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SUMMONING THE SUMMER! Inside we profile the upcoming events happening near you so you can plan your days when the sweet weather kicks in.

Local News SUMMER VIBES

Local Views

SUMMER EVENTS THE HILL CLIMB

FAMILY FUN

TASTY FOOD

HEALTH & BEAUTY


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BLOOM Contents Holywood • Edition 17 • June 2014

m I

t’s about this time of year that

things remain at a meteorological

what which is why we have lined

we as a nation are all finally

state of ‘temperamental’ at the

up a scorching guide to what is

able to confidently stride out into

moment which means by the time

going on near you this summer.

the streets wearing nothing but

the middle of June hits, you can

And there’s loads of it covering a

our Speedo’s or bikinis, safe in the

hopefully wear your speedos or

multitude of activities from action

knowledge that the sun’s rays will

bikinis under your waterproof

and adventure to racing lambs

keep the air temperature around us

trousers just in case the rain stops

and hunting bats (no really!). So

at a steady rate of 30 degrees for 12

for a bit so you can whip them

sit back, pour yourself a pint of

hours a day guaranteed as we go

off and soak up some valuable

sangria with a paper umbrella and

about our daily chores. Or perhaps

and well deserved vitamin D. But

a cardboard parrot hanging off the

that would be a more fitting intro

our squibs and moods are never

rim and plan what you’ll be up to

to an Ibiza edition of Bloom. Yes

quite dampened here no matter

this summer come rain or shine.

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4 Local News

A heads up on all the headlines heading into your head.

8 HEALTH & BEAUTY Deborah Harper shares with you what she’s loving this month.

12 SUMMER EVENTS Pack the factor four and the sarnies, here’s what’s coming up.

16 CULTRA HILL CLIMB We’ve got the lowdown on this legendary local event.

20 TREAD THE BOARDS Read all about the amazing Replay Theatre Company.

24 cookbook Feed your family well for less with recipes from Caitríona Redmond.

26 ARTISTIC THERAPY Holywood’s Dawn Crothers donates work to new cancer facility.

30 PROPERTY John Minnis’s expert advice on how to sell your home this summer.

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HOLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCE NEW PRESIDENT The new President of Holywood Chamber of Commerce is David Menary from BTWShiells Residential (centre) and VicePresident is John Hogg from Enlighten IC (far right). At the recent AGM the chamber gave grateful thanks to John Minnis (far left) for his 3 years as President and marked the occasion by presenting him with an iPhone artwork commission by award winning local photographer Gerry Coe. Also in the pic are Colette McKelvey Treasurer (right) and Fiona McGarry (left). www.holywoodchamber.co.uk

25-year-old former Olympic swimmer Melanie Nocher from Holywood knows the importance of exercise for physical and mental health, and is urging communities to apply for a grant to get people moving. More than £100,000 in funding is available through the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund for projects promoting physical activity. Voluntary and non-profit organisations wanting to kickstart new programmes encouraging people to become more active could win £20,000 to get them up and running. The deadline for Thank You Fund entries is Monday, June 16. www.coca-cola.ie/community/thank-you-fun 4 bloommagazine.co.uk

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Holywood based travel agent Catherine Fetherston, who runs her own home-based travel business as part of leading independent travel company Travel Counsellors, is celebrating after the company was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the UK’s highest accolade for business success, in recognition of the company’s continued growth. The company, has one of the highest scores in the world for customer loyalty and received the highly respected award for International Trade having successfully brought its unique business model, which focuses on providing customers with the highest levels of personal service, to overseas markets. Catherine comments; “I am thrilled the company has received this fantastic accolade. Our international expansion hugely benefits me and my customers as I have access to exclusive products and can draw on the local knowledge and support of fellow Travel Counsellors in eight countries across the globe. Plus I have 24/7 support from our global offices, so my customers know I am always available to help them should they need it.” Tel 028 9042 8341 catherine.fetherston @travelcounsellors.com


Rory McIlroy’s foundation has donated £1 million to a children’s cancer charity in Northern Ireland. The two-time Major golf champion set up the Rory Foundation in 2013 with the aim of supporting children’s charities from around the world and to give youngsters a helping hand. The Rory Foundation has now committed £1m to the Cancer Fund for Children over a period of four years to support the running of its respite home Daisy Lodge. The family facility, which opened last month, is the first of its kind in the UK and Ireland and will be providing

Holywood businesses North Down Physio and Sports Injury Clinic and Active Health Solutions present a donation cheque of £390 to local charity Action Mental Health (AMH). The money was raised while the two companies donated cyclist massages in exchange for donations at the finish line of the recent “Chain Reaction Big Italian Bike Ride”. AMH were one of the official charity partners of the event which allowed 1,400 local cyclists to take in parts of the Grand Depart route the week before the

free short breaks for up to 500

Giro d’Italia. Pictured: Callum Clark and Karen Edwards from

families affected by cancer every

AMH gratefully accept the donation

year. roryfoundation.com

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SUPER SLIMMERS RAISE ££S BY LOSING LBS! Slimmers have joined together

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HOLYWOOD CELEBRATES MAYPOLE REFURBISHMENT Holywood celebrated the recent refurbishment of the Town’s historic Maypole on May Day by unveiling a commemorative cake thereby recreating a previous cake cutting event from yesteryear. Local company Kenley Kakes kindly baked a beautiful cake complete with a Maypole which was then unveiled by the Mayor of North Down Councillor Andrew Muir alongside the May Queen and all the Maypole Dancers in the Maypole Bar which was first licensed in 1857 and has only ever had three proprietors. Commenting after the event, Mayor Muir stated “With early maps showing a Maypole standing on it’s current site since the 1620’s I was delighted to take part in this event to celebrate recent refurbishment work with the iconic weather-vane re-appearing on top of the Maypole, as requested by Alderman Ellie McKay.” Stroke survivors in Belfast and North Down who attend their local Stroke Association support groups will be able to make the often

new Asian cuisine restaurant, cafe and take away to the town; At 28 is open now and will be open 7 days a week. You are very welcome to bring your own wine and beer and there is also free WiFi available in the restaurant. Plus if you’re dining at home, there is a collection and delivery service. There are some fantastic specials lined up including Lunch Special from 12-4pm everyday - Main meal for £5.95, 2 Courses for £7.95. The Evening Special is a 2 course meal with a glass of soft drink or freshly brewed coffee for £11.95 available From Sunday to Thursday, until

costly trips for free, after funding from the George Best Belfast

9:30p.m. A new Seafood Special

their travel expenses themselves, with the other half paid by the

addition to the town and we wish

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RUNNING UP THAT HILL The world’s oldest active Hillclimb returns to the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum for the 2014 Cultra Hill Climb. The event takes place on Saturday 14 June from 10am-5pm. We have some history on the event and what you can expect from this years fantastic plans.

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he Cultra Hillclimb was first held on 6th May 1905 by members of the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club at the scenic estate of Sir Robert Kennedy, overlooking Belfast Lough. The event became a regular feature of the RNIYC calendar and ran until 1929, except during the Great War. In 1930 the event relocated a short distance and was renamed Croft Hillclimb, continuing today as the opening round of the annual NI Hillclimb Championship. Since 1989 Croft has been run by the Thoroughbred Sports Car Club of Northern Ireland - TSCC(NI). In 2000, with support from North Down Borough Council, TSCC(NI) returned to the original site to establish Cultra as the Oldest Active Speed Hillclimb in the World. Now home to the award-winning Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra estate includes

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Monte Carlo rally 50 years ago as NI commemorates an important year for the Mini. The coolness of Vespa-riding mods, and modified cars will also be recognised at the event, alongside a number of monster cars. This year the museum is delighted to welcome for the first time, the popular ‘Frock Around the Clock’ Vintage Fair Extraordinaire; an outlet for sellers of vintage fashion, home wares and other treasures. A vintage hair and beauty team will ensure the event’s glam our. Visitors can also enjoy the sights and sounds of the Hillclimb from the lawn with food from the BBQ or an ice cream from the vintage tricycle. Crosslé Car Company of Holywood will have a display in Cultra Manor. Not only is the event an incredibly competitive day for all the drivers, but there will be endless entertainment for everyone.

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to allow them to work with PMLD children in special schools, as there was nothing being made just for them. ‘When the company first started up,’ says Fiona, ‘most of what we did happened in schools. We didn’t want to leave the magic of theatre to the few who could afford to go to the big venues like the Lyric or The Grand Opera House. So we made sure that the play which was performed in the primary school hall was exactly the same as the one that went to theatres – same set, same lighting, same actors. In fact when the new Lyric reopened we were the first children’s company to perform on the main stage.’

But with all the budget pressures facing our schools at the moment, they also wanted to get to the children whose schools couldn’t book them. So now, you will always be able to catch their latest show at your local venue all across Northern Ireland. ‘In fact, you might even catch us outside of Northern Ireland. In the coming months, we will have toured across all of Ireland, the UK, and wait for it…… New York. In March 2015, we are

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In this book, well known cook and food blogger Caitríona shares her tips, tricks and recipes with the reader to help them save money and feed their family well on a budget. All the recipes have been extensively tested on her friends and family!

The book includes budgeting tips and menu plans which enable families to pick & mix from favourite meals, keep variety in their diet and make the most of the food that they cook. Here she shares with us her many inspirations for an ultra healthy breakfast. Enjoy.

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BREAKFAST BARS • Makes 20 bars 1 cup rolled oats ½ cup sunflower seeds ½ cup hulled pumpkin seeds ½ cup raisins ½ cup dried apricots ½ cup dates, chopped ½ cup flaked almonds ½ cup melted butter 1 cup runny honey Preheat your fan oven to 190°C. Grease a baking tray and dust it with flour. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix loosely with a wooden spoon. Pour in the wet ingredients (melted butter and honey) and stir until all the dry mixture is coated. Press firmly into the baking tray. Bake until golden brown and


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BUTTERMILK PANCAKES WITH BLUEBERRIES AND BANANA • Serves 4 2 ripe bananas 150g plain flour ½ teaspoon baking soda pinch of salt 75ml buttermilk sunflower oil for frying blueberries lemon juice/syrup or honey

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Holywood artist Dawn Crothers has recently donated over £7,500 worth of her paintings and prints to a new Cancer retreat / refuge for children.

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awn discovered the fantastic Daisy Lodge complex whilst reading an article online and decided she would like to help out. Dawn met with Gillian Creevy CEO for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children in December and went about painting her famous Snail and animal paintings for the amazing project. One very large canvas measuring 6ft x 5ft hangs in the entrance foyer and she also worked on a very special piece for the beautiful new canteen area which has magnificent views over the Mournes. “Gillian the Daisy Lodge Hen” was named after the projects CEO and has been greatly admired by all the staff and VIP visitors

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at the opening launch of the centre earlier this year! The centre boasts over 12 state of the art family rooms where you will also find Dawns work adorning the walls. Dawn has been so touched by the project and commented “Daisy Lodge is now a very special place for me and I find it so peaceful every time I return for a visit. My paintings bring the building to life and with children being the main inhabitants I thought they would enjoy my artwork for many years to come!” Gillian Creevy CEO for the Cancer Fund for Children “Dawn’s fabulous donation of unique art to Daisy Lodge has add the finishing touches to our short breakcentre for children with cancer and their families. The paintings add vibrancy, colour and warmth . Today as you walk with a family through the doors of Daisy Lodge you get the sense that

the nurturing has begun, so too the feeling of strength and sense that perhaps this is a family, that will, with our help, feel able to start back on a journey of recovery.” Dawn’s will be exhibiting at The Liverpool Contemporary Art Fair in Liverpool in July and has an array of her original Oils and prints on display at Whalley Fine Art in Holywood!

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TIPS FOR SELLING YOUR HOME THIS LOCAL Expert SUMMER Advice John Minnis, Director, John Minnis Estate Agents, specialising in both the residential sales and lettings throughout Belfast, North Down, Bangor and Ards Peninsula, shares with us his top tips for presenting your home for sale. 1. Kerb Appeal How does your home look from the road? Is the driveway untidy? The grass unkempt? You need any potential buyers to be impressed from the road to stop the car and get out and take a closer look. 2. Clean & Sparkling A possible buyer wants to imagine themselves living in your house, this won’t be as desirable if it isn’t looking its best. Clean the bathrooms and floors until they shine, hoover all carpets and fabrics and clean all surfaces. The strategic display of flowers is a real winner. 3. Create an Ambience Warmth – put the heating on an hour before viewings. If you have a fire – light it. Soft lighting – if the viewing is in early evening or a dark day – make the effort to ensure each room is correctly lit – side lamps create a nicer ambience than overhead lighting. Smell - Strong smells have a negative effect on people; avoid cooking before viewings. Air the house thoroughly and invest in a few scented candles.

4. Make Minor Repairs. Spend your energy on repairing signs of obvious wear and tear. Replace cracked floor or counter tiles. Fill holes in walls. Fix doors that don’t close properly and kitchen drawers that jam. If you’ve considered replacing a worn bedspread, do so now. 5. Neutralise Neutral colours sell. Try to convey an image of quality and neutrality. Potential buyers want to imagine themselves as the owners. If you use styles or colours they would never select, you’ve just turned them off. 6. De-Clutter! If you haven’t used it in over a year, you probably don’t need it. You want your home calm, idyllic and spacious – not loud, overcrowded and cluttered. 7. De-personalize. Buying a home is an emotional decision, and you want potential buyers to make an emotional connection with your home by being able to “see” themselves in it. Box items that are personal to you, it will pay off in the long-run.

8. Period Features and Props Use props such as candles, plants and soft furnishings to help buyers visualise themselves living there, also place greater emphasis on any unusual or period features – this could be dressing an unused Victorian fireplace in church candles and dusting off the cornicing. 9. Scrutinise Ask a friend to be honest and open about how they feel your home looks as a potential buyer. Don’t be offended – remember this is constructive criticism. 10. Disassociate Yourself with Your Home. Make the mental decision to “let go” of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours. Try and picture yourself handing over the keys and envelopes containing appliance warranties to the new owners. This will make the whole selling process easier on you and your family.

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