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Extras NI, Northern Ireland’s first and largest extras agency has celebrated ten successful years of being the lifeblood of Northern Ireland’s film and TV industry by making a number of significant announcements recently.

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ollowing a major rebranding exercise, Extras NI has officially relaunched as The Extras Dept., a name that incorporates all that the company has become to the many film and television productions that are being made in Northern Ireland. The Extras Dept. has over 17,000 registered extras, aged from 2 to 90, and from all walks of life, on its books. It has provided thousands of background artists to support national and international productions such as BBC’s The Fall and HBO’s Game of Thrones. The company marked this important milestone by hosting a major blood drive with Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service with over 200 extras at Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast. Siobhan Allan, Co-Founder and Finance Director, The Extras Dept.,

explained why they wanted to mark this significant anniversary by encouraging blood donors: “The Extras Dept. has been involved in providing extras and stand-ins for film and television productions for over 10 years and we wanted to give something back. So, to symbolise all the blood, sweat and tears that have not only gone into the last ten years of building the company, but also to rebalance all the blood that has been spilled in the countless film and television programmes that we have provided extras for, we decided to partner with Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service to host a blood drive at the iconic filming location, Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast.” The Extras Dept. has just celebrated a record-breaking year thanks to its work in 2016 with nine major productions as

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From the beginning, The Extras Dept. have been an integral part of Game of Thrones, making our make-believe world seem real. Wildlings, Northmen, Lannisters, Dothraki and Unsullied -we’ve populated our mythic lands with hardworking men, women and children who get up earlier than everyone else, enduring foul weather, filthy costumes, and grumpy Americans.

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EAST BELFAST WOMEN AT THE HELM OF NI’S LEADING EXTRAS AGENCY CELEBRATE 10 YEARS Our front page story continued...

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he highest extras numbers were courtesy of Game of Thrones followed by Lost City of Z (due to be released in Spring 2017) and BBC police drama Line of Duty. Carla Stronge, Co-Founder and Director, The Extras Dept., and a two-time Emmy winner for her work on Game of Thrones (‘Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series 2015 & 2016’), discussed: “The last ten years have been a rollercoaster for The Extras Dept. The screen industries in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have grown significantly in recent years, and The Extras Dept. has mirrored this growth as it has sought to meet the industry’s evolving needs. TV and film sets are far from glamorous! The days are long and it can be demanding. However, every day is different and you certainly won’t ever watch a film or tv programme the same way after spending a day on set! Our role is to keep everyone happy – the productions we facilitate and our lovely extras themselves! We have continuously invested in, and developed, our systems of work so that we are at the forefront of our industry. Our aim is to ensure that our extras have a positive working experience, and that the production companies’ experience is hassle-free and seamless.” Carla continued: “The Extras Dept. team will never stop striving for excellence. Over the last ten years we have been developing a bespoke casting system, enhancing it year on year with Atto Partners. We have recognised that by

developing our software and our staff we can continue to exceed expectations and compete on an international level. The Extras Dept. has also provided a unique doorway to gain on set experience and train local crew members who have gone on to excel in the industry in their own right.” Emma Sweeney, Managing Director, The Extras Dept., who has also recently been appointed as Business Partner in the company and will oversee the management of the company’s new Dublin office, outlined the company’s plans for the future: “This year we will be introducing our new Dublin office. Our film production clients are increasingly asking us to help them fill their extras roles in the Republic of Ireland, in the same way that we do in Northern Ireland. Our new innovative paperless casting system will help minimise any geographical issues that may have presented some challenges in the past. It is certainly an exciting time ahead for The Extras Dept. and we are looking forward to making a big impact in the Republic of Ireland.” Congratulating The Extras Dept. on their 10th anniversary, Game of Thrones creators David Benioff & D.B. Weiss said: “From the beginning, The Extras Dept. have been an integral part of Game of Thrones, making our make-believe world seem real. Wildlings, Northmen, Lannisters, Dothraki and Unsullied -- we’ve populated our mythic lands with hardworking men, women and children who get up earlier than everyone

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else, enduring foul weather, filthy costumes, and grumpy Americans. We want to thank the team for finding such remarkable background talent for us, year after year, with grace and good humor. Happy 10th Birthday, Extras Dept., and many happy returns. Your fans, D&D.” Richard Williams, CEO, Northern Ireland Screen added: “We would like to congratulate Extras NI on reaching 10 years as a company. It is a huge milestone and is a testament to the team’s hard work and talent. It is a true Northern Ireland success story, which Northern Ireland Screen has been happy to support with trainees over the years. We send them our sincere good wishes for the future as The Extras Dept.” Thanking the Extras Dept. for their help with the blood drive at Crumlin Road Gaol. Emma Sloan, Marketing Officer for NI Blood Transfusion Service said: “We are delighted to have the support of The

Extras Dept. during their anniversary celebrations. Each of their registered extras who donate will be taking on the role of a life-saver and will help 500 patients here who need a transfusion each week. Giving blood is such an easy thing to do and, it has amazing results, it could be used to save the life of a child with leukaemia, a mother during child birth someone undergoing a routine operation or someone with cancer.” In recent years The Extras Dept. has been involved with many productions including: Game of Thrones; The Fall; Line of Duty; High Rise; Dracula Untold; Hunger; Good Vibrations; City of Ember; Starred Up; and Your Highness. For further information please visit www.theextrasdept.com For information on The Extras Dept,’s innovative paperless casting system www.theextrasdept.com/chitless

Could You Be a Beat the Street Ambassador? Beat the Street are looking for Ambassadors living or working throughout Belfast, Lisburn, Newtownabbey and Holywood to build upon the success of last year’s initiative and encourage residents to stay active and improve their health.

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ore than 34,000 people in Northern Ireland took part in Beat the Street last autumn. The innovative walking and cycling game, saw communities transformed into a giant game where people tapped flashing sensors called Beat Boxes in order to earn points and win prizes. Thousands of people from local schools, community groups and businesses travelled a total of 156,000 miles in seven weeks. Following the success of the game in 2016, Beat the Street will continue to keep people active in Northern Ireland by signposting residents to healthy events and campaigns as well as launching and supporting positive community initiatives – for example, creating a local cycling group or leading regular nature walks. To help facilitate this, the Beat the Street team have begun a search for ambassadors who will be able to encourage their friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to be more active and help run walking and cycling groups in the community. The walking and cycling initiative was brought to Northern Ireland on behalf of The National Charity Partnership – a partnership between Diabetes UK, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Tesco who

are working together to help millions of people to improve their health through programmes such as Beat the Street. Dianne Whyte, Engagement Manager for Beat the Street Northern Ireland, said: “The success of the Beat the Street game last Autumn showed what the amazing people of Northern Ireland are capable of – we want to encourage people to keep on walking and cycling in the coming months and are looking for people passionate about physical activity to help build a positive legacy in Northern Ireland. “Whether you’d like to set up a up a school or community walking group to help families stay active and connected in their community, a fun cycling group to explore the miles of ‘off road’ corridors we have across the area or simple volunteer at Beat the Street community events – get in touch and help us transform the health of the entire community.” Anyone interested in becoming a Beat the Street Ambassador can get in touch via dianne.whyte@ intelligenthealth.co.uk or via the Beat the Street Northern Ireland Facebook or Twitter pages.


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Mason Robinson and Gareth Wright, both 17, have released the support service ‘Pocket Pal’ and hope the app can help reduce the numbers of young people taking their own lives as a result of bullying.

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ason is a pupil at Ashfield Boys’ High School and Gareth is a former student at Dundonald High School. They developed the Pocket Pal app to provide a support service to those who have or still are facing bullying within school. Currently in the prototype phase, the app allows

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students to create their own private and personal account to ‘live chat’ to their school councillor or senior teacher who can then deal with issues raised. ‘In England more than 16,000 young people are absent from school due to bullying,’ says Mason. ‘Now that’s a staggering number. Bullying

is something which can touch a lot of people, and no parent wants their child facing this horrible “Virus”. I believe that I have some sort or solution behind this…. Pocket Pal, Yes the pal that lives in your pocket! An app in which allows bullied victims to log onto their own private and personal account. (Each school will be able to sign up and submit all pupils for logins). This account includes a live chat platform with teachers and school councilors. Meaning that a student is being bullied then they can simply login through their account and live chat the suitable member of staff or the school councilor who can deal with the situation.’ This app will also give the victim top tips and methods in how to deal with the process. As well as adding an emergency button that allows the students to directly connect to a child line administrator. ‘Individuals which are being bullied don’t have the confidence to stand up for themselves, hear their own voice, and not let the bullies walk over them,’ added Mason. ‘Although fighting is not the answer, a stronger tone of voice built with confidence and using the right words will turn down the bully (not using foul language). Listening to the school councilor does help, although not in a real situation. Sitting talking to a school councilor doesn’t

build confidence when face to face with a bully. Another aspect within the app I’d like to include is a scripted program that allows bully victims to talk to and gain confidence. The user will have an option of scenarios relating to the issue they are facing, then a voice will then call the bullied victim names that the bullies may call people, such as “you’re weird”, the user can respond to this allowing them to practice responses as well as the voice interacting after with comments such as “well done” or “slow down when speaking”.’ ‘By giving this sort of criticism this will make the user feel more confident. The app will also allow the user to stop the activity anytime. The app will also include activities that can be carried out on a daily basis, strengthening the confidence of the bully victim. This app is not all about reporting bullying issues, it is to make the bullied victim hear their own voice and become stronger in a professional manner that doesn’t involve foul language or fighting, this will allow them to stand up for themselves if bullying occurs at another time.’ Pocket Pal is currently available as an app, but the pair hope to raise funds to develop the full product. For more information email masonrobinson427@gmail.com

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LOCAL YOUTH VOLUNTEER RECOGNISED IN PRAMERICA SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY AWARD

For the dedication she has demonstrated in service to her community, Chantelle Hutchinson, from East Belfast has been recognised as one of 20 finalists in the 2017 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards.

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his is he only all-Ireland youth initiative of its kind which rewards post-primary students for outstanding acts of volunteerism and the positive contribution they make in their local communities and further afield. Chantelle, a sixth year student at Ashfield Girls’ High School and was motivated to volunteer by witnessing the plight of those less fortunate than herself, such as those who are homeless, who have disabilities and even those suffering through crises abroad. Chantelle believes that everyone deserves equal opportunity and it was important to her to be actively involved in bringing this about. Mr Gerry Devlin, representing the General Teaching Council presented Chantelle with her certificate on 2 March, Chantelle will also be awarded 500 Euros and a silver Medallion at the Awards Ceremony in Dublin on the 23 March. Mrs Mungavin, school Principal, is delighted at the recognition of Chantelle’s efforts, which she says is ‘well deserved’. Volunteering with Northern Ireland Children’s Enterprise (NICE) Chantelle works tirelessly on a number of

projects at home and abroad. She has volunteered at the Welcome Centre, a homeless shelter in Belfast, travelled to New Orleans to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina, and was part of a team that travelled to Poland to help build and renovate flats for young offenders. She is also a volunteer coach with PeacePlayers and works with a senior team, Champions for Peace, in addition to taking part in peace trips to Cyprus where she volunteered with cross community workshops to help break down divisions within the community there. Chantelle also dedicates time to Friends of Cancer. “Chantelle is an exemplary pupil in every respect in her time at Ashfield Girls’ High School,” said School principal Alison Mungavin. “Despite facing very difficult personal difficulties, she has always shown a positive and caring attitude to life and to others.” The post-primary students, who hail from all corners of Ireland, will be presented with €500 and an engraved silver medallion at the gala awards ceremony on 23rd March at the Crowne

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abroad, they are aiding a broad range of charities and organisations through their selfless acts of volunteerism. It is humbling to see the commitment and dedication from these young people, and we are honoured to recognise the volunteering they are doing in their local schools, communities and abroad to make the lives better of those less fortunate than themselves.” The programme is run in partnership with the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) and the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI). The programme is also supported by Volunteer Now, Volunteer Ireland, Scouting Ireland and Foróige.

Queen’s Architecture Students Bring Animation and Innovation to Urban Village Areas Across Northern Ireland

The annual design and research ‘live’ project saw 91 undergraduate and postgraduate students from the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen’s work on briefs set by local community groups to develop new approaches to the built environment, and to imagine novel ways to support community aspirations to shape the place where they live and work.

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nitiated in 2010 by Professor Ruth Morrow, from the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen’s, it runs in March each year bringing the skills and energies of architecture students to community-based clients seeking to tackle social and economic challenges. Since 2015 it has focused its efforts on the Urban Village areas and for the past two years on all five areas across Derry~Londonderry and Belfast. Professor Morrow, said: “Street Society is fundamentally a social way of learning for our students, where they are put into a situation which reflects real life practice and real life challenges which they have to overcome. Not only does the project bring the students together, it also brings the local community together, helping to build a better future for people to live, work and socialise. One of our student designed projects from last year at Short Stand in East Belfast has informed the development and delivery of that project. This shows the successful impact Street Society has had on our local community, and we hope that this year’s projects will do the same.” Linsey Farrell, Programme Director of the Urban Villages Initiative in the Executive Office, said: “The Urban Villages initiative is designed to unlock potential and transform areas which have seen years of decline and deprivation. This project provides the architect students from Queen’s University Belfast with a unique opportunity to take an active role in

shaping the future of the places where they live and work. This inclusive and innovative approach will not only provide the students with personal and professional development opportunities but transform the physical environment of the Urban Villages building capacity for the local community and foster positive community identities.” The Urban Villages initiative brings the skill and resources of strategic partners like Queen’s to impact areas with a history of deprivation and community tension. This work not only supports the Urban Village aim of improving the physical environment through the generation of creative and innovative ideas; but the presence of the student groups in these areas, and their co-design approach with local people, also creates an environment to foster positive community identities and build community capacity. The week long project cumulated on Friday 3 March with a celebratory showcase event, displaying the work the students had done within the five Urban Village areas over the week, with international observers and Architecture Critics, Professor Prue Chiles, Emmet Scanlon and Jim Segers in attendance. Street Society is a Queen’s University Belfast ‘live’ Project supported by the Department for Communities with funding under the Northern Ireland Executive’s Urban Villages Initiative.

THERE ARE 5 URBAN VILLAGE AREAS: EAST BELFAST STREET SOCIETY PROJECTS: Derry~Londonderry - Bogside, Fountain and Bishop Street. Interface Barriers, East Belfast West Belfast – Colin area Pitt Park (Bonfire site), East Belfast South Belfast - Sandy Row, Donegall Pass and the Markets North Belfast - Ardoyne and Greater Ballysillan East Belfast - EastSide (covering lower part of the Newtownards Road)

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Architecture students who took part in the Derry Londonderry Urban Village

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NEW ESTATE AGENT LAUNCHES IN EAST BELFAST

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NEW OWNER OF LONG ESTABLISHED CREGAGH ROAD OPTICIANS After 14 years of working to ensure the good eye health and vision of the people of East Belfast, Stephen Rea has turned from employee to owner, having taken over the helm of his own opticians’ business.

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he 38-year-old optometrist has begun the next exciting stage of his professional life with a fresh look for the long-established and highly regarded practice at 18 Cregagh Road. And with the help of his optical assistants Helen Graham and Jenny Hunter, he’s keen to ensure that his clients continue to receive the best service in eye health care as well as having an exciting range of spectacles, contact lenses and sunglasses to choose from. Stephen says: “When the chance came along to run the opticians practice that I worked at for most of my professional life, I jumped at it because I’ve really enjoyed my time working with and caring for the people of East Belfast. For me, the best aspect of the job is when you know that you have made a real difference to someone you have seen, whether it be detecting a general health problem or a potentially sight threatening issue. It’s really gratifying when they call to express their thanks for what you have done for them and I hope that will continue in the years to come.” A graduate of Cardiff University, Stephen completed pre-registration training in England and worked there until qualification in 2001. A year later, he returned back to Northern Ireland where he took up his role as optometrist in the former Harris Rundle practice. Outside of work, the Ballyclare man loves nothing better than a four-ball with friends at his local golf club. For appointments to have your eyes tested – which is free to the over 60s – please ring 9045 6594 today and follow our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pg/ stephenreaopticians/


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COMMUNITY STORY >>> We ll-k n own Eas t Be lfa s t Actor, t h e late, Jam e s ‘J i mmy ’ Elli s , fam e d for h i s roles i n product i on s s u ch as the B BC s eri es Z- Cars and T he Bi lly Play s , will ad d hi s name to a new b ri d g e, jus t m e tre s from h i s fami ly hom e

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We are delighted to unveil the James Ellis Bridge, a fitting tribute to a great East Belfast son, and we are grateful to his family for being with us today.

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Programme Manager Connswater Community Greenway,

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James E llis’s son Toto and w id ow Rob ina E llis w ith the Lord Mayor of Belfast Brian Kinsg ton, Wend y Lang ham, Connswater Community G reenway and Vic toria Mc Culloug h ( 10 ) from Vic toria Park P rimary S c hool in E ast Belfast.

Unveiled to the public today, 8th March 2017, this marks the opening of a further section of the Connswater Community Greenway linking C.S. Lewis Square, Mersey Street and Victoria Park.

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he new greenway section from C.S Lewis Square to Victoria Park, including the James Ellis Bridge, will feature: 1.4km new cycle and walkway; flood protection for local properties; landscaping works including new trees, shrubs and grassed areas; restoration of the Connswater River to encourage plant and wildlife species to thrive and a new toucan crossing at Mersey Street Bridge. In addition Mersey Street Bridge has been repainted and benches, lighting, bins and interpretative signage added along the route. When completed later this year, the Connswater Community Greenway will be a living landmark and a fantastic legacy for everyone from across the city and beyond to enjoy. As well as offering greener, cleaner spaces, including a wildlife corridor from Belfast Lough to the Castlereagh Hills, the new linear park includes 16km of foot and cycle paths, improved green spaces, 23 new or improved bridges and crossings, 5km of flood walls and embankments, 6 new tourism and heritage trails and the C.S. Lewis Square at Holywood Arches for celebrations and events. The Connswater Community Greenway is a £40 million funded project developed by EastSide Partnership and delivered by Belfast City Council which is managing the project construction. Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Belfast City Council, the Department for Communities,

Department for Infrastructure and DfI Rivers, the Greenway will improve the quality of life for local people and create a legacy for future generations. The Connswater Community Greenway project was developed thanks to more than £23.5 million raised by National Lottery players. DfI Rivers is also working in partnership to deliver elements of the combined East Belfast Flood Alleviation Scheme. This is part of a significant investment of £12 million in East Belfast that will alleviate the impact of flooding to nearly 1700 homes. Helping to unveil the new James Ellis Bridge, Robina Ellis James Ellis wife, commented; “Myself and our son Toto are delighted to support Connswater Community Greenway with the public opening of the new section today. We are especially delighted to be here to unveil the naming of a bridge after our beloved Jimmy. Jimmy wore his fame lightly and humbly and would not have imagined this particular tribute possible, and so near to the end of the road where his family lived for 60 years. Jimmy’s father was also known as James Ellis. We would like to consider the bridge naming as a double tribute, which would have made Jimmy very happy. Jimmy remained fiercely proud of his roots for his whole life and, had he lived to see this, he would want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful place.”

EBCDA has two donation classes currently ongoing: Yoga and Pilates, in the East Belfast Network Centre. Yoga is on Tuesdays from 6.00 to 7.00pm and Pilates is on Thursdays from 6.00 to 7.00pm. Both are held in East Belfast Network Centre. The classes are open to everyone who lives, works or volunteers in East Belfast and are suitable for beginners. You can bring your own mat or one can be supplied by the tutor. Bring a donation (whatever you can afford) to keep the classes going. For more information please contact Linda Armitage on 028 9045 1512 or linda@ebcda.org.

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Come join Connswater Community Greenway for some fun and fitness at the C.S. Lewis Square. Friday 21 April 11am - 12pm. All you need is a pair of trainers and a bottle of water. Email Laura at laura@eastsidepartnership.com or Nar Munna on 028 9045 1512 or narendra@ebcda.org.

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Free Safeguarding Training

Community groups in East Belfast can avail of a suite of free safeguarding training courses for their staff and volunteers through Belfast Health and Social Care Trust’s Keeping Children Safe Project. Areas covered include: Training for staff and volunteers; Training for managers, supervisors and management committees; Safeguarding children with disabilities; and, Safeguarding children on day trips and residentials. The Keeping Children Safe Project is coordinated by Sheina Rigg and Grainne Nelson, Senior Practitioners in Social Work and members of Belfast Trust’s Learning and Development team. For more information contact KeepingChildrenSafe@belfasttrust.hscni.net or call 028 9504 9725.

Set Dancing Classes in Skainos

Looking for a fun and effective way to tone up? Set Dancing Classes are taking place at the Skainos centre on Tuesdays from 7.00pm to 8.30pm.

Changes to Child Tax Credits from April 2017

Carlie Martin, Better Off Families Adviser at East Belfast Independent Advice Centre provides information about common advice queries. I am single with two children and receive child tax credits. I am due to give birth to my third baby in May 2017. Will I be entitled to child tax credit for this child? The law regarding tax credits is changing from 6th April 2017. From that date, you are unable to claim child tax credits for more than two children. (Different rules

apply to multiple births). If you have your third child after this date, you will not be eligible to claim Child Tax Credits for this or any other children. If you are already being paid, Child Tax Credits for three or more children you will continue to receive the same amount of tax credits. If you would like to phone me at

the centre or call in and outline your specific circumstances, I will provide you with a full benefit check to make sure you are receiving your full entitlement. East Belfast Independent Advice Centre offers advice on Welfare benefits, Tax Credits, Housing, Employment and Debt. The advice is free, independent and

confidential. You can phone us or come into the centre to talk to an adviser. Drop in Advice Clinics Mon, Tues, Wed, 9.30-11.30 Thurs 2.00-3.30 (Appointments required for Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment and Attendance Allowance forms)

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BUSINESS STORY >>> From a ncient we a ponry to mod ernday m e m o rab i li a, i t’s boom t i me for militaria and i t s eems c olle ctors ju s t can ’ t ge t e noug h of an t i q u es and colle c tab les ass ociate d wi t h his torica l confli ct s .

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BLOOMFIELD AUCTIONS MILITARIA SALE A CUT ABOVE In June collectors will be able to indulge their passion to the full when Bloomfield Auctions stages its latest major militaria event at its East Belfast salerooms.

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ccording to expert auctioneer and valuer Karl Bennett of Bloomfield Auctions, who will preside over the high profile sale, auctions are a great way to get ‘more bang for your buck’ … and that applies whether you are buying or selling. He says, “A specialist auction such as our militaria one on June 20th attracts collectors from near and far so anyone wanting to sell a piece can be confident that they’re getting exposure to people who are genuinely interested, ready and eager to buy. From a buyer’s perspective, the sheer volume and variety of items on sale presents huge temptation with choice concentrated in a single location …and there is always the chance that you’ll snap up the bargain of the night.” Karl believes that the increase in interest is due partly to a spate of significant World War I and II anniversaries. He says, “Those anniversaries - many of them formally marked with extremely moving ceremonies - encouraged many of us to find out more about the past and to look with renewed interest at family mementoes and collections. Films such as ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ and

TV shows such as ‘SS-GB’ also play their part in building interest in the sector, with World War II possessions and artefacts currently much sought after.” Not altogether surprisingly, items relating to the Troubles and local history are also in high demand, creating interest not only in the crowded saleroom but also on internet. Karl says, “Most of us have items relating to the Troubles around the house, yet few people fully understand their potential value. Even seemingly unimportant souvenirs from quite recent times can sometimes catch the imagination and secure excellent prices at sale, while significant pieces do extremely well, with values continuing to rise. “Items of local interest are already flooding in for the auction and we’re looking forward to presenting for sale some great vintage items from the Royal Irish Constabulary, Royal Ulster Constabulary and, indeed, from the 36th Ulster Division, together with some fascinating political mementoes from all persuasions.” The June sale will bring together a huge and varied selection of items and

collections under the broad banner of ‘militaria’, with everything from postcards, photos, posters and other paper ephemera to medals, uniforms and a vast range of weaponry including obsolete and de-activated firearms and swords, bayonets and edged weapons. Some of the high end antiquities are expected to attract the interest of established collectors from across these islands and beyond, with high prices already being predicted for some of the quirkier and more historically important lots on offer. However newcomers to militaria collecting will find no shortage of tantalising lots available for relatively modest outlay. Karl says, “The excitement of an auction room in full flow is legendary so Auction Night is very much a fun night out for all, but I reckon there is little to beat the thrill of watching people bidding on your item! For that reason I would really encourage people to have a rummage around

their homes to see if they do indeed have ‘cash in the attic’. I understand that bringing something to an auction house, for the first time can seem a bit daunting, but we work hard to make the experience pleasant as well as profitable. We’re always happy to give advice on valuations, no matter what appears on our reception counter! “Buying is also a simple affair, with opportunities to view what’s on offer in the week before the auction and our staff. Our staff are on hand with easy-to-follow information on how to bid, either in person or on-line, and provide great advice on guideline prices. The next specialist Militaria Sale at Bloomfield Auctions which is situated in the historic Owen O’Cork Mill at 288 Beersbridge Road, Belfast will be held at 6:30pm on Tuesday 20th June, with viewings on proceeding Saturday 10:30am -1pm, Monday 10am – 7pm and Tuesday 10am – 6:30pm. Follow Bloomfield Auctions on facebook on visit www.bloomfieldauctions.co.uk

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STORY >>> In Nor t h ern Ireland , the vas t numb er of children i n care li ve with fos ter carers .

For many it is hoped they will return to live with their birth family but a small number of children may never be able to live with their birth parents.

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help. Claire also added: “Often we don’t recognise mood changes as risk factors for self-harm or suicide. Depression, anxiety and behaviour changes, including sleep problems, irritability and isolation are known suicide risk factors. We would like raise awareness about the signs to look out for and to encourage people to call Lifeline if concerned about themselves or someone else. There is a common perception you have to wait until distress reaches a certain tipping point before calling Lifeline – we would encourage anyone experiencing distress or despair to call, you are not alone.” Lifeline is free to call from all landlines and mobiles, please put the number into your phone today and have it saved for when you or a friend may need it in the future.

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her new single, ‘Another Show’, on 7 April 2017. Rebekah’s music is influenced by an eclectic mix of artists, from Florence and the Machine and Sia, to Amy Winehouse, Sigur Rós and Lana Del Rey. An interest in electronic and timbral composers brings in the experimental influences and trip hop style of Gorillaz and Portishead. Listen at: soundcloud.com/rebekahfitch More info: facebook / rebekahfitchmusic

hris Moore, Manager of B&M Connswater said, ‘I want to thank all our staff and customers for their fantastic generosity they have shown; Action Cancer is a great cause.’ Janice Shaw the East Belfast Group’s Secretary said, ‘The staff and management at B&M Connswater have given Action Cancer tremendous support since we approached them a couple of years ago. We as a group

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My advice to anyone who has ever considered fostering is to get as much information as possible, make sure you get your questions answered - talk to people, go to the information events the Trusts run, seek out guidance, talk to other foster carers, soak up as much information as you can.”

Action Cancer East Belfast Community Group raised an amazing £3,482 during Rebekah Fitch will release a Bag Pack at B&M Connswater over the 2016 Christmas period.

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attended a Belfast Trust information event called ‘’Til I Grow Up’ event it really brought the children to life for us. Fostering rewards us every single day. Brian and I have had the opportunity to see the children grow and progress every day, every week, every month. It just really warms your heart when people say to you ‘look how happy and confident they are’ and you feel proud that you have had some input into the smiles on their faces and the experiences they’re having.

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ll calls to Lifeline are answered by qualified counsellors who will listen and give the immediate help over the phone and where appropriate link you into local support services, including Lifeline face to face crisis counselling, close to where you live. Lifeline counsellors are experienced in dealing with many issues, including self-harm, depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, relationship break-up, trauma and many others areas that may cause people to experience distress. Claire O’Prey from Lifeline said: “Sometimes the first call is difficult to make and we want to highlight, that if you are worried about a family member or friend, you can call Lifeline on their behalf. Our counsellors will support you to support the person in distress as sometimes we can be too polite, thinking we are intruding by noticing a loved may not be coping with a challenge they are facing. Lifeline can also arrange for follow up outreach providing direct help to loved one you are concerned for. We are particularly keen to encourage mothers, sisters, wives and girlfriends to support the men in their lives who may be experiencing a crisis, to call Lifeline, as sometimes men find it more difficult to reach out for

Eas t B elfas t Act i on Ca nce r C ommuni ty Group C h ri s t mas Fundrai s i n g S uccess

“AMP Mni feel t hat i t i s im por tan t to b e p art of the local commu ni ty a nd among s t ot h er proje c t s , we joi ned up with B elmon t Pri mary Schoo l’s P3 ’ s p u p i l’s who were learni n g a bout h ous es .”

ude Malone, together with her husband Brian, has been a Belfast Health and Social Care (HSC) Trust foster carer for almost two years. Balancing the challenges of parenting two young girls alongside running her photography and design business means that Jude values the support offered to her as a HSC foster carer. “We felt that as a couple we would be strong enough to consider fostering. We had considered different options for growing our family but when we

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are enormously grateful to them and of course the very generous and big hearted people of East Belfast.’ Action Cancer provides a range of lifesaving and support services to the local community costing £4 million every year. The charity receives no government funding and relies entirely on support from the local community to raise the money needed to maintain its cancer prevention, detection and support services.

AMPMni AND BELMONT PRIMARY PROJECT

“We thought that it would be great fun for the pupils to design a brochure featuring their own house! We then placed the brochures in our office window for friends and family to see. We then had a special guest give out prizes to the winners.” Aaron McKinney; Director AMPMni

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rs McKittrick P3 teacher: “Primary 3 children in Belmont Primary School have been studying houses and homes as one of their topics and learning about the different types there are, materials that are used and how houses have changed over time. As part of our studies we designed our dream house on a brochure on the I pad and then we entered the AMPMni competition which was to draw a picture of their own home and write a description about it. The children thoroughly enjoyed entering the competition and seeing their

brochures displayed, both on the estate agents window and on their facebook page. We, at Belmont Primary School would like to thank AMPMni for organising this competition and the very generous prizes they distributed to the 3 winners and 6 runners up. A big highlight for the children was Sparky presenting the prizes and having their photograph taken with him. We look forward to this topic in 2018!” “We really enjoyed working with so many talented children and look forward to the next project.” said Aaron.


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had developed. I had worked with David Hallowell the owner on a professional level but I was very sceptical about seeing him professionally to try out the rocker. Until I try something myself, I tend to disbelieve After sustaining a spiral fracture to my tibia on my left leg it (Sorry David)” Eventually during a soccer training session for the PSNI, I felt not only was however I felt I had nothing my football career going to be severally effected but it would to lose as my leg was not also have an adverse effect on my personal life. improving and I was now willing I experienced almost constant drive properly. Each movement to try anything to get my life back on track. I had bought lots severe pain from the soles of my caused severe discomfort of off the shelf supports before feet through to the bottom of my and this became extremely which had only made the pain knee. My career in soccer which frustrating. worse but the rocker I was told had taken me from playing junior The NHS gave me a “Moon” was a totally new device. football when young to the Irish boot to wear, which basically After the initial appointment League level was all but over. restricted any movement in with David he told me that not Soccer had played such a major my leg. My experience of this only had I a severe reduction in part in my life that I was quite wasn’t great as although the simply devastated. boot did give a certain amount of my ankle joints movement due The effect on my personal life protection it certainly didn’t help to the original injury, but that this had caused the arch of my was that I couldn’t exercise, my leg to recover. play with my children, walk up “I had heard about the Northern foot to collapse. Within a week I had a cast of my foot taken and and down stairs properly, carry Ireland Foot and Ankle Clinic a rocker support for my foot out small house tasks or even and the new ankle rocker they

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My Dog Runs Fast! But Not With All His Legs...

I would say that as a vet I see two or three cases of lameness or altered use of the legs every single day. With cats, it is often sudden and obviously painful. With dogs it is frequently more subtle with the dog disguising it by trying their best to cope despite the pain.

One of the most common reasons that we see dogs and cats at the clinic, is because they are not using all their legs equally well.

Patrick McKee BVetMed, BSc, MRCVS

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Cats: The top causes of lameness in cats are- being bitten by another cat or “curled” ingrowing claws, both of which usually need targeted antibiotic and pain relief. Dogs: The top causes of lameness in dogs are knee ligament injury, muscle strains, and broken toenails. The former often requires the type of orthopaedic surgery which we do a lot of at Ashwood Vets, the latter two generally require medical treatment. HERE’S HOW TO PIN IT DOWN: Step 1: What leg are you talking about? When we describe lameness in pets, we refer to left and right in exactly the same way as in ourselves. So, if you were on all fours like your pet, your right arm corresponds to their front right leg and your left leg corresponds to their back left leg and so on. Step 2: Which leg is it? Often owners find it tricky to be sure which leg (or other part of the body) is

causing the lameness. If it is obvious, move to step 3 but if not, try the following:Ask someone else to walk your dog and watch your pet’s head. If a front leg is sore, often the dog’s head will bob down as the good leg strikes the ground and bob up when the sore leg strikes the ground. If a back leg is sore, often it will appear that your pet is trying “swing” or “pull” the sore leg forward rather than flex the joints as he moves.If your pet is a cat, gently use your fingers and thumb to simultaneously stroke both sides of each leg and also along their back watching carefully for any sign of resentment (be gentle and don’t get bitten!!) Step 3: Look for a sore area Gently see if your pet will allow you to lift the leg and gently feel around the leg from the bottom to the top. You should be watching your pet’s head while doing this. You are looking for which area, if any, they are less comfortable with.

I hope this information is helpful. By checking these things, you can be a more attentive pet owner, be alert to your pet’s needs, and quickly identify the times when a problem may need a more detailed assessment. If you would like me to have a look at any lameness, Step 5: Check the pads sudden onset or a niggly long-term Lifting your dog or cat’s paw, look discomfort, send me an email patrick@ underneath it at each of the pads. There is a pad for each toe and a larger ashwoodvets.com, or call the clinic and main pad. You are checking for marks, speak to Kelly on 028 90 419374 scuffs, cuts and sore areas in between I hope you have a great Easter, and remember, your dog thinks your Easter the pads. Hard matts of hair can become stuck between pads and cause eggs are really his and perfectly safe for him to steal, and he’s wrong! lameness. Step 4: Check the toenails Gently look at each claw on its own looking for any broken or bleeding ones. Don’t forget the dew claws a few inches up the leg (if there are any)

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MAGISTRATES’ COURT MOCK TRIAL SUCCESS STRATHEARN SCHOOL On Saturday 11th March, Dungannon Courthouse hosted the Northern Ireland heat of the Citizenship Foundation’s Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial.

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ive schools from across the province participated in the heat, determined to secure a place in the national final. Pupils from second and third form had prepared to conduct two trials, taking a turn at prosecuting and defending a specially prepared burglary case. On Saturday, each trial ran in front of a real judge in a real courtroom. Students took on roles of lawyers, witnesses, magistrates and court staff. Teams even brought court artists and

court reporters. There was a great atmosphere in court. Strathearn’s defence team competed against the prosecution team from St Dominic’s, and then ran the prosecution against Foyle College’s defence team. In both trials the defendant was found guilty. Our own Ellie Massey, who adopted the role of the defendant, was handed a six-month-long custodial sentence. The standard of the competition was very high, and Strathearn emerged victorious.

Particular mention was made of Darcey Jamison, our first prosecution lawyer, who spoke with great confidence and argued her case succinctly. Strathearn will keep the Northern Ireland trophy for the year, and as winners of the Northern Ireland heat, the pupils will go on to compete in the national final in England. Pupils valued

the chance to learn more about the law, and to meet legal professionals and court staff. The day presented the useful opportunity to compete against and get to know pupils from across Northern Ireland. Good luck to Strathearn pupils who will be travelling to England to compete in the National Final in June.

EAST BELFAST GRADUATE CELEBRATES ACADEMIC SUCCESS

Journey of a Lifetime to Silicon Valley

STORY >>> Four p up i ls from Grosvenor G rammar in B elfas t took off from D ub li n A i rp ort on a n Aer L i n g us flight d i rect to S an Franc i s co on a jou rn ey that w i ll i n s p i re t h em for years to come.

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GROSVENOR GRAMMAR YEAR 11 PUPILS OLIVIA MILLAR, LOUISA MILLAR, LUCY MILHENCH AND ALICIA GALLAGHER ALONG WITH TEACHER SAMUEL TAGGART, ARE HEADED TO SILICON VALLEY WITH DIGITAL DNA, COURTESY OF AER LINGUS, AFTER WINNING THE COVETED PRIZE AT DIGITAL DNA’S FUTURES COMPETITION AIMED AT INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION OF TECHNOLOGY LEADERS.

TEACHER RECEIVES AWARD AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE LEADHILL PS There has been a royal buzz around Leadhill recently, as Primary 5 teacher Kousalyaa Somasundram, headed off to London to receive her MBE. The award was granted for services to Indian Dance, Ethnic Art and the Community in Northern Ireland.

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iss Soma, as she is known in school, was presented with her award in February 2017 by Prince Charles. Her Primary 5 class were excited to see her shiny medal, and welcomed her

back to school with a banner and some flowers which they presented in a special assembly. They were able to watch a specially produced video of the actual presentation and have a really close inspection of the beautiful medal. Miss Soma, who joined the Leadhill staff in August 2016, has quickly become an important part of the Leadhill family. Her Bollywood dance lessons in school have become very popular with the children who are all enjoying trying out something new. Musical activities have always been a key strength in Leadhill, and the addition of dance provides even more opportunities to shine. The whole school community are looking forward to the next new and exciting experience with Miss Soma MBE!

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The school Principal has thanked the parents and children who worked brilliantly together to ensure a fantastic performance at a recent festival in Belfast

cArthur Nursery School’s Principal, Eithne Daly, has thanked parents who made sure every child at the nursery was able to perform their own unique version of the poem “Giant” by Clive Webster at Belfast Musical Festival of Music, Speech and

Drama. Our Chairman of the Board of Governors, Mrs Denise Lowry, has recently stepped down as Chairman of the Belfast Festival so it was brilliant that the children of McArthur Nursery School performed so well, particularly in Mrs Lowry’s last year.

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upils of Greenwood House Assessment Centre dress red to support Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke along with staff (L-R) Emma Scott, Hilary McIntyre and Clare Carroll. The staff and pupils raised £97.00 as part of NICHS’s Dress Red Campaign which called on local people and schools to ‘Dress to Kill Heart Disease’ - the biggest killer of women in Northern Ireland. Their Dress Red Day followed a visit from an NICHS representative who talked about the benefits of physical activity and the importance of keeping your heart healthy.

Thomas Kelly has celebrated success at the Ulster University Business School. Recently graduated with an MBA, Thomas, who is now Operations Manager at Kelda Water Services in Bradford, won the Institute of Directors Prize for achieving the best overall mark in the strategy module. He was presented with his prize by Gordon Milligan, Institute of Directors at the annual Ulster University Business Schools’ student awards event organised by the Department of Management and Leadership. Speaking at the Awards ceremony, Professor Heather Farley, Head of the Department, said, “These Awards recognise our top performers across the range of management and leadership related programmes and confirm why we are so justifiably proud of our graduates. The Ulster University Business School prides itself on enabling students to acquire knowledge and skills that will allow them to make a meaningful contribution to the development of business in Northern Ireland and beyond. Our professional partnerships are evidenced by the many sponsors involved with these Awards and further demonstrate our commitment to providing an important mix of academic and practical learning.” A total of fifteen awards were presented. Sponsors included Peak Discovery; Grafton Recruitment; Capita; Labour Relations Agency; Momentum Human Capital; CBI; IoD; James Leckey Design; MBA Association of Ireland; Ulster Sports Academy; Translink; Deloitte and First Trust.


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‘Narnia’ THE MAKING OF

THE MAGNIFICENT CS LEWIS SQUARE HAS BECOME A POPULAR LANDMARK FOR LOCALS AND VISITORS ALIKE. FEATURING SEVEN SCULPTURES BASED ON CHARACTERS FROM THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, THE NEW SPACE DEDICATED TO THE FAMOUS AUTHOR HAS NOW BEEN OPEN FOR FOUR MONTHS. WE DECIDED TO GET BEHIND THE WARDROBE FOR A GLIMPSE INTO THE WORLD OF THE MAGICAL MAN WHO CREATED THESE NOW LEGENDARY SCULPTURES; IRISH ARTIST MAURICE HARRON. Maurice Harron was born in Derry. After studying at Belfast College of Art & Design, he taught at St. Joseph’s College of Education, Belfast, Convent of Mercy, Belfast, St. Columb’s College, Derry and Lumen Christi College, Derry. In 1983 he began working at painting and sculpture. He had one-man exhibitions in City Hall, Sligo in 1987, and Heritage Library, Derry in 1989. For the last 18 years he has worked to address issues of belief, ethnicity and political tension through his sculpture. Working in public locations, he has made works which explore themes connected to social, historical and cultural identity. WHAT WAS IT THAT INSPIRED YOU TO FOCUS PRIMARILY ON SCULPTURE? I have worked in every area of the visual arts, including drawing, painting, print-making, photography, graphic design, set design, teaching in primary, secondary and third-level education, with one-man exhibitions of painting. I did learn the art of stone carving and sculpture in the 70s and did work in cemeteries in Roscommon, Sligo and Leitrim then. All of this is very ironic, as I did NO work when I was a student at Belfast College of Art. The then Head of Graphic Design, Peter Hardie caught me on the final day, after four years, when I was sneaking into college to retrieve some clothes, before we all went away for Summer jobs in England. He yelled at me for not doing ANY work and not doing the exam and not putting up the Final Year Diploma display of work! Then he ordered me into some classroom and told me to wait. He returned with some text books and the exam paper and he told me to do the exam, copying all the answers from the text books! After two hours, he returned and after saying some profanities at me, he said that he was going to give me a Pass for the Final Year Diploma. He told me that sometime during the year he had been in our Graphics studio and he had found some ‘dogeared’ sketch book of mine, with nothing in it, - except on inside last page, he found the vicious cartoon I had drawn of him! He told me that, because of that cartoon, he was going to give me a Pass, because, he said, he was afraid to Fail the guy who had drawn that, because sometime in the future, he might do something!

WHY HAS PUBLIC ART BECOME SO IMPORTANT TO YOU? Public Art is a specialised part of Visual Art, where works are taken out of normally ‘exclusive’ art galleries and are set in central locations where they can be seen. It is important for me because of the amazing opportunities to create art works for special locations. It is a great privilege to be allowed to put up art works, where they will become part of the ‘backgrounds’ to the lives of ordinary people. Most people have no interest in art and have not been trained to ‘read’ and interpret them. So I make works that can be instantly understood by any person, from the young child going to school, to the busy mother returning from the shops to the man on his way to an appointment at the hospital. WHAT WAS THE FIRST SCULPTURE YOU EVER CREATED? The first large scale work was ‘Hands Across the Divide’. It emerged over one week in 1989. I was unemployed, having left my teaching job in County Roscommon so that our children could get into Northern schools for the new academic year. One of my friends told me that Dept., of the Environment had announced a competition for a public art work for the site at the end of Craigavon Bridge in Londonderry. I went to look at the site. That weekend, President Gorbachev had announced the end of the East-West Cold War and end of Berlin Wall. Thoughts of this were in my mind and at that site, I ‘saw’ two young men, standing on high walls, looking at each other. If Russia and USA could settle their differences, surely the conflict here in Northern Ireland could be resolved, if basic trust could be created. Over the next week I made many drawings of this and made a sculpture model using Plasticine and card … and made the men reach across to shake hands. WHEN YOU ARE COMMISSIONED OR WHEN YOU EMBARK ON A PROJECT, WHAT IS YOUR THOUGHT PROCESS OF DEVELOPMENT FROM INITIAL MEETING TO WHEN YOU’RE READY TO BEGIN CREATING THE PIECE? The development of sculpture concepts is a strange process that emerges almost spontaneously or not at all. I could draw from before I could talk, so image-making is a very natural process for me.

WHEN CONNSWATER COMMUNITY GREENWAY FIRST APPROACHED YOU ABOUT THE PROJECT, WHAT WAS YOUR INITIAL REACTION? The CS Lewis project occurred over a number of years. Initially the organising committee seemed to be seeking to get a single art work. Things started and stalled a number of times. The competition was advertised again in 2014 I decided I would do something for it. Rather than submitting some single art work, I decided to submit seven, which goes to demonstrate my high business skills! So I designed my version of ‘Narnia’ with ‘Jewel the Unicorn’ in it. The organising committee selected my submission and the idea of all of ‘Narnia’ appearing in the new CS Lewis Square, with the exception of Jewel the Unicorn. They asked if I could make ‘Maugrim the Wolf’ instead. WITH YOUR THEMES OF SOCIAL, HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL IDENTITY, THIS MUST HAVE BEEN A WONDERFUL PROJECT TO WORK ON COVERING ALL THESE ASPECTS? This was a fantastic project for me. There are so many layers of intention and meaning in the work of CS Lewis, that I felt a certain responsibility to try to be as true as possible to his vision of the ‘Chronicles of Narnia’. The good humour and impish manner of Mister Tumnus and the kindly good nature of Mister and Mrs Beaver and the vicious and dangerous spirit of Maugrim the Wolf and the mysterious spirit of the Stone Table and the alien, cold and other-worldly personality of Jadis the White Witch and the sense of authority and courageous aura of Aslan and the innocence and natural simplicity of Robin Red Breast were all inspirations for me to try and capture. EXPLAIN A BIT ABOUT EACH SCULPTURE AND THE PROCESS BEHIND IT... I made the seven sculptures to have individual identities in terms of style and materials and process. I began all by making many drawings and different designs for each. Mister and Mrs Beaver were the first to be realised in 3D and I made steel armatures for them and built up and modelled their appearances in Red Earthenware clay. After that I

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made rubber and fibreglass moulds of them and later used these moulds to make exact patterns in wax. So the Beavers appeared again in wax and these were cut in sections and the ceramic shell process began. This involved dipping the waxes every day for two weeks to build up a coating which is known as the Ceramic Shell. At the end of that the wax is burned out of the ceramic shells and molten bronze is poured in. The bronze sections are cleaned and then bronze welded together. Maugrim the Wolf was constructed of stainless steel, built onto a steel framework which was embedded in the concrete. We welded about 5,500 stainless steel pieces to create his ‘fur’ coat! I modelled ‘Jadis the Witch’ in clay over about a month and then made all the moulds as was done for the Beavers. But I wanted a special finish for her and so I contacted the leading stainless steel art foundry in the world and arranged that they would pour the molten stainless steel into my mould. It took a few months to ship the moulds and get back the finished casting. I got the patterns of snowflakes programmed into computer and we scaled these to different sizes to control a laser-cutting machine which cut out all of the Witch’s ‘snow’ which we used to create her dress and Wand of Power I worked with McConnell’s of Kilkeel to produce the broken Stone Table from granite The making of Aslan was very challenging as I had to increase the height of my studio and install a 3 ton overhead hoist. He was built over a stainless-steel frame and I used many thousands of 5mm bronze plate to create his head and body and mane. WHICH WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING TO CREATE? They were each difficult in their own way. I like to develop and use different techniques for the creation of any sculpture and these certainly provided a steep challenge for me. Aslan was very challenging because of it’s height and weight and the need to change its position. We built a large scaffold around him and he took about 8 months to complete.

MAURICE HARRON

It was a real problem to lift him and move him and I did employ a specialist lifting firm to consult about that and they designed a ‘lifting frame’ specifically to lift him and use for stability during the long trip to Belfast. The men who transported him had to cut all overhead branches from trees on the little rad at my studio, in order to get him out. They did that from 2am – 6am on the morning of our journey. HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU SAW THE SQUARE REVEALED? On the evening of the opening, I was very surprised at the number of people who attended. It was a wonderful experience to see the various young people who performed their creative responses to CS Lewis’s work. Many thanks to the leaders of the community groups and to Anthony Toner who organised them all. WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT? I’ve just finished a bronze casting of a sculpture model of a Martello Tower, Knockalla Fort in the Fanad Peninsula, Donegal. It was commissioned as a gift for the owner who lives in Birmingham. Now, I’m fabricating the steel foundation framework for a new sculpture monument that is due to be installed in the centre of Magherafelt. It is a tower with four stainless steel panels each containing sculpture images made by about 200 people. At the top of the structure there is a bronze sphere with abstract sections derived from La Tene design. It is about 30ft high in total, designed to celebrate the life and times of people of Magherafelt. I want to thank all the people of East Belfast for allowing me to set some art works in your community. My first girlfriend Brenda Anderson, lived in Townsend Street, off the Newtownards Road, all those years ago, when I went to Belfast Art College. So working there brought back happy memories of that time. The great Van Morrison was part of my early years there when we students used to go into the basement of the then Maritime Club on College Square North every lunchtime to listen to him and ‘Them’ belt out the real Rhythm n Blues! And I must give a ‘shout-out’ for the truly great Blues ‘wild man’ from Banbridge, Sam Mahood.


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A fantastic initiative between Little Women NI and Flow yoga studio to tackle stress and anxiety in young girls within Northern Ireland

ith an increasing amount of pressure placed among ten and eleven year olds in Northern Ireland as a result of school selection and AQE exams, Little Women NI worked in collaboration with Flow Yoga Studio to deliver a bespoke event aimed at relieving anxiety and highlighting the issues that exist among young girls aged seven to eleven. Little Women NI is a unique initiative which focuses on developing core life skills including confidence, communication, leadership, resilience, problem solving and teamwork in young girls. Recognising the importance of helping young people cope with stress and anxiety, the

event has been specifically designed to bring calm and focus to the girls while helping them to develop their confidence. Laura Dowie said: “Mental health and well-being is a huge area of concern for young people in Northern Ireland. A report out last month from Childline revealed that over 50,000 children and young people called the helpline last year suffering from a serious mental health problem. A lot of this stems from stress and anxiety both at home and school and providing a way for young people to develop resilience and cope with stress is a huge priority for Little Women NI.” The event entitled Yoga for Girls: Energy Flows where Intention

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he Cancer Focus Northern Ireland Keeping Well pod, is a generic cancer awareness stand to raise awareness for the signs and symptoms of cancer. Gerry McElwee, Head of Cancer Prevention at Cancer Focus added: “The resources available at our Keeping Well pods will help empower local people to take control of their own health and lower their risk of cancer. The sessions we offer are interactive, positive and designed so that participants see how they can proactively adopt a healthier lifestyle, step by step.” The health awareness sessions are delivered on a

one-to-one basis. They offer advice on improving health and provide information on the early signs and symptoms of various cancers. Colin Deehan, Professional Services Manager with MediCare Pharmacy Group said “this is a great opportunity to offer our local communities the chance to avail of such a great resource as the Cancer Focus wellbeing pods. MediCare Pharmacy Group are delighted to work alongside this valuable local charity as well as other health care professionals to help promote key health promotion messages to the

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dramatic effect, but it could be worth spending a little more on that option. Some people who wear spectacles all the time prefer photochromic lenses which change colour with changing light conditions. Your optician can advise what would suit you best. PROTECTION – Last, but definitely not least, sunglasses are essentially about protecting the eyes from UV damage which has an ageing effect on the eyes. You should look out for sunglasses with 100% UV protection which carry the British Standard (BS EN ISO 123121:2013) or CE mark. So, whether it is for a cruise around the Mediterranean, or just for reading in the back garden on a sunny day, now is the time to invest in a pair of up-to-date sunglasses, ready for looking good and seeing well and safely in the summer sunshine.

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ARE YO U WAS H I NG YO U R HAI R TH E R I G H T WAY ? Did you know there’s a right way to clean your hair! By using the correct techniques to wash your hair correctly will have an incredible impact on the vitality and shine of your locks. As a hairdressers I would recommend about a five-minute wash three to four times a week, I believe that healthy hair requires the suitable maintenance and this begins with a healthy clean scalp.

BRUSH YOU HAIR Begin by brushing your hair before you get into the shower, not only with this help limit the amount of breakage it helps stimulate the circulation in your scalp. Your hair should be thoroughly wet before applying shampoo, by using warm water this opens the hair cuticles and helps to removes any dirt or product buildup. SHAMPOO THE SCALP You only need to shampoo the hair at the scalp and were it is most dirty like the crown and nape of the head. The hair closest to the scalp is the newest and can be more greasy, while the end of the hair is the oldest and normally the damaged most fragile part of the hair.” Using a small amount of shampoo gently lather it

onto your scalp, and once your hair is fully lathered it’s time to give yourself a scalp massage. This helps to promote blood flow to the scalp and stimulate hair growth, using straight up and downward strokes, instead of using circular movements, which can cause your hair to tangle. Smooth the lather over the ends in a downward stroking movement, and don’t scrub fragile ends as this can add more damage to the hair causing breakage and frizz. You’re emulsifying the shampoo so that it can reach its potential by cleansing the hair and stimulating the scalp at the same time. RINSING THE HAIR Start off by setting your water to a lukewarm temperature, and rinse your hair until it starts to squeak!! If the sham-

poo is not rinsed out properly it can cause a residue that can build up on the hair causing the hair to appear dry, dull and weighing it down. CONDITIONING THE HAIR Once you’ve cleansed your hair its conditioning time, first squeeze any access water from you hair this helps the conditioner penetrate better. Add a small amount of conditioner to the midlengths and ends of your hair it detangles, hydrates and makes your hair easier to manage. The longer the conditioner stays on your hair, the better results you get. FINISH WITH COOL RINSE The cold water helps close the cuticles of the hair and seals in the moisture from the conditioner which gives the hair a more healthy and shiny look.

TO P T I P S TOWEL DRYING Wet hair is delicate and rubbing it dry with a towel can cause damage. Try pressing the towel gently on your hair, this way the towel will absorb the excess water without any extra stress on the hair.

PRODUCT BUILD UP This is very common, shampoo and product build up on the hair can make you hair: LOOKS FLAT AND FEEL COATED ( AS IF THERE IS SOME PRODUCT STILL IN YOUR HAIR EVEN WHEN JUST WASHED ) IT CAN LOOK DULL , DIRTY AND HAVE NO SHINE AT ALL AND IT CAN FEEL HEAVY ON YOU AND BE DIFFICULT TO STYLE The product build-up on the hair stops any moisture, oils or any other product from penetrating into the hair. What you need is a clarifying shampoo this will help cleanse and lift the build-up of the product out of your hair making way from your other products to work and get back that shiny hair.

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In my younger days during the 1960s at Woodvale I can recall my mother doing the shopping in small corner shops. There seemed to be quite a few around in those days and they included all types of retailers, to mention a few, such as confectioners, newsagents, bakers, butchers, fishmongers, shoe repairers, hairdressers and grocers. Often they were family owned and managed but they have mostly disappeared now as retail trends have moved towards supermarkets, shopping centres and garage/convenience stores. But how have things changed over the past 100 years in East Belfast? BRAE STORES

Richard James Havard is pictured with his young family probably in around 1912 outside the Brae Stores at Gilnahirk. It was located in half of the downstairs of Gilnahirk Presbyterian Church Lecture Hall until the lease expired in the early 1950s. In the picture are (l-r) Denis Gilpin’s mother Alice, his grandmother Maire Havard, uncle Tommy and shopkeeper R.J. Havard. There seems to be quite a range of teas on sale as per the advertisements in the window above Maire’s head. Jim Gilpin was employed as a bus driver by the ‘Major’ bus company which travelled along Gilnahirk Road to Mann’s Corner in the 1930s. As he passed Havard’s Brae Stores he would drop in for a packet of cigarettes and a newspaper. R. J. Havard’s daughter Alice worked behind the counter. They married in 1938 and had two children, Denis and his younger sister Rosemary. Jim then took over the Brae Stores whilst his father-in-law established a new business at Cheryvalley garage, which continues to operate in 2017.

BLAIN’S

This is Agnes Blain and staff, maybe family members, at the front door of her general grocery shop, quite close to Hatton Drive, at 330 Woodstock Road in 1926. Note the familiar

brands on display, Bovril, OXO and Atora. Atora is a British brand of shredded suet and a tin of Atora was one of the supplies taken by Captain Scott on his historic trek to the Antarctic in 1912. The name Atora is derived from the word toro, the Spanish word for bull, inspired by the fact that suet comes from beef cattle. The advertising signs in the shop window proudly state ‘Eggs Down’ and ‘Shop here for quality’. The name of the wee dog is unknown.

HAMEL STORES

A 1950s view of the ‘Hamel Stores’ (now demolished) at Hamel Drive, Cregagh. The store was operated by Mr. and Mrs. Cuthbert for many years before Gilbert Wilson took over the business in 1950. Cregagh Post Office had been based in Everton Drive since the early 1900s and was re-located to Hamel Stores in 1989. Notice the ‘Senior Service’ cigarette vending machine on the wall to the right. ‘Dettol’ @ 1s & 4d (6 ½ p) and ‘Parazone’ @ 1s (5p) both seem very good value according to the advertisements.

MILLIGAN’S

R. Milligan operated a grocery shop from 51 Belmont Road in the 1950s. This shop was established by William Thompson in 1900 and

continued by his wife into the 1920s. By 1930 it had been taken over by Robert J Wilson, and then in 1950 by R. Milligan. Milligan’s grocery shop had a grand bacon slicer and it is being operated by Alec Rush. He began as a shop assistant with Mr Wilson in 1940, eventually taking over on the death of Mr Milligan in the mid-1970s and here he is standing happily beside the bacon slicer – note the marble counter. Notice also the rows of canned vegetables and soups on the shelf in the background. They would telephone customers, take the order, and make a delivery later that day. It was always exciting when the Milligan’s van arrived at your house. Mr Rush retired early in 1987 and the grocery shop then closed. Like many small shops Milligan’s is now gone and the site is now occupied by a Marie Curie Cancer Care charity shop.

CRAZY PRICES

The future! I worked for Crazy Prices at Carnmoney Road in Glengormley back in the 1970s and this looks like a 1980s view of their premises at 264-266 Newtownards Road. This is in the days before modern till-scanning and on-line technology. Crazy Prices were a locally owned business that was taken over by Stewart’s Supermarkets, also once locally owned and eventually acquired by Tesco. I was

interviewed as a Trainee Manager for Crazy Prices by the Personnel Manager Jim Megaw (remember him on TV?) and he made the wise decision to give me the job. The wall signage is for McCann’s Vulcan Bar (alongside Dee Street), established in the 1930s.

SUPERMAC

In 1962 a Director of Anderson & McAuley attended a seminar on ‘Out of Town Shopping’ in Dayton, Ohio and became convinced that the future of convenience-shopping lay in the development of centres on the perimeter of cities readily accessible by car. A 10 acre site at Newtownbreda was considered appropriate where a petrol station and a farmhouse occupied the land which stretched as far as Upper Galwally. ‘Supermac’ opened in October 1964 along with ten shop units plus a bank and brought the retail revolution to the British Isles. UK multiple supermarket groups moved into Northern Ireland in the late 1990s and acquired the familiar local supermarket names of Stewarts, Crazy Prices and Wellworths. In February 1996 planning permission was granted for a new Sainsbury’s store on the Supermac site and it opened in March 1997. The Sainsbury annual report later noted that the store was ‘trading far above expectations’.

Aidan Campbell has previously published 12 East Belfast local history books entitled: Beaconsfield, Knock, Cherryvalley, Gilnahirk, Castlereagh, Cregagh, Stormont, Sydenham, Belmont, East Belfast Revisited Volumes 1 & 2 and Ballymacarrett. Also Belfast Through Time and Newtownbreda. He regularly gives illustrated talks to local groups and societies. The books are available at Hillmount Garden Centre, Marie Curie Hospice and Hamilton News Cregagh with profits donated to local charity.

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his is the 2nd year the store has run a ‘Donate Twice’ scheme, which meant soft toys were delivered the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. The toys were given to children at the hospital’s A&E department as well as to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. Christie Gregg, IKEA Belfast Store Manager says, “Whilst this is a global campaign, we were keen it also had a very local element. We are so grateful to our customers for their support during IKEA’s first Let’s Play for Change campaign, and we’re delighted with the amount of money we’ve raised. At IKEA, we believe that every child has the right to access a safe space to play, no matter how challenging their surroundings are. We are supporting children’s rights by integrating the best interests of children in everything we do and we’re very pleased to raise this money to help create change.”

The IKEA Foundation, IKEA’s philanthropic arm, partnered with Save the Children, War Child, UNICEF, Handicap International, Special Olympics and Room to Read to support children’s rights and fund projects which support children’s development, learning and play in some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities. For every children’s toy purchased in IKEA stores during the campaign, the IKEA Foundation donated €1 to support children’s rights and fund projects organised by the six charity partners. The funds raised by customers in IKEA Belfast, are part of the overall €617,786 (£536,199) raised in the UK for the campaign, to add to a total of €21.5 million raised globally. For more information on how the Let’s Play for Change campaign will help children around the world visit the IKEA Foundation website.


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EAST BELFAST UNITES TO BE DEMENTIA FRIENDLY

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From fire fighters to pharmacists, hairdressers to home care assistants, East Belfast businesses and residents are uniting in a new social movement that is transforming the community for people with dementia.

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hile people with dementia can continue to live a full, independent life for many years, symptoms such as forgetfulness, problems with visual perception, and communication can make it difficult for people with dementia to keep doing the things they enjoy, and many people lose confidence to get out an about to shops, social activities and events. Dementia Friendly East Belfast is showing that it’s not hard to make a big difference. It takes just two hours to attend an Alzheimer’s Society workshop that can transform the way we understand dementia and to emerge with the confidence to help a person with dementia in day to day situations. Dementia Friendly East Belfast last year won Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friendly Community Award, just months after its launch in May 2016, and is leading the way in Northern Ireland. Hundreds of people from all walks of life are already working together to

make East Belfast a more inclusive place for people with dementia, but far more Dementia Friends are needed to ensure that any of the 20,000 people living with dementia in Northern Ireland feel welcome in East Belfast. Run by a consortium of organisations and individuals including the East Belfast Community Development Agency, the Belfast Health Development Unit, Dementia NI, healthcare workers and businesses including Tesco, Dementia Friendly East Belfast is working with Alzheimer’s Society to raise awareness of dementia. “Becoming Dementia Friendly is about breaking down the barriers for people with dementia,” said Catherine Maguire, a Belfast Trust Activity Coordinator at the Sydenham Court residential development, who has been one of the drivers behind Dementia Friendly East Belfast. “It’s about valuing people, not treating anybody any differently, and educating people to take away the fear that is associated with dementia.

Eventually it will break down the stigma, the barriers, the negative impact that dementia has had, showing how people can still live well with a diagnosis of dementia,” she said. Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friendly Communities Programme focuses on improving inclusion and quality of life for people with dementia. Dementia Friendly Communities are about empowering people with dementia to live well and continue with both day-to-day and leisure activities, from taking public transport, doing the shopping or going to watch a play or football match. “Dementia Friendly Communities ensure local people, shopkeepers, friends and neighbours understand dementia, and know how they can come alongside people with dementia to ensure they continue to

live well in their local community,” said Heather Lundy, Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friendly Community Manager for Northern Ireland. “This is something everyone in East Belfast can be part of, and the benefits to the whole community are far reaching. “We know that people who use our services in East Belfast are seeing the benefits that come from so many organisations and individuals working together to ensure that dementia awareness is a priority. East Belfast is a buzzing, vibrant community and it’s fantastic that people with dementia have access to all the wonderful events and activities that are on. At the same time, having organisations such as the PSNI and Fire Service and companies such as Tesco rolling out Dementia Friendly Community

Workshops to staff means people with dementia are better understood. We’d love to see all the independent shops and cafes in East Belfast joining Dementia Friendly East Belfast, but we are amazed by the progress that has already been made, which was why East Belfast was named Dementia Friendly Community of the year at our 2016 awards,” she said. Heather Lundy said any individual or organisation can get involved. “You can sign up to become a Dementia Friend, attend a Dementia Friendly community workshop to increase your awareness and knowledge by phoning 028 9038 7782 or emailing pamela.frazer@ alzheimers.org.uk. It takes just two hours of your time to get a real insight into the world of a person with dementia,” she said.

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As a pharmacist on the busy Belmont Road, Lesa McLoughlin knows just how common dementia is. In recent years she has seen a steady increase both in the number of prescriptions for dementia drugs, and the number of requests for weekly medication packs for people still living at home who need reminders to take those drugs.

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o when Sydenham Court staff approached Dundela Pharmacy about becoming involved with Dementia Friendly East Belfast, Lesa quickly signed up for the training. Her experience has been so positive that all staff at Dundela Pharmacy – including owner David McCrea – are training to be Dementia Friends. “Obviously as a pharmacist I knew about the condition, but little things I learned on

the Dementia Friend training surprised me. I learned about how dementia isn’t just a memory thing, it’s not just that a person is forgetful – they showed us how a mat on the floor could look like a hole to a person with dementia, how the way people with dementia visually process things is different, and how that affects them,” Lesa said. “Customer service is really important to us, but we don’t always know if a customer has dementia. Having done the training, if we think perhaps a person might have dementia we can think about the little ways we can help them, how we can make their journey a little easier – how can we make them feel more welcome in the community, how can we make them feel more valued and not let them feel that they are holding up queues or being annoying or awkward. “Just take a bit more time, speak

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Head to the Eastside Visitor Centre on a Wednesday morning and you’ll hear laughter, banter and even the odd burst of singing coming from the second floor.

astside Arts Artful Ageing Programme has been underway since January, with groups of people over 50 getting together for a varied programme of classes, including crafting, creative writing, and printing, with dance to come next. What won’t necessarily be obvious is a large number of the participants in the group have

dementia. Artful Ageing is just one of the Dementia Friendly programs that Eastside Arts hosts, after the organisation became involved with Dementia Friendly East Belfast. Jacqueline O’Hagan, Community Arts Officer, said Dementia Friend training has helped volunteers at Eastside Arts support people with dementia to attend events and workshops. “A

clearly, don’t ask difficult questions, use short sentences – all that came out of the training and that’s what we are trying to use in day to day practice. So if I see someone who is struggling with their change or looking a bit lost at the counter, it’s going over and asking them ‘do you need help?’,” she said. Lesa is urging other businesses to get involved in Dementia Friendly East Belfast. “I think it’s a really good opportunity and it would be great if we could get all the shops on the road trained. Many of the shops in Belmont Road have been here so long that the staff know their customers, and they will notice little differences, so if we can get staff trained in all of the shops we’ll all be more aware and that will make the customers feel more comfortable and that benefits both the business and the customers ultimately,” she said.

lot of the training is common sense, but if you don’t know it, it wouldn’t occur to you how easy it is to make simple changes,” Jacqueline said. “For example, most artists use white paper plates and white glue, which is really hard for a person with dementia to see. Something as simple as changing the container or plate colour makes it much easier for everyone, including people with dementia. Dementia isn’t really a subject that has affected me in my own life, so the training massively helped me to understand it,” she said. Now all Eastside Arts events aimed at older people are Dementia Friendly, and the organisation is aiming for all its events to be accessible to people with dementia.

If you have questions about dementia or support available in East Belfast or are worried about your memory, telephone Alzheimer’s Society’s National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or email helpline@alzheimers.org.uk For more information on dementia visit www.alzheimers.org.uk


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With a rise in overweight pets across the country the New Year encourages many than ever. Just likeabout us, pets changing needs pet parents start to think how tohave help their pets lose weight butand how as do you know your they pet is overweight in the first place? theyifage are more likely to develop health problems. A good way to check if your pet is the right When isbody my pet a senior? size is to condition score your pets Cats are considered mature 7 to 10 years regularly. In dogs and cats ofata normal old, senior 11 to 14 and geriatric at 15+. weight theyatshould have a visible waist from above and a tucked up tummy whenon Dogs are slightly different as it depends viewed from the side. You should be ableso their size. Large dogs age more quickly, to feel your pet’s ribs be easily when running a Great Dane would considered a senior your hands over the side their at 6 or 7 butgently this would only beof middle chest. If you can’tbreed see your or aged for a small suchpet’s as awaist Yorkshire feel theirOn ribs then the are they’re Terrier. average wechances would consider a a bit dogoverweight. over 8 years old to be senior.

Local Vets for Local Pets We’re Lauren and Lisa, the practice owners and veterinary surgeons at Vets4Pets Belfast Stormont. Having been fascinated by animals from a young age we both knew we were destined to become vets. You could find Lisa operating on her teddies as a child and Lauren would be educating her family and friends about animal welfare. After graduating from vet school over ten years ago we are currently working towards

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EASTSIDE A new p i ece of a rtwo rk, celeb rat i n g the creat i ve talen t s of we ll- known p eop le conne cted to Eas t B e lfa s t as well as som e of Eas t S i d e’ s iconic p laces , h as be e n unvei led on the ga b le wall of the Eas t S i d e V i s i tor Ce ntre

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UK & Europe to use this technique. As part of the project a number of paint sessions with local people were held at which they painted sections of the final artwork. The project was made possible with funding from the Urban Villages Initiative under the Northern Ireland Executive’s Together Building a United Community Strategy. The Department for Communities assisted with the delivery of the project. Linsey Farrell, Director of The Urban Villages Initiative, commented: “We are delighted to have supported this piece of artwork in EastSide Urban Village which is helping to create an attractive, thriving place for residents and visitors, a key objective of the Urban Villages Initiative. With the artwork featuring so many iconic people and places from East Belfast, having it displayed in such a prominent location on the gable wall of the EastSide The Luminaries and Legends artwork, created by Visitor Centre means that even more local artist Dee Craig, stretches across the EastSide people will get to see it, and enjoy it.” Visitor Centre on hand painted parachute cloth. “EastSide is one of five Urban Villages in which we are committed to uminaries and Legends artwork vibrant culture, people and places improving the physical environment, features well-known faces and of East Belfast. In collaboration with fostering positive community identities places connected to EastSide Canadian artist Irish Nowa, he worked and continuing to build community including; Sir Van Morrison, C.S. from digital imagery which was applied capacity and this project is just one Lewis, George Best, Gary Moore, David and hand painted onto parachute cloth. of many ongoing in the EastSide area Holmes, Danny Blanchflower, Harland It was then treated and adhered to the that is working towards achieving that & Wolff, Holywood Arches, Marie side of the EastSide Visitor Centre. This goal.” Jones, Lucy Caldwell, James Ellis, technique gives the artwork a lifespan Andrew Hassard, Chair of EastSide Sam McCready, Eric Bell, Strand Arts of 25 years unlike artwork painted Partnership, added: Centre, St Mark’s, Dundela and the directly to a wall which deteriorates “On behalf of EastSide Partnership we artist himself, Dee Craig. after a few years. Dee was trained in are delighted to unveil this very special Artist Dee Craig has created a unique using parachute cloth in Philadelphia and unique piece of artwork, created piece of artwork which celebrates the and is the first and only artist in the by artist Dee Craig and designed by

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Irish Nowa, at the EastSide Visitor Centre today. Luminaries and Legends Artwork is a celebration of the vibrant and creative people and places connected to East Belfast. Its location on the side of the EastSide Visitor Centre is the perfect way to welcome visitors to east Belfast and showcases some of the inspirational people from this part of the City. We are very grateful to the Urban Villages Initiative and the Northern Ireland Executive for their support in making this project happen.” Luminaries and Legends Artwork Artist Dee Craig commented: “I hope the artwork I have created is viewed as a celebration of the iconic people and places connected to East Belfast and inspires all who see it. Working with the talented and inspiring Irish Nowa has introduced another connection to a solid network of international partnerships already in place to move forward with the huge plans for Belfast Mural Arts future projects. Public mural art is very powerful form of communication and leaves a collectively expressive, lasting visual legacy but equally as important as the product is the process behind it, it’s not just a case of painting an image onto a wall, this type of project creates a platform for community involvement, education and ownership, giving participants the opportunity to explore, learn about & celebrate aspects of their culture, history and identity in a creative process”.

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The paintings are not about reproducing or documenting. They are about representation… and the very act of painting itself. The drips and brushstrokes all serve as a reminder that this is a painting FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT ANN OR KEN ANN: 077 263 263 90 KEN: 079 053 395 69 EMAIL: MAIL@ARTISANN.ORG

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rina Hobson’s paintings introduce a story to the viewer, drawing on invented and imagined contexts, places and connections for characters. The familiar and personally known are frequently merged with a store of characters from art history and literature, inviting the viewer in to these sustained environments, almost like a voyeur. Her exhibition of new work juxtaposes feelings of abandonment, reflectiveness, disjointedness and fragmentation – the brokenness and vulnerability we as humans are all capable of feeling, especially when alone. The paintings are not about reproducing or documenting. They are about representation… and the very act of painting itself. The drips and brushstrokes all serve as a reminder that this is a painting. The process of deconstructing and flattening the images moves them towards the abstracted and ambiguous, forcing the viewer to fill in the spaces with something personal to the presented or given story. Trina originally studied

Design at Ulster University, Belfast, which led to her setting up her own interior design business. Some fifteen years later, she undertook a second degree, in Fine Art, where she pursued her love for colour and expression through oil painting. Trina was the recipient of the Dean’s List Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement 2013/14 and has successfully showcased her work in collaborative projects across Ireland and the U.K., including The Waterfront Hall, Belfast, The Higher Bridges Gallery, Enniskillen, McKenna Gallery, Omagh, Gallery 27, Dublin, Boyle Arts Festival and The Mall Gallery, London. Following her graduation, Trina’s most recent achievements include the Royal Ulster Academy Award for Outstanding Student and The John and Rachel Turner Bursary for Outstanding Student. Trina was invited to exhibit at the 2016 Royal Ulster Academy annual exhibition. The exhibition is free to view, and all artworks are available to buy, and may be collected / delivered after the exhibition ends.


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MUMS & TOTS MONDAY CALVARY MUMS & TODDLERS. 10.30-12.00am. £1 per family. 100 Dee St, BT4 028 9073 2331 EAST END BAPTIST TINY TOTS (Westbourne street). Each Monday during term time 10:30-12noon. £1 donation. Tel: 07786 962220. LITTLE STARS The Salvation Army 110 Cregagh Road Toys/snacks/craft/music. £1.50 per family. 10am-12 term time for 0-4 years. 028 9045 4466. SYDENHAM PARENT & TODDLER Mon 10-11.30 £1 per family. Inverary CC BT4 1RN 028 9047 1456 ST FINNIANS 10-11.30. Cregagh Park, 028 9079 2793. WANDSWORTH MUMS & CHUMS 10-11.30am. Wandsworth CC. £1 26a Belmont Church Rd. 07903 674698

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World United, a Belfast-based football initiative, has launched a 12-month programme of events to encourage intercultural football in an environment free from racism, sectarianism and discrimination.

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hanks to help from the Big Lottery Fund, World United has planned a calendar of activities for 2017 which includes intercultural football training and matches across Belfast, anti-racism workshops and seminars, family events and a ‘Unity Cup’ tournament. World United was founded 12 years ago by the Irish Football Association (IFA), along with the NI Committee of Refugees and Asylum Seekers and the NI Council for Ethnic Minorities. Led by a small group of volunteers, World United brings together sports and community groups from a diverse mix of cultures and backgrounds with the aim of forming positive, respectful relationships and instilling an increased sense of belonging and confidence for all. Since its inception, over 150 players

have played for World United from over 24 countries including Sudan, Algeria, Australia, Morocco, Tibet, Iraq, Sri Lanka and Iran. Paul Moffett, World United Chairperson, said: “We are delighted to be rolling out an enhanced programme of events this year thanks to valuable support from the Big Lottery Fund. It is so encouraging year on year to see players from a wide range of backgrounds, countries and cultures playing football together, forming friendships and learning from one another. The importance of challenging discrimination and encouraging acceptance has been in the international spotlight perhaps more than ever in recent months. We believe that through the universal vehicle of football, we can challenge prejudice and discrimination, and introduce

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mutual understanding and respect. We hope that by taking part, players will adopt an outlook which celebrates diversity and can be passed along to Northern Ireland’s future generations,” Paul said. Joanne McDowell, Big Lottery Fund NI Director, added: “I am pleased we have been able to support this project under our Awards for All programme and I want to thank all National Lottery

players who have helped make this possible. “Awards for All funds health, education, environment and community projects that help people bring about positive change in their lives, improve health and wellbeing, develop skills and create safer communities. We hope the World United project will have a big impact on the people taking part, and the wider community,” said Joanne.

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Swimmers across Lisburn & Castlereagh are being encouraged to make a splash at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex and raise vital funds for Marie Curie, one of the UK’s leading charities for people living with a terminal illness and their families.

he Swimathon event, which will take place between Friday 7th and Sunday 9th April, is calling swimmers of all ages and abilities to challenge themselves in a choice of individual or relay disciplines. Distances include 5k, 2.5k or 1.5k in the individual events or 5k or 1.5k in the relay. Councillor Tim Morrow, Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Leisure & Community Development Committee is encouraging people to head down to Lagan Valley LeisurePlex and take up the challenge: “Swimathon is a fantastic opportunity to bring together swimmers young and old to get active and raise vital funds for Marie Curie. Swimming is a great way to improve your fitness therefore Swimathon provides an ideal event to set yourself a personal challenge or enjoy an activity with the whole family. The Council is delighted to support the

30th anniversary of Swimathon and I hope people from Lisburn & Castlereagh are encouraged to take part in the challenge and help support the continued work of the charity as it cares for individuals living with a terminal illness in our community.” Phil Kane, Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie added, “We’re looking for swimmers to help make this the biggest and best Swimathon yet. In 2015, 22,600 swimmers took part and helped raise a brilliant £1.9 million for Marie Curie – a fantastic achievement but one we are hoping to beat this year.” Sessions are available at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex on Friday 7th April at 6pm, Saturday 8th April at 10am and 2pm and Sunday 9th April at 2pm. To register for the Swimathon at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, please visit www.swimathon.org.

DANCE-FITNESS STUDIO OPENS IN BELFAST

Located in one of the city’s old dance halls, Maxims, which was renowned for its jazz evenings during the late 50s and early 60s, the building has been refurbished to bring it back to life and pay homage to its past. Launched by local dancer, gymnast and businesswoman Erin Lyle, Aurora Studios offers a mix of classes that take inspiration from various genres such as hip hop, burlesque, ballet and Latin. Also on offer is a jazz and ballroom style workout designed by Strictly Come Dancing professionals. The opening has created a number of new jobs including four resident dance instructor roles. The new studio is part of the Aurora Dance Company which has been operating since 2011. Erin Lyle said the studio offers a fun way to get fit and active; “I set up the Aurora Dance Company in 2011 and

teach over 200 primary school children each week through local community groups and performing arts schools. There has been a trend in recent years for alternative fitness options and I witnessed a demand for adult dance classes, sparked by popular TV shows, which inspired me to open this city centre studio. I’ve always had a love of physical activity and view dance as one of the most enjoyable ways to get fit and it also has many positive health benefits including improving flexibility, endurance levels, and even emotional well-being. Aurora Studios is a place for anybody to work out, whether

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FIRST VICTORY AT THE OVAL SINCE NOVEMBER AS GLENNS EDGE CARRICK Not the most exciting of games, but Glentoran were at least able to celebrate their first victory at the Oval since November, against manager Gary Haveron’s old club, Carrick Rangers.

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here were a couple of changes from the win at Ballymena United, with Stephen McAlorum and Chris Lavery coming in for the suspended Marcus Kane and Steven Gordon. Prior to kick off, there was an impeccably observed minute’s silence in memory of Derry City captain Ryan McBride and those who lost their lives in the terrorist attack in London this week.

And there was no real noise either from the spectators, with little to choose between the sides in the opening exchanges. Carrick’s Steven McCullough saw a free kick fizz just wide of the right hand upright, while Nacho Novo miscued when well placed, after a neat link up with McAlorum. At the other end, Martin Murray also tried his luck, only his free kick was safely held by keeper Elliott Morris, while Chris

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Morrow’s half volley whistled over the bar. Novo also curled a free kick just over, though Rangers came close again when Sean Noble’s cross zipped across the face of goal, just needing the slightest touch. Not a half that will linger too long in the memory bank, though the second session was just two minutes old when Glentoran broke the stalemate as the unmarked Novo turned the ball into the empty net, following neat approach play down the left involving Chris Lavery and Ross Redman. Carrick protested that Novo was offside and they could well have had a case, given that the striker seemed to be behind even keeper Brian Neeson when he turned the ball over the line. The goal gave the Glens the prod they shouldn’t have needed, and they almost added to their tally, with a Curtis Allen free kick which

whizzed just wide. Carrick, nonetheless, hadn’t given up on this one and on 51 minutes Noble should at least have worked keeper Elliott Morris, instead of hoisting the ball over from 10 yards. A TJ Murray shot from just the edge of the box, too, was deflected just wide of the target. That apart, it was mostly Glentoran calling the tune. Conal Delaney, on his home debut, was steadily finding his feet, posing all sorts of questions for McCullough. Fellow teenager, Tiernan McAuley wasn’t far away either with a low effort, probably more cross than shot, that hurtled just wide of the far upright. While the Glens were in command, one goal leads are notoriously precarious, though they should have secured some breathing space three minutes from time, when referee Ian McNabb harshly pointed to the spot, after the ball had struck

Paddy McNally’s arm from point blank range; Allen having got his head to a Novo corner. Allen’s penalty, however, was superbly saved by keeper Brian Neeson. Then right on the 90, Allen did have the ball in the net, only for it to be scrubbed out for an offside infringement. Far from vintage Glentoran, and a display that didn’t match the heights of the previous week’s win at Ballymena, but two wins in a row, a first league win of 2017 at the Oval, and a clean sheet are signs that Gary Haveron is heading in the right direction, fuelling hopes of maintaining seventh slot and winning a place in the Europa League play offs. Glentoran; Morris – McAuley, Magee, Ferrin, Redman- Lavery, McAlorum, Addis, Delaney (Sterling) – Novo (Smith), Allen. Subs (unused) McFlynn, Cafolla, Nelson

WELDERS SETTLE FOR A POINT AT TILLYSBURN PARK

HARLAND and Wolff Welders remain top of the bottom six of the Championship, although having to settle for a point against Larne at Tillysburn Park.

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et’s just say and not for the first time this season, the entertainment was severely rationed. The Welders were without Davy Rainey and Ethan Boylan, both suspended, while Gareth McKeown was unwell. This gave an opportunity for some of the Under 20s to sit on the bench. The match had a distinct meaningless end of season feel to it and had nil-nil stamped all over it, until substitute Kyle Mackie gave the Welders an 80th minute lead, heading in from a corner.That seemed to be that,

until three minutes later when the Shipyardmen failed to clear their defensive lines, allowing James McCabe in for an equaliser. H&W Welders; Johnston, Dickson, Armstrong, Spence, McMurray, McMillan, Deans, Graham, Harris (Mackie), Bowers (Boyle), Middleton. Subs (unused) Dornan, Nelson. The Welders now have just four games remaining April 1st – Armagh City (away) April 8th – Annagh United (home) April 15th – Knockbreda (away) April 29th – Lurgan Celtic (home).

DUNS ONLY SIX POINTS CLEAR OF THE BOTTOM AFTER HOME DEFEAT The wheels really seem to have fallen off at Dundela who have only picked up one point from their last 15 and are in danger of missing out on the top half split in the Premier Intermediate League.

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aturday’s defeat by Newington Youth Club at Wilgar Park means seventh placed Dundela are only six points ahead of bottom club Sport and Leisure Swifts, who have three games in hand! It was the North Belfast side who opened the scoring early in the second half. Matty Burrows should have cancelled that out, but squandered three one on ones, before accepting a more difficult offering for the Dundela equaliser. The Wilgar side, however, were caught out again ten minutes from time, as

Newington once more got in behind the full back, tapping the ball past the helpless Alan Blayney. That sparked off a Dundela barrage, but, with Ben Roy denied by the frame of the goal, and Jordan Morrison seeing a header cleared off the line, Newington managed to hold on for a hard earned three points. Dundela; Blayney – L Roy (Ferguson), Morrison, McClelland, C Brown- McMaster, Irwin, B Browne (K Devine), Jackson – Burrows, B Roy. Subs (unused) Sofley, Healy, Gormley.

ORANGEFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL LIFT THE DAVY WILSON CUP

The team played Victoria Park in the semi-final and won on penalties. They then played Cavehill Primary in the final and won 3-0. Goals in the final were scored by Tay Alsat and Cody Sloan (2). This is the first time that Orangefield has won this trophy and it is also especially poignant as the cup is in memory of Davy Wilson, who happens to be the great grandfather of one of the boys on the team, Benjamin Bryson.

SIROCCO IN COMMANDING POSITION

TWO wins in the ‘six pointers’ against nearest challengers Rosario Youth Club have put Sirocco Works in a commanding position at the top of Division 1b, and they strengthened their championship credentials with Saturday’s 5-3 success over Downshire Young Men at the Old Coach Road, Hillsborough.

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irocco forced the early pace, but were frustrated by some excellent goalkeeping by Alistair Coburn, before finding a way through, courtesy of Aaron Acheson. Number two wasn’t long delayed, with Dee McLarnon adding to his tally.Sirocco, however, sustained a blow when leading marksman Lewis Irwin had to hobble off, after tweaking a hamstring, Lee Ashe coming off the bench. And it was a double blow, with Downshire swiftly reducing the arrears. Tommy Kincaid’s side,

however, restored their two goal lead through Curtis Hanna just before the break. Downshire pegged another one back on the changearound, but once again Sirocco responded, this time with Nathan Duffy heading the ball into the bottom corner from 25 yards. The Hillsborough side, nonetheless, were soon back within touching distance, with their third – but not for long, as McLarnon finally cemented the three points with Works’ fifth. Next Saturday, Sirocco face a stern test with the visit to

Dixon Park of 1b’s on form team, Dromara Village, who have won eight on the bounce. Sirocco Works; Shields – Graham, McConville, Fleming – Hanna, Stewart, Duffy, Acheson (Higginson), Spiers – McLarnon, Irwin (Ashe). Sub (unused) Neill. Remaining Fixtures April 1st – Dromara Village (h) April 8th – UUJ (a) April 22nd – Grove United (h) April 29th – Dromara Village (a) May 6th – Portaferry Rovers (a)

EAST BELFAST CLINCH VICTORY It’s going to be another frantic end of term for East Belfast

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EXTENDED OPENING HOURS SO APPOINTMENTS CAN BE ARRANGED TO SUIT YOU

LOCAL EXPERTS ON THE PHONE, IN BRANCH AND BY EMAIL GUIDING YOU THROUGH THE WHOLE PROCESS

WE LIST YOUR HOME ON OUR WEBSITE ALONG WITH PROPERTY NEWS, PROPERTY PAL & DAFT.IE FOR A PROMINENT PLACE ON ALL THE MAJOR PROPERTY PORTALS

A FREE EPC – A LEGAL REQUIREMENT THAT OTHER AGENTS MAY CHARGE YOU FOR

Overall excellent service and excellent value for money. Would highly recommend this agency to prospective vendors. M Steele ( Vendor)