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How to cope in an emergency St John ambulance tells us how.

COST OF LIVING GETTING YOU DOWN? Stephen Jeffers cooks for 4 for 7 days for under ÂŁ35

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Your daily reward When you’re a mum-to-be, Appletiser is a naturally delicious everyday treat! The miracle of pregnancy is a wonderful experience. You want to be able to do the very best for your baby and ensure that what you put into your body is healthy and rewarding. Made with 100% pure apple juice and 100% pure passion, Appletiser is 100% perfect for you and your bump. In fact, just 250ml constitutes one portion of your recommended 5-a-day fruit and vegetable intake. It’s important to get your five portions every day to make sure you have a healthy diet – especially when you’re pregnant. You can also rest assured that Appletiser has no added sugar, colourants or preservatives. So if you’re craving something a little indulgent, yet healthy, why not raise a glass, or three, to your little one?

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Isn’t the weather nice – at last.

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I’ve been putting away my winter clothes, (but I am very aware these will probably come out again very soon); trying to work out how to create beauty in what was once the garden, but currently resembles a miserable mess! it is hard to get going. I have decided to get the kids involved, a hard task, but we are giving it a go!!!!!

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We are thrilled to have Stephen Jeffers join us as our resident chef. He has compiled 7 fantastic meals for 4 for under £35.00, who can beat that. Along with all the usual features on health, fashion and beauty, books, we have a really useful feature brought to us in association with St John Ambulance, ‘how to’ cope in an emergency, a really useful read. Keep your letters coming to us, we enjoy the feedback. The editor,

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Wibbly Wobbly Wheels Scooters have long been the transport du jour for kids, but balance bikes could knock them off the top spot. They’re pedal free and help teach little’uns about balance, steering and co-ordination, ensuring a smoother transition to a big bike. They are available from Amazon, you can design your own, and range in price!!!! Great idea for wibbly wobbly kids!!

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omes are getting smaller. The average new-build one-bedroom home in the UK is just 46 square metres (the size of a tube carriage on the Jubilee Line); and 57% of people say there is not enough storage in their homes for their possessions. Compromising on space shouldn’t mean compromising on technology.

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Dementia Support Manager of the Cafes Network, Deirdre Owens says ‘85 per cent of people with dementia say they struggle with isolation, loneliness and depression. The Memories Cafés provide a social atmosphere that aims to help people with dementia keep physically and mentally active as well as helping people express themselves. It is an opportunity for people diagnosed with dementia and their carers to come to a safe and understanding environment where you will meet with welcoming, supportive people, spend time sharing information and experiences and take part in fulfilling activities.’

Our Newtownards Café is every Tuesday morning in St Marks Parish Centre, Church St, Ards from 11.00am – 13.00pm And our Comber Café is every Wednesday morning in the 2nd Presbyterian Church Hall, Killinchy St, from 10.30am – 13.30pm We also have Memories Cafes throughout Belfast, Banbridge, Armagh and Kilkeel. Just contact the Coordinator on 028 9181 6742 for information on day’s times and venues. The Alzheimer’s Society also provides Outreach Support, Carer Support Groups as well Carer Information Programmes which run throughout the year to support people with dementia and their carers throughout Northern Ireland. Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. The organisation provides information and support to people with any form of dementia and their carers through publications, a website ( and more than 2,000 local services. They also have a low-cost, National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122.

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Within this relaxed environment, people with dementia and their carers are able to speak with trained staff about any concerns, receive independent information on dementia and signposting of the services available. The Memories Café offer light refreshments and you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a bun while making new friends and learning new skills.

Stay for less. Holiday property owners list their empty weeks on LateLettings with discounts up for grabs, sometimes up to 70% off. The site has doubled its listings in the last six months and added overseas accommodation too.

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The Café’s which are funded by the Big Lottery offers a varied schedule of stimulating, interactive and engaging activities including games, reminiscence, music sessions, storytelling, information talks, outings, health and wellbeing sessions, relaxation sessions and best of all the opportunities to have a chat. Anna who attends a Café with her husband has found it to be ‘a wonderful experience and a real benefit to be with people who understand the disease.’ She feels they have both benefited greatly from the friendliness of all the people there, the interesting and fun programme that is provided and the appetising scones and buns that are served.

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Childhood Atopic Eczema

Ditch the Itch: Top Tips on managing atopic eczema


hen a child has atopic eczema, parents often have a whole range of questions. Here the National Eczema Society answers the most common questions they are asked about this often very challenging condition. If you would like to know more, contact them on 0800 0891122 or visit them on line at

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Outsmart Jet Lag. Keep hydrated with water during your flight, as dehydration can exacerbate jet lag. The further you travel, the longer it will take for your body to adjust. Re-Timer glasses that emit a soft green light on to the eyes are proven to reduce jet lag, but you’d have to doing a lot of long-haul travel to justify the price £199 from retime. com. Alternatively, try taking homeopathic remedy Arnica. Take two pills three times a day from the day before your flight to the day after (three days in total). It’s good for circulation and helps to balance the body clock

My child is always scratching! What can I do to help?


First, remember that eczema itches often intensely and that scratching is inevitable so try not to say don’t scratch. There are a number of things you can do:

Let’s start with one of the major questions: What is childhood atopic eczema? Childhood atopic eczema is a dry skin condition whose chief characteristic is the ‘itch’ which can at times become almost unbearable, causing a child to want to scratch all the time, especially at night, making sleeping difficult. Why does my child have eczema? Can other children ‘catch’ eczema from a child who has it? Hereditary factors generally play a role in the development of childhood atopic eczema. There is often a family history of eczema, asthma or hay fever, but not always. Many environmental factors may also play a role, including climate, house dust mites and pollution. No! Eczema isn’t catching. What about diet? Many parents believe that their child’s eczema is caused by something in their diet but less than 2 in 100 children have a food allergy which can make eczema worse and even then it’s rare that food allergy is solely responsible – eczema isn’t that simple. Keeping an accurate diary of what your child eats and of the condition of the eczema can be useful. Signs that

food may be playing a role in a child’s eczema include worsening of the eczema, itching or abdominal pain, swelling and redness. Never cut out foods such as dairy products without the help of a healthcare professional as children need calcium for their bones and teeth and a child who is allergic to cow’s milk will frequently also be allergic to soya milk. (Sheep and goat’s milk, rice or oat milk are not suitable for children under the age of one as they are nutritionally inadequate and it is highly likely that if a child is allergic to cow’s milk, they will also be intolerant of sheep, goats’ or buffalo milk).

even on skin without patches of eczema.

My child has been prescribed emollients, but I‘m not clear how often to use them or which are best?

If used correctly, topical steroids are safe and effective to treat eczema flares. Skin thinning occurs if topical steroids have been used incorrectly. Scratching and rubbing are inevitable if eczema flares are left untreated. Both can cause long-term damage to the skin and letting the flare go on longer than necessary can also be distressing for a child.

Using emollients (medical moisturisers which you can get on prescription) regularly is key as people with eczema have a fragile skin barrier and need the extra moisture to help it work as well as it can to keep out irritants and allergens. Emollients come as creams, ointments and gels to be left on the skin and as bath oils and washes for bathing, showering and washing. Never use soap on a child who has eczema. Apply a leave on emollient every few hours if possible but at least 2–3 times a day. Use emollients all the time, not just when the eczema is bad, and all over,

Ointments are the greasiest emollients. Creams are lighter and absorbed more quickly into the skin. Creams and lotions need to be applied more frequently than ointments; unlike ointments, they need preservatives which in a few children can cause an allergic or irritant reaction. There are many emollients to choose from. The secret is finding which suit your child best.

• use a regular skin care routine, plenty of emollients and no soap. After washing, pat skin dry, rather than rubbing it.

15 Ways to protect your health this summer.

• get into the habit of applying leave on emollient when your child starts to feel itchy


• distraction techniques are more effective if you intervene before the scratching has really taken hold • don’t have the central heating up too high, as getting hot makes us itch more • use cotton clothing and bedding, the bedroom should be cool and well ventilated, but not cold

Are topical steroids safe - I heard they thin the skin?

How do I apply the topical steroid? The topical steroid should be applied once or twice daily (according to your doctor’s instructions) only to the areas of inflammation i.e. the areas that are red or pink where the eczema is flaring. Apply a thin layer in smooth, downward strokes so that the surface of the skin ‘glistens’. • Page 6

• keep nails short to minimise damage to the skin.

Sail through the hotter months with our timely advice. Love the sun (with care). Sun exposure can reduce your risk of heart disease by lowering your blood pressure, according to scientists from the University of Edinburgh. They found that sunlight moves nitric oxide from our skin to our circulation, dilating blood vessels (so reducing blood pressure). The key is to limit your exposure; in this study, just 20 mins a day of artificial sunlight was enough to lower blood pressure for the following hour. Sunshine also boosts mood, and the vitamin D it provides reduces our risk of conditions such as multiple sclerosis, too.




Protect your skin. You’ll need a sun cream with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect against skin cancer and ageing – and lots of it, says a leading dermatologist at the BMI Manor Hospital, Bedford. “We never apply our sun creams as thickly as the researchers testing them, so SPF30 will only give you the protection of SPF15. Even if you don’t burn, your skin could suffer sun damage. Reapply any product generously every two hours, and after sweating or going in water.


Kiss goodbye to Cold sores. Sunlight triggers cold sores – but you can lower your risk with a liquorice lip balm (try liquorice Balm £7.95 for 30 ml, 0844 700 9975), as recommended by the Herpes Virus Association. ‘In an HVA trial, it cut the duration of cold sore outbreaks. L-Lysine supplements (Nature’s Best £12.20 for 180 tablets, a nature should fastforward your recovery if you start taking them from the first tingle. Lysine knocks out the virus’s cellular building blocks of arginne-rich proteins, they explain.


Bite Back. Use tea tree oil for minor insect stings and bites, antihistamine cream for bites that are itchy or inflamed, or hydrocortisone 1% (from the pharmacy counter) for more painful, swollen bites and stings, such as a hornet sting. In a picnic emergency a slice of raw tomato will stop the itching of most insect bites, while the acid in a in a splash of cola will soothe a wasp sting (but not a App conta ly a lit ma bee’s) in tc to ke er of grou h to a e n a cou p wasps a d coffee w p a sau le of teas ay. Just cer o poo smou r small dis ns on lder f or ho h will urs.


Tick it off. Swap shorts for long trousers, sock and shoes to prevent ticks from gluing themselves to your legs when you’re on country walks, particularly in long grass. The risk of Lyme disease from tick bites is a real one according to Lyme Disease Action. If you spot a tick on your body, pull it out with a specialist tool (from £4.99 at or from any vet) or a piece of cotton wound tightly round the tick and then pulled upwards. Lyme disease can cause health issues – from joint pain to problems with the heart – so bites must be taken seriously. Don’t overdo it! Try not to be the one in four of us who drinks more alcohol in the summer, and especially at barbecues. Booze and heat are a dangerous combination, risking not only a hangover, but also alcohol poisoning, according to the education charity Drinkaware. Stick to the guidelines of one medium glass of wine a day and drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.


Cover your eyes. Again put the text over a panel of colour. Sunlight can damage the retina and lens of the eye, potentially leading to conditions such as cataracts, so wear good-quality sunglasses whenever it’s sunny according to the College of Optometrists. Look for the CE Mark and safety standard BS EN ISO 12312-1:2013 to ensure a safe level of UV protection. And don’t forget children’s eyes – they‘re developing and may be more susceptible to UV radiation. Make sure their eyes are shaded by a sunhat if they won’t wear sunglasses.


Rash behaviour. offers this advice for holiday skin ailments. SUNBURN Treat with a flannel soaked in cold water. After - sun containing aloe vera soothes skin, while a painkiller such as Ibuprofen will reduce inflammation. If it’s blistered, seek medical advice. HEAT RASH this produces small, itchy raised spots that sting or prickle the skin. Keep cool in loose clothing, as sweating makes it worse. An antihistamine such as Piriton can reduce itching. POISON IVY RASH again colour change Common in North America ( so traveller beware), contact with this plant leads to itchy red skin and blisters. Wash the area, apply a wet compress to soothe, take an antihistamine and apply calamine lotion to calm it down.

Maybe have a pic with kids in a car. Beat travel sickness. Long car journeys trigger upsets, Sea-Bands (£8.59, sea-bands. com) come in adult and child sizes and relieve nausea by applying gentle pressure to the wrist point associated with sickness. Or try the homeopathic remedies Cocculus 30c if eating and drinking makes it worse, or Petroleum 30c if your nausea is worse in damp and cold weather – both are suitable for adults and children over the age of three and are available from health food stores and pharmacies. Take two tablets every half hour until symptoms are relieved.


Ditch the itch. Make sure the only itch on your feet is the sand between your toes. Avoid athlete’s foot by keeping your feet clean and sweat-free, discarding any smelly shoes. If you still suffer, get a cream from your pharmacist – Lamisil and Daktarin are good, but keep up your treatment for as long as the directions advise. Stop too early because you’ve stopped itching and it can come back.


Look after your tummy. Hygiene on holiday is important to prevent tummy upsets – wash hands thoroughly and frequently, and avoid ice, tap water and undercooked meat. It pays to plan ahead by taking a good probiotic supplement. Start a week ahead of your trip, as this will help crowd out the bacteria that cause diarrhoea. Probiotics will reduce your risk of tummy upset and shorten its duration. Drink lots of bottled water, otherwise a bug can dehydrate you. Try Nature’s Best Acidophilus Extra 10 Billion (£17.95 for 60 capsules from naturesbest. One of the strongest probiotics in the UK< each capsule providing as many bacteria as 20 pots of yoghurt.


Think DVT. If you’re flying long-haul, deep vein thrombosis ( a blood clot in a deep vein) is a risk to be aware of. Up to 12% of travellers on flights of over six hours develop a DVT, even though many have no outward symptoms, say vascular specialists. Do exercises every few minutes in your seat, such as ankle circling, and drink lots of water. Don’t fly if you have a high temperature, have cancer or have undergone surgery in the last six weeks. If you have to fly despite a known high risk, see your doctor for an injection with anti-coagulation drug heparin. And wear professionally measured pressure stockings (from pharmacies) If you notice pain or swelling in your legs after a flight, see a doctor quickly.


Do we need more than 5 a day? Eating a variety of fruit and veg is one of the surest ways to get the vitamins, minerals, fibre and plant chemicals that help to lower our risk of disease. On top of theis, people who eat four or more servings a day ( a total of 350g) are reported to score higher in aptitude tests and feel generally happier. Yet some of us find it a challenge to reach the 5 –a-day target and are confused about what counts. If you feel the same, our chart hopefully will help.

Is five portions enough?

In the UK we’ve long been advised to eat at least 5 daily portions of fruit and veg, but some experts argue that’s simply not enough. Other countries do have higher targets – in Japan, 13, portions of veg and 4 of fruit is the daily goal. In reality, 5 a day represents the minimum required for good health, an it’s best to aim for 7 – 9 portions a day. (A portion for adults is 80g of fresh fruit and veg, and 30g of dried fruit). Another consideration is that the fruit and veg offer may be less nutritious than it once was. This is due to intensive farming methods, changes in soil conditions, new crop varieties (which yield larger produce that needs less time to ripen on the plant), increased transport distances, storage times and our tendency to eat out of season.

What are the benefits? • Boost your bone health with broccoli and darkgreen leafy veg like kale, which are valuable sources of calcium • Beat high blood pressure with celery, tomatoes and spinach – all potassium rich. • De stress by eating avocado, which is rich in vitamin B. • Cut colds with vitamin C: top sources are kiwi, strawberries, citrus fruit and peppers. • Fight hunger with low-cal, high fibre fruit and veg: they keep you fuller for longer.

Variety is key We have plenty of produce to

choose from these days. The UK’s favourite fruit is now the banana, and we love our fruit juices. Good news, as bananas give us potassium and fibre, and juice is a great source of vitamin C. But don’t ignore less exoctic veg like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, onions garlic, tomatoes, carrots and green leafy veg , as these provide more valuable plant chemicals, like carotenoids, which are thought to give us the most protection.

Best eaten together • Avocado and tomatoes, hearthealthy fats in avovado help you absorb protective plant nutrients, like lycopene in tomatoes.

health. Not so keen on greens? Combine just a small amount with beans or pulses – they supply vitamin B6 with ups your magnesium intake.

• Spinach and citrus • Broad beans and You’ll absorb the iron parsley. Beans are in spinach more easily a good source of if you combine it with catechins, plant vitamin-C-rich fruit compounds thought or veg, such as lemon, to protect against orange or peppers. heart disease and cancer. The vitamin • Green leafy veg and C in parsley helps chickpeas. Leafy our bodies to absorb greens are rich in catechins more easily. magnesium, needed for energy and heart Canned, frozen dried and fresh fruit and veg all count. All contribute vitamins, minerals and fibre. A variety is best, so aim for a rainbow of colours.

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In 2011, a study by the Department of Education in Northern Ireland found that 39% of pupils in Year 6 and 29% of pupils in Year 9 said they had experienced bullying in the last couple of months. While most of those surveyed could identify at least one adult they can talk to if they are worried about bullying, many sadly could not.

Acting Together to End Bullying

What can Parents do? Bullying is not an easy subject to talk about, however by doing just that we can help our children to understand what bullying is and what they should do if they are being bullied or if they are worried about someone that is. Have a discussion with your child about bullying, talking about the different ways it can happen and the different forms it can take. Together identify some of the adults that your child can talk to if they are worried about bullying, thinking both about staff in the child’s school as well as family members. Bullying can have a huge impact on the whole family and it is only natural for parents and carers to feel upset or anxious if they find out their child is being bullied. Try to remain calm and give your child space to tell you about what is happening, praising them for having the courage to tell you about it. Together agree what you will do next. Often children are hesitant about reporting bullying to the school, however sometimes this is necessary.

What is Bullying?


he Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum defines bullying as the repeated use of power by one or more persons intentionally to harm, hurt or adversely affect the rights and needs of another or others. Bullying is a repeated action; it is not a one-off incident. We often hear the phrase ‘a campaign of bullying’, showing that it often happens over a period of time, sometimes for months or even years. An isolated incident of unacceptable or antisocial behaviour is not bullying. That’s not to say that it does not need to be addressed - it does - but we must be careful about when we do or do not attach the term bullying to a case. When bullying takes place there is usually an imbalance of power. Our natural

instincts encourage us to form a pecking order within our society, however we must be aware of the negative ways that this power can be played out, including as bullying behaviour.

different area or are of a different religion. It may be because of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Maybe it’s the way they look, their abilities or talents, or a disability.

Bullying is an intentional act; if you bully someone you mean to cause them hurt. We are rightly proud of the rich sense of humour in our society, often based around joking and poking fun at each other. When this is done in an appropriate way amongst friends it can show respect and affection. However, there is a difference between banter and bullying and we must help our children understand what that difference is, from both sides of the situation. Many young people have told us that being seen as different can sometimes lead to experiences of bullying. Perhaps they have a different skin colour, come from a

No matter why bullying happens we must remember that it is always wrong.

Reporting Bullying to the School Every school is required to have an Anti-Bullying Policy. While the hope is that you will never need to use it, you should keep a copy of this policy in a safe place just in case. The policy should give information on the procedure for reporting bullying concerns to the school, however the first step usually involves talking to the class teacher. In many cases, bullying can be a very complex and challenging issue, meaning there is rarely a quick and easy solution to the problem. It is important that everyone involved works together, focussing on bringing an end to the bullying behaviour. Don’t forget, there are people out there to support you, as well as your children. For more information on organisations that can help, visit the NIABF website • Page 8

Hearing that your child has been bullying others can also be very upsetting and worrying, however it is important that you concentrate your disapproval on the behaviour, not the child. NIABF avoids using the word ‘bully’ as this labels the child, not his or her behaviour. It suggests that it is something that they are, as opposed to reflecting the unacceptable behaviour that they have engaged in. We must help them to understand why their behaviour is unacceptable, recognise the impact that it is having on another or others and support them to identify ways that they can rectify the situation.

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Helping couples cope with difficulties, giving hope and giving love a chance to be reborn – this is the work of ACCORD Catholic Marriage Care Service. We have 9 centres throughout N.Ireland, with services offered to clients based on client need rather than ability to pay, regardless of faith denomination or none. According to the latest figures, there are more than 2,444 divorces in NI each year. In 2012, the average length of a marriage ending in divorce was just under 18 years. But why do some marriages get into difficulty?

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show that the rocky road to unhappiness in a marriage is marked by behaviour where people are criticised, insulted, not listened to and sometimes there is violence and abuse. All unhappy couples engage in some of these behaviours and men and women engage in them equally. People tend to blame each other for their problems. One of the areas where counselling can help is to enable people to accept responsibility for what they are doing in their marriage. When people stop blaming each other for their problems and start working together to solve their problems, it gives the relationship great hope. Men and women take opposite and complementary sides of the street on the way to unhappiness in marriage. For women the main source of distress is that their partner does not listen while for men the distress comes from being criticised by their partner. This process can quickly escalate when the warmth, affection and intimacy in a relationship wanes and one person’s need to talk things out is seen by the other person as yet another opportunity to criticise. Gradually, a negative cycle takes shape where criticism is met with criticism, insult with insult and, in some instances, force with force. Both partners end up in a stalemate of distress and unhappiness, having lost faith and hope in their ability to resolve difficulties as a couple.

In some marriages a time comes when the man and woman decide to ‘end or mend’ the relationship and it is often at this point that individuals and couples come to ACCORD for counselling. If a couple can come to marriage counselling willing to be honest and prepared to change they have a very real chance of resolving their difficulties and developing a fulfilling and lasting relationship. Case study: Ann and John’s story* One couple who recently came to ACCORD for counselling, John and Ann phoned our Derry Centre after Christmas. Their relationship had been rocky before Christmas and over the Christmas holidays it worsened considerably. Ann and John have been married for 9 years and they have 3 children. When Ann and John came to ACCORD they were unable to communicate properly, they were no longer relating to one another in any meaningful or loving way. Every conversation seemed to end in a row. Their marriage was in crisis and it was affecting their children. John felt that Ann was constantly criticising him and Ann felt that John just didn’t care anymore. He seemed to be spending an increasing amount of time at work. John said he just couldn’t put up with the constant nagging at home. John and Ann attended counselling for an hour each week for 8 weeks. The ACCORD counsellor provided them with a safe, accepting space where they could talk

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onaghadee is a town with a population of some 8,000. It has a very rich history, having been one of the main ports of entry to the island of Ireland up until the 19th Century. Aside from the historic buildings reflecting its rich heritage, the town has a picturesque seafront, offering views across Belfast Lough to the North and eastwards to the Scottish Coast. There is a great choice of restaurants, cafés and shops all offering a friendly welcome to visitors. General information on Donaghadee and the surrounding area can be found on

Award winning dessert company Slice Of Heaven are delighted to announce the opening of their first Dessert café at the Market House in Donaghadee. The grand building, originally the Court House has been lovingly restored with great opulence and elegance. Fabulous Arched Windows and crystal chandlers set the scene for a wonderful experience. They will be serving all manner of desserts and sweet things but will also have savoury offering for breakfast and lunch. The kiddies have not been forgotten with milkshakes and a great new brand of ice-cream, Max Emoo. Afternoon tea is a must – vintage china and high cake stands, a real treat. These Decadent Delights will be available when the premises open in July. These Decadent Delights will be available when the premises open in July. A 10 per cent discount is on offer for the month of July and August. Just cut out the voucher below and take it with you to experience A Slice Of Heaven for yourself.

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The town has a strong association with the lifeboat service and the station is responsible for a major section of the Irish Sea. Perhaps the best known lifeboat based at the Donaghadee station was the Sir Samuel Kelly. Her biggest single rescue of lives at sea was on the 31st of January 1953 when her crew gallantly went out into the raging Irish Sea to rescue 32 of the 44 survivors from the stricken Larne – Stranraer car ferry Princess Victoria (IV). Later, in 1979 when stationed at Courtmacsherry in County Cork, the boat was involved in rescuing participants in the Fastnet race. The Sir Samuel Kelly • Page 14

has now been preserved and is on display at Donaghadee, standing near the harbour and her modern day counterpart. Donaghadee is the nearest port to Scotland and in the early times was the landing point in Northern Ireland for travellers from the British mainland. The majority if UlsterScots settling in Ireland will have traveled through Donaghadee. At one stage, Donaghadee was the province’s principal port before Belfast became the major city and much of the town’s development resulted from ships and shipping. • Page 15

Focus on... Donaghadee

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Programme for Summer in Donaghadee Date


2nd August

RNLI (RNLI funded) Women at War Exhibition Opens (2-23 August)

Harbour Library

First World War Commemoration – Church Service Band Concert (Ards Borough Council)

Parish Church

3rd August

Lemon’s Wharf

4 August

Motor Bike Trials

5th August

Cupid Wore Skirts

6th August

D’dee Golf Club Youth Tournament Ulster Automobile Club Autotest Women at War Talk

Golf Club Marina Car Park Library

7th August

Themed Storytime D’dee Golf Club Youth Tournament Dee Dancers Annual lifeboat dance

Library Golf Club Community Centre

8th August

D’dee Golf Club Youth Tournament Aquathon Bouncy castles

Golf Club Shorefront Lemon’s Wharf

9th August

Coffee Morning (Arthritis Group) Ulster Scots Event Great Big Summer Party “Party at the Pier” Concert Bouncy castles

First Presbyterian Church hall Lemon’s Wharf Shore Street Church Lemons Wharf Lemons Wharf

10 August

Open Golf Tournament Hog Roast Church Donaghadee Chef’s Uncovered Bouncy castles

Golf Club Shore St Church Lemon’s Wharf Lemon’s Wharf

11th August

Holiday Bible Club Motorbike Run (D’dee – C’dore) Classic Car Display

Methodist Church Starts Marina Car Park Harbour

12 August

Holiday Bible Club Rotary Club treasure Hunt and BBQ

Methodist Church Sailing Club

13th August

Holiday Bible Club Hugo Duncan Live Roadshow Bouncy castles First World War in Donaghadee

Methodist Church Lemon’s Wharf Lemon’s Wharf First Presbyterian Church hall

14th August

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16th August


Adventure Day (Climbing frame etc) The ‘Dee Birdman Disco, Magic Show and Punch and Judy Bouncy castles • Page 16

Andrew Plus ATC Shorefront and Harbour

Ards Borough Council has received major funding support from the Department for Social Development for a Public Realm scheme in Donaghadee Town Centre which is planned for construction between summer 2014 and completion by summer 2015. £2.4 million will be spent to reinvigorate the town centre to include Shore Street, Bridge Street, High Street, New Street, and Parade. The Design Proposals seek to develop the Donaghadee waterfront (Shore Street, Parade & Marine Gardens) and the retail core to complement the Town Centre Conservation Area within the scheme extents with a high quality public realm scheme which will include: • Natural Stone paving • Street furniture • Street lighting • Improving accessibility by removing channels in the footway. The Design Proposals reflect the views of the Steering Group, Local Traders, Ards Borough Council and Technical Stakeholders The town can also look forward to the installation of free public Wi-Fi as well as the Town Heritage Initiative and the launch of a Masterplan which will look to Donaghadee future and will highlight areas for regeneration and renewal.

DONAGHADEE FESTIVAL FORTNIGHT 2014 The Donaghadee Commerce & Development Group will once again be co-ordinating a fortnight of festival fun in Donaghadee. This year’s festival will run from Saturday 2nd August to Saturday 16th August and the Group is asking all businesses and organisations within the town to consider organising an event for inclusion in the festival programme. Several events are already in the pipeline – the festival will kick off as usual with the Lifeboat Day on the pier; there will an Ulster Scots Day on the 9th August and the festival will conclude with the ‘Dee Birdman on Saturday 16th August. The Ulster Automobile Club will be running an autotest on Wednesday 13th August.

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David Cochrane, Chairman of the Commerce and Development Group said “We are keen to see a wide range of events and as many organisations and businesses involved as possible. This is an opportunity to raise the profile of Donaghadee and the organisations within it. Sporting clubs might consider an open competition or an event reflecting their particular interest, pubs and clubs could consider musical entertainment and individual businesses might want to run a competition for younger children. Inclusion as a festival event will mean that the event will be publicised in our Festival newspaper to be distributed to 45,000 homes in the area and tourist outlets round Northern Ireland.” • Page 17

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UNCONSCIOUS BUT BREATHING If you don’t know what’s happened, you could cause further injury by moving the person, unless you’ve been trained in moving them to the recovery position. Cover them with a coat or blanket, and if they wake up, encourage them to stay still until help arrives.

Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation. The European and United Kingdom Resuscitation Councils’ protocol for CPR is a combination of chest compressions and rescue breaths at a ratio of 30:2. The 2011 survey also revealed that most people were put off by the idea of giving mouth to mouth rescue breaths and 56% said they would be more likely to try to resuscitate a casualty if chest compression only was required. So, if an adult collapses and is unresponsive/not breathing, first call 999 then kneel beside the casualty, level with his/her chest. Place one hand in the centre of the chest with the heel of your other hand on top of the first, interlocking the fingers. With your arms straight, press vertically on the casualty’s breastbone, depressing the chest by about 5-6cm (2-2½in). Release the pressure - but do not take your hands off the chest – and let the chest come back up. Continue with compressions at a rate of 100-120 per minute until help arrives, or the casualty shows signs of regaining consciousness such as coughing, opening their eyes, speaking or moving purposefully and starts breathing normally.

Note: If the casualty is a child the Resuscitation Councils’ protocols vary slightly. But, for an untrained person the above procedure still applies, although you would not apply the same amount of pressure on the child’s chest. Use one hand to apply the compressions in this case.

HOW TO HELP IN AN EMERGENCY ‘Everyone who needs it should receive first aid from those around them. No-one should suffer for the lack of trained first aiders.’

Sudden medical emergencies can be very scary and it is easy to opt out and let other people take control. However, sometimes seconds really do count, and knowing what to do in these situations could save someone’s life. So, it is worth knowing some first aid basics, and if you can, take a proper first aid course. Just a little knowledge could be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

So, without such training how can you help?

Think D R A B - C Danger Resonse Airway Breathing Circulation If an accident occurs one’s natural instinct is to rush in and help, but this could put you or other people at risk too. Check the scene for danger as you’ll be no help to anyone if you hurt yourself on the same hazard that caused the original injury. Don’t assume that the casualty is unconscious if they are not speaking, but check the response by talking to them and giving them a command, such as “Open your eyes”, and give a gentle tap on the shoulders. If there is no response open

their airway by placing one hand and their forehead and two fingers of your other hand under their chin before gently tilting the head backwards. This brings the tongue away from the back of the throat and ensures that the airway is not obstructed. Check to see if the casualty is breathing by placing your face close to the casualty’s face. Look down to see if you can see the chest rise and fall. Listen if you can hear the casualty breathing, or can you feel breath on your cheek. You should do this for no more than ten seconds. At this stage ensure than an ambulance has been called. If the casualty is breathing we know the heart will be beating and there is circulation. However, you need to know if there is anything that is likely to affect the circulation, e.g. severe bleeding. If the casualty is not breathing you have a severe medical emergency and you need to start CPR without delay. • Page 18

Want to know more?

St John Ambulance (NI) runs first aid training courses throughout Northern Ireland. We have a year long schedule of workplace related courses and run specific courses for members of the public when required.

Shock Casualties can go into shock following severe injuries. The person will look pale or grey, and be clammy or shivery and are likely to complain of feeling thirsty, sick, weak or dizzy. If any of these feature are seen get the casualty to lie down and, if the injury allows, raise their legs on a stool or chair. Protect the casualty from cold by placing a blanket under and over them, but do not overheat them. Although they are likely to feel thirsty do not give them anything to eat or drink as they may require anaesthetic as part of their treatment in hospital.


: Most incidents of choking occur when other people are around and can be frightening to the bystander and embarrassing to the casualty. If an adult or child is struggling to breathe, speak or cough, encourage them to cough hard. If they’re still choking, help them to bend over and use the heel of your hand to give up to five sharp blows between their shoulder blades, then check their mouth. If this doesn’t work, stand behind them, make a fist with one hand, wrap the other round it; put your hands, under their ribs in the mid-line, and pull sharply inwards and upwards, again up to five times, then check their mouth. Alternate five back blows with five abdominal-thrusts until help arrives.

At work, rest or play people may have an accident or sudden collapse without warning St John Ambulance (NI) can teach you what to do in such an emergency

External Bleeding Most people will at some time have dealt with a case of minor bleeding for which the application of an adhesive dressing is all that has been required. Surprisingly, bleeding can almost always be stopped or greatly reduced by pressing firmly on the injury for as long as it takes – don’t dab. When bleeding is more severe it can be dramatic and distressing and if the bleeding is not controlled the casualty may go into shock. To control the bleeding you should apply direct pressure to the wound, ideally using a sterile dressing or a clean, non-fluffy pad. Cotton wool should not be used to stop bleeding. The casualty may be able to apply the pressure themselves. Raise the injured part above the level of the heart to help to reduce the blood loss.

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Starting your own business

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Start with an idea and turn it into a business. • Carry out market research to see who your customer base will be. • Develop a business plan – Contact Ards Business Centre for advice on 028 9181 9787 • Find who your partners / suppliers will be • Secure funding • Set up your business There are a number of pros and cons to running your own business… Pros: • You will have the chance to make more money than you working for someone else • You will be your own boss and your decisions will be crucial to yo ur business success • You will have job security • You will have the chance to put your ideas and dreams into practice • You will learn every part of your business and gain experience on a variety of disciplines • You will be able to benefit the local community, by hiring staff to work for you • You will have personal satisfaction creating and running a successful business • You will be able to work in a field or area that you enjoy Cons: • Starting up a business is typically more costly and you will have to take a financial risk • You will have to work long hours with a demanding work schedule • You will have to divide your time between all aspects of your business • You may find that your income is not steady • You may have to undertake tasks that you find unpleasant • You may have to learn many new disciplines • You may need to be more flexible in your schedule At Ards Business Centre, we can help you Develop your Business Plan. Call in to Sketrick House, Jubilee Road, Newtownards BT23 4YH or call 028 9181 9787 to set up an appointment to meet with a business advisor. During your initial assessment, the business advisor will be able to give you guidelines and advice to make your business a success. Depending on circumstances, you will be signed up to one of our programmes that are delivered on behalf of Enterprise Northern Ireland, Invest Northern Ireland, East Border Region and South East Economic Development (SEED).

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ENGINEERING APPRENTICESHIPS You are not left on your own - once successfully employed, ETS will support both the apprentice and the employer through the duration of the apprentice programme, potentially 3 years, in order to achieve the apprenticeship qualification. We do this by visiting the apprentice every 6 weeks in their place of employment to monitor their progress, set targets for the next visit, provide pastoral care where necessary and also Career Guidance for their future development. Failure is not an option – ETS will do everything in their power to support the apprentice in order that they achieve the end goal of a recognised apprenticeship, but there’s more than just one qualification! Successful candidates could finish with Essential Skills Level 2 qualifications in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT, an NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 and a Technical Certificate Level 2 and Level 3. All of that is in addition to the day-to-day employable skills they are learning in the workplace. It doesn’t stop there – After completion of an Apprenticeship, Further Education qualifications could be achieved and career development & progression are very real possibilities. Why ETS ? - Experience - more than 20 years in the business, Trust - the work of ETS is recognised by employers who return to us, by DEL NI who support with funding and Apprentice of the Year winners in recent years. Success - our statistics show that more than 95% of those that start are successful. So what’s stopping you – apply through our website NOW. Employers are looking for the best they can get - NOW.

Lisa, you are a ‘Mumpreneur’ in every sense of the word; why did you decide to start your business? And when? A mummy that helps other mummies- a Mumpreneur in all senses! I’ve been self employed for 9 years now, however the last two years I also have a full time job as well as a part time business. I was working for myself for 7 years and in the last 2 years I took on a full time role as my son Josh was in school and I was able to spend more time working as well as retraining and growing in an area that I was really passionate about. I was a Business Development Coach with my own business VIVA Systems for 7 years helping businesses be more successful and coaching them in areas of sales, marketing and systems. I now work as a full time Business Advisor and Trainer by day and have been retraining myself and building my health and nutrition business at night. I created Mummy Shape School less than a year ago however I have been involved in health and nutrition for nearly 3 years now, becoming a certified family health coach, writing an award winning blog and books on health and nutrition including the Health Vegetarian Handbook.


What ages were your children at that time? I am a single parent and have one child Josh who is now nearly 8. I was self employed when I fell pregnant but I started taking on work again when Josh was 9 weeks old, more out of boredom at being at home on my own and because the work I was doing was not time consuming and could be done in a few small hours per week. I then took on a part time contract when Josh was about 3 months and kept one day to work on my business. I then built that up where I was able to work the hours I wanted around Josh with normally 4-5 hours of childcare a day. When Josh turned 5, I decided to continue to work as a business advisor in the area I had skill and experience in but retrain and build my health and nutrition business part time. I knew that the business I wanted to create would eventually afford me complete financial and time freedom.


What made you decide to start your own business, instead of doing a regular 9-5 job? I first become self employed before I was pregnant because I wanted to do something for me, to earn more than just my wages and have the flexibility and freedom that having your own business provides. Although now I am in a transition stage again of working for wages and profits, I know that my overall goal will get me to a place of time and financial freedom so the hard work is worth it!


Was there someone in business who you look up to, that inspired you to start your own? Coming from a background in personal development, having studied to be a human potential coach, I was always surrounded by positive and happy people that lift you up and want you to succeed. There have been so many influential people in my life for both positive and negative reasons. Some inspiring me such as my best friend and my close friends in New York where I lived and studied, others to prove I could do it when they didn’t think I could. Did you have a business mentor? Yes I have had many! I think a mentor is an essential part to being successful in any endeavour of your life including business. Being a business coach myself, I knew the importance of having that extra accountability and guidance to achieve your goals. During the 4 years I worked to become a professional


coach, I had 2 coaches to help and guide me based on what the areas I was working on such as business or relationships. I then employed a business coach when I restarted my business after returning from America to the UK for a full year and now I have about 3 business mentors I turn to on a daily basis! My upline in my networking marketing business who is also a business coach whose pearls of wisdom I get for free (lucky me!), our team leader and good friend who is a Tony Robbins Master Trainer and Coach and my best friend who is an online business mentor for work at home mums. So, I am very fortunate to have the support I have!


How did you build your business? Business is built one problem and solution at a time! It is a process and always takes longer than you think. We underestimate what we can achieve in 5 years and totally overestimate what we think we can achieve in 1 year and I am no different! I was able to access a little funding to get the main part of my business launched- the website. And due to my skills in marketing, I have been able to keep the costs low and do a lot of it myself. I have, through trial and error and learning along the way, created my own Youtube channel and tried to keep the interaction with my mummies personal even though it is online. I get my customers mainly from Facebook, Netmums and referrals. It is still small but I have big goals and dreams so I work hard at it everyday!


Did you struggle juggling motherhood and business? I sat myself down and asked myself, what is important to me about being a mum? What time or experiences do I want to achieve every day to feel I am doing a good job. I came up with the following: Make a dinner and sit down at a table together to eat a home cooked, vegetarian dinner 4 nights a week (so a good 30-40 of family time with no TV and no phone). I read to Josh 3 nights a week before bed to have that connection time. We have a ‘date’ every two weeks where we go out for lunch or dinner together with no phone (see a pattern here) and keep weekend afternoons for adventures (beach, zoo, trip with friends) or movie at home or cinema and as I travel quite a bit I must pay the ‘travel toll’ of a nice pressie for when I get back! I also ensure that I do my school runs in my Ugg boots. Dropping off Josh to school or picking him up from the childminder in Ugg boots always keeps me grounded and helps me to remember that during these times I am in ‘mummy’ mode and he is my no 1 priority until I put my heels back on!


Tell us about Mummy Shape School…(How does it work? How many members? Facts & figures for weight loss etc) Mummy Shape school is an online healthy weighloss community for busy mums to get their bodies back and lose their mummy tummies. Providing solutions for busy mums with programmes that focus on what mums want - fast but long lasting results, losing fat from tummies and thighs, extra energy, better skin, nails and hair- with minimal input in cooking, preparing and exercise. We have more than 200 mums in the community with usually 6 mums per month working towards each programme which last 4-6 weeks so usually about 20-30 active mums at any one time. Currently most our mums lose up to 14lbs in 6 weeks and shred 2% body fat in the first week.


What sets you apart from other weight loss/ fitness companies? Mummy Shape school understands busy mums. We understand that you may have a job, more than 1 chiild, a new baby, a husband to look after, a house to clean and some days a shower is a luxury let alone a pedicure. We also understand that meal replacement shakes and supplements are not real food. We also know that cooking and preparing organic, healthy and balanced meals 3 times a day and taking 30 mins of exercise 3 times aweek is the best way to lose weight. However, we are also honest and real. It is OK to admit that we are not all organic growing, gourmet meal chefs and gym bunnies at the gym every day at 6am. Or at least we might not start that way. We provide solutions to bridge the gap between what you should eat and what you do eat every day and offer smart solutions and the next best thing available to you that saves you time and money. We have created a series of group coaching and 1-2-1 programmes using the best nutritional products on the market supported by medical research and health professionals worldwide and the easiet home based exercises you can do with minimal time, cost and space. We have programmes based on what is important to you – a busy mum- and can help you to kickstart your healthy lifestyle, lose weight, shred fat and help you to look good and feel good from your skin, hair, nails and shape. You see, we believe that mums are the captains of the ship in terms of health for their whole family. They are usually the main decision maker when it comes to what the family eats from shopping trolley to saucepan. If we can educate mums on what is healthy and the basics of good nutrition while they get their energy, shape and mojo back, then the whole family benefits.


Were there any low points? There are always low points in building a business. I think my lowest point with being self employed was when I suffered a health condition known as vertigo. Due to being under a lot of stress from losing customers and dealing with the effects of the recession, I began to experience symptoms of constant and debilitating head spinning and nausea. This was the lowest point of my life at that time because I basically became unable to drive, work, see clients and even take Josh to school some days. It turns out that I had a wheat allergy which can often induce symptoms of vertigo plus grinding my teeth from stress resulted in the bones and muscles in my head becoming unbalanced. However, it is from this that I decided to completely dedicate my time to studying and helping people with health and nutrition. To help other people to feel good and be healthy, because without our health, which is our greatest wealth, we cannot enjoy anything else.

week but there is no pressure to share results and there is no formal weigh in process as we focus on shape and fat loss. As mums spend time naturally on Facebook anyway, they now spend time sharing this experience with other mummies to help them achieve the weight loss goals. I also provide personal email and phone support to my mummies when they need me and weekly Fatloss Friday videos which are sent out to inspire and motivate.


What would be your top weight loss tips? There are three things you can do today to start shredding fat. My top 3 tips are: Tip 1: Eat 30g of protein within 30 minutes of waking up to kickstart your metabolism and burn fat even when not exercising. Most mums skip breakfast and miss this all important and super easy win. Tip 2: drink more water, I know you hear it everyday and we all know we need 2litres per day but do we really drink that much if we are honest with ourselves? Some of us don’t like the taste of water and some enjoy milky tea and coffee but filling up on liquid calories or even sugar free versions are not good for your health and can ultimately harm your long term health in some instances and are keeping you fat! Tip 3: Fat is not the enemy, bad carbs are. Bad carbs are processed carbs and sugar. White breads, pastas, junk food, sugary treats. Fat is good for you- good fat like eggs, oily fish, avocadoes, nuts and seeds and eating good fat can help you lose weight.


What have been the highlights of your successes to-date? There are a few that come to mind. Being awarded the 100 Best Health Coach Blog award was a great achievement for me, being published in my first online article on a online magazine and probably getting the news from a mum that she had lost 2.5 stone over 2 months on my Shake programme after not hearing from her for a month - she just did the programme to the letter on her own and achieved wonderful success!


What’s your advice to other would be ‘Mumpreneurs’ out there? Follow your passions, make a proper plan, get a mentor and start part time.


What are your top tips for succeeding and combining motherhood with business? Know what is important to you and set those standards, but be realistic. The only way to avoid mummy guilt is to know you are doing your best based on standards you set when you had a clear mind, not an overwhelmed mind. I knew I couldn’t make dinner from scratch 7 nights per week , so 4 was enough and realistic. Also, know that the values you teach your children when they see you create something of value, serving and helping others and leaving a legacy for them- those are important lessons too. You are the role model for what it means to be an entrepreneur.

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How do you keep people motivated? We are a community of mums and mums love to help each other and encourage each other naturally, it is what they do. We have motivating mums (ones that have achieved weightloss already) who help the other mums in our Secret Slimmers Group that only members have access to. We have weekly checkins where you can update others on results or challenges that • Page 21

Is there anything you would change? No, I think everything I have done has lead me to where I am now and I have learned some valuable lessons from mistakes as well as successes.


Where do you hope to be in 5 years time? Financially free, on a beach in a white bikini with a pina colada, my Macbook and Josh playing in the sand and that be a day at the office… and teaching mummies how they can have it too!


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Change the way you perceive money – and the way you receive it will change too

What’s sort of example are you setting your children with money? Children learn by example and their money story becomes a part of their life the moment they discover that money can buy them more sweeties! Understanding more about your own relationship with money and what you’re teaching your children, almost by osmosis, could make all the difference to what your children grow up believing about money. When you get more tuned into how your relationship with money works, you’ll become more connected to money and it can only be a really good thing in the long run.

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So, let’s start with something practical. Here’s a short exercise you can do which will only take a moment. However, I expect it will have a disproportionately big impact on you. Grab a coffee and park yourself somewhere comfy and then answer these few simple questions right now. Would you treat your child like this? • Pay scant attention to where he is • Be unsure about when he’s coming and when he’s going • Not know where she’s going or how often • Do you care who’s looking after her and whether they’re doing the best they can while she’s in their care? • Would you worry if he disappeared? • Does he live in tatty and neglected surroundings? • Do you leave him on his own, unattended and neglected • Does he have friends to keep him company – or is he all alone much of the time Could you do that to any child? Well, of course the answer’s ‘No’! Daft questions I’m sure you’re thinking and, you’d soon have the authorities down on you like a ton of bricks too.

Actually, I haven’t been quite fair here, as that’s only half the exercise. So don’t get up from your cosy chair just yet. To complete the exercise, I want you to substitute the word ‘child’ with ‘money’. Now…. Go through and answer those same questions again and, please make sure you answer honestly just jotting down your answers. So, what did you come up with? The thing about you, your money and what you’re unconsciously teaching your children is this. You need to be as acutely aware of money – your money – as you are about what your child is up to. Where it is, where it’s going, is it running away from you, are you looking after it really well. Much like being a parent, we have to learn the ropes as we go along and to be great parents, it’s more than just doing it by default. We can all learn to be better at it, if we want to. Managing our money is exactly the same. It’s not necessary to be an investment banker or high flying entrepreneur to be responsible with money and to take more notice of where it is and where it’s going. Money loves to be paid attention to in powerful and positive ways – it matters. If it’s easier, you can think of it like this too. How long would you remain friends with someone who neglected you, didn’t support you, let you down and was unreliable and unconnected with you? The relationship you have with your money is no different. I’ve often heard people who don’t have a good relationship with money and never have enough of it, jealously say that money always goes to those who’ve got it. So here’s why: Money flows to those who’ve already got it because they know how to look after it – and that doesn’t just mean where to invest it. Money matters to them – they value it and they look after it well – because they like it. Try asking yourself this question, “What must be true in order for me to have the relationship I have with money today?” The best time to ask would be just before you go to sleep so that your mind has the

opportunity to process it all overnight while your brain is resting. Here’s another conundrum: how many times do you hear people say, “There’s never enough money left at the end of the month to save any.” Let me let you into a secret. At the start of a new discipline or habit with money, it’s not the amount that matters. It’s the action – and saving has to start first. As soon as you’re paid, you squirrel away in a separate account where you aren’t tempted to break in and help yourself, a small proportion FIRST. The moment you’re paid. Then, you leave it alone and you do the same the next month. It may not look like a lot to start with but the shift in intention and attention matters so much more than the amount. Keep doing this for a few months and you will soon begin to see the pot filling – and that’s when you start to feel good. When you feel good, more follows more easily. Changing your relationship with money and creating new ways of managing it requires discipline. These aren’t tips or secrets for you to scan quickly, take on board and forget in a few days. If you want a different result you need to change what you do to get that – otherwise it all stays the way it was. You may find it easier to do this if you think • Page 23

about the legacy that you’ll be teaching your children. If you’re struggling with cash flow and managing money now – then wouldn’t it be a great gift for your children to see how you made some changes that they could learn from too? You can take the full Money Midwife Quiz at to see which money type you are - and get 3 instant tips.

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Recommended Reads

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Let’s Bake

Algy’s Amazing Adventures at Sea

by Cathryn Dresser

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From picnics to parties, Halloween to Christmas and everything in between, Let’s Bake has a recipe for every occasion. Packed full of tasty and fool-proof recipes with colour photographs and all the tricky bits explained, Let’s Bake is set to become an instant favourite. This fun collection of delicious family recipes is perfect for adults and children to bake together although the results taste so good you won’t want to share! Cathryn Dresser was a star in BBC’s 2012 GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF, and is a busy mum of two.

Fans of Algy’s adventures will love this laugh-out loud addition to the Early Reader family. Filled with short, accessible chapters and bright illustrations, this book is perfect to share and read aloud time and time again.

Terror Town

Tale of a Tail



by Marcus Sedgwick


Algy’s not a fan of the sea, so when the garden shed wants to take them all on an ocean adventure he’s not impressed. But are adventures at sea really that bad? Or can Algy have fun on the ocean waves after all?

Poems to Perform £9.99

In this collection, Julia Donaldson has chosen poems with performance by children in mind, and in the notes section at the end of the book are her notes and ideas on performing them. A vibrant collection of poems perfect to be performed by two or more voices!

by Margaret Mahy

Terror Town is Trouble with a capital T, and it’s up to Elf Girl and Raven Boy to save the world from the Goblin King. What will happen to our intrepid duo when the Tears of the Moon are taken and Terrible Tim and the Trolls on their trail? One is thing for certain, it’s going to be a bumpy ride! This hilarious adventure is the fifth in the series by Marcus Sedgwick and Pete Williamson which has been shortlisted for the BLUE PETER BOOK AWARD. If you love Lemony Snicket, Araminta Spook or the Spiderwick Chronicles, you’ll love Elf Girl and Raven Boy’s brilliant adventures.

Strange and exciting things are in store when Tom and his mum move to Prodigy Street one ordinary Thursday. Soon Tom discovers that this is no ordinary neighbourhood at all. There’s a man with a magical name, a dog with a powerfully magical tail, and surprises round every corner!

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A special 20th anniversary edition of the four original Horrid Henry stories in Francesca Simon’s multi million-copy-selling series, with bonus material including “20 Things You Didn’t Know About Horrid Henry” – all questions asked by his devoted fans.

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Primulas, pansies and marigolds come in cheerful colours, flower for ages and look great in pots. Buy plugs or young plants which you’ll find in garden centres now – they may need to go under cover if late frosts are forecast. Kids who are old enough to handle a trowel can plant them up: show them how to tell if the plants need watering or dead-heading (this will prolong the flowering period) and make them in charge of those little jobs.


Start them off young – stick a pair of wellies and waterproofs on a toddler, give them a spade and bucket and encourage them to ‘help’ you in the garden. If that means digging holes in the border and making mud pies, than at least they’re having fun – get them hunting for snails, (while they’re at it just make sure they don’t try to eat them). Children over 4 can help with larger tasks, such as cutting flowers for the house, or pruning trees with those loppers that extend like bionic arms.


Get them to grow an assortment of cacti – but mind those prickles! They

Get your children out there in the fresh air and, we promise they’ll be hooked for life! come in all shapes and sizes and don’t need much looking after: just a warm sunny place inside (such as a window sill), welldrained soil and the occasional drink.

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Children love telling jokes to their friends and family, and these jokes are easy to read and easy to remember. Perfect for beginner readers who delight in fun wordplay. What do you call a dog who likes bubble baths? A shampoodle. Why do cats make terrible storytellers? They only have one tail.

quick, sunflowers, Californian poppies, nasturtiums and nigella – they’re all annuals, so they grow from seed through to flowers in one season and start coming up in amatter of weeks.





If you have youngsters who are competitive, set them a challenge such as who can grow the tallest sunflower or the biggest pumpkin. Choose sunny positions for both teams, and then set a date when the judging will take place.

Teach children the connection between planting a seed and seeing the result. Choose plants that give

Funky Wellies

A hilarious tale of magic and friendship, this is the last brand new story from Margaret Mahy, one of the most popular and celebrated children’s authors ever with over 50 hilarious illustrations by Tony Ross.

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10 ways to get kids gardening


Create your own design on these bright pink wellies with the special, waterproof paint pens. Paint on funny faces and pictures, or even write messages, names or groovy patterns. Pack contains pair of rubber wellies in pink with green trim, six paint pens (yellow, orange, red, blue, pink, turquoise) and simple step-by-step instructions. Sizes available are 8-9 (Eur 26), 10-11 (Eur 28) 12 (Eur 30). £14.95 Also available in green with blue trim.

Big seeds, (like beans, sunflowers and nasturtiums) are easy for little hands to handle, so even a two year old can have a go planting them. In the autumn, get kids (6 years and over) to plant daffodil and tulip bulbs ready for spring – these can cause skin irritation, so make them wear gloves or wash their hands thoroughly afterwards.


Garden Growing Kits Fabulous growing kit containing everything you need for a fun packed gardening and growing session. The kit contains a pink planter, pink hand trowel, pink hand fork, a plant marker and packet of seeds, all jam packed into a green fabric carry bag with pink trim. An ideal gift for any time of the year. Measurements of contents as follows: planter 12cm high, hand fork 19cm long, 7cm wide, hand trowel 20cm long, 7cm wide. Plant markers may vary.

Give them an area of the garden or your allotment to look after – choose a sunny spot with good soil. If you’ve got room, a bench or chair will make it somewhere older kids will want to hang out, especially if it has some privacy.

Growing Veg is a great way to learn where food comes from. Climbing French Beans and runner beans will give you pretty flowers, lots of shoots you can train up a wigwam of poles, then beans to pick later in the summer. Radishes, beetroot, chard, potatoes and carrots are all easy to grow. Little alpine strawberries don’t need as much care and it’s always fun searching for them among the leaves. They will come back every year too. • Page 25


Get older kids, 10 years and over, to use the veg they grow to get them interested in food. They can add herbs or edible flowers, such as daylilies, nasturtiums or pansies to salads. Or, they could experiment with mint and lemon balm to make refreshing drinks. Make pies and crumble using soft fruits, rhubarb and apples. And let them dig up potatoes for dinner – just make sure they’re careful with the garden fork!


To attract birds, butterflies and bees you need easy-to-grow plants, such as primroses, achilleas, aquilegias, echinops and sedums. Shrubs like cotoneaster and pyracantha will provide berries for the birds during the winter. Get the kids to keep a notebook of all the wildlife they spot. Perhaps they could make a bird house ready for winter shelter – check out the paintyour-own version from Happy Families Shop (happyfamiliesshop. which costs £17.00

June - July 2014

Raw, cooked or peeled – what’s best?

Some fruit and veg is best eaten raw. But with other produce, our bodies absorb more nutrients after light cooking. However, fruit and veg always offers important benefits like fibre, no matter how you choose to cook it.


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Grill Seekers. The barbecue season’s upon us, so here’s how to get thrilling (and safe) grilling results every time..... Before cooking, lightly oil the grill surface, using a paper towel or clean old tea towel. Brushing the grill surface with vegetable oil will bring out the grill lines on burgers and veggies. Always make sure your barbecue’s hot enough before you start cooking. (when grilling, turn your meat frequently so that it cooks evenly) Barbecues are usually an excuse for a meat feast, but have the best of both worlds by making skewers, alternating small chunks of meat with lots of veg. You can cut down on fat, too, by serving lean port, turkey, salmon, mackerel, fresh sardines, white fish, prawns and tofu.

Great offers throughout summer – ask in group for details

BRANIEL (Belfast) Thursday 5:30pm and 7:30pm Braniel Primary School Ravenswood Park, Braniel Contact: Ashleigh on 07731 420680

CASTLERAGH Glenburn Methodist Church Hall Glenburn Methodist Church Hall 6 Glensharragh Gardens Mondays 5:30pm and 7:30pm Contact: Eleanor on 07891 609161

GILNAHIRK (Belfast) Gilnahirk Primary School 148 Gilnahirk Road Wednesdays 5:30pm and 7:30pm Contact: Ashleigh on 07731 420680

SYDENHAM (Belfast) Park Avenue Free Methodist Church 105 Park Avenue, Belfast Mondays 7:30pm Contact: Kathy on 07761 474114 0844 897 8000

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Cook with shorter and thicker cuts of meat. This way you’ll have a lovely crust that helps make meat juicy. Rib-eye steak is particularly good here. Guests will love it. Grilled veggies taste amazing, as well as being the ultimate good-for-you foods. Try aubergine, courgettes peppers, asparagus, corn on the cob and mushrooms.

Key Nutritional Benefit

How to cook and eat

Carrots Betacarotene – essential for healthy skin and good eye health. Tomatoes Lycopene –heart healthy, helps to protect our cells from damage such as cancer.

Cooking them helps us access Betacarotene(Raw carrots still have some, plus potassium and fibre)


Raw is best, or chop, or crush 10 minutes before use and add at the end of cooking.

Allicin – helps to support your circulatory system, helps to manage cholesterol levels.

Slow roast, or pan cooked in a little oil.

Broccolli / Cauliflower Glucosinolates – potent compounds that help to protect us against cancer.

Raw, as their activity is reduced on Heating, but light steaming helps us to access protective carotenoids.

Apples/Pears. Pectin – a soluble fibre that helps to manage cholesterol.

Just as good raw or cooked - but keep the skin on, as most nutrients are found just beneath it.

How to...... Spatchcock a chicken. Ripe for the picking (bowl of berries you say you have) It’s time to have some fun in the sun! Raspberries and blackberries are all plump and ready for picking over the summer along with blackcurrants, blueberries and my favourite treat, figs. I’m using summer fruits in salads for something a little different. I also love cooking with summer squash – it’s perfect for BBQ’s as it turns deliciously sweet and caramelised. The preserving pan will also be out shortly – then it will be relishes and chutneys all the way! My top choices are courgette and dill chutney, and spicy beetroot relish.

Speedy Jam... Method

Making jam is actually pretty easy once you’ve sterilized your jars ready to go. This is a soft set jam and tastes like you wouldn’t believe – it makes a great gift too. Get creative and make nice labels for the different jars. It’s absolutely delicious simply spread on fresh buttered toast, dolloped onto a portion of rice pudding, used as a filling for a homemade Victoria sponge or, as an extra special treat, enjoyed with scones and clotted cream. Give it a go! Before you start, sterilize the jars and their lids to get rid of any bacteria. Either put them in the sink (lids unscrewed from jars) and cover them with boiling water from the kettle, filling the jars with the water; or simmer them, completely immersed, in a very large pan of boiling water for 10 minutes; or lay the jars and lids on a baking tray in the oven and heat


1 vanilla pod 1 kg ripe strawberries, washed and leafy tops removed 500 g high pectin sugar (jam sugar)


Rinse the chicken and pat dry. Put breast-side down on a board with the cavity towards you.


Using heavy-duty kitchen scissors, cut along both sides of the back bone to remove it.


Turn the chicken over and press it down flat. Rub with a marinade or BBQ sauce, then cook on a hot BBQ with the lid closed for around 40 mins. Turning halfway through cooking

them at around 100°C/225°F/gas ¼. And if you have a good dishwasher with a very hot cycle you can sterilize them in there as well. Halve the vanilla pod lengthways and scrape out the seeds. Put the seeds in a saucepan with the strawberries and the sugar. Mush it up with a potato masher to make a lovely slurry, leaving a few chunky bits of strawberry in there to add a bit of texture. Place the pan on a medium heat, bring it to the boil then simmer for about 5 minutes. Turn the heat off, carefully skim any foam off the top of the jam then leave it to cool a little. After about 15 minutes, divide the jam between your sterilized jam jars. Leave to cool completely then cover the jars and pop them in the fridge. Once sealed, the jam will keep for about a week, but is sure to be long gone before that!

Nutritional Information Amount per serving: Calories 34 2% Carbs 7.8g 3% Sugar 1g 1% Fat 0g 0% Saturates 0g 0% Protein 0.2g 0%

This is a great way to make the chicken the same thickness all over, so it cooks evenly , perfect for a BBQ • Page 27


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7 simple recipies which will help you feed your family for 1 week for only £35


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200g (uncooke d hamgammon-ham hock) 4 chicken knuc kles (boned & diced) 1 sml onion(di ced) 1 stick of ce lery(diced) 1 carrot(diced ) 1 tsp dried m ustard powder 1 tbsp of plai n flour 30g butter 300ml ham st ock 100ml milk Parsley(chopp ed) 1 egg (whisked ) 1 sml block of puff pastry

Ham, chicken & leek pie ◆ Soak ham overnight in cold water,then rinse well. ◆ Place ham into a pot of cold water with carrots,onion,celery cook for 3 hours over a medium heat .cool then chop . ◆ Drain stock off and retrieve 300 ml,now add butter to a separate pot add diced chicken and cook until sealed well.

Chickpea, lentil & sweet potato Dahl ◆ In a small pot add a little oil,now add mustard seeds until they pop. ◆ Now add ginger,chilli and shallot cook until soft. ◆ Now add spices ,lentils & green chilli . ◆ Add lentils,chickpeas & sweet potatoes .

◆ Now add water & tomatoes bring to a gentle boil and simmer for 35 minutes until cooked. ◆ Season well and add chopped coriander.


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◆ Add mustard powder & flour cook 1 minute,slowly add stock stirring at all time. ◆ Now finish with milk,add chopped ham & parsley season well. ◆ Place into pie dish and top with pastry ,then brush with egg wash and bake 190c for 20-25 minutes.

Red onion, cheddar cheese & apple quiche Wednesday i Ingredients

2 red onions(sliced) 2 apples (peeled & diced) 100g cheddar (grated) 4 eggs (beaten lightly) 100 ml cream Nutmeg Thyme Salt & pepper Pastry... 200g Plain flour Pinch of mustard powder 100 g of Butter 10g of Grated cheddar 1 egg ◆ Place a small pot on heat and add knob of butter ,place in red onions and cook slowly for 20 minutes. ◆ Add egg,cream,nutmeg and thyme to a mixing bowl and beat gently. ◆ Add apples,onion & cheddar ◆ Place into baked tart case and bake in oven at 160c 30 minutes until set... • Page 28

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Fish cakes - tartar sauce & frites Cakes ◆ Mix mashed potato togheter with curry,parsley and fish season well. ◆ Now roll into 50g balls chill for half hour,now flour,eggs wash & breadcrumb. ◆ Turn a deep fat fryer onto 170c and fry for 5-7 minutes until golden brown and season.

i Ingredients

Tartar Sauce ◆ In a bowl add mustard,zest & parsley and mix well. ◆ Now add mayo,capers and gherkins season well and serve Cakes with crispy frites & lemon wedges ....

Cakes.... 100g mixed fish(diced) Two rooster potatoes(peeled-diced &cooked) Parsley 1 tsp curry powder 1 egg (beaten) Plain flour Breadcrumbs Tartar sauce..... 100ml mayonnaise 1 tbsp capers 1 boiled egg (chopped finelly) 1 tbsp gherkins (chopped) 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard 1/2 lemon(zest) Parsley

Asian braised beef..... ◆ Toss beef in plain flour,add oil to a large pot add beef,ginger,garlic & lemon grass. ◆ Cook until well sealed ,add soya honey and stock bring to high heat. ◆ Now add zest Friday & place in oven in a braising 300g beef piec dish covered for es(marinate in garlic,star 1 1/2 hour 140c anise & ◆ Add coriander cinnamon stic k) ,greens and 1 tbsp of Gin ger (grated) cook another 10 3 cloves of Gar minutes 5. Serve lic (grated) the basmati 1 stick of Le rice,lime wedges mon grass & green salad 1 Lim

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e (zest & juic e) 40ml Soya 30mlHoney 300 ml Beef stock Coriander Greens

Macaroni - spicy tomato meatballs & basil ◆ In a pot add a little oil and bring to a medium heat, now add onion, garlic & thyme. ◆ Now add puree,tomatoes,water pinch of sugar & salt cook for 15 minutes. ◆ now in bowl add spices to mince and roll into balls with

breadcrumbs . ◆ Place macaroni,sauce & meatballs and bake in oven 170c 25 minutes until bake is cooked. ◆ Sprinkle with dried Parmesan & thyme before serving.

1 large bag of dried macaroni( cook in plenty of boiling water 6 minutes) 150g beef mince 1 onion (diced) 2cloves of garlic Thyme 1 red chilli(diced) 1 tbsp of breadcrumbs 1 tsp of chill powder 1 tbsp tomato puree 1 tin of chopped plum tomatoes 100 ml water Basil Pinch of sugar Salt & pepper Saturday

Lemon & thyme roast chicken nday

◆ In a baking tray add chop vegetables, thyme lemon and stock . ◆ Season chicken legs well,now add chicken _DSC0048.tif legs onto tray roast legs on tray 180c for 45 minutes. ◆ when cooked serve chicken with juices from tray,new boiled potatoes and garlicky Buttered green. beans......

Pastry ◆ Set oven @180c,Now place flour,mustard & butter into a mixing bowl and work to breadcrumb stage. ◆ Add cheddar and egg mix until you form a ball of pasty,chill In fridge for 30 minutes. ◆ Grease the inside of a quiche tin and flour well. ◆ Place pastry on floured bench and roll out quiet thinnly,fill with baking beans and bake for 20 minutes. ◆ Now take out beans and finish pastry in oven for another 10 minutes. • Page 29


i Ingredients 4 large chicken legs(marinated in lemon zest-garlicthyme) 1 onion(chopped) 1 stick celery(chopped) 1 carrot(chopped) 200ml chicken stock Thyme 1/2 lemon

What’s On

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WHATS ON... Date: 1st May – 30th June Where: Learning Space What: Albie’s Summer Holiday Take a trip around the world and see where the friendly Learning SPACE alien Albie has been on holiday! Follow the map to find all the destinations and win a prize! All day, every day throughout May / June Date: 17th May – 13th July Where: Titanic Belfast What: Lego Brick City As Lego fever grips the globe with the release of The LEGO® Movie in cinemas, famed independent Lego artist Warren Elsmore will bring his breath-taking recreations of major city landmarks and iconic global images to Titanic Belfast. Brick City’s must-see scaled down versions of iconic buildings and landmarks from across the globe, including London’s Olympic Park and Westminster Abbey, as well as icons from cities such as San Francisco, Toyko and New York, will be on show in Titanic Belfast, from Saturday, May 17 until Sunday, July 13. The Brick City exhibition at Titanic Belfast will feature 72 architectural scale models, made in Lego, all of which appear in Warren’s popular book ‘Brick City’. This exciting exhibition will open daily from 9am to 7pm with allocated hourly time-slots priced at £5 per adult, £4 per child and £15 per family. Slots can be booked in advance at Titanic Belfast ticket desks or by visiting Date: 16th – 21st June Where: Armagh Planetarium What: Laser Tag Why not make a weekend of it and enjoy some family fun at Armagh Planetarium. Armagh Planetarium is looking to train some future alien-hunters for a mission into space! If you think you are up to the challenge then Armagh Planetarium will equip you with a special laser gun for this important mission. This is an event not to be missed and guaranteed fun for all the family. Each session lasts approx. 15 minutes

Date: 4th June – 25th June Where: Castle Espie Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre What: Downy Duckling Tours Get up and close to nature’s little wonders. Cute ducklings and goslings abound in the duckery. Every weekend and Wednesday in June. 12pm, 2pm & 3pm and Wednesday 3pm only. Date: 13th June – 31st August Where: Outlet Village What: W5 Lite W5 Lite has now doubled in size! The concept, which is based at Visitor Services in the heart of the Village, offers a “living brochure” allowing families not only to find out about W5 at The Odyssey but actually experience what W5 is all about. Entry is Free. It a fun place to enjoy time with all the family. Children must be supervised by an adult. Date: 18th June Where: Ulster Hall What: Teenage Kicks The dance mentoring programme bringing together schools from across Belfast and featuring primary, secondary and special schools in high impact dance routines led by Energy Fitness guru Freddy Kinnersley AKA “Fitness Freddy.” This roof-raising Ulster Hall finale gives participants the opportunity to show off their moves and demonstrate their increased confidence, self esteem and self belief. Tickets £5 Date: 20th June Where: Scrabo Tower What: Experience Ards: Fairies and Folklore On this enchanted tour the story is told of Shane McAnanty, the King of the Ulster Fairies, who resides on Scrabo Hill. With midsummer approaching Shane McAnanty will be up to his usual mischief and our help is needed to seek out this little man with the help of people who lived and worked on this hill at Scrabo over many centuries. From the quarrymen to the druids, they are only too aware of the mischief caused by King Shane

Summer has arrived at Delamont Country Park Summer has arrived, so why not make the most of those long sunny days by filling them with fresh air and fun on the shores of Strangford Lough. Relax while surrounded by beautiful countryside as the kids are amazed by our challenging slides and aerial runways our fantastic Adventure Playground, explore nature and enjoy the freedom of large open areas or woodland walks. If you are looking for a more adventurous day out why not explore the Lough by canoe or kayak with access to the canoe trail. Enjoy our events programme packed full of family fun from Easter to November, be creative with Silly Tilly the clown, be mystified by our magician, come see our Birds of Prey and Reptile displays, are you brave enough to handle a tarantula, cuddle a snake, look and eagle in the eye or simply find out some weird and wonderful facts about these unusual creatures Why not try out your sea legs with a boat trip on Strangford Lough, sail the length of the Lough exploring the islands as you sail on a converted fishing boat with Captain John who will share his knowledge of local nautical history with you. (Booking essential) Why not end your day with a trip to the gift shop, and an exciting train ride, followed by some freshly brewed coffee and a 99 ice-cream. Delamont Country Park is the ideal place to spend that well deserved day out. • Page 30

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June - July 2014 McAnanty during the summer months. It is recommended that suitable footwear is worn as there is a fairly steep climb to the top of Scrabo Hill. £6/£5 concession, children u14 free Date: 21st June Where: Ulster Hall What: Family Movie Screening – Despicable Me Join us for a special screening of the much loved animated movie. Arrive before the film for kid friendly crafts, fun and games! Suitable for children aged 3 to 11. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Doors: 9:45am Movie Screening: 10.30am Price: £3 Date: 21st June Where: Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor What: Kilbroney Vintage Car Show It can’t be disputed that this is the most beautiful venue in Ireland for a car show, and is well worth a visit for any classic enthusiast. The event is run by the Newry & Mourne Council with the help of the local Lions Club. Times:10am - 6pm Prices:£10 per family Date: 21st June Where: Balmoral Park, Maze Site, Long Kesh/Lisburn What: Saintfield and Lisburn District Show The Show offers a fun day out for all the family with Refreshments, Children’s Amusements, Vintage Tractors, Trade Stands, Craft Fair and a Dog Show. The show is within a short drive from other Open Farm Weekend farms so why not make a day of it by visiting them all to get a wide experience of Northern Ireland’s diverse farming sector. Date: 21st June Where: Cameron Landscapes and Ballylesson Garden Centre What: End of Term Pizza Party Come and celebrate the start of summer with a special end of term party. The resident chef will be cooking up a selection of fresh pizzas while the kids are entertained by a balloon modeler, face painter and surprise character guest. 4pm. Free admission. Date: 21st June Where: Carrickfergus Borough Council Museum & Civic Centre What: Archaeology Family Fun Day Join us on Sat 21 June for an action packed afternoon and discover Medieval Carrickfergus. Unearth treasures in our mini excavation pit .Try your hand at being a Medieval knight with replica weapons. Meet the archaeologists who will help you discover artifacts from our 10,000 year history Join us on a guided walking tour of Medieval Carrickfergus (1pm & 3pm) Experience Living history - treasure hunt, dress up games and much more! Date: 21st & 22nd June Where: Belfast Zoo What: Primate Weekend Swing by with your little monkeys and learn more about the zoo’s primates at the keeper talks and feeding times. Other activities will include face painting, crafts and you can take part in our trail around the zoo to be in with the chance of winning a special prize. Date: 21st & 22nd June Where: Titanic Belfast What: LEGO Big Build Weekend For one Big Build weekend only, the historic Harland and Wolff Drawing Offices beside Titanic Belfast will open its doors to showcase LEGO models built by fans of LEGO. See running LEGO trains in liveries winding their way through the Irish countryside, a huge model of Dublin’s Heuston Station and other landmark buildings and buses. Inspect the admiralty fleet of old as it sails the LEGO high seas or watch Lara Croft navigate her way through the Lost Valley in Tomb Raider. Also coming to Titanic Belfast will be a fan-created LEGO diorama of the battle of Rorke’s drift with over 500 mini-figures. Its display will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the film Zulu (1964) and 135 years since the epic battle at Rorkes Drift (1879). Free admission to this event with a Brick City LEGO exhibition ticket! Think your creation could rival these models? Then enter our competition to see your model next to the biggest and best creations from the LEGO® brick community. Adult £5 child £4

Date: 22nd June Where: Silent Valley, Kilkeel What: Music In The Park NI Water invites you to bring your picnic and come along to enjoy a relaxing afternoon of music on the lawn at Silent Valley. Times: 2 pm - 5 pm Date: 28th & 29th June Where: Mount Stewart What: Summer Garden Fete Mount Stewart celebrates the summer this weekend at our Summer Garden Fete. Come along and pick up some plants from our visiting garden nurseries, tour the gardens at Mount Stewart with the garden experts, or settle back and enjoy the family entertainment. 11am - 5pm Free event (normal admission charges apply) Booking not needed Date: 1st July Where: Belmont Park, Belfast What: Summer Fun Day Come along to our summer fun day at Belmont Park! There will be fun and games for 5 to 12 year olds, including parachute games, bouncy castle, face painting, climbing wall, street entertainment, environmental activities by Ulster Wildlife. Time: 2pm - 4.30pm Date: 1st July – 31st August Where: Learning Space What: Hama Beads Mini Beasts Have fun at a crafts day making HAMA Bead Minibeasts. What will you make? A beautiful butterfly or a scary spider! Or even a buzzing bumble bee!! Either way it’s lots of fun! All day every Saturday throughout May and June. Date: 1st July – 31st August Where: Streamvale Open Farm What: Streamvale Sheep Race Watch the spring lambs race and jump along the steeplecase course, skilfully guided by a range of super teddies. 2.30pm daily Date: 3rd – 6th July Where: Grand Opera House What: Scooby Doo Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Velma and Daphne arrive in Egypt where they must solve the mystery of Pharaoh Hatchepsout’s Pyramid. Easy, you say? Not if the gang has to deal with mysterious mummies plus the wrath of the Pharaoh who will transform anyone who dares to approach the pyramid…into stone. With hilarious physical comedy, popular tunes and special effects, the whole family will enjoy this new episode live on stage. Thursday – Saturday 2.00pm and 6.00pm, Sunday 2.00pm Tickets: £15.50 - £21.50, Family Ticket: £62.00 Date: 5th – 30th July Where: Drumawhey Junction Railway What: Train Rides The Belfast and Co. Down Miniature Railway Society operates a 7 1/4” gauge railway called Drumawhey Junction, located at Four Road Ends on the Upper Gransha Road, midway between Bangor, Donaghadee and Newtownards in Northern Ireland. It was established in 1991 with the aim of building a miniature railway complete with locomotives, carriages and buildings for the pleasure of the members and the general public. The Railway has an interesting track plan incorporating both a tunnel and a lattice steel bridge, which gives at least a 12-minute run of 1.5 km. or more. A signal box controls the turnouts, colour light and semaphore signals. The track is laid with steel rail and the turnouts were built by the members. SUNDAY 5, 12, 19, 26 JULY & WEDNESDAY 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 JULY Adult £2.50 per ride, Children £2 per ride & Family Ticket £15 multi rides Date: 12th July Where: Castle Ward What: Pirates Cellar & Pirates Picnic Enjoy Pirate Day at Castle Ward with a fun tour and picnic. Let Buccaneer Scurvy Dog take you on an adventure to the pirate’s cellar. Meet the pirates and sing a sea shanty during this fun pirate day at Castle Ward. Tours leave from outside the laundry approximately every 30 minutes. 12 noon-4pm Come in pirate costume and prepare to seek and find the buried treasure! Enter the pirate competition and scrub the decks with Skinny Jim. 1-5pm Normal Admission Members Free

Looking for high quality education? Keen to send your child to a school with a reputation for educational excellence? I would like to take the opportunity to highlight some of the value added features that Regent House Preparatory Department has to offer its pupils, and their families, and share with you some of the qualities that underpin our daily routines and activities. The smaller classes within the Preparatory Department often benefit some children who need the opportunity and time with their teacher that this affords them. Recently we have introduced a breakfast club and afternoon wraparound club running until 3pm for children in Prep 1 - Prep 3. We have a long-standing tradition of families and warmly welcome new pupils and their families also. There is a strong sense of family from youngest to eldest child bringing with it a strong sense of belonging and identity and we encourage a partnership with parents. Specialist teaching in Games, Art and Music from the staff of the grammar school is part of the timetable at Regent Preparatory Department and our high standards at the end of key stage tests are consistently above the NI average. As a parent you should expect to find that attention to the child’s well–being, respect for the family, a strong pastoral ethos and commitment to Child Protection are all evident in the Department. Good discipline and dedication to see each child develop and grow provide opportunities for families and school to work together in partnership. The teaching of life skills, building for the future to develop future leaders in society and the global community, and commitment to the delivery of a well-balanced and relevant curriculum are all valued in the Preparatory Department’s ethos and practice. Regent House Preparatory Department is a non-denominational day school enrolling both boys and girls in the 4-11 age group. The Department is situated within the main building of Regent House School, a SEELB controlled grammar school, but has its own unique identity and ethos whilst maintaining close links to the grammar school. The day to day running of the Department is controlled by the Head of Department. Regent House Prep has a longstanding reputation as a school of excellence. We place our pupils at the heart of the School and our caring, family atmosphere is evident throughout the Department. We provide a happy, safe, secure and stimulating environment in which our pupils feel valued as individuals and where they can learn effectively. Our primary aim is to enable each child to fulfil their full potential and attach great importance to the acquisition of social skills, to develop in each child confidence, self-esteem, responsibility and independence. We welcome children from all backgrounds, cultures and religions. Difference is respected and we encourage our children to build positive relationships with their peers, to be courteous, considerate and sensitive to the feelings of others. The school operates a healthy eating policy and a pupil mentoring system and our pupils enjoy weekly specialist teaching in French and Drama, PE, Music and Art. Weekly swimming lessons and private music tuition is also available and we have a variety of clubs from Art, Jumping Clay, Drama, Dance and Football to Multi-media, Choir and Scripture Union. • Page 31

Summer Schemes

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chool’s out for summer’ goes the first line of the wellknown song, a line which is sung by countless joyous children throughout the land at the end of June. It may not be echoed as enthusiastically by their parents, though, who know that eight long weeks stretch ahead, and what’s to be done with the kids? The Paul Acheson Summer Sports Weeks have been solving that problem for the past 21 years, organising summer camps for children at 3 locations. We have a range of courses for children aged 4-14; for older children our day is structured into 4 sessions with the choice of sport all day, or sport for 2 sessions plus one each of art & craft and drama. Our younger participants have 2 courses on offer; the Superkids are aged 5-6 and spend an active day with both indoor and outdoor sports including swimming (not at Friends unfortunately), parachute games, art & crafts, indoor games and stories and lots more. Our children aged 4, the Super 4s, follow a similar programme but at a much slower pace!

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his summer Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey invites children and young adults with an interest in the performing arts to take a step back stage and discover what it means to be part of a real stage show. Running from June 30th - August 16th, the official 2014 Summer Workshop programme which was launched today [6 May] offers hundreds of children and young people across Belfast and beyond the chance to star in their very own show. Aiming to expose young people to all the aspects of a real stage show from auditions through to key dancing, music and acting skill sets, budding actors and actresses will have the opportunity to make contacts and learn from the best in the profession including the Theatre’s own Home Spun Youth Drama group and Directors from the prestigious Guildford School of Acting.

The enjoyment which children experience at our summer camps each year is due mainly to the excellent staff who look after them. All are carefully selected; most are teachers, well-qualified sports coaches or art & drama tutors, or young students at university whose career choice is working with children. All are enthusiastic and full of energy, and help to provide memorable experiences for all the children. For many children the thought of summer camp for the first time may be daunting, but all settle in quickly, make friends, and go home happy. We also look after parents too – if your working arrangements do not require your child to attend for a full week we are happy to accept children for part weeks as long as their total attendance reaches 5 days in the whole summer. Our 4 venues are Campbell College, Friends School, Sullivan Upper and Victoria College, with courses from Monday-Friday, 9.30am until 4.00pm. Check the advert, then find more details at You can also phone 028 97 542911 or 07767 271144 for further information.

Nurturing local talent: Catherine McCabe of Homespun Youth Drama Group launches the official summer workshop programme at the Theatre at the Mill which offers hundreds of children and young adults with an interest in the performing arts to take a step back stage and discover what it means to be part of a real stage show. Running from June 30th - August 16th, the workshops offer master classes in everything from musical theatre, drama, music and dance teaching the vital skills and processes needed to get a jump start in the industry. Enrolment is now open. Those interested in attending are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited. For more info see

School’s out for summer? Be ready.

For primary school children [5 - 10], Mr Hullabaloo returns with an adaption of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Following the success of last year’s Over The Rainbow, this unique week-long musical theatre adventure has been designed to give little ones the chance to experience a fun but structured theatre school environment where they will sing, dance and star in their very own show.

Theatre at the Mill and Mr Hullabaloo

Box Office: 028 9034 0202

Bernard Clarkson, Arts Centre Manage, says whatever your child’s age and interest, the Theatre at the Mill will have something for you;

“At the Theatre at The Mill, it is our aim to offer children and young people across all communities the chance to access and experience a variety of performing art forms while giving them an opportunity to be creative and learn new skills. The summer 2014 programme is one of our best yet. Covering a wide variety of activities, these workshops are the perfect way to introduce and develop your child’s interest in the performing arts.” Nurturing local talent: Catherine McCabe and Jordan Walker of Homespun Youth Drama Group launches the official summer workshop programme at the Theatre at the Mill which offers hundreds of children and young adults with an interest in the performing arts to take a step back stage and discover what it means to be part of a real stage show. Running from June 30th - August 16th, the workshops offer master classes in everything from musical theatre, drama, music and dance teaching the vital skills and processes needed to get a jump start in the industry. Enrolment is now open. Those interested in attending are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited. For more info see

The summer workshops begin on Monday June 30th and will run until Saturday August 16th. Enrolment is now open. Those interested in participating in a class are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited. If you are interested in learning more about the workshops available log on to

Mon 30 June – Sat 5 July



ccording to *Dr Miriam Stoppard, as a nation, we are poor swimmers. In the UK one in five adults can’t swim and 400 people drown each year. Startling, I know, but it does get worse. A recent report by the Amateur Swimming Association showed that one in three children can’t swim 25 yards by the time they leave primary school. Which means that every summer 200,000 children aged 11 are vulnerable to drowning. The National Curriculum stipulates that children should be able to pass the 25m test by the time they reach the age of 11. However, four out of ten schools don’t even offer swimming lessons to pupils. But, as parents we must take some responsibility. You will think nothing about insuring your home, your car, even your life and before you go on holiday you will take out travel insurance. But would you think of “insuring” your children by making sure that they can swim thereby preventing unfortunate accidents? Adrienne Bell is a local Swimming Specialist who firmly believes in quality rather than quantity. Adrienne can have you or your child swimming within 10 sessions, so you can say “goodbye” to those endless lessons and long and often protracted waiting lists. And Adrienne teaches in a local private swimming pool so you can be assured of the individual attention needed to become a confident swimmer.

So, don’t be a statistic and book your sessions now!

For teenagers [12-18] with musical theatre aspirations, Theatre at the Mill in association with Guildford Theatre Company presents Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. Running daily, the 12 day workshop offers young people the unique opportunity to work with the best Theatre professionals in the industry. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from Sean McNamara Director of the Guildford School of acting as well as Guildford Theatre Company’s resident Director, Choreographer and Musical Director.

(*Dr Miriam Stoppard, Daily Mirror, 28 June 2012) • Page 32

Box Office: 028 9034 0202

Theatre at the Mill in association with Guildford Theatre Company presents

Mon 14 July – Sat 26 July

In addition the Theatre’s own Home Spun Youth Drama presents Stage-Door. A week-long workshop focusing on training and processes for stage performance, this course will teach vital skills of the trade to aspiring young performers. Workshops are open to all young people with an interest in theatre, there are no auditions and roles will be cast during the course of the workshop. Box Office: 028 9034 0202

theatre at the Mill Home Spun Youth Drama presents

Stage Door Mon 11 – Sat 16 aug

AFASIC. (Association for All Speech Impaired Children)

P7 Transition to Secondary School 5 day Summer Scheme. For children who have speech, language or communication needs. Monday 4th August 2014 to Friday 8th August 10.00am - 2.30pm. At the Antrim Forum Leisure Centre, Antrim Town, 8 places available. The scheme is funded by the Big Lottery and transport can be arranged by taxi if need be every day at no cost to the parent/carer.


Meals are free at the restaurant in the forum.

If dancing is more your thing, Home Spun Youth Drama Dance will be hosting a week-long dance workshop based around Cinderella the Ballet and Grease the Musical. Open to those with previous dance experience, participants [11 plus] will have the opportunity to develop their skills and build confidence in movement whilst learning choreographed routines from the very different worlds of Ballet and Musical Theatre.

Enrolment now open for Summer Swim Camp, commencing 30 June 2014 for 5 weeks (except 14-25 July). Also provisional bookings for Autumn Term, commencing 8th September. For further information please contact Adrienne directly on 028 9263 8774 or 07775 532572 or email Adrienne at

p for 5-10 A Worksho age years of


Cinderella & Grease

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Mon 4 - Sat 9 Aug

Ballet & Musical Theatre Dance Workshop

The scheme is hosted by a qualified Speech and Language Therapist and a Teacher and there will be fun activities every day. The scheme is 4 days of fun learning and activities to assist the children with confidence and self-esteem during the stressful time of transition to secondary school. An outing is arranged on the 5th day to a venue decided by the children. If you think that your child will benefit from the 3rd year of this great scheme, or have any questions, contact Stephen Alexander: Afasic Youth Development Project Officer on 02894466308 or mobile 07549273804 to book a place. Hurry…….. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. • Page 33

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e can all breathe a sigh of relief….the summer is finally here. Time to ditch the winter boots and root out the summer clothes from the back of the wardrobe! The weather is warmer and the sun is even starting to tease us by making an appearance every so often. And the kids are watching the clock and waiting for the end of term for 2 months of homework free joy! There are lots of great Summer Camps running throughout the Greater Belfast area over the summer to keep the kids entertained but it also a time for some family breaks.

available on selected dates during School Holidays including Movie Nights, Fun Float Pool Obstacle Course with Float Relays or Family Treasure Hunts and Much More. The luxury 4 star Mount Falcon hotel is located on the west bank of the River Moy, 100 acres of magical woodlands, between Foxford and Ballina, in North County Mayo, a most beautiful part of the West of Ireland. This hotel offers some idyllic surroundings and that little extra bit of luxury! Wherever you decide to go and whatever you do make sure it is a summer of fun and long lasting family memories because it won’t be long until the school bell starts ringing again!

If you are one of the people who are frantically packing your suitcase and buying various bottles of sun cream, hats and skirts you would never wear at home, and counting the minutes until you can board a plane and say goodbye to the 9 -5 for a week or two, then lucky you! For those of us who are staying put over the next couple of months, then do not fear! We have an abundance of fantastic hotels to stay in and places to visit, right on our doorstep. Take a day trip to the Newry and Mourne Museum, or pop in to the Tourist Information Centre for details of all you can enjoy around Strangford. For a short family trip why not visit Fermanagh and stay at the wonderful Belmore Court Hotel in Enniskillen. Or visit the Hillgrove Hotel in Monaghan which offers fantastic family activities. If you want to venture further afield there are fantastic hotels just over the border in Louth and Dublin, like the d Hotel, the City North or Finnstown. All of these will make for some great trips away to places like Dublin Zoo, Funtasia Waterpark or Tayto Park. Or why not visit the West of Ireland? You could stay at the Sligo Park Hotel and enjoy complimentary access to their Leisure Club and Family Fun Activities which are • Page 34 • Page 35

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Newry and Mourne Museum

here will be plenty to see at Newry and Mourne Museum this year, including two new temporary exhibitions.

family arts and crafts, interactives and costumes that children can try on, and a free comic which is a fun and colourful guide to the history of the area and the Museum

‘Landownership in South-West Down’ is now open to the public free of charge. This exhibition, which runs until 28th February 2015, explores local landlords such as the Halls of Narrow Water and the Ross family of Rostrevor, and their estates.

There are child friendly activities throughout the Museum, including arts and craft summer workshops for children inspired by the Museum’s main and temporary exhibitions from 4th – 8th August.

A wide variety of estate documents from the Museum’s Reside Collection is used in the exhibition to highlight different aspects of the history of estates and landowning families in the area. Special attention is given to the development of Warrenpoint and Rostrevor.

Over the five days the children will have fun creating their own historical masterpieces while learning about life in Ireland, from the Vikings to World War Two.

Open to the public from 30th May, ‘Local Impacts of the First World War’ looks at the issues that affected Newry and Mourne socially and economically from 1914 – 1918, including politics, recruitment and remembrance.

OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. FREE ENTRY Free tour every Sunday at 3.00pm. Booking essential Newry and Mourne Museum, Bagenal’s Castle, Castle Street, Newry, Co. Down, BT34 2DA T: 028 3031 3178 or 028 3031 3182 M: 075 5477 2523 (weekend only) E:

Visitors can see a range of artefacts from the period including embroidered silk postcards, medals and uniforms, with the centrepiece of the exhibition, Newry’s Roll of Honour. Throughout the year are plenty of events and activities for younger vistors, including

If you would like to hear more about the history of the area there is a free tour of the Museum every Sunday at 3pm. Numbers are limited so please book. The Museum is open seven days a week and entrance is free of charge. For information on opening hours, events, services please telephone 028 3031 3182 / 3178 or visit For updates on the Museum like us on Facebook NewryAndMourneArtsMuseum and to follow us on Twitter: @NandMMuseum

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ummer Breaks at Belmore Court & Motel, in the heart of The Fermanagh Lakelands!

Belmore Court & Motel located in the heart of Enniskillen, in The Fermanagh Lakelands offers guests accommodation choices for most budgets; making it the perfect Summer Break destination. The Belmore Court, which recently celebrated its 5th Birthday, offers a choice of Superior Rooms, Executive Rooms and Suites. Guests staying in the Motel’s Standard Rooms can choose to have a room with mini kitchen facilities and is a convenient value option for family breaks. Double, twin, triple, family, adjoining and accessible rooms are available in the Belmore Court and Motel. Its central location means there is a host of activities and things to see and do whatever your interests are! Nearby World famous Fermanagh attractions include The Marble Arch Caves & Geo Park, Belleek Pottery, as well as a National Trust Properties, Cycle and Walking trails, Angling, Water Sports, Shopping, World Class Golf, and much more! Belmore Court & Motel is committed to delivering the best experience for every guest, who can be certain of receiving a warm friendly welcome from the recently crowned ‘Reception Team of the Year’. Belmore Court & Motel’s swelling awards cabinet also includes ‘Housekeeping Team of the Year’ and Green Tourism Gold Awards and they have also been shortlisted for the forthcoming Northern Ireland Tourism Awards in two categories: ‘Serviced Accommodation of the year’ and ‘Customer Service Excellence’. Take a Summer Break at the Award winning Belmore Court & Motel , Northern Ireland’s only 4 star Motel and choose from a range of great value Special Offers including ‘Summer Splash’ From £45 per night*! Another great Summer Break option is the ‘Stay, Sail & Dine’ package which includes a 2 Night Stay, cruise aboard MV Kestrel around Lough Erne and evening meal from just £89pps

For more information & to Book visit or T: +44 (0)28 6632 6633 *£45 per night based on 3 Night Stay in Standard Motel Double/Twin Room (Room only). Offers subject to availability.

Enjoy Summer on the Ards Peninsula Have you ever called into Ards or Portaferry Visitor Information Centre? We are not just for visitors and would love to see you!

Located in Newtownards, just beside the bus station and set in the grounds of Portaferry Castle, the Centres should be your first port of call when visiting the area. From top to bottom we have the Ards Peninsula covered – with information on attractions, activities, accommodation, events and much more. Our friendly staff are waiting to help you find the best way, to spend your time in this wonderful part of the world. There are lots of hidden gems waiting to be discovered - best of all, many are even free! Experience Ards Tours are a great way to explore the area with a blue badge guide. Either on foot, by bus or boat there is something for all. You can have ‘tea with a Lord’, learn about the Abbots, Priests & Pilgrims of the area, or join a Pirate boat tour on Strangford Lough – booking required. Be sure to save the date in your diary for these two exciting free, family friendly events – • Comber Potato Festival on Saturday 7th June from 10 -4pm in Comber Square. A great day for all the family. Enjoy the event and find out more about the special little spud, the Comber Early. • Armed Forces Day on Saturday 21st June 2014 in Newtownards. A full day of military and themed events is planned. It will begin with a parade through the town at 11am to the Airfield. For further information on any of the above please call into Ards or Portaferry Visitor Information Centres or go online to • Page 36 • Page 37

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Home alone My husband has started working nights, and i’m terrified being on my own in the house. How can I feel safe? Research shows that burglars won’t enter a residence if they can’t get inside in under a minute, so keep your doors and windows locked. Set up a good home-alarm system and switch it on before going to bed each night. Keep shrubs and foliage in the garden neat and trimmed, and leave a pair of your husband’s boots on the porch. You’ll fee far more comfortable in the evening if people can’t see in, so thick curtains are a good idea. Ask neighbours to keep a look out for your – and always have a phone to hand in your bedroom. I know it’s hard initially, but you’ll be amazed how quickly you can get used to a situation..



Vehicle Value I’m buying a new car, but don’t want to be out of pocket when I sell it again. Where can I get good impartial advice? Not all cars are equal when it comes to holding their value. When buying a new car, most people concentrate on getting the best price. But when they come to sell, they could get thousands of pounds more by picking a model that retains its value well. Many factors can affect the value – from consumer tastes and auction values, to mileage and availability of spare parts. So, although it’s not unusual for a car to lose well over half its value in three years, to models such as the Land Cruiser can hold onto three quarters of their value, which will really make a difference when upgrading. Visit to find out which vehicles are currently holding on to most of their original value

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I can’t stand the smell of mothballs. How can I keep my cashmere jumpers hole-free? Moths love perspiration and dirt, so always make sure cashmere sweaters are scrupulously clean before putting away. Regularly wardrobes and cupboards, and make a point of opening then re folding clothes, as moths hate disturbances! To repel them, try cedarwood bars or cedarwood sachets. Or try the Natural Anti-Moth Hanging Sachet. Lavender bags may help, too, as moths aren’t keen on its fragrance, but remember to renew them frequently. Before storing your cashmere away for summer, launder, pop in the freezer for about ten hours to kill off any bacteria, dry out, and then pack in sealable plastic bags!


I’ve lost the paperwork for two of my old pensions. How do I go about tracking them down? Track down previous policies with the help of Government’s Pension Tracing Service. Visit or call 08456002537. If your pension is found, you’ll be put in touch with your pension provider – but after that it’s up to you to follow up enquiries.


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My previously good-natured dog has started growling at children while out on walks. What should I do? Any sudden change in a dog’s behaviour should be investigated by a veterinary surgeon, dogs can become grumpy when unwell, and so you need to rule out pain as a source of aggression. If the growling is purely behavioural it’s like that your do is showing he is worried or threatened. You really need to find the underlying cause – and a qualified behaviour counsellor will be able to help. You can find you’re nearest at but in the meantime, your priority is preventing the problem from worsening and keeping everyone safe. Before your dog growls move him away. Do not shout as this will only increase his worry. As a short term measure, try giving a treat before he growls then another after the child has gone so that he associates children with treats.


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Cloudy Crystal My best wine glasses have turned cloudy after I put them in the dishwasher. What can I do to get them shiny again? Oh dear, I’m afraid you won’t! Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the cloudiness is caused by the detergent and can’t be removed. There are lots of suggestions out there – such as scrubbing your glasses with toothpaste, and vinegar, but I have tried them all and nothing works. In future, it’s best to buy cheap wine glasses that you don’t mind using in the dishwasher. You should only ever wash your expensive wine glasses by hand.


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To advertise with us contact us at the following email address: My best friend’s wedding. My friend has asked me to be her bridesmaid – but expects me to buy the outfit. Surely she should pay. Traditionally, when the bride’s family paid for the wedding, it was customary for them to also meet the costs of the bridesmaid’s outfits. But as weddings are increasingly being paid for by couples themselves, some brides assume friends will cough up. If you can’t afford it, explain this to her or ask to split the cost 50-50. If you still can’t reach an agreement you could graciously decline the invitation by saying you’re honoured to be asked but would rather enjoy the day as a guest. Good Luck!

Q A WHAT A PONG! Our outdoor bin really honks. Is there a way of improving the smell or is it past saving? Food waste in your bin is the ideal meal for hungry insects, this is why it can sometimes smell nasty or even contain flies and maggots. First try to clean it with household cleaning fluid and a brush, to loosen any dirt. Or, if it’s really stubborn, try a power washer and allow to dry thoroughly before using again. In order to keep smells to a minimum in future, doublebag food waste in biodegradable bags to prevent leakages, keep the bin our of direct sunlight and always keep the lid closed.

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