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Bloomfield celebrates success

Published: Fri, 10 Oct 2014
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Pictured (l-r) between Laureen McFaul & Richard Tanswell NIHE are Jonathan Armstrong & Isabelle Hamilton,Bloomfield Community Group
Bloomfield Shared Community programme event
Bloomfield Community Group has recently come to the end of its participation in the Housing Executive’s Shared Communities Programme.
To mark the occasion they held a big celebration on the hill opposite the community centre which everyone in the community could enjoy. Taking it as a last hurrah of summer those who attended were treated to a great afternoon of music, entertainment and sunshine.  
During the day representatives from the Indian Community Centre came along and gave a workshop on Indian culture, taught people how to dress in a sari and offered henna tattoos. Revellers soaked up the sun as they watched exhibition dances from Bollywood and Poland.  
No-one was forgotten as young people enjoyed face painting, a bouncy castle and slide as well as climbing on-board the local fire brigade’ engine and examining the community police’s motorcycle. Those ‘young at heart’ older members of the community were also royally dined and entertained giving them the opportunity to chat and reminisce.
Bangor’s Mayor, Peter Martin, popped along to open the event and give his best wishes to the initiative. Other local political representatives including Steven Agnew, Noelle Robinson, Wesley Irvine and Alex Easton attended.
Bloomfield Community Group’s Chair, Isobelle Hamilton, was delighted with how the day turned out and said:
“I am thrilled at how the celebration went.  The support from the local community throughout the Shared Communities Programme over the last two years and for the fun day shows a thriving community spirit.  
“There are so many to thank for their support including the Housing Executive over the course of the programme as well as the celebration event which North Down Borough Council, North Down Community Network and our neighbouring community Clandeboye also supported.  Our grateful thanks goes to local retailers Sainsbury’s, McDonald’s and Domino’s Pizza who supplied some lovely food.”
Our Neighbourhood and Cohesion Manager, Deirdre Crawford, was pleased with the feedback from Bloomfield saying:
“The Bloomfield group has clearly worked hard to build a strong foundation.  They have shown great spirit throughout their participation in the Shared Communities Programme. I have no doubt Bloomfield Community Group will grow from strength to strength and I wish them well as they move forward.”
The Mayor for North Down, Peter Martin was happy to open the event for the community group commenting:
“I was delighted to be invited today to be part of Bloomfield Community Group’s celebration of their commitment to living in a positive, caring community. It was great to see the diverse activities for everyone to enjoy and, even better, the sun shone.”