Category: music and mind

A Sizzling Success: McMasters Butchers Raises Funds and Spirits with Charity Barbecue

Heartwarming Gesture of Community Support and Generosity

In a heartwarming display of community spirit, McMasters Butchers, Kings Road, Whitehead, orchestrated a sizzling barbecue event on Saturday 26th August 2023 that not only delighted taste buds but also warmed hearts by raising over £1,000 in sales and donations for Whitehead Storehouse. The barbecue was part of the Music and Mind Festival in Whitehead over the Bank Holiday weekend and brought together people from all walks of life for a delicious feast that left a lasting impact beyond the palate.

The aroma of grilled delicacies, and the sound of live music from Cecil Knox, conversation and laughter filled the air as McMasters Butchers powered up the mobile barbecue and created delicious burgers, hot dogs and salads for residents and visitors to Whitehead. The event, aimed at raising funds for Whitehead Storehouse, proved to be an incredible success, showcasing the power of local businesses to effect positive change.

Donated Fee

McMasters Butchers arranged for Cecil Knox to provide live music at the event and Cecil very kindly donated his fee for playing to Whitehead Storehouse. Thank you very much Cecil.

“We are immensely grateful for the overwhelming response from our community,” said William Turley at McMasters Butchers. “This event not only allowed us to serve up mouthwatering dishes but also provided a platform for our community to come together in support of Whitehead Storehouse.”

Whitehead Storehouse is deeply grateful to William Turley and his hard working band of helpers at McMasters Butchers, for their dedication, preparation and hard work and also to Cecil Knox for donating his appearance fee to Whitehead Storehouse. The funds raised through the charity barbecue will go a long way in supporting Whitehead Storehouse’s Mission to help those at economic disadvantage in Whitehead, Ballycarry and Islandmagee.

As the last embers of the barbecue fade away, the warmth of this event will linger on as a reminder that when businesses and communities collaborate, they can achieve remarkable feats that uplift and inspire. The sizzle of the grill may have ceased, but the echoes of this charitable endeavour will reverberate for a long time to come.


Music And Mind Festival Whitehead August 25 to 28 2023

Third Annual Music and Mind Festival Set to Enchant Whitehead

WHITEHEAD, COUNTY ANTRIM– Prepare to embark on a transformative journey where the power of music, poetry, meditation and spoken word converge with health and well-being. The eagerly anticipated third annual Music and Mind Festival is back, promising a captivating three-day experience that will rejuvenate your spirit and touch your soul.

Scheduled from August 25th to 28th, 2023, the Music and Mind Festival is set to captivate audiences across various enchanting locations in the serene coastal town of Whitehead, nestled within the heart of County Antrim. This unique event is a celebration of the profound connection between the arts and holistic wellness, and its significance resonates not only locally but beyond, drawing contributors and participants from far and wide.

Barbecue at McMasters Butchers, Saturday 26th August

One of McMasters famous barbecues will run from 11am to 4pm at McMasters Butchers, Kings Road in aid of Whitehead Storehouse. There will be live music.

Music at the Bankhouse

If you don’t want to visit a pub to hear music, check out the sessions at the Bankhouse, Edward Road.

Family Picnic

Saturday 26th August at the Methodist Church, Edward Road, with music, Jo Jingles, Bouncy Castles and Face Painting.

Music and mind program 26 to 28 August 2023

Elevate Your Senses

Immerse yourself in a symphony of holistic well-being as the festival weaves the harmonious threads of music, poetry, and spoken word into a tapestry of healing and self-discovery. Delight in a myriad of soul-stirring performances that range from soulful melodies to powerful verses, all carefully curated to uplift, inspire, and nurture the mind, body, and spirit.



A Confluence of Creativity and Wellness

The Music and Mind Festival is more than just an event – it’s a celebration of the intricate relationship between artistic expression and mental well-being. Discover the therapeutic influence of rhythm and sound, the cathartic release of poetic expression, and the transformative potential of spoken word. Engage with renowned artists and wellness experts who will guide you on a transformative journey, enabling you to tap into your innermost self and cultivate a sense of balance and harmony.

Local Roots, Global Impact

While the festival is deeply rooted in the local community, its impact reverberates globally. With contributors and participants hailing from near and far, the event fosters connections, fosters understanding, and encourages dialogue across diverse cultures and perspectives. As the festival embraces a universal language – that of creativity and well-being – it unites individuals in a shared experience that transcends geographical boundaries.

A Date with Wellness

Save the dates – August 25th to 28th, 2023 – as Whitehead opens its doors to an enchanting celebration of Music and Mind. From the picturesque coastal venues to the vibrant pulse of artistic expression, every moment promises to be an exploration of wellness, connection, and the limitless power of the human spirit.

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