Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

This Saturday, the first day of December is Small Business Saturday. Christmas is close and this is an opportunity to support you local businesses when purchasing those all important gifts.

By supporting Local Businesses you are upholding local jobs, supporting local families, bringing variety to your High Street, perhaps even helping the local council as the businesses pay rates. (Unlike the charity shops)

Small Business Saturday say they “want all kinds of small businesses to get involved, so know that whether you are a family business, local shop, online business, wholesaler, business service or small manufacturer, Small Business Saturday is supporting you! For all the ways you can get involved, check out the links below.”

Small Business Saturday

Graffiti on Toilet Block

In times gone past under North Down Borough Council the graffiti on the Toilet Block on Abbey street would already have been removed.

Unfortunately this is another indicator of how Bangor is being bypassed under this new administration.

I do appreciate that sometimes it is best to leave a short period between graffiti appearing and its removal, the thinking was that very prompt removal was seen as a challenge by those engaged in this disgusting behaviour.

Graffiti is an indicator of poor local environments along with litter, dog mess, dumped cars and the like. Bangor deserves better!

Cakes and Carols

Cakes and Carols at the Culloden

Cakes and Carols
at the Culloden
with Bangor Ladies Choir

Sunday 2nd Dec 2018

Afternoon Tea with songs and carols
Tickets £30

Doors open – 1:30pm
Show Begins – 2:30pm

Tickets Available:
Culloden Reception Desk
Culloden Events Team
tel. 028 9039 3010/65
email: conf1@cull.hastingshotels.com
or from any choir Member

In aid of the Northern Ireland Hospice

2018 Sunflower Christmas Cracker Launch

Sunflower Sandwich Company

Join Sunflower and lots of other fantastic LOCAL businesses at this years BANGOR CHRISTMAS MARKET, where you will be able to get this years VERY FIRST taste of the 2018 Sunflower Christmas Cracker, aka The Friends Moist Maker

Bangor Christmas – Switch On Saturday, 17 November 2018

Christmas Switch On 2018

Saturday  17 November 2018
Bangor Christmas Market
McKee Clock Arena, Seafront 12noon-7pm
Organised by Bangor Chamber of Commerce
The Christmas market returns to the seafront, with an abundance of
festive treats on offer. With over 20 local market stalls selling artisan
foods and local crafts this is the perfect spot to kick off some early
Christmas shopping.
Grab a hot drink and soak up the atmosphere with music, face painting, a children’s carousel and much more – it will definitely put you in a festive mood.

Christmas at Project 24
Queens Parade, 12noon-5pm
Come along to Project 24 and kick off the festive season with an array of Christmassy cheer.
Bring your friends and family to ‘Rock around the Roller Disco’ with disco lights and Christmas tunes. Tickets £1.50 (Adult), £1 (Child)*
Pop by the grotto and wish Santa and his reindeer a Merry Christmas, hop on-board the vintage double decker bus, get creative with Christmas crafts, make yummy festive delights and don’t miss the chance for marshmallow toasting.

Main Street My Street
Various stores throughout Main Street, Bangor 1pm-5pm
Follow the Elf door trail and see what Santa’s little helpers
have been up to in various participating stores in Main Street.
Decorate your very own elf door and write the all-important
Letter to Santa in Menarys followed by traditional gingerbread
decorating in The Heatherlea.
Don’t forget to drop into Translink Bus and Rail Station and enjoy Christmas carols performed by local school choirs at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Main Street My Street Lantern Parade at 5pm
A lantern parade with over 100 lanterns will take you on a journey from Translink to the McKee Clock Arena led by Santa and the Mayor of Ards and North Down.

Christmas Lights Switch On
McKee Clock Arena 5.30pm
The Mayor and Santa will light up Bangor’s Christmas tree followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

Christmas Market at North Down Museum

Christmas Market at North Down Museum

The Elves at North Down Museum invite you to have yourself a Merry Little Christmas at our Christmas Market which will have everything you need for those special stocking fillers. Local artists and crafters will provide a range of goods for you to browse.

Saturday 24 November | 10am – 4.30pm
Sunday 25 November | 12pm – 4.30pm

Come along and enjoy a unique Christmas shopping experience at North Down Museum.

Firmus to raise gas prices by 12%

Since Firmus energy is to raise gas prices by 12% we can no doubt hear howlings of outrage from our MLA’s and the regulator! What’s that I hear? Silence?

Whither it is gas, oil or electricity the response or lack of it is always the same. Nowt!

What puzzles me is the similarity with the electricity prices rises, it’s almost as if the rise is mirrored whether justified or not. If one provider increases prices and get away with it the others adopt a me too policy.

I also find somewhat curious is the comment in their letter about wholesale gas prices and the mysterious distribution costs. What are they, and are they justified.

Firmus energy will get away with this scandalous increase because no-one in authority cares.

Bangor’s under resourced resource

The Long Hole, Bangor

Where else would a resource such as the long hole not be utilised to the benefit of the boating public?

Not everyone can afford Marina prices and simply want to potter about in their boat. There has to be a better option than to allow the Long Hole which served the less rich folk for decades to remain unused.

No doubt the elf and safety folk as well as imagined competition for the Marina is at play here, but lets have a real world solution to suit the less well heeled boating community.

Get a free giffgaff Sim

Impact on others

Sweeny Todd

As many of you know I don’t buy the local rag but am forwarded old copies which I sometimes scan before chucking in the bin. Catching my eye was an article about a pop up barber in Bingham Street.

It appears the Green Party candidate is disturbed that this new business was denied planning permission being outside the core retail area in Bangor. The article goes on to downgrade the rest of Bingham street and presumably other businesses.

The other businesses is what gained my attention. Although I have not used this particular business I am aware of another Barber less than a stones throw away. There is no mention in the article of this competing business or the fact that a barber has used the premises for many years. Nor is there any mention of the impact the new pop up barber will have on the existing business.