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LocalFocus Magazine

Saintfield, Ballygowan and Darragh Cross Bringing Local Business to Local People




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Cartoon - Buster Travel - Essaouira, Morocco

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Finance - How to make an extra £100 a week from Home


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Welcome to the Autumn Winter Local Focus magazine for Saintfield, Ballygowan & Darragh Cross. Is your house still a Christmas-free zone? Not for long! By the time distribution of this Autumn Winter issue begins, it will only be 10 weeks until Christmas! Before we slide into Winter, I’d like to really enjoy the Autumn. I love this time of year, especially those rare crisp sunny Autumn days. I’m not so keen on the windy rainy Autumn days! Still, it’s better than the weather we had when the previous issue came back from the printers. Even though it was the Spring Summer issue, several feet of snow landed the very day I took delivery! I’ll not forget that distribution in a hurry! I hope you enjoy reading the magazine as much as I enjoy putting it together. Please do get in touch if there’s something you’d like to see featured in future editions. And please keep and use this issue until the next one is delivered - in March of next year. Until next time...


Get in Touch: Tel - 028 90 817579 Email - Check our website for deadlines, advertising rates and distribution details: Local Focus Magazines are published by Local Focus, a totally independent small business. Local Focus cannot be held responsible for any advert content, including errors and omissions. Local Focus does not endorse companies, products or services that appear in this magazine. We endeavour to ensure that all information given within this magazine is accurate, but this cannot always be guaranteed.


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EST. 1960

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Every year, heating our homes becomes ever more expensive, and as a result we do all kinds of things to cut our bills: we make sure our homes are properly insulated, turn the thermostat down a notch and do our best to save energy. But no matter what kind of heating system you have, there's a very good chance you're heating your entire home rather than the room you're using. Wouldn't it be great if you could heat just the bit you're in - and do it quickly so you don't have to sit shivering? That's the thinking behind Dyson's fan heaters, which use the firm's "air multiplier" technology to send a steady stream of hot air without the buffeting you get from normal fan heaters. They aren't cheap expect to pay £249 for a heater, or £349 for one that can cool air in the summer - but they're safe, effective and extremely efficient. If you'd rather not spend quite so much on a heater, halogen heaters are worth considering: instead of heating the air, they heat whatever you point them at - and they do so instantly, which is a real boon if you've just come home from a typically cold Winter day. Prices start at around £15 for a basic model,


and you can also buy models designed for heating outside areas. For larger rooms, it's worth looking for heaters that can rotate: that enables them to heat a wider area than immobile heaters can reach. Make sure they have anti-tilt shut-offs too, so that they automatically switch themselves off if they're accidentally toppled. The cheapest heaters around are fan heaters, which as the name suggests use a fan to blow air over a heating element. According to the Energy Saving Trust they aren't less efficient than other kinds of heating, but the less powerful the fan the longer it'll take them to heat a room: we wouldn't recommend trying to heat a high-ceilinged room with an £8 fan heater from the local supermarket. If you spend a lot of time using a computer you'll know that your fingers are often the first things to feel the cold. Technology has the answer to that too: V8 Tools' heated computer keyboard is exactly what it sounds like, although for the time being you'll need to import one from the US. Avoid USB-powered heating devices: products such as USBpowered Monkey Hand Warmers are novelty gifts, not practical products.

If you often suffer from frozen feet there's a gadget for that too: the AccuLux foot warming mat, a flexible heating mat that's designed to make your tootsies toasty. Expect to pay £39.99. Humans aren't the only creatures to benefit from heating pads: they’re available for pets too. A quick search on eBay uncovers all kinds of electric pad heaters for dog and cat beds, with prices as low as £19.99. If you'd rather not leave anything electrical near your pets, microwaveable heat pads do much the same job for slightly less money. While you're microwaving things for your pets, why not warm up some pads for yourself? You can try a pair of microwaveable slippers, a microwaveable hand warmer or a microwaveable neck wrap, and if you're suffering from sports injuries or arthritis you might find they help ease your symptoms too. Alternatively you might like to try the Heat In A Click Muscle Warm Pad, which quickly heats up to 54 degrees celsius and last for 20 minutes to two hours depending on the size of pad you buy.

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Codeword Solution on page 35 Each letter in this puzzle is represented by a number between 1 and 26. The codes for three letters are shown. As you find the letters enter them in the box below.




Jackie’s Unisex Salon Opening Hours: Tues 9am-5pm Fri 8:30am-6pm

Thurs 9am-7pm Sat 8:30am-3pm

Closed Mon & Wed

WEDNESDAY Ballygowan Roundabout Bar (Gourley’s), 2-4 The Square, 5:30pm & 7:30pm Tel: Esther 07804 095 409

THURSDAY Saintfield Academy Primary School, 194 Listooder Rd, 5:30pm & 7:30pm Tel: Heather 07882 049 569

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Tel: 028 44 830 191 87b Manse Road, Raffrey (half a mile from Darragh Cross)


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OIL & GAS BOILERS Garden Fencing • Steps & Brickwork Kerbing, Paving & Flagging Anchor Retaining Walls Sleepers • Tree Felling • Pruning All Outside Property Maintenance Contact Malcolm Dobbin

Tel: 07732 833848 or 028 9751 1909

Ballygowan Community Playgroup

Afternoon Sessions

For children from age 2 years 9 months

Monday and Wednesday 12:45pm – 2.45pm


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Handsome Hounds Exclusive Dog Grooming Service

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 One to One personal attention by fully trained groomer  Nail, ear and gland treatment  Premium products used for each coat type  Full choice of styles and trims

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Short Term Schooling also

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 Caring & compassionate service  Vaccinations, neutering & dentistry  State-of-the art anaesthetic monitoring


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Winter Offer:

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Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage with Express Facial (including complimentary foot massage)


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WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR HOME IF YOU GO INTO CARE? Paying for care in old age is many people’s second biggest expense in life, after buying a home. And your home could end up being sold to pay for this care. As life expectancy increases and the traditional extended family unit becomes less common, a care home is becoming the best option for more and more people in their later years. But a standard care home can cost around £500 per week so who pays for this? When you are assessed as needing to go into care, you will also have a financial assessment to determine how much you can afford to pay. Any income, such as your state or personal pension and some benefits will be used towards your care home fees, apart from a small allowance of £23.50 per week to pay for personal items. Your capital will also be assessed, which means any savings, investments and property, including your home. If the value of your assets exceeds £23,250 you will be expected to fund your care in full. This could mean that your home has to be sold to pay for your care. The local authority will only step in to cover some of the costs once the value of your assets falls below £23,250, although you will still have to cover some costs until your assets fall below £14,250. There are options to protect your assets and this is an area where you really need to get the right legal and financial advice. For example if you just sign your home over to someone else but continue to live there, this would still be included. It is vital that you consider your options well before you need to go into care and don’t leave it until it’s too late. You may also choose a more expensive care home and decide to fund this yourself, or with assistance from family. The costs need to be looked at very carefully to make sure you do not run out of money and face the awful prospect of having to move to a different care home.

For further advice or information, please contact Emma Greer; tel: 07885 407604 or e-mail:

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or 07964 688183 Ovenclean is the UK’s leading oven cleaning specialist, providing a regular service to thousands of satisfied households, since 1992. Ovenclean North Down specialist David Askham, based in Newtownards, explains: “An oven that has been cleaned professionally is astonishingly different to the standard you can achieve yourself, even after hours of hard work and elbow grease. Ovenclean North Down will be in and out in a matter of a few hours, leaving no mess and restoring the oven to ‘as good as new’ condition.” “Ovenclean North Down uses a unique, environmentally-friendly, 100% caustic free cleaning system. This system ensures a safe, hygienic and fume-free environment whilst grease, fat and burnt-on carbon deposits are removed from ovens, hobs, microwaves, AGA’s and BBQ’s.“

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How to Play Fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through to 9, with no repetition. That's all there is to it! You solve the puzzle with reasoning and logic - there’s no maths involved and no adding up.

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Are you bored with spending most of your weekend cleaning, washing and ironing? Spring Clean can help re-prioritise your weekends! Their trained, friendly and honest team are on-hand to relieve those everyday pressures. Not only can they clean from top to toe, wash, iron and put away, they will also clean ovens, fridges, and inside windows etc. Your individual requirements will allow you to control, monitor and review your priority chores, ensuring you’re maximising the time allocated. Victoria McCulloch, proprietor of Spring Clean, believes having a cleaner come into your home is a very personal service. She makes sure her team members are discrete, professional and fully trained, and takes great care in selecting the right people, from initial vetting to personalising with every team member, then training and motivating them. Spring Clean’s continued success can also be attributed to their NQA Environmental Accreditation. They provide their own biodegradable cleaning products and make following the correct hygiene and health & safety advice a top priority.

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Paddington Lodge Day Nurseries Paddington Lodge Day Nurseries, situated on the outskirts of both Carryduff and Saintfield, offer high quality childcare in a warm, caring and homely environment provided by our qualified, experienced staff. Our Carryduff branch has been serving the local community for 24 years and our Saintfield branch is now in its 11th year. Both nurseries provide a fully inclusive care package. We supply all formula milks, spoon feeds and solid food i.e. breakfast, morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack, as well as all bottles and Pampers nappies. All meals are freshly prepared on the premises using local produce and all children are given fresh fruit and vegetables daily.

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For school-age children we have a Breakfast Club and offer a drop-off and collection service from all local primary schools. An afternoon snack is provided and we also supervise homeworks with parental consent.

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Both our nurseries operate an “open door� policy so please feel free to call in at anytime or alternatively, contact us on the numbers listed above and we will be only too happy to send you a brochure.

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Local Useful Numbers: Saintfield Health Centre Lisbane Medical Centre GP Out of Hours Chemist, Saintfield Ballygowan Pharmacy Saintfield Dental Care Downe Hospital Ards Hospital Lagan Valley Hospital Royal Group of Hospitals City Hospital Ulster Hospital

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EDUCATION Academy Primary Alexander Dickson Primary Carrickmannon Primary Millennium Primary St Caolan’s Primary St Mary’s Primary (S’field)

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LEISURE Ballynahinch Leisure Centre 97 561950 Saintfield Library 97 510550 Saintfield Video 97 519026 White Horse Inn 97 511143





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HIDATO Starting at 1 and finishing at 34, track your way from one hexagon to another (touching) hexagon, placing consecutive numbers into the empty shapes as you go. Some numbers are already given.

Solution on page 38



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In the vast luminous bay of Mogador, a quaint blue and white town looks down on fine tingling sands, its ancient gates and minarets nestling inside the ramparts like a pearl in an oyster shell. Lapped by the Atlantic Ocean on the sunny Moroccan coast, Essaouira is an enticing alternative to the modern resort of Agadir.

Briefly settled by the Portuguese in the early 1500s, coveted at times by various western powers, Essaouira came into its own in the 18th century when a French architect was directed to build the fortress and redesign the medina. Further improvements followed and before long, this was Morocco’s most important port, the place where goods Yet you never know whom you from the caravan trade could might meet on your way to the have access to the rest of the beach. Film producers and stars world. It became known as the have long discovered the ‘port of Timbuktu’. secret, following the likes of Jimmy Hendrix, Orson Welles Trade dwindled over time but and Hitchcock. Both exotic and today, bastions and unspoilt, this has proved the crenellations still mingle their perfect spot to shoot box office golden reflections in the harbour hits, Alexander the Great to where trawlers unload their name just one. catch and nets dry on the quay among screaming gulls, crates Most visitors are day trippers full of fish, shipwrights and a from Marrakech, keen to chill whole flotilla of little blue boats out on the beach, though there bobbing in the dazzling sun. is plenty of scope for the active From there it’s only a few steps sort, surfing, exploring the to the al fresco restaurants dunes on a camel, cruising to serving royal mint tea and the Purple Islands, home to grilled sardines, couscous, lentil thousands of birds, or horse and tomato soup flavoured with riding along the sugar cane ginger, cinnamon and pepper, river. Others head for the former or the ubiquitous tagine, a hippie village of Diabat to gaze fragrant fish, meat or vegetable at the old sultan’s palace half stew which simply melts in your buried in the sand or just walk mouth. for miles along the beach where the scent of white broom fills the Meanwhile, beyond the Sea gate, the old town beckons with air.


bustling alleyways, mosques and holy shrines, stalls brimming with spices and fruit, rooftop restaurants and shaded squares and courtyards where cool fountains gurgle among potted plants. It’s a World Heritage Site and a feast for all the senses, echoing with the tapping and chiselling of artisans who carve ornaments from precious thuya wood. It’s also a great place to bargain for carpets and rugs, silver jewellery, brightly-painted pottery and Argan beauty products. Protected by UNESCO in south west Morocco, Argan trees yield the world’s rarest oil and the women’s cooperatives around Essaouira produce some of the most sought after natural cosmetics. Late afternoon is a lovely time to stroll along the bastions, still lined with 200 year old cannons. Enjoy the breeze, the glorious views over the town and harbour, the great sweep of the beach, the islands, the dramatic rocks to the north, battered by the waves, and the fabulous sunset, all red and gold, over the ocean. But hurry before the crowds arrive and just like the stars, you might see this little gem at its best, colourful, pristine and truly authentic.

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Hair & Beauty

Unit 10, Glenview Industrial Estate, Tower Lane, Hillsborough Road, Moneyreagh. BT23 6AY

Sarah is delighted to announce the appointment of a new beautician - Julia Appointments available with Julia on Thursdays only Check our Facebook page for our Thursday Special Offers

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Stuck at home and need to make some extra cash? There are lots of ways you can do it. Here are just a few of them. Be a Virtual Assistant A Virtual Assistant (VA) is someone who works as a secretary outside the office from their computer at home. It can involve a wide range of tasks, however the more specialised your skills are, the more you’ll be able to charge.

You can earn up to £50 a month. Websites such as, and offer free paid surveys (N.B. you should never pay to join up or hand over your credit card details).

Of course you can make money online purely by selling your junk on a regular basis.

Then there are online competitions. For example, is free to enter and gives away £20 every day at noon to one of the To be a successful VA, you’ll definitely need to be computer- postcodes on their list. There’s no catch, but you will have to savvy and have experience of check each day to see if your admin work already. number has come up. Check Agencies like charge our competitions page on up to £150 per client per day, but typically you would charge between £15 – £25 per hour for Set up an online buying and selling business routine admin work done by Do you collect dolls or electronic phone or email. gadgets or some other lowGiving Your Opinions priced collectible? If you’re a Make £50-100 a time in cash for little knowledgeable about a giving your opinions in focus particular niche area you could groups. Companies like make money by buying and need selling items online. people of all ages and in various Scour car boot sales, charity parts of the country to join a focus group every now and then shops and jumble sales for cheap items that you could sell to give opinions on anything from shampoo to high-end cars. for a profit. Then set up a seller’s account If you have the time and don’t on eBay or eBid and start mind answering questions you selling. could do online surveys. The Make sure you keep a squeakywork is fairly sporadic but it requires minimal effort and you clean rating as buyers are much more likely to buy from you if have nothing to lose, not to mention the fact that it’s all done you have 100% approval. from the comfort of your home.

Propagate Seedlings If you have green fingers and a decent-sized greenhouse (or somewhere else to place plant pots) you could make around £600 a week between February and October by propagating seedlings. Grow plants that you then sell at car boot sales and at local garages and shops or to friends and neighbours. To make a profit you need to choose carefully the type of plants you are going to grow. Some seeds cost £2.99 for six and some cost £2.99 for 1,500. You do the maths. Try to do a deal with your local garden centre to buy the pots that you’ll need and they would usually throw away. Also go online and bulk-buy compost. Fun fact: More than two thirds of people in the UK have sold something second-hand. The average amount raised per person in the last 12 months is £106.15. CDs and DVDs are the most popular second-hand item, followed by books and clothes.


In fact, once you are used to that you can sell on behalf of other people. Take a 30% cut of the profit (once you have taken out your advertising, postage and packing costs).

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Parents of any pupils (aged 4-11) wishing to attend Academy Primary or Nursery please contact the school for further details You are invited to Our Open Evening for prospective parents of Primary 1 or Nursery, for September 2014, on Wednesday 11 December 2013: Primary 1 at 18:30 Nursery at 19:30 194 Listooder Road, Saintfield, BT24 7JA. Tel: 028 9751 0407 Fax: 02897 519074 Email: Visit our school website for lots more information

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Community Pages St Mary’s Primary School Saintfield children enjoy the thrill of new Sensory Garden, which has been opened thanks to Lottery funding. The Parents Association secured an award of £9,950 which has been used to create the wonderful new garden which opened on Sunday 12th May.

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Saintfield Library Hallowe’en Pyjama Story-Time for children aged 4-8 On Tuesday 29th October at 6:45pm Children must be members to attend, admission free Rhythm and Rhyme Rhymes, songs and stories for children aged 4 and under, accompanied by an adult. Saturday 19th October, at 11am Saturday 16th November, at 11am

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Teenage Reading Gang Are you aged between 12 & 14? Why not come along? Must be members to attend. Tuesday 5th November at 6:15pm

The garden was the idea of parent Joanne Chong-Kwan who suggested an area embracing fun, story telling, growing food and learning through observation, and an outdoor classroom when the weather is good. At the ceremony the garden was blessed and opened by Fr Anthony McHugh PP before pupils performed music and then joined governors, teachers and parents for a walk around the new learning environment. Acting Principal Anne Reid thanked everyone who helped to create the garden and paid tribute to Terry Winchcombe, the landscape gardener who brought the children’s ideas to life. She said: “ During the years to come our children’s education will be enhanced by this beautiful resource and we will watch the development of our children in this appealing environment.” With raised flowerbeds, seating, an underground tunnel, colourful murals and a story telling chair, it is intended to be a tranquil area to grow vegetables and to monitor seasonal change. 32

Reading Group Join us once a month to discuss your favourite books with fellow enthusiasts. Every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 2:15pm or last Tuesday of the month at 7pm World War 2 Remembering the past through the medium of digital film. Friday 29th November at 12:30pm Admission free but booking advisable Need help with IT? Need help setting up email or finding websites? Ask a member of staff for details. Knit and natter group every Wednesday at 11 am

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Ballygowan Vintage Club Annual Dinner and Prize distribution is on Friday evening 8th November in La Mon Hotel and Country Club. This year the function is a Carvery, tickets from club members.

Ballygowan & District Road Racing Supporters Club sponsors of double Irish champion JAMIE HAMILTON # 44 meet the first Thursday of each month at the CHESTNUT INN, near BALLYGOWAN at 8PM. New members always welcome. Why not come along and join the WINNING TEAM for 2014. Find us on Facebook

Dromara & District Community Art Group are holding an Exhibition and Sale on Saturday 7th Dec 2013. at the Lagan Park Centre, Hillsborough Road Dromara at 10.00am.

For further information about the Art Group or the Exhibition and Sale contact Bill at 028 9269 9040 or Evelyn at 028 9753 3377

Moneyreagh Mother and Toddler Group Mondays 10:15am to 12 noon, at Moneyreagh Community Centre. Find us on facebook – search for Moneyreagh Mums&Tots. £1 admittance to cover breaks for parent and one toddler. Contact Eileen Kennedy 90 448988 or 07787 527808

028 9024 1549 Darragh Cross Parent and Toddler Group ST CAOLAN’S PRIMARY SCHOOL Now changed to Thursday Mornings from 10am £2 admittance includes drinks & snacks for children & grown ups. For enquiries, please contact the School Secretary on 028 97510757

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Ravara Productions Ravara Productions is a voluntary youth run amateur dramatic group based in County Down. Set up by children in a back garden in Ballygowan, Ravara has grown to 100 members (aged 4 - 19) in just 5 years, with 160 young people involved in their latest production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat which took place in the Waterfront Studio for four sell-out performances 29th-31st August 2013. We would like to say a massive thank you to the hundreds of supporters in our communities and beyond that helped make this possible. As part of their annual fundraising events, Ravara chose to help fundraise for CLIC Sargent at their quiz night that took place in the Auld House, Moneyreagh at the end of June. Ravara produces concerts and performs at community events throughout the year, and last June, also undertook 15 education and choir workshops in local primary schools, throughout Co Down, as part of the Joseph production. If you’d like to join, please email For details of past performances and community activities, visit our website

Saintfield Development Association Fri/Sat/Sun 25/26/27th October Friday 6th December

HarFest Music Festival, various venues Saintfield Christmas Fair, Main Street

Saintfield Heritage Society Programme 2013-2014 All talks are in the Woodrow Room of Saintfield Parish Church Hall at 8pm Visitors are always welcome. November 14th January 9th February 13th

The Donaghadee Lifeboat Hidden Gems of Ireland The Story of Punjana Tea

Alan Crouser Patrick Devlin Ross Thompson

March 13th April 10th

Squares of Belfast In the Steppes of Marco Polo

Norman Weatherall Diana Gledhill


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Moneyreagh Primary School Prospective parents are invited to visit us on our Open Day on Wed the 4th Dec from 2pm – 4pm and 7pm – 9pm. To request a prospectus, or to arrange an alternative appointment to visit the school, contact Debbie on 02890 448 443.

Craft Fair in aid of Malawi Projects

New Autism Support Group


At Carryduff Presbyterian Church Halls, Church Road, Carryduff.

Saintfield Playgroup

Saturday 2nd November 10am to 4pm.

First meeting of this new group was held at the beginning of October in Comber. We will be organising further support group meetings. Anyone affected by Autism please take advantage of this new support group and come along to share your experience with others.

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Meets at Saintfield Parish Church Hall

Range of craft stalls. Come along and start your Christmas shopping

Tues, Weds, Thurs and now on Fridays too From 9.15am-12 noon

Free Admission Teas/Coffees available for a small donation, all proceeds towards Malawi Projects

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First Saintfield Presbyterian Church

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Sunday Services: 11am&7pm

Vigil Masses (Sat and Eve of Holy days): 6:30pm

Minister: Rev James Hyndman Tel: 028 9751 9883

Sundays: 11am

21 Main Street, Saintfield email:

Holy Days: 8:30am & 7:30pm

Ballygowan Presbyterian Church Sunday Services:

Parish Priest: Very Rev Anthony McHugh Tel: 028 9751 0237 or 07737 198 966

11:30am & 7pm Minister: Rev Brian Black Tel: 028 9752 1096 email: Sunday School & Bible Classes 10:15-11:15am (ages 3-18) Youth Fellowship Alternate Sundays 8:15pm - 9:30pm (Sec School years 8-12) Boys Brigade Friday Evenings 6:30-7:45pm and 7:30 to 10:30pm (year 8+) Girls Brigade Weds and Sat, ring for details Youth Club 3rd Sat of month 7:30-9:30pm

St Joseph’s Carrickmannon Sunday Mass: 9am Holy Days: 10am Weekday Masses: Tues 10am Parish Priest: Very Rev Anthony McHugh Tel: 028 9751 0237 email:

Second Saintfield Presbyterian Church Sunday Services 11am Minister: Rev Dr Graham Connor Tel: 028 9751 0249 email: Ballynahinch Road, Saintfield 36

Weekday Masses: Mon, Wed 10am & Fri 7:30pm

Crossgar Road, Saintfield

Saintfield Baptist Church Sundays: Sunday School 10:30am Morning Meeting & Breaking of Bread 11:30am Gospel Meeting 7pm Wednesdays: Searchers 6:45pm Bible Study & Prayer Meeting 8pm Youth Fellowship 1st & 3rd Sunday each month 8.30pm Friendly Hour 1st Thurs each month 10.45am Tel: 07977 645996 51 Crossgar Road, Saintfield

Ravara Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church Sunday Services: Last Sunday of each month at 3:30pm Rev. S. J. Peden, FIPurM, CMPM. Tel: 028 92 692094

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Ballygowan Free Presbyterian Church

Moneyreagh Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church

Sunday Services: 10am Sunday School & Bible Classes

A friendly Church - where all are truly welcome.

7pm Gospel Service (Creche available) 11am and 6:30pm Prayer Meetings Mondays: 10-11:30am Little Sunbeams Mums and Toddlers (Term Time only) Tel: 0799085 3541 6:30 - 8pm A.W.A.N.A. Club (Year 1 to Year 10) Term Time Tuesdays: 8pm Bible Study & Prayer Meeting Fridays: 7pm Children’s meeting (Oct to March) for Pre-school to Year 7. 8pm Youth Fellowship for Year 8 upwards. (Sept to May) Saturdays: 7:30 to 9:30pm Youth Reach (Year 7 upwards). Usually 1st and 3rd Saturdays October to Easter Minister: Rev Alan Smylie All enquiries: 028 9752 8757 or 07789 756054 email: Everyone welcome 'it is time to seek the lord.' (Hosea 10 verse 12)

Sunday School 10.15am (except in months of July and August) Bible Study and Discussion Group - monthly; details from the Minister. Ladybirds (Women's Fellowship) Non-Subscribing Mums and Babies Details for all the above from the Minister. Minister: Rev Chris Wilson Tel: 07729 178093 email:

Saintfield Parish Church Sunday Services: 10:30am Communion Service 1st Sunday of each month Evening Worship:

36 Belfast Road, Ballygowan

6pm, 3rd Sunday of each month (except Summer)

2nd Saintfield Presbyterian Church are holding indoor car boot

Vicar: Rev Chris Pollock Tel: 028 97 510286

sales on Sat 16th Nov and Sat 21st December. Both from 9am - 12noon. And both held in the Church Hall 45 Main Street, Saintfield

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Equestrian Services

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Beechill Pet Supplies

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The Autumn Winter issue of the Local Focus - a community magazine and business directory for residents in Saintfield, Ballygowan and Darragh...