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Alphanews A MAGAZINE FOR OUR TENANTS
Edition 2 - 2015
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CHIEF EXECUTIVE’S MESSAGE
Ingredients • 1 tbsp sunflower oil • 1 large onion, thickly sliced • 1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped • 2 tbsp curry paste (or gluten-free alternative) • 2 garlic cloves, crushed • 400g can chopped tomatoes • 300g leftover turkey, diced • 300g leftover cooked potatoes
(either boiled or roast), diced • 2 tbsp mango chutney • Small pack coriander, roughly chopped • Rice or naan bread, to serve
Go classic with your turkey leftovers and make this healthy and filling meal with peppers and tomatoes. Cooking time – prep 5 mins & cook 15 mins (serves 4 or keep and freeze individual portions)
1. Heat the oil in a large pan over a fairly high heat.
2. Cook the onion and pepper for 3-4 mins until starting to soften and brown slightly.
3. Stir in the curry paste and garlic, then cook for another 1-2 mins.
4. Add the chopped tomatoes and 150ml water. Bring to the boil and bubble for 5 mins.
5. Turn the heat down, stir in the turkey and potatoes, and cook for another 2-3 mins, then season and add the mango chutney.
6. Scatter with coriander and serve with rice or naan.
TURKEY AND POTATO CURRY
The kings they came from out the south, All dressed in ermine fine; They bore Him gold, And gifts of precious wine.
The shepherds came from out the north, Their coats were brown and old; They brought Him little new-born lambs-- They had not any gold.
The wise men came from out the east, And they were wrapped in white; The star that led them all the way Did glorify the night.
A Christmas Carol
Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.
(Recipe from Good Food magazine)
Alpha Housing Ltd
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Sheltered Housing Agherton Grange, Portstewart Alexander Court, Belfast Antrimville Court, Belfast Belfry View, Newtownabbey Carnvue Court, Carnmoney Carrickeden Grange, Portadown Carrs Court, Sandy Row Crosby Court, Bangor Cross Street, Killyleagh Dunseverick Court, Belvoir Greenmount Court, Bangor Henry Court, Moira Johnston Close, Ballymena Johnston Court, Knock Legacorry House, Richhill Leyland Lodge, Ballycastle Lowry Court, Belfast Manse Court, Millisle McManus Court, Newry Montgomery Court, Bangor Montgomery Manor, Bangor Mooreland Close, Ballymena Mullagh Court, Maghera Northland Court, Carrickfergus One Irish Gate, Carrickfergus Quarry Gardens, Portadown Rathmore Manor, Newtownabbey Stepping Stones, Comber Taylor Court, Belvoir The Whins, Crumlin The Whins Close, Crumlin Weir Brae, Comber Weir Court, Comber Weir Close, Comber Wilton Court, Shankill
General Needs Ashgrove, Dunmurry Belleville, Ballymena Castlehill Terrace, Ballymoney Johnston Close, Ballymena Parkview Close, Ballymoney Riverview, Ballykeel
Alpha House, 6 Edgewater Road Belfast BT3 9JQ Telephone: (028) 9078 7750 Fax: (028) 9078 7766 Email: email@example.com www.alphahousingni.org
The angels came from heaven high, And they were clad with wings; And lo, they brought a joyful song The host of heaven sings.
The kings they knocked upon the door, The wise men entered in, The shepherds followed after them To hear the song begin.
The angels sang through all the night Until the rising sun, But little Jesus fell asleep Before the song was done.
By Sara Teasdale
Welcome... It is so hard to believe that another Christmas is almost upon us and another year has flown by. As the headline on the opposite page says “Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection” and our Chairman, Eileen Askham reminded us of this in her remarks before the December meeting of the Board. The Chairman reflected that over the past year the Board had mourned the passing of two of its stalwart members Alastair Giffen and Walton Balmer, another member Charles Stewart had stood down after many years of faithful service, a number of staff members had either retired or left the Association and our oldest tenant, Harold McIntyre, who lived at Carrickeden Grange in Portadown had died. Most schemes had lost tenants too so many of us will this Christmas be reflecting on the loss of good friends, neighbours and colleagues.
But all of us will have had cause to rejoice over the past year whether it be as a result of good news about our own health or that of a family member or friend, the birth of a baby, a special anniversary and so on. In this edition there are photographs of happy events at schemes and those may bring back happy memories. When we think of the Christmas story we should not forget that we are thinking of a family that did not have a home. We are in the business of providing homes and it is our aim to do that in such a way that can make people’s lives better.
We are aware that tenants at the schemes are very active throughout each year in raising funds for many different charities so you too are helping to better the lives of others. At Head Office we have been raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Society and so far over £1500 has been raised. Further details are given later in the Newsletter. Alpha can be proud of the way it reaches out beyond its walls to others in our community.
Our latest annual report is now available and you will find a copy either in your scheme or you can see it online. You will be able to see from the report that our Tenant’s Forum is functioning again, we have very few empty homes, we respond to repair requests well within targets and our rent arrears figures are low. We were inspected by our regulator the Department for Social Development and we were awarded a satisfactory rating. So the Association is in good heart.
In this edition we give you some helpful advice, a Christmas poem, a recipe for Christmas left overs and, as it is important that tenants are aware of the Association’s policies, we have included the first of what we are calling a “Focus on Policies”. On this occasion we are looking at those items which are the tenant’s responsibility but for which tenants will be charged if the Association is required to undertake them on the tenant’s behalf. We hope that this will be helpful.
The Board and staff of the Association which you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year.
Billy Graham Chief Executive
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ARE YOU JOINING IN? We actively encourage our tenants to go along to the weekly activities organised at your scheme or nearby schemes. Attending the available activities is a good social boost, helps your well-being and you could enjoy a nice supper with the other tenants. There are lots of different activities offered ranging from weekly coffee mornings, lunch clubs, bingo, knitting, crafts, exercise classes, boccia, suppers, movie evenings and lots more.
If there is something you would like to see happening in your scheme during 2016, have a chat with your Scheme Manager!
Throughout the year, our staff and tenants make a huge effort to raise funds for a variety of charities. The tenants of Weir Court, Comber raised £600 for Age NI from the proceeds of their annual summer sale. Picture 1 – Tenants of Weir Court pictured with Board Member, Irene Kingston, left and the Scheme Manager Lorraine McKibbin holding the cheque. Tenants from Mooreland Close and Johnston Close in Ballymena held a very successful coffee morning for Macmilllan raising £630! Picture 2 – Tenants enjoying their joint coffee morning with Yvonne Carson, Scheme Cleaner Head Office staff, Schemes and Tenants joined together to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society, a fantastic amount of £1500 was raised. Picture 3 – Some of the staff who took part in this year’s memory walk in Stormont Estate as part of our commitment to help and support our tenants and their families who have been affected by dementia. From left to right, Linda Strahan, Senior Finance Officer, Shirley Fyffe McFadden Scheme Manager of The Whins Crumlin, back, Emma McLaughlin, Housing Officer, Alison Harpur, Finance Officer and Helen McCoubrey, HR and Corporate Services Manager.
1. Snakes and Ladders keep the tenants active | 2. The tenants at Agherton Grange, Portstewart enjoy a weekly “fish and chip” evening | 3. Lillian Blair, left and Carol McNamee make use of the scheme computer in Carrs Court, Belfast | 4. Arts and Crafts afternoon at Carrs Court | 5. The tenants of Henry Court, Moira enjoy a history afternoon | 6. Coffee morning at Johnston Court Knock, entertained by Bill McClintock on the keyboard | 7. Rathmore Manor hold weekly boccia tournaments
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Activities... Fundraising... The tenants of Johnston Court, Knock were busy with lots of different fund raising initiatives during 2015
including; £102.50 raised funds for the N.I Hospice from the sale of Christmas Cards, £350 raised for McMillan Cancer Fund during an afternoon tea, £95 for Christian Aid and £90 raised for the Alzheimer’s Society. Picture 4 – The tenants of Johnston Court enjoying tea, pictured with Scheme Manager, Gillian Martin. Taylor Court tenants raised £310 and Rathmore Manor raised £210 for the Alzheimer’s Society. Carrickeden Grange, Portadown held a number of successful fundraising evenings, donating to the British Legion, M.S Society and a mission trip to Africa. One Irish Gate i