Bees in a birdbox

When bees invade

The birdbox served well for many years until last summer some invaders arrived.

Bees seemed to need a new home and had a liking for the birdbox. The birdbox was located in the corner of the garden so we didn’t mind.

For whatever reason the bees suddenly disappeared. Now the box has been cleaned and sterilised ready for its normal occupants.

No honey


They just buzzed off.

Tree Damage in Castle Park

Fallen tree

Tree population must be maintained

Such a shame to see such damage to the tree population of Castle Park following the recent storm.

In order that future generations are able to enjoy the park as we have, Council must engage in an ambitious replacement programme.

Arts Night At The North Down Museum

Friday, 29 March 2019 from 18:00-21:00

Experience art at North Down Museum!

The historic museum building will be filled with art for everyone to enjoy. Try clay work, painting, print-making and lots more. Take the opportunity to watch artists at work, get stuck in or just sit back, relax and enjoy the music!
This free event is fun for all the family.

Bangor Ladies Choir with Peter Corry

Bangor Ladies Choir will hold their annual concert in Bangor Elim Complex at 7:30 pm on Saturday 11 May. Tickets are £20 and are available from :-
Bangor Visitor Information Centre 02891270069,
Ards Visitor Information Centre 02891826846.
Bangor Elim Complex
Box Office 03336663366
or from any choir member.

The choirs guest this year is the excellent local artist Peter Corry and Band. We were luck enough to hear Peter Corry preforming the role of Inspector Javert in the West End production of “Les Miserables”, he was excellent. We can expect a similarly marvellous performance from both Peter and the Choir.

Book Your Tickets Online Here

Bangor Ladies Choir

Peter Corry

Jews and World War 2

Superb exhibition running in North Down Museum highlighting how Northern Ireland was a place of refuge for those fleeing from Nazi Germany.

The accompanying leaflet states :- “During the war, members of the Belfast Hebrew Congregation, now known as the Belfast Jewish Community, answered the call to defend our freedoms and many of their powerful testimonies are relived in the exhibition. “

It is a superb and for us unusual exhibition which is well worth a visit. Certainly bring the children along in order that the effects of tyranny are not forgotten through the generations.

Runs Tuesday 8 January to Sunday 3 February.

Bangor Hospital

Bangor hospital is inadequate for a town this size. Even it’s car park is not fit for purpose.

There was a campaign a few years ago asking it be replaced.

At the time two of our MLA’s had a role in the health remit at Stormont. They were found lacking.

Perhaps it’s time to revisit the provision of a hospital in Bangor, we deserve it.

Graffiti in Bangor

Shameful increase in graffiti around the town.

It seems Council can’t keep up with the very expensive task of removal.

Nonetheless it is a task that must be treated with urgency.

NIE Disruption

NIE tearing up our new pavements

NIE Contractors once again tearing up our new pavements in a number of places on Main Street and Abbey street. the issue apart from the disruption they are causing is will they reinstate the pavement with its concrete sub-floor correctly.

On Christmas eve we were in Menary’s having breakfast when the power failed , I presume this work is related to that failure.

When the work on Bangor’s pavements were being planned the statutory agencies were consulted. This was an opportunity for the likes of NIE to renew ageing cable network, sadly this does not seem to be the case resulting in our very expensive pavements being destroyed. If I had confidence that the work would be reinstated to the original specification then I would be happy, but I don’t!

I know that at the time of this Public realm work planning I did request that Phoenix would lay pipes to businesses, this i believe was refused.

NIE previous work at First Bangor remains incomplete, I have been in contact with one of our current Councillors who has assured me that reinstatement will be of a standard acceptable to Council. (Hoping that what is acceptable to Council is the original specification.)

The current disruption is the result of the lack of forward planning or even foresight on behalf of NIE.

Post Office Disappointing

This morning the oh so familiar something for you postcard is found on the door mat. Its almost got to a point where you feel they are playing a game.

With an Amazon delivery I am not only told the day the consignment is to arrive but before delivery a message pops up on the phone. It tells me the delivery man is so many stops away with a map displaying his actual current position. I can be waiting at the door to accept the delivery. What a contrast!

On Saturday we received two parcels, one from Amazon and another from a firm called Pavers. Neither were suitable and needed to be returned, bother!
Started the return process on Amazon and was presented with the printer free option, a QR code. All I needed to do was repackage the item and take to return location.
The other item came complete with returns labels, so again I repackaged the item and was about to stick on the label when I noticed 2 labels. One was the Post Office the other something “Connect” which I looked up on the internet and found my local location was the Mace on Brunswick Road.

The Amazon return location was Spar on Bransburn Road.

So at 6pm on Saturday evening I set out for Coffee and Shopping at Springhill passing both locations.

Mace on Brunswick was a very pleasant experience and the receipt was quickly handed over.
Similarly in Spar Bryansburn an equally pleasant guy demonstrated the QR label printing machine and handed me a receipt.

So to summarise, at 6pm on Saturday I arrived at Starbucks relaxed that both parcels were now being returned. I did not have to queue or pay parking or walk to the post office.

Post Office is no longer fit for purpose, it no longer fills the needs of a modern society. It has a massive technological deficit and is simply too expensive for the non-service it provides.