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Back to the future at Slemish Market Garden – Ballymena

Back to the future at Slemish Market Garden is an article written our guest writer Marianne. We love reading her work and we also are big fans of Slemish Market Garden so we know that our Ballymena readers will absolutely love this blog post……..   The only market garden in Co Antrim is right on your doorstep. Nestled in the relaxing grounds of the Ecos Park, and easily accessible from Ballymena, Broughshane or from the A26 at Junction 11 (A42 exit), the Slemish Market Garden is an almost hidden local jewel. Frank McCooke, co-owner with son Matthew, took time out from his busy...

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Dunclug College in Ballymena present Oklahoma!

Talented Ballymena students from Dunclug College will be rehearsing, building sets, singing, and planning out the perfect production of the classic box office smash Oklahoma! The award winning Musical includes songs such as “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'” and “Oklahoma!” and we are sure the performers will put on an amazing show. Lets have a little sing-a-long to get us in the mood! This version features none other than Hugh Jackman! We cant wait to see it in Ballymena. Dunclug College presents Oklahoma, Thursday 3rd & Friday 4th December 2015 at 7.30pm. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the school office at Dunclug College on 02825 653665. If you would like to find out more about Dunclug College please click here to visit the school...

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Riding a Scooter or Moped in Ballymena

If you ride a Scooter or Moped in Ballymena then make a PACT with your tyres. What does PACT mean? Here is all that you need to know from Tyresafe. Whether you ride a scooter or moped, for maximum enjoyment, performance and safety, TyreSafe recommends making a PACT with your tyres. P – Performance, including grip, handling and fuel economy will all be improved with correct tyre care. A – Air pressure is essential for maximum performance. Pressures should be checked at least once a week using an accurate pressure gauge. C – Condition is critical to road safety. Inspect tyres for any cuts, bulges, uneven wear or objects embedded in the tread. T – Tread depth is essential for safety on wet roads. Check that your tread depth is not below the legal minimum of 1mm (for bikes over 50cc). Bikes under 50cc must have the grooves of the original tread pattern clearly visible. Your tyres are the only part of your scooter or moped in contact with the road surface so it is essential that they are properly maintained and in a legal and roadworthy state. Failure to comply with the minimum legal standards can result in fines and penalty points, or even worse, your life. Correct tyre care is of particular importance during the spring as many riders of larger machines will be embarking on their...

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Ballymena Book club read An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

Ballymena Waterstones book club will meet in October to discuss “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth”. The group have chosen the autobiography by astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield which covers lots of different aspects of his personal life and expeditions to space. The book’s full title says it all – An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything.  An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth is an inspirational memoir of space exploration and hard-won wisdom, from an astronaut who has spent a lifetime making the impossible a reality Colonel...

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Support Farm Safety Week 2015 – don’t learn safety by accident

Ballymena Today appreciate that lots of our local readers are farmers or live in the country. That is why from time to time we focus on farm safety. The Farm Safety Partnership (FSP) is inviting farmers, families and ballymena folks involved in farming to support Farm Safety Week – 6 to 10 July 2015. The Farm Safety Partnership is a self-financed collaboration of organisations with an influence over health and safety in agriculture. They have been promoting safety on farms since 2013. Here is some more information about Farm Safety Week: Farm Safety Week is supported by the Farm Safety Foundation, Farm Safety...

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