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Issue 16: April 2013

What’s going on in your own neighbourhood, health, beauty, local legends and much more.

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Welcome : So here we are in April already. Incredibly

this is issue 16 of Bloom East Belfast. Every month we meet more and more new people and see new businesses coming on board to advertise. It’s inspirational to see people undertaking new ventures and channelling their skills and attributes to launch or develop their particular project. We have news of a huge one in Dundonald this month. As a platform for East Belfast, we simply want to share these stories and inspire you to pay them a visit. But there are still stories of hardship out there. East Belfast had its own unique hangover to deal with after the festive period. There is still a lot of hard work to do but we can certainly make a difference together. At one point there were 22 regional stock exchanges in the UK. Eleven remained open until the 1970s, when they amalgamated with the London Stock Exchange. Recently there have been calls to bring back this localised function and encourage investment and economic development in the regions. This is just one example of a current change in mindset. People want to bring back the ‘old school’ way of doing things to a local level. And while not many of us will be bothering the FTSE 100, there are plenty of businesses and community initiatives out there to create the kind of foundation we need to turn things around. Thanks for the support of you and our advertisers. Enjoy!

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What’s On

No matter what the weather, here’s what you can get up to this month.


Our Heritage

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Rising Star

The incredible work of local illustrator Peter Strain.


Local Legend

Taking centre stage this month it’s The Belvoir Players.

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IFA IFA Fundamentals Fundamentals in in East East Belfast Belfast A team of specialised coaches from the Irish FA recently hosted a Multi skills day at Playball Pavilion, in east Belfast. Over sixty kids aged between five and eight years of age, took part in the free event which was run over mid-term. The aim of the event was to keep kids active, and build on the skills that they have obtained throughout the school year whilst working with their IFA primary schools coach. Pupils from Greenwood Infants PS and St. Joesph’s PS where in attendance and took part in various coaching sessions hosted by the IFA Primary Schools coaches. The IFA Primary Schools coach for East Belfast, Michael McClements commented, ‘The day was a great success and fun was had by all involved. It was great to see so many kids in attendance and to work with the kids from the schools in a different setting. All the players involved represented their schools impeccably and their enthusiasm contributed to the success of the event.’

Castlereagh Borough Council wishes to inform local residents that the following alternative collection arrangements will operate from the 30th March 2013 until 31st March 2014: 1st April Grey Bin - No collection - Alternative collection Saturday 30th March / 12th July Grey Bin - No collection - Alternative collections taking place from 16th - 19th July Please leave your bin out for collection for the duration (+ 4 additional black bag*) / 15th July Recycling Bin - No collection - Alternative collection Saturday 20th July / 25th December Grey Bin - No collection - Alternative collection 21st December / 26th December Grey Bin - No collection - Alternative collection on the 28th December (+ 4 additional black bag*) / 1st January Recycling Bin - No collection - Alternative collection Saturday 4th January * Additional bags will only be accepted when stated above. East Belfast girl Rebekah Patterson, 25, is the first European to achieve top Miglio jewellery sales globally and with it the accolade of ‘International Consultant of the Year’. Rebekah received the award at an awards ceremony in, London, staving off competition from across the world. Roseann Kelly, Chief Executive of Women in Business NI, said: ‘Rebekah has enjoyed making real business connections through facilitated Women in Business NI networking and mentoring. We would congratulate her on this achievement.’, womeninbusinessni & you can follow on Twitter @wibni 4

Belmont Presbyterian host their first ever art exhibition in conjunction with an exhibition of patchwork. To be held 27-30th November. Any artist can express their interest by exhibiting 2-3 paintings in any medium, for sale, by contacting Julie 028 9087 4480 or Maureen 028 9065 1391 before 30th April. Funds raised will go towards the church development fund.

New Child Care Facility Launched Bright Minds @ Braniel are delighted to announce an exciting development in child care which is the first of it’s kind in the Braniel area! ‘We can now offer quality child care in our After School Club for all children P1-P7 until 6pm, which operates every day that Braniel Primary School is open, with the aim to accommodate busy working parents in the area. During school holidays we can also provide care from 8am-6pm every day with the exception of Bank Holidays. Parents can rest assured that their children will be supervised by play work experts, enabling a fun environment featuring activities specially designed to promote the social, physical, intellectual, creative and emotional development of each individual child. We are also working on developing a dedicated facility to care for children from three months to Nursery age, which will include a full Braniel Nursery Unit wraparound service - watch this space for more information coming soon!’ For more details contact general manager Christine Kelly 07428 119320 or you can email

Willowfield Parish Community Association (WPCA) is working in partnership with Dreamscheme NI to deliver a pilot project in inner east Belfast. Dreamscheme is a community youth development programme which inspires and enables communities to release the potential of their young people based on a simple concept of Work = Points = Trips. ‘Young People can do Wonderful Things’ – the project is providing positive work activities enabling teenagers to impact their community, combat anti–social behaviour, alcohol/ drugs misuse, interface tension and fear of crime among the elderly.


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Your local news & views New Life Counselling Opens In Skainos

A new counselling service has opened in east Belfast due to “massively increased demand”. One fifth of all the charity New Life Counselling’s referrals for counselling came from east Belfast, statistics for last year show. And Assembly figures show deprivation, mental health issues and suicide remain big problems in east Belfast. An Assembly Health Committee heard recently that Sammy Douglas, Karen Collins & Chris Lyttle 200 people died by suicide in Northern Ireland in a nine-month period in 2012. Karen Collins, Chief Executive of New Life Counselling, said growing deprivation and the recession are two of the issues that have contributed to a rise in the demand for services. ‘As with every inner city area, East Belfast has significant issues of poverty and unemployment, with the associated mental health issues being just as severe,’ she said. ‘Since July 2011 New Life Counselling has been delivering much needed services in East Belfast through the use of facilities in the Holywood Arches Practice and in the time we have seen a dramatic increase in the level of referrals for counselling support. ‘By 2012 20% of all the charity’s referrals for counselling came from East Belfast and New Life Counselling decided that the only way of keeping up with demand was to open new offices in the area. New Life Counselling will now operate from the iconic new Skainos building on the Newtownards Road, with 83 people currently on the organisation’s waiting list. The project is part funded by Big Lottery’s Awards For All scheme, the Public Health Agency and Bombardier’s Charitable Foundation. Visit Some of NI’s emerging fashion and musical talent will showcase their skills at a fashion and music extravaganza in Parliament buildings at Stormont on Saturday 4th May. The chic black tie event organised by Unify Collective Fashion Studio and sponsored by Aston Martin, Belfast, will provide a unique platform for both graduate and student designers to showcase their collections whilst also introducing the NI audience to musical entertainment from local bands. All profits from the evening will go towards Cinemagic, a charity supporting young people wishing to enter the film industry. Unify Fashion Studio provides local designers with a professionally fitted design studio including the best equipment and materials available, enabling young Northern Irish designers to hone their talents. BBC Radio Ulster presenter Alan Simpson will host the evening. Lucky ladies who snap up a ticket will see six emerging fashion designers feature their covetable pieces for autumn/winter ‘13 throughout various rooms of the building. Guests can relax and unwind with live music, a DJ set, food and drink right through to midnight before taking home a fabulous goodie bag at the end of the evening. Tickets £30 through Unify and supporting shops david@ 028 9023 6452. 6

The Secret Garden Restaurant at Dundonald Nurseries

OPENING SATURDAY 20th APRIL 2013 The Secret Garden 78 Old Dundonald Road Dundonald, Belfast, BT16 1XS

The Secret Garden Restaurant is a stunning addition to the Dundonald Nurseries family. Local, simple, hearty food is prepared to perfection and complemented by the beautiful views towards Stormont and the Craigantlet Hills. Our brand new 120 seater restaurant and gift shop is cosy and full of character with vaulted ceilings, old beams and huge fireplaces using traditional Belfast brick. Using locally sourced products to give you that unforgettable local taste, we serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner and offer a wide range of homemade cakes and desserts that are too tempting to resist. All freshly prepared by our chef to suit all tastes! For a special treat why not try our sumptuous afternoon teas served on silver cake stands. Perfect to share with a friend on a day out! Outside you will find beautiful gardens and a two acre nursery full of plants, tubs and hanging baskets grown by ourselves so do not hesitate to ask for free plant advice from our knowledgeable horticulturists. So make a note in your diary for the 20th of April from 8.30am and discover the secret. We can also take bookings for parties and special events. We look forward to seeing you soon! garden.dundonald Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 8.30am - 4.30pm Late Night Thurs 8.30am - 9pm

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First Minister visits Tullycarnet Family Project

First Minister and local East Belfast MLA Peter Robinson recently visited Barnardo’s Tullycarnet Family Project in Dundonald. The project has been supporting local families for over 15 years and offers a range of parenting support classes including Cook It!, Active Dads and an after school club. It is also part of the Tullycarnet Neighbourhood Renewal Two year old Alesha Anderson from Tullycarnet in conversation Project working with local schools, youth groups and with First Minister Peter Robinson during a visit to Barnardo’s Tullycarnet Family Project community groups to improve education outcomes by offering family and individual parental support to improve literacy and numeracy levels and a range of other programmes aimed at tackling barriers to learning including adult education, confidence-building and engaging fathers in children’s learning. Barnardo’s Tullycarnet Family Project Manager, Claire Humphrey said: ‘We were delighted to welcome First Minister and local East Belfast MLA Peter Robinson to visit our work. The families we work with are dedicated to providing the best for their children and we are there to support them through education programmes and building a strong collaboration between schools and community.’ East Belfast MLA Peter Robinson said: ‘I was very impressed by my visit to Tullycarnet Family Project. There is a real need to address education achievement in East Belfast and programmes like this working from the bottom up and engaging on individual, family and community levels is how we will see real change.’ Congratulations to Grosvenor Grammar School Technologist Gareth Reid who secured a double success representing NI at the ‘Big Bang Science and Engineering Fair’ 2013. The event saw over 450 projects displayed by entrants from across the UK with over 40,000 visitors. Gareth’s ‘Write to Read’ project - an iphone app capable of photographing written text and presenting it on screen in a bespoke font, created by Gareth himself, which is more easily processed by dyslexic readers, helped him to achieve first place in both the Junior Engineering category and ‘CREST Creativity Award’.

It’s Great to be Adored Again adoredagain is a funky, stylish children’s recycling boutique selling pre-loved designer clothes, nursery equipment, prams, toys and more. The shop is run by a local mum of twins who wanted to create somewhere busy parents could recycle their no longer needed items and let them be ‘adored again’. Anybody can sell through the shop as long as the items are in great condition. So have that clear out and adoredagain will do all the hard work! Once your items are sold they will be in touch and you can choose how to take your commission. As a Seller you can take cash, shop credit or adoredagain will donate any unwanted commission to the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children ( The shop has built up a great reputation for excellent products and fantastic customer service. All products are in immaculate condition with some still new with labels but all at a fraction of the retail price. If they don’t have what you need they will take your details and contact you when the item comes in. So why not join the recycling revolution and make adoredagain your new shopping experience ! Open Monday to Saturday 10am -5pm in Newtownards Town centre. www., 0r ring 028 9182 1441. Visit Facebook for up to date stock. 8

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Your local news & views East Belfast Mission commended for its environmental responsibility and social transformation

Since its opening in October 2012, East Belfast’s Skainos Project has been recognised not only for its work within the community, but also for its environmental credentials, most recently for the sustainable features of the building’s construction and daily operations at the Action Renewables Association Awards receiving a second place prize in the ‘Best Community Project’ category, sponsored by brites. Skainos and brites have an established relationship, with the centre using on a wood pellet boiler fuelled by brites to heat the premises. Manufactured in Co. Fermanagh brites are a premium quality wood pellet fuel and are helping the Skainos Project save on average 35% annually on their energy bills when compared to using conventional fossil fuels. The centre is also displacing approximately 33 tonnes of carbon and 120 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. The Skainos Centre was constructed with sustainability in mind, with rubble from the demolition site being crushed and re-used on site, reducing the amount of building waste entering a local landfill. Other environmentally sensitive innovations include solar thermal panels which generate the hot water as well as lighting controls designed to reduce electrical consumption. We’ll have more information about the Skainos Building soon.

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£700,000 EXTENSION AT DUNDONALD NURSERIES CREATES 20 NEW JOBS AND SECURES 15 STAFF A £700,000 extension at family run east Belfast business, Dundonald Nurseries has created 20 new jobs and transformed the business, securing a staff of 15 at the garden centre. The investment will create a brand new 120 seater restaurant and gift shop adjacent to the nurseries, aptly named The Secret Garden. Third generation Restaurant Manager, Emma McCully, granddaughter of the late Robert Hutchinson who established the nursery as a farm diversification in 1963 will work alongside her brother Andrew, mother Anne, father Malcolm and manage a dedicated team of 20 to provide a personalised restaurant and retail experience to the loyal, local customer base of Dundonald Nurseries. Emma who studied Graphic Design at the University of Ulster, Belfast and trained in restaurant chains in Northern Ireland is just 24 years old and this new business opportunity prevents her from joining the lost generation of undergraduates who are unable to secure work in their chosen expert field. Emma said: ‘The extension is in answer to customer demands. We have outgrown the existing space created by my grandfather. Our customers not only want to shop at Dundonald Nurseries but they want to take time with family and friends to enjoy the view over the Craigantlet hills over a nice coffee and a bite to eat. We very much see The Secret Garden as keeping up with retail trends and we are actively embracing the concept of retailtainment with our purpose built 120 seater restaurant. We have been delighted by the response from our customers and the local community to our plans and we believe this new restaurant will create a first class dining experience for our visitors - our room with a view already has a number of bookings secured for 2013 and into 2014!’ Set to open on 20th April 2013 The Secret Garden restaurant at Dundonald Nurseries will offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, deluxe afternoon tea treats and can cater for individuals and groups of up to 100. Simply log onto for more details. 12



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Fridays Belmont Tower

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Sydenham As I drive along the Sydenham by-pass out to Holywood Exchange as I do most days I often try to imagine what the journey would have been like one hundred years ago when if I looked to the left I would have been looking at the shore of Belfast Lough which would have been furnished with bathing huts!

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 he Belfast and County Down Railway line followed the shoreline out to Holywood and this  area was known as the Long Strand as it followed on from the Short Strand, and it was a  popular area for the Victorians to come and ‘take the air’ which is something they believed as  being essential for good health.      The old townland name for the area is Ballyminster although the first house to be built in  the area was called Sydenham Lodge and this is where the name Sydenham hails from. It was  built and occupied by a man called William Ewing who was a linen merchant and mill owner  and he probably named his property after the area of London called Sydenham which was very  fashionable in the late 19th century due to the Crystal Palace being located there. It is believed  that there was a replica of the crystal palace on Queens (pleasure)Island where the present day  Harland & Wolff  shipyard is located, and if there was William Jennings would have been able  to see it from his house so perhaps this is the connection. Indeed Gustav Wolff himself also  owned a house at the top of Station Road, nicknamed ‘The Den’ (pictured). From Sydenham  you could take a one penny ferry ride over to the Pleasure Island to take the fresh sea air at  Sydenham or you could avail of one of the bathing huts which were built on the strand here.       Once you were past Sydenham you were out into farmland and you could have got off the  train at Tillys Farm (Tillysburn) and Gardners Farm (Garnerville). Tillys Farm was owned by  William Tilly and the burn, or river, was the Avon Water which came down from the Holywood  Hills. This area remained fairly rural containing mainly farmland and homes for the wealthy  until the need for housing for those citizens of Belfast who lost their homes during the blitz  led to the building of what were meant to be temporary bungalows over the garden plots on  the Holywood road which had been used as part of the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign during the  second world war. These ‘temporary’ bungalows remained in use for over thirty years with the  last one remaining until the early 1980s when it was demolished to make way for the Inverary  Fold in Invernook Park. 32

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fter Art College at Ulster University Belfast, I needed to focus on a self initiated project to help develop my style of working,’ says Peter, ‘and I just started doing these film illustrations as a way to do that. Throughout my time at college I started to get more into illustrators such as Paul Davis, David Shrigley, Steven Forbes, Oliver Jeffers and various street artists. I really loved the grubby yet elegant way these artists used lettering and humour in their work. I was also captivated by the the composition of their works - generally opting for great use of white space and juxtaposition between larger and smaller elements.’ The catalyst for the film direction came from the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. An incredible, dream like film of fragmented memories, surroundings and experiences but with a wonderful story of love at its heart. ‘It’s one of my favourites so it was the first film illustration design I did to try and kick start this project. Films are precious to people and most want to see new and exciting interpretations of their favourites, I know I do.’ Peter’s latest collection; Admit One looks to reinterpret classic and cult films and create artwork that reflects the skill, artistry 36

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Belvoir Players Amateur Dramatic Society was formed in 1968, fulfilling the need for a cultural & artistic outlet in the newly built housing estate


 he new residents had arrived from various parts of Belfast and further afield,’ says Richard  Mills - Artistic Director. ‘So a sense of identity was being created. The performances of the players provided a social as well as a cultural and entertainment focus. Soon the Belvoir Players were  proving popular with audiences throughout the extensive drama festival circuit that still remains  a significant part of the amateur theatre life in NI. ‘Our success in Drama Festivals spread our  reputation beyond these shores,‘ says Richard. ‘In 1983 we were invited to perform in the British  All-Winners Finals in Newport, Gwent. In 1986 and again in 1994 we had the honour of representing NI in the British One-Act Finals, on both occasions in Scotland and in The Isle of Man in 1998.  Winning the Ulster Full-Length Play Festival with Frank McGuinness’ “Someone Who’ll Watch  Over Me” and going on to win the British All-Winners Full-Length Finals in Surrey in July 2006  marked the acme of Belvoir Players dramatic success.’ As a result, the players were the recipients  of a Civic Reception in their honour hosted by the Mayor, Aldermen and Councillors of Castlereagh  Borough Council to mark their achievement.        In 2000 Belvoir Players opened their new, purpose built rehearsal studio on Belvoir Drive with  support from the Arts Council of NI, Lottery Fund and the Castlereagh Peace and Reconciliation  Partnership Board.  This unique facility provided many opportunities for expansion within the  group and provided an innovative performance space. ‘It has hosted numerous performances by  both professional and amateur companies and been home to many community based organisations. Our 1999 production of Sam Cree’s Widows’ Paradise was invited to appear at the Lake  Worth Theater in Florida, USA in July 2000 making Belvoir Players a truly International Company.’ An exciting development was the expansion of the Youth Academy. Productions of Annie,  The Wizard of Oz, Oliver, Bugsy Malone and My Fair Lady followed and in 2006 an entirely youth  mounted production, directed by, stage managed and lit by members of the youth group of Have  a Nice Day was staged. Productions of hits such as “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Les Miserables –  Schools version” provided vital experiences to the members. The Studio Theatre offers the opportunity to promote other theatre events and each year organise Spring and Autumn Theatre events.       ‘Currently we have several of our graduates studying at professional drama schools in London  & Liverpool and with a membership of over 200 young people from 5 years of age up to 16 so we  are planning to stage not one youth production this year but three! Now approaching our fortyfifth  anniversary we fully endorse our basic constitutional aim of ‘providing opportunities for participation in the performing arts to members of our community regardless of race, religion, colour, class  or sexual orientation’. With the unique facility of the studio our future is secure, our membership  continues to grow, our experience and expertise develops and all is reflected in our continuing success both in competitions and in our audience support at venues throughout NI and beyond.’

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April 2013 - East Belfast  

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