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James McAfee CDRCN former Chairman and Treasurer RIP

The Board and Staff of County Down Rural Community Network wish to express their sincere sympathy to Jim’s son, daughter and family circle on their recent  sad bereavement. Jim was the former Chairman of CDRCN and our able Treasurer for the past five years and was a great advocate for the network giving his time voluntarily for many years. He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all at County Down Rural Community Network....

ARDS RESIDENTS RECEIVE OCN LEVEL 1 AWARD IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Volunteers from across the Ards Peninsula recently completed the Open College Network NI Level 1 award in Community Development, delivered by Rural Community Network (RCN), working in partnership with East Down Rural Community Network. Representing a range of local community groups, the volunteers gathered in Talbot House, Balyhalbert, on Monday 27 February for the presentation of certificates by Ards Borough Council Mayor, Cllr Meryyn  Oswald. The six week programme sought to develop good community development practice and allow volunteers from across different communities share experiences and learning from their own voluntary work.  Fergal O’Donnell, Community Development Officer with RCN, explained ‘there is a great sense of community spirit within the Peninsula and these individuals work extremely hard to improve their communities. This programme has hopefully allowed people to gain confidence and skills to assist them in continuing this good work’. Keith Horn from Cloughey and District Community Association, was delighted at receiving his certificate and explained ‘the training was really useful in allowing us to gain an insight into the issues communities face across the Peninsula and some of the fantastic voluntary work being done in small rural communities. It has really helped me think about further developing key work in our community’. Sixteen individuals representing the following groups completed the training course; Kircubbin Projects Committee Kircubbin Presbyterian Church Lower Ards Community Assistance Group Portavogie Action Group Greyabbey & District Community Association Ballyphilip Youth Club Cloughey and District Community Association Ards Borough Council Brite-Sparx Community Youth Theatre Portaferry Gala...

Urban Development Grant

– “Do you own a derelict or vacant property or site? “Are you keen to develop your properties making them more prosperous for you in the long run? – Urban Development Grant could be available to you! – Grants of up to 35% of capital project costs are available under this Department of Social Development scheme. Reasonable professional fees also funded. – The UDG grant is available in the following areas: Downpatrick Ballynahinch Comber Saintfield Carryduff Newtownards Donaghadee Newcastle Kilkeel Warrenpoint Newry – Applicable project types include: Retail. Commercial. Residential. Light Industrial. – Currently NO applications in Co. Down…..ACT NOW for substantial REWARDS. – For your FREE site visit and consultation please contact: Mr. Bernard McAleenan BMCA Architects Tel: 07736066437 Email: bernard@bmca-architects.com Mr. Damian Walls AD Chartered Surveyors Tel: 02879634734 Email:...

Shared past / Shared future

Talbot House in Ballyhalbert was the venue for the United Ulster History Forum’s Shared Past/Shared Future exhibition which was held from Wednesday 9th to Saturday 12th November. This exhibition was held as part of the Peninsula Shared History Project which is about exploring and developing understanding of history, culture and identity within a shared context looking at European, Irish and British history. This event was supported by Rural Community Network’s Rural Enabler Programme which is funded under the European Union’s PEACE III Programme through the Special EU Programmes Body. For further details click on the following link –...

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