Author: Ally Stewart

CRS Big Breakfast – Wild Duck Inn Portglenone

The Portglenone unit of the Community Rescue Service (CRS) is organising a Big Breakfast on Sunday 15th March 2020 in The Wild Duck Inn, Main Street, Portglenone. This fundraising event, taking place from 9am – 12:30pm has a minimum donation of £5 each and there will also be a raffle held on the day. They told us, “The Community Rescue Service (CRS) is a charitable search and rescue organisation operated by volunteers from communities across Northern Ireland. We provide all aspects of search and rescue falling under the remit of Lowland Rescue including ground, inland water, bike and boat.”...

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Nature’s Secrets by TianDe available in Ballymena

So first of all you may well be asking what is Nature’s Secrets by TianDe? It is a range of Natural Health and Beauty products that has recently been introduced to Ballymena customers by Kasia Lamont. We met up with her to find out more. Firstly we asked her what makes TianDe products so special. “TianDe comes from one of the cleanest regions of the world – Barnaul, Altai, Russia. Altai is classified as the cleanest and richest place on the planet due to lack of population and abundance of plants. Carefully planted and harvested by Chinese herbalists these...

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Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Broughshane

Broughshane will be a busy place once again this St Patrick’s Day. Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and Broughshane Community Association have organised several events to take place in the village on 17th March 2020. The annual climb up Slemish is taking place again this year from 9am to 4pm. Here’s hoping for a clear day as the views from the top are stunning. If you’ve never climbed it before, why not give it a go! Just make sure to wear suitable footwear. MEABC say, ” The one and a half kilometre walk to the summit and back...

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Crann + Caora – handcrafted in Ballymena

Another article in our series featuring some of the many creatives who live and work in Ballymena and surrounding area. Crann + Caora, set up by Lorna Shannon, is all about wood and wool. Translated from the Gaelic, Crann + Caora means tree and sheep. Lorna uses both wood and wool to create her beautifully handcrafted items. Lorna, owner of Crann + Caora weaving on her loom From the Pennines to the Antrim Hills Lorna takes up the story, ” It all started when I was growing up in the West Riding of Yorkshire, an area synonymous with the...

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Fitzsimons Opticians introduce Sea2See Eyeware

What if the glasses you wear could help save the ocean? That’s a possibility if you choose to wear Sea2See eyewear available in Ballymena from Fitzsimons Opticians on William Street. Sea2See eyewear is made using some of the many tons of plastic waste which would have often been dumped in the sea – plastic pollution – something you’ll have heard about often in the news and which is killing the ocean’s fish and marine life in their thousands. The good news is Sea2See have developed a way of turning all this marine plastic waste into fashionable and eco-friendly eyeware....

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