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ISSUE 10 • Nov. 2011

This edition published with the help of the ADDA funds.

Fun Day, BBQ & Aghalee’s Got Talent Show Success! It was a sunny day! With lots of fun, food, song and dance. Read the story and see the pictures inside on page 4 and 5.

Christmas Switch-On! Thursday 8th Dec. 7.15pm.

Don’t miss the Christmas Lights Switch-On! Details on page three. Everyone welcome, bring all the family! 1

Group Needs Help!

The Ballinderry Badminton Club needs members especially ladies. Get involved in the fastest racquet sport in the world! Come along to the Village Hall on a Monday evening and join in some serious, and some not so serious, play! Ballinderry Badminton Club welcomes those new to badminton and those who might have played in the past and fancy taking it up again – it is great exercise and great ‘craic’. Please telephone Cathleen Gleave: 02892651122 for further details.

Aghalee Village Hall News - Winter 2011

Lisburn in Focus Lisburn in Focus is a five year project, supported by the Big Lottery Fund Safe and Well Programme. Our overall aim is to make Lisburn a centre of excellence for blind and partially sighted residents and visitors. We aim to achieve this in a number of ways, one of which is to deliver Visual Awareness Training to people from all walks of life who live or work in the Lisburn Council area.

deliver a shorter more tailored session but it will not carry accreditation.

Lisburn in Focus is also promoting the information that is available in alternative formats - Braille, large print and audio - in the Lisburn Council area. Lisburn in Focus can give advice on making the information you produce more available to blind and partially sighted people. Some things you can do to help don’t even cost anything other than a little bit of time and thought.

If you know or are related to somebody with severe sight loss our free Home Security Checks may be of interest. Carried out in conjunction with the PSNI’s crime prevention officer, this includes installing any of the recommendations such as window locks or intercom systems.

Blind and partially sighted people wish to participate in a wide range of activities; from doing their shopping or eating out to going to the gym or theatre, from participating in social groups and educational courses to buying a house or writing a will. All these activities are taken for granted by somebody who is not living with severe sight loss. But for somebody who is, the experience can be made so much easier if the people they are talking to have the confidence to assist them. This is where our Visual Awareness Training can help.

We have just launched the first phase of the “React” navigation system, which gives audio announcements to anybody carrying a key ring sized fob. Currently at thirteen points between Lisburn Bus Centre and the Housing Executive. Later phases will also cover areas in Moira and Dunmurry.

Our two and a half hour session will give you the confidence to guide somebody who is blind or partially sighted, to try some everyday tasks wearing our simulation spectacles, discuss some of the myths around blindness and as the session is always co-delivered by a blind or partially sighted person you will have the opportunity to ask questions. The Visual Awareness Training is accredited through Open College Network at level 1. We can also

For our bi-monthly newsletter or more information please phone 028 9260 0388 or email: lisburninfocus

Safe and Well Scheme The scheme is currently running across the Down & Lisburn Trust and is designed to support socially isolated older people to become more included in their local community and remain living independently in their own homes for as long as possible. The programme provides a variety of sign posting opportunities to a good range of services but in particular is keen to promote the referral uptake of the First Step Support Service, which provides a dedicated worker

for 3 hours per week for 12 weeks from their partners Extra Care. The patient's GP/Nurse can refer them to this programme although it should be noted that the First Step Support Service does not provide assistance with personal care, medication cleaning tasks or support activities that require manual handling. This is a service that folk might not be aware of and could be missing opportunities.


Aghalee Christmas Lights Switch-On. Thursday 8th Dec. at 7.15pm Starting at the Village Hall at about 7.15pm we will walk to the Millennium Gardens where the choirs of Rowandale Integrated and Lower Ballinderry Primary Schools will sing for us. The Mayor will start the count-down to switching on the Christmas Tree Lights at 7.45pm.

Then the crowd will call for Santa and when he arrives, parents can take small children to visit Santa to tell him what they want for Christmas.

The event is supported by Lisburn City Council for which we are very grateful, but the grant will not cover all costs and the amount required to replace and repair the street lights and pay for the Event supported by electricity used grows larger each year. One new street light can cost over £300 and if these are damaged or fail, we have to bear the cost of repair or replacement.

There will be circus performers and refreshments available. This event is FREE but any donations will be gratefully received and buckets for this will be passed around. 3

Aghalee Village Hall News - Winter 2011

Fun Day, BBQ & Aghalee’s Talent Show-Success! It was generally felt that the entire day was a huge success. What a fantastic difference the sun made to the day and barbeque, but more importantly, the contributions made by our local traders in respect of ballot prizes and food for the barbecue really helped make the day the success it was.

debate in order to improve the event if possible and this will take place early in the New Year, to discuss and make some concrete decisions regarding the date/ timing/ format of the entire event. If anyone would like to comment before this meeting please feel free using the contact details in this publication.

Financially this year, including grant aid, we have been able to record a profit of just over £1,400, which is a wonderful boost to hall funds. Once again, thank you for your part in the success of the events. And the winner? Well done to Chloe Greer and Runners Up Amy Uprichard and Grace Mulholland.

More members of the local community attended than ever before and the hall was almost full for the Talent Show. We broke new ground this year with the Talent Show, the star event of the day and we have already been asked if it will be included next year.

Thanks must also be given to all the volunteers who gave freely of their time to help make the day as safe and enjoyable as possible. The committee would like to express gratitude and appreciation to Carol Redpath and her husband, William for the considerable effort that went into organising what we consider to be a very successful Aghalee’s Got Talent event. A few comments have been made regarding timings of the various aspects of the day and whether we could re-work better for next year. It was felt by some that perhaps the “dancing” aspect was encroached upon by the talent show. There has been a lot of discussion on the feedback from the wider Aghalee community on the event. It was felt that it would probably be better to have a separate meeting to discuss this and give the subject proper

Our thanks to the following people and businesses who supplied food, prizes or donations towards the success of the Family Fun Day and BBQ:-

Loughview Garden Centre, Mace Aghalee, Northern Snack Foods, Ronnie Lewis, Seymour Dugan, Stephen International, The Tannery, Tesco Stores, Fergusons Irish Linen, J C Patterson Ltd, Jeanne Cree Ballet, Jim Sherry, William Redpath, Fiona Cromie, Seamus Agnew and Tim Woods – and of course all of Aghalee Village Hall Committee and Staff.

Avondale Foods, Browns Stores, Bushes Bakery, Captain Cook Lisburn, Charlie Mallon Meats, Coca Cola HBC, Country Meats, Freeza Meats, G & J Byrne, Glenavy Road Spar, Great Northern Soft Drinks, Island Foods, Moy Park, Paul Hannon, Robert Roberts, Spar Loughview, The Meat Centre Moira, Clenaghan‘s, Denis Wilson, Murloc Fishing, Edenmore Golf and Country Club, George Forsythe, Hugh Kirk, John Campbell & Sons,


If anyone has been accidently omitted, please accept our apologies and our thanks for the part you played in the success on the day.

Anyone interested in helping or if you have any comments on the event, good or bad, please contact in the usual way – details at the end of the Newsletter Photography by Fiona Maree


Aghalee Village Hall News - Winter 2011

Grants awarded

Future Plans

over the past few months:

While we have achieved much over the past 18 months with funding being obtained for the following items:- Disabled, Elderly, Upstairs Room, Toilet Block, Equipment, Kitchen and Committee Room Refurbishment and Energy Efficiency Audit and improvements – Phase 1, we now have to focus on the remaining things that we set out to achieve in our 6 year plan, Beyond the Centre.

BIG Lottery – Energy Efficient Venues £2,306 Awarded, which along with £1,000 already awarded by The Enkalon Foundation have enabled us to zone the heating for the upstairs rooms.

Awards for All – Kitchen + Back Committee Room refurbishment - £9,030 Awarded, which has been put towards completely revamping both areas.

Work will continue over the winter to finish the upstairs room and have it ready for use again as soon as possible. The next phase is painting and replacement of the carpeting and furniture.

Lisburn City Council - Maintenance grant £3,075 Awarded, which goes towards running and programming costs.

The remaining works for which we are seeking funding are:- an Arts programme, continued funding support for the Newsletter, car park drains and resurfacing, improved fencing, soundproofing, energy efficiency and improvement works – Phase 2, more equipment – mainly replacements for the old wooden chairs used since about 1960, re-painting and decoration, Programme/Outreach development, general minor works to tidy up inside and outside and most importantly to enable all of the development and programming funding for a salary for a part-time worker.

Lisburn City Council - Christmas grant £1,500 Awarded out of which the Christmas tree cost and Insurance are taken at source.

Truemark Trust – Summer Family Fun Day + Upholstery Classes + IT Classes for Older People £3,000 Awarded – All courses now started.

We continue to search for further grants to enable us to continue our work. We are seeking funding for Youth work, Programming and Courses and also to help with work with car park drainage and resurfacing and other items for the hall.

We also need to obtain funding to help keep the annual Summer Event and Christmas Events going. So as you see, there is still much vital work for the Committee to concentrate on in the next number of months.

Article from a Local Resident A Summer holiday with a difference.

Alpha Grant for Various Works

This grant aided work is now all complete. Many thanks to Alpha for the grant which enabled us to do so much.

Peace Camp in Norway

A view of the new kitchen:


During the summer I went to a peace camp in Norway as part of an IVS (International Voluntary Service) project with Steve Uprichard and Mark Campbell. The project was to help repair a train station and rebuild the infrastructure in the surrounding area. From building fences and benches to creating new paths around the train station to make it more accessible in the winter. The station was in Sandermosen - about a 40 min train journey from Oslo. There was a wide range of nationalities in the camp, including young people from Russia, Spain, Poland, Italy, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Serbia and Spain. Most of the young people had done some form of volunteering before but this was our first time and we didn’t know what to expect. But everyone was really friendly and made us feel very welcome. The setting was a view to behold as the station was situated in a valley with forest on either side. The weather wasn’t bad with temperatures reaching 30 degrees on most days. It was an experience that none of us will ever forget including sleeping in an old bus for the first few nights with trains going past at about 3 o’clock in the morning. The opportunities to meet other people and learn about other cultures was a tremendous experience. We would recommend IVS to anyone wanting to do something different during their summer holidays. Jack Redpath


RSPB Portmore News

Hobby Art - Southern Regional College

Christmas Shop

Classes started Thursday 22nd September, Thursday 1st September in the Paul Green Hall, 10.00 – 12.00 until end June 2012. Some places still available.

Saturday 26th November and Sunday 27th November

IT for seniors (Absolute Beginners) – Atlas Women’s Centre

Course is 10 weeks 10.00 – 12.00. It is hoped to run a second series of classes.

Drop in for a cup of tea or coffee at our Christmas shop on the Reserve. Exclusive RSPB cards and calendars not to mention birdy gifts, feeders and seed will be on sale. Why not buy someone a gift of RSPB membership with one of our special gift packs. Open from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

Classes started on Thursday 6th October @ 10.00 in the Main Hall.

Winter Talks Series

Classes started Monday 3rd October for 10 weeks in the back committee room.

Upholstery – Tutor from Aghalee Village Hall

Three winter talks will be held in the Portmore Community Room on the RSPB Portmore Lough Reserve.

Course is 15 weeks 10.00 – 12.00. It is hoped to run a second series of classes.

Both IT and Upholstery classes have been funded by a grant of £3,000 awarded by The Truemark Trust, and we are very grateful for this award. Some of this money also went towards activities on the Fun Day in the summer.

Starting at 7.30. Questions, contributions and discussions are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. Entrance £3 or £1 to RSPB members with membership card.

Whooper Swans from Iceland.

Anyone interested in these or any other classes or ideas for classes – please contact in the usual way – details at the end of the Newsletter.

Talk by Dr. Kendrew Colhoun 17th January 2012.

These majestic yellow-billed swans are a familiar sight on the fields around Portmore. Kendrew traces the story of the swan’s annual migration from Iceland, and why this part of Northern Ireland is so important to them.


PSNI – Lurgan – Neighbourhood – Aghagallon, Aghalee (Craigavon Council Area) and Gawleys Gate Contact Numbers Cons J Doherty 07825 156336 Cons M Grimason 07826 846899 Cons E Quaile 07825 179009

Red Kites in Northern Ireland. Talk by Adam McClure 31st January 2012.

PSNI – Lisburn – Neighbourhood – Aghalee (Lisburn Council Area) and District Contact Number Cons D Genney Cons Willie Johnston 0845 600 8000 Extn 25824 Crime stoppers Telephone Number Emergency Telephone Number Non-emergency Telephone Number

Adam is responsible for monitoring the seventy red kites that have been reintroduced to Northern Ireland in the past 3 years by RSPB. A fascinating behind the scenes story about these iconic birds of prey and how they fit into our local ecology

0800 555 111 999 0845 600 8000

The History and Development of Portmore Lough. Talk by John Scovell 21st February 2012.


Property in the Helens Park area of Aghalee was broken into during the early hours of the 1st November. A number of expensive electrical appliances was stolen, 46” Flatscreen TV, Laptops and Camcorder. Residents must be extra vigilant on the run up to Christmas such items will be in demand for the criminal to have a prosperous Christmas. In addition be wary of being offered expensive items at cheap prices!

Did you know that Portmore Lough has been here for only 1500years? John Scovell the RSPB Portmore Warden will take a look at the wildlife and history of the Portmore area and how it is still special.

We would love to hear of your stories or connections with the Wee Lough too.



Contact Numbers and Session Details

Aghalee Village Hall News - Winter 2011

David Twigg (Chair) Matt Hull (Vice Chair) Clare Ward (H Secretary) Chris Buller (Treasurer) Ruth Macauley (Book Sec) Margaret Agnew, Stephen Bann (Youth), Pauline Buller (Grants), Jeanne Cree,Catherine Gleave, and Kenneth Greer (Maintenence), Andrea Huff, Mark Kirkpatrick (H&S), Fiona Maree (Marketing), David Moore, Caroline Redpath (Child Protection), Walter Robertson, Norman Scandrett (Equipment) and Lorna Wilson.

The Chairman wishes to step down at AGM in 2012, having carried out this office for the past 8 years, since early 2004, but having been a Committee member for many more years than that. The Committee will be very sorry indeed to see David step down as he has been a great Chairman and a wonderful advocate and promoter of the Village Hall and its works. It is hoped that David will remain on the Committee for some years to come. Mrs Pauline Buller is stepping down as Hon. Secretary, having carried out this office for the past 15+ years, since 1995 (with a short break in the middle), but will be staying on as a Fundraising/Grants advisor.

Ms Clare Ward has agreed to take on the post of Hon. Secretary and the Committee extends a warm welcome to her. Clare will be working with Pauline over the next few months in order to get to grips with all that is involved in the very busy post of Hon. Secretary.

Age (NI) - Meet Wednesday. To join please contact Lorna Wilson 07841 499311 Aghalee Junior Badminton Tuesday evenings - Main hall - Juniors 6-8pm Seniors 8-10pm. Contact Ken Greer 02892 651497 Art - Thursday mornings - Paul Green Hall - 9-12.30 Classes re-starting Thursday 22nd September, enrolment essential before attending. Contact to enrol - Sandra Murphy 028 3839 7777 Ballinderry Senior Badminton Monday evenings and Thursday evenings - Main Hall 8 to late. Contact Cathleen Gleave 02892 651122 or David Moore 02892 652743 or just call in on Mondays Carers Group - By session - contact Sharon Dickson on mobile number 07889 057718 or 02892 670918. Citizens Advice - From July 2010 by appointment only now due to cut backs contact Siobhan Edgar 02838 353260 or Jeanne Cree Ballet - Thursday Contact Jeanne Cree 02892 652447. Junior Sports - Temporarily closed - if interested in re-opening contact Pauline Buller 02892 651825. Playgroup - Temporarily closed - if interested in reopening contact Ruth Macauley 02892 651037. Wag and Bone Club Dog Training Wednesday and Friday evenings. Contact Margaret Agnew 02892 651107. Zumba Classes – Monday evenings 7-8pm. Call along or contact Marina Karlyuha – 07794 572359.

Deaths in the Community In October 2011

Mr Laurence Rogers, a local businessman with many local connections and a well known and respected family in the area.

The Committee still needs more local people who have an interest in their community and who may also have some skills they can offer to the group. We especially need people who care about developing ideas and events at the hall and who might like to take on some of the offices if asked. If you would like to help out, please feel free to contact us via the methods below.

Mrs Daphne Reid, wife of the late Kenneth Reid, who also passed away just over a year ago. The Reid family has had many strong links to the Village Hall over a long number of years and is very well known and respected in the area. Deepest sympathy is extended to both families.

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