Ballywalter Tea Room
Tea by the Sea!
Serving locally sourced homemade food and sweet treats and a good pot of tea!!
Coffee also available 🙂
My most vivid memory of being an avid reader is of when I was in the region of eight or nine years old. I had just acquired a new reading lamp and, even though it was during the summer and being in the Northern Hemisphere still quite light out even at 10:30 at night, I asked my mother, who was going out to a church meeting that evening, if I could go to my room after the evening meal to read and test my new lamp. She of course said yes and off I went with a pile of books and my new lamp shining brightly even in a room bathed in early evening sunlight. It wasn’t until a few hours later when I realised I had unwittingly nearly sent my father into cardiac failure. He had spent the last hour or so looking everywhere for me, even recruiting several neighbours, my two older brothers and my younger sister to join in the hunt until finally, in despair, he had gone to the church hall to break the devastating news to my mother that I was missing. He couldn’t understand why she burst into laughter and asked him had he checked my bedroom, that I had retired there after dinner to read. I remember most vividly my bedroom door being flung open and seeing my poor distraught, but very relieved father looking at me in almost disbelief. I didn’t even get into trouble because I really hadn’t done anything wrong!
Growing up in the ‘70s and 80’s, I was influenced by such police television series as Starsky and Hutch, Charlie’s Angels, Streets of San Francisco and the British series The Professionals. I had already decided before I left school that I wanted to be a police officer but in the United Kingdom back then, there were height restrictions for both men and women and I fell short by 2 inches of the women’s requirement of 5’4”. Given my love for reading, and watching those police series, disheartened but undeterred at my failure to grow as tall as I needed to be, I quickly came to understand that I could put the two together and write about police detectives. I utilised the handsomeness of the television male stars with the beauty of the female stars to create my own detectives, two male and two female.
Writing very quickly became my passion. Even working fulltime as a medical secretary, I devoted much of my spare time to honing my characters and my first storyline. In fairness, even though I thought the first draft of Book One was a masterpiece in the making, it was actually very amateurish. My lengthy experience as a reader taught me how to develop not only the characters, but also how important it is to add detail and substance and draw the reader into the story as it develops. The finished product I have today is largely due to input from my few but faithful readers, my dearest friends and family members, who advised me that I shouldn’t have included a certain part or I should take a certain part out and it is thanks to them I have the full sized, and completely finished to my satisfaction, novel that I do today. The storyline itself had never been an issue. I had, although not necessarily in order, a beginning, a middle and an end. I made adjustments through the years but the storyline stayed essentially the same. I found I enjoyed my characters very much and, despite not holding back on giving them trials and tribulations through everyday life, I ultimately wanted what was best for them.
I deliberately made each main character as different from the others as possible. I gave each of them completely different backgrounds and upbringings but also wanted them to have the same professional capabilities to ensure an easy working life together. I thought it was inevitable they would meet and fall in love, so that was deliberately why I brought romance into the story.
Before the first book was even completed, I had come to realise I wasn’t done with my characters just yet. I had already thought up the idea of a second book in the series, to take up about six months or so where the first book left off. Although the second book holds a lot of dark content, and even a few pages of extremely violent content, the story itself could have brought my characters to an end of their literal lives. But still I wasn’t done with them and a third book came along, then a fourth, and so on until I now have seven books completed. Is there an eighth book in the making? Stay tuned….
A strong, local bank
Danske Bank is the trading name of Northern Bank Ltd, one of the largest banks in Northern Ireland and an autonomous subsidiary of Danske Bank Group. We’ve been helping people and businesses achieve their ambitions for over 200 years.
Today, we serve the needs of our personal and business customers through our branches, our regional business centres, telephone banking and a wide range of digital banking channels.
We get the best of both worlds – the strength and technology of a strong international parent, combined with our local presence, local decision-making and local expertise.
Garry and Elizabeth Cavill are the directors of Essential Homecare services. After working within the Health Service for a number of years we saw a niche in the domiciliary care market we could fill. Having no formal training only using our people skills and what we had learned from our previous jobs within the then Eastern Health and Social Services Board. Essential Homecare Services was setup in a spare bedroom at our home address. We had worked for every nursing home in the area we lived to gain experience and knowledge of what people really wanted when it came to aspects of daily living.
We had built up a private clientele which lead us to gaining our accreditation with the then Eastern Health and Social Services Board for all four trust areas. Our aim then was to provide the highest level of care to the most vulnerable people in our society and to train our staff to the highest level. We wanted to offer a unique and personalized service where we are hands on. We have achieved this and are now a successful family run business.
Now in 2016 we have now been accredited to all four trust areas for 19 years. Our office is no longer a spare bedroom at our home, but is an efficient working office at Strangford Business Park Jubilee Road Newtownards.
We were joined in 1998 by our daughter Suzanne who has undertaken a management role and an active part in the direct delivery of care to our service users. Our son Matthew has dipped in and out of the business looking for his lifetime job satisfaction. He officially joined the business on a full time basis as our Administration & Monitoring officer in April 2016.
We continue to remain a small independent family run business.
We are a very creative salon and our team is Fantastic
We love making clients feel amazing and giving them advice each and every time
13 South St
Originally opened in 1931 in Conway Square, followed by 60 years in Frances Street, we have now moved to newly renovated premises at 21 High Street, Newtownards. We are proud to continue to serve and be a part of the local community.
While staff has changed over the years, the ethos of the firm has not. We still believe that the law is a profession, not just a business and will treat you as a valued client and not a commodity.
Our approach retains a strong commitment to the traditional family values of our private clients, whilst supplying a range of commercial services to our business clients.
Mount Stewart is a 19th-century house and garden in County Down, Northern Ireland, owned by the National Trust. Situated on the east shore of Strangford Lough, a few miles outside the town of Newtownards and near Greyabbey, it was the Irish seat of the Vane-Tempest-Stewart family, Marquesses of Londonderry. The house and its contents reflect the history of the Vane-Tempest-Stewart family, who played a leading role in British and Irish social and political life.
Our beautifully restored 1820’s barn style banqueting room and our bespoke orangery area provide stylish yet practical spaces for your conferencing and banqueting requirements. Our raised terrace affords spectacular views across the Lough to the Mournes. Our in-house Chefs can provide sumptuous food for your delegates throughout the day.
Our experienced team have worked within the hospitality, events and catering industry for decades and will ensure your meetings surpass your expectations. All meetings and conferences are tailored on a bespoke basis to your individual requirements.
Orange Tree House is a 30 minute drive from Belfast City Airport, 40 minutes from Belfast City Centre and 1 hour from Belfast International Airport, buses run regularly between Greyabbey and Belfast, or we can co-ordinate taxis or coach hire. There is a variety of local accommodation including Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts and holiday rentals. Our team are on hand to advise and co-ordinate additional activities or visits. The National Trust property of Mount Stewart is a 5 minute drive and can provide house and garden tours.
Conference & Banqueting at Orange Tree House offers the following:
Exclusive venue hire for the day for a maximum of 70 delegates – classroom, theatre, boardroom layouts
Dedicated Event Manager
Paper and pens
Still or sparkling water in the meeting room
Bespoke catering can include breakfast on arrival, mid-morning break, luncheon, afternoon tea and optional a la carte dinner.
Pretticrew Engineering and Hire are a family run business based in the heart of the Ards Peninsula.
The company was formed in 1990 by Bill and Chris McCullough and has developed a loyal customer base over the last 27 years.
Our mission is to form strong working relationships with each of our customers to ensure that their expectations and needs are continually met.
We offer flexibility with returns (subject to prior agreement) and competitive pricing on our equipment hire and work with our engineering and repair clients to ensure that we are on time, all of the time and at a competitive rate.
We would be delighted to respond to your enquiries.
WELCOME TO REGENCY CARS
Regency Cars provides Newtownards with Peugeot specialist services, as well as a great range of new and used cars and vans.
If you already own a Peugeot, their on-site technicians are trained to know Peugeot vehicles inside and out, and their friendly staff make sure you’ll find what you’re looking for.
Undecided about which Peugeot might suit you best? Get in touch with them today.