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AUTUMN 2011

FRE E

ISLANDMAGEE

COMMUNITY NEWS

Islandmagee Childrens Christmas Party Youth Club The annual Christmas party for children of Primary School age, that is fully funded by Islandmagee Community Development Association, will be held in Islandmagee Community Centre on Saturday 10th December 2011. It will take place from 2.00pm to 4.00pm and the Association is engaging a professional entertainer for the afternoon to ensure an action packed event. Santa will also visit with gifts for all of the children. Parents will be welcome to stay during the party. Please note: some photographs may be taken for Association records and publicity. If you or your child do not wish to appear in the photographs please let Association Committee members know on the day.

Islandmagee Youth Club meets in Islandmagee Community Centre on Friday evenings 7.30-9pm. This is a valuable facility for the young people of the area but if it is to survive there is a need for more people to help run it.

If you can help please contact Sarah on 07518 384 857

2011 Community Christmas Cards

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony The switching on ceremony for the lighting of Islandmagee’s Christmas Tree will take place on Wednesday (note the change of day) 7th December 2011 at 4.30pm. It is hoped that the Mayor will be present to perform this ceremony and that there will be representatives of the local churches and schools. Santa has been invited to put in an appearance. Everyone welcome!

The 2011 community Christmas cards will become available from local retail outlets in the coming weeks. It is reflective of Islandmagee and radiates a Christmas atmosphere through the use of pictures from last years snow. The front cover features a picture of Ballytober Lane in the snow. For page two there will be two editions. One edition shows a snow scene on Larne Lough. This picture also appears in edition two together with scenic views of Browns Bay, Portmuck and the Druids Altar. Page three for both editions features a faded picture of the Quarterlands Road suitable for recording your personal messages on. This card is ideal for sending to friends and family domiciled outside the boundaries of “The Island”. Priced at £1.00 it represents good value for a locally focused card.

You can contact the ICDA by email at islandmagee@nacn.org or to our Secretary at 1 Island Village, Islandmagee.


Girls Brigade Invites New Members

The Hub

1st Islandmagee Girls Brigade has issued an invitation to new members. The GB meets in 1st Islandmagee Presbyterian Church Hall on Monday evenings. Explorers (3-7 years) 6.15pm to 7.15pm, Juniors (8-10 years), Seniors (11-14 years) and Brigaders (14 -18 years) 7.15pm to 8.45pm. For further details contact Claire Rush at clairerush@btinternet.com

In the helter skelter of modern life wouldn’t it be great to find a place where you know you could have time to talk about things that really matter to you. The HUB is designed to be that kind of place for the whole community in Islandmagee. Run by 1st Islandmagee Presbyterian Church it is open on Wednesdays in Islandmagee Football Club 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Expect to find a warm welcome, a cup of tea and a listening ear.

Free Electric Blanket Testing

Heating Oil – Spreading the Cost

Friday 14th October 2011 at Larne Tourist Information Centre

With the current high cost of heating oil our readers may be interested in a fuel savings scheme that has been introduced in the area to help spread the cost of your refill. £5 fuel savings stamps can be purchased at your local Post Office at the SPAR shop at Duffs Corner. You can buy as many stamps as often as you wish. When you need oil just give your fuel savings card to any participating supplier to pay or part pay your oil bill. Savings cards, stamps and a list of participating oil suppliers can be obtained at the above named Post Office.

With the current high cost of heating As the temperatures drop people may be getting their electric blanket out ready for Winter. However, many of these blankets could be an accident waiting to happen as faulty or damaged blankets can start an electrical fire. Last year 870 of the 1,190 blankets tested across Northern Ireland were found to be unsafe! Blankets can be taken to Larne Tourist Information Centre on Friday 14th October between the hours of 10am and 4pm where a qualified electrician will be able to carry out the necessary checks, free of charge. If you are unable to get to the event in person please call your home safety officer on 2827 2313 before 3pm on Tuesday 13th October to arrange for your blanket to be taken for testing. A range of useful information will be available at the event including electrical safety, energy efficiency and home safety. There will be other events in Carrickfergus Town Hall on Monday 17th October (call 028 9335 8000 for more information) and at Carnlough on Friday 28th October.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Safety Carbon monoxide can be given off when a solid fuel, oil or gas burning appliance is not working correctly. It cannot be seen and has no taste or smell. There are warning signs to look out for including sooting or staining around appliances, excessive condensation in the room where the appliance is installed or a lazy yellow / orange gas flame on cookers or boilers as opposed to a sharp blue flame. When you inhale CO it starves the body of oxygen. The symptoms can feel like other everyday illnesses such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, collapse, breathlessness and even loss of consciousness. Don’t ignore them if others in the home are displaying similar symptoms, if you have recently moved into your home, if symptoms disappear when you are out of your home but reappear after you return or if the symptoms are seasonal e.g. headaches in the winter when heating appliances are used more often. To prevent CO poisoning it is important to get chimneys swept regularly, service heating appliances annually by a registered engineer and keep air vents unblocked. Audible CO alarms are a good second line of defence if you have a fuel burning appliance of fire in the home.

Free Home Safety Checks for Older People In Northern Ireland around 70,000 people are injured in the home each year and many of these accidents could be prevented. Larne Borough Council is offering home safety checks for those over 65 with the aim of maintaining people’s independence by helping them to stay safe in their home. Falls in the home are a big problem for older people, especially if they lead to a fracture. Recovery will probably include a stay in hospital with an often lengthy rehabilitation process to follow. Another effect is the loss of mobility and confidence that can occur, limiting independence in the home. A home safety check is a step that can be taken to help prevent falls or other accidents occurring in the first place. The check entails an informal visit, arranged for a convenient time, by the home safety officer who can offer advice and answer questions on safety issues such as preventing falls, poisoning, burns, scalds and Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Home safety equipment may also be provided free of charge (subject to availability and eligibility).


Community Energy Awareness Workshop Be An Energy Champion ALL AGES WELCOME – HOSTED BY THE HUB This event will be held at Islandmagee Football Club on Wednesday 12th October at 2.00pm. It will feature energy efficiency information and includes fun, quizzes and games for all ages. Refreshments will be served. If you want to know more about how to save energy, grants for insulation, making sense of your fuel bills, how to set your central heating programmer or who to contact for a benefit check update then come along. If you want more information prior to this event then contact Stephanie, Pamela or Paul at NEA NI on 028 9023 9909.

Become a Rainbow It is hoped to set up a Rainbow Group for girls aged 4 to 6 years of age if enough interest is shown in the project. The group would meet in 2nd. Islandmagee Presbyterian Church hall on Thursday evenings. To obtain more information or to register an interest telephone Mandy Blair at 02893 353 885 or 07846 310 457 / Hilary Johnston on 07776 278 897.

Islandmagee Community Responder Group A big thank you from Islandmagee Community Responder Group to everyone involved in our recent recruitment drive. The names of everyone who expressed an interest in joining have been passed to St. John for processing. When this is completed the group will be in touch to arrange training. Thank you for your patience – Gerry.

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The Action Cancer “Big Bus” Dial-A-Lift to visit Islandmagee. The Captain and Lady Captain of Larne Golf Club have launched a community based initiative to bring Action Cancer’s Big Bus to Islandmagee for a full day on Saturday 26th November 2011. This project will be financially supported by Islandmagee Community Development Association. This £1.5m multi-purpose facility provides a unique state of the art resource centre and is wheelchair accessible. Details of how to book for an appointment at the Bus will be released by Action Cancer at a later date. The BIG BUS is a large vehicle, some 60ft. long (20m), and offers in the region of 9,000 appointments annually delivering lifesaving and support services to over 200 locations each year. It is the first of its kind in Europe using satellite technology to help detect cancer and is the first place in all of Ireland to introduce full field digital mammography. Using this technology females between 40 to 49 years and over 70 years can receive a mammogram on board with results processed within three weeks. Ladies must be “asymptomatic” and have not recently had a mammogram. (Ladies who are eligible for a mammogram under the NHS Breast Screening Programme are encouraged to avail of their invitation to attend for breast screening services.) MOT HEALTH CHECKS are offered to both males and females aged 16 and over and individuals can select from a menu of MOT health check options available to meet their personal needs. Options include cholesterol, blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), facial skin scanner analysis and lung capacity. Information on self-examination, health and lifestyle is also provided. All of the services provided by Action Cancer are confidential. Whilst Action Cancer will be publishing details of this event and providing further details in the coming weeks requests for appointments on the BIG BUS can be made by telephone to 028 9080 3344.

Islandmagee & Templecorran a Postcard History Stuck for a Christmas present? There are still copies of ICDA’s history book, by Dr. Steve O’Direain and Francis McHugh available from local retail outlets. This book would make an excellent gift for someone who has not already received a copy. It provides for hours of excellent reading, an authentic insight into the history of Islandmagee and is a valuable reference work. Consider it for your Christmas shopping list.

South Antrim Community Transport (SACT) offer a Dial-a-Lift scheme to provide door to door service for individuals living in rural areas that are unable or find it difficult to use public transport. The service is available Monday to Friday between the hours of 8.00am to 6.00pm subject to booking and availability SACT now has a driver available in the Islandmagee, Whitehead and Ballycarry areas. There is an annual fee to subscribe to the scheme but travel is free for Smartcard holders (chargeable for non card holders). Anyone wishing to find out more about this service should contact either SACT office on 02893 342 455 or Michael Hale on 07912 344 128.

Last Call! Islandmagee 2011 DVD In past editions of Islandmagee Community News we stated our intention to create a DVD reflecting Islandmagee in 2011. We asked for your help by providing photos of events, activities, places and wildlife taken throughout the year for inclusion in this DVD and, to date, we have had a good response. The time has come to format this production. We would ask for any further material to be forwarded to us on disk by 20th October by post to ICDA Secretary, 1 Island Village, Islandmagee, Larne, BT40 3AL. Make sure that your group / organisation is included.


Islandmagee Community News Autumn 2011