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Families Gather for Lisburn & Castlereagh Santa Dash

Families Gather for Lisburn & Castlereagh Santa Dash

December 17, 2018


Over 70 Santa Claus’ from as young as four years of age crossed the finishing line on completion of this year’s Santa Dash at Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Carryduff on Thursday 13th December.

Organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Sports Services Unit, the annual event provided an evening of family festive fun featuring a choice of magical glow lit trails of 1km, 3km or 5km. Prior to the ‘Dash’, families also enjoyed a special Christmas themed warm-up Zumba class as well as bouncy castles and refreshments for Santa’s younger helpers to help get everyone into the Christmas spirit.

Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee said, “In spite of the chilly weather and rain showers earlier in the day it was fabulous to see so many people, adults and children, taking time out of their busy schedules in the lead up to Christmas, to participate in this year’s Santa Dash.

“Once again, the event was a huge success and I congratulate Lough Moss Leisure Centre on hosting a fantastic evening.  I hope that all those who participated this evening are encouraged to take part in other Sports Services Unit initiatives such as children’s activity programmes, Couch to 5Ks and the annual Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run taking place across the Council area throughout the year as well as the regular local parkrun events.

Councillor Uel Mackin, Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council added, “I would like to express my gratitude to the Council’s Sports Development Unit for once again putting on an extremely fun filled family event, with participants from all age groups coming together to engage in physical activity. I am delighted that a portion of the proceeds from tonight’s event will be donated to my Mayoral Charity, Cancer Fund for Children.”

For further information on programmes and events, please contact Sports Development on 028 9260 0258 or email robbie.geary@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk. 



Dundonald International Ice Bowl Skating Onto Screens on Christmas Day

Dundonald International Ice Bowl Skating Onto Screens on Christmas Day

December 17, 2018


One of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s major sport and leisure facilities, Dundonald International Ice Bowl, is to be showcased to millions of viewers nationwide on Christmas Day as part of ITV’s, Torvill & Dean.

Written by acclaimed film, television and theatre writer, William Ivory (Made in Dagenham), the one-off programme explores the early years and family life of British ice dancing stars, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, and the determination that brought them together to become not only Olympic Champions but ice dancing royalty. British, European, Olympic and World Champions, the ice dancing duo won Gold at the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics after skating to Maurice Ravel’s Boléro with a long program that remains the highest scoring single program in the history of figure skating. Northern Ireland Screen are co-production partners with Darlow Smithson and international distribution is handled by Endemol Shine International.

Featuring Will Tudor (Game of Thrones, Shadowhunters) and Poppy Lee Friar (In the Club, Ackley Bridge) in the iconic roles of Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill, the Nottingham based feature programme opens by introducing viewers to how Jayne and Christopher were individually introduced to ice skating at a young age and how the two eventually meet and embark on their momentous journey to world success. 

Also starring Anita Dobson (Eastenders) as Miss Perry, Jayne’s first coach at the Nottingham Ice Stadium, Stephen Tompkinson (Wild at Heart) as her father and Jamie Winstone (Babs, After Hours) as the instructor who paired Jayne and Chris together, filming took place at Dundonald International Ice Bowl during August with the majority of ice dancing scenes and interior scenes being filmed in and around the rink.  

Chairman of the Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter said:“Following the success of Game of Thrones, Dracula Untold and Being Julie, Northern Ireland has become a top filming location for both television shows and blockbuster features in recent years and I am delighted that ITV and Darlow Smithson choose Dundonald International Ice Bowl as a filming location for this must-see biopic. 

“Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean are recognised as two of Britain’s top competitors in the history of their sport and it is fantastic to see a feature length programme commissioned to showcase not only their lives but ice dancing and skating. 

“The programme will well and truly put Dundonald International Ice Bowl on the map and as Northern Ireland’s only Olympic sized ice rink open to the public, I hope it will encourage people of all ages to visit the Ice Bowl and take to the ice, whether it be part of a family outing or signing up for ice skating lessons in the Council’s Learn to Skate programme.

“I look forward to sitting down on Christmas Day and viewing the programme with the rest of the nation”, concluded Alderman Porter.

Lagan Valley LeisurePlex Hosts Irish National Swimming Championship

Lagan Valley LeisurePlex Hosts Irish National Swimming Championship

December 10, 2018


Over 700 swimmers recently competed in the prestigious Irish National Short Course (25m) Swimming Championships at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex in Lisburn.

The four day event was organised by Swim Ireland and attracted teams from across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Presenting the medals at the event, the Deputy Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Amanda Grehan said, “The Council is honoured to host a national competition and welcome clubs from Swim Ireland to Lisburn & Castlereagh. I was delighted to meet many of the swimmers and their supporters who had travelled a great distance to take part in the competition. It was fantastic to watch so many exciting races and I was particularly delighted to see many local swimmers achieve medal success.”

“I hope the participants, officials and spectators enjoyed their time with us and I look forward to welcoming many of them back to the Council area in the very near future”, concluded the Deputy Mayor.

The Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee added, “Lagan Valley LeisurePlex has a proud history of hosting prestigious sporting events and we are delighted to continue this success by again hosting the Irish National Swimming Championships.  The event continues to attract many high calibre swimmers and it was particularly pleasing to see multiple national and senior records being broken.”

“I would like thank Swim Ireland for organising the event and I hope the achievement of the swimmers will encourage others to learn to swim or progress within the sport.”

Results of the competition can be viewed by visiting www.swimireland.ie

Don't Get Caught This Christmas

Don't Get Caught This Christmas

December 10, 2018

Over the festive season there is an increase in the amount of household waste and the Council would like to remind everyone that fly tipping is illegal.

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council operates CCTV in dumping hotspots in its area to catch offenders; and following its first successful prosecution against a serial illegal dumping offender recently it will continue to use CCTV footage to prosecute those offenders who fly tip within its boundaries.

Councillor Janet Gray MBE, Chair of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee, said:  “Over Christmas many of us have extra waste that we need to dispose of and the Council would remind its residents to be responsible when doing so over the festive period.  The Council operates a kerbside waste collection service, three household recycling centres, a bulky collection service and a network of bring banks for its residents to responsibly recycle and dispose of household waste.

“We would urge our residents to use our waste services and not to hire a ‘man in a van’ to dispose of their excess waste as it may end up being part of a fly tipping investigation.  The Council has found that some operators are ‘cheap’ as they are irresponsible and dump the waste in a rural area; and it would like to raise awareness of this with its residents. Our Enforcement Officers will be extra vigilant in the coming weeks and they will be assisted by CCTV cameras located across the Council area.”

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council would like to advise all those individuals who believe it is alright to illegally dump your waste that we will be watching you in Lisburn Castlereagh.

The opening hours of Council’s three Household Recycling centres over the festive period are: 9.00am – 4.00pm on 24th and 31st December.  They are all closed on the 25th, 26th December and 2nd January; and normal opening hours on the 27th, 28th, 29th December and from 2nd January.

Step Into A Window Wonderland - 14th & 15th December

Step Into A Window Wonderland - 14th & 15th December

December 10, 2018

Share the Magic of the Season at Lisburn Light Festival as you step into a ‘window wonderland’ on 14th and 15th December. 

Shop fronts will come alive with magical mime performances, from Fusion Theatre; an award-winning theatre group based in Lisburn, bringing an extra special treat to shoppers and visitors to the City.  

There will be four magical live performances each evening with every window telling a different story; Santa’s workshop, the Nativity, Snowmen and the Nutcracker. It is sure to be an enchanting experience for all ages so come along and track down the live windows in Bow Street Mall, Lisburn Square, Market Square and Castle Street to see the stories unfold. 

Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee commented: “The Council is delighted to bring this special event to the City Centre as part of Lisburn Light Festival.  You may have already noticed some of the beautifully Christmas themed shop windows throughout Lisburn City Centre as many shop owners have fully embraced the festive season.  We have worked hard to illuminate our streets with the light festival and offer a packed programme of activities.  I am looking forward to seeing the live window performances and hope that you will come along and enjoy them too.”

Follow the Magical Window Trail through Lisburn City Centre on 14th December from 5.30pm - 7.30pm and Saturday 15th December from 4.00pm-6.00pm.

For more information on Lisburn Light Festival visit: visitlisburncastlereagh.com

Festive Fun all wrapped up in Lisburn City Centre

Festive Fun all wrapped up in Lisburn City Centre

December 7, 2018

‘Rock around the Christmas Tree’ returns on Thursday 13th December from 4pm-7pm. Market Square will be transformed into a massive family friendly dance party with amazing outdoor lighting, disco balls, Christmas Characters, glow sticks, and lively tunes from DJ Andy Baird. Join in the party and enjoy dancing on the interactive light floor beside the stunning Christmas tree as it projects more light than ever before.

Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, commented, “I'm thrilled to welcome 'Rock around the Christmas Tree' with DJ Andy Baird back to Lisburn.” It's sure to be a fantastic evening with the extra attraction of this year’s light canopy show and the enchanting Christmas tree show.”

Lisburn Light Festival runs from 22 November 2018 through to 25 January 2019 with the Bow Street Light Canopy Show running daily.

The light shows will involve flashing lights so please take necessary precautions.

Also visitors can pop into one of our many independent or national stores on the award winning Bow Street or across the City Centre to do some more shopping.

Cartmill Stewart & Co is a Winner

Cartmill Stewart & Co is a Winner

December 7, 2018

Claire Stewart, Partner of Lisburn-based Cartmill Stewart & Co Chartered Accountants was awarded ‘Small Business Winner’ for ‘Best Customer Service’ at the recent Women In Business 2018 Awards.

The Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee, Alderman William Leathem and local MLA Paul Givan recently visited Claire to congratulate her.

Speaking about the award Alderman Leathem said: “The hard work and effort that Claire and her business partner Gilbert Cartmill have put into the business since it was established in 2014 is being recognised with this award. Awards like this demonstrate to the team that they are doing a great job and it will encourage them to keep striving for more. Cartmill Stewart & Co Chartered Accountants is a great example of the SME sector here in Lisburn and the drive and ambition that exists.  Well done to Claire and the team on this latest win and I have no doubt there will be more to come.”

Claire commented: “2018 has been a very positive year for us as a business.  We were awarded highly commended in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Business Awards for Customer service in March. In June I was named as one of the NI 40 under 40 winners by Business First and this award is the icing on the cake.  We continually strive as a team to make our client experience better and our clients regularly comment that we are partners within their business; much more than a regular accountant.  We provide much more to our clients than regular accounting and tax services; offering a forward-thinking approach we provide mentoring and strategy services to add growth and value. This award has been a real boost to the team who are our most valuable internal asset.  This is not the end; we have lots of plans for growth both as a business and for our clients in the coming months and years.  Thanks to the Council who has been very supportive right from the conception of our business in this council area.”

The Council’s Business Solutions Team provides support for local businesses at all stages.  For further information visit: www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/business_solutions  or telephone: 028 9250 9383.

Watch the Nativity Live in Market Square

Watch the Nativity Live in Market Square

December 5, 2018

A live Nativity performance is taking place in Market Square, Lisburn City Centre this Saturday 8th December at 1pm.

 

Dean Sam Wright of Lisburn Cathedral worked with the church community to develop ideas of ways the church could engage with the wider community and families. Dean Sam contacted Nativity live scriptwriter Rev Richard A Carter, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London. He generously sent the script to stage a live nativity in Market Square.

 

On the 8th December at 1pm you will see the stable with hay, a live donkey, the Inn Keeper and Shepherds, Mary and Joseph with baby Jesus and the Lisburn Community Choir will all be acting and singing the greatest story of good news for all people.

 

Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council's Development Commiittee said of the event, 'Invite your friends and neighbours along at 1pm on Saturday 8th December to see this special presentation of the Christmas Story in the centre of Lisburn. It really will be a sight to behold. Other attractions as part of the Lisburn Light Festival are a still in place so come down and do some shopping or grab a bite to eat after the play and then stay to watch one of the spectacular light canopy shows.

 

At the ‘Nativity Live’ people are asked to give generously to the Mayor’s charity, the Cancer Fund for Children.

A holly jolly at the first Hillsborough Christmas Market

A holly jolly at the first Hillsborough Christmas Market

December 4, 2018

As the festive season approaches, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has announced its first Hillsborough Christmas Market, set along the historic Dark Walk at Hillsborough Fort, from 3pm – 9pm on Friday 14th December.

Visitors to the market can expect Christmas spirit in abundance, as over 40 local artisan food producers and craftspeople set up stall at the market. It promises to be an ideal opportunity for shoppers’ keen to source local handmade products and pick up a few extra special gifts this Christmas. Foodies will be delighted with the artisan food producers taking part, from award-winning preserves, chutneys and pickles, handmade butters, fresh breads and cakes, micro-roastery coffee, fudge and chocolate. A host of arts and craftspeople will showcase unique Christmas gift ideas with The Bearded Candlemakers, local craft design shop, In Klover, Wee Yarn Designs and Rowallane Pottery and Claire Newell Ceramics, just a flavour of those taking part.

Speaking about the inaugural Hillsborough Christmas Market, Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee said, “We are delighted to host the first Hillsborough Christmas Market. We are looking forward to welcoming what looks like a great line-up of over 40 artisan food and craft producers, in what promises to be a festive evening in the picturesque setting of the Dark Walk at Hillsborough Fort. We are expecting to welcome great numbers through the gates of the Dark Walk on Friday 14th December to enjoy the festivities and get into the Christmas spirit. We really hope it proves to be the perfect anecdote to the stresses of the high-street with visitors picking up a treat or two for themselves as well as a few unique Christmas gifts.”

Shopping at Hillsborough Christmas Market will make those intentions of shopping local this Christmas much easier, with many of the traders from the Council area. Artisans such as chocolatier, Wee Choco, will have its distinctive range of award-winning chocolate bars for sale, perfect as a Christmas stocking filler. Lisburn start-up company, Wolf and Woodsman’s artisan sweet potato crisps have gone down a treat since they launched earlier this year and offer something different for party snacks this holiday season. Christmas dinner deserves nothing less than hand-churned and rolled butter made just up the road, and luckily, award-winning Irish butter connoisseurs, Abernethy Butter, will be on hand to make sure your fridges are well stocked up!

Visitors to the market can follow the tempting aromas to the street-food area, where they will be greeted by gourmet street-food vendors, Barn & Bread, The Hatch, Crepes 2 Go and The Oyster Catcher, each with a mouth-watering menu to choose from. To wash it down there will be a choice of seasonally inspired hot drinks from The Fancy Fox, Hills Mix Tape and the award-winning Refuge Hot Chocolate. Crumbs Vegan Bakery and Little Treats will be on hand to put the icing on the cake for a sweet treat.

Lucy Wallace, owner of Hillsborough’s craft design shop, In Klover, added, “We are really excited to be taking part in Hillsborough Christmas Market and we think it will add to the festive ambience in the village. Events like this are the ideal way for local traders like us, to showcase the range of craftspeople we champion around the year. It is really novel for us to get out of the shop and into the unique market setting alongside many more fantastic local craftspeople and artisan food producers.”

The community will play a key role contributing to the sights and sounds of Hillsborough Christmas Market. The heavenly voices of local children will filter through the open-air market, with Downshire Primary School Choir opening the market at 3pm followed by the sounds of Friends’ School Lisburn’s Brass Ensemble. At 6pm Friends’ Prep School Choir will entertain visitors and Santa Claus with a few carols as the man himself has promised to pop in to say hello from 5pm-7pm. He may even have a go on the funfair ride before he has a go at toasting a marshmallow for himself and Rudolph!

Hillsborough Christmas Market is free to attend and will take place from 3pm – 9pm on Friday 14th December 2018. The advice is to wrap up warm and join the festive fun.

For more information and updates visit  http://www.visitlisburncastlereagh.com or follow @enjoylisburn on Facebook, Visit Lisburn Castlereagh on Instagram and @VisitLisburn on Twitter.

Sir Richard Wallace's Legacy recognised at Lisburn Museum

Sir Richard Wallace's Legacy recognised at Lisburn Museum

December 3, 2018

Suzanne Higgott, a curator at the Wallace Collection, spoke to a packed house on the life and work of Sir Richard Wallace (1818-90) at the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum on Wednesday 29th November 2018.  The lecture was part of both the Museum’s hugely popular autumn talk series, and the final event in the Council-wide programme marking the bicentenary of the birth of Wallace.

The Wallace Collection is one of the great collections of art and antiquities and was bequeathed to the nation and opened as a museum in London in 1900.  In marking Sir Richard’s bicentenary the Council presented Suzanne, on behalf of the Wallace Collection, with a unique framed damask napkin, featuring the Wallace crest, and woven in the Museum’s weaving workshop.   

In presenting the napkin Alderman Paul Porter, Chair of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, said “Lisburn is famous for the weaving of damask linen and it is my pleasure tonight to present this napkin to Suzanne and the Wallace Collection in recognition of the esteem the people of Lisburn hold for the memory of Sir Richard Wallace.

"The Irish Linen Centre is the only museum on the island of Ireland where the tradition of handloom weaving of damask is kept alive.  It is fantastic that Lisburn’s very own weavers have produced this napkin, and that it will find a home at the Wallace Collection, London.” , he said.

In receiving the napkin Suzanne Higgott, author of a new biography of Sir Richard Wallace, commented that “The napkin is a beautiful and meaningful commemorative piece, reflective of this very special year, and I am delighted to receive it on behalf of the Wallace Collection.” 

Suzanne, in her appreciation for the “museum’s superb Sir Richard Wallace exhibition”, welcomed news that the display had been extended until April 2019. 

‘The Sir Richard Wallace Exhibition: Life and legacy of a philanthropist, art collector and landlord’ is open Monday to Saturday, 9.30-5pm. 

Admission is free. 

For more information visit lisburnmuseum.com/Wallace


Suzanne Higgott, Rosalind Bloomfield, Councillor Brian Bloomfield MBE, Alderman Paul Porter with Deborah White, a weaver at the museum, with a farmed damask napkin presented to the Wallace Collection


Alderman Porter introducing the speaker, Curator Susanne Higgott. 


Suzanne Higgott speaking in the Assembly Room, Lisburn Museum.


Suzanne Higgott speaking in the Assembly Room, Lisburn Museum.


Suzanne Higgott signing copies of her new book.

Environmental Health have relocated back to Lagan Valley Island

Environmental Health have relocated back to Lagan Valley Island

December 3, 2018


Environmental Health

The Council’s Environmental Health Unit has relocated back to Lagan Valley Island from Monday 3rd December from  Bradford Court in Castlereagh.

Relocation work at Lagan Valley Island has been ongoing since September to make more efficient use of the building through improved space planning within the premises, to support a modern, agile and cohesive workplace whilst recognising Lagan Valley Island as the headquarters for Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.

Limited counter services will continue to be available at Bradford Court after this time.

In addition to the on line service for Dog Licensing, licences can also be applied for at Bradford Court. Completed applications can be submitted at Bradford Court and the licence will be posted out. You can obtain your dog licence in person at Lagan Valley Island between 9am and 4pm Monday – Friday; Alternatively  application forms are available to pick up in other Council facilities or can requested for postal issue by telephoning 028 9244 7394 or apply online - just click here.  For further information on Environmental Health please click here.


Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Bradford Court.

Registration Services at Bradford Court remain unaffected. Castlereagh Registration Office operates an appointment system.  To make an appointment please contact the Castlereagh Registration Office on 028 9244 7822. More detailed information can be found by clicking here.

Stay Safe- Stay Secure This Christmas

Stay Safe- Stay Secure This Christmas

December 3, 2018

In the run up to Christmas, Lisburn & Castlereagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) in conjunction with the local police, are reminding people to keep themselves and their property safe and to be aware of scams whilst shopping on-line.  To promote this message, an advertising campaign and associated roadshows are being launched as part of the overall Christmas Crime Prevention Campaign. The advertisement campaign will focus on local printed press and social media covering burglary, scamming messages and drink driving and the roadshows will be held in retail centres and public transport hubs across the City Council area. If you are out and about Christmas shopping and see these road shows, please call with the PCSP and PSNI and have a chat about staying safe both in your home, whilst out shopping and on-line. If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. Please ensure that you stay 4 steps ahead of a scam by using this scam test:

  • Seems too good to be true
  • Contacted out of the blue
  • Asked for personal details
  • Money is requested

The PCSP also supports the PSNI message to ‘Never, ever drink and drive’. If you are going out to enjoy the festive period it is best to plan ahead by nominating a non-drinker as the designated driver or book a taxi in advance. Don`t forget about your journey to work the next morning, particularly if there is a chance you could be over the limit.

The Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh PCSP, Councillor Brian Hanvey, speaking at the launch said “We cannot remind people enough of the importance of looking after themselves and their belongings, particularly at Christmas when there are gifts bought to give to friends and family.  Please ensure that they are out of sight and not placed below Christmas trees, visible from outside your home.  Unfortunately there are criminals who will invade your home and steal your personal belongings.  My message to you is clear; make sure you do not invite burglars into your home by not securing your home properly and stay ahead of scams by remembering the 4 step test. May I wish all the citizens of Lisburn & Castlereagh a safe and peaceful Christmas and New Year.”

Superintendent David Beck, District Commander for Lisburn & Castlereagh commented “Christmas is a busy time of the year for everyone, including the criminal. However, a high percentage of crime is opportunist in nature and so this Christmas we are seeking your assistance in preventing crime. We`re asking that you don`t let the criminal enjoy Christmas at your expense. Our Christmas message is primarily about protecting your car, your house and your property. Have a great Christmas and make it one to remember for the right reasons.”

Road Safety Week Success

Road Safety Week Success

November 30, 2018

The Council in partnership with local haulage company McCulla Transport and Dennison Commercials, successfully promoted National Road Safety Week from 18- 23 November at a number of local primary schools.

The aim of the joint project was to educate schoolchildren about the ‘STOP, LOOK, WAVE’ initiative as a contribution to their safety on the roads. The Council’s Environmental Health Service supported this initiative.

Councillor Janet Gray MBE, Chair of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee, said: “I am delighted that a local haulage company has proactively worked to raise awareness with primary schoolchildren in the Council area about the dangers of roads and lorries. McCulla Transport and lorry supplier Dennison Commercials definitely created a strong and powerful education session for our children giving them tips on how to act safely on the road.

“During each event the children were involved in an interactive story that set the scene about traffic safety with all sizes of vehicles in a fun way.  The classroom based activity included facts about trucks such as their size, the jobs they are used for; and emphasised the risks involved in being near lorries and the limited sight lines that lorry drivers have.  The children had the opportunity to get involved with a model street mat, which brought the story to life using model trucks and figures to enact traffic situations.”

Leona Morrow, Compliance and Training Manager at McCulla Transport added: “We are really passionate about safety within McCulla and with Road Safety Week coming up we knew that this would be a perfect opportunity to engage with the local community. We have a number of schools close to our Lisburn depot and we wanted to reassure families that their safety is a priority for us.

“Taking the time to interact with the pupils really brought to life the potential dangers that our vehicles can pose to their safety and how they can protect themselves. We partnered with Dennisons and the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council so that we could spread this message to as many children as possible and are grateful for all the support that they have given us.”

The finale of each event was the chance for the children to experience the limitations to a driver’s visibility using a full-size McCulla truck parked in the playground.  On seeing the size of the truck they also experienced first-hand the importance of making eye contact with the driver to ensure that you are seen.

All the schoolchildren that took part in ‘STOP, LOOK, WAVE’ received a free high-vis vest which they are encouraged to wear on a daily basis when out walking.

Meet Santa in his Victorian Grotto at the Museum from Sat 1st December

Meet Santa in his Victorian Grotto at the Museum from Sat 1st December

November 30, 2018

It’s time to get into the Christmas spirit and visit Santa at the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum.  Meet Santa in his cosy Victorian grotto and tell him your Christmas wishes.  Each child receives a special gift, and you can even take your own photo to capture the moment! Visits to see Santa are £1 per child, with all proceeds going to Mayor’s chosen charity, Cancer Fund for Children.

Visitors can post their letters to Santa in his special post box at Museum reception. They are guaranteed to make it to the North Pole. Santa will even send you a letter in reply! (Last posting 17th December)

Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, encouraged residents across Lisburn & Castlereagh to “come into the city, enjoy the Museum’s exhibitions and bring your children to meet Santa, all in aid of a very worthy cause – the Mayor’s Charity. 

At the launch the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin, said: “I am amazed at the generosity of the people of Lisburn and Castlereagh.  By bringing their children and grandchildren to visit Santa in the Museum they will be supporting the work of Cancer Fund for Children in helping put a smile on the faces of young lives sadly affected by cancer.”   

Daily opening times:

Saturday 1st – Monday 24th December, 2018 from 10am – 3pm (except Tuesday 11th and 18th, and each and every Saturday when the grotto is open to 4.30pm). 

The grotto is open late night on Thursday 13th and Thursday 20th December, until 8.30pm.

On Christmas Eve the grotto is open 9.30am – 12.30pm.

For more details, or group bookings, contact Museum reception.  Email: ilc.reception@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk or Tel: 028 9266 3377.

Taja adds her own Christmas sparkle to Lisburn

Taja adds her own Christmas sparkle to Lisburn

November 30, 2018

Local school children recently entered a fantastic competition to design a festive light for their city centre, as part of Lisburn Light Festival.  Entries flowed in as young children from P1-P3 were given the amazing opportunity to see their drawing made into a dazzling light and displayed in Lisburn City Centre.

Five year old Taja Branceviciute from Killowen Primary School was the lucky winner and her light was illuminated at the spectacular annual Christmas Lights Switch On in Market Square.  Taja designed a beautiful red and white candy cane with a green bow which is now on display outside the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum for everyone to see. As part of her prize Taja and her family enjoyed a lovely afternoon treat in the newly refurbished Mauds on Antrim Street.

Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee, Alderman William Leathem commented:  “On behalf of the Council I would like to congratulate Taja on her winning design. Taja’s candy cane light truly is spectacular and is a fantastic addition to the inaugural Lisburn Light Festival.  I’d like to thank AJC Group for sponsoring the competition and for their creative input into the lighting of Lisburn Light Festival.”

Chris Clarke, Director, AJC Group added: “We are pleased to be a part of the innovative new festival here in Lisburn City Centre. We also wanted to support the Council in engaging with the local community and presented the idea of the ‘Design a Light competition’. It was hard to select a winner from so many wonderful entries but we all agree the final light produced by our team from Taja's original drawing looks great.”

Don’t miss the popular Light Canopy show running daily at 4:00pm, 6:00pm and 8:00pm on Bow Street and the animated Christmas Tree light show which will run daily at 4:30pm, 6:30pm and 8:30pm in Market Square until January 19.

For further details of the Lisburn Light Festival please visit: https://bit.ly/2P3vibO 

Translink unwraps festive travel package for Lisburn

Translink unwraps festive travel package for Lisburn

November 29, 2018

Translink has announced its festive travel package for Lisburn. Whether it’s for shopping or festive celebrations, Translink customers can make the smart move and enjoy extended services and discount fares to make their all-important journeys over the Christmas period.

NI Railway passengers can enjoy a third-off day returns after 9.30am and all day at weekends, with free returns on Goldline and Ulsterbus services also available until the end of December. Ulsterbus customers can also enjoy £2 all-day travel offer across city services from 9.30am throughout the busy month of December. Rail monthly ticket customers can enjoy 25% discount on tickets purchased between now and 7 December 2018 and a Sunday Day Tracker fare for £7.50 for all day rail travel across the country. For late night shoppers or celebratory nights-out, late night metro services will be operating on all lines around midnight on Friday and Saturday from now until 22nd December and late-night rail services on Friday and Saturday from 1st December – 22nd December.

Translink’s popular Bus Rambler ticket (£9) which offers unlimited bus travel across NI will be available every day from 15th December to 1st January for people who want to make the most of their days out over the festive period. For groups exploring winter wonderlands across NI, Translink’s Family and Friends ticket offers one day’s unlimited travel for up to two adults and four children across all services on weekdays after 9.30am and there’s no time restriction on Saturdays and Sundays until 1st January 2019 for the reduced fare of £18. Glider and Metro passengers can enjoy £2 unlimited day travel after 9.30am across the entire system from now until the end of December. Full details are available online at www.translink.co.uk/christmas/.

Announcing the Christmas travel package, Mark Morrison from Translink said:“We know Christmas can be a busy and expensive time which is why we are delighted to reduce costs across our services for customers to enjoy affordable hassle-free travel over the festive period and help keep costs down.

“We look forward to welcoming our customers on board services this Christmas  supporting the local retail and hospitality sector at this important time of year,” continued Mark.

Not only is Translink offering customers the gift of great value travel, there’s also a range of special activities planned to ‘give back’ during the season of goodwill.

“We do our best every year to bring the Christmas spirit to life in our stations and on-board services. This year we’re calling on everyone to help us fill a Double Decker bus full of children’s toys in aid of St. Vincent De Paul and the Salvation Army. In partnership with U105 Radio, we’ve launched our ‘Stuff A Bus’ Toy Appeal which is now in its second year and would encourage Lisburn residents to keep an eye out for drop-off points in selected stations. We would like to thank our customers for all their support and wish them a very Happy Christmas,” said Mark. 

Speaking at the launch of Translink’s 2018 festive travel campaign, Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, encouraged people to take public transport said: “Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is delighted to partner with Translink to launch its 2018 festive travel campaign. We recognise the accommodating nature of Translink to offer flexible services at peak times and create offers during key holiday periods.  The Council would encourage everyone to make the smart move and choose public transport when travelling to local shops and attractions this festive season.

“As many people have errands to run and social occasions to attend there can be increased traffic on the roads.  We want to ease congestion on our roads and by encouraging more people to enjoy the low-cost and convenient option of public transport at this time of year when our city is at its busiest will help make travelling pleasant for all.”

For full details on Translink’s Christmas travel offers, services and festive celebrations visit www.translink.co.uk/christmas/ and join in the online conversation @Translink_NI #smartmovers.  

Council and Local Chamber of Commerce Promote Small Business Saturday

Council and Local Chamber of Commerce Promote Small Business Saturday

November 29, 2018

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has joined forces with Lisburn Chamber of Commerce to promote the importance of Small Business Saturday, which is taking place on Saturday 1st December.

Now in its sixth year, Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign that highlights small business success and encourages consumers to 'shop local' and support small businesses within their communities.

Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, said: “Within the Lisburn Castlereagh area we have local shops, restaurants and cafes that rely on the support of local customers and visitors to the area.  Although this campaign focuses on one day we are urging everybody to support our local shops and businesses all year round.  During Saturday 1st December many of our local stores will be offering discounts so be sure to shop local and ‘bag a bargain’.

“Coinciding with Small Business Saturday, as part of our Christmas Programme, the Council is offering free car parking in all its off-street car parks in the City Centre each Saturday in December. For that extra special gift you could pick up a unique present at one of the 30 stalls at the Frock Around the Clock ‘Christmas Craft in the City’ Fair, taking place from 12 noon to 5.00pm in Market Square.  We hope to see crowds of people supporting local businesses this Saturday.”

Recently elected Chamber President, Garry MacDonald visited a number of city centre retailers to publicise the two initiatives “Independent family businesses are the backbone of neighbourhood shopping and Small Business Saturday allows us to focus on their importance to a vibrant city centre”, commented Mr MacDonald. “If the Lisburn community supported local businesses whether in retail or hospitality, it will makes a huge difference to the sustainability of many family-owned establishments”.

Parking will be free each Saturday in December at the Council owned car parks at:  Antrim Street, Barrack Street, Governor’s Road, Laganbank Road, Longstone Street, Queen’s Road, Smithfield Square East, Benson Street, Quay Street and Union Bridge.

Show your support for local businesses by shopping local for your everyday items and your gifts this festive season.  The Love Lisburn initiative, supported by local retailers also offers discounts and special deals all year round.

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and Lisburn Chamber of Commerce are proud to support #SmallBizSatUK @SmallBizSatUK

Council Opens an Equality Impact Assessment Consultation

Council Opens an Equality Impact Assessment Consultation

November 29, 2018

The Council in accordance with its obligations under Section 75 and its Equality Scheme is undertaking an Equality Impact Assessment in relation to the Kerb Heights within the Lisburn Public Realm Scheme.

It wishes to consult with interested organisations and individuals and gain their comments and feedback.

A draft EQIA consultation document is available by clicking here

For any further information you may require please contact:

The Equality Officer
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council
Island Civic Centre
The Island
Lisburn
 BT27 4RL

Telephone: 028 9250 9250

Text Phone: 028 9250 9508

E-mail: equality.officer@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

 

Alternative formats can be made available on request.

All responses received will be treated accordingly under the GDPR.

The closing date for the receipt of comments is 4.00 pm on 22 February 2019.

History of the local 'Votes for Women' campaign explored in a Talk

History of the local 'Votes for Women' campaign explored in a Talk

November 28, 2018

Almost 100 people attended a talk on the history of women’s suffrage in Lisburn and the life of local suffragette Lilian Metge at the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum on Wednesday 21st November 2018.  The talk was part of the Museum’s hugely popular autumn lecture series, now in its fifth year, and a wider programme of events across the Council marking 100 years since women were granted the voted. 

Chair of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee Alderman Paul Porter, who recently opened the Museum’s exhibition exploring women and the First World War, said: “Lisburn had a thriving women’s suffrage society, and it wonderful to see such enthusiasm for its history.”

The speaker, the Museum’s Research Officer Dr Ciaran Toal, based the talk on research the Museum had undertaken as part of its First World War exhibition and education programme.  In introducing the talk Collette Brownlee, Education Services Officer, remarked that “over 100 years earlier the Assembly Room, now Lisburn Museum, had hosted meetings of the Lisburn Suffrage Society and it was fitting that today, in the same room, the history of the Society, and the wider suffrage campaign in Ulster, would be explored.”

The exhibition ‘A voice of her own? A women’s place after the Great War’ is on display until 2019 in the Museum. 

The exhibition includes the museum’s most recent acquisition, a rare WSPU medal belonging to local suffragette Lillian Metge. 

Admission is free. 

For more details visit lisburnmuseum.com

 


 


 

Local Bakery ‘Toasts’ success with GB Accolade

Local Bakery ‘Toasts’ success with GB Accolade

November 28, 2018

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Chairman of Development Committee, Alderman William Leathem and members of the Business Solutions Team recently visited Lisburn-based Howell House, the cakes and biscuits division of Irwin’s Bakery, following wins at two GB industry awards for product quality and customer service delivery. 

Speaking about the recent awards Alderman William Leathem said: “Congratulations to Howell House on their recent achievements.  The brand has become a firm favourite in households and it is great to see the business and employees rewarded for the high standards they have instilled in the business, both in terms of product quality and customer service. Awards like this motivate the staff and the business to continue to work hard and strive for more.  Howell House is a great example of our thriving local food and drink sector and I have no doubt that there will be further success to come.”

The first award was for ‘Ambient Supplier of the Year’ from AF Blakemore, the UK’s largest SPAR wholesaler, and the second was a ‘Local Shop Quality Food Award’ for SPAR own-label Luxury Lemon Drizzle Cake.

Gary Mason, Irwin’s Bakery explained; “We worked closed with the team at Blakemore to develop our range of SPAR own label cakes, and in February 2018 secured a deal to supply a Lemon Drizzle, Belgian Chocolate and Victoria Sponge to over 900 stores in GB. We are extremely proud of the working relationship we have cultivated with AF Blakemore – supplying quality produce and maintaining a high level of service delivery and support throughout the successful estate wide launch of the new cake products. The Ambient Supplier of the Year and Local Shop Quality Food awards really are testament of this.

“We want to recognise our staff in Howell House and say a big thank you for all of their hard work and dedication in delivering such a high-quality product in large volumes to SPAR in GB. The Local Shop Quality Food awards are renowned for recognising excellent in new product development – the whole team should be very proud of their achievements.”

Howell House was acquired by Irwin’s Bakery in 2006 in order to introduce a specialist hand-made cakes and biscuits manufacturing division to the overall Irwin’s business.

The Council’s Business Solutions Team is keen to work with local businesses supporting every stage of their growth.  For further information please contact the Business Solutions Team on 028 92 509 7383.

Hillsborough Tour Guiding Course Success

Hillsborough Tour Guiding Course Success

November 28, 2018

A total of eleven delegates have been awarded OCN NI Level 2 Tour Guide Award certificates after completing a training course in Hillsborough Village.

Throughout September and October 2018, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council provided the course in conjunction with Open College Network, NI (OCN NI) and Travel & Tourism Associates.

Speaking about the course, Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee said: “I am pleased that Hillsborough now has more qualified Tour Guides who will, no doubt, be great ambassadors for the area.  With the exciting plans for the village combined with the already significant tourism opportunities in the area it means that Hillsborough will be ready to give the best possible service to all who visit.”

The course, led by Colette McCafferty of Travel & Tourism Associates, entailed research into the delegates chosen attraction within the village, focusing on Hillsborough’s beautiful architecture and natural spaces such as Hillsborough Courthouse and the Hillsborough Forest. It also provided them with a firm understanding of presenting their findings, leading a group, planning an itinerary and the health and safety issues involved in taking a walking tour.

Delegates who took the course ranged from local business owners who recognise the opportunities which tourism provides for the village and surrounding areas, to Hillsborough residents who wanted to share their love of the village with people visiting from all over the world.

Hillsborough village attracts thousands of tourists each year and, due to the combination of Council investments in the Public Realm Scheme, the tourism master plan and the development of Hillsborough Castle by Historic Royal Palaces, tourism numbers are predicted to rise considerably from 2019 onwards.

Christmas Craft In The City Returns to Lisburn City

Christmas Craft In The City Returns to Lisburn City

November 27, 2018

Northern Ireland’s favourite shopping event, Frock Around The Clock, will be returning to Lisburn City Centre for its ‘Christmas Craft in the City’ extravaganza on Saturday 1st December, in association with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.

As part of the Lisburn Light Festival programme of events the fair will feature over 30 stalls of fashion accessories, homewares and collectables, textiles and décor, jewellery, sweet treats, art, craft, gifts, Christmas decorations and much more– all in the heart of Lisburn City Centre!

Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Vice Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee said: “This has become a really popular market in Market Square. It is the perfect place to find unique gifts, and gorgeous things for you, your family and your home right in the heart of the City. While visitors are at the market they will be able to enjoy the other attractions the City Centre has to offer as part of Lisburn Light Festival. We have Light Canopy shows taking place at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm and enchanting Christmas tree shows at 4:30pm, 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Also visitors can pop into one of our many independent or national stores on the award winning Bow Street or across the City Centre to do some more shopping."

Christmas Craft In The City will take place from 12-5pm on Saturday 1st December 2018 at Market Square (in front of the Linen Centre & Museum). Admission is Free. More information on the event can be found at frockfairsni.com and on facebook.com/frockaroundtheclockfairs. 

Spintastic Spinathon at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex

Spintastic Spinathon at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex

November 26, 2018

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Lagan Valley LeisurePlex recently played host to a sponsored Spinathon raising money for local Northern Ireland charity, Cancer Fund for Children. Organised by the facility’s Vitality Gym employees, Ryan Hegarty and Hayley Priestley, the sponsored Spinathon ran for a total of eight hours on Saturday 17th November, with both Hayley or Ryan on a bike and cycling at all times throughout the entirety of the sponsored cycle. To date, the Spinathon has raised £1,338 with donations still coming in, with both Ryan and Hayley being overwhelmed by the support they have received. Prior to the Spinathon taking place, Councillor Uel Mackin, Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council made an appearance on the day to show his support of Ryan and Hayley’s efforts in raising funds for the charity as Cancer Fund for Children is his Mayoral Charity for his year in office.

Chairman welcomes start of Light Festival and community spirit in Lisburn

Chairman welcomes start of Light Festival and community spirit in Lisburn

November 23, 2018

The Chairman of the Development Committee, Alderman William Leathem, was at the launch of the spectacular Light Festival in Lisburn City Centre last night. The Lisburn Light Show will now run every night until 25th January at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm.

Local retailers and businesses have been working with the Council to develop and fully support an events and festivities brochure in the City Centre, which coincides with shops opening later in the evenings to encourage Christmas trade in the City.

The majority of the city centre shops, cafes and restaurants will remain open until 7pm during November and until 9pm during December.

Council controlled Off-street car parking is charged at £1 for 3 hours and parking is FREE every Saturday in December.

The Council has produced a brochure detailing all that Lisburn has to offer over the festive period and to the 25 January. You can pick up a copy at our Visitor Information Centres and at all council facilities or download it from visitlisburncastlereagh.com

Alderman William Leathem, said: “There has been a tremendous reaction to the Light Festival launch at the first Light Show which took place at the Christmas Switch-On last night. We really want everyone to come out and experience the Light Festival as it is amazing. There are a number of events taking place in the city centre through to the end of January.  Santa will arrive with ten lovingly hand decorated reindeer at the ‘Meet Santa’s Reindeer’ event in Market Square tomorrow (24th) from 12.00pm - 4.00pm. The Frock Around the Clock Fair, is next Saturday 1st December at 12 noon in Market Square with 30+ Christmas Craft stalls.

“Of course we also want to remind everyone what we have in Lisburn and to shop locally. We have great shops in our City Centre including men, women and children’s clothing stores, department stores, sporting stores, gift shops, jewellery stores, discount stores, beauty salons, perfumeries, restaurants and coffee shops to mention only a few. We have a strong mix of high street and independent retailers as well as a number of open air markets, so let’s get behind them and support them.

“High streets across the country are facing stiff competition and it is vitally important that we show our loyalty to the shops and businesses across Lisburn and Castlereagh.  And facing stiff competition from online, we want to offer a full Christmas experience, which is much more than simply a click of a mouse on a keyboard.

“We all want the same thing, a great community spirit and to see our area, including the City Centre thrive and prosper.  I am delighted with the feedback on the Light Campaign and look forward to seeing local people, and visitors from further afield, come to Lisburn,” said Alderman Leathem.

In summary, he concluded: “Collectively business owners, retailers and the Council have put together the Light Festival brochure which will make our City Centre a great festive attraction for people of all ages and families with children over the next couple of months. We have arranged for several events to run in conjunction with the Lights Festival and the late night opening of our shops.”

Monumental moment for Standing Stones Lodge

Monumental moment for Standing Stones Lodge

November 23, 2018

The latest accommodation provider for Lisburn and Castlereagh is now fully open for business following the completion of Phase 2 of the £1.75 million investment by the owner and developer Mr Paul McLarnon.

Standing Stones Lodge, located next to Divis Mountain, offers 22 ensuite double bedrooms with two disabled access rooms as well as a 100-seater restaurant.

The Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee, Alderman William Leathem, recently visited the lodge and said: “I am delighted to welcome the newest accommodation provider to the area, improving the bed stock and ultimately having an impact on overall tourism performance.  Offering accommodation for visitors to the popular walking trails of Divis and Black Mountain, which have seen numbers increase over the years, adds a great addition to the area. It is also good news for the local economy with the creation of 25 jobs.  Tourism contributes significantly to the Northern Ireland economy and at a local level here in Lisburn Castlereagh and the Council is always encouraging growth in the sector.”

Mr McLarnon said: “Standing Stones Lodge has been three years in the making and I am delighted that we are now able to welcome the people of Lisburn and Castlereagh Council area, Greater Belfast and visitors from further afield to come and enjoy our hospitality in this beautiful part of the country.”

General Manager Harry McMahon added: “Paul has every right to be proud of Standing Stones Lodge. He has created a first-class facility here on Divis. In the short time that we have been open our restaurant has already proved to be hugely popular with local people and I am confident that we will quickly become a tourist destination. But remember this is just Phase 2, Paul has more plans in development so watch this space!”

Elected Member for the area, Alderman James Tinsley commented: “It is great to see how Paul’s project has developed.  The vision that he had for a first-class tourism facility has been realised and I wish Paul, Harry and the team every success in building up the business.”

For further information please visit: https://standingstoneslodge.com/ or www.facebook.com/standingstoneslodge/

Free tickets for Performance by Philip Orr to mark the end of World War 1, Saturday 1st December, 7pm

Free tickets for Performance by Philip Orr to mark the end of World War 1, Saturday 1st December, 7pm

November 23, 2018

The Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum has commissioned a performance by historian and playwright, Philip Orr, to mark the signing of the Armistice 100-years ago. This saw the end of the Great War (1914-18).  This event will take place on 1st December 2018 at 7pm. Tickets are FREE but must be booked in advance from the Museum’s reception. 

The evening also features period music from singer-songwriter Finbar Magee.  The performance uses letters, photographs and stories from the Museum’s major WWI exhibitions to explore the life stories of men and women from Lisburn before the war, and then after the Armistice, when they returned to civilian life. 

Speaking about the performance, Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, said: “It is wonderful to see stories from Lisburn and objects from the Museum’s collection woven together in this way.

“Like many towns across Britain and Ireland, Lisburn was deeply affected by the Great War and I think it is important that now, on the centenary of Armistice, that this opportunity is available in the City to allow local people to hear about experiences from World War 1, and to reflect on its many sacrifices.”

Philip Orr, author of the bestselling Road to the Somme, added: “The reading tells the story of local men who fought in the Great War, and the difficult experiences of their families at home.  As inspiration I took the famous photograph of the men taken outside Tom Oliver’s pub on Antrim Street in 1915.” 

Email: ilc.reception@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk or Tel: 028 9266 3377.  For more information visit: lisburnmuseum.com

 

Dash, Dash, Dash at Lough Moss Leisure Centre’s Santa Dash - 13th December

Dash, Dash, Dash at Lough Moss Leisure Centre’s Santa Dash - 13th December

November 22, 2018

On behalf of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Leisure and Community Development Committee, along with Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin and special guests, Santa Claus and his holiday elf have launched this year’s Santa Dash, due to take place at Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Carryduff on Thursday 13th December 2018 at 6.30pm.

Organised by the Council’s Sports Services Unit, this year’s Santa Dash, like last year, will provide participants with an evening of festive fun across a choice of 1km, 3km or 5km routes.  Prior to the ‘dash’, there will also be a special Christmas themed warm-up Zumba class to get participants in the festive spirit as well as bouncy castles and refreshments to keep Santa’s littler helpers busy!

Entry cost for this year’s event is £8 per adult and £4 per child, which includes your very own Santa suit ensuring you are suitably dressed and full of Christmas cheer. A donation from each entry will be made to the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s charity, Cancer Fund for Children.

Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee said, “I am thrilled that Lough Moss Leisure Centre is once again the host venue for this festive family fun event. You don’t need to be an experienced runner to take part, so whether you run, jog or walk around one of the three routes, spread the word and let’s get as many Santa dressed runners, joggers or walkers as possible participating in this year’s event in support of the Mayor’s Charity.

Councillor Uel Mackin, Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council added, “I am delighted that proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to my Mayoral Charity, Cancer Fund for Children. I am overwhelmed by the generosity of our community and would encourage people of all ages, abilities and fitness to sign-up, take part and support such a worthy charity. So join in the fun and be a Claus for a good cause!”


Those looking to participate in this year’s event can register by visiting www.theleisureplex.com/activities/santa-dash.  Santa suits can be collected from Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Hillsborough Road, Carryduff from Monday 7th December at 6pm and registrations can also be made in person at the centre.

For further information contact Robbie Geary, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Sports Development Section on 028 9260 0258 or email robert.geary@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

Local Communities Get Set for Christmas Across Lisburn & Castlereagh

Local Communities Get Set for Christmas Across Lisburn & Castlereagh

November 21, 2018

With Christmas just around the corner, 19 local community groups are getting ready to switch-on Christmas lights across the Lisburn Castlereagh area between 28th November and 8th December.

These groups were awarded funding under the Council’s ‘Community Christmas Tree Grants Scheme’. 

Recognising the efforts of all involved, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter, said: “Our community groups work extremely hard to bring communities together; and Christmas switch-ons are the perfect way to enable residents of all ages to enjoy the magic of Christmas locally.  Each switch-on creates a real sense of community spirit and is an ideal way to start the festive season with family and friends. 

“Ravarnet will receive funding for a community Switch-On for the first time and I am delighted to see new community groups applying for available funding. The Council is pleased to provide funding for such events and offer support to the groups bringing Christmas celebrations to the heart of our local communities.  I would like to thank all those involved for organising these events and look forward to celebrating Christmas across the Lisburn Castlereagh area.”

Councillor Janet Gray MBE, speaking about the Ravarnet celebrations, said: “It is great news that Ravarnet Community Network has secured financial support for an event that will bring residents together in the centre of the village.  I am looking forward to attending this festive event and celebrating with neighbours, friends and colleagues.”

Anybody wishing to find out more about Community Switch-On events should contact Community Services at Bridge Community Centre on 028 9244 7713 or visit www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/community

Chilled Out Vibe at Lisburn Light Festival

Chilled Out Vibe at Lisburn Light Festival

November 21, 2018

As part of the Lisburn Light Festival specially adapted relaxed performances of the animated light shows will take place on Monday 3 December from 5pm – 7pm and Thursday 3 January from 3pm – 5pm.

With some flashing lights featured in the light shows throughout the festival the ‘Relaxed Nights’ will offer families an opportunity to view the light attractions with quieter music and fewer lights.

For anyone overwhelmed by the lights or simply looking some chill out time a Quiet Space will be installed in Market Square on both nights which is designed to provide a safe space for those individuals who experience light and /or sound sensitives or those with special needs such as autism, hearing sensitives or visual impairment and who wish to enjoy the festival in a more relaxed environment.

Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee, Alderman William Leathem, comments: “The Council has worked with local schools and other support agencies to develop the concept of the relaxed nights, creating a quiet space and reducing the sensory aspects of the light show. There will also be a story board to view in advance so people can familiarise themselves with the festival before they visit. It is important that everyone is given the opportunity not only to experience the Lisburn Light Festival but to enjoy it as well.”

“There are lots of other activities and events on during the festival and opportunities to visit shops and restaurants as they open later into the evening so there really is something for everyone”, he concluded.

For information on the Lisburn Light Festival please visit: www.visitlisburncastlereagh.com/christmas/lisburn-light-festival 

Next generation of Entrepreneurs sharpen their skills

Next generation of Entrepreneurs sharpen their skills

November 20, 2018

Over 400 Primary six students from across the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area gained an insight into the world of business and entrepreneurship at a recent event developed by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, in partnership with Young Enterprise.

Speaking about the initiative Vice-Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, MBE, explains: “The event, which ran during Global Entrepreneurship Week, invited Primary six pupils from across ten schools to Lagan Valley Island to put their own entrepreneurial skills to the test through a series of tasks.  Introducing the children to the concept of entrepreneurship at this early age will give them time to build up the necessary skills and understanding of what is involved in running their own business.  This initiative is perfect to achieve this and working with Young Enterprise the Council is proactively setting the foundations for the next generation of entrepreneurs who are creative and resilient.”

All the pupils took part in a ‘Build your successful business’ task where they had to build a tower that represented business and present on what they thought were key elements to making a business a success.  For the main task pupils worked in groups of five to create a new product for a ‘fantasy nation’.  Each nation had its own culture and laws which the children had to take into consideration when coming up with their business idea.

The pupils heard from local Entrepreneur Gayle Currie from ‘MiBudi’ – a child-friendly communication device for schools.  Gayle spoke to the students about the importance of building their enterprise and entrepreneurial skills, how to start a business and the key ingredients to making that business a success at home and abroad.

Carol Fitzsimons MBE, Chief Executive with Young Enterprise NI, added: “We commend the Council for supporting the education system in the development of young people. Many young people have no experience of applying enterprise skills and don’t always realise the growing significance of these skills to employers across a range of sectors. This programme will equip them with the skills they need to develop bright careers in whatever industry they choose.”

Musical Christmas Cracker at Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum - Saturday 15th December, 7pm

Musical Christmas Cracker at Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum - Saturday 15th December, 7pm

November 20, 2018

The Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum will host a musical Christmas extravaganza on 15th December 2018 at 7pm.  The evening will feature festive music from award-winning brass band Dynamic Brass, local author and rising literary star Colin Sloan and harpist Ursula Burns.  Tickets must be booked in advance and are £15, with £10 to the Mayor’s Charity.  Entry includes a light supper.  

The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin, speaking about the event, said: “The run-up to Christmas can be a very busy period, and I think it is good to take some time to relax and enjoy an evening of festive music and entertainment.” 

Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, added: “We are delighted to be hosting this event in the Museum and for such a worthy cause: the Mayor’s Charity, Cancer Fund for Children.”

To book or for more information please contact Museum reception: ilc.reception@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk or tel: 028 9266 3377.

Peace Grants launched by the Lisburn & Castlereagh PEACE IV Partnership

Peace Grants launched by the Lisburn & Castlereagh PEACE IV Partnership

November 20, 2018

Lisburn & Castlereagh PEACE IV Partnership is pleased to announce the launch of its PEACE Grants Programme. The overall PEACE IV Programme will enhance reconciliation between communities, promote tolerance and respect, helping to reduce levels of sectarianism and racism. The project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Applications from groups in the Lisburn Castlereagh area are welcomed under one of the following themes - Children & Young People or Building Positive Relations. PEACE Grants start from £15,000 and a total of £78,700 is available under the theme of Children & Young people and £72,500 is available under the theme of Building Positive Relations. Projects can run from January to October 2019 (with the possibility of an extension to December 2019).

The grants will support locally-based projects and initiatives that will promote positive relations between people from different backgrounds and communities. The funding will allow local community groups and organisations to engage in and promote cross community relations.

Announcing the PEACE Grants Programme, Councillor Jonathan Craig, Chair of the Lisburn & Castlereagh PEACE IV Partnership said: “I am delighted that more local groups will have the opportunity to apply for Peace funding. We already have some great projects being delivered across the Lisburn and Castlereagh area and this funding will open up opportunities for those who have not yet got involved. I would urge interested groups to make a pre-application appointment by 30th November to get independent advice and guidance on their project idea.”

Alderman Paul Porter, Chair of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee added: “This grant money will give more groups and organisations a chance to deliver peace building projects that will enhance cross community relations and make a real impact locally”.

To get an application form, you must first make a pre-application appointment where you will receive advice, guidance and support about your project idea. To arrange a meeting, please contact Niamh O’Carolan by phoning 028 9244 7537 or emailing niamh.ocarolan@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk by 30th November 2018. Completed applications must be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 11th January 2019. To see an interactive information video and get further details, please visit www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/peace-iv.

Match-funding has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.

Local War Heroes Will Be Forever Remembered

Local War Heroes Will Be Forever Remembered

November 20, 2018

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council updated the inscriptions of the fallen Armed Forces Personnel on the relevant Council War Memorial across the Lisburn Castlereagh area in advance of the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day.

A total of six new names were added with each War Memorial located in Lisburn, Hillsborough and Moira having two names inscribed. 

Brothers Rifleman Albert and Rifleman Thomas Hawthorne both lost their lives in World War One and their names are inscribed on the Lisburn War Memorial.

Petty Stoker Officer Thomas Graham who died in World War Two and Private James Wilson who died in World War One were added to the Hillsborough War Memorial.  

Private James Bell who died in World War One and Guardsman Trevor Bell who died during the uprising at Aden in 1967 were added to the Moira War Memorial.

Councillor Nathan Anderson, Chairman of the Council’s Corporate Services Committee, speaking about these local heroes said: “It is an honour for the Council to have had the opportunity to add the names of these six courageous Armed Forces Personnel to the appropriate war memorials.  I would like to thank the family members who provided the information of their loved ones to us.  This action has ensured that they will be forever remembered for their bravery and dedication by the local community.

“These brave men died during active service in one of the Great Wars or in the case of Guardsman Trevor Bell during a peace enforcement operation in Aden (now part of Yemen).  War Memorials provide a place for friends and family to pay their respects to loved ones.  They also bring the whole community together each and every November, to remember the enormous sacrifices made by service men and women and their families.”

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council periodically updates the names of the Fallen on its war memorials in Lisburn, Glenavy, Hilden, Hillsborough and Moira in conjunction with the Royal British Legion.

Santa's Reindeer Set to Land in Market Square

Santa's Reindeer Set to Land in Market Square

November 19, 2018

Local schoolchildren have been Santa’s little helpers in preparing his reindeer for Christmas Eve.  Santa will arrive with ten lovingly hand decorated reindeer at the ‘Meet Santa’s Reindeer’ event in Market Square, Lisburn on Saturday 24th November from 12.00pm - 4.00pm.

Come along and admire the stunning display of reindeer, meet Santa and his elves, and jump on the miniature Santa Express train as it travels around the interactive light floor in Market Square.

Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, said: "I know that the local primary school children are looking forward to seeing their reindeer take pride of place in the City Centre. When you are there I encourage you to keep in the festive spirit and watch the captivating Light Canopy Show in Bow Street at 4.00pm.  There will also be enchanting Christmas Tree Light Shows in Market Square as part of the Lisburn Light Festival."

Lagan Valley Island to be Lit Purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

Lagan Valley Island to be Lit Purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

November 15, 2018

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s HQ, Lagan Valley Island, will glow with purple light on Thursday 15th November as part of the Purple Lights for Pancreatic Cancer campaign. Organised by individuals affected by the disease, the campaign is a way to remember loved ones lost to pancreatic cancer, as well as celebrate the lives of those who have survived and raise vital awareness of the disease during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

 

Purple Lights for pancreatic Cancer is supported by charities Pancreatic Cancer UK, Pancreatic Cancer Action, Pancreatic Cancer Scotland, Planets and Guts UK.  The campaign involves the act of lighting purple focal points in villages, towns and cities all over the UK in November, which is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

 

Almost 10,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the UK each year. Sadly, less than 7% of those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive five years or more, and despite being the UK’s fifth biggest cancer killer, the disease receives less than 3% of UK cancer research funding. 

 

Councillor Nathan Anderson, Chairman of the Council’s Corporate Services Committee said: We are delighted to be raising awareness of this dreadful disease by taking part in the Purple Lights for pancreatic cancer campaign. We hope that by lighting up Lagan Valley Island in purple, we will help put a spotlight on a disease that many people still know so very little about.”

 

Nic Dakin, MP for Scunthorpe and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Pancreatic Cancer said: “Purple Lights for pancreatic cancer is a striking and effective way to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer in November. 24 people die a day from pancreatic cancer and the disease has the lowest survival rate of the 20 common cancers, so it is vital that people find out more about it. We’d like to thank all those who are supporting the campaign and helping to light up the UK in purple this November.”

 

If you would like to take part or find out more about Purple Lights for pancreatic cancer, please visit purplelightsuk.org or e-mail info@purplelights.org.uk.

Trio of wins for Lisburn retailers

Trio of wins for Lisburn retailers

November 15, 2018

Three of Lisburn’s independent retailers were recognised with wins at the recent inaugural Northern Ireland Independent Retail Awards 2018. 

Glam Nail & Beauty, owned by Lisa McMahon and trading in Castle Street for 5 years were crowned the ‘Hair & Beauty Salon of the year’ category.  McCall’s, trading since 1956, won ‘Menswear Retailer of the year’ and the well-established Windsor Home Bakery was awarded winner in the ‘Bakery of the year’ category. 

Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee commended the three businesses on their recent win saying; “I would like to congratulate all three on achieving their success at the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Awards 2018. Lisburn has a long and proud history of family run businesses and like many others they bring a uniqueness to the independent retail offering that local people and those from further afield travel to our city centre to experience. We wish the retailers every success for the future and trust they will continue to build upon their recent accomplishment.”

A spokesperson for the awards said “These awards provided a platform to thank those who work hard to serve the local community and market, whose efforts and achievements often remain overshadowed. We would like to congratulate all finalists and winners for their amazing achievements”.

Be Part of European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR)

Be Part of European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR)

November 15, 2018

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council will take part in EWWR, which is taking place from 17th- 25th November.  The theme of this year’s European campaign is ‘Hazardous Waste’. 

To promote the safe recycling of batteries the Council will be running a daily Facebook competition offering residents the chance to win rechargeable batteries and a fast charger if required. Rechargeable batteries can be reused up to 1,500 times, and this significantly reduces waste and saves money for the user over their lifecycle. European Recycling Platform (ERP) is kindly providing these prizes.

Councillor Janet Gray MBE, Chair of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee, speaking about EWWR said: “Our residents are already proactive in recycling of waste and this really makes a difference! We support initiatives like EWWR to remind residents of the positive effects of recycling their waste. The support of ERP this year to raise the awareness of how to responsibly dispose of batteries; and to encourage our residents to use recyclable batteries in their radios, toys, doorbells, alarm clocks and remote controls is great.

“Batteries can be recycled at our three Household Recycling Centres or return them to retailers that have battery recycling banks. Most retailers who sell batteries will also take them back for recycling, just ask a member of staff.  It is very important that batteries are not placed in landfill bins as they contain dangerous chemicals like lead, zinc and lithium.  If placed in landfill these chemicals may leak into the ground as the batteries corrode causing soil and water pollution. Chemical contamination of soil and water can harm animals, humans and the environment.”

Each battery placed in a recycling bin is taken apart and the materials used to make something new.  The Council can offer battery recycling boxes to local schools and community groups free of charge; and these will be supplied and emptied at no cost to the organisation by ERP.

If you would like to take part in EWWR then enter our daily Facebook competition, make full use of your recycling bins, boxes, bring sites and Household Recycling Centres.  You can also contact the Council’s Waste Management team on 028 9250 9453 or email recycling@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk for tips or advice.

For more information on EWWR please see www.ewwr.eu/en

Commemorative Benches and Tommies installed to honour War Heroes

Commemorative Benches and Tommies installed to honour War Heroes

November 14, 2018

The first of a series of memorial benches and Tommies to commemorate this year’s Centenary of the Armistice of the First World War were installed at Maghaberry and Killynure over the weekend to coincide with the Remembrance events taking place across Europe.

Special thanks to Maghaberry Community Association and Killynure Community Association for hosting these local commemorative events and to all members of the public who showed their support. 

Details and locations of Commemorative benches and Tommies can be found at https://www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/news/new-benches-and-tommies-to-honour-war-heroes 

Commemorative bench installed in Maghaberry.

Commemorative bench installed in killynure.

Council invests in Digital Youth

Council invests in Digital Youth

November 14, 2018

Over 140 Year 12 pupils from Friends School Lisburn immersed themselves into a digital world at the recent launch of the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council ‘Digital Youth’ programme.

‘Digital Youth’ is an innovative programme that encourages and cultivates a digital enterprise culture in the region and enables students to develop a stronger foundation in digital skills as well as providing teachers with access to vital professional development video learning.

The programme improves students’ knowledge and understanding of digital technology and aims to widen their career prospects beyond traditional sectors. Before experimenting with a range of technology the students heard from Digital Ambassador Richard Beattie from local company Binary Delights: "This is a great opportunity to demonstrate the strength and benefits of working with digital technologies to the pupils of Friends School Lisburn and it was a pleasure to share my latest development work with them. Over 13 years ago I wrote a guitar tuition application called "e-Guitar" for Windows and Macintosh.  Having the original source code and media files saved digitally has allowed me to seamlessly develop it further to run on modern Android and iOS devices.”

Representing the council, Councillor Janet Gray, MBE, said: “The digital economy is the single most important driver of innovation, competitiveness and growth. It holds huge potential for young people who work in this sector as well as businesses that take full advantage of new opportunities.”

“Through this programme, we aim to harness young people’s entrepreneurial drive as well as equip them with specific digital skills that are increasingly sought after by employers. ‘Digital Youth’ will help hundreds of young people move into employment and put them on the path to future job success.”

Delivered by local charity Young Enterprise NI, students with strong interests and aptitudes in entrepreneurship will be encouraged to explore the idea of setting up a digital business of their own in the future.

Carol Fitzsimons MBE, Chief Executive with Young Enterprise NI, added: “We commend the Council for supporting the education system in the development of young people and the application of their digital literacy. Many young people have no experience of applying digital skills in the workplace and don’t always realise the growing significance of this to employers across a range of sectors. This programme will equip them with the skills they need to develop bright careers in whatever industry they choose.”

Over one million lights to dazzle Lisburn

Over one million lights to dazzle Lisburn

November 12, 2018

In a first-of-its-kind for Northern Ireland over one million lights will dazzle Lisburn City Centre as part of its winter Lisburn Light Festival which runs from 22 November 2018 through to 25 January 2019.

Artistic light installations together with audio-visual technology and festive music will allow visitors to the city to experience a new type of festival that will see Lisburn join cities across Europe celebrate the magic of the season by illuminating their city centres.   

The captivating light canopy covering the length and breadth of Bow Street will produce daily light shows and the new 40 foot animated Christmas tree in Market Square will sparkle, glow and flash in radiant colours projecting over the interactive light floor.  

Speaking about the Lisburn Light Festival Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, said: “This exciting new festival will really put Lisburn in the limelight with an impressive display of light installations and daily light shows.  You can catch the first glimpse of the magical lights at the Council’s annual ‘Christmas Lights Switch On’ event on Thursday 22 November and a full programme of activities for the festival will ensure there is something for everyone. Many shops and restaurants will open later into the evening to ensure visitors can sample some fine food and engage in some retail therapy.”

“The Council is thrilled to bring this festival to Lisburn and we expect thousands to visit this spectacular display.  I have no doubt that bringing something new and fresh to the city will have a positive impact. I would encourage you to come along and enjoy our fantastic line up of free events and make special memories along the way.”

Lisburn Light Festival is part-funded by the Department for Communities. Lynne Mc Donald (Deputy Director, Regional Development Office, Southern Area) stated: “The Department for Communities is delighted to be supporting this exciting new initiative and continues to work closely with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council to support the regeneration of Lisburn City Centre.” 

There will also be two ‘relaxed nights’ when visitors can view the light attractions with quieter music and fewer lights.  These will take place Monday 3 December (5pm – 7pm) and Thursday 3 January (3pm – 5pm). 

For further details of the Lisburn Light Festival please visit: visitlisburncastlereagh.com

Lisburn Light Festival runs from 23 November 2018 through to 25 January 2019 with the Bow Street Light Canopy Show running daily at 4:00pm, 6:00pm and 8:00pm.  Each show will last approximately 10 minutes.
The animated Christmas tree light show will also run daily at 4:30pm, 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

The light shows will involve flashing lights so please take necessary precautions.

Council Working Group Members say Thank You as Centenary Events Conclude

Council Working Group Members say Thank You as Centenary Events Conclude

November 11, 2018

A sincere thank you to everyone who came to, participated in, or worked on the Centenary Events in Lisburn this weekend comes from the Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin; Alderman James Tinsley, the Council’s Armed Forces Champion and Councillor Nathan Anderson, Chairman of the Council’s Corporate Services Committee.

 

The Elected Members of Council have been members of the Council’s World War 1 Centenary Working Group which organised the 100-year anniversary events. 

 

The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin, said: “Today our Events began with the Centenary Remembrance Service in Lisburn at the War Memorial. We then held a Flag Lowering Ceremony at Lagan Valley Island to pay honour to the fallen and to mark the 100th year of the end of World War 1.  A Battle’s Over Beacon Lighting Service took place late this evening at Castle Gardens.

 

“I would like to express my very grateful thanks to all our invited guests, as the Council is very grateful for support from the Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant Mr Norman Walker OBE; Lt Col Karl Frankland; High Sherriff Miss Gillian Bingham, Mr Raymond Corbett from the Royal British Legion and to all; your support is so important to us and very much appreciated.

 

“Our gratitude goes also to members of the public, the many people in our community who came out in large numbers to support the events as well as our Council staff. I was honoured as Mayor to be part of this weekend of events. I would also like to thank the Lisburn Branch of the Royal British Legion for its efforts in organising this morning’s Remembrance Service.”

 

Alderman James Tinsely, said: “The events which took place today took many months of planning. I would like to thank everyone on the Working Group and especially the Council staff who have put in many hours of work to make today’s commemorative events as good as they can be. There are many others who supported our team including those who played music, which was so integral to the events, and the children who came this morning to the Remembrance Service.

 

“I would particularly also include the families who came to the Remembrance Events in Lisburn, Moira and Hillsborough, whose loved ones names have been inscribed on our War Memorials. We have been very pleased to see so many people of all ages come out and be part of the Centenary Events, which are to honour the fallen and to show that we will not forget the sacrifices made by those who have or who are serving their country.”

 

Councillor Nathan Anderson said: “Like my colleagues I wish to put on record my very grateful thanks to everyone in the Council who was involved in getting these events organised. They really excelled in putting together this weekend’s programme of events. We saw the RAF’s 100-year anniversary on Saturday, and today we have attended the wonderful and thought-provoking Remembrance Service in Lisburn, organised with the Royal British Legion. Sunday evening saw the Flag Lowering and Beacon Lighting, which was attended by the local community.

 

“Now that the 100-year events have concluded I hope that their significance will be remembered in the days and months to come. We think of those who have lost loved ones this evening and offer our thoughts and compassion to them. I am sure that today’s Centenary Events will have been so special for very many people.”

Centenary Armistice Marked in Remembrance Service in Lisburn

Centenary Armistice Marked in Remembrance Service in Lisburn

November 9, 2018

A community joined together today at the Royal British Legion’s Remembrance Service in Lisburn as the centenary of the end of the First World War was commemorated.

A two-minute silence was observed and wreaths were laid in memory of the fallen at the Lisburn War Memorial.

The Lord Lieutenant for Co Antrim Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE stood with the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Uel Mackin; Mr Raymond Corbett, Royal British Legion President; Mr Gordon Rogan, Royal British Legion Chairman and members of the Lisburn branch of the Royal British Legion with members of the Hawthorne family in attendance, who came in memory of brothers Albert Hawthorne and Thomas Hawthorne, who lost their lives in World War 1.  Albert was killed in action at Messines in the battle of Passchendaele in 1918 and Thomas was killed at the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

The Council inscribed their names on the War Memorial at Castle Gardens as a lasting legacy and in memory of their service. It also added names of the fallen in the First and Second World Wars to its War Memorial in Hillsborough. The names of James Wilson who was killed in action in France in 1917 and Thomas Graham who died while serving with the Merchant Navy on the HMS Hurworth which was hit by a mine in the Agean Sea in 1943 were inscribed; and family members of the men attended a church service held in Hillsborough on Sunday morning. The names of James Bell and Trevor Bell were added to the Moira War Memorial and family members attended a church service in Moira. James Bell died in the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and Trevor Bell was killed in an ambush in1967 during the uprising against British Crown forces in the former colony of Aden (now part of Yemen).

The Mayor said: “At this very special Armistice Centenary, we remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. I am honoured to welcome families who came to Remembrance Services across our council area; and whose family members’ names will forever be on the area’s War Memorials. It’s an emotional time for the families and our thoughts are with them. It is important that we remember the many people who have lost their lives in war and we must never forget this sacrifice.

“We think too of all the people who have or who are currently serving in the Armed Forces; men and women, at home or far away, and of their families on this most poignant day.”

Chief Executive Mr David Burns accompanied the Mayor and Lord Lieutenant to the Service.  He said: “We stood together and remembered the sacrifice and loss of life from the four years of World War 1, and 100 years since the Armistice, which marked the end of the War. We thought of the many people and of how so many lives were affected and changed forever during this period in our history.

“I would like to express my appreciation to everyone who came to and was part of this very moving Remembrance Service. I would like to thank the Reverend Dark, Reverend Brackenridge, Reverend Dr. Francis MBE CF and the Very Reverend McCaughan, who led us in prayer and the local schoolchildren who participated by placing their crosses at the War Memorial.  The Council is very appreciative to the Lisburn branch of the Royal British Legion for its work and efforts to have made this Centenary Remembrance Service so meaningful.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Council Holds Flag Lowering Ceremony & Battle's over Beacon Lighting Events

Council Holds Flag Lowering Ceremony & Battle's over Beacon Lighting Events

November 9, 2018

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council held a Flag Lowering Ceremony this evening to mark 100 years of the Armistice which ended the First World War in 1918.

The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin led guests in the flag lowering ceremony. The Council’s Chief Executive, Mr David Burns, Aldermen of the Council and Elected Members welcomed the Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Co Antrim, Col Norman Walker OBE and Lt Col Karl Frankland to Lagan Valley Island. The flag was lowered by the Mayor, Cllr Uel Mackin and Mr Raymond Corbett of the Royal British Legion, Lisburn Branch. The Last Post was played by a Bugler and the Piper’s Lament was piped in memory of the Fallen.

A Battle’s Over Beacon Lighting event then took place in Castle Gardens with the Council’s guests, which was open to members of the public. This event saw the lighting of the Beacon as a symbolic light of hope from the darkness of war; and a wish for peace. Churches then rang out church bells including Lisburn Cathedral, Christ Church Lisburn, Ballinderry Parish Church and Ballinderry Moravian Church.

The Council also welcomed the Mayor’s Chaplain, Rev Stephen Hanna, Military representatives, guests from local schools and churches as well as its Freemen and the High Sheriff for County Antrim, Miss Gillian Bingham. Musical accompaniment was provided by a Bugler.

The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin, said: “On the anniversary of the end of World War 1 we remembered those who died, those who were injured and maimed and thought of the many men and women from all those years ago; all of whom underpinned the war effort. It is an honour to be part of this 100-year history and the Council is pleased to have remembered and reflected on this centenary at the events held today. I would like to say a very big thank you to all our guests, to the Lisburn branch of the Royal British Legion and to those who led our services in word, prayer and music.”

Mr David Burns, the Council’s Chief Executive, said: “Collective and individual tributes have been paid to the fallen in the meaningful events held in Lisburn today. I am sure the hearts and minds of many people across the Lisburn & Castlereagh community and beyond will remember the significance of this Remembrance Sunday.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LCCC Celebrates the RAF Centenary In Lisburn

LCCC Celebrates the RAF Centenary In Lisburn

November 9, 2018

The RAF and its Veterans joined invited guests and members of the public in Market Square in Lisburn on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the 100th birthday of the RAF. 

 

On display was the iconic Spitfire aircraft, which was from the Ulster Aviation Society instrumental in the victory of many WW2 battles, including the Battle of Britain, and the evacuation of Dunkirk.

 

Adults and children were able to get up close to the legendary aircraft and sit in the cockpit as the brave pilots of the RAF did over nearly eighty years ago.

 

Memorabilia, exhibitions, video displays and family fun activities were also organised as part of the day’s events.

 

Throughout the afternoon audiences were treated to musical performances from Dynamic Brass and Drills from RAF cadets.






Weather Warning in Place for Northern Ireland for Friday 9th November 2018

Weather Warning in Place for Northern Ireland for Friday 9th November 2018

November 9, 2018

WEATHER WARNING IN PLACE FOR NORTHERN IRELAND FOR FRIDAY 9TH NOVEMBER 2018 (12.49pm)

The NI Weather & Flood Advisory Service has issued the following weather warnings.

A Yellow warning of High Winds, Rain & Coastal events has been issued for Northern Ireland. This warning is in addition to the earlier rain warning.

Warning valid from 13:00 09/11/2018
Valid until 22:00 09/11/2018

Information on any Council services or facilities that are affected by this adverse weather will be posted on the Council's social media platforms, Facebook @lisburncastlereagh, twitter @lisburnccc on this website page.

There is a single nidirect page which you can access for information on the current weather warning https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/winds

For information and useful contacts in an emeregency please click here.

Public Events this weekend for for 100 Years of RAF Formation and Commemorating WW1 Centenary

Public Events this weekend for for 100 Years of RAF Formation and Commemorating WW1 Centenary

November 9, 2018


Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is running a number of events this weekend which are open to the public to attend which will run from Saturday 10th November to Sunday 11th November.


Saturday 10th November - the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the RAF - Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum and Market Square 12.45pm-3.30pm

There’s the opportunity to see and experience sitting in the cockpit of an iconic RAF Spitfire. Air Cadet Drills will be running at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Children can get involved in family craft activities at the event space in Market Square and there will be music from Dynamic Brass.

Elected Members of Council with invited guests will be in attendance with special guests including representatives from the RAF.

 

Sunday 11th November - Remembrance Service War Memorial, Lisburn, service begins at 10.30am

The Council will attend the Royal British Legion’s Remembrance Service, as it does each year, at the War Memorial outside Castle Gardens.  This year as it is the Centenary of the end of World War One, the Council is keen to advise that this Remembrance Service is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

The Royal British Legion will parade to the War Memorial and will arrive there at approximately 10.25am. Elected Members of Council will be in attendance as respects are paid to the fallen and wreaths will be laid at this solemn occasion.

Please note that should you wish to attend that you are advised to be in place at 10am as roads may be affected.

Traffic restrictions will be in place from 10am on Castle Street and Wallace Avenue. 

Anyone wishing to attend the Service can park in any of the following car parks:

  • Laganbank Road Car park 
  • SERC Underground Car Park - Entry via Wallace Avenue
  • Lisburn Cathedral 
  • Grahams Gardens Surface Car Park - Entry via McKeown Street & Graham Gardens
  • Lagan Valley Island - 84 spaces available via Gregg Street entrance
  • Queens Road Car Park 
  • Quay Street Car Park 
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Sunday 11th November 6.30pm - Battle’s Over Beacon Lighting at Castle Gardens, Lisburn

Members of the public are invited to attend a special Beacon Lighting Service at Castle Gardens. This event is intended to mark the centenary of World War One with Elected Members and special guests.

A Beacon will be lit at 7pm and there will be a Tribute to the Millions who lost their lives during this long period in history.  Bells will be rung from Christ Church in Lisburn, at Lisburn Cathedral and at Ballinderry Church. The Beacon will be lit by the Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin.

If you wish to attend this service you are advised to be in Castle Gardens from 6.15pm-6.30pm. The event will begin at 6.40pm.

The Council will also hold a short flag-lowering ceremony on Sunday evening prior to the Beacon Lighting at its Headquarters building.

Anyone wishing to attend the Service can park in any of the following car parks:

Queens Road Car Park 
Quay Street Car Park 

Qatari company selects Lisburn as European Base

Qatari company selects Lisburn as European Base

November 9, 2018

With world headquarters in Qatar, Consulting Company Excelledia has opened its first European Research Based Digital Innovation Centre in Lisburn Enterprise Organisation.

Specialising in Business Performance including ISO Management Systems & Business Frameworks Excelledia helps organisations become more efficient and profitable providing best practices in process and is the brain child of CEO Muhamed Farooque.

The company’s decision to locate in Northern Ireland was first announced in April by Invest Northern Ireland.  The agency is providing support to the company to help create the new jobs.

Muhamed Farooque comments: “In order to be operational in the UK and Ireland, Excelledia has established a research-based Digital Innovation Centre in Lisburn focusing on Business Performance Management.  The centre will be using Artificial Intelligence as one of the key inputs for all the technology innovations and solutions developed.”

“Based on the initial market research keeping the business support, forward thinking and technology adoption as the key criteria, the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area was top of the list for our European base. This was proven right when we met the Council’s Economic Development Team to discuss bringing the business to Lisburn. We have also identified resourcefulness and international support as the other major advantages of being there in the city”, he continued.

Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, Alderman William Leathem, is delighted Excelledia has chosen Lisburn Castlereagh for its new Innovation Centre: "This reflects the confidence that international firms have in what we can offer. I hope that this investment will act as a catalyst for future investment in the ICT service sector here which is recognised as an important sector in promoting economic growth.”

“Having recently received news of Westminster’s commitment to provide £350 million to support economic development projects across the six partner councils as part of Belfast Region City Deal, companies like Excelledia will also be able to tap into significant investment for proposed digital infrastructure projects, such as e-SERC Centre for Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship which will improve the skills and knowledge of the local workforce in this digital era.”

Aisling Owens, CEO of Lisburn Enterprise Organisation welcomes Excelledia to the centre; “We would like to welcome our newest licensee, Excelledia NI, on the occasion of their official opening and wish them every future success. We encourage local and international businesses to avail of the flexible workspace and incubation accommodation that we have available on the Ballinderry Road. Our latest Grade A Office development provides a high spec environment combined with high tech connectivity and fibre to the premises. Having opened earlier this year following an investment of £1.8 million, 75% of the new office space has already been secured by an exciting mix of new and existing businesses, including IT companies and firms working in the creative industries.”

Excelledia plans to sell their latest software product ‘isorobot’ to public entities (City Councils and other major Government Organisations), large corporations and SMEs based in Northern Ireland, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England.

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Investment Team work closely with businesses looking to set up or move to the council area.  For more information please contact: 028 9250 7384

further.space launches £9M alternative tourism business

further.space launches £9M alternative tourism business

November 7, 2018

The Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, Alderman William Leathem, was delighted to visit the Northern Ireland Leisure Show last week to lend his support to tourism entrepreneurs Peter Farquharson and David Maxwell who launched a new and innovative alternative tourism company called ‘further.space’.

The start-up firm, based in Carryduff, aims to establish up to 100 micro tourism joint venture partnerships throughout the UK and Ireland.  The company has set a target to deploy 500 pods in hand-picked locations over the next five years in partnership with landowners seeking to maximise the potential of their land through tourism. 

CEO of further.space, and former founder of Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland, Peter Farquharson said: “My background is in creating sustainable global accommodation solutions.  Whilst it is well documented that the tourist industry is one of the biggest growth industries in Ireland and the fifth biggest industry in the world, often some of our most attractive natural landscapes suffer from accommodation shortages limiting local potential to access the tourist pound.  Our vision is to empower landowners in spectacular off-the-beaten-track locations to create profitable, sustainable and low maintenance micro tourism businesses on their land, that has both societal and economic benefits for the entire area.”

Alderman William Leathem, commented: “It is well known that Lisburn Castlereagh is an entrepreneurial region with innovative products produced right across the area.  The unique offering that Peter and David have developed is extremely forward thinking and will certainly maximise tourism potential through UK and Ireland.  Well done to them both for driving the business forward and I look forward to seeing how the business develops.”

The tourism market on the Island of Ireland attracts 12 million tourists annually culminating in 72 million overnight stays.  As the market grows so does demand for alternative accommodation options with up to 37% of tourists recorded as preferring non-traditional accommodation solutions including pod based ‘glamping’ experiences in spectacular locations.

further.space is the sister company of  Intupod, who manufacture multi-purpose aluminium structured pods in Belfast.  further.space is the customer facing business that will establish a select network of joint venture business partners with landowners and existing tourism ventures in hand-picked locations.  The company offers business partners a complete tourism support package – from financing and planning support to marketing and booking systems.

COO of further.space, and energy efficient housing entrepreneur, David Maxwell stated: “Our research shows that landowners are attracted by the opportunity to diversify into tourism, however the process of establishing a tourism business on their land is often limited by financial or logistical impediments.  The unique further.space joint venture business model means we can provide financial support, planning expertise and booking systems to deliver bed nights.  This allows our partners to concentrate on the experience, by hosting the guests and managing housekeeping and maintenance of the pods on their land.  The model is designed to deliver security and a long-term opportunity to capitalise on a burgeoning tourist industry.”   

Each pod is forecast to deliver an annual revenue of £18,000 per year, with 500 pods over 5 years estimated to generate a total revenue of £9M.  A partnership with four pods on site will generate an annual revenue of £72,000 per year and £360,000 over five years. 

“Unique spaces in unexpected places is the key to success,” surmises Peter: “All locations will be handpicked to create experiences that go beyond the ordinary.  Our pods are designed to bring guests closer to nature and further away from the hassle and pressure of everyday life.  Together with our partners we aim to deliver experiences that provide a unique perspective on life in spectacular locations.”

For further information please visit:

https://further.space/

www.facebook.com/furtherspaceholidays

https://twitter.com/_furtherspace

www.instagram.com/further.space

www.linkedin.com/company/furtherspace/

Celebrating local Sporting Talent

Celebrating local Sporting Talent

November 5, 2018

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh has paid tribute to local sporting talent during the 2018 Draynes Farm Sports Awards held at a prestigious ceremony at Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn.

The event, which was attended by over 200 guests, was hosted by Sports Journalist, Thomas Niblock and included an in depth interview with Women’s Hockey World Cup Silver Medallist and Captain of the Ireland Team, Katie Mullan.

The Sports Awards recognise both individuals and teams from Lisburn & Castlereagh who have excelled in their chosen sport as well as individuals who have contributed to sporting success through coaching or as Club administrators. The aim of the event is to celebrate the immense sporting talent within the Council area and encourage greater participation in sport.

Golfer, Paula Grant was named Sports Personality of the Year. This year, Paula was selected to play for Great Britain and Ireland in the Curtis Cup, which is the female equivalent to the Ryder Cup, making her only the 6th representative from Northern Ireland in the past 86 years to have achieved this prestigious honour.  Her steadfast performances throughout the year led to this selection, placing Paula as the highest ranked Irish player in a number of tournaments. Gold Medallist in the World Masters Athletes Event and Irish record holder, Kelly Neely was awarded second and Irish Downhill Champion and World Downhill Masters Champion, Colin Ross third place in this category.

Due to the overwhelming number of nominations this year, the Junior Sports Personality of the Year was divided into two age categories, under 15 years and under 19 years. The U15 category was won by 12 year old table tennis star, Sophie Earley who had an unstoppable 2018, emerged victorious in a number of tournaments all over Ireland, including achievements at senior level.  Sophie also was the only European representative in her age category to compete at the prestigious World Cadet Challenge in Japan. Second place in the U15 category was presented to Judo Gold Medallist and multi-sport athlete, Lloyd Andrews and third place was won by Cathal Brugha Water Polo Club goal scorer and Silver Medallist, Eva Ramsay.

The U19 Junior Sports Personality of the Year title was won by fencing and multi-sport athlete, Charlotte Slater who enjoyed a tremendous year, becoming the national champion in fencing for the third consecutive year and ranked number one at U17 and U20 level. Charlotte also played for the developing St Patricks Senior Ladies Gaelic Football Team and she represented the Northern Cricket Union as well as gaining international caps in netball. Second place in this category was awarded to the Junior Giants Ice Hockey Captain and U18 GB women’s ice hockey team representative, Kaitlyn Morrison while third place was won by school hockey captain and Ireland and Ulster U18s representative, Andrew Edgar.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Uel Mackin said, “It is a great honour to attend the 2018 Draynes Farm Sports Awards and publically recognise the wealth of sporting talent in Lisburn & Castlereagh.

“A wide range of sports are represented across all nominations, which highlights the diversity of sport within our Council area and the opportunities that are available to the local community to get involved in sport or try a new activity.

“We also have a number of sports stars residing in the Council area, who provide inspiration to clubs and athletes striving to compete at the highest level. I would like to thank Katie Mullan for taking the time to attend the Sports Awards and I know listening to her story about Ireland team’s success at the Women’s Hockey World Cup will provide great encouragement to the next generation of local sporting heroes.”

Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee added, “Lisburn & Castlereagh has a proud history of sporting success producing many World, Olympic, Commonwealth, European and National Champions.

The Council has endeavoured to support these teams and individuals who aspire to reach the highest levels of performance and competition but they also aim to encourage greater physical activity in the wider community by delivering programmes to help those wishing to improve their fitness or take part for the fun and enjoyment of sport.

“Within Lisburn & Castlereagh, the Council takes pride in providing first class facilities for visitors and athletes such as Lagan Valley LeisurePlex and Dundonald International Ice Bowl. It also offers a varied programme of activities through the Council’s Sports Development Unit such as the highly popular Lisburn Half Marathon, 10k and Fun Run, which attracts over 6,500 participants per year, as well as the successful Every Body Active 2020 programme which helps people take their first steps on the road to physical activity.

“I would like to congratulate all the award winners for their achievements and to everyone behind the scenes for their commitment to sport within our local communities. I would like to thank Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh for their continued partnership with the Council and also local company, Draynes Farm, for generously sponsoring the event and acknowledging the important role sport plays in our area.”

Club of the Year was won by Jog Lisburn Running Club with Simply Judo taking second place and Ballymacash Rangers Football Club third place. School Team of the Year was awarded to Wallace High School Second XI Boys Hockey Team with St Patrick’s Lisburn Year 9 Football Team taking second place and Laurelhill Community College U14 Athletics and Cross Country Team securing third place.

Adrian Daye from Jog Lisburn Running Club was presented with the Coach of the Year Award for his hard work and dedication developing the club. Second prize was awarded to Adam Louden from Lisnagarvey Ladies First XI Hockey Team and third place Ciaran McGurk of Cathal Brugha Water Polo Club.

The Senior Team of the Year was won by Lisnagarvey Ladies First XI Hockey Team with Lisburn 2Gether Special Olympics Club taking second place and Lisburn Golf Club Senior Team third place. Lisburn Golf Club, Fred Daly U18 Team was awarded first prize in the Junior Sports Team of the Year. ICAN Judo Club Youth Team achieved second place and Lisburn Rangers Girls U15 Football Team a third place.

The Merit Award was presented to four individuals to recognise the essential and valuable service they provide to their clubs in the pursuit of success in their chosen sport. The Junior Award was achieved by James Nicholson from Carryduff Taekwondo Club while the Senior Merit Award was awarded to Michael Tiffen from Lisburn Taekwondo Club, Stephen Gilmore from Lagan Valley Orienteering Club and Ronnie Smyth from Annadale Hockey Club.

Jimmy Walker, Chairman of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh added his support for the event: “The Sports Awards is definitely one of the highlights of the year for Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh as it gives us the opportunity to recognise, honour and congratulate athletes, teams and coaches for their hard work and dedication to their chosen sport. We hope our nominees will inspire others to participate in sport and help develop sporting talent and healthier lifestyles in Lisburn & Castlereagh. Finally I would like to thank Draynes Farm for kindly supporting tonight’s event, and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council for its continuing funding support to Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh.”

 

 

 

 

Time to say Thank You

Time to say Thank You

November 5, 2018

100 years ago the First World War ended and a new world began. 

This week Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is joining the Royal British Legion in saying thank you to all who served, sacrificed and changed our world.

In the City Centre, the Light Columns at Market Square will shine red and the Light Floor, in the City Centre, will project a giant illuminated poppy, the symbol of Remembrance, in the run up to this coming weekend’s Act of Commemoration, in the City Centre.

Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee said,” the illuminated poppy tribute in the City Centre throughout this week is for all service men and women, past and present and I would encourage residents to come along and see this powerful symbol of our gratitude,” said Alderman William Leathem.

Lagan Valley Island will also be lit up red from Friday 9th November to Sunday 11th November.

“On behalf of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, I say thank you to all those WW1 Soldiers and their wider generation for their war efforts and sacrifices fighting and dying for the freedoms that we enjoy today.  We are forever in your debt and we thank you,” said the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin.

#Thank you 100.

Further details of this weekend’s public events in the City Centre on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November can be found at https://www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk 

 

 

Lisburn Switched On for Christmas

Lisburn Switched On for Christmas

November 5, 2018

With Christmas just around the corner, the festive season will start with the annual Switching On of the Christmas lights on Thursday 22nd November in Market Square, Lisburn from 6.00pm.
 
The Council is looking forward to seeing thousands enjoy this ever popular annual family event including a parade, which this year is themed ‘The Lion, the Switch-On and the Wardrobe’.

Pre-parade entertainment showcasing South Eastern Regional College’s performing arts students who will be distributing giveaways to the crowd and festive characters around the City Centre will commence at 6.00pm, followed by on stage activities including Lisburn Community Children's Choir at 6.30pm. 

A lantern parade involving local schoolchildren and youth groups will parade through the City Centre from approx. 7.00pm and arrive at the stage area around 7.15pm. The brand-new Lisburn Light Festival will also be part of this year's event and over one million lights will sparkle along Bow Street. 
 
Please keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts in the run up to the event to see information on our Switch-On Competition, event updates and information on the Lisburn Light Festival. #LisburnChristmas
 
The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin, speaking about the event, said: “I am looking forward to welcoming thousands to this annual event; and switching on the City’s Christmas Lights with Santa. 
 
"This year, new festive lights have been installed within the City Centre and will make a spectacular display when switched on as part of this event.

"The Switch-On and Lisburn Lights Festival will provide a festive atmosphere on the evening.  Families are encouraged to come along and enjoy the night from 6.00pm,” said Councillor Mackin.

The Parade will leave Bow Street Mall, move up Antrim Street and along Bow Street before continuing round the City Centre, along Market Place and back to Bow Street Mall. 
 
Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee added: "Local young people from across the Council area will take part in the Lantern Parade, carrying their homemade lanterns, accompanied by professional carnival performers."

1st Granshaw Boys' Brigade, Granshaw Girls' Brigade, Ballymacash Primary School, Largymore Primary School, Carr Primary School and Tonagh Primary School will be part of the Parade.

In addition Santa Claus will make an appearance to wish all the boys and girls a very Merry Christmas. 
 
If you are attending the Switch-On, please park in one of the City Centre car parks before joining the festivities in Bow Street and Market Square.  The Graham Gardens Car Park is offering FREE parking to anyone coming along after 5.00pm to have a bite to eat or do some shopping before enjoying the Switch-On.  Or if you plan to join us for the event start time then Bow Street Mall Car Park and all the Council owned car parks will also be free of charge from 6.00pm.
 
For further information please contact the Council on 028 9250 9558.
 

New Benches and Tommies to honour War Heroes

New Benches and Tommies to honour War Heroes

November 2, 2018

Across the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area six World War One memorial benches and seven Tommies are being installed ahead of the centenary commemorative events taking place next weekend (10th &11th November).

Speaking about the installations the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin said: “These beautifully designed steel benches and Tommies offer residents and visitors a place to remember local veterans who were involved in both World Wars and subsequent conflicts.  Many lives were impacted and the Council is pleased to provide the benches and Tommies to the people of Lisburn and Castlereagh so they can reflect, remember and give thanks.”

The Chairman of the Corporate Services Committee, Councillor Nathan Anderson, said: “The benches and six-foot high Tommies are a poignant reminder of the dark days during the First World War. It is important that as a City we remember all the lives that were sacrificed.  With such strong military links it is only right that the Council provides amenities for people to honour our war heroes.  I have no doubt that the striking design on the benches and the silhouette of the Tommies will make the public think about the lives that were lost and the battles that were fought.”

The installations form part of the Council’s commemorative events marking 100 years since the end of World War One.  There is also a planned event to mark the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the RAF.

Speaking about the events, Alderman James Tinsley, the Council’s Veterans Champion, said: “The Council is running a number of weekend events (10th & 11th November) which are open to members of the public to attend. These include an afternoon of free activities at the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum to mark the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the RAF; the Royal British Legion’s Remembrance Service on Sunday 11th at 10.30am (War Memorial, Castle Gardens) and a special Beacon Lighting Service at Castle Gardens later that evening at 6.30pm. This is your opportunity to join with us in remembering our servicemen and women and honour those who lost their lives.”

For further information on all the events taking place please visit: www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

The World War One memorial benches are located in Castle Street, Hillsborough, Killynure, Hilden and Maghaberry.   The Tommies are located in Lisburn, Hilden, Maghaberry, Seymour Hill and Moat Park.

Mayor appeals for Residents to support the Poppy Appeal

Mayor appeals for Residents to support the Poppy Appeal

November 2, 2018

As Remembrance Sunday approaches, the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Uel Mackin would like to appeal to residents throughout the Lisburn and Castlereagh area to support the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Day Appeal.

The Mayor, speaking at the launch of the 2018 Poppy Appeal, said: “I am proud that each year the residents of Lisburn and Castlereagh show unwavering support for this very worthwhile cause and I would like to appeal for their continued generosity again this year in supporting the Poppy Appeal.  These local contributions when added to the Northern Ireland total will raise a significant amount of money to help our veterans and their families.

“I believe it is important to acknowledge the bravery of our Armed Forces, both veterans and serving personnel.  The British troops serve alongside other nations to provide a more stable and secure environment to help ensure the safety of both of those living across the world. 

“The Council recognises the dangers faced by our Armed Forces and their bravery, camaderie and dedication to duty humbles us all. Any injuries received by the brave personnel in battle results in an increased demand on the services provided by the Royal British Legion, so please give generously to assist this worthwhile cause,” said Councillor Mackin.

The Royal British Legion is the UK’s leading charity providing financial, social and emotional support to millions who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces, and their dependants. 

Councillor Mackin added: “The Poppy Appeal provides people with a tangible way in which they can express their gratitude to those individuals who have fought selflessly for the safety of others and I’d like to thank all our residents who continue to support this very special Appeal. 

“I would like to extend my thoughts to those who are grieving or who have suffered a loss, as Remembrance Sunday approaches.  This is a very poignant time of the year and this year Remembrance Sunday marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One.  I would encourage people to attend their church services next Sunday, wherever you worship and please remember those in our community and from further afield who are facing difficult times, whatever those may be.

"Elected representatives will join the National Service of Remembrance in Lisburn hosted by the Lisburn Branch of the Royal British Legion next Sunday morning at Lisburn War memorial; and will lay wreaths as a mark of remembrance for those servicemen and women who have lost their lives through war.  We would like to see members of the public attend this 100th Anniversary Remembrance Service and pay their respects alongside us on this solemn occasion,” he concluded.

 


Presenting the first poppy of the Appeal to the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin is WWII bomber pilot, former
Flight Lieutenant Bill Eames.
 


Pictured with the Mayor, Cllr Uel Mackin at the launch of the 2018 Northern Ireland Poppy Appeal are:
Noel Irwin, Vice-Chairman of Royal British Legion N.I.; Col.Neil Salisbury (President of Royal British Legion N.I. and
John Stewart, Chairman of the Royal British Legion N.I.

Spooky Fun at Dundonald International Ice Bowl Halloween Bowling Competition

Spooky Fun at Dundonald International Ice Bowl Halloween Bowling Competition

November 2, 2018

Adult disability and special needs organisations and community groups enjoyed some ghoulish fun at Dundonald International Ice Bowl recently when they competed in a spooktacular tenpin bowling competition.

Over 150 enthusiastic adults dressed up as witches, wizards, superheroes and ghosts to take part in the Halloween themed competition featuring haunting music, spooky lights and prizes for the best dressed.

The competition was enthusiastically played by all participants with Ravara Training & Resource Centre scoring the highest number of points and securing the 1st place award for the Highest Scoring Team with Edgecumbe Training & Resource Centre taking home the prize of Highest Scoring Male and Suffolk Scorers the prize for Highest Scoring Female.

With so many wonderful fancy dress costumes, judges had a hard time picking just one male and female best dressed winner so ultimately decided on two winners for each category. Action Mental Health and Community Day Services West were both awarded prizes for their magical pumpkin and wonderful witch in the female category while the male prize winners were Everton’s mischievous Mad Hatter and Praxis Care’s masked lizard.

Speaking at the event, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Vice Chairman of the Leisure & Community Development Committee, Councillor John Gallen said, “This fabulous event has been running for over twenty years and once again Dundonald International Ice Bowl has pulled out all the stops to deliver another fantastic competition, with it growing year-on-year in participants.

“The event itself is a great occasion to bring together different organisations and community groups for a fun, sociable activity that everyone taking part can enjoy regardless of their disability. I am thrilled to see so many individuals representing the Halloween theme and dressing up for the event – everyone looks great!

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at Dundonald International Ice Bowl for hosting a spectacular event as well as the staff from the various organisations and groups for supporting the competition each year – many of which I know bowl here on a regular basis.

“I would also like to thank Hunky Dory’s for providing snacks for the competition and look forward to welcoming all the organisations back to the facility very soon,” concluded Councillor Gallen.

 

For further details on forthcoming bowling or Disability and Special Needs School events, contact the Sales and Bookings Team at Dundonald International Ice Bowl on 028 9080 9123/129.


Exciting new chapter for Clenaghans

Exciting new chapter for Clenaghans

November 2, 2018

Alderman Allan Ewart, MBE, Vice-Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee welcomes Leigh Ferguson, the new Head Chef of Clenaghans, Aghalee. 

Set in a rural and picturesque setting on Soldierstown Road at Aghalee, Clenaghans has given a real boost to the local council area offering locals, visitors and tourists a touch of class with their flavoursome dishes and high quality customer service, since re-opening in 2017.

Alderman Ewart comments: “I am delighted to welcome Head Chef Leigh to the team in Clenaghans and I have no doubt that the passion he has for good food and local produce will translate into a memorable dining experience for anyone who comes across the door.  The restaurant is going from strength to strength and I want to congratulate Stevie and Cristina on this new exciting chapter.”

Cristina explains: “Leigh was part of our team in Square Bistro, Lisburn, for over 10 years and it is because of his success there that we are certain he will bring the same level of passion for food to Clenaghans.  We are confident in Leigh’s ability to manage both the kitchen and to continue introducing impressive new dishes, made with local produce, into Clenaghan’s menu.  For everyone here at the restaurant it is important that we create incredible food using quality local ingredients which brings the community back to Clenaghans; for Leigh this is a priority.”

The Business Solutions Team in the Council work closely with the local business community, including Clenaghans, to provide practical and bespoke business support.

For further information please contact the Business Solutions Team on 028 92 509 7383.

Statement from Chairman of the Development Committee on plans to develop a hotel in Lisburn Square

Statement from Chairman of the Development Committee on plans to develop a hotel in Lisburn Square

October 31, 2018

Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee, said: “Today’s announcement, for plans for a hotel in Lisburn Square, demonstrates confidence in the development of Lisburn City Centre.

“Tourism growth, ongoing regeneration and new business, in keeping with the Belfast Region City Deal plans, with a potential new hotel right in the City Centre would bring about substantial economic benefits, new jobs and opportunities.  I look forward to this being explored further through the Council’s Planning Committee under its due process and procedures,” he said.

Council Wins Social Enterprise Award

Council Wins Social Enterprise Award

October 31, 2018

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is very proud and delighted to have been recognised as ‘Council of the Year’ at the recent Social Enterprise Annual Awards, organised by Social Enterprise NI.

Cllr Robert Burgess, Executive Board Member of the NI Local Government Association (NILGA) presented the award to the Council as award sponsors.

Deputy Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Amanda Grehan, speaking about the Award, said: “I am delighted that the commitment of our council to the social economy has been acknowledged regionally.  As a council we work diligently to embrace social entrepreneurship within the Lisburn Castlereagh area.   We fully recognise that social enterprises deliver much needed services, promote inclusion, change lives and provide employment and we are very proud of the social enterprises we have operating in the Lisburn Castlereagh area.”

Alderman Tommy Jeffers representing Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee added: “It is fantastic to have won this Award, which the Council was pleased to receive on behalf of all our local social enterprises as regional recognition of all the great work they do. In the year ahead we look forward to developing a working relationship with new social enterprises in the Lisburn Castlereagh area and progressing partnerships with existing social enterprises. ”

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has developed a new range of innovative and inspiring programmes and initiatives to support social enterprises to address social and environmental challenges and improve people’s lives in local communities and societies.  This support will promote the creation of new social enterprises, develop the growth and long-term sustainability of existing social enterprises and promote the social economy.

Lagan Valley LeisurePlex Launches Paediatric First Aid Courses

Lagan Valley LeisurePlex Launches Paediatric First Aid Courses

October 30, 2018

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Chairman of the Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul  Porter has launched two new Ofqual accredited Paediatric First Aid Courses which will take place at the Council`s Lagan Valley LeisurePlex.

 

Commencing in November, the courses will cover everything you need to know in regards to helping an ill or injured child and have been specifically designed to cater for all needs, from professional child care workers to a parent just wanting to gain a bit more knowledge.  All courses are run by fully qualified trainers using the most up to date training resources and equipment.

 

Taking place in two formats, the IQL Level 3 Emergency Paediatric First Aid Course will take place over four 1.5 hour classes running once a week over a four week period. Set in a relaxed environment, it is aimed at adults looking to gain the knowledge and confidence to deliver first aid to children. For this course, adults are welcome to bring children along to the 90 minute session to likewise introduce them to basic first aid and put them at ease if they ever require first aid in the future.

 

Alternatively, the IQL Level 3 Paediatric First Aid Course, a more in-depth version of the Emergency Paediatric Course, will take place over 12 hours at various times throughout the month and is ideal for anyone interacting with children in the workplace, parents, guardians and family members.

 

At the end of each course a certificate of qualification will be issued to individuals and is valid for three years.

 

Speaking at the launch, Alderman Porter said “First Aid is a valuable life skill and these courses have been developed to give parents and guardians the confidence and skillset to deal with injuries at home, out and about or in the workplace. The courses will cover a range of CPR and first aid skills to provide those looking after children with the skills to administer first aid.”

 

“I would encourage parents, guardians and all those working with children to sign up to these beneficial classes, you never know when the skills could come in useful and help save a life. I wish Lagan Valley LeisurePlex major success in the running of these courses and hope they continue for the foreseeable future.”

 

The Paediatric First Aid Courses will commence in November 2018, for further details please contact Paul McFarland on 02892 448070 or email paul.mcfarland@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

European Strongman Competition Sets Its Sight on Lisburn

European Strongman Competition Sets Its Sight on Lisburn

October 30, 2018

On behalf of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Leisure and Community Development Committee, along with Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Vice Chairman of the Development Committee, accompanied by The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin and event organisers have launched this year’s European Strongman Competition.

The competition will be held at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex on Saturday 3rd November 2018, 10.00am – 5.00pm.  Entry to the event will cost £8 for an adult, £5 for under 14 years and free for those under 6 years. Tickets are available to purchase on the day at the LeisurePlex reception.

The Competition will place Lisburn on the world stage as the six hour event will be streamed live around the world on www.officialstrongman.com for international enthusiasts.

Approximately 60 to 80 competitors will travel to Lisburn to compete in the competition from as far afield as Sweden, Germany, Estonia, Iceland and the Republic of Ireland.  Recognised names hosting and refereeing the competition include three-time World’s Strongest Man and Powerlifting Legend, Bill Kazmier; two-time World’s Strongest Man U105 and multiple Heavyweight Finalist, Darren Sadler and Colin Bryce, presenter of World’s Strongest Man and former Olympian bobsleigher.

Individual events taking place throughout the day-long competition include 300+ Kg Frame Carry, Car and Motorcycle Deadlift, Giant Hammer and Axe Holds along with a Viking Press and Loading Race. 

Dave Warner, Event Organiser said, “The contest will be hard fought for all the categories and we have the best line up of tomorrow’s superstars of strength, both in the male and female category.  Fast paced, edge of your seat excitement is guaranteed.”

The top three competitors from each category will receive invites to the Official Strongman Games World Final taking place this December in the United States, while the Heavyweight Male winner will receive an invitation to compete in one of the televised Giant’s Live events with a direct opportunity to qualify for ‘The World’s Strongest Man.’

Speaking at the launch, Chairman of the Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter said: “The European Strongman Competition is the ultimate test of strength and endurance and I am delighted that Lagan Valley LeisurePlex has been selected to host this year’s event.

“With competitors travelling from all over the world and the event being live streamed, Lisburn will well and truly be put on the map, and indeed, Lagan Valley LeisurePlex as a destination and facility to hold renowned events.

“I have great respect for all those participating next Saturday and encourage everyone to come along next weekend and show their support by cheering on from the sides lines,” concluded Alderman Porter.


 

Lisburn & Castlereagh Secures It's Share of the City Deal

Lisburn & Castlereagh Secures It's Share of the City Deal

October 29, 2018

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and its partners’ welcome the news of the £350 million allocated in today’s budget.   This forms part of close to an overall £850 million investment programme for the Belfast Region City Deal initiative.

The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin, said: “The commitment by Westminster to provide £350 million to support economic development projects across the six partner councils is welcome news. This investment along with the £350 million matched funding from regional sources will play a significant role in growing the Northern Ireland economy over the next number of years.  All the partner projects that were identified in the bid to Westminster will now be progressed to secure jobs, skills and innovation across Northern Ireland.”

Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, added: “The Council will be working very closely with its partners: the Department for Communities, the Department for Infrastructure, South Eastern Regional College (SERC), Historic Royal Palaces and the Department for the Economy to finalise the business cases for projects with a focus on its two primary projects. 

“These are the Hillsborough Tourism Master Plan, which will build upon planned investments at Hillsborough Castle to create a really world class heritage attraction; and the e-SERC Centre for Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. These projects will be supported by a significant digital infrastructure investment fund and a programme of employability and skills for the Lisburn Castlereagh area.  These projects will boost tourism, enhance local infrastructure and improve the skills and knowledge of the local workforce in this digital era.

“The investment in Hillsborough is in line with the Council’s agreed Tourism Strategy and is designed to link the key heritage sites of the village and provide an enjoyable environment for everyone visiting and living in this unique village. A key aspect of the overall City Deal concept is that ratepayers in this Council area will benefit from the partnership with Northern Ireland’s two Universities and local Colleges to drive Digital Innovation and job opportunities within a knowledge based economy.

“I would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work to date and I know that their dedication will continue to get the business cases finalised and the projects underway.  Well done to everyone involved in the Belfast Region City Deal initiative."

Twilight Night by Fairy Light 2018 - a superb Enchanting Evening of Hallowe’en Thrills!

Twilight Night by Fairy Light 2018 - a superb Enchanting Evening of Hallowe’en Thrills!

October 27, 2018

It may have been a nippy night but the weather didn’t stop thousands of thrill-seekers enjoying the spectacle of a theatrical wonderland at Lisburn’s oldest Victorian setting in Wallace Park on Friday 26 October.

The spectacle saw breath-taking acrobatic feats, vibrant, high-impact performances by the infamous SPARK! LED drummers together with a host of bespoke light and soundscapes that captivated the thousands of people attracted to the event, which sold out in under 17 minutes of sale.

Revellers were led through illuminated pathways, which were home to a host of magical creatures, including fairies, trolls and dragons and a feast of other curiosities.

Mischievous pop-up characters, dancers and musicians, playfully roamed freely through the crowd adding to the bewitching atmosphere with the evening closing with a fantastic fireworks display.

Already looking forward to next year’s event, Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee said:

“I am proud to see that Twilight Night by Fairy Light has developed into such a popular annual attraction for both residents from and visitors to our city and it is our intention as a Council to further build upon this success, next year.

I am delighted that all proceeds from the sale of wristbands from this year’s event will directly benefit the Mayoral Charity, the Cancer Fund for Children.”

#MyTwilightNight18 #BePartofHere


 

Public Events for 100 Years of RAF Formation and Commemorating WW1 Centenary

Public Events for 100 Years of RAF Formation and Commemorating WW1 Centenary

October 26, 2018


Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is running a number of events this weekend which are open to the public to attend which will run from Saturday 10th November to Sunday 11th November.


Saturday 10th November - the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the RAF - Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum and Market Square 12.45pm-3.30pm

There’s the opportunity to see and experience sitting in the cockpit of an iconic RAF Spitfire. Air Cadet Drills will be running at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Children can get involved in family craft activities at the event space in Market Square and there will be music from Dynamic Brass.

Elected Members of Council with invited guests will be in attendance with special guests including representatives from the RAF.

 

Sunday 11th November - Remembrance Service War Memorial, Lisburn, service begins at 10.30am

The Council will attend the Royal British Legion’s Remembrance Service, as it does each year, at the War Memorial outside Castle Gardens.  This year as it is the Centenary of the end of World War One, the Council is keen to advise that this Remembrance Service is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

The Royal British Legion will parade to the War Memorial and will arrive there at approximately 10.25am. Elected Members of Council will be in attendance as respects are paid to the fallen and wreaths will be laid at this solemn occasion.

Please note that should you wish to attend that you are advised to be in place at 10am as roads may be affected.

Traffic restrictions will be in place from 10am on Castle Street and Wallace Avenue. 

Anyone wishing to attend the Service can park in any of the following car parks:

  • Laganbank Road Car park 
  • SERC Underground Car Park - Entry via Wallace Avenue
  • Lisburn Cathedral 
  • Grahams Gardens Surface Car Park - Entry via McKeown Street & Graham Gardens
  • Lagan Valley Island - 84 spaces available via Gregg Street entrance
  • Queens Road Car Park 
  • Quay Street Car Park 

 

Sunday 11th November 6.30pm - Battle’s Over Beacon Lighting at Castle Gardens, Lisburn

Members of the public are invited to attend a special Beacon Lighting Service at Castle Gardens. This event is intended to mark the centenary of World War One with Elected Members and special guests.

A Beacon will be lit at 7pm and there will be a Tribute to the Millions who lost their lives during this long period in history.  Bells will be rung from Christ Church in Lisburn, at Lisburn Cathedral and at Ballinderry Church. The Beacon will be lit by the Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin.

If you wish to attend this service you are advised to be in Castle Gardens from 6.15pm-6.30pm. The event will begin at 6.40pm.

The Council will also hold a short flag-lowering ceremony on Sunday evening prior to the Beacon Lighting at its Headquarters building.

Anyone wishing to attend the Service can park in any of the following car parks:

Queens Road Car Park 
Quay Street Car Park 

Brokerstown Road Junction Improvements

Brokerstown Road Junction Improvements

October 26, 2018

Long awaited plans to signalise and upgrade the Junction of the Ballinderry Road and Knockmore Road took a step forward today with the commencement of preliminary ground works.

The proposals are due to improve access onto the Knockmore Road and will deliver additional lanes to facilitate better traffic movement.

The work is the start of a series of junction improvements due to take place along the Knockmore Road and at the Ballymacash Road, which was intended to enable new housing development in the area.

The junction improvements are being delivered by the developers, subject to licence by Department for Infrastructure (DfI) Road Service. Speaking on behalf of one of the developers Lagan Homes, Conor Mulligan said:

“This is an important first step to delivering the road infrastructure to enable much needed new homes in the Brokerstown area. We appreciate that the roads have become congested and these upgrades are required to improve traffic flow and enable new homes in the area, and will relieve current issues being experienced by residents. This is the first step to addressing an existing issue, and is part of our commitment to current and future residents. We are conscious of the disruption these works could have on commuters and are working closely with DFI to keep this to a minimum.”

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP for Lagan Valley commented: “The Knockmore Road is one of Lisburn’s arterial roads and its main junctions have been inadequate for many years now. The people of Lisburn will be all too aware of the dangers and difficulties when turning into or crossing the Knockmore Road and, tragically, we have had far too many fatalities, injuries and near misses along this stretch of road.  That is why it gives me great pleasure to announce the commencement of improvements and know that this has been long anticipated for many years. I have no doubt that these improvements will ultimately save lives.

“I want to personally thank everyone who has been involved over the years to help secure these works. I have personally felt the frustration at the various obstacles which have stood in the way over the years and want to put on record my thanks to all those who have worked tirelessly to overcome them and have demonstrated a great collective will to deliver for the people of Lagan Valley. Particularly I want to thank Lagan Homes along with the Department for Infrastructure and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council for showing the willingness to continually meet with both myself and Robbie Butler MLA, and other MLAs and councillors to ensure that these much needed improvements were delivered.

Chairman of the LD1 Brokerstown Lands Cross Party Steering Group, Alderman Leathem has been an advocate for road improvements in North Lisburn and is pleased to see the first upgrade begin, once the licence has been issued and agreed with the Department for Infrastructure, by Developers, Lagan Homes.

Alderman Leathem said: “Following long-term discussions about the requirements for better traffic flow and road infrastructure, I’m pleased to see this work at the Brokerstown Junction upgrade. I travel on the Ballinderry and Knockmore Road often and this junction’s improvement is necessary, and, also for alleviating traffic pressures on surrounding smaller roads. This is one of the busiest junctions in Lisburn.

“I would like to thank everyone involved including Mr Paul Givan MLA who has worked with me over the years in pushing for the road upgrades, as well other MLAs, including MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson; the Cross Party Steering Group and the Council.

“The Council through its Steering Group has been working hard with the developers, the community and the Department.”

Vice Chair of the Steering Group, Councillor Amanda Grehan, said: “This is a popular area to live and work in, and the surrounding roads are therefore very busy. The roads infrastructure needs upgrading to best suit the needs of the local area and vehicle flow. The Council is glad to see things progressing in the first of a series of junction improvements for North Lisburn and we will be checking on its ongoing progress as the Developer-led development works get underway.”

The junction upgrades were designed to support the delivery of up to 1800 new homes in the Brokerstown area as part of a masterplan now being delivered by several housing developers.

 

Twilight Night by Fairy Light, Tonight, Friday 26th October 2018

Twilight Night by Fairy Light, Tonight, Friday 26th October 2018

October 26, 2018


Entry to Twilight Night by Fairy Light on Friday 26th October 2018

Gates will open to Twilight Night by Fairy Light wristband holders only at 7pm tonight, Friday 26 October. The Council advises that all ages of wristband holders should be wearing their bands when they arrive at the park.  Wristbands were sold on the condition that one was to be purchased for each person attending the event irrespective of their age ie babies and toddlers must have their own wristband.

Entry is subject to Terms and Conditions and is via the Belfast Road & Magheralave Road entrances. Assistance Dogs are only permitted but please note there will be loud noises.

Twilight Night by Fairy Light is a popular event and attracts large crowds. No parking is available onsite and parking restrictions will be in place in areas surrounding Wallace Park. Limited parking is available at the Parkmount Car–park for Blue Badge holders. Visitors are respectfully asked to extend all reasonable courtesy to the needs of local residents.

In the interests of safety, Wallace Park will be closed to public access on Thursday 25 October, 10am until 2pm and from noon on Friday 26 October until 9am Saturday 27 October. In addition, the Parkmount Car–park will be closed from 10.30pm on Thursday 25 October until 9am on Saturday 27 October 2018, with the limited exception of Blue Badge holders on the evening of the event.

This is an outdoor event and it is anticipated it will go ahead regardless of the weather. However, in extreme weather conditions the Council reserves the right to cancel or adjust the event programme. 

In heavy rain, please be prepared for uneven, slippery and muddy surfaces in the park. We would encourage you to stay on the guided pathways. Regardless, we advise wearing suitable weather–proof footwear and clothing.

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council (the Council) requests that patrons assist in creating a shared event space. It also reserves the right to restrict access to events if it is deemed by the Council that a patron(s) is/are in breach of this position. The Council also has a duty to ensure equality rights are protected under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act and reserves the right to restrict access to events should a patron behave in a way that is likely to constitute a breach of these obligations. 

  • Flags, emblems or other paraphernalia of a political, sectarian, racial or partisan nature will not be permitted on site.
  • Security personnel are authorised to deal with anti–social behaviour by escorting offenders from the site. 
  • Security personnel are authorised to perform searches on entry to the park. Failure to cooperate may delay or restrict your entry to the park. 
  • Alcohol is NOT permitted on site. Trained security personnel are authorised to conduct searches for and confiscate alcohol. In order to avoid confiscation, patrons have the opportunity to place alcohol in the bins provided. These items will be disposed of by the Council. 
  • Young people under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Should you leave the event you may not be able to re–enter; this will be at the discretion of the stewards and may be dependent on the site reaching capacity. 

Dogs

  • Only Assistance Dogs will be permitted onsite. *Please note there will be loud noises and bright lights* 

Special Effects

  • Smoke effects, strobe lighting, lasers and loud noises will occur at this event.

Unauthorised Activities

  • Unauthorised charity collections, leafleting, selling or promotional activity are not permitted on site.
  • No bicycles are permitted onsite.
  • No glass, hand–held fireworks or naked flames are permitted onsite.
  • As per legislation and Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council by–laws, UAVs/drones should not be operated within or in the vicinity of Wallace Park. In such cases authorities will be notified and further action will be taken.

Personal Safety and Property

  • Whilst onsite, attendees assume all risk of injury and all responsibility for property loss, destruction or theft and release organisers, sponsors, performers, venue and their employees from any liability.

Parking and Accessibility

  • There is no parking available onsite other than limited parking for Blue Badge holders at Parkmount car–park at the Belfast Road side of Wallace Park.
  • All Blue Badge holders MUST fully and correctly display their permit on their vehicle’s dashboard. Parking restrictions will be in place in areas surrounding Wallace Park.
  • Visitors must extend all reasonable courtesy to the needs of local residents. Please use public car–parks within the Lisburn area. For further information please visit www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/resident/environmental-health/off-street-car-parking-charges
  • A tarmac drive leads through the park area. While the site is accessible, we ask all attendees to operate caution underfoot in grass areas or on uneven surfaces.
  • For attendees visiting the event with individuals on the autism spectrum, you can join our fast–track queue by simply approaching one of our Security Personnel at the park entrances who will make all reasonable attempts to assist you.
  • Please note that you must present your Autism Alert Card, National Autism Card or JAM Card to avail of this queue–busting service.  There is also a ‘quiet space’ in Wallace Park with sensory packs, if required. 

Use of Photography and Filming at Twilight Night by Fairy Light 2018

The Council will be recording Twilight by Night by Fairy Light 2018 through film and photography for public and media distribution.
This may include the actual or simulated likeness of individuals in connection with the production, exhibition, advertising, electronic representations or exploitation of any photography, film, video or audio recording of Twilight Night by Fairy Light 2018.
Images may also be recorded by PSNI and the Council’s security personnel at Twilight by Night to ensure the safety of those attending the event and for the purposes of the prevention and detection of crime.

By attending Twilight Night by Fairy Light 2018 you agree to these terms and any other Terms and Conditions the Council may impose.

Thank you for your cooperation.

For further information please contact ISLAND Arts Centre on 028 9244 7452. 

Lisburn & Castlereagh Renews Fairtrade City Status

Lisburn & Castlereagh Renews Fairtrade City Status

October 25, 2018

Lisburn & Castlereagh has successfully renewed its Fairtrade City status for two years as part of the Council’s commitment to promoting Fairtrade principles.  This status includes Lisburn City and the towns of Carryduff, Dundonald, Hillsborough, Culcavy and Moira.

The achievement was celebrated at the Fairtrade flowerbed on Hillsborough Roundabout which was planted to mark the occasion and highlight Fairtrade across the Council area.

Lisburn & Castlereagh was first awarded Fairtrade City status in 2017 by both the UK Fairtrade Foundation & Fairtrade Ireland, in recognition of the strong support for Fairtrade within the City, and the achievement of five qualifying goals, such as a wide availability of Fairtrade products in local shops and catering outlets, high levels of support from local people, businesses, the council, faith groups and schools.

Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Vice-Chair of the Council’s Development Committee said: “We are delighted that Lisburn & Castlereagh continues to be a Fairtrade City. It’s great that more local residents and businesses are becoming aware of what Fairtrade means and the difference it makes in many lives around the world.”

Dr Stange - Consul General, St. Vincent and the Grenadines added: “Thanks to the ongoing support of the council, public and campaigners, an increasing number of farmers in developing countries are now selling their products on Fairtrade terms, bringing them a stable income, and the chance to trade their way out of poverty.” 

Made in Lisburn Castlereagh - Bridging the skills gap

Made in Lisburn Castlereagh - Bridging the skills gap

October 25, 2018

Over 1200 local school children and members of the public visited Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s ‘Made in Lisburn Castlereagh’ event yesterday (24th October) celebrating local businesses and job and apprenticeship opportunities.

With 38 exhibitors, comprising of local manufacturers, training providers, business support agencies and further education colleges there was a positive atmosphere in Lagan Valley LeisurePlex with a clear determination to bridge the skills gap in the local economy.

Opening the event the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Uel Mackin, said: “I believe if you have something you are proud of, you need to let people know about it. The platform provided at our Made in Lisburn Castlereagh event has certainly achieved this.  Everyone who came across the door will now understand that we are an entrepreneurial and innovative region supported by an ambitious Council.  It also sends the message to other Northern Ireland councils that we continue to lead the way in driving forward economic growth with our pioneering initiatives.”

The Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, Alderman William Leathem, thanked the local business community for supporting the event: “Made in Lisburn Castlereagh is very much about opportunity; an opportunity for local businesses to tell their story of what they make and what they do day and daily and it is also an opportunity for young people or those wishing to make a career change to discover what jobs and apprenticeships are available and what skills they will need to succeed. We enjoy a close relationship with our local business community and it is through events like ‘Made in Lisburn Castlereagh’ that we can achieve positive and tangible results.   Thank you to all the exhibitors for taking part and to everyone who visited.”

Special thanks to all businesses who have taken part in the 2018 Made in Lisburn Castlereagh showcase and special thanks to our event sponsors local company Smiley Monroe.

Regional Partners go to Westminster to unlock the Belfast Region City Deal

Regional Partners go to Westminster to unlock the Belfast Region City Deal

October 24, 2018

A delegation from Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council travelled to London today (24th) to represent our area at a specially arranged regional Westminster Reception, designed to showcase the once in a generation Belfast Region City Deal  to prospective stakeholders and influencers in Great Britain.

This first of its kind City Deal in Northern Ireland aims to deliver £1billion of co-investment, from both the public and private sector, and create over 20,0000 new and better jobs over a 10 year programme.

Six local Councils, including Lisburn & Castlereagh, as well as our two universities and further education colleges have been working together for the past six months to bring together an ambitious collaborative programme of investment in the areas of digital innovation, infrastructure, tourism led regeneration and employability and skills.


The Lisburn and Castlereagh Delegation at Westminster with its Regional Partners.


Partner councils at #Westminster today as the #BRCitydeal was showcased with the once in a generation Belfast Region City Deal to prospective stakeholders and influencers in Great Britain.


Local projects submitted in the bid include the Hillsborough Tourism Master Plan, in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces, which will build upon planned investments at Hillsborough Castle, Fort and Forrest to create a world class heritage attraction.

In partnership with the South Eastern Regional College, plans have also  been developed for a leading edge Innovation Hub, creating an E-SERC Centre for Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 

In addition the City Deal submission includes a proposal for the second phase of the Belfast Rapid Transit system which will present significant economic opportunities for the Council.

These projects are expected to create £50 million over the Deals’ lifetime for our local area, in addition to the significant economic opportunities and spin offs for the Lisburn Castlereagh area associated with the other regional projects submitted from across the partner council areas.

Councillors will today be joined by the local MP, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, as well as representatives from SERC and the local business community including McGreevy Engineering, Assa Abloy, The Tower Group and Hinch Distillery at Westminster, bringing together  key decision makers from government, House of Commons, House of Lords, The NI Assembly, universities, further educations colleges and the wider business sector across Northern Ireland.

Speaking as the Council Delegation set off, the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Amanda Grehan said: “Today is the next step towards securing a successful City Deal for our region and, along with our partners, we will be doing all we can to negotiate the best possible deal for the Region.  The delivery of our local projects, within the City Deal bid,  combined with the initiatives  of our partners in neighbouring Council areas will ensure a successful outcome for both Lisburn & Castlereagh  and  Northern Ireland PLC in terms of jobs, visitor numbers, innovation and investment,” said Councillor Grehan.

It is anticipated that an announcement will be made in the Autumn budget on Monday 29th October.

For more information go to www.belfastcity.gov.uk/belfastregionalcitydeal

Second Double Award Secured for Hillsborough at Britain in Bloom

Second Double Award Secured for Hillsborough at Britain in Bloom

October 22, 2018

The beautiful village of Hillsborough was awarded Gold in the Large Village Category and was the Overall Category Winner at the prestigious Britain in Bloom Awards 2018, organised by the Royal Horticultural Society. 

The Awards Ceremony took place in the Belfast Waterfront on Friday 18th October.  Competition finalists from across the UK attended representing the highest standards of horticultural practices including floral design and display.

The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Uel Mackin attended the Awards with Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Leisure & Community Development Committee.  The Mayor accepted the Awards with Mrs Dawn Mitchell McEntee, Secretary of Hillsborough Community Association.

The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin, said: “It is wonderful to see national recognition for all the hard work of everyone involved within Hillsborough.  The village looked fabulous this year, and definitely deserved this Gold Award.  To compete in this national competition involves significant planning from the design stage through to nurturing and maintaining the displays.

“Hillsborough was judged for its horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility.  Immense pride is taken throughout the year to ensure the area is a beautiful and natural space for everyone to enjoy.  I would like to congratulate both the local community and the Council team for keeping the village blooming.”

Alderman Paul Porter added: “Hillsborough has had a great week winning two awards at the Best Kept NI Amenity Awards and then being awarded Gold as the best Large Village at Britain in Bloom.  To receive Gold in this category is a huge accolade and acknowledges the creativity of our teams in producing such wonderful displays and the high standards that we maintain throughout the year.

“We look forward to showcasing this historic village again in next year’s floral competitions.  I would like to commend the local community, schools and businesses who all played such a crucial role in Hillsborough winning these fantastic awards in 2018. Well done everyone!”

The full results for the RHS Britain in Bloom finalists representing Ulster are:

 

Entry Category Award
Ballymena Large Town Gold

Joint winner of discretionary award: Wild About Gardens
Belfast City Gold
Castlecaulfield Village

Gold and category winner

Community champion award: Bob McClure

Derry Small City Gold
Hillsborough Large Village Gold and category winner
Alderman Jim Dillon MBE receives a Lifetime Achievement Award

Alderman Jim Dillon MBE receives a Lifetime Achievement Award

October 22, 2018

A long-serving councillor, Alderman Jim Dillon MBE, of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to local government at the 2018 NILGA Local Government Awards.

Alderman Dillon has a vast array of experience in local government. He was first elected to the then Lisburn Borough Council in May 1977. During his 41 years as an Elected Member of Council he has sat on and held Chairman positions of numerous Council Committees.  He is currently Chairman of the Council’s Capital Projects Committee.

He was Deputy Mayor of Lisburn City Council from 1998-2000 and Mayor from 2000-2002 at the time City Status was awarded to Lisburn.

Following local government reform, Alderman Dillon was once again elected to the new Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council in 2014 and he has continued to play an active role.

Alderman Dillon said: “I’m very honoured to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award. Really the time has gone by so quickly. During my time in local government I have always carried out a full role in Council business and I have a real passion for local issues and making the area as good a place as it can be. I have worked with many Elected Members, Chief Executives, Directors and Council employees and I now look forward to working with our new Chief Executive, Mr David Burns.

“I started my political career as a locally-elected representative when the Council sat in Hillsborough, which I look back on fondly, and I was very involved in seeing Lagan Valley Island take its place as the modern headquarters landmark building it now is. I have had many privileged moments and highlights, and I count some of my very best friends from relationships formed at the Council.”

Congratulating Alderman Dillon, the Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin, said: “Jim is part and parcel of the fabric of the Council. He is deeply respected for his wisdom and his knowledge which spans over many years. Never one to skirt around facts Jim does not mince his words and he is consistently straight to the point. He saw this headquarters building rise from an unused patch of land to the large community-based building it is today, and he is one of the very few Elected Members who sat on the old Council when it was based in Hillsborough.

“Jim represented the Council as Mayor and welcomed Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to Lagan Valley Island’s official opening in 2001, as well as hosting and overseeing many Royal visits, civic, ceremonial and community events.  I am really delighted to see Jim receive this recognition, it is richly deserved and I speak on behalf of his many friends and colleagues on the Council.”

The Council’s Interim CEO, Mr Jim Rose, said: “Alderman Dillon justly deserves the recognition of this Lifetime Achievement Award. As a long-time employee myself I have worked with Alderman Dillon over the last 16 years. His wide experience across local government over such a lengthy period means his counsel is always worth seeking.

“He is a devoted father to his son, a very busy grandfather and very involved at the family farm in Moira, juggling the many demands he has on his time to fit everything in.

“He has always wanted the Council to serve its citizens to the highest standards, and he is very quick to speak up and create, or join debates in Committees and in the Chamber. Alderman Dillon has been very instrumental in his economic development work in supporting business and industry, tourism and capital developments over the years, and he is always looking out for progression.

“He is highly respected across the organisation with Members of Council and staff alike. The Council has benefited from the decades he has spent here as a locally-elected political representative working on behalf of his constituents and in the interests of the greater Lisburn area, now Lisburn Castlereagh.”

 

Lisburn Castlereagh area fairs 'Best' for Floral Displays at the Best Kept Awards

Lisburn Castlereagh area fairs 'Best' for Floral Displays at the Best Kept Awards

October 18, 2018

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s area received four awards at the Best Kept Awards 2018 including the top honour of ‘Best of the Best’ for Hillsborough’s floral displays.

Hillsborough was awarded the Best Large Village and Best of the Best, Maghaberry won Best Newcomers and Moira was Runner up in the Small Town category.

This year’s awards took place at the iconic Ardhowen Theatre in Enniskillen and were in association with George Best Belfast City Airport.

Alderman James Tinsley, who attended the Awards, said: “It is wonderful that the fantastic efforts of the Council and local communities has been recognised regionally by a panel of independent judges.  To have Hillsborough, home of the Queen’s residence in Northern Ireland, crowned ‘Best of the Best’, the prestigious overall award is excellent news. 

“This charming village impressed the judges with the extensive community involvement and effort from local businesses to work with the Council to improve the village.  Hillsborough stood out to the judges due to its artistic floral arrangements, colourful hanging baskets and residents’ enthusiasm for working as a team to create something beautiful.

“Maghaberry received the ‘Welcome Award’, which is designated for areas which have not entered before or within the past five years.  The judges were impressed with the progress made over the last year with residents taking great pride in their community, creating a beautiful space with flowers and hanging baskets decorating the village.  There was strong partnership working evident between the local community groups, businesses and churches.  I have no doubt that winning this award will be a further inspiration for Maghaberry to continue to make practical improvements to its community which is enjoyed by everyone.

“Moira was a runner-up this year but this historic village has a proven track record of floral awards including having won the ‘Best Small Village’ category in recent years. The local Moira community works hard each year to maintain a high aesthetic standard to this popular village, which is home to many shops, eateries and boutiques.  Moira is full of floral colour and has very welcoming locals who make you feel at home.”

These awards were organised by the Northern Ireland Amenity Council and its president, Doreen Muskett, said: “It is wonderful to recognise the excellent efforts that have been put in from each town and village represented. The fantastic work that has been carried out, largely by volunteers, emphasises the value of civic pride and the importance of making practical improvements to future-proof our communities.

“The Best Kept Awards would cease to exist if it wasn’t for our judges, volunteers and enthusiastic participants from across Northern Ireland. A special thank you to Belfast City Airport for its continued support of the awards and dedication to environmental initiatives.”

Michelle Hatfield, Director of Corporate Services at Belfast City Airport, added: “On behalf of Belfast City Airport, I want to congratulate Hillsborough and its residents for their unwavering loyalty to their community. Their impressive landscaping is a result of hard work throughout the year, which has led them to be crowned the ‘Best of the Best’.

“It is an honour to support the Best Kept Awards, now it its 61st year. Hearing about the direct impact that volunteers have on residents, businesses and the wider community is incredible, with ongoing efforts taking place to maintain the high aesthetic standard that the awards demand.

“The Best Kept Awards have helped to motivate and inspire generations to get involved locally, something that Belfast City Airport also encourages through its Corporate Responsibility programme, which supports various clubs, groups, schools and environmental initiatives throughout Northern Ireland.”

Excitement builds for the 'Made in Lisburn Castlereagh' showcase

Excitement builds for the 'Made in Lisburn Castlereagh' showcase

October 17, 2018

Excitement is building with just one week to go until the ‘Made in Lisburn Castlereagh’ free event in Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Wednesday 24th October.

Following from the success of last year the 2018 event will see 37 local businesses and training providers offer jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities as well as using the event to showcase their product range.

Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, commented: “There is no better opportunity to learn more about the first-class business base we have and the great innovative products that are made right here on our doorstep.  Many of our leading businesses have high growth plans and want to use this event to highlight career opportunities they have.  If you are looking for a new job, a change of career or just a steer in the right direction this is an event you do not want to miss.  We are fortunate to have so many great businesses located in our Council area and on the 24th October we open the doors to the public and help bridge the skills gap in our local economy.”

A number of workshops will run during the event aimed at ‘helping you get the job you want’; presentation skills for employment and social media etiquette.

The Made in Lisburn Castlereagh free event is open to the public 10am to 3pm and you do not need to book.   

For a full list of participating businesses please visit: www.madeinlisburncastlereagh.com or for further information please contact: Neil Dalzell, ND Events at: neil@ndevents.co.uk / Tel: 028 9263 3232

Drone use within public spaces in the council area

Drone use within public spaces in the council area

October 17, 2018

The Council and the PSNI would like to remind residents and visitors to the Lisburn Castlereagh area that drones are not permitted on Council property without prior consent.

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council will only consider granting permission to licenced drone operators and this is to ensure the safety of everyone in our parks and open spaces.

Drones are popular and it is imperative that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations are followed by those operating them.  These regulations require that drones are flown in a safe, controlled manner and take account of people on the ground, properties in the area and any other aircraft. 

Any drone operator that fails to comply with the CAA regulations could be subject to fines or prosecution.

Should anyone have a query about drones flying in the Council area please contact the PSNI on 101 or visit the PSNI website at www.psni.uk/advice_information/drones----small.../drone-faqs/

Castlereagh Hills Golf Club Secretary Honoured at Council Reception

Castlereagh Hills Golf Club Secretary Honoured at Council Reception

October 16, 2018


Mr Jimmy Gibson was recently recognised for his contribution to local sport by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.

Family, friends and golfing partners joined Jimmy, himself a former English FA football referee, at a Civic Reception, recently held at Castlereagh Hills Golf Club.

Jimmy was instrumental in the establishment of Castlereagh Hills Golf Club in 2005.  He has held many voluntary positions, both in the Club and Golf societies.  He was the inaugural Club Captain in 2005 and was Club President for two  years from 2012. Jimmy  is currently the Honorary Secretary of the Club, a position he has held since 2014.

As a mark of the high esteem that Jimmy is held by the Club and Council, The Members’ Room at Castlereagh Hills Golf Club will now be renamed ‘The Gibson Room’.

Speaking at the event, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter said: “We are delighted to recognise the sporting contribution that Jimmy has made to local sport, not least being a driving force, if you pardon the pun at Castlereagh Hills Golf Course.

“Clubs and societies would simply not exist without the voluntary efforts of so many, working away tirelessly behind the scenes, sometimes with little or no recognition and asking for nothing in return.  Jimmy Gibson is one such man and it is only fitting that on behalf of his members, we thank him for his invaluable service to Castlereagh Hills Golf Club,” he concluded.





New Glass Recycling Facility in Dromara

New Glass Recycling Facility in Dromara

October 16, 2018

Residents of Dromara will be able to recycle their glass at the new bottle banks located at the back of the EUROSPAR on the Rathfriland Road, Dromara.

Councillor Janet Gray MBE, Chair of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee, speaking about the new recycling facility, said: “Any colour of glass bottles and jars can be placed in these bottle banks for recycling.  The Council welcomes this new addition to its bring bank locations and would like to thank the Henderson Group for having it situated on their land.

“It is a convenient central location for local residents and we hope that it will be well used and help to improve on the Council’s glass recycling figure of approximately 1,118 tonnes from bring banks and Household Recycling Centres. 

“While current glass recycling rates are encouraging, the Council believes this figure can be improved upon.  It has been estimated that every family uses on average 330 glass bottles and jars each year and glass is a readily recyclable material which should not be going to landfill.  We would ask that all bottles and jars are rinsed out before deposit in this bring bank,” Councillor Gray MBE concluded.

David Miskimmin, Area Manager from Henderson Group added: “We’re very pleased to make this recycling facility available to residents of Dromara at their local EUROSPAR supermarket and hope it makes it more convenient for people to recycle their goods. 

“At the Henderson Group, we’re determined to lead the way and enable our customers to recycle unwanted items with ease. We hope to roll out similar facilities with stores in other areas in the near future and are encouraging all our customers and suppliers to make use of the bottle bins and try to reduce their levels of household waste.”

Anyone wishing to know the location of their nearest bring bank can visit www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/recycling or phone the Council’s Recycling Team on 028 9250 9453.

Customer Information for Lagan Valley Island

Customer Information for Lagan Valley Island

October 11, 2018

We wish to advise our valued customers and visitors to Lagan Valley Island that on Monday 15th October work will be commencing to construct a “Garden of Reflection” within Princess Diana Memorial Gardens. The project is planned to take approximately 4 weeks. There may be disruption to pedestrians in this area to the rear of the Lagan Valley Island. 

During this time we would request that all our patrons follow instructional signage which will be in place for your health and safety and for the safety of others while entering and exiting Lagan Valley Island.

We will provide further updates on the Council's Facebook page.

Have your say on Council Car Parks

Have your say on Council Car Parks

October 11, 2018

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has commissioned a car park strategy for the 12 car parks they are now responsible for following their transfer from the Department for Infrastructure, and now you have the chance to ‘Have your Say’ on their development.

Speaking about the consultation, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, Alderman William Leathem, said: “We now have a car park strategy and action plan produced by AECOM for the future use of the car parks we are responsible for across Lisburn and Castlereagh and we want as many of you as possible to share your views.  We are inviting you to come along to our public consultation event which takes place Thursday 25th October in the Cherry Room, Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn to learn more about the strategy which addresses the overall requirement for car parking in terms of availability, accessibility and convenience.”

At the public consultation event on the 25th October AECOM will present details of the strategy at 5.30pm and again at 7.00pm.  The presentations will be followed with an opportunity for questions.

The off-street car parking strategy applies throughout the whole Council area but will have a particular focus upon Lisburn City as well as Moira, Hillsborough, Carryduff and Dundonald.

Please note the Draft Car Parking Strategy uploaded for consultation on Monday 24th September has since been amended to exclude the Section 3.3.1 on page 17 Removal of overarching £1 for three hours tariff.

For those of you who cannot attend the public consultation event you view the amended draft strategy and submit your views online:  https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/LCCParkingStrategy/

The online survey is open until 5.00pm on Friday 16th November. 

Purple Turnip Festival Returns to Lisburn City Centre

Purple Turnip Festival Returns to Lisburn City Centre

October 9, 2018

Lisburn City Centre hosts its annual Purple Turnip Festival in October with a family fun weekend. On Saturday 27 October from 11am until 3pm there will be a hive of activity in Market Square. Dance on the interactive light floor with DJ ‘Amazing Aldo’ and don’t miss his incredible magic show. Come and see the amazing display of creepy crawlies including a tarantula, giant African millipede, lizards, snakes and an owl. Enjoy making your own sand art picture and take part in our terrific turnip hunt; where participants will have the chance to win spooky prizes with cleverly hidden turnips around the City Centre.

 

On Sunday 28 October from 3pm until dusk, come along to Navigation House, 148 Hillsborough Road for an enchanting afternoon of activities. There will be arts and crafts for children and a magnificent bees and honey tasting session. Don’t miss other cooking and gardening activities and fabulous face painting. Once again, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council are working with Lagan Navigation Trust to bring you a spooky autumn event involving a lantern parade.

 

Chair of the Council’s Development Committee Alderman William Leathem comments, “Purple Turnip Festival returns to Lisburn for its 10th year in not one but two amazing venues with something for everyone. There will be plenty of free activities to keep the kids amused over the school holidays and I encourage you to come along and enjoy the Purple Turnip Festival. Whilst visiting the City Centre over the holidays, call into your favourite shops, coffee shops or restaurants with friends and family to sample the wide range of product and services Lisburn has to offer.”

 

For more information check out facebook.com/Lisburncitycentre 

Jobs and Apprenticeships on offer at ‘Made in Lisburn Castlereagh’ showcase

Jobs and Apprenticeships on offer at ‘Made in Lisburn Castlereagh’ showcase

October 9, 2018

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is delighted to announce that the highly successful ‘Made in Lisburn Castlereagh’ showcase event will return this year to Lagan Valley LeisurePlex on Wednesday 24th October from 10am to 3pm.  

This one-day event is a great opportunity for local businesses, residents, schools, higher education students and budding entrepreneurs to see first-hand the innovative products produced across the Lisburn Castlereagh area and there will also be an opportunity to discover jobs and apprenticeships on offer.

Speaking at the launch, Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Development Committee said: “We are delighted that so many of our leading businesses have already confirmed their participation at ‘Made in Lisburn Castlereagh’ including Leckey, Smiley Monroe, KME Steelworks, Creative Composites, Decora Blinds and Assa Abloy Security Doors.  Nowhere else will you get so many quality companies as well as recruitment companies and training providers under one roof, so this event is one not to be missed! With thirty-five plus exhibitors taking part this event will appeal to anyone interested in developing their career or just getting the inspiration they need to move forward.”

“We want as many people as possible to come along to our event on the 24th October, learn what our local business base is all about and possibly carve out a career path or even secure employment.  As a Council we are keen to support our local businesses and increase the workforce of our local economy.  This event is a fantastic platform for the businesses to raise their profile for the benefit of everyone.”

Tim Monroe, Marketing Director at conveyor belt manufacturer Smiley Monroe said: “As a growing business, recruitment is a constant challenge. Made in Lisburn Castlereagh is a great opportunity to share our culture and values with the local community and highlight Smiley Monroe as a company with global career opportunities within a number of roles.”

The ‘Made in Lisburn Castlereagh’ event is part of a wider programme of investment promotion highlighting Lisburn Castlereagh as Northern Ireland’s premier investment location and promoting the growth of the local economy through skills and employment.  

To view regular updates please visit www.madeinlisburncastlereagh.com and follow the Council’s facebook and twitter page.

Mayor's Charity Concert in aid of Cancer Fund for Children - Saturday 20th October

Mayor's Charity Concert in aid of Cancer Fund for Children - Saturday 20th October

October 9, 2018

A Charity Band Concert will take place at Lagan Valley Island on Saturday 20th October from 7.30pm.

Band enthusiasts can enjoy the music of Symington Memorial Silver Band, Ballylesson Old Boys Flute Band, Balliesmills Accordion Band and Drumlough Pipe Band.

Tickets cost £10 and all proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Mayor’s nominated Charity, Cancer Fund for Children.

Compere on the evening will be Mr Gary Wilson.

Speaking ahead of the Concert, the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin said “Lisburn and Castlereagh has a long and proud tradition of making music and I am delighted that we are able to showcase the talents of four fabulous local bands for such a worthwhile cause.

“Whether it be silver, accordion, flute or pipe band music we have got something for everybody planned on the evening and I would warmly invite as many people as possible to come along and support these talented musicians and most importantly the amazing work of Cancer Fund for Children in Northern Ireland,” said Cllr Mackin.

Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.laganvalleyisland.co.uk/event/Mayor-s-Charity-Band-Concert or by phoning tel: 028 9250 9254.

New Recycling Facilities in Ballybeen

New Recycling Facilities in Ballybeen

October 8, 2018

Residents of Ballybeen can now recycle glass and textiles locally at the new recycling facilities located in Roseneath Gardens, Ballybeen, Dundonald.

Councillor Janet Gray MBE, Chair of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee, speaking about the new recycling facility, said: “Glass bottles and jars of any colour can be placed in this bottle bank for recycling.  We would ask that all bottles and jars are rinsed out before being recycled.  The Council welcomes this new addition to its bring bank locations and would like to thank the NI Housing Executive for having them situated on its land.  This bring bank is in a convenient central location for local residents and we hope that they will be well used.”

Alderman James Tinsley, Vice-Chair of the Environmental Services Committee added: “The addition of a textile bottle bank in this populated area is great news.  It offers residents a convenient location to support charity after having a ‘clear out’ at home.  The textile bank will save them having to make trips to local charity shops to donate their clothes for reuse.”

Pamela Johnston from NIHE added: “The Northern Ireland Housing Executive are delighted to support such an initiative by having this Recycling facility located on our land. Local residents in Ballybeen estate can now recycle glass & textiles at a convenient location.”

Anyone wishing to know the location of their nearest bring bank can visit www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/recycling or phone the Council’s Recycling Team on 028 9250 9453.

Your High Street needs you!

Your High Street needs you!

October 5, 2018

Lisburn City Centre have been shortlisted in the Great British High Street Awards. The Great British High Street (GBHS) Awards are an exciting opportunity for councils and businesses to learn how high streets are succeeding in overcoming the challenges of a rapidly changing environment.

 

Bow Street in Lisburn City Centre has been entered into the Rising Star Award as the Council hosts a range of events in the city centre throughout the year and the upcoming Lisburn Light Festival features in the application! The events are to attract extra visitors and encourage visitors to spend more time in their city centre, shopping, eating and socialising throughout the year as well as over the peak season at Christmas.

Alderman William Leathem, Chair of the Council’s Development Committee commented, “ I am delighted that Lisburn City Centre has been nominated for this prestigious award.  The award is judged on the different initiatives that have been delivered in the city centre, with evidence of the support from the community, and the exciting initiatives still to come. This is a great achievement for everyone given the number of other High Streets that applied and demonstrates what can be achieved when all of the High Street community work together”.

Judges are descending on Bow Street on Thursday 11th October and businesses in the city will have GBHS promotional materials on display to show their support. We are also pleased to have Boogie Beat in the Event Space in Market Square to entertain the little ones, at 11am –and then we would like to invite everyone for a celebratory cup of tea and a bun at 1pm!


Please show your support for Lisburn, your city. 30% of the score depends on your vote! Simply post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, using #MYHIGHSTREET and #GBHSLisburn to register a vote or follow the link below.

https://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk/high-street-of-the-year-awards/the-shortlisted-high-streets Vote for Bow Street, Lisburn in the Rising Star Finalist category.

The Resurgam Trust Brings Social Saturday to Lisburn

The Resurgam Trust Brings Social Saturday to Lisburn

October 5, 2018

On Saturday 13th October from 10.30am – 12 noon The Resurgam Community Development Trust will host a ‘Social Saturday’ event in The Highway Inn, Lisburn which is one of its Social Enterprises. 

This local event is being supported by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.  It is part of the UK-wide Social Saturday initiative that has been running since 2014 to shine a spotlight on social enterprises businesses- which trade to meet a social or environmental purpose; and show the difference they are making in communities across the country.

Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, speaking about this local event, said: “The Council is pleased to be supporting this initiative through its Boosting Business Mentoring programme run by its Economic Development Unit.  Resurgam Trust has held a successful Social Saturday event for the last two years at which they showcased their products and services.  This event is a good opportunity for residents to hear about volunteering and job opportunities within Resurgam’s six social enterprises and their associated businesses.

“There is lots of excellent work going on in the Lisburn Castlereagh area in the social economic sector and the Council values how important this sector is in providing jobs and contributing to the local economy.  We hope that members of local groups and the local community will call into this event in the Highway Inn to see what is possible for a social enterprise to achieve.”

There are around 70,000 social enterprises in the UK, employing nearly a million people and contributing £24 billion to the economy.  The Resurgam Trust has six social enterprises generating employment for 100 people with an annual turnover of £1.2m and a wage bill of £2m going into the local economy. 

Adrian Bird, Resurgam’s Trust Director added: “As an organisation that comprises of a number of Social Enterprises I feel it’s very important that we celebrate Social Saturday to raise the profile of the Social Enterprise Sector particularly locally here in Lisburn Castlereagh. The only difference between a private business and a social enterprise is what the respective organisation does with their profits.

“A social enterprise reinvests their profits back into community therefore any event that raises the awareness of how social enterprises operate is very much welcome; and I would like to thank the Council’s Economic Development Unit for supporting the event again this year.”

More information on Social Saturday can be found at: www.socialenterprise.org.uk/social-saturday

Field Day Shines Bright in the U.S Market

Field Day Shines Bright in the U.S Market

October 5, 2018

Carryduff-based Irish home fragrance brand Field Day Ireland has expanded into the US market with a lucrative deal supplying products via the online store of Anthropologie; one of America’s most sought-after clothing and home furnishing retailers.

This latest contract with Anthropologie is one of many recent achievements for the business who currently employ 10 at their facility in Moneyreagh.

Alix Mulholland, Creator and Company Director of Field Day Ireland and Field Apothecary explains: “We are undergoing a significant period of growth in the business.  Not only are we entering in to the American market we have recently employed three new members of staff in as many months. We were also delighted to achieve the Image Interiors & Living Design Award 2018 for our Field Apothecary ‘Rain’ luxury candle which has strengthened the brand further.  We are much more than a fragrance manufacture; our job is to create scents that evoke emotions and memories that our customers can relate to.  Our brands, and indeed the business, is stronger than ever and we have ambitious plans for further growth which will see new markets and further job opportunities.”

Speaking at a recent business engagement visit by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council the Chairman of the Development Committee, Alderman William Leathem, said: “To see the growth that Alix and her team have achieved is encouraging for other local businesses who are looking to new markets to grow.  The quality of the product and the brand is second-to-none and we are delighted to have such an ambitious company within our Council area.  We are keen to support the further growth of the business with business support programmes, networking and funding opportunities.  Well done to Alix and her team on their success to date.”

The Council’s Business Solutions Team is keen to work with local businesses supporting every stage of their growth.  For further information please contact the Business Solutions Team on 028 92 509 7383.

A glowing start for Elite Beauty and Tan

A glowing start for Elite Beauty and Tan

October 4, 2018

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council extended a warm welcome to Elite Beauty and Tan to Moira Village when they officially opened last week.

The owner of the new business Niki Grant set up her business after 18 years of teaching beauty at Belfast Met and following participation in the Go For It business start-up programme. Niki commented: “Setting up my own business has been my ambition for many years and now through the Go For It programme I have equipped myself with the necessary skills to run my own business.  I felt there was a demand for my services in the area and being centrally located in Moira opens up my customer base even further.” 

Speaking at the opening Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, Alderman Leathem, said: “It gives me great pleasure to see another business opening up in the village of Moira. We are keen to support local businesses at every stage of their growth and I am delighted that Niki was able realise her dream of setting up her own business after many years of teaching Level 3 Beauty.”

The Go For It programme is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme.  If you would like more information on setting up your own business please contact a ‘Go For It’ Business Advisor on: 0800 027 0639 or log on to www.goforitni.com

New telephone number to contact our Planning Unit

New telephone number to contact our Planning Unit

October 1, 2018

We are pleased to announce with effect from Monday 1 October 2018 that the Planning Unit within the Council can be contacted either by using their direct dial numbers or by using the general Civic Headquarters number of 028 9250 9250. 

This new arrangement aligns planning with all other services and provides greater ease of access to customers of the Planning Unit.  

Council to Build a Sports Hub at Dungoyne

Council to Build a Sports Hub at Dungoyne

October 1, 2018

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has been granted planning permission for its £1.3 million Dungoyne Sports Hub in Ballybeen, Dundonald.

Now that planning permission has been secured the Council will start a procurement exercise to deliver this 32 week project.  This sports hub will include: a new full size grass football pitch realigned on the site, a new enclosed and floodlit 3G training MUGA pitch, changing rooms, roadside parking and footpaths.

Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, speaking about the Council’s planned investment, said: “The Council is committed to ensuring that local communities in the Lisburn Castlereagh area have access to top quality sporting facilities and this new sports hub will be the latest addition to the Council’s assets. 

“It has been working in partnership with local community group Ballybeen Improvement Group (BIG) since 2013 when the Ballybeen Masterplan was developed.  BIG has been working closely with the Council in recent years to ensure that the scheme ultimately forming the planning application would meet the needs of the local community.

“The location of this new sports hub is ideal as it is central for both Ballybeen residents and local schools, which may wish to use it for sports days and other physical activities as part of their curriculum.  The 3G MUGA pitch will be able to be used by sports teams and local children all year round. This new sports hub is expected to attract sports players, coaches and teams in addition to uniting families at sports events and matches.  The availability of onsite changing facilities is also an important addition to improve the suitability of the grounds for tournament matches,” concluded Alderman Porter.

The next phase of the Masterplan will be the relocation and refurbishment of the Play Park within Ballybeen.

New exhibition marks the centenary of ‘votes for women’

New exhibition marks the centenary of ‘votes for women’

October 1, 2018

A new exhibition exploring the role of women during and after the Great War (1914-18) has opened at the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum.  ‘A voice of her own.  A women’s place after the Great War’ is open to the public Monday to Saturday, 9.30am -5.00pm, entry is free.  The display includes the museum’s most recent acquisition, a rare WSPU Hunger Strike medal belonging to local suffragette Lillian Metge.

The exhibition uses objects and photographs from the Museum’s collection to examine the place of women in society in the aftermath of the war.  Although huge numbers of women toiled in munitions factories or nursed at the front and enjoyed new found freedoms, for many these did not last.  Even winning the vote in 1918 failed to give women the full voice they had fought for.

 At the official opening Alderman Paul Porter, Chair of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, said: “as we mark the centenary of the granting of the votes for women in 1918, it is important that we take time to recognise the important contribution women made to the war effort, at home and on the Front. This year the Council is marking 100 years since the granting of the vote to women. Accompanying the exhibition, discussion panel and film screening, the Council has established a Ladies’ Group, comprising female elected members and the Chief Executive. Councillor Hazel Legge, the group’s chair, welcomed the exhibition, adding “it important that we remember the women who fought hard for the rights we have today, and appreciate the challenges they faced, especially during the Great War.”

Highlights of the exhibition include:

  • Lisburn Suffrage Society, the 1914 bombing of Lisburn Cathedral and Lillian Metge’s rare WSPU Hunger Strike medal
  • Nursing at the Front and at home, from sphagnum moss to Anna Barbour and Hilden Convalescent Home
  • Women and domestic life during the Great War, from the Lusitania to Lisburn’s 11th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles at the Somme
  • Votes for women, from Lisburn’s first Guardians to its first female Mayor, Elsie Kelsey
  • A lost voice.  The place of women on the island of  Ireland, north and south, after the war

For more information visit:

https://www.lisburnmuseum.com/whats-on-events/

AB Pneumatics Buys One of Its Suppliers

AB Pneumatics Buys One of Its Suppliers

October 1, 2018

Moira based business AB Pneumatics demonstrated sound business sense by acquiring one of its suppliers, Plastics 2000 in Lisburn when it recently went on the market.

Peter Blair and Jonny Boomer secured better financial benefits from Danske Bank, as an existing customer, to allow it to expand its product portfolio.

Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council's Development Committee, meeting the new owners, said: "Peter and Jonny have once again shown their true entrepreneurial spirit by ensuring they continue to receive quality products from Plastics 2000 by buying the business. What better way is there for a local business to secure it’s the future of its products and improve cost efficiencies than a friendly merger.

"In a short space of time they have worked with the staff of Plastics 2000 to increase productivity through simple working pattern changes. This is great news for this local plastic fabrication company and demonstrates Peter and Jonny’s commitment to their employees and the future growth of the company.

"I wish Peter and Jonny every success in the future and I have no doubt that they will grow Plastics 2000 in a similar fashion to their successful AB Pneumatics company.  Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council looks forward to working with them and their two companies in the years ahead."

Plastics 2000 is a very versatile company that has the capability along with the experience and know-how amongst its highly competent staff, to provide injection moulded components of the highest quality to the food, electronics, construction, medical components and automotive sectors.

Peter Blair, co-owner of Plastics 2000 and AB Pneumatics added: “AB Pneumatics has bought quality products from Plastics 2000 for several years.  These components enhance the high quality of our seat air springs; and we didn’t want to risk losing this quality, therefore, Jonny and I made a joint business decision to make an offer to buy this company from Victor Livingston.  We are very thankful to Danske Bank for working with us on this business deal and we have expansion plans underway to grow this local business further.”

Belfast Region City Deal Proposals submitted to Westminster

Belfast Region City Deal Proposals submitted to Westminster

October 1, 2018

Following months of collaborative working, Belfast Region City Deal Partners, including Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council have submitted their proposals to Westminster, with the aim of securing a City Deal worth £1billion; helping to create 20,000 new jobs over the next ten years.

The Deal will also improve visitor attractions, infrastructure, and digital connectivity, as well as developing a network of regional innovator centres, and delivering a major skills and employability programme with benefits to be realised across the region.

Local projects that have been submitted as part of the Deal, include the Hillsborough Tourism Master Plan, which will build upon planned investments at Hillsborough Castle to create a really world class heritage attraction.

The Council has also worked in partnership with the South Eastern Regional College to develop plans for a leading-edge Innovation Hub in the city centre, creating an e-SERC Centre for Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The City Deal Submission also includes a proposal for the second phase of the Belfast Rapid Transit system, which will present significant economic opportunities for the Council area. 

Speaking about the City Deal proposals, the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Cllr Uel Mackin, said that the City Deal was an unprecedented opportunity to fast track economic growth:

“City Deal is about bringing jobs, skills and international visitors to Northern Ireland.  Through investment in infrastructure, skills, innovation and our visitor attractions over the next number of years we can expect significant growth in our economy and everyone will benefit from the opportunities this presents.

“We are delighted that, after months of hard work, a number of major local projects are included in the submitted bid, however City Deal is more than just a series of local projects.  Collectively the projects will have a real positive knock on, multiplier effect across the Belfast City Region, and indeed for Northern Ireland.  

“Now that the bid has been submitted, negotiations will begin in Westminster to ensure the very best deal is reached for the region, and it is anticipated that an announcement will be made in the Autumn Budget statement at the end of October,” said Cllr Mackin.

For further information on City Deal please click here and follow #BRcitydeal on Twitter.

Mayor Mackin's Inaugural Dinner

Mayor Mackin's Inaugural Dinner

October 1, 2018

Guests from the local business, voluntary, sporting and charitable sectors joined political representatives, family and friends to celebrate with the Mayor, Cllr Uel Mackin at his Inaugural Dinner held at La Mon House hotel.

The Mayor, Cllr Uel Mackin and Mayoress, Mrs Jennifer Mackin.

The Mayor and Mayoress with their daughters, Louise and Cheryl.

The Mayor and Mayoress with the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Amanda Grehan and Mr Thompson Crossey.

The Mayor and Mayoress with Wendy McCulla and Sarah Clements, representatives from his Mayral chosen Charity, Cancer Fund for Children.

The Mayor, Cllr Uel Mackin with Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, MP.

The Mayor and Mayoress with representatives from the Boys' Brigade.

More photos can be viewed by clicking here.

***SOLD OUT*** Be Spell-Bound by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Twilight Night by Fairy Light 2018

***SOLD OUT*** Be Spell-Bound by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Twilight Night by Fairy Light 2018

September 28, 2018

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s popular Twilight Night by Fairy Light takes place at Wallace Park, Lisburn on Friday 26 October 2018, from 7 – 9pm.

 

The enchanting outdoor experience is a wonderful night of Halloween festivity and fun for all the family.

 

A fantastical array of performers, entertainers, dancers and musicians will pop-up amongst the Victorian park’s illuminated trails, to delight revellers of all ages.  Art installations and soundscapes will add an atmospheric touch to the evening, which will end with a Fireworks display. 

Looking forward to this year’s festivities, Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee said:

“Twilight Night by Fairy Light is an enchanting Halloween experience enjoyed by many families. I am looking forward to seeing the magical transformation of Wallace Park into a theatrical wonderland that will dazzle and delight”.

 

“I would encourage anyone planning to attend to add to the Twilight sparkle by wearing fancy dress, or neon glow sticks.  Just remember this is an outdoor event, so please dress according to the weather and ground conditions on the evening”. 

 

Purchase of Wristbands

Entry to Twilight Night by Fairy Light is strictly by wristband only.  The sale of wristbands will take place from 10am, on Wednesday 3 October 2018.  Wristbands will be priced £1 each with a maximum of 6 available per person.

Purchases can be made online at ISLANDArtsCentre.com or by telephoning 028 9244 7452.  Please note that there will be no wristbands available to buy in person from any Council venues. No wristbands will be available for sale on the evening of the event at Wallace Park.

All proceeds from Twilight Night by Fairy Light 2018 will go to The Mayor’s Charity, Cancer Fund for Children.

 

 

Arrangement for the Collection of Wristbands

Pre-booked wristbands are available for collection at ISLAND Arts Centre, Lisburn BT27 4RL from 9:30 am Monday 8 October until 10pm Thursday 18 October 2018. Due to the popularity of this event, any wristband that have not been collected by this date and time will be resold and no refunds will be provided.

 

ISLAND Arts Centre’s opening hours are Monday – Friday 9:30am – 10pm and Saturday 9:30am – 5pm (closed Sunday).

 

Entry to Twilight Night by Fairy Light

Gates will open to Twilight Night by Fairy Light wristband holders only at 7pm, Friday 26 October. Entry is subject to Terms and Conditions and is via the Belfast Road & Magheralave Road entrances. Assistance Dogs are only permitted but please note there will be loud noises. 

 

Twilight Night by Fairy Light is a popular event and attracts large crowds. No parking is available onsite and parking restrictions will be in place in areas surrounding Wallace Park. Limited parking is available at the Parkmount Car-park for Blue Badge holders. Visitors are respectfully asked to extend all reasonable courtesy to the needs of local residents.

 

In the interests of safety, Wallace Park will be closed to public access on Thursday 25 October, 10am until 2pm and from noon on Friday 26 October until 9am Saturday 27 October. In addition, the Parkmount Car-park will be closed from 10.30pm on Thursday 25 October until 9am on Saturday 27 October 2018, with the limited exception of Blue Badge holders on the evening of the event.

 

For further information please contact ISLAND Arts Centre on 028 9244 7452 or visit www.ISLANDArtsCentre.com

 

Facebook.com/ISLANDArtsCentre

Twitter.com/ISLANDartsbiz

 

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Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Appoints New Chief Executive

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Appoints New Chief Executive

September 28, 2018

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has appointed a new Chief Executive.

Mr David Burns will take up this position from 1st November 2018.  A father of two younger children, David’s wife hails from Northern Ireland.  He has a keen interest in sport and is currently an active qualified referee for the Scottish semi-professional football league.

Mr Burns joins the Council from South Ayrshire Council where he was previously employed as an Executive Manager with responsibilities for Council functions including culture and leisure; community planning and engagement; performance management; internal audit; children and young people’s services and public affairs.

Mr Burns has enjoyed an extensive local government career that started as a housing youth trainee, and most recently included over 13 years at the Scottish Council, where he worked as the Head of Housing and Facilities and prior to this as a Strategic Service Planning Manager.

Speaking about his appointment Mr Burns said: “It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to work for Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.  I am excited to be joining a warm, welcoming and ambitious Council and look forward to serving our communities.

“As well as meeting my own career ambitions, this move gives me an opportunity to bring my wife 'home' while our children are excited to learn new skills and hobbies in this beautiful country.

“I would like to pay tribute to Dr Theresa Donaldson, who has overseen progressive development of the Council since its formation and offer my thanks for the support she has offered me personally over the past few weeks to prepare me for life in Northern Ireland.

“Finally, I would like to thank the staff, communities and elected members of South Ayrshire Council for their support over the years and I wish them all well on their continued improvement journey.”
 

Congratulating the incoming Chief Executive on his appointment, The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council said: “We are delighted to welcome David and his family to the Council and our local area. 

“David brings a wealth of experience and knowledge and we welcome his appointment at this both exciting and challenging time for local government in Northern Ireland.

“We continue to move ahead with our ambitious plans for the area, be it through community and local development planning, regeneration and investment, facility upgrades and service improvement and his expertise will be invaluable.

“On behalf of the Council and its staff, we are very much looking forward to working with David at the helm, to ensure better, cost effective services for all our residents and ratepayers,” said Cllr Mackin.

Tribute Garden for Dromara Destroyers unveiled

Tribute Garden for Dromara Destroyers unveiled

September 28, 2018

Last night (27th) saw the unveiling of a celebratory and poignant tribute garden in honour of the legendary Dromara Destroyers.

Local racing legends the Dromara Destroyers quartet of Brian Reid, Ray McCullough, Trevor Steele and Ian McGregor have been commemorated with this new attraction to mark the accomplishments of the Dromara Destroyers and honour the four riders who managed to achieve so much in their racing careers.

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is pleased to be supporting the development of the Tribute Garden, which is being delivered with additional funding support from the NI Rural Development Programme through Lagan Rural Partnership along with a contribution from the successful fundraising carried out by the Dromara Destroyers Committee over the years.

The Destroyers Committee has worked extremely hard to bring this project to reality. In the past year they have worked closely with the council to secure all the required funding to make it possible. The new garden designed by Tom Quinn of Quinn Architects includes four bronzed busts of the Destroyers created by artist John Sherlock, plus new seating and lighting.

Speaking on behalf this touching tribute, Trevor Steele says he is overwhelmed and delighted with the finished garden: “I am humbled by the creation of this magnificent garden. Not many people can say they have lived to see themselves honoured in this way. We are all delighted with the finished project. I want to express my sincerest thanks to all those involved, particularly the Destroyers Committee that have campaigned over the years to make this happen. Motorbike racing is in our blood and we hope that our legacy will continue to inspire others from Dromara and further afield.”

Alderman William Leathem, Chair of the Council’s Development Committee commenting on the new garden, said: “I am thrilled to see this project come to fruition. The finished garden is fantastic and a wonderful recognition to the success of the Dromara Destroyers. Northern Ireland is full of racing enthusiasts and this new garden provides an ideal way to acknowledge the success of the wider motorbike fraternity from Dromara and the surrounding areas.”

Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chair of Lagan Rural Partnership, added: “The completed garden looks tremendous and really will adds something special to the centre of Dromara village and the surrounding rural community. It is a true celebration of the area’s support for these riders and the wider biking fraternity. It will also generate additional tourism footfall and creates a perfect way to tell the story of the Dromara Destoryers.”

Swaziland Choir visit Dundonald Ice Bowl

Swaziland Choir visit Dundonald Ice Bowl

September 27, 2018

The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Uel Mackin and Mayoress, Mrs Jennifer Mackin have welcomed a group of six ladies from Swaziland to Dundonald International Ice Bowl to enjoy a well-deserved break during their busy tour of Northern Ireland. 
 

The group called ‘Women Set Free’ are a testimonial gospel choir from Mbabane in Swaziland, who are touring churches and schools during their 14 day tour of the province.  The aim of their visit was to thank the people of Northern Ireland for their support, share their remarkable stories and bring a message of hope to the many women suffering terrible plights in their home country.
 

Speaking at the visit, the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Uel Mackin said, “I am honoured to welcome the ‘Women Set Free’ group to Dundonald International Ice Bowl.  The women are an inspiration to others as they embrace the world with such enthusiasm and joy despite the many challenges and vulnerable situations they have faced in their home country. I was personally thrilled that the choir took time out of their activities to perform praise songs from their homeland; an experience which was uplifting and memorable for everyone listening within the facility.”
 

“I would like to thank Gary Armstrong from Challenge Ministries for coordinating the visit and the many churches and schools who have supported various community projects across Swaziland, including the construction of a refuge centre which many of these women have benefited from. I hope the group enjoy the rest of their visit to Northern Ireland and their inspirational message continues to touch the lives of many local people”, concluded Councillor Mackin.

Fly-tipper caught on CCTV Prosecuted

Fly-tipper caught on CCTV Prosecuted

September 27, 2018

A prolific fly-tipper has been found guilty after being caught on CCTV dumping a van load of rubbish at the Wheelers Road, Hannahstown, (Belfast Hills) and Sycamore Road, Dundrod.

At Lisburn Magistrates Court on Tuesday 18 September 2018 Mr James Brady of Greenan, Belfast, was convicted by District Judge Rosemary Watters of six offences of illegal dumping in the Hannahstown and Dundrod areas. The defendant failed to appear in court and the matter proceeded in his absence.

CCTV footage of the offences detected on the Wheelers Road, Hannahstown, was viewed by Judge Watters who confirmed that she was convicting Mr Brady in respect of all the offences against him.

Judge Watters fined Mr Brady £250 for each of the six individual offences and ordered him to pay costs of £1347.50 in relation to the clean-up of the dumping. In total, Mr James Brady, trading as “J ‘n’ S Small House Removals,” Belfast was ordered to pay £2847.50 in relation to the dumping offences.

From 26 December 2017 to 30 December 2017, images caught on Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council CCTV cameras showed on five separate occasions at the Wheelers Road, Hannahstown, dumping from a red Transit van which belonged to Mr James Brady, “J ‘n’ S Small House Removals,” Belfast. The items which had been dumped from the back of Mr Brady’s van at the Wheelers Road, Hannahstown, included household rubbish, mattresses, children toys, bags of rubbish etc.

Additionally, on 3 January 2018 Council Enforcement Officers detected dumping on the Sycamore Road, Dundrod. An Investigation conducted by the Officers determined that the rubbish had been collected from a member of the public who paid James Brady to dispose of their rubbish expecting it to be taken to a Council Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Mr Brady advertised on Facebook as a waste disposal service – but was simply dumping rubbish which he had collected from paying members of the public, in the Belfast Hills areas of Hannahstown and Dundrod.

Commenting on the court judgement, Cllr Janet Gray MBE, Chair of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee, emphasized that “Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council gives a high priority to providing a clean, healthy and safe environment for its residents. We operate a rigorous enforcement policy to ensure that those who flout the law in relation to these offences are caught and prosecuted.

“The CCTV footage proved invaluable in this case and I hope that the continued use of overt cameras across the City will help to deter criminals and encourage them to think twice before they choose to flout the law. It is not difficult for people to get rid of their waste legally using one of the Household Waste Recycling Centres provided by the Council for public use.

“Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has excellent facilities for residents to dispose of most unwanted household items free of charge using their nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre. Alternatively members of the public can contact the Council and request a special collection for bulky waste.

The public can report any incidents of fly-tipping via the Council’s website or by calling the council’s Environmental Health Service Unit on 028 9250 9250. The Council will investigate all reports of fly-tipping and will seek to prosecute detected offenders if sufficient evidence is obtained.

Rare Hunger Strike medal belonging to local suffragette goes on display

Rare Hunger Strike medal belonging to local suffragette goes on display

September 26, 2018

The Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum has acquired a rare medal awarded to local suffragette Lillian Metge.  The medal was presented to Mrs Metge in recognition of a hunger strike she undertook in August 1914 while on trial for her alleged role in blowing up the east window of Lisburn Cathedral.  The medal was acquired at a London auction and can be viewed in the museum’s new temporary exhibition ‘A voice of her own? A women’s place after the Great War’, which opens on Thursday 27th September.  Admission is free.

Chair of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter, commented that “although I do not agree with the methods Mrs Metge employed, the medal is a hugely significant addition to the museum’s collection, and its acquisition marks an important chapter in the local ‘votes for women’ campaign. The attack on Lisburn cathedral was the most militant attack in Irish suffragette history.”  The Chair continued: “suffragette medals are extremely rare, and we are pleased that the medal should be returned to Lisburn and put on display.”

Dr Margaret Ward, historian and expert on the Irish suffrage movement, said: “it is wonderful to have the Metge medal where it belongs, in Lisburn”.  Adding that Mrs Metge “was awarded the medal after the First World War had begun. So although the WSPU had immediately called off the militant campaign, they still honoured those who had undertaken militant action on the brink of war. As militancy had mainly stopped in Britain, the awarding of the medal to Metge, and presumably to the others involved in the Lisburn Cathedral bombing, would be very rare indeed.”

About Mrs Metge

Lillian Metge was born in Lisburn, and was a founding member of Lisburn Suffrage Society.  In 1914 she joined the Women’s Social and Political Union, or WSPU, the umbrella body for militant suffragettes.  She was arrested 1 August 1914 for her alleged role in the attack on Lisburn Cathedral, which caused only minor damage.  While on trial she went on hunger strike, and was awarded the medal in recognition of her sacrifice.

About the medal

The WSPU began awarding medals in 1909, in recognition of suffragettes who had gone on hunger strike or were force-fed while in prison for a militant act as part of the ‘votes for women’ campaign.  The medals are extremely rare, and there are no known WSPU Hunger Strike medals in any museum or collection on the island of Ireland.

Mayor's Community Awards 2019 launched

Mayor's Community Awards 2019 launched

September 26, 2018

The 2019 Mayor’s Community Awards has been launched with nominations now being accepted across seven categories.

The annual Awards recognise the voluntary and community sectors’ input and dedication to community life across Lisburn and Castlereagh.

Launching the 2019 Mayor's Community Awards are Rhonda O'Neill, Community Support Officer, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council; Cathy Adamson, Mayor's Secretary; The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin; Andrew Bill, Area Youth Worker, The Education Authority; Antje Otto, Community Engagement Officer, Volunteer Now and Sandra Glover, Health Development Specialist, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust.

Speaking at the launch the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin, said: “It is important that this annual event reflects the work and effort that takes place across the wider Council community.  The Community Awards give recognition to inspirational individuals and groups whose selfless efforts have led to very significant successful outcomes across our Council area.”

“I am asking everyone to have a think about who deserves this recognition and please take the time to submit a nomination before the deadline of Friday 26th October at 4pm.  Anyone who gives of their time for others deserves to be recognised.  Best wishes to all the nominees.”

There are a total of seven categories in the Awards with all categories open to individuals and groups. These are: Helping Hands Award, The Brian McDowell Voluntary Commitment to your Community Award, Youth Leadership Award, Community Leadership Award, Charity of the Year Award, Making a Difference Award and The Mayor’s Choice Award.

Nominations will close on Friday 26th October at 4pm.  Judging will take place in November and the Awards Gala Event will take place in La Mon Hotel in March 2019. Please note that self-nominations will not be accepted.

The judging panel will comprise the Working Group with representatives from Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Volunteer Now, the Education Authority and the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust.

Click here for further details on the Awards and to download a nomination form.  The Council’s facebook and twitter pages will post up-to-date information on the Awards.

Celebrating Positive Ageing Month for Older Persons

Celebrating Positive Ageing Month for Older Persons

September 25, 2018

Older people across Lisburn & Castlereagh are being encouraged to get active and try a new leisure activity as part of Positive Ageing Month which will take place throughout the month of October

As part of the Council’s campaign, people over the age of 60 years can enjoy a fantastic choice of activities, including golf lessons, bowling, road cycling, pilates, and racquet sports to name but a few. There are also two free ‘Positive Ageing’ events as well as a ‘How to Stay Young’ event which include activities and information stands for an informative and social morning of fun.

A range of activities will be available at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Dundonald International Ice Bowl, Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Kilmakee Activity Centre, Glenmore Activity Centre, Grove Activity Centre, Castlereagh Hills Golf Course and Aberdelghy Golf Course.

Launching the scheme, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter said, “By 2052, 2 billion people, over 20% of the world’s population, will be over 60 years.  This statistic shows age is just a number as more and more older people continue to enjoy the same level of activity, interests and fun that they enjoyed in their youth.

“The Council is delighted to support Positive Ageing Month by offering a programme of activities, specifically aimed at meeting the needs of people over the age of 60 years.  Activities are available across eight Council leisure facilities over specific days in the month so there is a choice of different venues, activities and dates to suit all interests and locations.  Family members and friends are also welcome to join in and with plenty of encouragement from our staff, there has never been a better reason to come along and try a new activity.”

A full timetable of activities will be available at each leisure facility and online at https://www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/things-to-do/positive-ageing-month

Sports Awards recognises local Talent

Sports Awards recognises local Talent

September 25, 2018

Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh has launched the nomination process for the 2018 Draynes Farm Sports Awards to recognise the wealth of sporting talent and achievements of individuals residing in, and teams based in the Lisburn and Castlereagh area.

The Sports Awards scheme is an opportunity to recognise individuals as well as teams excelling within their chosen sport in the past year, whether through direct participation and competition, or through contributions as a coach or administrator.  Nomination categories include; Club of the Year, Coach of the Year, Senior Team of the Year, Junior Team of the Year, School of the Year, Junior Sports Personality of the Year and Senior Sports Personality of the Year.  There are also Junior and Senior Merit Awards to commend volunteers for their dedication and essential backroom support to their club.

Launching the 2018 Draynes Farm Sports Awards, the Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter said, “The Sports Awards is an opportunity each year to publicly commend the wealth of sporting talent we have in Lisburn & Castlereagh. We have a proud history of sporting success with athletes and teams representing the Council area in major competitions, including most recently the Commonwealth Games in Australia and the Special Olympics Ireland Games, which took place earlier in the year.

“There are many individuals, teams and volunteers across the Council area who spend many hours training each week in pursuit of excellence in their chosen sport or who have helped others reach their potential by providing valuable technical support and encouragement every step of the way.

“The closing date for nominations is Friday 5th October at 12 noon and I would encourage everyone to take the time to nominate an individual, club or school whose achievements might otherwise go unnoticed”, concluded Alderman Porter

Jimmy Walker, Chairman of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh added, “I am delighted that Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh can work in partnership with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council to recognise athletes, teams and coaches at a glittering award ceremony which will take place later in the year.

“I would like to thank Draynes Farm for kindly sponsoring the awards and I hope many clubs and individuals will be encouraged to take the time to make a nomination and celebrate the wealth of sporting talent in Lisburn & Castlereagh.”

Nominations are welcome from schools, clubs and individuals, residing in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area.

All nominations must be made in writing using the nomination form, which is available to download at www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/things-to-do/sports-development/sports-awards-2018. Forms can also be obtained by emailing adrian.baron@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk or telephoning 028 9250 9461.

The closing date for applications is strictly Friday 5th October at 12 noon.

Fancy Afternoon Tea with the Mayor?

Fancy Afternoon Tea with the Mayor?

September 24, 2018

The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin is inviting senior citizens from across the Lisburn Castlereagh area to afternoon tea with him at Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn.

There will be seven events between 3rd October and 21st November.  They have been designed around district electoral areas within Lisburn Castlereagh so that our older residents can come along and meet friends who live nearby.

The afternoon tea events will take place between 2.00pm and 4.00pm on each date at Lagan Valley Island.  Those attending will have the opportunity to visit the Council Chamber and the Mayor’s Parlour.  Helpful tips on crime prevention and personal safety will be given.

The Mayor, speaking about these events said: “I am looking forward to meeting our older residents from across the Lisburn Castlereagh area and having a chat with them over afternoon tea.  These events are free to attend and we hope that our residents will take a little break and come along and join me at the Council’s Civic Headquarters in Lisburn.

“I believe it is very important as a council we engage with our older residents. They are an important part of the local community and through our Community Plan Action Plan we will be working with a number of organisations and agencies to ensure they are healthy and safe.  These events are free to attend, however should anyone wish to make a donation to my Mayoral Charity, Cancer Fund for Children it would be greatly appreciated.”

The Afternoon Tea schedule is:

Date District Electoral Area Townlands represented
Wednesday 3rd October Castlereagh East Ballyhanwood, Carrowreagh, Dundonald, Enler, Graham’s Bridge, Moneyreagh
Friday 19th October Lisburn South Ballymacash, Ballymacoss, Knockmore, Lagan Valley, Lisnagarvey, Old Warren
Wednesday 24th October Downshire East Ballymacbrennan, Dromara, Drumbo, Hillhall, Ravernet
Wednesday 31st October Downshire West Blaris, Hillsborough, Lagan, Maze, Moira
Wednesday 7th November Killultagh Ballinderry, Glenavy, Maghaberry, Stoneyford, White Mountain
Wednesday 14th November Lisburn North Derriaghy, Harmony Hill, Hilden, Lambeg, Magheralave, Wallace Park
Wednesday 21st November Castlereagh South

Beechill, Cairnshill, Carryduff East, Carryduff West, Galwally, Knockbracken, Newtownbreda

To book a place at the afternoon tea for your area please contact the Mayor’s Secretary on 028 9250 9331 or email: mayors.secretary@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk


Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

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Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)

Civic Headquarters
Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4RL

Phone 028 9250 9250

Text Phone 028 9250 9508
(for deaf/hard of hearing/speech impaired patrons)