Month: March 2012

Peninsula supports Shine Charity Balloon Race

00News March, 12

Shine is a community of 75,000 individuals and families, friends and professionals, sharing achievements, challenges and information on living with hydrocephalus and/or spina bifada, and related issues.

Peninsula Print are proudly supporting their Charity Balloon Race in 2012.

Ards Given a New Voice

00News March, 12

A new Community Choir, Ards Voice make their debut at The Web Theatre on Thursday 29th March at 7.30pm.

Ards Voice is supported by Ards Arts and came together in January of this year. It is the baby of Diane Petherick Holt and seeks to encourage anyone who loves singing but may not have the confidence to join a formal choir to meet once a week to enjoy singing in a group.

Amy McKelvey, the Community Arts Development Officer for Ards Borough Council was keen for Ards to have a Community Choir and had been on the lookout for a suitable person to head it up. “The emphasis of a community choir is on singing for the sheer joy of it and this has a really positive impact on the participants, creating a supportive, fun and relaxing activity. We are delighted to be working with someone with the skills and enthusiasm of Diane to develop this fantastic creative community.”

Both Diane and Amy were surprised at the interest there has been in the group. “We were expecting about 10 or 15 people on the first night and when I arrived, the Londonderry Room was filling up.” Diane explained.” Over 50 people have been attending with around 40 each Monday evening. It’s great crack. I teach everything by ear, so there is no need to be able to read music to participate.”

The Showcase event at The Web Theatre is a celebration of voice and also features members of Diane’s singing and voice classes, as well as Diane herself. The programme has something for everyone with songs from across the world and songs from the shows charts.

Local business Peninsula Print and Design have been very supportive of the fledgling choir and have helped by designing the logo for Ards Voice for the choir uniform which will also be making its debut on the night!

Tickets for the Showcase are available from The Web Theatre Box Office on 028 9182 8234.
Ards Voice meets at 8pm in the Londonderry Room of the Town Hall in Newtownards every Monday night and the cost is £2.50 per person per night. For more information contact Ards Arts on 028 9181 0803 or email:

For further information:

Contact Diane : 07749 056403


Supporting the community with Peninsula Print

00News March, 12

As a successful local business, one of the guiding principles behind Peninsula Print and Design has been its desire to deliver the best service, quality and value to its customers.  But equally important is their belief in the importance of giving something back to the local community.

This was demonstrated when Emma Hineson representing the company, handed over a £1,000 cheque to the local dance group, Pauline Walker Dance and Stage School.  The money will go towards helping the group provide dance outfits for its members, who will shortly be performing at Euro Disney in France.
The company’s founder and managing director, Gary Withers explains the motivation behind  the donation: “It’s always been important to us to support worthwhile local causes.  we’ve developed close ties with many local organisations, community groups and colleges.  We believe that the Pauline Walker Dance and Stage School is a particularly worthy cause, because, through the School, many young people in our area find personal expression and great joy.”
Gary’s belief in giving something back takes many forms, not all of which involve giving money.  They can also entail opportunities, as he explains:  “Through our close ties with with local colleges, we’ve been able to give work placements to many people over the years.  I believe it’s fair to say that quite a number of them have used this opportunity as a springboard to new career experiences elsewhere.  And to be frank, it’s helped us too….some of our best staff have come to us through such schemes”.
So perhaps Peninsula Print gives proof to the saying ‘what you give out, you get back!’