Register to Vote Online
June 20, 2018
From Monday 18th June you can now register to vote online: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
This new service should take between 3-5 minutes and can be completed on any computer/iPad or smartphone.
Cancer Fund for Children Announced as Mayor's Charity
June 20, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s newly elected Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin, has announced his Mayoral Charity for his year in Office. During his 2018 - 2019 term, The Mayor will be raising money for local children’s cancer charity, Cancer Fund for Children.
Every week in Northern Ireland, three children and young people aged 0-24 are diagnosed with cancer. Cancer Fund for Children understands the devastating impact a cancer diagnosis and treatment can have on the whole family and that beyond the essential clinical care there is a family life that needs to be rebuilt at home and in the community.
Their team of experienced Specialists help families cope with the impact cancer has on their lives, supporting them through life during and after treatment and, in some cases, bereavement. Cancer Fund for Children’s aim is to support families so that they don’t have to face cancer alone.
And, as well as supporting families when a child is diagnosed with cancer, Cancer Fund for Children also provides support to children, and their families when a parent receives a cancer diagnosis. Every week in Northern Ireland, Cancer Fund for Children supports another nine children who have a parent diagnosed with cancer.
Speaking about why he chose Cancer Fund for Children as his charity, the Mayor explained: “Cancer has affected nearly all extended families in Northern Ireland and while it is a diagnosis we all dread, the added shock and cruelty of a cancer diagnosis for a child is impossible for us to imagine and I wanted to use my time as Mayor to do whatever I can to make that pain even a little more bearable.
“A cancer diagnosis affects all the family and this charity carries out amazing work, providing much needed support for not just the young person affected by cancer, but the whole family unit, so they don’t have to face it alone.” said Councillor Mackin.
Every year, Cancer Fund for Children supports on average 500 families affected by cancer across Northern Ireland, providing them with a range of practical, emotional and financial support, as well as free therapeutic short breaks, to help them cope with the impact cancer has on their lives. The charity recently announced that its therapeutic short break centre, Daisy Lodge had provided over 1,500 short breaks to families, giving them a unique opportunity to spend quality time together, away from the stresses of cancer treatment and hospital visits.
The charity’s Corporate Fundraiser, Lauren Cunningham said “First of all, a huge congratulations to Councillor Uel Mackin on his election to the role of Mayor. We are absolutely delighted he has decided to use his year in Office to support Cancer Fund for Children as his Mayoral charity.
“As a local charity, we receive less than 0.5% of our income from government funding and really rely on the generosity and support of the local community and businesses to raise vital funds to help deliver our services. Partnerships like this really do make such a difference to local families living with cancer. We are very much looking forward to working with the Mayor and Council over the next year.”
During the year, the Mayor’s Office will be organising and hosting a wide range of fundraising events and is hopeful that local residents and businesses will consider supporting the Mayoral Charity for any fundraising events organised within the local community.
“I have been continually amazed and humbled by the ongoing generosity of the people of Lisburn & Castlereagh and I thank them for it and hope that through working with Cancer Fund For Children we can all dig deep into our pockets and make a real difference to the lives of young people affected by cancer and their families, here in Northern Ireland “said Councillor Mackin.
If you would like to learn more about how you can support the Mayor’s Charity please contact the Mayor’s Office on Tel: 028 9250 9331.
More information on Cancer Fund for Children can also be found at www.cancerfundforchildren.com
Council and Partners Mark World Elder Abuse Day
June 20, 2018
With an aging population in the Lisburn Castlereagh area the Council was delighted to partner with the PSNI, the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust and Ulster Bank to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Amanda Grehan visited the stand in Bow Street Mall to meet with the other organisations and to see first-hand the range of support services for the elderly within the Council area. Councillor Grehan is also the Age Friendly Champion for Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.
Speaking about the event, Councillor Grehan, said: “The United Nations designated the 15th June as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and we and our partners wanted to use this opportunity to showcase services available locally for our older residents. We all need to play our part to support and protect the elderly. I was pleased to have the opportunity to raise awareness of elder abuse as with a growing global population of elderly people, supporting older people has never been more important.
“Through the organisations we have partnered with we took the opportunity to engage with our older residents to ensure they know how to bank safely, how to protect themselves from crime and the fear of crime through the Lisburn & Castlereagh Policing & Community Safety Partnership and the PSNI and the services they can access through the Trust.
“We would like to encourage everyone across the Lisburn Castlereagh area to look out for their older neighbours, to check in with them regularly and report any concerns you may have to either a family member or the relevant authorities. By working together we can help and support each other and especially older people within our community,” concluded Councillor Grehan.
Council Service shortlisted for MJ Award
June 19, 2018
The Council`s City Centre Management team has been successful in being shortlisted as a finalist in the Best Council Services Team in the MJ Local Government Achievement Awards which are UK wide awards that recognise the best local government services and personnel. This is an excellent outcome for the team after development and delivery of a range of successful initiatives since the function was established in 2015 but more importantly is an excellent opportunity to promote and benchmark best practice and the excellent partnership working that takes place in Lisburn City Centre.
In celebration of this success businesses and stakeholders attended an event in Market Square, Lisburn to meet with the team, representatives of the Council and other stakeholders involved in the many City Centre initiatives.
Alderman William Leathem, Chair of the Council's Development Committee said, “I would like to congratulate our City Centre Management team in being shortlisted for this award. It is a credit to their hard work and co-ordination of the Council and other partners initiatives. The work they do supports the development of the City Centre and in these difficult economic times we all need to pull together to make it a success now and in the future.”
Lisburn and Castlereagh pensioners make their voice heard
June 19, 2018
The Lisburn and Castlereagh Pensioners Parliament took place last week (13th June) with around 60 older people from the council area taking part. The parliament, organised by Age Sector Platform and supported by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, was held at Lagan Valley Island and was opened by Councillor Uel Mackin, Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.
The parliament was the last of eleven local parliaments which have taken place across the province since March; one being held in each council area in Northern Ireland. The parliament featured interactive voting, discussion and Q&A with panels of local Councillors, MLAs and policy experts.
Councillors answering questions on the day included Councillor Hazel Legge (UUP), Councillor Tim Morrow (Alliance) and Councillor Scott Carson (DUP). During the afternoon, questions from the floor were directed at an ‘expert panel’ made up of MLAs Robbie Butler, Pat Catney and Paul Givan, alongside Linda Johnston from the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust and Inspector Nigel Roland from the PSNI.
Mary Marr from Age Sector Platform commented: “This has been a great opportunity for local older people to make their voice heard; and they have been very vocal. Among the top issues concerning older people in this area are access to health and social care, fear of crime and transport. With the Northern Ireland Assembly having primary responsible for these issues, it’s no surprise that more than two out of three older people in attendance believed their quality of life had suffered as a result of the Assembly’s collapse.”
Key findings from interactive votes during Lisburn & Castlereagh Pensioners Parliament:
- More than two thirds (70%) believe the collapse of the NI Assembly has had a negative impact on their quality of life
- More than two out of five (43%) are more fearful of becoming a victim of crime compared to two years ago
- Around two thirds (65%) have seen no improvement in their care as a result of ‘transformation’ within the health service
- Around one in five (19%) have had to cut back on other essentials (e.g. food) during the last two years to afford the cost of heating their home
- More than half (58%) feel they have been discriminated against because of their age in areas like healthcare, financial services, transport or retail.
The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin was delighted to host the event and said: “In the Lisburn and Castlereagh area we have an ageing population and through all council plans and initiatives we have considered this trend. This is essential to make sure our society is all-inclusive and everyone, including the older members of our community, feel valued and respected.”
For more information on the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament, visit www.pensionersparliament.org
Have You Got Your Ticket to the People's Concert?
June 19, 2018
Anybody wishing to attend the People’s Concert, featuring Peter Corry this Saturday evening (23rd June) in Wallace Park will be able to buy tickets at the gate on the night.
This concert celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the birth of the famous humanitarian, landlord and art collector, Sir Richard Wallace will take place from 7.00pm – 9.15pm with gates opening at 6.00pm.
Playlist will include songs should suit all ages will include West End musicals, all-time Opera classics, haunting Celtic melodies and blockbusting Hollywood soundtracks.
Alderman Paul Porter, speaking about the concert said: “Sir Richard Wallace contributed significantly to the development of Lisburn; and the Council looks forward to hosting the concert headlined by Peter Corry. Please feel free to bring a picnic along on the night and enjoy the ultimate feel –good summer evening of live music in the heart of Lisburn.”
Tickets can still be bought online from the Box Office in advance of the concert. For those who want to buy a ticket at the gate. The cost is £5 per ticket and patrons are asked to please bring cash to pay at the gate to speed up the process.
Joining Peter Corry on stage will be various acts including Anúna, Wallace High School Junior Choir, Belfast School of performing Arts Lisburn, local talent Zoe Jackson and Nik Parks.
On Saturday 23rd June from 11.00am – 2.00pm the Council will also be hosting a fantastic free Family Fun Day in Wallace Park that will be fun, inclusive and educational so please bring the family along and enjoy the day as local schools, dance troupes and artists provide entertainment.
There will be no parking available in Wallace Park during the 23rd June events and there will be restricted access to the Park during set-up on Thursday evening and Friday daytime.
Tickets for the ‘People’s Concert’ are available for purchase online at www.ISLANDArtsCentre.com or by phoning 028 9250 9254.
To find out more about other events to mark Sir Richard Wallace’s Bicentenary log on to www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/wallace or collect a brochure for one of the Council’s facilities.
Council Launches Sports Grants
June 18, 2018
On behalf of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Leisure & Community Development Committee has launched the Council’s exciting community sports grant programme to the value of nearly £42,000. The programme will help sports clubs, community groups and sporting governing bodies increase participation in sport in their local area.
The small grants programme entitled, ‘Be Active, Stay Active Awards’ was developed in conjunction with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and Sport Northern Ireland. The aim of the programme is to prioritise the development of grassroots sports projects which will address the continued under-representation in sport amongst women and girls, people with disabilities and people living in areas of greatest need.
Groups can apply for grants from £1,000 - £2,500 and eligible groups include Governing Bodies of Sport (recognised by Sport NI), Sports Clubs (affiliated to a Governing Body of Sport recognised by Sport NI), Charities (with a registered charity number), Parent Teacher Associations and Community/Voluntary Groups.
Launching the ‘Be Active, Stay Active Awards’, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter said, “The Council is delighted to be working in partnership with Sport NI to provide funding to groups who play a vital role in addressing health inequalities and improving health and wellbeing opportunities in their local area.
“This year, we have increased the minimum grant threshold to £1,000 to further support eligible groups as they strive to improve participation levels in sport amongst under-represented groups and in areas of greatest need. It is hoped that this funding will inspire groups to make a real difference in their local area and have a positive impact on the lives of the community.”
Alderman Paul Porter added, “The current round of funding opens on Friday 29th June at 12 noon and closes on Friday 20th July at 12 noon and I would encourage as many eligible groups as possible to apply. The Council is also holding two information roadshows to showcase the funding opportunities available on Wednesday 27th June at 7pm at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex in Lisburn and Thursday 28th June at 7pm at Lough Moss Leisure Centre in Carryduff.”
For further details and a copy of the grant application form and guidance notes, please visit www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/things-to-do/sports-development/be-active-stay-active-awards. Funding opens on Friday 29th June at 12 noon and closes on Friday 20th July at 12 noon.
Memorial Plaque rededicated as 30 years of Lisburn Bombing Atrocity is Remembered
June 15, 2018
A moving Commemorative Service took place at Market Place, Lisburn this evening to remember 30 years since six young soldiers lost their lives in a terrorist bomb. The atrocity took place on 15th June 1988.
In the presence of family relatives Mr and Mrs Paterson, the parents of Lance Corporal William J Paterson, and his sister, Miss Julie Paterson; the sister and brother-in-law of Lance Corporal Derek W. Green, Mr Gary Woolnough and Mrs Helen Woolnough; the youngest daughter and son-in-law of Corporal Ian Metcalfe Mrs Sarah Carter and Mr John Carter; Lord Lieutenant Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE; the Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin; Lieutenant Colonel Rob Lyndsay, 38 Brigade; High Sheriff, Ms Gillian Bingham; the Right Honourable Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP; Elected Members of Council; the British Legion, the Green Howard’s Association and members of the public, respects were paid to the six soldiers.
As a new Council the Memorial Plaque, in memory of the soldiers, was rededicated to the six victims at the Service which was conducted by the Rev. Stephen Hanna. A number of wreaths were also laid in memory of the soldiers.
Sergeant Michael J. Winkler, Royal Signals
Corporal Ian Metcalfe, Green Howards
Lance Corporal Derek W. Green, RAOC
Lance Corporal Graham P. Lambie, Royal Signals
Lance Corporal William J Paterson, Royal Signals
Signalman Mark R. Clavey, Royal Signals.
The six young soldiers had completed the annual Charity Run sporting event and were returning to their base when a terrorist bomb destroyed the vehicle in which they were travelling.
The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin, said: “This terrible loss of life saw the darkest of times in Lisburn’s close-knit community. Today our prayers and thoughts are with family members who have experienced the most dreadful grief and loss. Indeed we are honoured to have family members and the Green Howard’s Association with us as we unite in one voice.
“That terrorist bombing touched the lives of so many people in this Council area. Back then Lisburn was a busy market town; today it has grown to be one of Northern Ireland’s five cities. But the memories of the deaths of those six young soldiers who had their whole lives ahead of them has always stayed in the minds of so many people, including colleagues with us here today who will remember where they were when that dreadful news came. 11 people who were in the town that night were injured and the thousands of attendees that evening in Lisburn were made up of families, children and young people: so local feelings and memories run deep. This is a garrison city and many citizens in the surrounding communities have links with the military. This Council pays its highest tributes to the work of the Armed Forces and to the men and women who serve their country.
“Deep memories of those young men who were so cruelly killed will stay with their families forever and of course they will never be forgotten by the Council or the people of Lisburn. I would like to express my deepest thanks to everyone who attended our Service and our special thoughts are of course with the family members of the soldiers,” the Mayor concluded.
Team Ulster Kicks Off Special Olympics Campaign
June 14, 2018
Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee has extended best wishes to the athletes representing Team Ulster as they prepare to compete in the first day of the Special Olympics in Dublin later today.
Alderman Porter, said, “As Chairman of the Leisure & Community Development Committee, I would like to wish all the athletes and volunteers every success as they represent Team Ulster against other participants across the Isle of Ireland. I was delighted to meet to some of the athletes at a reception at Lagan Valley Island earlier in the month and I was overwhelmed by the scale of sporting talent within our Council area.
“I appreciate the dedication and training which is involved in preparing for a major competition from both an athlete and coaching perspective. I look forward to meeting the athletes again on their return from the Games, hopefully with some medals too!”
The Lisburn Castlereagh Community Action Plan Launched This Week
June 13, 2018
The Lisburn & Castlereagh Strategic Community Planning Partnership (SCPP) has launched its first Action Plan, which outlines the activities planned for the first two years of the 15 year Community Plan, launched last year.
Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the SCPP, said: “Over the past year we have been working with our partners to develop the five community planning themes of Children and Young People, The Economy, Health & Well-being, Where We Live and Our Community into actions. It has taken strong partnership working to get to where we are today and I would like thank all our community planning partners for all their efforts to date.”
Successful community based projects to date have included: the development of a Youth Council to give our young people a voice; participation in the regional Pensioner’s Parliament; a FireFit programme for young people not engaged in physical activity; the appointment of an Age-friendly Co-ordinator to develop an age-friendly strategy to ensure the Lisburn Castlereagh area is attractive to all; and the development of a partnership between the SCPP and community based organisations like Ballybeen Women’s Centre and the Resurgam Community Development Trust to help people within their own communities.
Dr Theresa Donaldson, Chief Executive of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, speaking about the community planning journey, said: “We are at the stage in the process where our partnership is moving beyond the words and striving to make a difference. The outcomes approach of this action plan will achieve better social, economic and environmental wellbeing for our area. We will continue to work together to have positive outcomes for our residents.”
Representatives from the local community spoke at the Action Plan launch about their experiences of partnership working within the community, and how it has helped to change their lives for the better.
Alderman Leathem added: “It was a pleasure to hear today from Jackie, Vicki and Rob about how through collaborative working a real difference can be made to people’s lives. Jackie through training and support from The Resurgam Trust was able to find employment again at the age of 50+. This local trust through partnership working with community based organisations and social enterprise organisations is able to offer support to those of all ages wishing to gain employment.
“Vicki spoke about how in her role as the Domestic Violence Officer she can quickly assist those who are suffering from domestic violence in the Lisburn Castlereagh area. The fast response of Vicki and the PSNI is vital to protect those being abused and their children within the community, which unfortunately has an increasing number of individuals needing support. Her role has developed over a four year period as a partnership between two agencies; and is now solely funded by the Lisburn & Castlereagh Policing & Community Safety Partnership.
“Finally Rob spoke about how fitness sessions run by NI Fire & Rescue Service, Sport NI and the Council successfully engaged young people who would normally avoid exercise. The ‘FireFit’ sessions were fun and relaxed using specialised equipment and the pupils were engaged by the firefighters and the trainers. Each of these ‘in the community’ stories demonstrate the high level of partnership working within the Council area and I commend all those who are part of this process,” concluded Alderman Leathem.
The SCPP intends to continue with existing projects and to develop new ones over the next two years.
The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin, talking about the Action Plan, said: “This Action Plan will help to meet the needs of the whole Lisburn Castlereagh community. Proposed projects will be focused on improving pathways into education for looked after children and the provision of support for those under six to get speech and language therapy so they can attain their full educational potential.
“Physical activity programmes will be developed to tackle obesity, encourage exercise and support good mental health through increased service provision. Within the Lisburn Castlereagh community we will be working to ensure our housing stock and infrastructure can support an aging population and develop communities to be hubs to support all residents including vulnerable groups and individuals with complex needs. All the improvements identified through this Action Plan over the next two years will impact positively on people’s lives; and I look forward to seeing how our plan will make a real difference to our local communities across Lisburn and Castlereagh.”
The Community Plan is intended to run until 2032 and this Action Plan can be viewed online at https://www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/resident/community-planning/community-plan-action-plan-2018-2019 and hard copies are available at Lagan Valley Island and Bradford Court.
Council Marks 'Men's Health Week'
June 13, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is encouraging men to be more health aware as part of Men’s Health Week, which is running from 11th – 17th June.
As part of Men’s Health Week, the Council is holding a range of activities throughout the week for its male staff and elected members.
Councillor Nathan Anderson, Chairman of the Council’s Corporate Services Committee added: “The theme of Men’s Health Week (MHW) this year is ‘One small step for man,
one giant leap for men’s health’. All too often men overlook their own health and wellbeing and we want to encourage our male staff and elected members to be more aware of their own health and take simple steps to improve it.
“During this week the Council is offering staff and elected members a number of health promotion initiatives including health ‘MOT’ checks, and health awareness talks and events to include cancer awareness, mental health awareness, drug & alcohol awareness. To round off the week there will be a Walking Football Tournament for all members and staff of all ages.
“Health checks should not be reserved for when you are feeling unwell. Some symptoms such as high blood pressure may not produce any obvious physical symptoms, however early detection and treatment can help ensure that the heart remains healthy and that the risk of heart disease or stroke are greatly reduced,” concluded Councillor Anderson.
As part of MHW men are being encouraged to take at least one step towards better health and awareness raising campaigns are taking place across the UK and Ireland. The key question the Council is asking during MHW to staff, elected members and residents is ‘what’s your small step going to be?’ It wants everyone to work together to do one small practical thing to improve their health.
The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin, added: “I am delighted that men within the Council are being encouraged to be more health aware. There is nothing more important than your health and the Council offers a wide range of services to support all staff. I would also like to encourage all our male residents to take that step to play their part in improving their own health.”
The key MHW messages are:
- For mental well-being connect with people, be active, take notice, keep learning and give to others. Known as Take 5.
- Keep your heart healthy
- Take steps to reduce your cancer risk
- Give up smoking
- Know the calorie count of your drinks and
- Exercise more.
For more information log on to http://www.mhfi.org/mhw/mhw-2018.html
Council to Mark 30th Anniversary of Half Marathon Bombing in Lisburn
June 13, 2018
Thirty years of the Lisburn bombing when six soldiers lost their lives will be marked on Friday 15th June (this Friday). A Commemorative Service will take place at Market Place at 6.30pm, and the Service is open for members of the public to attend.
The six soldiers had competed in and completed the charitable Half Marathon and Fun Run event on 15th June 1988 when a bomb exploded in their vehicle which killed the six men.
As a new Council the Memorial plaque, in memory of the soldiers, will be rededicated to the six victims at the Service.
The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin, said: “The loss of life, devastation and destruction that took place that terrible evening three decades ago is something that so many local people still remember and the Council wants to ensure that anyone who wishes to pay their respects can do so by coming along to the Service on Friday.
“The six young soldiers had competed in the annual Half Marathon and Fun Run and were returning to their base when a terrorist bomb destroyed the vehicle in which they were travelling. There were some 11 injuries to bystanders who were in Lisburn that evening as many young people, families and children had participated in the event and the then town was very busy. The story is well documented and so sadly none of the six men survived. One can only contemplate the shock and grief of their family relatives who were left in the deepest mourning.
“It is 30 years ago now, and a lot of time has passed, but the memories of those young men who were killed will stay with their families forever and of course they will never be forgotten by the Council or the people of Lisburn. It will be a privilege for me to attend this deeply poignant occasion as one of my early Mayoral duties and to pay my respects to the men who served for Queen and country,” he said.
A number of special guests will attend the 30th Anniversary Memorial Plaque Rededication Service and wreaths will be laid as the loss of six young lives are remembered.
Traffic will be disrupted around Market Place from around 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
Training Available for Local Groups
June 12, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Community Development Unit has designed a training calendar to build capacity and skills within the Lisburn Castlereagh communities.
The Council has partnered with a number of training providers to ensure these accredited and non-accredited training courses are suited to enable participants from community and voluntary groups to apply their learning in a practical way, allow for peer learning and networking opportunities.
Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, speaking about the new training on offer, said: “These training courses cover a range of areas from defibrillator training to food safety and child protection to assistance with completing funding applications. I would encourage members of local community and voluntary groups to avail of these free courses between September and December.
“It is important to the Council to ensure that local groups have access to support and training; and our community services team provide this. Local groups play a vital role in communities across the Lisburn Castlereagh area and these courses will allow their members to increase their skills base and open up opportunities for these groups. The accredited Community Capacity Building Courses allow for the development of committees (OCN Level 1) and the development of a successful community project (OCN Level 2). Please contact the Council to register you free place,” concluded Alderman Porter.
To enquire about a course or to register please contact Community Services by phoning 028 9244 7713 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The last business networking event of the 2017-18 Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Entrepreneurs Network took place recently
June 11, 2018
The last business networking event of the 2017-18 Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Entrepreneurs Network was held on Thursday 31st May with a packed audience in the Civic Centre’s Island Hall.
Lara Morgan, one of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs and founder of portable mood therapy brand Scentered gave her keynote address on the topic ‘Selling, Marketing & Maximising Opportunities’. Lara is an internationally-renowned speaker and best-selling business author who was also recently voted in the UK's 10 Most Powerful Businesswomen by MSN Lifestyle.
Former Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow officially welcomed everyone to the Entrepreneurs Network event. He said: “I am delighted to see this strong network develop between the Council and local business; there are a large number of start-up businesses, established businesses, social enterprises and entrepreneurs within the Council area. I would encourage local businesses to continue to engage with the Council to obtain support for the development and growth of your business.”
Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, former Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, said: “It was a fitting conclusion to this year’s calendar of networking events to have a female entrepreneur like Lara, who has achieved a high level of success through determination, drive and ambition, talk to local businesses. After just 17 years she sold the majority share in her first business for £20 million; and now she invests in companies to which she can add value.
“Lara had several key points to share with the local businesses in terms of selling and business growth. Irrespective of business type Lara advised to only sell a promise you can deliver, have people at the heart of your business and always qualify a sales lead. I am sure many of our guests went away freshly inspired and with a renewed determination to achieve their entrepreneurial dream.”
Lara spoke about her entrepreneurial journey which began at the age of 18 after leaving school. She started her first company at the age of 23, Pacific Direct Ltd, which manufactured and sold brand licensed toiletries and amenities to the hotel industry; and one of her first clients was the Dorchester.
After selling her majority share, she now invests in small companies such as KitBrix, dryrobe, Yogi bare, Gate 8 and Scentered. Lara said: “To be an effective sales person you need to show strong commitment and dedicate considerable time each day selling to both new and existing customers, as you can’t scale a business without repeat business. If you are to remember one phrase about selling it should be ‘Benefits sell, features tell’. This will help you to focus on your short sales pitch and identify your credible sales hook,” said Lara.
Lara has kindly offered the use of a promotional code lara20 to be used on purchases of any of her products from Scentered, Gate 8 and Yogi bare. The product websites are detailed below:
Scentered – www.scentered.me
Yogi-bare - https://www.yogi-bare.co.uk
Gate 8 - www.gate8-luggage.co.uk
For further information on the Council’s Business Solutions programmes log onto www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/business_solutions or phone 028 9250 9484.
Moira Specialty Food Fair to Return in August
June 11, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is pleased to announce that the Moira Speciality Food Fair will return to Moira Demense on Saturday 18th August.
The Council has recently awarded the contract to a third party to manage on its behalf. This organisation is currently responsible for a number of food events in the Council’s calendar this year.
Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, said: “I am very pleased that this popular event will return to Moira this summer. In the weeks ahead those traders who have attended before or expressed an interest in attending will be contacted to see if they are interested in returning this year.
“In this age of technology the Council would ask that all traders are confident that the correct person is contacting them to discuss this event. We are aware of the potential for individuals to hack email and social media accounts and would not like to see this happen. Should you have any concerns please contact the Council so that verification can be obtained. No payment should be asked for over an electronic/ social media platform.”
The Council’s Tourism Unit can be contacted on 028 9250 9483 should anyone want further information on this event.
Mayor and Deputy Mayor Elected for Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council
June 8, 2018
Councillor Uel Mackin (Democratic Unionist Party) has been elected Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council at the Council’s Annual Meeting, held 8th June 2018.
Councillor Amanda Grehan (Alliance Party of Northern Ireland) was elected as Deputy Mayor.
The Mayor was proposed for election by Alderman James Tinsley and seconded by Councillor Scott Carson and supported by all Council Members.
The Deputy Mayor was proposed by Councillor Owen Gawith and seconded by Councillor Hazel Legge. The proposal was also supported by all Elected Members.
The newly elected Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin expressed his thanks and best wishes to the outgoing Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Hazel Legge. He provided some insight to his political journey as the first member of his family to ever work in political life and he spoke fondly of the importance of organisations for young people, like the Boys Brigade, of which he has been a life-long member.
He said he was deeply appreciative of his party colleagues and the Elected Members of Council to be elected Mayor.
Councillor Mackin also thanked his wife, Jennifer and his family for their important support.
The Mayor said: “Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is a leading Council and this is due to the hard work and commitment of Elected Members and of course our staff.
“Recent activities have included the production of the new Corporate Plan, our Community Plan for the area and our Performance Improvement Plan, which is currently being finalised. Some of the best events in Northern Ireland take place in our area and there is a tremendous tourism potential.
“I intend to work in my role as Mayor to continue to better the area, and to assist in developing opportunities for the area across sectors. My aim is to start building for a positive future. I also hope to meet as many local businesses, community groups, organisations and people across the area as possible in my capacity as Mayor.”
The Mayor announced his Mayoral Charity at the Annual Meeting. It will be the Cancer Fund for Children. This valuable work includes the provision of help, guidance and support for children and young people aged 0–24 years who have been diagnosed with cancer as well as support for families.
Councillor Mackin said: “I really hope the community will rally round and help raise funds for my Mayoral Charity. It is a cause very close to my heart. We intend to raise as much money as possible to support the Cancer Fund for Children’s work, as this illness affects so many people.”
The following Committees, with Chair and Vice-Chair representation, as appointed at the Annual Meeting are:
Corporate Services Committee
Councillor Nathan Anderson (Chair)
Councillor Ben Mallon (Vice-Chair)
Leisure & Community Development Committee
Alderman Paul Porter (Chair)
Councillor John Gallen (Vice-Chair)
Alderman William Leathem (Chair)
Alderman Allan Ewart (Vice-Chair)
Environmental Services Committee
Councillor Janet Gray (Chair)
Alderman James Tinsley (Vice-Chair)
Governance and Audit Committee
Councillor Thomas Beckett (Chair)
Councillor Sharon Scott (Vice-Chair)
Alderman David Drysdale (Chair)
Councillor Owen Gawith (Vice-Chair)
Capital Projects Committee
Alderman Jim Dillon (Chair)
Councillor Brian Hanvey (Vice-Chair)
The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin.
The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin and Mayoress, Mrs Jennifer Mackin.
The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Amanda Grehan.
The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Amanda Grehan.
The Mayor and Mayoress with their family.
The Deputy Mayor with her family.
The newly elected Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin congratulated by his Party.
Congratulating the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin on today's election as Mayor.
The Mayor, Councillor Mackin being congratulated by Councillor Sharon Skillen and Councillor Rhoda Walker.
The newly elected Deputy Mayor, Councillor Amanda Grehan, congratulated by her Party.
The Caribbean's Coming To Lisburn
June 8, 2018
On Saturday 16th June a Caribbean Carnival will take place at Penny Square, Lisburn from 12 noon and is open to everyone.
It will see Caribbean dancers, flame throwers, island music and authentic Caribbean food take over Penny Square. This festival has been arranged to celebrate Penny Square’s newest addition to the foodie family ‘Mama Hazel’s Caribbean Cuisine’.
Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, said: “The Council is pleased to support this free event that will be colourful, energetic and rhythmic in terms of Caribbean dancers, food and music. Mama Hazel’s started as a Saturday market trader at Penny Square and has enjoyed the Square so much that she’s become a permanent resident in The Sunshine Shack at the entrance.
“Mama Hazel regularly serves up her signature Lentil and Coconut Curry, Jerk Chicken, Beef Patties and many more traditional Caribbean dishes on Tuesdays and Saturdays; and a special menu will be served at The Caribbean Carnival. Mama Hazel’s personality is as big as the flavours in her food so her company alone is worth the visit!
“Like Mama Hazel we would like to see this event well attended. It will be running until 8.00pm and will offer something for everyone. This event has been designed to bring together people from different cultures and allow them to experience the Caribbean culture, sample good food and engage in conversation. We would encourage visitors to come dressed in traditional Carnival costume.”
Live music and Caribbean dancers will entertain families throughout the day from 12 noon. Mayte Blaauw, who specialises in teaching early years to dance, will be encouraging the children to join in and adults are more than welcome as well.
Visitors can also enjoy joining the Conga line or Limbo competitions that will take place randomly throughout the Carnival; and there will be fun prizes up for grabs. At 5.00pm a Reggae style DJ will take over until 8.00pm. The finale act David Blayze, a traditional flame thrower and fire spinner, will mesmerize visitors from 7.00pm – 8.00pm.
Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Vice-Chair of the Council’s Development Committee added: “The Council throughout the year supports a number of initiatives that bring together different cultures to allow them to understand and appreciate them. The Mama Hazel Caribbean Carnival will be a fun filled day that should leave everyone who attends feeling very cheery and wanting to reggae.”
Four Maghaberry Groups To Get a Total of £109k Funding
June 7, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is providing four grants totalling just over £109,000 to local groups based in Maghaberry village through its pilot ‘Maghaberry, Developing Places- Sharing Space’ Community Fund.
This funding is part of a Developing Places & Sharing Space’ Community Fund pilot scheme launched earlier this year to provide funding to support local organisations in the Maghaberry area.
The successful recipients are Church on the Hill, Yun-Gi Taekwondo, Maghaberry Community Centre and Maghaberry Elim Church. The Council awarded two small grants and two large grants under this scheme.
Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, speaking about the funding scheme, said: “The purpose of this pilot community fund was to support groups within the Maghaberry community to enhance the local area and create strong and vibrant communities. Each project has been assessed and meets the criteria of strengthening the local community through vibrant public spaces, enhancing community relations and developing a healthy community.
“The funding, which was provided through developer contributions associated with a Planning Agreement, will support two large projects: the construction of a café style community hub at the Church on the Hill to be enjoyed by everyone and the Elim Church will upgrade its existing car park to provide a resource for the whole community. The smaller projects will assist with the purchase of equipment to increase the participation within the village for Taekwondo and the Community Centre, which is a popular venue within the village will ensure its sustainability by purchasing new equipment to enhance its service provision and. I wish each organisation every success with their project.”
The Maghaberry Developing Places – Sharing Space Fund was a publicly advertised, competitive scheme, and the successful applications were determined based on merit, and solely on the information supplied as part of the application process.
More Room to Share with Improvements at Comber Greenway
June 7, 2018
More room to share with improvements at Comber Greenway
A newly improved and widened Comber Greenway is now available to be shared by those choosing the seven mile path for walking, cycling or running.
Recent improvements have widened the Greenway to four metres along key parts of the route, helping encourage more people to opt for sustainable and active travel, a key aspect of the draft Programme for Government and an outcome from the recently published outcome delivery plan.
Speaking today from the Greenway in east Belfast, Department for Infrastructure Permanent Secretary Peter May said: “It is clear many more people are opting to walk or cycle and as a Department we are working to help people opt for sustainable and active travel, which is better for them and better for the environment.
“The Comber Greenway is a highly used, traffic free route for many cyclists, walkers and runners, connecting East Belfast with Comber and I hope this investment of almost £600,000 will encourage many more people to consider active travel, especially during the better weather and as Bike Week approaches on 9 June.”
The improvement scheme has been jointly funded by the Department for Infrastructure and Department for Communities and carried out in close collaboration with Sustrans, Belfast City Council, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council and Ards and North Down Borough Council. The Department is continuing with final works over the next few weeks.
Alistair Megahey from the Department for Communities said: “The Comber Greenway project is a great example of what can be achieved when stakeholders work together for the benefit of the community. I am delighted that the Department has been able to play an important role, in line with our regeneration objectives to help create attractive, safe, sustainable environments that improve the quality of life for people in our local neighbourhoods; goals which all the agencies involved share.”
Today also marks the launch of the new One Path initiative, which aims to promote good behaviours by all users of this shared path, developed by Sustrans in partnership with the Department and Councils.
Rachael Ludlow-Williams, from Sustrans said: “We ran a series of engagement activities a year ago on the Comber Greenway to discuss behaviour and how people could share the path better without conflict. The first phase was very successful and we are repeating it over this summer, so look out for our schedule of events. The overall message which we are conveying through One Path is Share, Respect, Enjoy.”
Later this year, the Department will also be consulting on a lighting scheme for the area and ducting was laid as part of this improvement scheme, in preparation for a future lighting project subject to community support and available budget.
Launch of 2018 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition
June 7, 2018
The 2018 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition has been officially launched marking 40 years of the popular horticultural extravaganza.
The launch took place in Titanic Belfast with the 40th year of the competition attracting 121 entries representing all local council areas as well as 31 bus and train stations.
The Awards encourage cities, towns and villages right across Northern Ireland to look their best, boosting civic pride through beautiful plant and floral displays
Competition categories include: Small Village, Large Village, Small Town, Town, Large Town, City, Roses in Towns, Special Awards for Outstanding Presentation, Ulsterbus Tours Community Champion, Community Rail Halt, Floral Station and Most Improved.
The launch took place during Translink Bus + Train Week, 4 – 10th June; an annual celebration of the benefits of public transport featuring special events, exclusive partner offers and discount bus and train fares to attract more people in NI on board public transport.
Speaking at the official launch, Translink Chairman Frank Hewitt said:
“This year’s competition marks 40 years of Ulster in Bloom – a fantastic milestone and one which Translink is proud to have been a part of through our sponsorship over the past 20 years.
“Over the decades, the competition has gone from strength to strength celebrating horticultural craftsmanship and showcasing beautiful plant and floral displays across NI villages, towns and cities. And it’s wonderful to see all NI Councils participating in this milestone year for Ulster in Bloom!
“Like Ulster in Bloom, we’re committed to building a more sustainable society with a focus on environmental care. So we were delighted to recently announce record-breaking passenger numbers with more people than ever choosing public transport here; last year, our passenger numbers topped 81 million – the highest in 20 years.
“We’re also pleased to be able to launch the competition during our Bus + Train Week celebrations and would encourage more people to use public transport to explore Northern Ireland this summer and enjoy some of these wonderful displays on days out. We would like to wish every success to all our 2018 Translink Ulster in Bloom entries and look forward to revealing the competition results in September,” said Frank.
Alderman Freda Donnelly, Vice President, NI Local Government Association, said:
“As NILGA’s Vice President, it is my pleasure to convey the Association’s admiration and encouragement to each of you today. No just for your support in this the 40th Anniversary year, but for your many years of support, which has championed the “In Bloom” message of councils, local committees, residents and businesses, coming together to take pride in the places where you live and work, creating a better environment for everyone to share.
“As your Local Government Association, NILGA represents, promotes, sustains and improves local government on behalf of all councils. The Association fully supports Translink Ulster in Bloom across each individual Council area and we are delighted that we have a plentiful full house again this year, with 121 entries covering each council, and an additional 31 Translink entries covering bus and rail stations.
“The work of NILGA covers training, negotiation, development, policy and investment work, from Brexit to Entrepreneurs, from the Programme for Government to Investment, and from Ulster in Bloom to Councillor Training. You, councils and NILGA are a very visible, very strong partnership, especially at time when we have a political vacuum at Central Government,” said Freda.
Big advancements for Lisburn company Ad-vance Engineering
June 7, 2018
Lisburn-based Ad-vance Engineering is facing its biggest period of growth since the company was formed 14 years ago by Roger Vance; a toolmaker by trade.
Primarily a precision engineering company specialising in bespoke injection moulding tools for the plastics manufacturing industry across the globe, the company is expecting an impressive 25% growth in turnover, driven mainly by export sales. Research & Development is also now a focus for the business which means providing tailored solutions to their customers who are based around the globe.
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has worked with Roger and his team on a number of business support programmes and last year the company took part in the annual Lisburn Castlereagh at Westminster networking event in partnership with Lagan Valley MP, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson.
Speaking at a recent Business Engagement visit to Ad-vance Engineering, located close to the Maze Site, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, MBE, said: “I was delighted to hear that following the company’s attendance at our Westminster event a new customer has come on board with orders to the value of £100k. This demonstrates that the Council’s business support, our networking events and the promotion of our Council area for investing really works. We are delighted with the success of Ad-vance Engineering to date and clearly there is more success to come.”
Managing Director, Roger Vance, comments: “In the last 18 months Ad-Vance Engineering’s business model has been transformed from being a reactive tool maker providing mainly repair and maintenance projects to becoming a collaborative partner on innovative R&D projects with leading injection moulders in our nearest GB export market. We expect our turnover to increase by 25% in the current year driven by export sales.
“Our expansion to a larger manufacturing facility outside of Lisburn and a six-figure investment in new workshops and machinery is testament to our continued growth ambitions. Our recruitment of two additional apprentices to the workforce, two CNC operatives and a new technical director will help drive future growth while also providing skilled employment in the Lisburn area.”
Ad-Vance Engineering was established in 2004 at the Altona Industrial Estate in Lisburn but moved a few years ago to a larger site which Ad-Vance acquired close to the Maze complex. The company was a recent finalist in the Lisburn & Castlereagh Business Awards 2018 (Innovation category) and were also shortlisted at the Business eye/ First Trust Bank SME awards for Innovation.
The company is recognised by the industry for their apprentice schemes recruiting two apprentices from SERC. In 2017 one apprentices, Nathan McCourt, won the South Eastern Regional College Inter-Campus Engineering Skills Competition in the Milling & Turning Category.
Ad-Vance Engineering are also involved with QUB`s Employer Gateway initiative whereby they actively advertise internship and graduate recruitment opportunities to engineering and business graduates. The company will also be involved in upcoming jobs fairs and possible sponsorship of an academic prize.
If your business is in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area and would like to take part in one of the business engagement visits contact the Council’s Investment Team on Tel: 028 9244 7384.
Local Businesses cook up a storm at Irish Restaurant Awards
June 7, 2018
Local businesses, Clenaghans Restaurant and Wine & Brine have both received prestigious accolades at the 2018 Irish Restaurant Awards.
Organised by the Restaurants Association of Ireland, the Awards celebrated the wealth of culinary talent across the whole of Ireland selecting the crème de la crème of restaurants for county, provincial and all Ireland honours.
On the night, Clenaghans Restaurant received Best Newcomer 2018 for Ulster and All of Ireland while Moira chef Chris McGowan from Wine & Brine received the ‘Best Chef in Ulster’ award.
Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of the Development Committee at Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council commented; “It is fantastic to see two superb local restaurants win these awards, very well deserved, and a testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff in both restaurants, and not forgetting the delicious high quality food which is served.
He continued; “The Council intends to build upon the wealth of talent across the hospitality sector located within the City, and to this end the food and hospitality sector is a key strand of our newly launched Tourism Strategy which aims to build upon successes to date and position Lisburn & Castlereagh as one of the premier food and drink destinations in Northern Ireland.”
Speaking about the win, Cristina Higginson, Business Partner at Clenaghans Restaurant commented; “We are delighted to have received the Best Newcomer Award for Ulster and All Ireland in 2018. Our Head Chef and Business Partner, Danni Barry also had the additional honour of creating a dish served on the night to showcase the quality of food served within our restaurant.
She continued; “We re-opened the restaurant in November 2017 and so far we have had a fantastic year that was only made possible through hard work, determination and support from an amazing team of staff.”
Chris McGowan from Wine & Brine added; “It is an honour to receive the Best Chef in Ulster from the Irish Restaurant Awards for 2018. I am lucky to have such a great team here at Wine and Brine not to mention the continual support from the local people of Moira and the greater Lisburn & Castlereagh area.
He continued; “We opened our doors 2 ½ years ago and to be nominated and to win is a superb achievement for all involved.”
To see a full list of winners on the night, visit www.irishrestaurantawards.com
New look tourism website
June 7, 2018
Tourism providers from Lisburn Castlereagh visited La Mon Hotel & Country Club to get a preview of the new look ‘Visit Lisburn Castlereagh’ website: www.visitlisburncastlereagh.com
The website provides a one-stop portal for visitors to the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area with essential tourism information highlighting all there is to see and do and how to immerse yourself in the rich heritage that we are extremely proud of.
The Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, MBE explains how the website will: “also be a great source of information for residents as well as tourists so they can rediscover the attractions and events right on their doorstep. To have quick and easy access to local information will help drive visitor numbers and really is a great window showcasing everything we have to offer. More and more people are holidaying at home and we want the people of Northern Ireland, as well as those who visit from further afield, to pay us a visit and see for themselves the charm and appeal of our area.”
Chris Wilson from Streamvale Farm is delighted to support the Visit Lisburn Castlereagh website and said: “Tourism is much more than a venue or an activity; it is about an experience and creating treasured memories. At Streamvale Farm we offer a fantastic family experience and provide an education to everyone who comes through our doors. Tourism providers from across Lisburn and Castlereagh engage with the Council to ensure the area is promoted to a wide audience and is given the recognition it deserves. It is this partnership approach that strengthens the offering and opens up opportunities to develop the tourism market even further.”
Pat Moran from La Mon Hotel and Country Club and Stephen and Katie Jeffers from Forestside Cookery School were also present to lend their support to the Council’s tourism plans.
Alderman Ewart added: “A key objective of the Council’s Vision for Tourism is to increase overnight visitor numbers and we are very aware that with a substantial and continuing projected increase in visitors to Northern Ireland, Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, it’s vital that we engage with all groups and individuals both in advance of and during their visits. We need to ensure that our digital marketing activities, of which our website is a fundamental aspect, become a frequent and useful resource for our tourist market.”
The Council is home to a wide range of events including the Farmers’ Markets, Sunflower Fest, the Summer Festival of Racing, Hilden Beer and Music Festival and Moira Calling and attractions ranging from We are Vertigo, Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Dundonald Ice-Bowl and Lyon’s Karting. There is something for everyone in Lisburn Castlereagh so why not take the time to experience some of the great events and things to do.
If you are planning a break or getting ready for the weekend, looking to treat the kids, treat your loved ones or simply treat yourself why not check out the Visit Lisburn Castlereagh website for some inspiration? www.visitlisburncastlereagh.com
The Tourism team will be showcasing the Council’s ‘Vision for Tourism’ and the website at an upcoming Tourism Industry Forum for businesses.
You can also follow Visit Lisburn Castlereagh on Facebook (@enjoylisburn), Twitter (@VisitLisburn) or Instagram (visitlisburncastlereagh).
Local Athletes aim for Gold at Special Olympics 2018
June 6, 2018
Local athletes from the Lisburn & Castlereagh area will compete for gold in the upcoming Special Olympics 2018.
This year, the games will kick off on Thursday 14th 2018 June running until Sunday 17th June 2018 where participants from across the Isle of Ireland will compete in a range of activities throughout Dublin. Approximately 1,600 athletes are expected to compete for a place on the podium across 15 disciplines. An additional 2,500 volunteers will also be on site to ensure the games run smoothly.
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council had the honour of hosting a reception for local athletes from Lisburn 2Gether Special Olympics Club before they embarked on their journey for medal success as part of a 277 man squad representing Team Ulster.
Hopeful 2018 medallists from Lisburn & Castlereagh included local badminton players; Adam Smyth, Sarah- Louise Rea and Ben Hayward along with their coach Terry Conroy and Head Coach Willie McMillan, Bocce athletes; Claire O’Neill, Theresa McMahon, Chris Parker and Oliver Magee, along with their coach Noreen Kavanagh, football players; Joe McVarnock and Daniel Tennenson and 10 Pin Bowling athlete Matthew Emerson.
Speaking about the reception in honour of these athletes, Councillor Tim Morrow, Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council commented; “Lisburn 2Gether Special Olympics Club is a fantastic organisation that allows athletes to compete at both a recreational and competitive level across a range of sports. Since launching, the Club has already enriched the lives of many people within the Council area. It has worked with athletes to improve their health and wellbeing, build confidence, develop social skills and most importantly, nurture long standing friendships.
He continued; “It has been a delight to host this reception at Lagan Valley Island for this group of talented individuals and I wish them every success at the upcoming games in Dublin. It would be great to see our athletes return home with silverware in hand.”
To find out more about the Special Olympics 2018 as well as available volunteering opportunities, visit www.irelandgames.ie
Great turnout at the Colour Run, Wallace Park, Lisburn
June 4, 2018
Over four hundred participants enjoyed a splash of colour at Wallace Park, Lisburn on Saturday 2nd June when they gathered together to take part in the second year of the popular and most colourful 5K run, ‘The Color Run’.
Dubbed the ‘Happiest 5K on the planet’, the Color Run saw friends and families of all ages walking, running and jogging their way around Wallace Park, while being doused in a rainbow of vibrant colours.
Taking part in the event, the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Tim Morrow said, “I was extremely delighted to run alongside the 450 participants over the 5K route. It was a great day with lots of fun and laughter as well as bright coloured tshirts and faces by the end of the event!
“I am pleased to announce that we have raised just over £3,750 for my chosen charities, The Corrymeela Community and Habitat for Humanity. This amount will go a long way to help support both charities who both provide a valuable service in the local community.
“I would like to thank everyone who took part in the Color Run. Your support and participation is greatly appreciated.”
Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley added, “This was a fantastic event for friends and family to come together, to get active, to have fun and to try something a little different to a normal 5K.
“This was the second year, the Council have held the Color Run at Wallace Park and it was extremely encouraging to see even more people taking part this year and cheering others along the way.
“I would like to extend my thanks to those involved in making this event happen and I hope everyone really enjoyed the experience.”
To view photographs from the event, please visit the Sports Development Facebook page @beactivelisburncastlereagh
Local Primary School Children Swing into Action!
June 4, 2018
One hundred children from 13 primary schools have enjoyed a day out from the classroom to take part in a unique golfing day held at Castlereagh Hills Golf Course on Friday 1st June.
Sponsored by Domino’s Pizza, Saintfield Road, the aim of the golf day was to introduce children to golf through a series of fun workshops which promoted exercise, healthy eating and the basics of golf.
The event commenced with all 100 children participating in a range of health and sports related workshops to promote the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. There was also an educational workshop from Cancer Focus NI as well as a massive fitness class on the 18th fairway and an archery challenge for the children to enjoy.
PGA Golf Professional, Mr Steve Richie led a golf swing and putting workshop in tandem with Michael McNulty from Confederation of Golf Ireland providing a fun introduction to the world of golf. The day then culminated in the afternoon with a schools’ golfing competition, where the children put their newly developed skills to the test to compete in the ‘Castlereagh Hills Challenge Cup’.
Speaking at the event, the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Tim Morrow said, “The golf day is a fantastic opportunity to bring local school children together to experience a new sport while learning more about nutrition and healthy eating. It has been wonderful to see the children display such strong friendships and positive team spirit on the course and I hope the event will encourage other children and schools to enter the event next year.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank local businesses, Domino’s Pizza, Hillmount Nursery, Northern Snacks, Hunky Dorys, Britvic, Rodgers Meats, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust, Cancer Focus NI, Decathlon, the Council’s Every Body Active 2020 coaches and Sinnamon Bistro for kindly supporting this great initiative.”
Presenting the prizes at the event, the Vice Chair of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Councillor Rhoda Walker said, “With growing cases of obesity amongst children, the golf day at Castlereagh Hills Golf Course provides a fantastic forum for young people to enjoy a new sport while learning more about fitness and healthy eating. The children have enjoyed taking part in a number of fun workshops on and off the course, which will hopefully inspire many to take up a new sport or engage in other forms of physical activity.
“I would like to thank all the Golf Club members that volunteered to assist with the event and to the schools for taking part in the competition. I hope to see many of the children here today back on the golf course to practice their new skills.”
The best boy award was won by Ciaran Mallon while the best girl was won by Eloise Morris both from St Ita’s Primary School. The eagerly awaited school team award was won by Brooklands Primary School with St Ita’s Primary School finishing in 2nd place and Leadhill Primary School in 3rd.
Event sponsor, Domino’s Pizza, Saintfield Road were delighted to support the event. Andrew Bruce, Area Manager (NI) commented, “We are extremely delighted to sponsor such a great event. It is important that we all take the necessary steps to encourage young people to get active and maintain a balanced lifestyle. I have enjoyed meeting the children and teachers today and watching the action on the course.”
The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Tim Morrow and Vice Chair of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Councillor Rhonda Walker present the school team prize to winners Brookland’s Primary School.
Vice Chair of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Councillor Rhonda Walker presents the best girl prize to St Ita’s Primary School.
The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Tim Morrow presents the best boy prize to St Ita’s Primary School.
Leadhill Primary School practice their golf skills with Danny Domino.
Football fun at Glenmore Activity Centre
June 4, 2018
World Cup fever hit Glenmore Activity Centre in Lisburn when local primary school children donned their football boots to take part in the centre’s recent 5-a-side soccer tournament.
The tournament, which has been a popular event with schools for the last 25 years, saw over 60 pupils and 8 schools compete in this year’s event. The aim of the 3 day event was to get children involved in physical activity, whilst representing their school and improving their soccer and team work skills.
The winning school was won by Pond Park Primary School, closely contended by Ballymascash Primary School in 2nd place, St Colman’s Primary School in 3rd place and St Joseph’s Primary School in 4th place. The best player was also awarded to Pond Park Primary School for the double win.
Presenting the trophies, the Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley said: “I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate all the children for taking part in the 5 a-side soccer tournament with such energy and enthusiasm. It has been fantastic to see so many children from local schools come together to participate in this popular sporting event, which has been a firm favourite for the last 25 years.
“The Council provides a wide range of events, which aim to provide children with the first steps to a lifetime of physical activity or encourage those who excel in a specific sport, such as soccer, to one day represent their Council area at a local or national level.”
The Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley congratulates Pond Park Primary School on winning 1st place in the 5-a-side soccer tournament at Glenmore Activity Centre.
The Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley presents the Best Player Award to Pond Park Primary School.
Council hosts Beating Retreat
June 1, 2018
This evening (1st June) Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council hosted a Beating Retreat to mark the 50th Anniversary since the foundation of the Royal Irish Rangers (27th Inniskilling 83rd and 87th).
The Beating Retreat, a tradition dating back to 16th century England, was held at Lagan Valley Island and performed by the Band of the Royal Irish Regiment. The event was attended by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Mr Freddie Hall, MBE, High Sheriff for County Antrim, Miss Gillian Bingham, Freemen of the City, MLAs, The Mayor and Elected Members as well as the President, Vice-President of the Royal Irish Rangers Association and Veterans of the Regiment. Members of the public also attended the event to pay tribute to the Regiment.
Speaking at the Beating Retreat, The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow said, “As a Council we are extremely proud of our close links with the Armed Forces and are delighted to host this spectacular event in honour of the Royal Irish Rangers that was formed in 1968. It is a fitting tribute to all the servicemen and women who were part of the Regiment that we remember the courage and professionalism they displayed through an evening of military music and a marching display. On behalf of the Council and the citizens of Lisburn & Castlereagh I would like to thank all the military personnel involved in the Beating Retreat and those who served in the Regiment, not forgetting all the soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice.”
President of The Rangers Association, General Sir Roger Wheeler, was delighted with the event at Lagan Valley Island and said: “It is vitally important to keep the wonderful tradition of Beating Retreat alive and I am proud to be involved in this evening’s event remembering the Royal Irish Rangers. The Regiment, the most distinguished and only remaining Irish Infantry Regiment of the line, was formed from three other famous Irish Regiments spanning more than 300 years of service and loyalty to the Crown and their Country; namely the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, the Royal Ulster Rifles and the Royal Irish Fusiliers. It later merged with the Ulster Defence Regiment in 1992 to form the Royal Irish Regiment. The Regiment’s history, the Officers and the battles that were fought will never be forgotten. Thank you to the Council for facilitating this memorable event.”
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and indeed the City of Lisburn has a long and proud association with the military and it is one that the Council will continue to nurture and support. Lisburn has long been home to the Army Headquarters in Northern Ireland and more recently HMS Hibernia, the Royal Navy Reserve Unit has also been based at Thiepval Barracks.
Last year the Council signed the Armed Forces Covenant and continues to seek ways in which to work with the local Armed Forces Community to strengthen our long-standing relationship. A copy of our Armed Services Covenant is on permanent display at Lagan Valley Island.
Maghaberry gets ready for Ulster in Bloom
June 1, 2018
The community in Maghaberry has been working with the Council to prepare the village for its first ever entry into Translink Ulster in Bloom, which launches in June.
This annual horticultural competition is celebrating its 40th year in 2018 and Maghaberry is delighted to have the opportunity to show its civic pride to the judges alongside other villages across the Council area.
Maghaberry Primary School pupils have played their part in this community entry through the planting of wildflower plugs and seeds in the Play Area beside the Community Centre. This is the start of many projects planned by the village over the coming months.
Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, said: “The Council works very closely with communities across the Lisburn Castlereagh area to create wonderful, award winning floral displays. I am delighted that Maghaberry has agreed to be part of this year’s Translink Ulster in Bloom competition. The community has embraced the competition and the variety of projects they have planned include gardening clubs, youth clubs, church groups and the support of a number of local businesses.
“I had the opportunity to join the pupils of the local primary school at their flower planting; and the planting of these wildflowers helps with biodiversity through providing pollinators with vital food. I would ask the local residents to be mindful of this newly planted area and to keep off this flowerbed to give the wildflowers every success of blooming.”
The three judging criteria of Translink Ulster in Bloom are horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility.
CD Fair Dental take on Slieve Donard
June 1, 2018
Local Lisburn dentist, CD Fair Dental, will take on the gruelling Slieve Donard Challenge kicking off Friday 1st June 2018 in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
Around 20 people will be involved in the hike that includes members of staff, suppliers as well as family and friends of the Lisburn based dental practice. This group of eager participants will lace up their boots for the challenging 850 metre climb to the highest peak in the Mourne Mountains estimated to take 6 hours.
The Slieve Donard Challenge has been taken on by CD Fair Dental following an incident in 2017 where Clare Doyle, the surgery’s dental nurse, suffered a cardiac arrest. Thanks to school training run by The British Heart Foundation, her daughter was equipped with key lifesaving skills and administered CPR at home until the emergency services arrived with a defibulator. Clare thankfully made a full recovery and is now back with the team at CD Fair Dental and hopes to raise as much money as possible for the cause that helped save her life.
To help with their funding efforts, the award winning dentist has raised valuable funds through a recent Ballot. The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Tim Morrow was on hand to draw the winning tickets for an array of prizes including vouchers, money and dental products. In total, the ballot raised an impressive £1,500.
Speaking about the ballot and the challenge that lay ahead, The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow commented “I am delighted to have been invited along to carry out the draw of the ballot ahead of this impressive challenge. After hearing Clare’s story I am blown away by the quick thinking and extraordinary skills of her daughter. I admire the dental team for organising this trek to raise funds that will help save more lives in the future.
He continued; “Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council is one of the British Heart Foundations official Heart Cities that encourages communities come together in the fight against heart disease. It is a fantastic charity and I wish the team at CD Fair Dental the greatest success for the challenge that lies ahead.”
Speaking about the Slieve Donard Challenge, Clare Doyle commented; “I am very thankful to my daughter and to the British Heart Foundation. This challenge will help raise necessary funds for The British Heart Foundation, an organisation that helps train people to preform CPR in an emergency situation.
She continued “Cardiac arrests affect approximately 1,400 people in Northern Ireland alone and it is something that can happen to anyone.
CD Dental will continue to raise money for the Slieve Donard Challenge in aid of the British Heart Foundation through a collection box within the surgery in Lisburn and also through their Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cdfairdentalslievedonardchallenge where they have already raised over £500.
For more information on the British Heart Foundation and their life saving courses visit www.bhf.org.uk.
MET Office Weather Warning in place
May 31, 2018
The MET Office have issued a yellow warning of rain and possible thunderstorms on:
- Monday 4th June between 1.00pm and 8.00pm
More detailed information on keeping safe and useful contact numbers is available on the nidirect.gov.uk website at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/news/heavy-rain-warning-advice-and-information
The public are reminded to monitor the Met Office forecasts for their area and to be aware of the weather conditions and to heed safety warnings. Please click here for further information.
Emergency responders will continue to monitor this developing situation and issue further information as appropriate.
Members of the public should note the following numbers in case of an emergency:
Flooding Incident Line – 0300 2000 100
Northern Ireland Water Waterline 03457 440 088
Emergency services – 999 or 112
Housing Executive – 03448 920 901
Northern Ireland Electricity Networks – 03457 643 643
NI Gas Emergency Service – 0800 002 001
Tuesday Market to Offer Different Activities this Summer
May 31, 2018
Lisburn`s Traditional Tuesday Market has gone through a few changes since Charles I granted Lisburn the right of a weekly Market back in 1627 and with the latest new layout of the Market in Smithfield Square it is hoped that many more shoppers will return to this stalwart of retail in the city.
Over the summer months the Council will continue to support the market but will be offering different activities than usual within the Market. These will include music Sessions, children’s play area and somewhere to sit with a cup of tea and take in the atmosphere. Stalls include fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh fish, fresh eggs and anything from a greetings card to a new outfit!
Reviewing the new set up at the Council run Tuesday market last week was Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of the Development Committee at Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. He commented “I would like to welcome this new layout to Lisburn market and wish all the traders every success. Lisburn has a long and proud history of the Market trading every Tuesday and it brings a uniqueness and sense of tradition to the City Centre. We wish the Tuesday Market every success and may they continue to build upon their accomplishments.”
Summer in the City Out Now!
May 30, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is encouraging children to get active this summer and enjoy a range of energetic activities and sports courses as part of the popular ‘Summer in the City Guide.’
The 2018 guide is filled with an amazing choice of sports courses and summer activity schemes to keep children occupied over the long summer months, providing a fantastic resource for busy parents. Opportunities include swimming, tennis, gymnastics, hockey and soccer to name just a few of the exciting activities taking place in the local area.
Children aged 5 and over, can enrol on the Council’s summer scheme programme with a fun blend of coached activities, games, arts and crafts, dance, bouncy castle and much more. There are also sports specific schemes and courses such as golf, ice skating, water skiing and basketball to help encourage children to try a new sport.
Launching the programme, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley said, “With the rise in national childhood obesity rates, the Council aims to get as many children as possible active this summer by promoting health and well-being opportunities through the ‘Summer in the City Guide’.
“The Guide contains a wide selection of sports courses, summer schemes and camps, available at facilities and venues across the Lisburn & Castlereagh area. It’s the perfect resource for busy parents who are looking to keep their children physically and social active during the school holidays.
“I hope the World Cup and other sporting events taking place this summer, will inspire children to join in and try a new sport or activity, which will hopefully see many take their first steps to a lifetime of physical activity or even encourage those who excel in a specific sport to progress onto a competitive level.”
The enrolment date for the Summer in the City Scheme, Teen Scheme and Summer Swim Camp commences from Monday 4th June. Enrolment can be completed on-line or by visiting the relevant centre. To download a copy of the Summer in the City guide, please visit www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/things-to-do/
Beating Retreat set for Lagan Valley Island
May 29, 2018
To mark the 50th Anniversary since the foundation of The Royal Irish Rangers, a Beating Retreat will take place at Lagan Valley Island on Friday 1st June at 8pm.
The free event, which will be performed by the Band of The Royal Irish Regiment, is open to the public and residents are warmly invited to attend.
Speaking ahead of the event, the Mayor, Cllr Tim Morrow said he was delighted that the Council was hosting this Beating Retreat, to recognise this important milestone.
“Lisburn has a long and proud military history and I am very much looking forward to hearing the wonderful music of the Band of The Royal Irish Regiment”, he said.
The open air event, weather permitting, will take place in Gregg Street carpark and public viewing will be on the Council building side of the Canal.
Pedestrian access will be via the Queens Road. Please note there will be no public car parking available onsite, other than those requiring additional assistance. In the case of bad weather, the event may be moved indoors, where public viewing may be restricted.
“The Royal Irish Rangers, merged with the Ulster Defence regiment to form The Royal Irish regiment in 1992 and this is now the last Irish Line Infantry Regiment in existence today. I hope that members of the public will join with the Council and its invited guests, on Friday 1st June, for the Beating Retreat which is sure to be a wonderful event of rousing music and military ceremony here at Lagan Valley Island,” said Cllr Morrow.
The New Council Coat of Arms Takes Its Place in The Council Chamber
May 29, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is delighted to have its Coat of Arms on display for all Full Council meetings.
The Coat of Arms created by the Royal College of Arms in London has found its new home in a specially made cabinet produced by local company Timbermark Manufacturer Ltd.
Before the May Full Council Meeting Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee; Dr Theresa Donaldson, Chief Executive; Tim Brown, Timbermark Manufacture Ltd; Alderman James Tinsley, who petitioned the new crest with the Royal College of Arms as Presiding Officer; and Councillor Scott Carson, Chairman of the Council’s Corporate Services Committee met to view the new installation.
Speaking about the Coat of Arms, Councillor Scott Carson, Chairman of the Council’s Corporate Services Committee, said: “Our crest is made of elements from the former two council’s Coats of Arms and to have it on display at all our Full Council meetings is appropriate. This Crest is the Council’s official mark for all civic, ceremonial and legal occasions.”
Alderman Allan Ewart MBE added: “It is good to hear that a local businessman, Tim Brown, won the contract to make this bespoke cabinet. Tim started his Lisburn based business in 2011 and has created numerous bespoke pieces for a number of organisations and individuals. Due to the delicate nature of the Coat of Arms, the cabinet has been made to a high specification to protect it from the light; and has pride of place on the Council Chamber wall.”
The Coat of Arms was commissioned with the Royal College of Arms during the time of the Shadow Council. Speaking about the process Alderman Tinsley commented: “It is a complex process to create a Coat of Arms and the Council had numerous discussions with the Royal College of Arms to produce the best Coat of Arms for the Council. I am very pleased to see our new Coat of Arms displayed in the Council Chamber.”
Council hosts Reception for Commonwealth Games Team
May 29, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was delighted to host a special reception to honour the achievements of local athletes, officials, support staff and coaches who proudly represented Northern Ireland at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast in Australia last month.
The Council area had one of the largest number of team representatives, despite being one of the smallest in geographical size, making the Games a good news story for the City.
Speaking at the reception, Deputy Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Hazel Legge, said: “It is a privilege to host a reception to honour our local team members on their fantastic achievement representing Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. Achieving a place on the team is an amazing feat for all involved as it highlights the commitment and dedication of local athletes and their coaches who train relentlessly to excel within their sport on an international stage.
“On behalf of the Council, I would like congratulate the team for proudly representing Lisburn & Castlereagh and wish all the athletes every success as they prepare for their next competition.”
Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the Leisure & Community Development Committee, who hosted the reception alongside the Deputy Mayor added, “The Council is extremely proud of all the athletes, coaches, officials and support staff who represented both Lisburn & Castlereagh and Team Northern Ireland at this year’s Commonwealth Games. I would particularly like to commend boxers Kurt Walker and Kristina O’Hara who won two Silver medals in boxing, a fantastic achievement given the elite competition they faced.
“The Council area has a proud history of sporting success and our representation on this year`s Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Team highlights the strength of our sports clubs and coaching, which provide opportunities for excellence and development across a wide range of sporting disciplines."
The Deputy Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Hazel Legge and the Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley congratulates local athletes, officials, support staff and coaches who proudly represented team Northern Ireland at the 2018 Commonwealth Games at a special reception held at Lagan Valley Island.
The Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley congratulates boxer Kurt Walker on his silver medal.
Local Primary Schools make a Splash!
May 29, 2018
Children from 25 local primary schools made a splash when they took part in the annual Lisburn & Castlereagh Primary Schools Swimming Gala, held recently at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex.
The long established event was held over two sessions and saw over 400 children compete in P4 – P5 and P6 –P7 categories, making it one of the largest galas held in Northern Ireland. Swimming disciplines included backstroke, breast stroke, butterfly and freestyle as well as the highly competitive relay races.
During the event, Special Achievement Awards were presented to pupils Isabelle Mullin from Wallace Preparatory, Rebekah Cleland from Riverdale Primary School, Brendan O’Boyle from Ballymacward Primary School and Megan O’Neill from Forthill Primary School for their determination and dedication as part of swimming lessons programme throughout the year.
The P4-P5 freestyle relay was won by Wallace Preparatory with St Joseph’s Primary School achieving 2nd place and Friends Preparatory 3rd place. In the afternoon session, Friends Preparatory picked up 1st place in the P6-P7 medley, while Downshire Primary School secured a well-deserved 1st place in both the P6 and P7 free style relays.
Success continued for Downshire Primary School after securing first place in the overall schools event, taking home the prestigious champion’s title. Second prize was closely contended by Friends Preparatory with Harmony Hill Primary School achieving 3rd place.
Presenting the medals, the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Tim Morrow said, “The aim of the gala is to offer children the opportunity to experience the fun of competitive swimming, while still enjoying being part of a school team. It is fantastic to see the friendships and positive team spirit amongst all the children and I hope the event will encourage many more to take up the sport recreationally or competitively.”
“I would like to thank the Royal Life Saving Society UK and Sportsmax for kindly sponsoring the event and the volunteers from SERC Lisburn for their amazing job helping with the timekeeping. Finally thank you to all the teachers and children for supporting the gala and helping to maintain the wonderful tradition of Primary School swimming in Lisburn & Castlereagh.”
Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley added, “With growing cases of obesity in children, the swimming gala provides a fantastic forum for children to engage in physical activity and take the first steps to incorporating regular exercise into their lives.
“Swimming is a life skill so it is important to encourage children to learn to swim, improve their technique and build their confidence in the water. While the swimming gala encourages children to strive for a medal, the overall message is about participation and cheering on every pupil until they cross the finishing line.
“I would like to thank the staff and swimming clubs at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex for organising such a successful event and look forward to building on the success again next year.”
Deputy Mayor Invites Senior Female School Pupils to Mark the Changing Role of Women in Society
May 25, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Hazel Legge, invited local female senior school pupils to Lagan Valley Island for an event this week to mark 100 years of the Representation of the People Act.
An all-female Council group was set up in February 2018 to plan activities around this 100-year old Act, which saw the first women (over 30 years and all men over 21 years) permitted to vote.
The Lord Lieutenant for Co Antrim, Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE with the High Sheriff for Co Antrim, Miss Gillian Bingham, joined the Deputy Mayor and Chief Executive, Dr Theresa Donaldson with the senior school pupils and female teachers from Forthill Integrated College, Lagan College and Laurelhill Community College. Seats were taken up in the Council Chamber side-by-side with female Elected Members of Council who had come to meet the pupils and participate in the event.
Councillor Hazel Legge provided a presentation on the history of the vote for women, key landmarks and challenges for the rights women have today, and said: “It is important to remember and to mark significant events in history, like this centenary and the women who campaigned for the vote for all of us, often at a high personal price. I would like to express grateful thanks to Mrs Joan Christie, our Lord Lieutenant, who spoke so engagingly about taking opportunities in life, supporting people and about wellbeing. The High Sheriff, Miss Gillian Bingham, who has a background in health provided a very interesting account of past humanitarian work in Africa and she shared some experiences of working across cultures with the aim of helping people and to improve the lives of women.
“There was discussion around the importance of charitable efforts and education to help women in under developed countries. Our own Councillor Janet Gray MBE spoke movingly about her work as an Ambassador for Concern Worldwide and on fund-raising efforts to help women and children in parts of Africa. I certainly heard things I didn’t know beforehand and I hope the young women found the discussions and personal accounts as interesting as I did. The pupils were a credit to their teachers and the school and I hope they enjoyed the morning,” concluded Councillor Legge.
Dr Theresa Donaldson, Chief Executive, said: “There is no doubt that the 100 years since the Representation of the People’s Act has seen huge strides across society and changes for women in society. Today history of a very important time and journey was provided and marked. The personal accounts of our speakers who very kindly came along today really made the morning special. I was really pleased to see representatives of our local schools, possible future leaders, sitting with our female Elected Members discussing this important subject in our Council Chamber.”
Council closes the Deal with new Property Forum
May 24, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has launched its latest Investment initiative (23 May) with the first meeting of the Lisburn Castlereagh Property Forum at its Council headquarters.
The forum comprising of commercial property agents and retail advisors from Northern Ireland was formed so a true partnership approach exists when it comes to promoting the Council area as a prime investment location.
Speaking at the Property Forum Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, MBE, said: “The Council is actively engaged in promoting the area to potential investors and developers and we recognise that we cannot do this alone. The Property Forum allows us to tune into the expert market knowledge of commercial property agents and working with them we can present an accurate and detailed profile of our area. I am also delighted to use this opportunity to launch our Investment Guide profiling key opportunity sites and the benefits to investing in our area.”
Contributors to the Forum included Andrew Coggins from CBRE who explained the Northern Ireland Investment Fund and Gavin Weir from property advisors GVA NI who discussed the Council area Office Capacity Consultation, which is currently underway.
The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow, also attended the launch and talked about how the “strategic location of Lisburn Castlereagh on the Belfast to Dublin economic corridor together with our excellent infrastructure places us at a great advantage especially post-Brexit. As a Council we are doing everything we can to sell our area, engage with investors and build on our existing business base for economic growth.”
Chief Executive of the Council, Dr. Theresa Donaldson said: “The ongoing discussions we will have through the Property Forum will be instrumental in shaping our investment marketing plans. This unrivalled network and the vast experience that goes with it will build on the Council’s strong inward investment programme of activity and act as an invaluable asset to the Investment team.”
The Property Forum will meet on a regular basis with a core objective to assist in the delivery of the Council’s regeneration and growth ambition and to strengthen the area’s investment proposition placing Lisburn Castlereagh in a good position for investment in the future. For further information on Lisburn Castlereagh’s Investment Guide or key development sites please visit: www.investlisburncastlereagh.com or contact the Council’s Investment Team on 028 9244 7384.
Local Stakeholders Give View on Employability Issues
May 23, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was delighted to partner with the Department for Communities (DfC) to host a pre-consultation event to discuss future priorities for DfC regarding employability.
Local stakeholders attended the event to give their views on how the DfC could help them fill vacant posts and ensure people stay in jobs. Each stakeholder participated fully and provided the DfC with points that are important to them and the local Lisburn Castlereagh economy.
Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, speaking about the event, said: “This event was very beneficial for local employers as it provided them with the opportunity to speak directly with the civil servants involved in developing employability programmes and services. They gave feedback on their experience from participating in government funded programmes and suggested ways in which they would like to see central government help get people back to work.
“There are a wide range of businesses in the Lisburn Castlereagh area all of which require a skilled and willing workforce. These businesses are keen to work with employees and central government to ensure that employability figures increase in the Council area.”
At the end of the consultation period DfC will establish a Work, Health & Wellbeing Framework that will support the development of a fresh suite of business led programmes and services, responsive to local business needs whilst at the same time supporting people to move into good work and to stay in work.
Aidan Cassidy from DfC’s Work & Wellbeing Policy Division, commented: “We greatly appreciate the contribution of all those who attended and took part in this discussion. The views shared will be important to help us ensure the Department continues to deliver high quality work focused support and programmes that are meeting the needs of both job seekers and employers.”
Air Ambulance NI Receives Generous Offering From Honorary Church Service
May 23, 2018
The Air Ambulance NI received a generous contribution of £1000 from a recent Church service organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and Christ Church, Lisburn that honoured the City’s First Responders & Emergency Services. The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow kindly matched this sum by donating £1000 from the Mayor’s Office.
The Air Ambulance NI charity manages the operations of Northern Ireland’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Service and works in partnership with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and health trusts that provide the medical teams on board.
Based at the Maze Long Kesh, the Air Ambulance NI can reach any part of Northern Ireland in 25 minutes delivering lifesaving services during emergency situations. The critical doctor-led service aims to provide emergency room treatment to casualties on site as well as reducing the patient transfer time to hospitals. It has been estimated that the presence of the Air Ambulance NI will also improve the long-term health outcomes for up to 300 people annually.
The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow who attended the Service commented; “Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and Christ Church, Lisburn are delighted to present £2000 to the Air Ambulance NI. This wonderful charity provides a life-saving service and carries out emergency missions throughout Northern Ireland on a daily basis.”
Councillor Scott Carson, Chair of Corporate Services Committee added; “The Air Ambulance NI requires approximately £2 million annually to maintain this service within Northern Ireland. As a community, we must continue to support this charity to ensure that this vital emergency function maintains a presence within our local area.”
Grace Williams, Area Fundraising Manager for Air Ambulance NI commented; “On behalf of the Air Ambulance NI, I would like to thank Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and Christ Church Lisburn for organising this service and raising these necessary funds. As a charity, we rely on the generosity of the public to help us reach our fundraising targets.
She continued; “There are many opportunities for volunteers to get involved within our organisation and I would encourage anyone interested to contact us by email at email@example.com or call us on 028 9262 267.
To find out more about the Air Ambulance Northern Ireland or to make a donation, please visit www.airambulanceni.org.
Project Support Programme Launched by PCSP
May 21, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) is pleased to announce the launch of a Project Support Programme, which is open to all constituted community groups, Neighbourhood Watch Schemes and Community Police Liaison Committees operating within Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area.
The PCSP supports community projects addressing anti-social behaviour, crime, domestic abuse, confidence in policing, fear of crime, road safety, burglaries, business and retail crime.
Grants from £500 to £5000 will be awarded to successful groups for projects that continue up to the end of February 2019.
Applications can be made under one of the following themes:
Objective 1 – Reducing anti-social behaviour, addressing the effects of drugs and alcohol as a contributing factor in crime and anti-social behaviour, increase reporting of Domestic Abuse incidents and provide support to the victims, increase confidence in policing;
Objective 2 – Reduce the fear of crime, especially vulnerable groups including addressing hate crime, road safety, reduce burglaries, business and retail crime
Announcing the Project Support Programme, Lisburn & Castlereagh PCSP Chairman, Councillor Aaron McIntyre said, “I would encourage all relevant groups to make an application to access this funding which is being made available to address policing and community safety issues across the council area. The Partnership wishes to reach out to all communities to make their communities safer and to improve confidence in policing, however it is particularly keen to receive applications from groups who have traditionally not engaged in this area of work.”
For Online Application forms and guidance notes please click here. You can also request copies from Lisburn & Castlereagh PCSP on 028 9250 9279/284/374. Please note that completed applications will not be accepted by email. Projects must be within the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area.
Completed applications must be returned in a sealed envelope endorsed ` Policing and Community Safety Partnership – Project Support Programme Application 2018/19 ` and addressed to the PCSP Manager, Lisburn & Castlereagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership, Civic Headquarters, Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, BT27 4RL to arrive no later than 1.00pm on Friday 8 June 2018.
A Blooming Good Show at Balmoral
May 17, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has created a number of floral displays at its stand in the Healthy Horticulture section of this year’s Balmoral Show. The stand showcases the Council’s ‘green fingered’ talent that will be judged at upcoming RHS Britain in Bloom and Translink Ulster in Bloom competitions.
The Council was delighted these floral displays received the 'Best Trade Stand not showing equipment or food' Award this year.
Hillsborough will be judged as part of this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom while the whole Lisburn Castlereagh area will be part of the Translink Ulster in Bloom competition that will be launched on the 5th June in Titanic Belfast to coincide with Translink Bus + Train week. Ulster in Bloom is a partnership between Translink, the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) and involves all eleven councils.
Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee said: “The floral displays are getting lots of attention this year at Balmoral and we are very pleased that visitors to the show have been taking photographs of it. In recent years Hillsborough has won several floral awards across a number of competitions including Britain in Bloom, Ulster in Bloom and Supervalu Best Kept Awards. This year Hillsborough will once again be part of local and national floral competitions; and the Council is keen to raise awareness of this through flowers at one of the largest shows in the Council area, the Balmoral Show. I am very pleased to see the talent of the Council’s Parks Team on display to tens of thousands of people at Balmoral Show. The attention to detail in the displays is amazing and visually demonstrates partnership working.”
Hillsborough won Gold in the coveted Champion of Champions category at last year’s RHS Britain in Bloom Awards.
During the judging for RHS Britain in Bloom, Hillsborough will be assessed under three key criteria: horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility, demonstrated across public spaces such as town or city centres, parks and communal gardens, as well as natural spaces including conservation areas and wildflower meadows.
The Translink Ulster in Bloom competition is organised by NILGA. Councillor Dermot Curran, NILGA Vice President, said: “As the Local Government Association, NILGA represents, promotes, sustains and improves local government on behalf of all councils. The Translink Ulster in Bloom competition helps us all, councils and councillors to focus on improving the quality of life for citizens right across the region, creating a better environment for everyone to live in and enjoy.
“On behalf of NILGA I would like to acknowledge the ongoing support and partnership of Translink as competition sponsors. I would also like to recognise the support and commitment from Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council who have created wonderful displays at this year’s Balmoral Show to celebrate the Translink Ulster in Bloom competition and NI Railways 50th Anniversary.”
Phoenix Cycling Club Raises £3000 for Local Charities
May 17, 2018
Phoenix Cycling Club and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council have raised £3000 for Mayoral Charities; Habitat for Humanity and Corrymeela Community during their Annual Sportive on Sunday 6th May 2018.
The Corrymeela Community works to build fractured relationships and promote tolerance between people of differing backgrounds and beliefs while Habitat for Humanity NI focuses on building hope both locally and around the world by providing those in need with a decent place to live.
On the day, the Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow and the Mayoress, Hilary Morrow were joined by approximately 200 cyclists. All participants rose to the challenge that allowed them to enjoy the stunning landscapes of Co Down. With 3 route options for all abilities, novice cyclists, families and cycling enthusiasts were all catered for.
To finish off the day, cyclists sprinted to the finish line at Lagan Valley Island to enjoy the post ride BBQ where they had the opportunity to socialise among one another and share their unique experiences from the day.
The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow commented; “I am proud to have taken part in Phoenix Cycling Club Annual Sportive. Over 200 cyclists pedalled to victory in this superb event that has raised £3000 for two very worthy causes. It was great to see so many people from different back rounds come together to support my Mayoral Charities that contribute so much to our society.
He continued; “There was a fantastic feeling of camaraderie surrounding the day and I thank Phoenix Cycling Club for their organisation of this event. I would encourage anyone who is interested in taking part in cycling to get involved with this fantastic local club.”
Hillsborough Farmers’ Market showcases award-winning NI producers in Summer 2018 return
May 17, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has announced the return of its popular Hillsborough Farmers’ Market for summer 2018 with three markets scheduled to take place from 10am – 3pm on the last Saturday of May, June and July in the picturesque setting of Dark Walk Lane at Hillsborough Fort.
Visitors can discover a wealthy crop of local, fresh and seasonal produce, artisan foods and a specialised horticultural offering, with over 35 local farmers and artisan producers taking part over the summer. Produce on offer will include speciality rare-breed meats, seasonal and local vegetables, award-winning charcuterie, preserves, chutneys and pickles, Irish Artisan Cheeses, fresh bread and cakes – and so much more that you would expect from a great farmers’ market. Gourmet street food and coffee can be enjoyed against the backdrop of the sounds of the market.
Local producers attending the first of this summer’s markets include Ke Nako Biltong, who recently featured on BBC2’s Top of The Shop and Ulster Grocer Award Winners, Mange Tout Artisan Deli, who will be showcasing their fine range of mouth-watering French patisserie. In addition, popular small batch artisan producers including Mike’s Fancy Cheese, Crumbs Vegan Bakery and Ispini Charcuterie will be there, while Castlescreen Farm will offer their sought after veg roll, burgers, steaks and joints from their grass-fed Dexter beef herd.
Artisan food truck The Hatch, mobile café Hills Mix Tape and artisan food curator, Indie Fude who will launch its Dickie D’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese offering, will play their part in promoting Northern Ireland’s much-loved street food pioneers. Furry friends will also be catered for with healthy, tasty treats from Armstrong’s Twisted Fish, and there will be a specialised horticultural offering from Saintfield’s Cottage Garden Plants.
Speaking about the forthcoming markets, Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee said, “We are delighted to welcome the return of Hillsborough Farmers’ Market and we look forward to welcoming new and returning producers from across Northern Ireland. Following two years of successful Hillsborough Farmers’ Markets, these pop-up events have established themselves as a fantastic opportunity for local buyers and visitors to the area to get up-close-and-personal with some of our leading producers, many of them multi-award winning.”
Damien Tumelty of Castlescreen Farm added, “We are really looking forward to attending this year’s Hillsborough Farmers’ Markets. The markets are a great way for us to showcase our product and grow our business locally. We love getting to meet and sell our products directly to the public, offering up our expertise to consumers and gaining valuable feedback in the process.”
For more information and updates visit - http://www.visitlisburncastlereagh.com
Adventure awaits at River Road Play Park
May 16, 2018
The community in Seymour Hill gathered at the River Road Play Park for the official opening last week.
Elected Members from Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council; members of Seymour Hill and Conway Community Association; Connswater Homes, building contractors FORRME Ltd, the PSNI and children from Seymour Hill Primary School were all delighted with the new play provision for the area.
Speaking at the launch Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley said: “Within local communities children’s play facilities are so important on a number of levels. Playing outside helps children develop their learning abilities and there are numerous health benefits associated with it. The Council is committed to promoting safe, healthy and active lifestyles for all ages across the area and play parks like the one in River Road are a great asset to the entire community.
“The Council has worked closely with Seymour Hill and Conway Community Association and Connswater Homes who purchased the former Dunmurry High School site for social housing and what a fantastic result has been achieved. Thanks must also go to FORRME Ltd. the building contractors who have excelled in creating this magnificent play park”, he concluded.
Connswater Homes Development Manager, Nadine Ritchie explains: “As well as providing high quality homes to address social housing need, Connswater Homes strives to make a significant impact through community engagement activities. Investment of £70,000 private finance in construction of River Road Play Park is one of the Association’s most recent initiatives. In working closely with key stakeholders, it was ascertained a play area would prove a great asset to cater for both new residents and the existing community. The play area forms part of a larger scheme comprising 98 new homes part-funded by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and a Multi-Use Games Area to be developed by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.
“The play area located at the former Dunmurry High School site was officially opened on 9th May 2018. Contractor FORRME Ltd has completed 45 homes to date and anticipate completion of the scheme in summer 2018. The Board and staff of Connswater Homes wish to express their gratitude to local community and political representatives who have supported them throughout development of the scheme and look forward to continuing engagement to ensure Seymour Hill & Conway Estate remains a great place to live”, she concluded.
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is also delighted to announce that work on a new Multi-Use Games area (MUGA) for the Seymour Hill area will commence shortly, further enhancing the provision for the area.
Wallace Pupils Sow Flowers in Wallace Park
May 15, 2018
Pupils from Wallace High School recently joined the Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley to sow wildflowers in Wallace Park.
The creation of this flowerbed is to mark the Sir Richard Wallace Bicentenary that is being celebrated this year. Sir Richard Wallace was a philanthropist and gave generously to the people of Lisburn. By sowing flowers that will bloom annually the Council and the school of his namesake will ensure he is remembered each time they bloom.
Alderman Tinsley explains: “The wildflower bed in Wallace Park is part of the Council’s biodiversity programme to enhance the opportunities available for pollinators. The fact that Lady Wallace loved flowers makes it is very fitting that pupils from Wallace High School have sown a variety of wildflowers on the bicentenary of her husband’s birth.”
The wildflower bed is located along the back of Wallace Park. This park was donated to the people of Lisburn and was called The People’s Park before it was renamed Wallace Park in his honour.
The City of Lisburn & Castlereagh’s 200th Birthday Bash Carnival Celebrations for Sir Richard Wallace a Huge Success
May 15, 2018
The sun shone on thousands of carnival revellers who packed the streets of Lisburn today for The City of Lisburn & Castlereagh Mayor’s Carnival Parade & Family Fun Day. This year’s festivities launched the 200th Birthday celebrations of philanthropist and art collector, Sir Richard Wallace.
Mayor’s Carnival Parade
A highlight of the festivities was Mayor’s Carnival Parade. A noisy, vibrant procession of fantastical carnival floats, carnival characters and performers alongside hundreds of the city’s school children and community groups, entertained crowds of onlookers.
Young parade participants had been busy working with ISLAND Arts Centre, Streetwise Carnival Productions and ArtsEkta to choreograph their superb carnival costumes and dance routines. The result was thrilling.
The parade’s floats and carnival creations depicted Sir Richard Wallace’s legacy to the city in an unrivalled display of street arts and creativity. Favourites included the ‘Wallace Park’ and ‘Wallace Fountain’ floats. There was also a French flavour.
'La Jour de Fete,' or 'All the Fun of the Fair' gave a continental nod to the time Sir Richard Wallace spent living in Paris.
This multi-sensory re-enactment of the old time fair day was a big hit with the crowds. Dressed in all their finery, revellers and sideshow actors, snake charmers and fortune tellers jostled with street vendors, strongmen and petticoated dancing girls.
Life-sized frames, artist palettes and paint brushes, decorative illuminated costumes, mechanical and inflatable sculptures, brought Sir Richard Wallace’s passion for art to life in colourful 3d.
Family Fun Day, Wallace Park
Carrying on the Carnival’s celebrations was a Family Fun Day, in Wallace Park.
Gifted to the people of Lisburn & Castlereagh by Sir Richard Wallace, the park thronged with a rich assortment of live entertainment and arena acts.
Bluegrass band The Poachers, Latin classical guitarists Los Dramaticos and The Diva Dolls provided a soundtrack to the afternoon.
A dedicated Kids’ Zone hosted a packed programme of activities including children’s theatre, face painting, balloon modelling and hands-on arts and craft workshops. Little ones also got closer to nature with demonstrations from the Flying Falcons birds of prey, Mantilla Environmental Education, RSPB, Conservation Volunteers and Blackberry Farm Petting Zoo.
Adrenaline junkies enjoyed Trialstar motorcycle trial riders, fairground attractions, Boxing spectacles and an assault course.
A vintage car rally kept classic car enthusiasts happy. While craft lovers could discover a carefully-chosen selection of talented local artisan makers.
Finally pooches with talent were put centre stage with the council’s Dog Show.
Besides being one of the most, lively events on Northern Ireland’s cultural calendar, the Mayor’s Carnival Parade & Family Fun Day is carrying on the Sir Richard Wallace’s Philanthropic Spirit. Funds raised from the celebrations will benefit Mayoral Charities, Habitat for Humanity and Corrymeela Community.
Experience the 5K Color Run at Wallace Park, Lisburn
May 14, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is excited to host the craziest and most colourful 5K run, ‘The Color Run’, on Saturday 2nd June at 11am at Wallace Park, Lisburn.
Dubbed the ‘Happiest 5K on the planet’, the Council is encouraging family and friends to register now and prepare to be doused in a rainbow of vibrant colour.
Speaking prior to The Color Run, the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Tim Morrow said, “I am extremely delighted to be launching the second year of the Color Run in Wallace Park. The event proved very popular last year with both the Color Run and Color Dash attracting hundreds of participants to both events. I am confident this year’s event will build on this success with more people of all ages enjoying a fun activity while helping to raise vital funds for my chosen charities, The Corrymeela Community and Habitat for Humanity.
“I would encourage everyone to sign up as early as possible, come along and create colourful memories with friends and family.”
Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley added, “This is a fantastic event to bring the community together for a fun morning with family or friends. The 5k route is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness and you can choose to walk or dance your way round the course if running isn’t for you.
“It promises to be a bright morning of fun at Wallace Park so if you would like a little colour in your life, then sign up today!”
The entry fee is £10.00 per adult and £5 for children under 12, which includes sunglasses. Participants should wear white or light coloured clothing to make the most of the event. All colours are made of natural powders. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The deadline for registration is Thursday 31st May. To register, please visit www.theleisureplex.com/book-online or phone the LeisurePlex main reception on 028 9267 2121. For further information on the event, please contact Robert Geary, Sports Events Coordinator on 028 9250 9566.
Mayor's Carnival Parade and Family Fun Day - Saturday 12th May
May 11, 2018
Join The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh, Councillor Tim Morrow and thousands of carnival revellers tomorrow (Saturday 12 May) for the City of Lisburn & Castlereagh’s Mayor’s Carnival Parade & Family Fun Day 2018.
This year’s festivities launches the 200th Birthday celebrations of philanthropist and art collector, Sir Richard Wallace. Up to 10,000 people are expected to descend on the city’s streets and the Mayor of Lisburn and Castlereagh, Councillor Tim Morrow, warmly invites you to be one of them.
“The 2018 City of Lisburn & Castlereagh Mayor’s Carnival Parade & Family Fun Day is a joyful celebration of Sir Richard Wallace’s legacy, our people, our city and our shared history.
I am looking forward to seeing the streets of Lisburn transformed into one big colourful party and to welcoming hundreds of revellers to our city. I hope that everyone will come along on Saturday 12 May to enjoy the Mayor’s Carnival Parade as well as the Family Fun Day festivities in Wallace Park,” said Councillor Morrow.
Besides being one of the most, lively events on Northern Ireland’s cultural calendar, the Mayor’s Carnival Parade & Family Fun Day is carrying on the Sir Richard Wallace’s Philanthropic Spirit. Funds raised from the celebrations will benefit Mayoral Charities, Habitat for Humanity and Corrymeela Community.
Mayor’s Carnival Parade 1– 2pm
Dancing, performance, music & masquerade – join the Carnival fun
A highlight of the day will be Mayor’s Carnival Parade. Revellers can expect a noisy, vibrant procession of fantastical carnival floats and a spectacular throng of carnival performers, street entertainers and masqueraders shimmying to the addictive rhythms of samba and carnival marching bands.
Excited for one of the city’s main cultural attractions, Alderman James Tinsley, Chair of Leisure & Community Development, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council said: The Mayor’s Carnival Parade is a fantastic celebration which is enjoyed by all. It is one of Northern Ireland’s biggest carnival parades. I can’t wait to see the carnival creations designed by leading international carnival artists, hundreds of our city’s school children and community groups all depicting Sir Richard Wallace’s legacy in an unrivalled display of street arts and creativity.”
Family Fun Day 12.30 – 5.30pm, Carnival Village, Wallace Park
Carrying on Carnival’s celebrations will be the ever popular Family Fun Day, in the beautiful lush Wallace Park, gifted to the people of Lisburn & Castlereagh by Sir Richard Wallace.
The park will throng with a rich assortment of live entertainment and arena acts along with the opportunity to refuel with a range of foods on offer.
Live musical entertainment by bluegrass band The Poachers, Latin classical guitarists Los Dramaticos and The ever popular Diva Dolls will provide the soundtrack to the afternoon.
A dedicated Kids’ Zone will host a busy programme for families to enjoy. Activities include interactive performances by C21 Theatre Company performing an African tale ‘The Awongalema Tree’, face painting, balloon modelling and hands–on arts and craft workshops. Children can also get closer to nature and have their curiosity buzzing with demonstrations from the Flying Falcons birds of prey, Mantilla Environmental Education, RSPB exhibition, make a bug hotel with the Conservation Volunteers and cuddle the baby animals from Blackberry Farm Petting Zoo.
Adrenaline junkies can feel a rush of excitement with Trialstar boasting an impressive line–up of motorcycle trial riders of the past, present and the future fairground attractions and assault course activities. Car enthusiasts can get close to a cavalcade of retro cars and vintage military vehicles. While craft enthusiasts can discover a carefully–chosen selection of talented local artisan makers, representing the best of local traditional and contemporary handmade skills. Some of the stallholders will also be demonstrating their craft, so it’s a great opportunity to find out more about their techniques too.
Finally if you think your doggy has talent, the ever popular Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Dog Show, will put your canine friend centre stage.
Why not combine the hustle and bustle of Carnival with a stylish warm welcome from local retailers, accommodation providers, bars and restaurants across Lisburn City?
Drugs Disposal Bin Launched in Glenavy
May 10, 2018
An initiative known as RAPID (Remove All Prescription and Illegal Drugs), which is helping to remove prescription and illegal drugs from our streets by providing drug disposal bins, has been launched in Glenavy.
The addition of this bin in Glenavy will bring the total number of bins in Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area to four drugs disposal bins which are located at Laganview Enterprise Centre, Lisburn, Rowan Drive, Seymourhill and the Spar Shop, Upper Newtownards Road, Dundonald.
RAPID was initially piloted in 2010 but due to the success of this initiative further bins have been installed throughout Northern Ireland in partnership with key statutory, community and voluntary groups. Since 2010, over 100,000 items have been deposited in RAPID bins. Ninety per cent of the drugs handed in are prescription or over the counter medicines but illegal drugs have also been deposited.
Lisburn & Castlereagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) and PSNI have been working closely with the Public Health Agency (PHA) and local South Eastern Drug and Alcohol Coordination Team (SEDACT) to identify and work with communities and businesses within their catchment areas to benefit from taking part in the initiative and having a RAPID drug disposal bin installed.
Speaking about the initiative, Lisburn and Castlereagh PCSP Chairman, Councillor Aaron McIntyre said, “I welcome the installation of this bin in Glenavy which was initiated by the local community. We are all aware of the dangers of illegal drugs and the effects that these have in communities but prescribed drugs can equally be as dangerous in the wrong hands or if taken with other substances. I would urge the community to make use of this new facility in Glenavy. This initiative is designed to dispose of prescribed and illegal drugs safely.”
The PSNI District Commander for Lisburn and Castlereagh Superintendent Sean Wright commented, “The introduction of this drugs disposal bin should prove to be an effective way for drugs and harmful substances to be removed from the community. It will provide a channel for individuals, whether they are concerned parents, grandparents, siblings or family members to dispose of items which they believe have the potential to cause harm, completely anonymously.
“By allowing the public to dispose of prescription and illegal drugs in the accessible bins the amount of drugs available on the streets will be reduced. By working together, we are all giving a clear sign to those involved with drugs that they do not want them on the streets. This will provide a real opportunity to reduce the availability of drugs and crimes often associated with drug use.”
Glenavy Community Partnership Chairperson and local youth worker in Glenavy, Daryl Mirza said,” Initiatives such as the drugs disposal bin are a great addition to Glenavy. This bin will help get drugs off our streets and make our community a lot safer. The discreet location of the bin will allow all members of the community to anonymously dispose of unwanted drugs and the supporting promotional drive will raise awareness of the risks and harms misusing drugs can have on individuals, their families and the wider community.”
Danny Sinclair, Senior Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Officer at the PHA, said, “Alcohol and drug misuse is a common issue and sadly causes suffering and tragedy to individuals, families and communities.
“This is a simple but powerful health intervention and we very much welcome the installation of the new RAPID bin in Glenavy. All of the partners are keen that the RAPID initiative is further developed and expanded over coming years with further bins installed, enabling more people and communities to learn more about the risks and dangers of drugs misuse and to dispose of unwanted drugs easily and discreetly.”
RAPID has three aims:
- Removal of prescription, illegal and new psychoactive substances
- Provision of information and support to individuals, families, local businesses and community organisations to raise awareness of the effects and risks of using/misusing illegal and/or prescription drugs.
- Bringing together community and statutory agencies, local businesses and the general public under the RAPID initiative to work towards making their local community a safer place to live.
Marty McCann, key worker for the South Eastern DACT Connections Service said: “We are delighted to be involved in the RAPID partnership and we welcome the further roll out of the bins in the Lisburn & Castlereagh area. I have no doubt they will be a great success.”
For more information on existing RAPID bins and/or how to contact your local Drug and Alcohol Coordination Team (DACT) and/or Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) to express an interest visit www.drugsandalcoholni.info/RAPID
Breda Academy's Young Entrepreneurs Excel in Council Enterprise Scheme
May 10, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council ran four entrepreneurship workshops aimed at Year 13 students within the Lisburn & Castlereagh council area.
The final workshop was held at the Island Centre, Lisburn with students from Breda Academy. Students were placed into groups and tasked with proposing a new business idea to a panel of judges.
A diverse range of ideas were proposed including a recycling business, a money management app and pet tracking technology. The winning team on the day presented a teens-only gym and impressed the judges by thoroughly exploring this business proposition from every perspective.
Speaking at this recent event, Councillor Scott Carson, Chair of the Council’s Corporate Services Committee commented; “We hope to encourage and cultivate the entrepreneurial flair of our young people in this area, they are the innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders of the future.”
The purpose of this European funded €220,000 ERASMUS+ Student Entrepreneurship Project is to develop a more mainstream approach to entrepreneurship in education. Evidence shows that as well as increasing levels of business start-ups, the focus on entrepreneurial skills such as innovation and creative thinking, will stand students in good stead for their working lives.
Following the success of these interactive workshops, the Council is in the process of developing a toolkit to be used by schools and colleges across Europe that will provide detailed instructions for 10 pilot initiatives. In doing so, this will enable knowledge to be transferred between European Partner countries and permit best practices to be shared.
Speaking about the Toolkit, Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chair of the Council’s Development Committee commented; “The final Toolkit will be published in a professionally designed PDF format and made freely available from June 2018. It will enable education and training organisations to provide guidance and support to students who as a result, will be more likely to develop entrepreneurial mind sets and become the entrepreneurs of the future.”
For more information on the Young Entrepreneurship programme please contact Sarah Johnston, Programmes Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Council is Celebrating Compost Week
May 3, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is celebrating International Compost Awareness Week from Monday 7th – Saturday 12th May 2018 with a number of promotions and events.
During this week, residents who visit the Council’s Household Recycling Centres to recycle household items will be eligible to receive one free bag of compost while stocks last.
The Council’s three recycling centres are located at:
• The Cutts, Derriaghy, BT17 9HN
• 6 Comber Road, Carryduff, BT8 8AN
• Dromara Road, Drumlough, Hillsborough, BT26 6QA
Alderman Tommy Jeffers, Chairman of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee, said: “The Council believes marking Compost Week is a great opportunity to encourage householders to keep up the good work of recycling their food and garden waste. Residents are asked to continue to ‘Make Compost not landfill’ by using their brown bin instead of the landfill bin for food waste.
“The food and garden waste that is collected via brown bins in the Council area is processed locally into compost. Some of this compost will be available free of charge to residents who recycle at any of the Council’s Household Recycling Centres during Compost Awareness Week.
“The Council will be offering home composters at a reduced price of £10 to residents from 7th May and for the rest of the year. These simple to use composters offer an excellent opportunity for residents to create their own compost for use in flowerpots and flower beds. Composting makes sense for both the environment as it improves soil quality and reduces the amount of landfill waste, while saving you money.”
The Council will also be offering bags of compost to local schools that are part of its Zero Food Waste initiative. This initiative returns useful compost to schools that have segregated and recycled food waste using the Council’s organic food & garden waste collection service. Schools can use this compost to improve their gardens, grow plants, flowers or crops from seed; and it can help with maintaining or achieving an Eco-schools award.
For more information on recycling & waste management, to get a free kitchen caddy starter kit or purchase a home composter, please call the Recycling Hotline on 028 9250 9453 or log onto https://www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/resident/bins-recycling
The new Binformation App allows residents to locate their nearest recycling location and discover more about recycling. It can be downloaded from https://www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/binformation
Survey Participants Collect Their Prizes
May 2, 2018
Three winners were chosen at random from the participants of the Council’s recent recycling and waste survey to receive one of the prizes on offer. Naomi McLaughlin won the £50 All4One gift card, Eric Patterson won the iPod shuffle and Denise Clement won the Kindle Oasis.
Nearly 300 residents completed the survey providing valuable information to help shape the Council’s waste management service.
Alderman Tommy Jeffers, Chairman of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee, speaking about the survey, said: “I would like to thank all the residents who took the time to complete our online survey. Your recycling habits and suggestions about our recycling and waste services are vital to ensure that as we move forward in our waste harmonisation exercise.
“Over the next while we will be progressing our plans to implement a waste management programme that is consistent across the whole council area. The survey findings have now given the Council important feedback on the current recycling arrangement and how they would like to see these develop, all of which will assist the Council with its waste harmonisation plans.”
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council will keep its residents updated on all changes to its recycling and waste management programmes as they progress. It will use a number of promotional channels to ensure maximum awareness.
The Council’s Binformation App provides residents with information on their bin collection day, holiday arrangements, locate their nearest recycling location and discover more about recycling. It can be downloaded free of charge from https://www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/binformation
If residents have any questions about recycling & waste management they can call the Recycling Hotline on 028 9250 9453.
Map for All launched throughout Lisburn & Castlereagh
May 2, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has recently installed 4 new ‘Maps for All’ in Wallace Park, Moat Park and Moira Demesne. A fifth ‘Map for All’ is also being commissioned for Castle Gardens due to be installed later this month.
The ‘Map for All’ is a new product from the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and contains both visual and tactile elements ensuring that users can read the map by sight, touch or a combination of both. Key features of these innovative mapping solutions includes a mixture of layers, raised large print, braille lettering, tactile and visual symbols and a variety of colours and textures. This enables blind and partially sighted people to enjoy their surroundings independently.
Speaking about the installation of the new ‘Map for All’, Alderman Tinsley, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee commented “Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has introduced the Map for All into Wallace Park, Moat Park and Moira Demesne to support Access for All within Council parks. Each map contains an overview of the layout of the park and facilities available. This hopefully will assist users with a visual impairment understand the layout of the land while visiting.
He continued “As a council we want to ensure that all visitors feel part of the community in which they live and find that their experience visiting our parks is as enjoyable and informative as possible.”
Paula Beattie, Policy and Campaigns Manager from the Royal National Institute of Blind People Belfast added "Tactile maps and touch installations enhance the experiences that people with sight difficulties have, making their visit more engaging, informative and stimulating, allowing greater independence and inclusion.
She continued “Well done to Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council for their vision and leadership in this matter, we look forward to other councils across Northern Ireland following their example."
To find out more information about the RNIB’s Map for All, please visit www.rnib.org.uk
Mayor's Charity Golf Day Open for Entries
May 2, 2018
A Charity Golf Day will take place at Castlereagh Hills Golf Club on Friday 25th May 2018 in aid of the Mayor’s Charities, Habitat for Humanity NI and Corrymeela Community. Coca-Cola HBC Ireland & Northern Ireland is proudly sponsoring this sporting event.
Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Tim Morrow and Coca-Cola HBC are calling on all golfing enthusiasts and local companies to work with them by participating in this fun day out of the office to raise funds for the Mayoral Charities.
The Mayor speaking about the fundraising event, said: “The Mayor’s Charity Golf Day is the perfect way for golfers to enjoy, network and raise money for charity while playing 18 holes. My two Mayoral Charities are continuing to break new ground and reach deeper into the heart of local communities throughout Northern Ireland and beyond in order to really make a difference to people’s lives.
“I would like to thank everyone who has supported the wide variety of fundraising events held during my term to date, and would ask for your continued support in what I sure to be a fabulous afternoon of golf.
“This Charity Golf Day is the ideal opportunity for golfers to enjoy this hidden gem of a golf course and raise money for two worthwhile charities. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank local company Coca-Cola HBC for its significant sponsorship of the event,” concluded Councillor Tim Morrow.
The cost is £25 per person and spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book a spot please call 028 9044 8477.
Registration on the day is from 12 noon to 12.30am with a shotgun start at 1.00pm. A bacon bap will be provided to each golfer before tee-off and then a two course meal will be served after all golfers have completed the course. There will also be a prize giving ceremony for GUI handicap and non-GUI handicap players.
New heights for Rocklyn Engineering
May 1, 2018
A Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council delegation recently visited Lisburn Company Rocklyn Engineering Ltd following their triumph at the Sports and Play Construction Association Awards (SAPCA) when they beat 17 other finalists to win the 2017 SAPCA Award for Excellence.
Speaking about the award, sales manager at Rocklyn Gareth Howe said: “This award was won for our work on an on an elite-performance, indoor tennis centre at Ellesmere College in Shropshire. We worked in partnership with a fellow SAPCA-member Veldeman Structures and supplied a fabric-framed system covering four tennis courts, built to Lawn Tennis Association standards. The Ellesmere project is the largest of its kind we've completed in England and we're absolutely delighted to have picked up the SAPCA Award for it. This gives the business a great boost and motivation to strive for more success.”
Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart MBE said: “We are fortunate to have so many great manufacturers in our Council area and it is businesses like Rockyn who have been established since 1980 who are a great example of what can be achieved. The indoor tennis centre project worth £1.1million is typical of the type of project Rocklyn work on providing a complete project service from design, technical drawings and assistance during the planning process through to the building works. Well done on their award and I look forward to learning more about their future success. The Council continues to visit local business as part of our wider programme of investment activity looking at how the council can work in partnership to aid their growth.”
Rocklyn Engineering is a family owned business that specialises in products and services for the Irish retail trade. From locations in Lisburn and Kildare they offer customers a range of standard and custom products and source from some of the world’s most reputable suppliers of retail equipment.
Rocklyn Engineering Ltd have over 30 years’ experience in the manufacture and installation of Bus Shelters, Platform Shelters, Waiting Shelters, Cycle Shelters, Pay Station Canopies, Covered Walkways, Handrail & balustrade, Height Restrictor Barriers, and a wide variety of other products to Building contractors, Shopping centres, Major supermarket groups, Airport, Railway and Bus Authorities throughout Ireland and the UK.
For further information on Rocklyn Engineering Ltd visit: http://www.rocklyn.co.uk/ or to watch the construction of the indoor tennis centre at Ellesmere College visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iS5h-EtsyqM
If you are a business based in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area and would like to take part in the Business Engagement Visits please contact Hazel King on 028 9244 7484
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Launches 'Live Here, Love Here' Grants Scheme
May 1, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is promoting the Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, ‘Live Here, Love Here’ Small Grants Scheme aimed at introducing positive changes to local communities across the council area.
Grants are available from £500 to £5,000 and can be used to improve environments, reduce littering and build civic pride and are open to volunteer and community groups, all school and third level education organisations, youth groups and sports clubs undertaking civic pride projects.
Lisburn & Castlereagh Council is now a member of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, an organisation that helps to make positive changes to the environment. The council is keen to support and promote initiatives such as the ‘Live Here, Love Here’ Small Grants Scheme that encourages local communities to participate in projects to improve the environment in which they live.
Speaking about the grant scheme at a ‘BIG spring clean-up’ along the River Lagan Towpath, Chairman of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee, Alderman Tommy Jeffers said: “I would encourage everyone within the Lisburn & Castlereagh Council areas to get behind the programme run by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful – Live Here, Love Here. The Small Grants Scheme is now open for applications and I would urge interested groups within our community to apply before the closing date of the 28th May. It is important that we as a Council area take the necessary steps to protect and enhance the environment in which we all live.”
Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley, who also took part in the Towpath Clean-up said: “The Council is committed to protecting our natural environment and contributing to the health and wellbeing of our community so this grants scheme is the perfect vehicle to let local residents contribute in such a positive way.”
Leading the BIG Spring Clean, The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow was joined by Council staff, Elected Members, representatives from The Department for Infrastructure’s Safe & Sustainable Travel Division, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Coca-Cola as well as staff from Lagan Valley Regional Park and local community groups who all rolled up their sleeves to help remove litter along the Lagan Towpath. As well as this, 2 volunteer canoeists also helped to clear rubbish from the River Lagan.
Speaking about the BIG Spring Clean, the Mayor commented: “The BIG Spring Clean is Northern Ireland's biggest volunteer clean-up and this was a great opportunity to announce the ‘Live Here, Love Here’ grants scheme. Looking after the environment can be fun and just think of all the other great activity could take place with the support of a grant from the scheme.”
The Live Here, Love here Small Grants scheme has been launched by Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Choice Housing, McDonald's, Keep Northern Beautiful and a number of local councils including Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.
Applications must be submitted by Monday 28th May 2018 at 12 noon.
To find out more about the Live Here, Love Here Small Grants Scheme or to submit your application online, please visit www.liveherelovehere.org.
Council urges public to Report All
May 1, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is encouraging residents to do their part for the community by reporting incidents within their council area through the ‘Report All’ app. This includes unfavourable activity such as littering, graffiti, dog fouling and fly tipping.
Councillor Amanda Grehan, Chairman of the Council’s Governance and Audit Committee said: “We are committed to improving our council area and we are calling on our residents to help us do just that by using this convenient and useful app. The Report All app allows us to address problem areas quickly so I would encourage all residents to download it and use it, if necessary. Working together in partnership we can ensure our city is as clean and green as possible,” said Councillor Grehan.
Chief Executive of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Dr Theresa Donaldson explains the benefit of the app: “The council signed up to the Report All App a year ago to allow residents to report instances of at the click of a button and this has proven to be a well-used channel of communication which also promotes a feeling of civic pride. Residents can report incidents, quickly and easily and can do this anonymously or provide contact details which will allow them to see updates on the action taken. The convenience of the app means if you are out and about and you can report incidents quickly to the council.”
If the incident reported is outside the remit of the council it will be reassigned to the relevant organisation responsible.
The App, can be downloaded for free from the council’s website www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/reportall or via the App Store or Google Play available on smart devices.
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Announce the launch of Coca-Cola HBC Mayor's Bursary Scheme
May 1, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is delighted to announce that entries are now open for the Coca-Cola Mayor’s Bursary Scheme.
Aimed at young people living within Lisburn and Castlereagh area, the Annual Mayor’s Bursary Scheme supported by Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland, provides funding opportunities for those who wish to pursue personal development courses or projects in the field of arts and sport as well as those participating in community service. Completed application forms must be returned to the Mayor’s Secretary by 4.00pm on Friday 18th May 2018.
The annual bursary scheme accepts applications from young people who wish to enhance their skills set through a national or international residential lasting at least one week long. To receive funding, applicants must be able to demonstrate how their chosen course or project, not normally available at a local level, will develop core life skills and add to their personal development.
Speaking about the scheme The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow commented “I am delighted to announce the launch of The Mayor’s Bursary Scheme financed by Coca Cola HBC. This exciting and innovative programme enables young people to take part in a local or international knowledge building and skills enhancing residential to help them excel in their future careers.
“I would strongly encourage young athletes, performers, musicians, artists and volunteers to apply to the bursary and avail of this unique opportunity. The bursary has already enriched the lives of so many young people within the area and I yet again look forward to seeing the positive changes that this scheme will make to the youth of Lisburn and Castlereagh.”
Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland Public Affairs and Communications Co-Ordinator, Stuart McCrum added “As a company that employs more than 450 people in the Lisburn area, we strive to make a difference in the lives of people in our local community. The Mayor’s Bursary Scheme is a fantastic initiative that encourages and supports young people to pursue their dreams; helping them to reach their full potential.
“We are delighted to continue to play an active role in youth development on both a local and national scale, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact this Bursary has in 2018.
Completed application forms must be returned to the Mayor’s Secretary, Island Civic Centre, Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, BT28 4RL by 4.00pm on Friday 18th May 2018.
Consultation open for Draft Annual Business Plan & Performance Improvement Plan 2018/2019
May 1, 2018
During the month of May, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council would like your views and comments on its Draft Annual Business Plan & Performance Improvement Plan for 2018/2019.
The draft plan is now available online at https://www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/council/council-departments/performance-improvement and upon request; and feedback on this document will provide the council with the ongoing management, improvement and development of its service delivery areas.
The Chairman of the Governance and Audit Committee, Councillor Amanda Grehan, outlined the purpose of plan: “The plan details improvements we have identified and would like to implement. In 2018/19 the improvements will focus on objectives linked to the Community Plan, the Local Development Plan as well as the Council’s new Corporate Plan 2018-22.
“Please take some time out to have a look at the plan’s content and let us know what you think. All comments will be considered with a summary of these responses provided to the Governance and Audit Committee prior to any finalised document being published.”
Chairman of the Council’s Corporate Services Committee, Councillor Scott Carson, said: “This is a great opportunity for residents to give their valued opinion as to how the council can improve moving forward. As a public authority we serve the public so your views are of great importance and matter to us.”
The Council’s Chief Executive, Dr Theresa Donaldson, whose Office has overseen the plan’s development, said: “There is always room for improvement in any organisation and we are continually looking to our service delivery and how this can be improved for the betterment of our residents and the community.
“We have already consulted with local people in the areas of Community Planning and in relation to the Local Development Plan and we understand the value of doing so. All feedback received is extremely useful as it is used to shape our priorities and identified improvements that span across all council services.”
Contacts for Feedback and Review
We welcome comments, suggestions and feedback on our plan and improvement objectives.
If you would like to get in touch please do so by one of the following methods:
Telephone: Performance Improvement Officer, Chief Executive’s Office – 028 92509559
In writing: Performance Improvement Officer, Chief Executives Office, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, The Island Civic Centre, Lisburn, BT27 4RL
Hillsborough WorldHost Graduation
May 1, 2018
The WorldHost Graduation Ceremony recently took place in The Market House, Hillsborough when almost 90 people celebrated the completion of their WorldHost Ambassador training course.
This highly-acclaimed training was hosted by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, in conjunction with Tourism NI, and focused on developing and excelling customer service skills.
Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee said: “I am pleased that so many local businesses availed of the WorldHost training. This is a ‘must have’ badge for customer services and with anticipated visitor numbers set to rise to up to 200,000 per annum in Hillsborough village due to the refurbishment works at Hillsborough Castle and the grand reopening in 2019 there is no better way for local businesses to prepare than to boost their customer service skills.”
People from a variety of businesses attended the one day course and a number of businesses also attained the accolade of WorldHost Business as over half of their staff completed the course.
Focusing on customer service and the importance of communication skills, addressing visitor needs and dealing with customer complaints the training also provided in-depth visitor information on Hillsborough village and the surrounding area.
When visitors see the WorldHost logo displayed in local businesses, they will know that those businesses have made an investment in providing a great experience and that their staff will give them the attention that they deserve.
Beechlawn School Completes Forest School Programme
May 1, 2018
Beechlawn School in Hillsborough has successfully completed the Forest School programme using Hillsborough Play Park as an outdoor classroom.
Councillor Rhoda Walker, Vice-Chair of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee recently presented the pupils of Beechlawn School with their Ranger Award Certificates.
Speaking about their achievement Councillor Walker said: “The pupils embraced the opportunity to learn about their local woodland using the Play Park and had fun during their educational visits to this outdoor classroom. All Forest Schools activities can be linked directly to the curriculum, therefore allowing teachers to work towards academic targets in a non-classroom environment. The pupils took part in activities such as a camouflage game with coloured wool, den making with tarpaulins, whittling to make bug hotels, making 3D shapes from natural materials and tree investigations - measuring the height and age of trees.
“In addition to adding fun lessons to the curriculum the use of outdoor classrooms also links to the Council’s objective of promoting biodiversity, health and wellbeing by encouraging people at a young age to connect with nature and look after the natural environment. Well done Beechlawn, keep up the good work!”
The Forest Schools programme is a great way to encourage schools to consider their local woodlands as a media for learning and is delivered by Northern Ireland Forest School Association (NIFSA) in partnership with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council within its area.
To find out how you can play a part in biodiversity visit: www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/things-to-do/parks-and-open-spaces/biodiversity
For more information on the Forest Schools Initiative visit: http://nifsa.org.uk/
Commonwealth Big Lunch Get-Together at Bridge Community Centre
April 27, 2018
Community groups from across Lisburn and Castlereagh gathered together on Friday 20 April 2018 at the Bridge Community Centre, Lisburn to celebrate the Commonwealth Big Lunch.
The Big Lunch is an idea born from the Eden Project and funded by the National Lottery that encourages people to get together and create stronger and happier communities. This project aims to forge new friendships and encourages people to think of new ideas and projects of their own to tackle the issues that matter the most to them. Last year, the Big Lunch had over 9 million people take part nationwide to help celebrate community spirit and friendship within their local areas.
In attendance at the Commonwealth Big Lunch was the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Tim Morrow, Councillor Rhoda Walker, Vice Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee, representatives from the Council as well as a range of Community Groups across Lisburn and Castlereagh. Attendees enjoyed an afternoon of delicious food, great conversation and a musical showcase from Lynne McAllister.
Speaking about the Big Lunch, the Mayor commented “The Commonwealth Big Lunch is a great opportunity for people to network amongst likeminded individuals and share their experience and stories of being part of the Commonwealth, being part of Northern Ireland and most importantly being part of Lisburn & Castlereagh.
He continued “I would encourage everyone across the Council area to get involved with their own Big Lunch this year. There is a wealth of materials available online at www.thebiglunch.com that will help community groups, like those in attendance today, to run their own lunch within their local area.”
Councillor Walker added “The event held at the Bridge Community Centre in Lisburn has been a great success connecting communities throughout the area. It is a fantastic initiative that makes communities grow stronger while increasing the happiness and wellbeing of people within them.”
The Commonwealth Big Lunch team is encouraging people to run their own Big Lunch events within their local community. The Big Lunch can be anything from a small garden gathering to a big get together in your local street or park, run at a time that suits you. For more information on how to host your own Big Lunch or to download a Big Lunch Pack visit www.thebiglunch.com.
To view more photos from the event visit www.facebook.com/LisburnCastlereagh/posts/1759510194116326
Ladies Vintage Tea Evening a Success
April 27, 2018
The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow would like to thank all those who attended the popular Ladies Vintage Tea evening held at Café Vic-Ryn on Wednesday evening (25th).
The guests enjoyed a delightful show-stopping catwalk by local fashion boutiques Jules, Lady M Boutique and Florrie & Will, Dromore, showcasing the latest seasonal trends. Guests availed of personal style and fashion advice from Evolve by Samara Personal Styling Consultancy, latest skin therapies from Skyn Boutique and some leisurely shopping time exploring the selection of local concessions within Café Vic-Ryn.
To top off the evening’s entertainment, guests were treated to a special musical performance by modern brass band Dynamic Brass while enjoying a variety of sandwiches, scones and tray bakes. All proceeds raised will go to the Mayor's chosen charities.
More photos can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/LisburnCastlereagh/posts/1759460884121257
Belfast City region partners welcome Prime Minister’s commitment to City Deal
April 26, 2018
The six Belfast City region partner councils welcome Prime Minister Theresa May’s commitment to progressing City Deals in Northern Ireland yesterday in the House of Commons, recognising the need for Northern Ireland to receive an economic boost.
A City Deal for the Belfast region would result in a 10 year investment plan to improve infrastructure, digital connectivity, tourism assets and innovation hubs as well as delivering a major skills programme. The aim of the deal is ultimately to create more and better jobs across all of our growth sectors, pushing the ‘fast-forward’ button on economic growth here and ensuring that those opportunities are accessible across all of our communities.
The partner councils are working closely with businesses, universities, the civil service departments and further education sectors and locally elected representatives across all parties with a commitment to securing the best deal possible which will deliver significant benefits not only for the region, but for the whole economy of Northern Ireland.
We are currently working up the detail of the projects to present to Westminster in the autumn. We are aware that Derry City and Strabane District Council is also working on a similar deal and are very supportive of other areas in NI coming forward with proposals.
Celebrate Sir Richard Wallace with the Council & Friends
April 26, 2018
2018 marks the 200th Anniversary of the birth of the famous humanitarian, landlord and art collector, Sir Richard Wallace, whose generous efforts and support helped shape Lisburn, with many well-known amenities still bearing his name today.
In recognition of his significant contributions to the development of Lisburn, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and its partners have organised a series of events throughout the year to commemorate this important milestone.
Joining the Council will be various partners including include Wallace High School, Peter Corry, Anúna and the Nerve Centre.
The Mayor’s Carnival Parade on Saturday 12th May will start the event calendar off with a splash of colour, creativity and music to illustrate Wallace’s passion for the arts.
On Saturday 23rd June to mark the birthdate of Sir Richard, the Council will be hosting a fantastic free Family Fun Day in Wallace Park that will be fun, inclusive and educational so please bring the family along and enjoy the day as local schools, dance troupes and artists provide entertainment.
To bring music and crowds to Wallace Park (formerly known as the People’s Park which was gifted to the people of Lisburn by Sir Richard) the Council has partnered with Peter Corry, Anúna, Wallace High School and other acts to entertain all ages from 7.00pm – 9.00pm on Saturday 23rd June in Wallace Park. Tickets can be bought for the ‘People’s Concert’ through www.ISLANDArtsCentre.com
The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow, speaking about the events said: “I have enjoyed being part of the working group with Wallace High School to establish a programme of events to be enjoyed by the whole community celebrating the Richard Wallace Bicentenary. The variety of events on offer will have something for everyone and the Council hopes that its residents will support them. I look forward to seeing the usual crowds on the streets of the City Centre and Wallace Park for the Mayor’s Carnival Parade and Family Fun Day.”
Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee added: “The Richard Wallace Bicentenary is the ideal opportunity for people across the Lisburn Castlereagh area to come together and celebrate the famed philanthropist, international art collector, landlord and MP for Lisburn. The people of Lisburn have acknowledged Sir Richard over the years and in 1892 they erected a statue in Castle Gardens as a ‘grateful recognition of his generous interest in the prosperity of the town’.
“To show our recognition of all that he did for the people of Lisburn we are holding events that will celebrate his life including the Children’s Art Festival, Victorian workshops in the Lisburn Museum, biodiversity sessions for schools, a Family Fun Day and a People’s Concert in Wallace Park. We hope our residents will help us celebrate 200 years since the birth of Sir Richard Wallace.”
Through the Council’s partnership with Wallace High School the Council is encouraging residents to donate to ‘The Wallace Delhi Hope Project’, which builds on the international work of the Wallace High School with the Asha Charity in India. The Wallace Delhi Hope Project will improve access to clean water in the Mayapuri Slum, New Delhi. To donate, please visit mydonate.bt.com/events/whsdelhihope
“It is very fitting that this charity has been chosen to raise money in the Bicentenary of Sir Richard Wallace who donated 55 water fountains to provide clean drinking water to the people of Paris and Lisburn. It is only right that we all play our part in helping to ensure clean water is available to the poor in Dehli so please give generously to this charity,” concluded Alderman Tinsley.
To find out more log on to www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/wallace or collect a brochure for one of the Council’s facilities. The Council will update its social media channels with information on these events.
Council Delighted to Win Usel Employer of the Year Award
April 25, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is delighted to win the Employer of the Year Award for the public sector at a ceremony championing the achievement of people with disabilities in the workplace.
The Champion Ability Awards celebrate the achievements of people who work for Usel (Ulster Supported Employment Ltd) or have been on Usel programmes over the last year in particular the EU funded STRIDE (Support and Training to Realise Individual Development and Employment) project.
Councillor Scott Carson, Chairman of the Council’s Corporate Services Committee, speaking about this latest award, said: “The Council works in partnership with Usel to complement its approach to managing attendance and employee wellbeing. Over the past year a number of council officers have engaged with the service and are able to take advantage of services and programmes such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness sessions and yoga.
“The service that has been provided by Usel to assist our staff is first class and are a valuable addition to the in-house support that the Council offers employees. Our employees are our most valuable asset and we are willing to invest in their health and wellbeing through a number of programmes.”
Among the guests attending the ceremony were the former winner of the Voice UK, Andrea Begley, who spoke movingly about her own experiences and how the talents and skills of people with disabilities make a valuable contribution to all areas of life. She sang a beautiful version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’.
Bill Atkinson, CEO of Usel, said: “Usel’s vision is to Champion the Ability of every individual whose lives we touch. We champion people with disabilities and health conditions to focus on their ability and not their disability. This year has been a significant growth year for our organisation and it is the staff and participants that have created the success.”
Anahilt and Magheraconluce launches a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
April 25, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), local police and residents of Anahilt and Magheraconluce are delighted to announce the formal launch of a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme for the area.
The Scheme has been set up to address concerns of residents and improve communications with the local police and PCSP. Speaking about the launch of the Scheme, the Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh PCSP, Councillor Aaron McIntyre said “I am delighted that the residents of Anahilt village and Magheraconluce have endorsed the setting up of Neighbourhood Watch Scheme and the turn-out this evening shows the support for policing and community safety in this community. By working together and looking out for one another, local communities can effectively reduce their chances of becoming a victim of crime. I look forward to working with the Scheme Co-ordinators and engaging with them at events organised for Neighbourhood Watch Schemes.”
Neighbourhood Watch Schemes are in existence across the council area and are strongly valued by the local police. Commenting on the establishment of this new Scheme, Superintendent Sean Wright, District Commander for Lisburn & Castlereagh said, “Neighbourhood Watch, a partnership between local communities, police and PCSPs, aims to help people protect themselves and their property and reduce the fear of crime. The partnership approach between communities, police and our partners is at the heart of keeping people safe.
“Making your neighbourhood safer is partly about increasing security, but it’s also about reducing the incentive to commit crime. Active Citizenship in our communities is what will help build a safe, confident and peaceful society.
“Neighbourhood Watch is about making sure that no one has to feel afraid, vulnerable or isolated in the place where they live. It's about people looking out for each other, crossing barriers of age, religion and class to create real communities that benefit everyone.
"Every community is different and each has its own specific requirements when it comes to safety. Neighbourhood Watch groups succeed by taking a clear look at the needs in their areas and responding with intelligent, targeted and often innovative solutions.”
The Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators that have been appointed for the Anahilt and Magheraconluce scheme are Andrew Vaughan, Charles Barbour, Andrew Gowan, David Elliott, Frank Corrigan and Naomi Graham. The six Co-ordinators have welcomed the launch of this scheme that covers 424 homes. The scheme will help to maintain a strong community spirit and the desire to look out for one another.
If you would like to find out more about Neighbourhood Watch Schemes please contact Lisburn & Castlereagh PCSP on 028 9250 9279/284 or email@example.com or the PSNI on 101.
Thanksgiving Service held for Emergency Services
April 24, 2018
A Service of Thanksgiving for the work of the Emergency Services and First Responders took place in Lisburn, on Sunday evening.
The occasion, which was jointly organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and Christ Church Lisburn, saw representatives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust and the Air Ambulance Northern Ireland honoured during the Sunday Evening Service.
Members of the Congregation and visitors, learnt first-hand from local First Responders who spoke of their experiences during the Service.
During the Worship, a collection was taken for the Air Ambulance Northern Ireland, based in the Council area which will be match-funded by the Council, through the Mayor’s Office.
Speaking during the Service, the Mayor, Cllr Tim Morrow said “Our Emergency Services have saved countless lives and supported so many more, often in times of trauma, crisis and real personal danger to their staff and crews.
“On behalf of the residents of Lisburn and Castlereagh, this evening is our opportunity, to formally say thank you for all your Service,” said the Mayor.
Attending the recent Service of Thanksgiving for the work of the Emergency Services and First Responders at Christ Church Parish, Lisburn.
Attending the recent Service of Thanksgiving for the work of the Emergency Services and First Responders are (l-r); Alan Walmsley, NI Fire & Rescue Service; Dr Jill Stafford, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust; Ruth McNamara, NI Ambulance Service; Dr Sinead Campbell-Gray, Air Ambulance NI; Dr. Theresa Donaldson , Chief Executive, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council; The Mayor, Cllr Tim Morrow; Joan Christie CVO OBE, Lord Lieutenant of County Antrim; the Venerable Paul Dundas, Christ Church Parish, Lisburn; High Sheriff of County Antrim, Gillian Bingham, PSNI Chief Inspector, John Wilson and Leanne Wilson, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.
The Mayor, Cllr Tim Morrow with Dr Jill Stafford, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust and the Venerable Paul Dundas.
The Mayor, Cllr Tim Morrow with Alan Walmsley, Chief Fire Officer, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service and the Venerable Paul Dundas.
The Mayor, Cllr Tim Morrow with Ruth McNamara, Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and the Venerable Paul Dundas.
The Mayor, Cllr Tim Morrow with Kerry Anderson, Air Ambulance Northern Ireland and the Venerable Paul Dundas.
The Mayor, Cllr Tim Morrow with PSNI Chief Inspector, John Wilson and the Venerable Paul Dundas.
Brewing up a storm in London
April 19, 2018
Two hundred business people joined Lagan Valley MP, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council in the Palace of Westminster London yesterday (18 April) as part of the Council’s most intensive programme of investment activity to date.
Brewing up a storm in the Capital City, thirty-five Lisburn Castlereagh businesses met with potential customers and investors in a bid to increase trade and to launch new products. Speciality food and drink companies taking part in the Council’s first-ever food and drink trade mission to London were also on hand to promote their fine produce to the GB market.
Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, MBE said: “Our investment event at Westminster is the biggest to date and this is most certainly a reflection of our ambition. Hosting this event in the past has paid dividends for the local economy with projects in the pipeline equating to £40million. We want to get more investment into our area and by going out and selling Lisburn Castlereagh means we are also raising the profile of our local businesses and giving them a platform to grow.”
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, an advocate for Lisburn Castlereagh commented: “With Brexit firmly on everyone’s mind this is the perfect time to shout about Lisburn Castlereagh’s advantageous location on the Belfast-to-Dublin economic corridor. The area has a proven track record as being an industry powerhouse, from being the centre of the world’s linen industry and now home to multinational and fast growing local businesses and I welcome further investment opportunities throughout the area.”
The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow, believes that: “A lot of developments are concentrated in our capital city yet we neighbour Belfast and this can only be viewed as an advantage for investors. There is an air of confidence in our local economy and following on from the INTU announcement last week proposing an investment of £50million into Sprucefield Retail Park, there’s never been a better time to look at Lisburn Castlereagh.”
Summing up the investment programme in London Chief Executive, Dr. Theresa Donaldson said: “This has been an extremely successful visit to London for the Council with a number of events celebrating our vast tourism potential with the reopening of Hillsborough Castle, promoting our unique location for investment and moving one step closer to ensuring Lisburn Castlereagh is Northern Ireland’s newest and hottest culinary destination. The Council will work with great vigour in securing investment and getting our area firmly on the map for investment.”
For more information on the investment opportunities for Lisburn Castlereagh visit: www.investlisburncastlereagh.com or contact the Investment Team on: 028 9244 7484
Stay Safe this Spring
April 18, 2018
Now that spring has arrived, many of us will be thinking about freshening up our homes with a good spring clean. Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council would like to take this opportunity to remind residents to be careful in their homes.
The Council would encourage its residents to consider how secure large pieces of furniture like bookcases, chest of drawers and wardrobes are before dusting or decluttering.If moving furniture to create more space then please ensure you secure it back in place to prevent it toppling onto a child who may try to climb it. Straps are available to secure items like bookcases, drawers and flat screen TVs.
Step ladders are frequently used when painting or wallpapering but should also be used when placing items into the loft or dusting the top of any tall furniture. You should always ensure that you stand on a stable platform to avoid falls; step ladders are more secure than using chairs!
When using cleaning chemicals around the home please follow the instructions carefully and make sure they are always out of the reach of children.When finished, please ensure they are all stored away out of reach of children in a high up locked cupboard along with all other ‘everyday use’ chemicals like bleach, disinfectants, dishwasher/washing machine liquitabs and powders.Keep chemicals in their original packaging to avoid accidental misuse and allow them to be easily identified and the correct safety advice and instructions always available.
Don’t forget the medicine drawer when spring cleaning – it is a good time to dispose of out of date medicines and prescriptions and also those that are no longer needed.These should be safely disposed of by taking them to your local pharmacy.
For more information on Home Safety please contact Environmental Health on 028 9250 9395 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring cleaning can sometimes mean a clear out of clothes or furniture.These can be donated to a local charity shop, which can upcycle them and sell.Alternatively large items can be left at the Council’s Household Recycling Centres or collected by arrangement with the Council (limited to three bulky items).More information is available online at www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk
Tourism development could mean £30 million per annum to Lisburn Castlereagh’s economy
April 18, 2018
Tourism development could mean £30 million per annum to Lisburn Castlereagh’s economy
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council announced that up to £30 million could be injected into the Lisburn Castlereagh economy, right across the tourism sector, with the fulfilment of their tourism vision which was launched at an event in the Tower of London last night (17 April) attended by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Shailesh Vara MP.
Jointly hosted by Historic Royal Palaces, the charity behind the £20 million redevelopment of Hillsborough Castle, the event marked the start of the Council’s most ambitious investment programme to date and investors including Hotel and Commercial Developers learned of the vast opportunities that will be presented when the transformation of Hillsborough Castle is completed in 2019. It is hoped that the project will inspire wider tourism development of the Council area.
Guests were treated to a real taste of Lisburn Castlereagh with local produce from Carnbrooke Meats, Brambleberry Jams, Abernethy Butter, Hughes Distillery and Hilden Brewery.
Shailesh Vara MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Northern Ireland Office said: “Hillsborough Castle has played an important role in the history of Northern Ireland politics with many crucial meetings taking place there over the years. But, tonight, we are looking ahead and to Historic Royal Palace’s impressive ambition for the Castle’s future.
“I look forward to the official reopening this summer when I’m sure the Castle will, once again, become a significant attraction in Lisburn & Castlereagh's already vibrant tourism market.”
Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, MBE, said: “It is a really exciting time for Lisburn Castlereagh with landmark tourist attractions such as Hillsborough Castle leading to a surge in visitors to our region. This is great news for the vibrant and growing tourism market in Northern Ireland but it is also great for our local economy and enhances our offering to investors. We are home to a tourist attraction unlike anything else on the island of Ireland and that sets us apart from other areas. I am delighted to be launching the Council’s Corporate Plan as well as our tourism vision at this evening’s event.”
Head of Hillsborough Castle, Patricia Corbett is looking forward to the re-opening of the castle in July, and the grand re-opening in 2019: “Hillsborough Castle will continue to act as a Royal Residence but following considerable investment we have increased public access and improved the visitor experience significantly. The story we have to tell of the Castle’s fascinating history and our fabulous gardens means Hillsborough Castle is a ‘must see’ destination to any tourist.”
Chief Executive of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Dr. Theresa Donaldson said: “We are fortunate to have many great tourism assets and world-class events in our area but it is the drive and ambition of the Council working with public and private partnerships that will see Lisburn Castlereagh experience its biggest period of economic growth. The additional spend in our area due to our enhanced offering and the creation of jobs will have a significant impact on our region.”
The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow, was also at the event and said: “It is encouraging to see leading figures from the tourism industry join with the Council and Historic Royal Palaces to help us to promote the region to investors who are looking to Lisburn Castlereagh for their next project. The relationship we have with Historic Royal Palaces means we are working together to make sure Hillsborough Castle is the next big success story for Northern Ireland tourism.”
The Tower of London ‘Treasured Opportunities’ was the first event of the Council’s five-day investment programme in London, which will also include a networking event in partnership with Sir. Jeffrey Donaldson and a dedicated food and drink trade mission to the city.
Church Service to honour First Responders & Emergency Services
April 17, 2018
A Church Service to recognise the vital contribution of the City’s First Responders and Emergency Services will take place on Sunday 22nd April at 6.30pm at Christ Church, Lisburn.
Members of the public are warmly invited to attend the Service which has been jointly organised by Christ Church Parish and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.
Speaking about the Service, The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow said that it was a privilege to be involved with Christ Church to honour the City’s First Responders and Emergency Services which have saved countless lives and helped so many more in their hour of need.
“The people of Lisburn & Castlereagh owe a huge debt to those men and women, involved in saving lives in the City, be it within the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, the PSNI, the accident & emergency services at our local hospitals, or the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, and, on behalf of all our residents, I would like to thank them for their unfaltering service and dedication often during traumatic and upsetting times,” said Cllr Tim Morrow.
In recognition of Northern Ireland’s recently established First Responder, the Offering during the Service will be donated to the Air Ambulance NI Charity.
Archdeacon of Dalriada, The Reverend Paul Dundas, Rector of Christ Church, Lisburn, first approached the Council with the idea to formally recognise and give thanks to the work of the Emergency Services and the Council were delighted to support him.
“As a parish we are delighted to be part of this celebration of the service that the emergency services provide in our council area. This public act of worship will allow an opportunity for them to be represented and to hear some of their work when they are required by the public.
“Thanksgiving and service are key themes to this special service and we look forward to the support of present and former members of the emergency services as well as members of the public,” said Reverend Dundas.
Taylors Ice Cream Moves into Bow Street
April 17, 2018
On a visit to the new Taylors Ice Cream shop on Bow Street Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of the Development Committee at Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council commented “I would like to welcome Taylors Ice Cream to Bow Street in Lisburn and wish them every success in the expansion of their business in the City Centre. Lisburn has a long and proud history of family run businesses and like many others Taylors Ice Cream brings a uniqueness to the independent retail offering. We wish the company every success and may they continue to build upon their accomplishments.”
Thomas Taylor of Taylors Ice Cream also commented “As well as our ice cream parlour and kids ice cream invention parties in Sloan Street Lisburn we have now opened a spring and summer pop up shop, bringing all our exciting and unusual ice cream flavours and milkshakes to Lisburn city centre. With spring arriving we hope to entice Lisburn shoppers in for everything from a Vanilla 99 to a Jaffa Cake cone or a Kinder and Honeycomb milkshake. We aim to show everyone what Taylors Ice Cream has to offer and let them know what they can expect by visiting us in Bow Street or Sloan Street.”
Tickets on sale for Mayoral Charities Spectacular Ladies Vintage Tea Evening at Café Vic-Ryn
April 13, 2018
The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Tim Morrow will be organising a Ladies Vintage Tea Evening on Wednesday 25th April 2018 to be held at Café Vic-Ryn beginning at 7.00pm.
This is the third year that this spectacular event has been hosted and sponsored by Café Vic-Ryn. It will feature a show-stopping catwalk by local fashion boutiques Jules, Lady M Boutique and Florrie & Will, Dromore, showcasing the latest seasonal trends. On the night, guests will be able to avail of personal style and fashion advice from Evolve by Samara Personal Styling Consultancy, find out more about the latest skin therapies from Skyn Boutique and enjoy some leisurely shopping time exploring the selection of local concessions within Café Vic-Ryn. To top off the evening’s entertainment, guests will be treated to a special musical performance by modern brass band Dynamic Brass while enjoying a vintage tea consisting of a variety of sandwiches, scones and tray bakes.
Speaking about the event, the Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow, commented: “We are delighted to be running this event to raise money for my Mayoral charities.
“This event is one of the many highlights of our Council calendar for the ladies within the Lisburn-Castlereagh area. As a popular sell-out event, we have seen a lot of success over the years. I hope that this year will be no exception and that the ladies of Lisburn and Castlereagh can come together to raise as much money as possible for these worthy causes. There will be a very limited number of tickets available so I would encourage everyone to purchase these as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.”
Tickets are priced at £20 per person and those interested in attending should contact the Mayor’s Office at Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, by telephone: 028 9250 9331 or email: email@example.com. Tickets are also available to purchase from Café Vic-Ryn, Moira Road, Lisburn.
Calling all entrepreneurial students to the Island Civic Centre Thursday 17 April 2018
April 12, 2018
Year 13 students in the Lisburn-Castlereagh area are being given the opportunity to become the next generation of entrepreneurs at an event aimed at young people taking place at the Island Civic Centre next Tuesday 17th April 2018 at 9.00am.
The Student Entrepreneurial Programme aims to develop key entrepreneurial skills such as creative thinking, problem solving, resourcefulness and determination.
This Year 13 focused event follows a pilot initiative held at Wallace High School where 26 Year 13 Students completed a series of questions, assignments and activities. For example, students were tasked to create a suit of ‘Enterprise’ armour comprised of five items which would each represent an important entrepreneurial skill. Wallace High School students rose to the challenge with style and showed that they had creativity and competence aplenty.
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is funding the Entrepreneurship Programme and is keen to see as many Year 13 Students come along next Tuesday 17th April to gain hands-on experience and develop vital entrepreneurial skills.
Speaking about the programme, the Chairman of the Development Committee Alderman Allan Ewart MBE commented: “I would encourage schools within the Lisburn-Castlereagh area to get behind this student programme where young people can roll up their sleeves, get stuck in and have some fun.
“We will run three more sessions within the Lisburn-Castlereagh area including this event to be run at the Island Civic Centre. Students will be given a unique opportunity to participate in this skills-building programme and in the future may be one of the lucky individuals who will avail of the many business opportunities that our Council has to offer.
“It is intended to be a fun, interactive session and everyone’s thoughts and ideas no matter how big or small are welcome. We have so many talented individuals in the City area including leaders, business people, self-starters and innovators and we hope to continue to harness this entrepreneurial flair through our young people in the area.”
The purpose of this €220,000 ERASMUS+ Funded Mainstreaming Student Entrepreneurship Project is to develop a more mainstream approach to entrepreneurship in education. Evidence shows that as well as increasing levels of business start-ups, the focus on entrepreneurial skills such as innovation and creative thinking, will stand students in good stead for their working lives.
If your school is based within the Lisburn – Castlereagh area and would like to participate in this initiative, please contact Sarah Johnston at Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Pupils Speak About the Environment
April 11, 2018
26 pupils from twenty schools across the Council area participated in the 2018 Environmental Youth Speak competition at Lagan Valley Island hosted by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.
The pupils confidently displayed their public speaking skills in front of an environmental judging panel. The event was categorised into a Junior Section (P6 and P7 pupils) and Senior Section (Year 8 to Year 10 pupils), with this year’s respective themes being: ‘My Waste’s Got Talent, what can it become?’ and ‘The trouble with Plastic Packaging’.
Jolie Johnson & Amy Boyd from Dundonald Primary School in the Junior Section and Casey Rix of Lagan College in the Senior Section took the Winners’ Cups back to their schools.
Beth Ward and Catherine Bowler from Pond Park Primary School (Junior Section) and Molly Henton from Friends School (Senior Section) won second place. The third place winners were Olivia Rooney of Friends Prep School (Junior Section) and Grace Rowley and Victoria Lavery from Lisnagarvey High School (Senior Section).
Alderman Tommy Jeffers, Chairman of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee, speaking about the event, said: “It was an educational morning for me as part of the judging panel at this year’s Environmental Youth Speak competition, and hearing how the younger generation view waste and the benefits of recycling. Each of the young people who participated delivered excellent, well-structured presentations on the nominated recycling topics; and made it a very difficult decision for us judges to determine the winners.
“Protecting the environment is something that everyone can do and it is encouraging to hear the pupils talk so passionately about how they believe we can reduce waste and improve waste recycling. I am sure that their speeches will play a part in influencing fellow classmates, friends and family to reduce, reuse and recycle in the years ahead.
“Public speaking is not an easy task and nerves can often creep in, but I must say everyone did a fantastic job; and I have no doubt that your parents and teachers are extremely proud of your achievements.”
All the participants at the Lisburn Castlereagh event, organised by the Council’s Waste Management Section, received a certificate and a reusable shopping bag made from recycled material.
Statement from the Chair on the planning application for an Aparthotel in Lisburn
April 11, 2018
Chairman of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council’s Planning Committee, Councillor Luke Poots, said that the Committee was delighted to approve a planning application for a new Aparthotel for Lisburn city centre.
“I welcome the decision to approve this application and I recognise that a considerable amount of work and effort has been undertaken to achieve this positive result.
“The provision of additional bed spaces will open up exciting opportunities for our City Centre, attracting overnight visitors and additional spend in our Council area and is an example of how planning decisions taken at a local level can have a real benefit to local businesses and residents.
“I am particularly pleased that this scheme will also include self-catering apartments attached to it making it attractive for contractors to stay in our city whilst working on local projects. I also welcome the applicant’s willingness to undertake road improvements as this is something that is much needed and I know the general public will appreciate.
“This new development will bring new jobs and new opportunities, both directly and indirectly, for many supporting industries and we welcome the developers decision to invest here in Lisburn.” said Councillor Poots.
Spring Flings & Easter Things - An Eggs-traordinary Success at Moat Park
April 10, 2018
Hundreds enjoyed the first ‘Spring Flings & Easter Things’ event in Moat Park, Dundonald on Easter Saturday.
This event was jointly funded by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and the Department for Communities to promote the new outdoor performance area at this popular park which has been created with financial support from both organisations.
The event was packed with activities for all ages with the younger ones particularly enjoying the inflatable bouncy castle and mega slide, funfair rides and appearances from Batman and Elsa.
The new outdoor performance space provided the ideal stage for performances from, Dundonald Community Concert Band, Dundonald High School Choir, and a local dance troupe from G & L Elite Dance Studio.
Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee speaking about the event said: “It was great to see so many brave the brisk spring weather to attend this family event and have fun. The closing act ‘The Diva Dolls’ helped to warm everyone up by playing a range of songs that had everyone either tapping their feet, dancing or clapping along to. The Council enjoys seeing its parks being used by everyone and we hope to build a programme of events at this new outdoor performance space, which is also available for community groups to use.”
‘Spring Flings & Easter Things’ offered something for all the family, from young to old including craft workshops, walkabout characters, performances of ‘The Mad Hatters Tea Party’, by C21 Theatre Company, a petting farm and play areas suitable for small children which was autism friendly.
Small Grants Scheme Information Sessions
April 9, 2018
The Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme takes a fresh approach to improving our local environment and building a sense of pride in our local communities.This year the Live Here Love Here team are visiting a number of locations across the country to help you with your application. Come along to hear from some successful grant recipients in your area, what the judges are looking for and ask any questions!
The Small Grants Scheme provides support to volunteer projects that:
Use innovative ways to reduce littering and dog fouling where you live
Improve the way your local environment is looked after, whether urban, rural or coastal
Contribute to the development of civic pride within a community with a focus on environmental improvement.
To enhance or attract tourism to your community through environmental improvements.
Grants are available from £500 to £5,000 and are open to volunteer and community groups, all school and third level education organisations, youth groups and sports clubs undertaking environmental civic pride projects in all Council areas.
Council Marks Success of Social Enterprise Programme
April 6, 2018
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was delighted to celebrate its successful Social Enterprise Programme with participants and its partner Work West Enterprise Agency.
This programme has resulted in eight new start-up social enterprises and through the growth of social enterprises and cooperatives 13 jobs have been created with potentially another 22 over the course of the Programme within the Lisburn Castlereagh area.
Participants from social, charity and community groups attended the event. The guest speakers were: Neil Woolsey from Ballymacash Rangers, Samantha Reilly from Fusion Theatre and Vince Curry from The Welcome House. They talked about how sport, theatre and ethnic cohesion can bring communities together and generate support to build stronger communities.
The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow, opening the event, said: “It was great to see a range of sectors represented here; and I wish you all every success as you continue to grow as a social enterprise after completing this valuable programme of support. Within the Lisburn Castlereagh area there are a significant number of social enterprises that play a key role in both social and economic regeneration through promoting inclusion, changing lives and creating much needed employment in certain areas. Keep up the good work.”
Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee added: “The celebration event was all about shining a light on the hard work undertaken by individuals and groups within social enterprises in Lisburn Castlereagh area that meet local community needs and on the very successful council-led Social Enterprise Programme. This programme offered 22 organisations development support and one to one mentoring and I thank our partner Work West Enterprise Agency for providing this support.”
Statement of Sympathy from the Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow
April 5, 2018
The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Tim Morrow, has extended his deepest sympathies to the family of the late Mr Michael Rickard. A Lisburn resident, Mr Rickard was involved in supporting the Mayor’s Charity Quiz as a quizmaster.
Councillor Tim Morrow said: “I wish to convey my deepest sympathies to Michael’s family. I was very shocked and deeply saddened to learn of his sudden passing. Michael was good enough to be involved in the arrangements for my Mayoral Quiz, which of course as a mark of respect to him we have cancelled. Michael had a long history working with the Council and with former Mayors on the annual Mayor’s Charity Quiz events and I know my colleagues will have been very sorry indeed to hear of his sudden passing.
My thoughts and prayers are with Michael’s family circle during this very difficult time,” said the Mayor.
Council Partners with Phoenix Cycling Club for annual Sportive
April 5, 2018
Phoenix Cycle Club is teaming up with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council this year to host its Annual Sportive on Sunday 6th May 2018 starting at the Salto National Gymnastic Centre Car Park, Lisburn.
There are three route options available for participating cyclists- - one around 80km, a longer route stretching to 110km and shorter route of 50km for the novice cyclists and families. The two longer routes will cover Castlewellan and we ask all road users to be mindful of each other as there are two other cycle events taking place in this area.
Registration will be from 9.15am – 9.45am on the 6th May with the Sportive starting at 10.00am.
Each participating cyclist must have insurance cover via membership to a national cycling association such as Cycling Ireland. For people who are not members of Cycling Ireland an Event Licence Fee will be available for £5 and it offers the same insurance cover as full members.
The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow, speaking about the Sportive, said: “As an avid cyclist I am delighted that the Council has the opportunity to partner with Phoenix Cycle Club to take cyclists of all abilities through the picturesque County Down, skirting the commanding Slieve Croob mountain, known locally as 'The Twelve Cairns' before turning North East to avoid the Mountains of Mourne and back to Lisburn. I would like to remind participants that cycle helmets must be worn and rules of the road must be followed at all times. Looking forward to seeing you on the day.”
All money raised from this cycle challenge will be donated to two great charities Corrymeela Community and Habitat for Humanity, which are the Mayor’s Charities. These worthwhile charities are continuing to break new ground and reach deeper into the heart of local communities throughout Northern Ireland and beyond in order to really make a difference to people’s lives.
All routes will finish at Lagan Valley Island where there will be a post ride BBQ and the opportunity to regale with cycling companions about your experience.
To register please go to