Work to restore and convert an old church building in Cushendun has been completed and the Old Church Centre, an arts, heritage and community space, is now open! After thirteen long years of campaigning, lobbying, application forms and hiccups, restoration began in Autumn 2018, with the keys being handed over to the dedicated volunteer group, Cushendun Building Preservation Trust, as of July 2019. The Centre will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week from 12-4 pm.
The Old Church has been given a new lease of life and will be available for heritage events, drama, concerts, meetings, community activities and much more. The building will also serve as an information and mini-heritage centre, in which visitors can learn about the glorious Glens of Antrim.
The restoration has been made possible thanks to 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.
Built in 1840 as a Church of Ireland place of worship, Cushendun Old Church was deconsecrated in 2003. Since then, Cushendun Building Preservation Trust has been campaigning for the building to become a community hub with a focus on the arts. Fundraising efforts included the annual Cushendun Big Arts Weekend and the September Book Sale, which has been going for 8 years.
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