Our story

Cushendun Building Preservation Trust was set up in 2006 to preserve the building and to convert it into a centre for community activities, arts events and raising awareness of our local heritage. The Trust is managed by a Board of Director-Trustees and run by a team of volunteers supported by two part time staff.

After thirteen long years of campaigning, lobbying, application forms and hiccups, restoration began in autumn 2018.  In July 2019 the doors were finally opened.

Now that the Old Church has a new lease of life, it is available for community events, music and drama, meetings, parties and weddings.  The building is also an information and heritage mini-centre, in which visitors can learn about the history and attractions of the Glens of Antrim. The centre is usually open from 12 to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday each week. 

Our People

Cushendun Building Preservation Trust, of which The Old Church Centre is a part, is made up of people with experience as executives,  managers, administrators and practitioners in the arts and in business, as well as in community and governmental organisations.  

Funding

The restoration of the Old Church was made possible with funding and support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, the Department for Communities Historic Environment Division (Historic Environment Fund), Ulster Garden Villages Ltd, the Pilgrim Trust and the All Churches Trust.

Ongoing funding for the Centre comes from a combination of arts, heritage and community grants, ticket sales and donations from supporters.  All donations, large or small, regular or one off are greatly appreciated.