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East Belfast Issue 22 • November 2013 • @bloommag • Find us on Facebook


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You probably always see something new in Bloom every month. Yep, that’s right, we like to tinker. But our tinkering is all for a good cause, and that cause is you! Boke. Ha. No we do mean that. Unbelievably this is our 22nd edition now and it has come a long way. How the first issue even got out is beyond us. No one remembers anything from that night. No one speaks of it again. But we got there. And if you run your mince pie down the list of stuff down the right there, you’ll see a pretty diverse line up of features these days. We’re able to put this together because there are people out there doing some pretty amazing things in our community. So much so, that this is one of the biggest issues we’ve ever done. So when you line it up with the other 21 editions you’ve kept on the kitchen shelf (y’all do do that right?) you’ll find that the heaving collection might knock the toaster off the other end. Sorry about that. Enjoy!

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4 Local News Who wants to know exactly what’s happening in the East?

16 health & beauty Get yourself in to a new regime now the clocks have gone back

18 DOING TIME A unique photo shoot in a Belfast landmark by a team of creatives

20 oil club A wonderful idea to pool resources and get the best price for home heating oil

22 winter warmers Some tips for keeping your house warm from Thermal Surveys NI

26 Girl Loves Vintage The shenanigans of our resident charity shop junkie go all festive

28 natural calico We get the low down on a stylish new online business based in East Belfast

32 bloom loves We’ve tried and tested the skills of a cracking local business

36 whats on Nothing to do this month? Don’t spoof, check all this lot out

40 cookbook It’s the extraordinary Irish Beef book by Pat Whelan & Katy McGuinness

46 meat & greet Donald and Neil from McCallum’s Butchers. Serving the best since 1966 3

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THE GREEN TEAM Knockbreda Primary School is delighted to welcome the School’s Eco Council. Principal Pamela McKenna said, ‘The pupils will be working alongside staff to make sure our grounds are looking their best and to come up with ideas of how we can continue to promote the ‘Eco’ message throughout the school and the community. Our P1 children recently enjoyed a visit to our beautiful wildlife garden and had a good look in the pond to see what they could find. We are so lucky to have such wonderful grounds and we can’t wait to see what our Eco Council come up with to improve them even more.’ Above:The The team team waste waste no no time time in in starting starting work! work! Above:

local author launches two new historical titles

L-R Lord Wallace Browne of Belmont, Aidan Campbell and Robin Mercer, Hillmount Garden Centre at the book launch where Aidan introduced each book with one of his renowned and compelling illustrated talks.


‘Sydenham’ and ‘Belmont’ are the latest local history books covering areas of East Belfast by author Aidan Campbell telling how the area developed over the past 150 years or so. ‘Sydenham’ examines the development of the area from the Holywood Arches to Gelston’s Corner, Holywood Road, Connsbrook Avenue and Victoria Park. ‘Belmont’ looks at Belmont Road, Circular Road, Massey Avenue and Old Holywood Road. Aidan’s books take the form of a journey along an arterial route in East Belfast and examine how and when the area developed. What were the factors and people behind the transformation of a largely rural into an urban landscape? Aidan has previously published 7 East Belfast local history books entitled ‘Beaconsfield’, ‘Knock’, ‘Cherryvalley’, ‘Gilnahirk’, ‘Castlereagh’, ‘Cregagh’ and ‘Stormont’. He regularly gives illustrated talks to local groups and societies. The books retail at £10 each and are available from Hillmount Garden Centre, Gilnahirk and Marie Curie Hospice. Aidan has been a volunteer at Marie Curie Cancer Care for 13 years and to date book sales have raised over £100,000 which has been donated to the charity. There are more local history books in the pipeline including ‘Knock Revisited’, ‘Ballymacarrrett’ and ‘Newtownbreda’.


The countdown to Christmas is well and truly on. It’s time to get your festive culinary skills up to scratch so Cafe Smart are hosting a two night cookery demonstration on Monday 25th November & Monday 2nd December @ 7.30pm with ideas for baking, Christmas dinner, gifts and entertaining. Be inspired over two nights and sample all delights. So if you dont want to burn your brussels or cremate your chipolatas, contact Cafe Smart on 028 9047 1679 or £30. Booking essential.

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and money. This season, you can be on trend and think outside the box with advice from local business Splash! “Winter boots needn’t be black and tall all the time; so pep up your winter palette and invest in burgundies or tans and think ankle boots or the ‘ultra wearables’, that

THE health hub The Health Hub is a central information point for East Belfast located on the ground floor of East Belfast Network Centre, beside The School Yard Café. It provides health information on a wide range of health issues covering the five themes of East Belfast’s Health Framework. Groups and organisations are welcome to visit the Health Hub, to have a discussion about health in East Belfast and how best to use the Health Hub. Alison Bryans, Health Connections Worker at EBCDA on 028 9045 1512 or email

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The C.S Lewis Festival – 18 -23 November This month is the first C.S. Lewis Festival, based in East Belfast, where C.S. Lewis spent his childhood, but will feature events located across the city. With theatre, art, music, tours, exhibitions and outdoor events this will be an opportunity to celebrate the life of one its most famous sons. Highlights include ‘Lewis by Lamplight’ at Campbell College, Linenhall Library exhibition, 7 Chronicles in 7 Libraries, St Marks Open Church Tours, a C.S Lewis Trail and much more! Download your programme from communitygreenway. collect from East Belfast Partnership offices, Newtownards Road or the Belfast Welcome Centre. on Twitter @CSLewisFest. 5


Belmont Village is in Bloom! Stewart & Co., Belmont Road’s longest established Estate Agents, have not had time this year to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. They have been busy bringing new life to Belmont Village in somewhat of a commercial revival for the road. Some of the new (and not so new) businesses include Ferguson Flowers, The Heatherlea Bakery, Holly Savage’s H.S. Studio hair and beauty salon, Oliver’s Coffee Bar, Goodness Health foods and supplies and possibly very soon Strandtown’s very first tattoo parlour! Watch this space! 47 Belmont Rd, 028 9065 1149 East Belfast community Interest Company; Doodlebugs Creative Workshops beat off a record number of entries to become finalists in the Women in Business awards Best New Start Up category (Sponsored by Ulster Bank)! Combine Art Attack and Blue Peter and you have Doodlebugs Creative Workshops. ‘Building a greater future one life at a time’ through arts and crafts workshops for all ages and abilities. Dragon’s Den judge; Hilary Devey will reveal the winners at the gala dinner in Culloden Estate and Spa on November 21st. 6

CELEBRATION 1 From November qualified beauty therapist Wendy Lindores will he working on the 1st floor of The Lindores Coffee House. She will provide massage, organic facials, manicures, gel nails, waxing and tinting. Wendy is an experienced professional, who provides treatments in a friendly comfortable environment. She is also available for home visits, and can cafter for hen parties and other special occasions where afternoon tea and special treatments can be provided. Call 07784 634328 to enquire. CELEBRATION 2 ALSO Lindores coffee house is going to be 1 year old on the 10th of November! The vintage coffee House on the Upper Newtownards road has had a good first year and has become renowned for its fantastic breakfast and lunches, it’s lovely atmosphere and staff. They will have great offers running the whole week from Monday 4th- Sat 9th and we wish Neal and the team a very happy birthday and thank them for their wonderful support of Bloom from day one. And if that wasn’t enough they have also recently started their own chess team competing in the silver king championship. They are the only coffee shop in Belfast with their own team and started with a 5-0 win! 19 Upper Newtownards Road. Tel: 028 9065 0338

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Bloom:News Norah McNally Salon For Men. Celebrating the first anniversary of the salon, Norah McNally welcomes her new team. ‘We are pleased to announce we can now accept walk in customers Monday through to Saturday along side our existing appointment service, fitting with todays man’s chaotic lifestyle. We specialise in cutting, styling, grey coverage, chemical straightening and high lighting. Our grooming room offers a raft of relaxing treatments for todays busy gent. Our opening hours are Monday, Tuesday, Friday 9.30am-6pm Wednesday, Thursday 9.30-8pm Saturday 9am-4pm’ For bookings call 028 9065 3120 4 Library Court, Eastleigh Drive, BT4 3DX

Q. What is more traditional than plum pudding or Turkey at Christmas? A. It must be Belvoir Players annual pantomime! Proof: Nearly 30% of available tickets for 21 performances are already booked. This annual Christmas treat attracts audiences from all over and is held in the intimate surroundings of the Belvoir Players Studio Theatre on Belvoir Drive. A large number of talented youngsters from Belvoir Players Theatre Academy abetted by more seasoned performers from the adult group make up the cast for this annual spectacular.“Babes in the Wood” by Jim Spirinck December 18th - January 4th with 8 matinee performances at 3.00pm and 13 evening sessions at 8.00pm. £9 adults / £7 concession. Concession rate applies to parties of 10 or more. Tickets available via or 02890 491210. 8

Ballyhackamore Slimming World Group is counting down the 12 weighs of Christmas – and planning to be slimmer by the end of them. Members are embarking on a 12-week mission to slim down in time for Christmas and the New Year. Sally Moore, who runs the group, says: ‘The run-up to Christmas is really busy and plays havoc with our regular routines with extra occasions like Halloween, and Christmas dos that can make it harder than usual to manage our weight. It’s easy to reach January a few pounds heavier. Lots of people write off their weight loss resolutions until the New Year, even though they’d love to be feeling lighter and brighter for the party season. The aim is to show it’s possible to slim down with Slimming World whatever the time of year, Each week we help and support each other to cope with any potential pitfalls. And by the end of the 12 weeks we’ll all be celebrating being closer to our weight loss goals together too!’ The group meets in Bloomfield Collegiate School, every Tuesday at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Call Sally on 07738 713436.




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champion chip decider John Dory’s Traditional Fish and Chips on the Upper Newtownards Road has been named as NI’s top fish and chip shop in the flag-ship Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award category of the 2014 National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish, the authority on seafood. It is one of 10 shops, each representing one of 10 ‘regions’ across the UK who now enter the final fry off in a final presentation to be made in front of a panel of specialist media and industry judges. The outcome will determine who will take the title of the UK’s best Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year home with them. East Belfast hair salon Partners beat competition from all over Ireland to make the finals in three categories in the Irish Hairdressing Business Awards 2013. Adding to this impressive feat is the fact that this is the first time the salon has entered the prestigious award. The categories were: Salon of the Year 2013 (Irish Tatlers Readers Choice Award). Social Responsibility Award 2013 (Jeff Faulkner - Business Director) - The only nominee from Northern Ireland and Ulster Trainee of the Year 2013 (Connie McCloy) - Winner of regional competition is automatically entered into whole Ireland competition. Congratulations! 10



Belfast Operatic Company are to break the mould this November as they present Alan Menkens lavish musicalisation of ‘A Christmas Carol’ in the Grand Opera House with some very special technology incorporated. In place of a traditional set, this show uses some ground breaking visual animation effects, designed by Belfast based BAFTA nominated animation studio Black North. Supplemented with some ‘prop’ set pieces, whilst combining the animation, extensive lighting design by Alastair Kerr, smoke and various other special effects, Dickensian London will be recreated on stage for this magical Christmas show. Menkens beautiful Disney like score is brought to life by a company of over eighty, and an orchestra of twenty five players, 19th-23rd November. Tickets from the Box Office 028 9024 1919 or

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The Sam Thompson Bridge has now been installed! The 60 tonne landmark pedestrian and cycle footbridge was placed in Victoria Park in just 30 minutes with the help of one of Europe’s biggest cranes. The 62 metre span bridge will provide a much needed connection from Victoria Park to Airport Road, linking to the Harbour Estate and Titanic Quarter and is part of the work on the £35 million Connswater Community Greenway project. This steel bowstring bridge, constructed by M. Hasson & Sons Ltd, cost approximately half a million pounds to construct and will be finished with LED lighting that can change colour. It is anticipated that the bridge will be open to the public by the end of the year. For more information on the project or to follow the construction progress visit the project website MAC is a self-referral clinic for men, supported by local business men and run by Belfast City Hospital Uro-oncology clinical nurse specialists, which provides information on men’s health, in particular urological cancers for investigations and early diagnosis. For appointments call 028 9504 0786. Clinics on Tuesdays from 5.30pm -7.30pm Urology Day Care, Level 3, Belfast City Hospital Tower Block. Personal details needed when scheduling an appointment are Full name, date of birth, address and GP’s name. 12

After 16 years offering their male clientele upmarket salon experience, driven by a highly skilled team of staff and an exclusive range of products, husband and wife team Jason and Brenda Shankey has now diversified into the female market with the opening of two new salons offering both indoor tanning and ladies hairdressing, which has created six new jobs. ‘When we were recently offered a location within Belfast’s House of Fraser, we couldn’t turn down the opportunity. It was the perfect location.’ Their new salon uses hair products from Joico, Alfaparf and Kerastraight and features online booking, an SMS reminder service and a highly skilled team of staff. The company also opened their first indoor tanning salon in Ballyhackamore this year. ‘We are looking at a number of ideas for further expansion. Our ‘own brand’ hair and skincare range is extremely popular with men, and we aim to bring this to a wider market through talks with a large retailer.’ The company has just been honoured in the Belfast Business Top 50, 2013.

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Helping to launch We Are Vertigo - Northern Ireland’s first indoor Ski and Adventure Centre at Newtownbreda Industrial estate were, from left, Jordan (13) and Nathan Murphy(11) with ski instructor Tom Cargan - James.

Northern Ireland’s first indoor Ski and Adventure Centre, We Are Vertigo, has opened its doors at Newtownbreda Industrial Estate. The venture, which will bring with it up to 60 new full and part time posts, will be an exciting new place for people of all ages and abilities to try out or brush up on their skiing skills as well as experience extreme fun. The Ski Centre offers skiers and snowboarders, of all abilities, the chance to learn, enhance or brush up on their skills on the never ending ski slopes. Professional ski instructors will be on hand to ensure everyone gets the most out of their experience with all equipment provided during the lesson. There is also an onsite ski shop to equip visitors with all the latest ski equipment. As well as the ski experience We Are Vertigo will offer the very best in extreme fun in the Adventure Centre. Kids of all ages can enjoy an Alpine themed play area, Sky Trail high ropes, low ropes, climbing wall, Alpine Swiss play village, electric quads and log cabin party rooms. For those who want to take adventure to a new height there is the opportunity to try out the 40m zip line. The Zip line is also mobile and available for hire at a range of events such as charity, parties and corporate functions. If this is all a bit too much for you then you can take a chill out in the We Are Vertigo bistro which will offer the very best in food and refreshments. For details on booking, prices, party packages, co rporate entertainment and opening times visit or Facebook We Are Vertigo. 14

Funeral Services NI Carer of the Year awards have been presented to winners in four award categories – Paid Carer of the Year, Unpaid Carer of the Year, Voluntary Community Carer of the Year and Young Carer of the Year. Paid Carer of the Year was awarded to Elizabeth Orr who is Manager of east Belfast residential home Fairhaven. Elizabeth is the longest serving manager of any private home in Northern Ireland, having been employed at Fairhaven since 1990.

As well as ensuring the staff give residents 100% dignity and respect she reads newspapers to residents, arranges various holidays, games and entertainment and describes the residents as members of her Fairhaven family. Sean Caughey, Carers Trust Northern Ireland Development Director, said: “The bravery, courage and commitment that showed in the entries is to be commended. I was honoured to participate in judging the awards created by Funeral Services Northern Ireland as these awards highlight the work countless people do without asking for or seeking reward.”

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Everyone’s talking about… the clocks going back Reset your beauty clock with our top 5 tips to beating the pre-winter blues. PROBLEM: DULL SKIN solution: power exfoliation Once the clocks go back, the light outside goes flat casting dullness over your skin.. What to do about it? Take action fast. ‘Start to exfoliate your skin now.Your skin will not only feel younger but it will be softer and more absorbent for moisturiser, which will give your skin a healthy glow – even when the weather is gloomy outside. We would recommend using Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. It will exfoliate dead cells and leave your skin looking smoother and brighter. PROBLEM: DArk cirlces under eyes solution: hydrate, sooth, refresh With less daylight and the central heating on full blast, winter often plays havoc with our beauty sleep. So fight the onset of dark circles with a quick massage. Fatigue is a common cause of dark circles, as is a build-up of lymph fluid, which can accumulate under eyes as we sleep. To get rid of dark circles under the eyes? Use an eye cream such as

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Belfast milliner Nicola McKee got together with friends and colleagues for a photo shoot with a difference.


ur collaborative team from this photo-shoot have been friends for quite a number of years now,’ says Nicola, ‘having all started out businesses in and around the same time.We have worked on a number of photo-shoots together and earlier this year decided it was time we should work together again, but on a much grander scale.’ All the local creatives have their own unique, quirky styles that mesh together perfectly. In July they thought it would be a great opportunity to avail of the good weather and put together a photo-shoot in The Crumlin Road Gaol, the very first fashion photo-shoot of its kind to be held there. They set out to achieve a fantastic set of images and they weren’t wrong, we think that this is definitely going to generate a little buzz. ‘We all love the revival of the 1920s style that has been ever emerging through the likes of Downton and Gatsby, but wanted to use that era and put our own mark on it. We thought that a vintage styled shoot combined with the slightly haunting venue of the Gaol would be new, innovative and quite different to other photo shoots we have seen in Belfast. It was a great feeling to work with all local creatives again in an old but new and very exciting local venue,’ says Nicola The Gaol was opened up at 4am for the collective’s visit giving them time to set up for a diverse selection of shots planned throughout the morning before the tours arrived. ‘Our contact Judith and the staff The Gaol were absolutely fantastic opening up for us at that time of the morning. There was only myself and the photographer Michael Kerr there initially at the start of the morning setting up, it was a pretty eerie place at that time to say the least! Needless to say the shoot ran smoothly, and with our meticulous planning and with great help from the Gaol staff and we think we got a terrific result, hauntingly vintage bridalisque. ‘I thought it was imperative at such a challenging time to set an example that small businesses should stick together, support one another and back other local businesses. We had a great team and there will be a short promotional behind the scenes video released on youtube soon too.’

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fill up on savings with East belfast oil club Community Heating Oil Buying Clubs are an innovative way for everyone in the area to get their home heating oil at better prices. We speak to the man behind the Cregagh club, Raymond Gormley.

‘The Community Oil Buying Club that I am managing is concentrated in and around the Cregagh area,’ says Raymond, ‘but will be linking up oil orders with another oil buying club that is operating in and around the Ballyhackamore area.We are encouraging householders to prepare their homes for this winter by planning ahead and budgeting (by buying oil stamps or saving/borrowing from their local Credit Union) to get a fill of home heating oil before the cold snap arrives.’ Bryson Energy (part of the Bryson Charitable Group) received funding from the Oak Foundation to undertake a community oil brokering pilot scheme in East Belfast and in particular the Cregagh area was identified for this. Bryson Energy is working with a growing list of organisations to seek competitive rates from oil supplies based on group buying. This initiative is aimed at tackling fuel poverty in Belfast and is supported by a range of organisations including Cregagh Community Association, Castlereagh Borough Council and the Consumer Council. Those with smaller orders (300 litres) will be able to purchase oil at the same price per litre as the larger orders (900 litres) and enjoy potential savings of between £11 and £35 – based on similar schemes operating in NI. ahead and budgeting to get a fill of home heating oil before the cold snap arrives.

Membership is free and there is no obligation to order, those interested can simply call (Freephone) 0800 1422 867, text mobile 07516 717993 email or visit If you are outside the Cregagh area but live in East Belfast/Dundonald there is another oil buying club that you can join, operated by Ross Brown. The steps to becoming a member of tHIS oil club are very simple : • Forms are available to download from the East Belfast Oil Club Facebook Page • Read the terms and conditions and fill in and return a registration form to: East Belfast Oil Club, Ballyhackamore Credit Union, 171-173 Newtownards Rd Belfast, County Antrim BT4 3HZ. *You must live in East Belfast/Dundonald to join this oil club • Place an order for the quantity you require before the next oil order deadline by: • Dropping an order form into East Belfast Oil Club, Ballyhackamore Credit Union, 171-173 Newtownards Rd Belfast, County Antrim BT4 3HZ • Emailing • Leaving a voicemail or text message on 07551 337183 ** Please note once orders are made they are considered binding ** • Once all the orders are collected the club call the different oil companies and negotiate the lowest possible price. They then call you to inform you of the delivery time, which company will be making the delivery and the total price. • You pay the oil distributor as normal before or on delivery. • The club is free to join and you get all the savings from being a member. • On the club’s first delivery, each of the members saved between £15 and £25 depending on the size of their order. When compared to the most expensive quote for 900 litres savings were as high as £60. 20

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10 Ways to Cut your Heating Costs by thermal survey’s northern ireland With winter fast approaching, Bloom Magazine has teamed up with Thermal Survey’s NI, a firstof-its kind thermal imaging company which carries out surveys (using infrared thermography) on properties in a bid to illustrate where there is heat escaping from to lower fuel costs and reduce our carbon footprint. Check out these top ten do-it-yourself tips to reduce your heating costs by making your house as efficient as possible.


Your fireplace may look good and keep the room warm when lit, but when the fire is out close the damper or if it’s not in use buy a chimney balloon to stop the draughts from the chimney.


With houses losing up to a third of their heat through the roof, loft insulation is a must, at least 300mm and don’t forget the loft hatch as well. (Grants are available with the Warm Homes Scheme to some people.)


Boilers need to be serviced regularly to make sure they keep their efficiency or if your boiler is old consider changing it to a condensing boiler.(there are boiler scrapage schemes available.)


Adjusting the thermostat down by even 1 degree can make a good saving on heating bills


Draughts and windows and doors can rob a house of its heat, but they can be quick and cheap to fix.


Shop around for your oil or gas, there are different suppliers so make sure you are getting the best value.


Wrap the hot water tank, a standard jacket can reduce heat loss by 75%.


Maximise your radiator efficiency by making sure they are bled of air. Foil behind a radiator can help reflect heat into a room and remember to turn down the thermostat in unused rooms.


Windows are a major source of heat loss, so if you can’t stretch to the latest gas filled double glazing, there are thermal lined blinds and curtains that help with heat loss.


Insulate wall cavities. Around 33% of the heat lost in an uninsulated house is through the walls. You could save around £120 on energy bills each year by insulating your wall cavities. It also creates an even temperature in your home.

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Girl Loves Vintage BLOG: TWITTER: @GirLovesVintage the time of writing it’s only 61 days until Christmas…and counting! Buying presents often gets people in a panic but have you ever thought about doing some festive shopping in your local charity shop? It’s a great way to find something unique and to keep the budget tight. Lots of people make their annual charity donation by buying Christmas cards but there’s so much more on offer if you have a look.


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Not everyone likes to buy pre-loved goods for themselves or others but charity shops often carry a range of brand new items too. I bought a gorgeous mohair snood from Marie Curie for £3, with its original tags still on. It’s beautifully soft and in this season’s must-have colour, pink! It’s a perfect festive treat.

Stationery is a Christmas staple too, from diaries and notebooks to calendars and pens. This cute photo album by Paperchase was only£1 from the NI Hospice shop, again brand new in it’s original packaging. It would make a perfect stocking-filler or Secret Santa gift.

Paperchase photo album, £1, NI Hospice, Ballyhackamore

A Novel Idea And of course Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a book under the tree. The War on Want store in Ballyhackamore is a treasure trove where I found a beautifully illustrated hardback of Lark Rise to Candleford for £2. It’s in wonderful vintage condition and I plan to pass this on to a friend who I know will appreciate its loveliness. Lots of charity bookshops have a ‘nearly new’ display at this time of year where they market their best books as gifts - look out for these gems. Lark Rise to Candleford book, £2, War on Want, Ballyhackamore

COMPETITION! One lucky charity shop fan will win the cute mohair snood I’ve featured this week. All you need to do is tweet me at @GirLovesVintage with a picture of your best charity shop find and I’ll pick my favourite. Winner announced in the next edition of Bloom! 26

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Ground unit, approx 450 sq.ft., in excellent order throughout Suitable fo wide range of uses such as retail, showroom or offices Gas fired central heating Shutters to large glazed display area to front Minimum fit out required No VAT to pay on rent Prominent position opposite the Strand Cinema On main arterial route into city centre

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This large commercial premises spread over three floors previously traded as a very successful unlicensed Bistro serving breakfasts, lunches and evening meals. The current accommodation may be suitable for a change of use to a hot food takeaway with sit in dining, retail use, hairdresser or office suite. The property is situated on one of East Belfast’s busiest roads, the Upper Newtownards Road, at the corner of Grampian Avenue. There is an abundance of on street parking close by and a public car park to rear. The commercial unit consists of generous ample accommodation over 3 floors which has been recently extensively refurbished and is in very good decorative order.

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Toddler Groups Mondays Sydenham Parent & Toddler

Mon 10-11.30 £1 per family Tea/coffee/juice/toast. Inverary CC BT4 1RN Tel: 028 9047 1456

10-11.30 Cregagh Park, BT6 9LF 028 9079 2793.

Wandsworth Mums & Chums

10-11.45am Wandsworth CC 26a Belmont Church Rd BT4 3FF £1 per family. Calvary Mums & Toddlers.

10.30-12.00am. £1 per family. 100 Dee St, BT4 028 9073 2331

Tuesdays Albertbridge Congregational 10.30-12.15 Woodstock Link Donation £1

CFC Mops & Tots

9.30-11am (term time - alternate Tuesdays) £1 for one child, £1.50 total for more.Tea, coffee, juice and snacks provided. 9.30-11am (term time - alternate Tuesdays) £3.50 per mum including breakfast and creche provided. 10 Belmont Rd, BT4 2AN Tel: 028 9067 1838

Mersey Street Presb. Parents & Toddlers

Strandtown Baptist Tots 10.15- 11.45am (term time) Strandtown Baptist Church, 1 Clonallon Court BT4 2AB Tel: 028 9080 8380 £1 per adult

Tots & Co Toddler Groups 10.15- 11.45am (term time)

St Finnians

CFC Mops

£1 for adults.Tea/coffee/juice

Cregagh Methodist Church £1.50 per family per morning (incl juice/ snack & tea/coffee/snack for the adults. 28-30 Cregagh Rd BT6 9EQ Tel: 028 9045 7564

Wednesdays Busy Bees

10 -11:30am Knock Methodist Church, Knock Road, BT5 6JA Tel: 028 9065 3413

Luncheon Club

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10.30am House of Worship 127a Orby Drive, BT5 6BB Tel: 07791 776307/07980 984506

St Columba’s Mums & Tots 9.45-11.45 (term time) St Columba’s Parish Church 29 Kings Road 028 9065 1412

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37 North Road, BT5 5NE Mothers & Toddlers 10.30-12

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10-11.45am O’field Church & Community, 464 Castlereagh Road BT5 Tel: 07745 076911 Willowfield Mother & Toddler

10-12pm W’stock Rd, BT6 8PR Tel: 028 9045 7654

Thursdays Bloomfield Methodist Church 10-11.30am £1 per family

10am-12 Bloomfield Avenue Tel: 028 9065 2321

Parents & Toddlers. 10-11.30am Upper Newtownards Rd £1 donation



For senior citizens. Cregagh Methodist. 12 noon. £1.50. Pre bookm meals at the church office on 028 9045 7564.

10-11.45am term time Mersey St Pres BT1 1EX Tel: 028 90 657025 £1 donation

St Donards Church

10-11.45am Knock Presbyterian 53 Kings Road, BT5 6JH Pamela 07921 067927 or Gillian 07803 117619.

Grand Parade 028 9065 8946.

Cregagh Mums & Tots 10-12pm Cregagh CC Mount Merrion Avenue Tel: 028 9040 1444

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Bloomfield Ave Congregational Church FREE tea/ coffee, scones & pastries. 10.30-12 Everyone welcome. Rainbows girls age 4-7 Monday 6pm, Brownies girls age 7-10 Monday 7pm Guides girls aged 10-14 Mondays 7pm. Contact Clare 07905 556825.

Shorts Sports & Rec Club

Holywood Road, BT4 BJO Practice/Tai-Bo/7th Big Band Night.

Skainos Building

Crosslinks - Cross Community Arts 7-9pm 14-21 yr olds. Contact Andy Hill.

Strand Cinema & NI Stars Holywood Road, BT4 Singling & dancing 7-8pm

Wandsworth Community 028 9065 1668 Zumba 6-7pm Aerobics 7-8pm Yoga 8.15-9.30pm

Tuesdays Belmont Tower Core fitness 9.30am-10.30am Childrens dance classes 4-7pm


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Matinee Performances at 3.00pm Dec 21st, 23rd, 26th, 28th, 30th & 31st 2013 Jan 1st & 4th 2014

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Zumba Classes 6-7.15pm Pregnancy Yoga 7.30-8.30pm

Shorts Sports & Rec Club Holywood Road, BT4 Line dancing & bridge club.

Lily’s Bistro

223 Castlereagh Rd. 028 9045 4287 Curry & Quiz Night - First Tues of each month.

Wandsworth Community Kids Irish dancing 4-6.30pm, Aerobics 7.15-8.15pm Tai Chi 8.15-9.30pm

Wednesdays Girls Brigade

Bloomfield Ave Congregational Church Ages 3-7 yrs 6.15 pmAges 8 yrs upwards - 7.30 pm All girls welcome.

Over 60’s Lunch Club

Bloomfield Methodist Church 12.30pm. 3 courses for £3. Grand Parade.Tel: 028 9065 2314 to book.

Shorts Sports & Rec Club

Belmont Tower Art classes 10am-1pm Baby Sensory Classes 7-13 mths Thurs 10-11am 0-7 mths Thurs 11.30-12.30 Yoga with Sharon 6-8pm E Belfast Historical Society 14th Nov Belmont & Sydenham - Aidan Campbell

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Shorts Sports & Rec Club Holywood Road, BT4 Mixed dance lesson & bridge club

Skainos Building Vibe Academy - Weekly streetdance programme. p1-p4 3.30-4.30pm P5-P7 4.30-5.30pm 1st yr+ 6.45-8pm. £6 per class. Contact Lisa 07736 315420.

Wandsworth Community

028 9065 1668 LA Dance (kids Hip Hop) 5-6pm Aerobics 7-8pm. Core Combat 8.30-10pm

Holywood Road, BT4 Mixed dance lessons 7-9pm Zumba 6-6.45pm


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Albertbridge Congregational

Holywood Road, BT4 Drama 6-8pm

Belmont Tower Baby massage 10am-1pm Yoga with Eleanor 5.45-7.45pm 39th Old Boys 7-9pm

Newbridge Football Club

The club invite 5/6/7 year old boys and girl to play football.Training every Wednesday at Avoniel Leisure Centre 7-8pm. Everyone welcome.

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Saturdays Orangefield Baptist Church 37 North Road, BT5 5NE Searchlight Club p1-p7. 10.30-12.

Shorts Sports & Rec Club Holywood Road, BT4 Live Premiership Football 5th Country & Western / Karaoke & Food Night 12th Tag-It Fishing Club 19th Charity Show

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Holywood Road, BT4 Stage school 10-1pm

Wandsworth Community 028 9065 1668 Jump Jiggle & Jive 9.30-12.30, Childrens Art Class 10am-11am & Ignite teens dance 1.30-4.30pm

Sundays Belcanto School of Singing 10-1pm

SD Bells-Java Jive Jazz Brunch

Bloomfield Ave Congregational Church £3 per person.

Shorts Sports & Rec Club

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Shorts Sports & Rec Club Holywood Road, BT4 2 hour Club Special 15th Country & Western Night

Skainos Building

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Barbacoa Beef Cheeks Serves 4 1 kg beef cheeks, trimmed 1 ancho chilli 4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped 1 tbsp peanut butter 1 tsp instant espresso powder 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or Irish rapeseed oil 2 tbsp Highbank apple syrup or maple syrup or honey 2 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 handful coriander, chopped 1 teaspoon salt 250 ml chicken stock 4 limes To serve: 2 avocados, peeled and sliced (or guacamole)

4 wraps or tortillas roasted tomato salsa fresh coriander sour cream grated cheese — a strongly flavoured Cheddar Remove the stem and seeds from the ancho chilli, chop it roughly and put it in a little warm water for a few minutes to rehydrate. Blend the chilli (and its water), garlic, peanut butter, espresso powder, 2 tablespoons of the oil, syrup, cumin, paprika, coriander and salt into a paste. Marinate the beef cheeks in the paste for a few hours, preferably overnight, in the fridge. Preheat the oven to 140° C/fan 120° C/gas mark 1½. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a flameproof casserole dish and brown the cheeks on both sides. Don’t move the cheeks around too

much when you’re browning them — the less they move, the more colour and flavour they’ll pick up. Pour the rest of the marinade into the pan with the stock, then squeeze in the juice of 3 limes. Put the lid on and place in the oven for about 3½ hours, turning the cheeks once or twice while they cook. If the liquid dries up, add a little more stock. By now the cheeks should be very tender. Pull them apart with two forks and mix with the juices in the pan. Add a squeeze of lime to taste, and a touch more syrup if you like. Serve the barbacoa in a wrap or corn tortilla with guacamole or slices of avocado, roasted tomato salsa, sour cream, a sprinkling of fresh coriander and grated cheese.


the boil, and simmer for 10 minutes until cooked through. Preheat the oven to 240° C/fan 220° C/gas mark 9. Grease 6 individual pie dishes. Spoon the filling into the dishes and top with the sliced potatoes. Brush the potato with lots of melted butter, then put the pies into the oven and bake for about 35 minutes until nicely browned.

STEAK SANDwich Serves 1 200 g hanger steak per person extra virgin olive or Irish rapeseed oil flaky sea salt & black pepper 1 handful rocket per person 1/3 baguette per person horseradish mustard crème fraîche dressing: 100g horseradish root peeled & grated

1tbsp Dijon mustard 60g natural yoghurt 60g creme fraiche pinch fine sea salt & pepper Rub the steak with oil, season well and sear on a very hot pan for 3 minutes on each side, which will bring it to medium rare. Leave to rest for 10 minutes while you make the dressing. Combine the horseradish, mustard, yoghurt and creme fraiche. Leave for 10 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Slice the steak and serve in a good baguette with rocket and dressing.

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Serves 6 50 g butter freshly ground black pepper fine sea salt 500 g onions, minced 500 g minced beef 200 g cooking chorizo, finely chopped 50 g flour 200 ml beef stock 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 3 large potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced 50 g butter, melted Melt the butter in a large frying pan and season with lots of pepper and some salt. Add the onions and cook until soft but not brown. Add the mince and chorizo and cook for another five minutes. Sprinkle with the flour and cook for a couple of minutes more, then add the stock and Worcestershire sauce, bring to 41



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Road in 1966’, says Donald who runs McCallum’s Butchers with his brother Neil.‘We started working for my father after school from 14 years of age.When we turned 16, we left school and worked for a year learning butchery skills before then coming into my fathers shop on Woodstock Road.’ Back then the butcher business not only in Belfast but nationwide was very different.When the brothers started there was in the region of 20 butchers and pork shops on the Woodstock Road alone, now there are four.‘It’s an uphill struggle nowadays with the supermarkets,’ says Donald,‘because it seems to be the trend now for people to go to these places and get their shopping all under the one roof, hence the decline in the number of butchers shops. But it’s not only butchers shops, you just have to look at the number of vacant shops we have in Belfast.’


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