A Big Culture & Heritage Month Thank You!

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who made the September Culture and Heritage Month 2022 a great success. A special word of thanks to our funders, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the National Trust and the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, without whom it would not have been possible to put on a month-long programme of events.

We are especially grateful to everyone who came out to support the various events, those who came to multiple events, and those who came out to the Old Church Centre for the very first time. Without an audience, we are but an empty building, so we are so grateful for the continued support of our local community and those from further afield.

Additionally, we want to thank everyone who contributed to making our annual Book Sale a  success, with a very special mention of Kerry Goyer who did a sterling job of pulling it together. We also want to thank the National Trust for the loan of Glenmona House and to their staff for their help, and to Cushendun and District Development Association, the Men’s Shed and the Corner House for hosting the tea shop. To all who contributed books to the sale, turned up to purchase books and have a cuppa, and especially everyone who contributed their time to make the Book Sale happen, we are most grateful.

Finally, it was lovely to see great support for the Local Artist’s Exhibition and we were pleased to be able to support lots of local talent. A huge thank you to Alastair and Bridget who did a wonderful job hosting the exhibition, which ran every weekend in September. Thank you to all those who visiting the exhibition and especially to those who purchased paintings! 

If you attended any of the events and have a few minutes to spare, we would be grateful for feedback through this link – it will only take two minutes and we really value your feedback to see how we can improve on our offer to the community of Cushendun and beyond.

Short Story Competition

A special word of congratulations is due to the winners of our Short Story Competition. In first place was Rian Laverty with a wonderful story about the three bulls of Cushendun with a distinctly hurling theme, in second place was Caoimhe Breen, who told the story of a young girl’s adventures in Cushendun which was inspired by our local myths and legends. Finally, Niamh Kane came in third with her heart-warming story about the joy of Cushendun beach, which was a treat to read. The winners were presented with their prizes on the very successful Cushendun Fun Day last Saturday. The stories will soon be on display for everyone to enjoy in the Old Church Centre.

Tuesday Get Together – with lunch!

The Tuesday Get Together returns on Tuesday 11 October at a new time of 12.30-2.30pm. We have changed the format a wee bit so that now it will include soup and sandwiches and some afternoon entertainment. We are thrilled to be joined by the wonderful Liz Weir who, alongside a few friends, will be spinning yarns and sharing stories at this month’s get together. All welcome, the lunch is free and if you need any assistance getting to the Old Church Centre, just drop Jude a line on 07540356702 and we will sort it out. 

Living off the Land & Sea Project

Earlier this year we were fortunate the receive funding through the Community Foundation of Northern Ireland as part of the National Trust Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund. This helped to fund the boat trip for the maritime weekend at the beginning of September. However, the main strand of the project is to gather memories and reminiscences of the lives of farming and fishing families of the Cushendun area. We are collaborating with St. Ciaran’s PS, the Glens of Antrim Historical Society and locals families to do this. At the end of the project, we will have an exhibition of all the material displayed in the Old Church. If you want to find out more, please get in touch with Jude or Katy on info@cushendunbpt.org. We will also be hosting an informal night of stories and memories on 4 November which will be an opportunity to drop in and share old stories, refreshments and nibbles will be provided. Keep an eye on our social media and newsletter for more information on this.  In the meantime, have a dig about the attic for any photos of old farming machinery or fishing/farming scenes – we would love to see them.

What’s On

Aside from our Living off the Land & Sea project, we have lots of great events over Halloween for the family, throughout Autumn as well as our usual classes. Check out the dates below.
Regular classes:
Every Wednesday @ 7.30 pm – Reading Circle 
Every Thursday @ 7 pm – Yoga with Jackie

October & November:
8 Oct – CCGHT Cregagh Forest Walk, 10-1pm, free
11 Oct – Tuesday Get Together lunch with Liz Weir, 12.30-2.30pm, free
21 Oct – From Glen to Glen: an Evening of Storytelling & Music – Glens Storytelling Festival, £10
30 Oct – Cushendun Community Cinema, Addam’s Family (2019) @ 2 pm, £4/5
31 Oct – Drop-in kids Halloween mask & cloak making & painting workshop, 11-3pm, free
31 Oct – Cushendun Community Cinema, Let the Right One In (2008) @ 7.30pm, £5
1 Nov – Lantern making workshop @ Glenmona, details TBC
4 Nov – Living off the Land – reminiscence evening with refreshments, 7-9pm free
20 Nov – Cushendun Community Cinema, Return of Mary Poppins 2 @ 2pm & Elvis @ 7.30pm, £4/5
26-27 Nov – Craft Fair, 11-4pm, free
2-4 Dec – Cushendun Community Panto – Cinderella