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
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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
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Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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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 email@example.com
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
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Irish tweed weaving demonstra-
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meal. The chosen Charity is N.
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.
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”.
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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
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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Big Band Cocktail Club and Dance Workshops
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,
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
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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.”
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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
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.
Paul McAlister showing Leslie Cree MLA the functionality of the plant room
from this initiative. The Passivhaus
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,
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
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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