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Issue 18 • June 2013


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You might think we’ve overdone the word summer on the front cover? Don’t worry, its not a massive big typo. Or a terrible oversight on our behalf. It’s an attempt at throwing positive messages into the sky direct to the weather master person, or whoever it is that controls the beams. We all had a taster of them on the odd day here over the last few weeks and went out and bought sunglasses and sausages and everything. But a big blast of sustained heat in the next while would be magic. Either way, the good news is that the fact you’re even reading this meteorological gibberish means that you have the brand new Bloom in your hands or on your screen. Nice one! We hope you enjoy what we have lined up for you. Plus if there’s something else you would like to see in a future edition, perhaps you know of an event, a person or organisation of inspirational note that you feel your community should share in? Perhaps you yourself have a story to tell? Feel free to tell it to us, and we will endeavour to pass it on. If we don’t hear the phone straight away it’s because we we’re maybe momentarily grabbing a few solar rays while on the move in 30 degree heat. In which case, you’re welcome. Enjoy!

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(L-R) Ben Simpson and Carla Dynan from St. Josephs Primary School, Eddie Allan of BS Holdings and Morgan Johnston and Josie Knox from Orangefield Primary School.

Around 150 shipyard workers descended upon Parliament Buildings to take part in the Titanic Green Energy Challenge, supported by BS Holdings to help raise awareness of green energy among local primary school children and showcase renewable technologies. Organised by Titanic Schools Project this unique event included Primary 7 students from Orangefield and St Joseph’s Primary Schools in East Belfast. The students came to Stormont donning their mufflers and flat caps to learn about how green energy works through interactive activities including building a bridge to the future of green energy. They also learned about how the green energy sector has benefitted from innovations and civil engineering projects within Northern Ireland. Belfast-based heat engineering specialists BS Holdings, who manufacture bespoke biomass heating modules, played an integral role in supporting the event by explaining the growing importance of using sustainable fuel such as biomass to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. “Rising fuel costs and unreliable supplies have encouraged us to look at alternative forms of fuel including wood pellets and it is important that we educate future generations about this,” explains Eddie Allan, Engineering Manager, BS Holdings. Current government schemes in place include the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which has the potential to significantly develop the green industry in Northern Ireland. In addition to biomass heating modules, other green technologies represented at the Titanic Green Energy Challenge included photovoltaics, thermodynamic heat exchange panels, tidal power and wind turbines. 4

Ticker Club - A group of ex-patients from the cardiac department of the Ulster Hospital are currently meeting every week in the Aslan Centre at Knocknagoney to take part in exercises and games from 7pm to 9pm on a Thursday evening. The club is open to all heart patients in the area who feel they could benefit from sharing support with like minded individuals who want to reduce the risks of further setbacks. Contact; Alan Houston, Health Development Worker (Outer East), on 028 9045 1512 or Bob Buick, Secretary on 028 9087 3637.

Congratulations to Grosvenor Grammar School’s Chamber Choir which sang its way to the runners-up position in the BBC’s ‘Songs of Praise’ Senior School Choir of the Year Competition 2013. The Choir, conducted by the School’s Head of Music Miss Rosemary Foster and accompanied by fellow Music teacher Mr Jonathan Arnold, achieved entry to the final following an impressive rendition of ‘Be Thou My Vision’ during the semi final stage of the competition, where six competing Schools from across the UK were narrowed down to just three for the final. Belfast City Council’s Development Committee have given the go ahead for the fourth annual Belfast Music Week to take place between November 11th and 17th following a report which showed that the 2012 Belfast Music Week had been the most successful yet with 41,000 people attending more than 250 events in 70 venues across the city with an associated economic impact of almost £2.1m

Members of the Likely Lads and Crafty Ladies

Group from East Belfast enjoyed Streamvale Farm’s Living History Trail on one of the rare sunny afternoons in May. After a talk on the history of the farm the group took a stroll round the farm attraction and really enjoyed “Tag’s Tricks” – the dog agility display. Chickens were a particular interest for some as they have their own little “Good Life” garden in the fold where they grow vegetables and keep hens. The Lads and Ladies are regular travellers and one thing they insist on is a good afternoon tea! They loved the home made scones and jams provided in the Creamery cafe before they headed home to plan their next adventure out around the local Belfast attractions. “The Likely Lads and Crafty Ladies were a great group to take round the farm. They kept me so entertained that I didn’t notice that the international singing star, Alicia Keyes was also at the farm that afternoon!” confesses Judith their tour guide. The Living History Trail follows the development of the nine generations of the Morrow Family who have lived and worked in Ballyhanwood for over 300 years and pensioner groups can take advantage of a special afternoon price during May, June, September and October this year. 38 Ballyhanwood Rd, BT5 7SN. Tel 028 9048 3244

Mayor of Castlereagh’s Award for Volunteering 2013 - The search is on for Castlereagh’s Volunteering Stars! Castlereagh Borough Council in partnership with Volunteer Now, South Eastern Education and Library Board and Belfast Health and Social Care Trust have begun their search to recognise local volunteers as part of the Mayor’s Awards for Volunteering 2013. The aim is to recognise the valuable contribution that volunteers and voluntary organisations play in shaping, developing and supporting our local communities and will culminate in a prestigious awards ceremony. Awards are available for individuals and groups volunteering within the Castlereagh area and nominations can be submitted by any member of the public, including representatives from Community, Voluntary and Statutory organisation under one of the following categories: Awards for Individual Volunteers Young Volunteer of the Year Award (16- 25 years old) / Adult Volunteer of the Year ( 25+) / Creative Arts Volunteer of the Year / Community Relations & Cultural Diversity Volunteer of the Year Awards for Groups Supporting Volunteering Supporting Volunteering (Large Group Award) / Supporting Volunteering (Small Group Award) The closing date for nominations is 12 NOON on Friday 21 June 2013. A nominations pack can be downloaded from 028 9049 4500 or email

Are you free on a Wednesday night or a Saturday morning? Would you like to get involved in coaching mini soccer? Braniel under 8’s are looking for people to come on board and help with the coaching of the kids on a Wednesday night and with matches on a Saturday morning. No matter what age you are or what experience you have your help and input would be of great help. If you’re interested contact Steven Nixon 07801 517311, Ian Shanks 07818 566106 or Ian Bickerstaff 07754 051447 5

Bloom News Summer Camps @ The Computer Club - The Computer Club will run for 6 weeks this summer

in venues including Ashfield Girls School in East Belfast, for children aged aged 4-11 years. The Club runs from from 9-3pm and places can be booked for 1 day (£20 p/child) or the full week (£75 p/child) with 10% sibling discount. Extended hours are available from 8:00am-5:00pm. The itinerary includes ‘Be a Presenter for a day’ and ‘Be a Web Designer for a day’ using Microsoft Office programs and with a big emphasis on Presentation Skills in our afternoon shows. This will be a great opportunity for your child to become familiar with Microsoft Office skills not currently covered in the primary curriculum using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Email, the Internet & Touch Typing. Contact or 0771 204 2222 direct to reserve a place for your child, or visit their website

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Hundreds of primary school children joined Dame Mary Peters at City Hall to celebrate her ‘Freedom of the City’. The pupils joined the Olympic hero and the Lord Mayor Gavin Robinson to take part in a range of Pentathlon-style sports activities. The freedom of the city was officially conferred upon Dame Mary at a gala dinner in City Hall. Primary schools taking part included Strandtown, Edenbrooke, Our Lady of Lourdes, Nettlefield, St.Brides, Avoniel, Hazelwood, Victoria Prep and Glenveagh School.

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gramme are running a series of weekly “job clubs” for employment guidance and advice: Monday Enler Centre Ballybeen - 1pm-4pm / Tuesday Brooklands Youth Centre - 1pm-4pm / Wednesday Cregagh Community Centre 1pm-4pm / Friday Hanwood Centre Tullycarnet - 10am-12pm / First Tuesday of every month 10am-12pm Tullycarnet Community Services. GEMS are also running a new “Rapid Impact” programme offering mentoring and further support as a follow-on from the Steps to work programme. Contact Aileen Graham on 028 90332313 6

pipped two of Northern Ireland’s leading visitor destinations and a house of God to top prize in the prestigious RICS Awards. The Skainos Project on the Lower Newtownards Road won Project of the Year at the RICS Northern Ireland Awards ahead of the Peace Bridge in DerryLondonderry, Titanic Belfast, and First Derry and Claremont Presbyterian Church. The best of 28 shortlisted entries were awarded for the categories Community Benefit, Regeneration, Design and Innovation, and Building Conservation. Sponsored by Tughans (Design & Innovation), the Department of the Environment (DoE) (Community Benefit), and the Department for Social Development (DSD) (Regeneration). The awards attracted a wide variety of entries from across Northern Ireland, ranging from a 19th century former jail to a 21st century hospital. Judges, who selected the ‘remarkable’ Skainos Project as the coveted Project of the Year recipient from the four category winners, said that it was a buzzing centre of community activity and has a striking design with impeccable sustainability credentials. The four category winners will be invited to represent Northern Ireland against projects from across the UK and internationally in the overall RICS Awards later this year. Alastair Dunn, awards judging chairman said, ‘Skainos is a project with so many impressive ingredients, from its design that integrates so well and includes the wow factor of its ‘living wall’ fronting the main road, to its cross community nature and its sustainability credentials. It is a remarkable project and we are delighted to have it as Project of the Year.’

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Bloom News Niamh & Primary Plus Ignite Dance Company had its first year in 2011 with the classes being held in Wandsworth Community Centre, Ballyhackamore and had their first dance competition in March 2012 N.I.C.M.A.C (Northern Ireland Creative Movement and Aerobic Championships), held in Lagan Valley Leisureplex. Dance teacher Niamh Tan said, ‘We had our second N.I.C.M.A.C dance competition in March just past and came 2nd, which is amazing considering the kids that I teach had never danced before they joined, which just shows how talented they really are! The next competition was the Ulster’s Dance Championships which was held in Girls Model. We were awarded 3rd place! I have competed in N.I.C.M.A.C for 13 years now and still continue to do so. All the kids are local to the area and I’ve taught a lot of them from teaching in schools such as St. Josephs Primary School and Rosetta Primary. The classes are for boys and girls from 6 years - 15 years. We have a dance display in the Strand Cinema, Belfast on 24th June which will include the winning routines from N.I.C.M.A.C and the Ulsters as well as routines from throughout the year. I’ve also got great support not only from my family and the kids parents but from my boyfriend and best friend who help out with music, ideas and come to every team event.’ For more information call Niamh on 07876 351 552.

Super slimmers’ weight-loss success is in the bag! Local slimmers are dropping pounds (lbs) and bagging up all the clothes they’ve slimmed out of to raise pounds (££s) for a good cause in The Big Slimming World Clothes Throw. Members of the Ballyhackamore and Holywood Slimming World groups have spring-cleaned their closets and are donating the clothes that no longer fit their new slimline figures to their local Cancer Research shop. Sally Moore, who runs the groups in Ballyhackamore and Holywood, said: ‘My members have lost an amazing 2,660lbs (190stone) since January this year and they’re feeling fantastic! Lots of people have dropped down clothes sizes and their wardrobes are full of clothes that are too big and baggy now. And they’re happy to give them away because they know that they’re never going to need them again! Our Food Optimising plan isn’t a diet that members follow for a little while and then ‘come off’ when they’ve reached their target weight. At group each week we support members to make healthy changes to the way they shop, cook and eat that they can keep up for life so they really do slim for good.’ The Big Slimming World Clothes Throw is a nationwide fundraising drive that sees Slimming World members across the UK donating clothes to Cancer Research UK, Slimming World’s charity partner for 2013. Each bag of clothes collected could raise up to £25. Anyone who’d like to slim down like these generous Slimming World members is welcome at their local Slimming World Group. To find out more call Sally on 07738 713436 or visit 8

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Castlereagh Gets Creative With New Summer Season of Community Arts Events Castlereagh Arts is kicking off its Summer Season in style with a jam packed programme of Community Arts events designed to engage, enthrall and entertain community members of all ages. This ‘something for everyone’ lineup includes live performances, film screenings, craft workshops, training sessions, pop up programmes, exhibitions and free arty antics on offer to schools and community groups across the Borough. Lovers of all things crafty are invited to join the Castlereagh Community Crafts Club where you can learn jewellery making, glass embellishment and much more. The classes will run for 6 weeks at the Tullycarnet Community Centre, beginning Tuesday 7 June from 10am-12pm, £2 per session. Staying with the theme of crafts the ‘train the trainer’ style workshops are ideal for community group leaders, play workers, carers, scheme leaders, centre staff, in fact anyone seeking the necessary skills to deliver exciting arts workshops including clay, textiles and kids cards back to your group. Not forgetting schools across the Borough: you are encouraged to sign up for free workshops in African Drumming to experience the positive, energetic and vibrant rhythms and traditions of African culture. If film is your thing there’s cabaret cinema, with its small candlelit tables and a welcome drink before enjoying the amazing performances of The Pasadena Roof Orchestra (Friday 9th August) and Elvis Presley- Aloha from Hawaii (Friday 16th August) on the Big Screen. Both screenings will be held in Castlereagh Civic Centre at 7pm with tickets costing £3/£2 concession. Lastly is the first Family Open Arts day Sat 29 June 12- 4pm at Cregagh Community Centre. This jam packed day will sample craft workshops for all the family, dance workshops including a Baby Rave, Hip Hop, and an Old Time Tea Dance, Teddy Bear Picnic Style Storytelling, two live puppet performances, the Downshire Jazz Band featuring Linley Hamilton, the Ormeau Concert Band and a delicious BBQ for all the family. To reserve tickets for any of the above events, to receive a copy of the full season brochure or to be added onto the arts mailing list contact the Community Arts & Outreach Officer on 028 90 494550 or email

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Bloom News Airport funding brings some math-a-magic to local school Pupils at a Belfast primary school were treated to a magical performance by a local children’s touring theatre company thanks to funding from the George Best Belfast City Airport Community Fund. Cahoots NI arrived at Victoria Park Primary School to perform their newest show, ‘Lights, Camera, Math ‘a’ Magic’ to an audience of pupils, from two of the airport’s adopted schools, Victoria Park Primary School and Mitchell House School, eager to witness the extraordinary feats of mathematical mind reading and illusion. The performance for Victoria Park Primary and Mitchell House School was funded by the Belfast City Airport Community Fund which sees the airport fine airlines for operating late flights. This money is then re-invested into groups and projects within the local community that promote areas such as education, sport or conservation. To date, the Community Fund has donated almost £100,000. The touring production which encompasses elements of the Key Stage 2 Northern Ireland Curriculum such as Mathematics and Numeracy, Language and Literacy, The Arts and Personal Development and Mutual Understanding, has also been sponsored by Danske Bank. ‘Lights, Camera, Math ‘a’ Magic’ will continue its schools tour until 18th June 2013. A full list of Cahoots NI events can be seen at For more information on how your community group or project can apply for funding from the Belfast City Airport Community Fund, please visit or contact

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Sweet Dreams From the age of 13 when Holywood’s Brenda Fraser went on a school exchange trip to France and discovered wonderful food and proper chocolate, she fell in love with good food and good products. The catalyst for her culinary and chocolatey journey.

‘This passion was nurtured by working in top restaurants during my five years at University, and food was always one of my first loves and my relaxation.’ With a purely commercial career spanning law, oil and construction to name just a few, she found herself jobless last year at the age of 54 and with the property market in turmoil, it was time to forge a new career which had to involve her first love; food. ‘I spotted a niche for quality handmade chocolates in the North Down area so, having done some initial training at a top chocolatier in London, I have been experimenting with flavours and fillings and honing my skills, setting up my business in May.’ On a trip to Holland when she was 18, Brenda saw the window displays of Godiva chocolates, and then in Italy she tasted the wonderful chocolate there, such as Amedei. ‘I wanted to be able to create the fabulous flavours and look of good quality luxury continental chocolates and when I spotted that niche in the market, my fantasy became reality. My French ‘family’ dubbed me ‘la petite coquine’ all those years ago because I teased them so much, so the name of the business reminds me of discovering ‘real’ chocolates for the first time, but also reflects the tease of my products-the creative design of the 36

chocolates drawing the senses through from the visual appearance to the tease of what lies within-an intense flavour sensation.’ Brenda makes a variety of products from filled/decorated bars to truffles and filled moulded chocolates. Some favourites are the pink champagne, chilli and lime, pina colada, raspberry, violet or rose fondants, salted muscovado caramel, goats cheese and lemon, Grappa & raisin and the Thai taster - a white chocolate ganache flavoured with coconut milk, ginger, lemongrass, chilli and lime. Seasonal flavours are on their way too with a Pimms chocolate coming up soon along with a range of cocktail chocolates. ‘All the products are made in small batches for freshness, they are not mass produced, and I make them from scratch from fresh produce. I don’t use preservatives or other agents to extend the life of the product. The range is gluten free with some dairy free products as well. I also do wedding favours and do my best to match the chocolate colours to the wedding, and am happy to create a special flavour a customer may want.’

Catch Brenda at Sunday Fayre in Victoria Square 23rd June and dates after that. Keep in touch via: /

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We have experienced all of the above in 2013! The sales market is performing very well across East Belfast. Currently demand out strips supply. If your considering a move or need advice call us in our new Ballyhackamore Branch on 028 9065 3333 We may well have a purchaser up our sleeve!

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Established 43 years ago, this local legend has grown from a carpet store to a one stop shop for making a house a home.

‘Our dad John was a carpet fitter,’ says Johnny Smyth of Keens Interiors, ‘and he opened his first carpet shop on the Ravenhill Road with mum Clara. It was a tightly run ship - mum sold the carpets while dad delivered and fitted them. We soon began to source good quality, well-priced furniture, sofas and beds. The first Keens Carpets shop was actually two terraced houses converted into a shop with a leaky roof and no heating! We had to cut a large section of the ceiling away to allow the us to stand the remnants up inside.’ During the 1980‘s the family opened other shops on the Castlereagh Road, Albertbridge Road, and Holywood Arches. During the 1990’s they had four separate shops along the main Albertbridge Road - Keens Carpets, Keens Discount Beds, Keens House of Leather Suites and Keens Vinyl Flooring Centre. The most well known site was the Vinyl Flooring shop, located on the crossroads of Templemore Avenue. Many people will remember fondly this shop was previously Nabneys, an East Belfast landmark for everyone’s Christmas gifts and fancy goods. The plan was to make this site the main Keens hub for Keens range of sofas, beds, tables and chairs, living room furniture, bedroom furniture, pictures, mirrors, lights, cushions and more. ‘The long term aim was to bring all home departments together,’ says Johnny, ‘offering all our customers everything needed for their home under one roof. Building work began in 1999 and after many headaches the new shop was officially opened on the turn of the new millennium! Furniture has become quite fashion led, and it is important that our furniture has great style. That said, as soon as something eye-catching has caught our attention, the quality and longevity of the piece is carefully studied - so we can decide whether or not we will add it to our range, and sell the piece with Keens Interiors name on it! Our recently renovated bed studio offers a great choice of Silentnight, Rest Assured, Sealy and Harrison Beds.’ So with the legacy now standing at 43 years and counting, Johnny is clearly grateful for the community support over the years. ‘We are very fortunate to have a great customer base from East Belfast - and also everyday passing traffic customers. We have known many of our customers for decades, and have been fortunate to often serve more than one generation of the same family. They tell us we provide better value for money and a much better personal service so if our customers are happy, we are happy!’

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