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WINTER 2013

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ISLANDMAGEE

COMMUNITY NEWS

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Santa Arrives Gobbins Path Update Safely Despite Weather for Islandmagee Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony A big thank you to everyone who braved the elements to attend the lighting ceremony for the Community Christmas tree. There was a good turnout despite the fact that the weather was foul. The ceremony was attended by the Mayor, Cllr. Gerardene Mulvenna, Deputy Mayor Cllr. Mark McKinty, Alderman Roy Beggs, and Cllr John Mathews. Rev David Chapman and Rev. Mark Taylor attended and took part in the ceremony. Thank you to Stephen Caldwell for the use of his garden as a site for the tree and for his hospitality and to the two young ladies representing Kilcoan and Mullaghdubh Primary Schools who conducted the countdown, Emily and Sarah. We must also thank the children from those two schools who made and supplied decorations for the Christmas tree. We are grateful to Santa who found time in his busy schedule to attend and to meet the young people present. Thanks must also be expressed to Larne Borough Council for the supply of the tree and to the members of council staff who battled manfully against the elements to ensure that everything was in place for the ceremony. Islandmagee Community Development Association hosted this event and the Committee extends its best wishes to all of the residents of Islandmagee for Christmas. We trust that you will have a Happy, Healthy and Safe 2013.

Since our last update, Larne Borough Council (LBC) has appointed RPS Engineering as the design team leaders for the Gobbins Project and the highly motivated team have been working hard on the final technical elements of the design for both the Gobbins Visitor Centre and the Gobbins Path itself. Work has also begun on the process of visitor management at the site with Sam Willis being appointed to undertake this element of the project. Sam has many years of experience in visitor management having worked for a number of world class attractions, most recently on the visitor management and interpretation at the Giants Causeway World Heritage Site. The process was kicked off with a workshop which looked at what type of visitors might visit the attraction and what sort of experience they would expect. Valuable input was received from those attending the workshop which included professionals from the world of tourism marketing, visitor management, education and transport. Sam was grateful too, to have the experience of Edwin Crawford and Robin McIlwain, representing the Islandmagee community, at the day long workshop. All the hard work and input on the day will result in a series of recommendations from Sam on how to give our visitors a world class experience along with our usual traditional warm Islandmagee welcome. There is more good news as Larne Borough Council has recently been fortunate enough to secure an additional ÂŁ400,000 from the North East Rural Development Programme for additional exciting features to the overall site. Our next steps are to finalise the design and proceed to appoint a building contractor. With a fair wind, the first paying visitors to the Gobbins are scheduled to arrive in Spring 2014! If you would like to express any views on the project or would like to obtain further details, please contact Mrs Ainsley McWilliams on 028 2826 0088 or by email on mcwilliamsa@larne.gov.uk

Letter from the Mayor I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your kind invitation to the Christmas Switch On ceremony in December past. It was good to see such community spirit in evidence with the attendance of the children and representatives of the local churches. Even though it was a particularly windy and wet evening I thoroughly enjoyed the event. May I take this opportunity to thank all in your community who work tirelessly for the betterment of those living there and wish you all a peaceful and happy 2013. Yours sincerely, Gerardine Mulvenna, Mayor of Larne.


Free TV Licence for 75 year olds and over… Anyone aged 75 and over is entitled to a free TV licence for their main address. Eligible people can register on line at www.tvlicensing.co.uk/over75 or by calling 0300 790 6073. Free licences are not granted automatically so you do have to apply. Anyone aged 74 can begin planning for the consession immediately for applying for a short term licence that will last for between one and eleven months. Once you recieve your first free licence it will be valid for three years at which time the TV licensing authority will send you an automatic renewal.

Halloween Party a Success! It was different and it was fun. Islandmagee Community Development Association took the decision to replace its annual Christmas party with one at Halloween and the result was a fun filled evening attended by over sixty primary school aged children all of whom turned up in fancy dress. We trust that everyone enjoyed the event and thank you to the parents who stayed for the event. The party was organised by Islandmagee Community Development Association Committee members Sarah Forsythe and Ross Hawkins and financed from Association funds. We are grateful to the Rinkha for its support. (The toffee apple ice cream was a real treat!) Thanks must also be expressed to John Waddell who supplied the disco and to Sheila and John Mason, Margaret Henderson and Jim Barr for their work on the night.

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Islandmagee Cancer Research Group Table Quiz Islandmagee Cancer Research Group will be holding a Table Quiz in aid of this charity on Friday 22nd February at 8.00pm in Islandmagee Football Club £4 per person (includes a light supper). Teams up to a maximum of 6. Try your luck at the Tombola Table! Also, Raffle tickets will be sold for a donated “Flying Lesson” which will be drawn on Saturday 16th March 2013. Raffle Tickets can be obtained from members of the group.

Islandmagee Community Development Association receives recognition for its contribution to volunteering by Larne Borough Council The reopening of the refurbished Larne Town Hall featured a night of celebration for volunteering in the Borough and at this Islandmagee Community Development Association received an award for its contribution to volunteering. The beautiful trophy was received, on behalf of the Association by Frank Graham and Steve O’Direain. Islandmagee Community Association wishes to thank William Hawkins who nominated us and Larne Borough Council for recognising our work in this way. Also we would wish to congratulate the Council on the very tasteful refurbishment of the Town Hall. At a follow up event, also in the Town Hall, Islandmagee Community Association was presented with a certificate of recognition of its work. This was received on behalf of the Association by Margaret Henderson and Sheila Mason. Members of Islandmagee Community Development Association do not do what we do for fame or reward but in the hope that we can make Islandmagee a better area to live in now and in the future. This recognition does, however, offer considerable encouragement to the committee , and to those who help us, for our future work. Thank you all.

Lough Road flooding Following representations from Islandmagee Community Development Association our Road Services have resolved the flooding problem on Lough Rd. Those walking from Ballycarry Station to Duffs Corner were having to endure frequent soakings from traffic passing through the accumulated water at the side of the footpath on the bridge part of the road. We trust that pedestrians will now enjoy dry journeys.

Roads Service agree to maintain full length of Quarterlands Rd. For quite a number of years Islandmagee Community Development Association has been lobbying for someone to take responsibility for the maintenance of the Quarterlands Road so as to facilitate walkers on this scenic route. For those not familiar with the “road” it runs from the rear of Steele’s shop over the hill to the Ballylumford Road. Whilst vehicles can access this road from the Ballylumford end to access residences it has been closed at about its half way point as the Browns Bay end of the road is deemed to be unsuitable for vehicles. When the “no through road” arrangement came into existence the maintenance of the Browns Bay end was abandoned. The road remained a favourite and safe route for walkers as it is scenic, is largely traffic free, and has a metaled surface. In recent years it did suffer from becoming overgrown. Larne Borough Council countryside officer Linda Foy took it on board to find a solution to the problem and has been successful in persuading Roads Services to agree to maintain the full length of Quarterlands Road on a routine basis. Thank you Linda for all of your help and thank you to Association secretary Margaret Henderson for driving this project. We trust that many people will enjoy this walk for years to come.


Islandmagee Community News - Winter 2013