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March 2014


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ARDS is to ‘make history’ on March 10thwhen appreciation of the values it stands for, and the it joins 500 other communities across the UK, opportunities offered to its citizens around the Channel Islands and Isle of Man to raise the world. Commonwealth in Newtownards. Charity teams will mark the day by taking Commonwealth Flags to the top of the UK’s four The flag-raising will take place to mark highest National Peaks and use the occasion to Commonwealth Day 2014 on 10 March at raise funds for their worthy causes: Cancer precisely 10am in Conway Square, Research UK - Scafell Pike, England; Help for Newtownards, and will coincide with hundreds Heroes - Ben Nevis, Scotland; Walking with the of other ceremonies being held throughout the Wounded - Mount Snowdon, Wales; and Fields UK. of Life - Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland. The unique initiative enables people in their The Mayor of Ards, Councillor Stephen local communities to become involved and join McIlveen, will perform the flag-raising locally. with others nationwide in associating He said: themselves with widespread public expression “The Commonwealth remains a significant of commitment to the Commonwealth, entity in our history, our present and our future,

and I am delighted that Ards will join communities right across the UK, as well as those in the 53 countries which form the Commonwealth, to show our support for the Commonwealth’s shared goals of democracy, development and respect for diversity.” To help raise awareness of the day an interactive map is available at that shows where the individual flag raising events are taking place, throughout the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man," explained Dr Richard Waite, Managing Director of Esri UK.

WW1 events planned for Ards A NUMBER of special events are scheduled to take place across the Ards to commemorate 100 years since World War One. To commemorate the start of WWI, Ards Borough Council has organised a number of events and activities for all age ranges with the aim of not only remembering the sacrifices made during it, but also educating. A medal design competition is well underway, which is open to school children across the peninsula, and will see the three best entries have their designs made into actual bronze medals. However, more is planned. To coincide with International Women’s Day, a special exhibition

entitled ‘Women & War’ will run at the Somme Heritage Centre on Saturday March 8. The centre’s director, Carol Walker, will also give a lecture of the subject. The exhibition will then move to various venues across the borough. On a lighter, and more mysterious note, a WWI murder mystery evening will be held on Friday March 14 in the Arts Centre. The amateur detectives will have to solve the crime of who killed the ruthless Sergeant Major Gibson after his body was found on the firing range. Tickets have been selling fast for the evening and have nearly sold out.

Good relations funding offer for groups FUNDING for groups to undertake ‘Good Relations’ projects is now available from Ards Borough Council. Under the grant aid scheme, any group, from youth and sports clubs to historical societies, community associations and churches, can apply for funding for cultural diversity, crosscommunity and single identity work, all of which are intended to build positive relationships between those from different racial, religious and political traditions. Financial assistance is available for projects taking place between April 2014 and March 2015 and the closing date for applications is Friday 28 March. For further information about the good relations programme and funding, contact Jim Murdock, Good Relations Officer, Tel: 028 9182 4076, E: jim.murdock@ards or visit drelations.

Chronicle extra march 2014