOWING PANES Stained glass artist Ann Smyth on her career and an incredible local project. bloommagazine.co.uk 3


Local  NewS & Views

Bloom News

Email: stuart@bloommagazine.co.uk Twitter: @bloommag Facebook: Bloom Magazine Belfast Web: bloommagazine.co.uk A £3,000 win with  centra holywood Jackie thompson from East Belfast won a year’s worth of shopping with centra Holywood! Centra Stores joined with Cool FM and Downtown Radio to offer listeners the chance to win a year’s worth of shopping for 2014. Pete Snodden and store

ifa NATIONAL COACHING COURSES 2014 The Irish FA National Coaching of Coaches Courses will take place throughout the month of June. The courses are based at Stranmillis University College, Belfast and Queen’s sport, Upper Malone. The Irish FA is again offering an extensive range of coaching courses, catering for all levels of our game, and intended to provide the necessary coaching knowledge required, whether for the

manager, Jonathan Boal, Centra Holywood congratulate Jackie on winning £3,000 worth of centra vouchers. Jackie listened to cool FM and identified a celebrity referred to in a Centra Tannoy announcement for her chance to win. Centra gave away a total of £3,500 cash to 10

game at grassroots level or at professional level. The

winners from across NI.

Grassroots Introductory Award and Level 1 Award

The Mayor’s charity event - Antiques and Collectibles Valuation Day - takes place on Saturday 8 March at Camphill Community Glencraig, Seahill. 11.00am - 4.00pm For further information please telephone: 028 9076 8741 / 028 9127 8067 or email to office@cctni.co.uk

cater for those who wish to coach at foundation age level and form the basic foundation of coaching practice for those who wish to progress higher up the IFA’s Coaching Ladder. The Irish FA also offers the UEFA ‘B’ and UEFA ‘A’ Licence courses, both of which are very popular. These courses focus on coaching from Youth level to senior level.Specialist coaching awards are also available, such as the Level 1 and Level 2 Coaching Disabled Footballers Awards. Goalkeepers are catered for with the Goalkeeping Diploma. Visit the website for more information and the application form : irishfa.com 4 bloommagazine.co.uk


Ashfield Girls SCHOOL In Touch with Technology! Anna Spiers, Principal Alison Mungavin

and Hayley Lanyon check out the new app.

British Airways has unveiled its new £300,000 lounge at George Best Belfast City Airport. Willie Walsh, chief executive of British Airways’ parent company, International Airlines Group, officially opened the 285sq metre development, telling VIP guests including Arlene Foster, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, that the new lounge demonstrated British Airways’ commitment to its customers from Northern Ireland. The lounge offers panoramic views of the airfield, and offers an exclusive experience for customers. Located airside and adjacent to Door A, the lounge offers direct boarding on to the aircraft plus 87 comfortable seats, Work zone, Power outlets throughout the lounge, Complimentary Wi-fi, New ‘air’ print technology enabling customers to print from their mobile devices, Televisions and a choice of newspapers and magazines, Full complimentary bar, Extensive choice of food, with a menu that changes throughout the day. www.belfastcityairport.com

School App - Ashfield Girls’ High School has become the first school, locally, to launch its own smart phone app. The app, which is free of charge on iPhone and Android enables parents to stay in touch with school, keep up-to-date with term dates, news and events. Information will now be automatically available on their mobile device. Show My Homework The launch of the new app coincides with the school being the first in N Ireland to pilot Show My Homework - a simple, online homework calendar which allows teachers to set homework in advance and, more importantly, enables parents to monitor which homeworks are being set-and completed! Teachers post homeworks to the school calendar, and to the student’s calendar which appear on the student’s to do list. Once completed, the student can remove them. GCSE Pod Another exciting and innovative initiative which the school has invested in is GCSEPod which consists of over 3,500 audio-visual podcasts to aid learning and revision at GCSE level. This too is accessible on mobile device and tablets as well as PCs and it enables students to create personal podcast playlists to listen to in the run-up to exams or to help with homework. Consistent use in just 10 minute chunks is proven to support achievement right up to A* With the publication of their smart phone app, Show My Homework and GCSEPod, Ashfield Girls’ High School demonstrates that it is confident with the new technology to aid learning and revision-as well as communication-and is encouraging its pupils and parents to be confident too. Principal, Alison Mungavin says, ‘Ashfield Girls constantly seeks to improve learning opportunities for its girls and these new innovations will support both pupils and parents.”

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day on

the Parochial Hall to live music or creel making, wool spinning and

Monday 17 March with a festival

watch re-enactments and listen to

of music and crafts at Ulster Folk

story telling as you make your way tions. A great day out! 10am -

& Transport Museum. Join in and

around the Museum solving the St

5pm. Book tickets now to avoid the

learn traditional set dancing in

Patrick’s Day Quiz. There will be

queues on arrival.

Irish tweed weaving demonstra-

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A Charity fund raising night

Golf Club on Saturday 10th

Ireland Leukaemia Research.

will celebrate all formats

May 2014. The evening will be

The event is supported by

of organised Football in

compared by Jackie Fullerton

Holywood FC.

Holywood throughout the

with guest speaker Colin

For information contact event

years coinciding with 50 Years

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organiser Ray Alexander

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meal. The chosen Charity is N.

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The Holywood Masterplan was recently launched by DSD Minister Nelson McCausland at the library. It’s a long-term strategy to guide the town’s growth and development

over the next 20 years. There is now a 12 week public consultation period. Details are on display and feedback forms are ready for your comments at the Library, Queen’s Leisure Complex, Redburn Community Centre and the Town Hall in Bangor. For further info www.dsdni.gov.uk www.northdown.gov.uk www.paulhogarth.com

A MINI EXTRAVAGANZA Saturday 22nd February saw former Rally Driver Paddy Hopkirk lead a cavalcade of over 200 MINIs, old and new, as well as cars rallied during Paddy’s rally career, from Stormont through Belfast to the City Hall where he received a scroll from the Lord Mayor, commemorating the 50th anniversary of him receiving the Freedom of the City. Pictured is the only bespoke, specially branded ‘Paddy Hopkirk’ mini owned by John Minnis Estate Agents who took part in the fun-filled day. John Minnis, director of John Minnis Estate Agents was in the driving seat alongside Paddy’s niece Carole Murray, Office Manager of the JMEA Donaghadee branch. 8 bloommagazine.co.uk


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HOLYWOOD FAMILY TRUST Based in the Community & Family Centre on High Steet, Holywood Family Trust (HFT) was formed as a charity in 2004 by Holywood Christian Fellowship Church with a selection of key aims.

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 he charity has developed a range of services for families, children, young people and vulnerable adults, which now involves partnership working with the Public Health Agency for counselling services, SEELB for youth activities, SEHSCT for their children’s After School Club and with the Department for Social Development to increase community development in the locality. The three key aims are: 1. Promoting health and wellbeing of individuals and families. 2. Providing high quality childcare and youth activities. 3. Helping disadvantaged people make healthier choices by providing learning opportunities and by training our volunteers. The dream 10 years ago was that a centre and a network of people would exist in the North Down and Ards area that are equipped to “make a difference” in the lives of individuals and families whilst contributing to a more inclusive

community. Ten years later, HFT now offers over 1000 hours of counselling services per year through Community & Family Counselling, childcare for 60 families through Holywood After School Club, youth activities for over 200 young people in Zone, a befriending service called ‘Philia’ and various educational projects to the local community whilst training their staff and volunteers . Over the years HFT has been involved in various “good relations” activities and is currently developing a schools based programme which explores diversity and community relations issues affecting young people that are often avoided whilst mentoring young leaders from across the community divide. As a part of the “faithworks” movement, the charity values providing inclusive services to the entire community in a professional manner and in a way which is consistent with its Christian ethos. Paul Betts, Director of HFT said

“Since launching HFT we have seen many people helped and enjoyed the favour and good will of the entire community including the support of the PSNI, NDBC, local churches etc. There has been significant development and expansion of all our services from children’s and youth work, to an increase in counselling services. We are delighted, that thanks to support from the Department for Education and Holywood CFC, we will be commencing building work on a new youth facility during 2014. The expansion of our youth work over the last couple of years has meant that we need a larger space with improved disabled access and catering facilities. HFT has a dedicated team of staff and volunteers to whom we are indebted and a strong network of agencies exists and works in partnership with HFT. Whilst a lot of work is still needed, we are grateful for all that has been accomplished to date”.

www.holywoodft.co.uk tel 028 90427842 18 bloommagazine.co.uk


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ANN SMYTH

Glowing Panes Ann Smyth is a County Down based stained glass artist creating original works for churches, schools, hospitals, public buildings and private collections. Her work can be seen throughout

Las Vegas casinos. The majority of Ann’s work is for churches and this varies from traditional figurative work to very contemporary pieces relying on colour, line, form, texture and symbolism to tell a story. The project for the

Ireland and the UK as well as in the USA and

window in Belfast Harbour Office which recently

featured in a recent BBC NI documentary.

featured in a BBCNI documentary came about

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as part of a competition. “After submitting my

department, I was hooked! Unlike painting which

the very talented craftsmen of CWS Design,

deals with reflected light, stained glass uses refracted

Lisburn with whom I have been collaborating on

light making it unique among the arts. It is quite

the majority of my work in Ireland for over 20

basically painting with light.’ Following this change

years. The window traces the history of the Port

of focus into this new passion, Ann studied Art and

of Belfast since the Charter of 1613 when King

Design at Edinburgh College of Art, specialising in

James I officially declared Belfast a port, right up

stained glass. And while still at college, it wasn’t

to the present day.”

long before she was making a living from her art,

Ann is currently working on the designs for a set

albeit being paid in a classic student commodity as

of acid etched doors for a church in California.

she explains. “I got my first commission whilst still a

In addition to the window in the Belfast Harbour

student at college. It was to repair a broken window

Office you can also see her work in Belfast

in a bar in Edinburgh. However, no money changed

City Hall, St Anne’s Cathedral and Fisherwick

hands...I was paid in beer!”

Presbyterian Church. If you would like to see

Ann’s career trajectory has been extraordinary

more of Ann’s work you can visit the website:

efore attending college’, says Ann ‘I wanted

design proposal I was shortlisted and eventually

to concentrate on textiles, but after only

selected to create the window which was

a few days “playing” in the stained glass

unveiled in December. I worked on this with

since, working on many different projects, from small domestic windows to large ceiling domes in 20 bloommagazine.co.uk

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Look beyond the façade of the Shorts Recreation Club on the Hollywood Road, and you will find a dance venue, waiting to fill with the sounds of the Swing Era.

ith a nod to its dance hall past, on the 22nd March, the venue will host a ‘Swing Era Saturday’, with afternoon Dance Workshops and an evening ‘Big Band Cocktail Club’, presented by the Belfast Jazz Orchestra and featuring Swing Diva, Caroline Brown. In a special twist to the night, mixologists will serve up amazing cocktails, to match the vintage theme, which will also show case performances from Swing Belfast, and International Showgirl, Missy Fatale. The Belfast Jazz Orchestra have dedicated their 24 year history to the performance and nurture of Big Band Swing and Jazz music. They are guaranteed to have you dancing your socks off, or tapping those toes to a rousing set of timeless classics from the American song book,

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including the music of Count Basie, Glen Millar, and Duke Ellington. There’s just something about swing music which still strikes a chord today. The melodies, the lyrics, the old Hollywood glamour….all create an appeal which spans generations. The band’s last event, thronged with dancers from 20 to 70 years old, all having the time of their lives, because when the music is this good, age just becomes irrelevant. Swing Dancing is a growing scene in Belfast, with several groups offering weekly classes. Classes are fun, friendly and attended by a wide range of people. With a little patience, many become hooked, and stock their wardrobes with vintage clothing, which they show off at events like the Big Band Cocktail Club. It is a thriving community, which is why Swing

Belfast will host dance workshops on the afternoon of 22nd March. London based Hayley Harvey (Missy Fatale), Swing Dance teacher, and exclusive International Showgirl,will be teaching a series of workshops, on Ladies Burlesque, Solo Jazz and Lindy Hop. Classes will finish at 5.15pm, just in time to pin up those victory rolls, or slick that Bryl cream for the Big Band Cocktail Club opening its doors at 8.30pm until 1am with a late bar).

Big Band Cocktail Club – Tickets, £10 from swingbelfast.com, skiddle. com visit-belfast.com or from at Shorts Recreation Club. facebook.com/BelfastJazzOrchestra Swing Dance Workshops – Start at £10 from skiddle.com, or at Swing Belfast classes. swingbelfast.com or facebook.com/pages/Swing-Belfast


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THE PERFECT ULSTER FRY! Served up by St Georges Bar and Grill

It’s the meal that made Ulster.

how to cook Ulster’s favourite dish

our door step at St George’s Market.

The traditional fry up that set

by launching an easy-to-follow

You won’t find cut-price sausages,

up millions for a day of hard

guide. Head Chef James Bell

supermarket breads or any second-

work or play. Two fried eggs, the

stresses the importance of using the

rate ingredients. What you will find

all-important lightly browned

right ingredients to get the perfect

is the best Ulster produce, cooked to

potato and soda bread, perfect

end result. He said: “The Ulster Fry

perfection. The real skill in a great

pork sausages, crispy bacon, black

has always been one of our top

end result is cooking the entire meal

and white pudding and a juicy red

selling meals at the restaurant –

in the one pan, thus securing and

tomato– a great start to any day.

and one which we are very proud

sealing the flavour throughout

It’s also the perfect recovery the

to serve. Tourists and locals flock to

the whole cooking process. Timing

morning after an evening of over

us on a Friday and Saturday for an

and preparation is the key — play

indulging in the legendary Ulster

Ulster Fry – and we are continually

around and see how you like your

hospitality. But getting an Ulster

asked for tips on creating the dish,

breakfast and adjust your timing

Fry just right is a very delicate

which is why we have launched

accordingly. So to get your bacon

art. To celebrate their brand new

this easy to follow guide. The secret

crispy, your sausages brown, your

sumptuous brunch menu and

is using the absolute best quality

breads crispy and not dripping in oil

Sunday opening, one of Belfast’s top

products available to us – we have

and your tomatoes firm not soggy,

restaurant’s, St George’s Market Bar

sampled and selected the very best,

follow our guide to mastering the

& Grill, is seeking to teach people

local suppliers all available right on ultimate Ulster Fry.”

St George’s Bar and Grill is nestled in the eaves of one of Belfast’s oldest and most beautiful buildings, St George’s Market featuring high beamed ceilings, discreet booths and outdoor terrace area For menus and bookings visit: www.stgeorgesbargrill.com 24 bloommagazine.co.uk


THE METHOD 1. The Oil We pan fry in cold pressed rape seed oil. It’s clean, taste free, has numerous health benefits and has an extremely high burning point which is important when cooking all of your ingredients in one pan. It is best to place your large heavy based frying pan on a low and slow heat, producing a light sizzle, and above all you do not want your oil spitting. Cook your ingredients thoroughly which takes time.

Don’t flip your bacon too early, wait for the colour to appear on the edges first. Colour = flavour. If you’re after something a bit healthier, grilling it is a good option. Either way, cook it until it’s crispy, but not brown and burnt.

4. Brilliant Breads

plate but also a real contrast in flavour. Tomatoes should always be a little crispy. This will be achieved if you place them alongside your breads and cook for several minutes.

6. Black & White Pudding The Black Pudding is an acquired taste, but the flavour and texture is so rich and interesting. White pudding is very similar to black pudding, but does not include blood. Consequently, it consists of pork meat and fat, suet, bread, and oatmeal formed into the shape of a large sausage and sliced. Pop both your black and white pudding in the pan and continue to cook everything for a couple more minutes – after 2-3 minutes, flip everything over.

We source our sausages, bacon, black and white puddings from local, free-range farm Pheasants Hill – their ethical approach to farming, combined with flavour is second-to-none. Begin with your small drizzle of rapeseed oil in the pan, when it’s hot, place your two sausages in gently, turning occasionally to colour all the way round for a nice even flavour, do this for approximately eight minutes.

The breads are above all what sets the humble fry up apart from the famous Ulster Fry – Perfectly prepared potato bread, made as our grandparents would have in their parlour kitchen and of course the wonderfully sumptuous soda bread. We source our bread from Chrissie, a local baker and stall-holder at the Market who uses oldfashioned, recipes using butter milk, delivered from the local milk man, all hand-made, on her farm on Ballymacashen road in Killinchy. These two are your next ingredients to add, place them in the pan to absorb the wonderful flavours. The soda will soak up the delicious favours and the potato bread will brown on the outside and soften wonderfully the in the middle.

3. Beautiful Bacon

5. Tasty Tomatoes

James concluded: “The beauty of

Bacon is next in the pan. Add two rashers of bacon to the pan – we use thick-cut back bacon, as it’s less fatty than streaky, but everyone has their preferences.

If you can buy them on the vine do so, as they retain their firmness and flavour for longer, and delicious on your plate. A juicy red tomato not only adds colour to your

for breakfast, alunch or dinner.

2. Sizzling Sausages

7. Excellent Eggs After a further 2 minutes cooking, move all the ingredients into a warmed oven, on a warmed plate to keep hot while you quickly clean your pan. You want fresh oil to fry your eggs. Crack two free-range eggs into your pan, pop a lid on to cook the top, voila!

the Ulster Fry is that it can be eaten But while eating one is one of life’s delights, cooking one perfectly is no easy task, which is why we have produced this easy-to-follow guide.” bloommagazine.co.uk 25


PASSIVE HOUSE

Energy Efficient Living in Crawfordsburn Paul McAlister Architects welcomed Members of the NIABT and the Assembly’s Environment and Enterprise, Trade and Investment Committees to its first home built on the Passivhaus principles, created for the McGlinchey family in Crawfordsburn. Visitors included Steven Agnew MLA, ETI Committee, Paul McAlister, Leslie Cree MLA, NIABT Committee and Gordon Dunne MLA, ETI Committee.

ENERGY ICON

Paul McAlister showing Leslie Cree MLA the functionality of the plant room

from this initiative. The Passivhaus

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  he Passivhaus approach is a very new design and building technique in NI and is the world’s leading standard in energy efficient construction. Ministers

were given a tour of the 2,375 sq ft home, the technology used and learned how the strict Passivhaus criteria was met. Paul McAlister Architects, was the first Northern Ireland architects qualified in Passivhaus design and the creation of the Crawfordsburn property, is a culmination of intensive

represents a win, win situation for local people, many of whom are struggling with rising energy costs. It is also a good news story for the local construction sector, which has been under significant pressures over the past few years. I am keen to find out how the design features built into this house improves both economic and

research, planning and construction. In the last three months,

environmental sustainability.”

the McGlinchey family have only had a total energy bill of

Paul concludes, “We, at Paul McAlister

£345. Paul McAlister says, “A ‘Passive House’ certification

Architects, actively involve ourselves

means the building requires very little energy to achieve a

within the world of sustainable

comfortable temperature all year round. As well as saving

architecture. It is apparent that the

money, energy efficiency results in a reduction in energy

Passivhaus approach translates into

consumption and carbon emissions. Fluctuating energy

high quality design and construction.

prices both for gas and electricity means that consumers are

This is why we feel the Passivhaus

constantly looking for new ways to cut energy bills to save

certification is so important for quality

money. Passivhaus construction whilst on the outset is slightly

assurance; it allows us to identify

more expense, the savings to be had in future years gives

buildings which have truly strived to

outstanding payback.”

achieve the required criteria. We hope

Leslie Cree MBE MLA, North Down MLA and NIABT

Government will see the benefits of

Board Member adds: “I am delighted that the NIABT has

Passivhaus living and put in place

had the opportunity to visit to one of Northern Ireland’s first

measures to encourage future building

Passivhaus at Crawfordsburn. This is a fantastic innovative

construction adapting these principles.”

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