We are pleased to welcome the arrival of Spring at the Old Church Centre. As we look ahead to March, we have an exciting lineup of events and activities for everyone to enjoy. Join us for a month full of fun and entertainment!
Weekly ‘Yoga with Jackie’ returns on Thursday evenings at 7 pm. We are delighted to welcome Jackie back to the Centre and hopefully, the brighter evenings will encourage new participants to this activity.
Are you looking for something fun and unique to do this weekend? Look no further than the Craft and Trade Fair at The Old Church Centre in Cushendun on the 4th and 5th of March from 11 AM to 4 PM! This year’s Fairs promise to be bigger and better than ever, featuring many new contributors and our regulars.
If you’re a fan of all things handmade and unique, you won’t want to miss this event. With so many local artisans and businesses showcasing their work, there will be something for everyone. From Resin by Shea to Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic by AJ, River Pearl to the Air Ambulance Fund, Aloha Beads by Alex to Mooncraftbows, Annie’s Craft to Geraldine’s Granleese Children’s Book, Treestump to Willowleaves Handmade Books, you’re sure to find a treasure that speaks to you.
But the Craft and Trade Fair is about more than just shopping. It’s an opportunity to support your local community and the hard-working entrepreneurs who call it home. By shopping local, you’re not only getting unique, one-of-a-kind items, but you’re also investing in the future of your community.
The Whist Drive takes place on Tuesday 7 March at 7:30 pm (new members welcome) and on 9 March, The Glens Men Group return to the Centre for a Mood and Movement Workshop.
Sunday 12 March is most definitely a date for your diaries. The Cushendun Community Cinema runs a fun-filled day of entertainment. We will be showing the beloved family movie, The Lion King (2019), at 2:30 pm. This classic Disney film is sure to be a hit with children and adults alike, so bring the whole family along for an afternoon of nostalgia and fun. Later in the evening, we’ll be screening The Menu at 7:30 pm. This acclaimed movie is a must-see for foodies and film lovers alike, with a gripping storyline and stunning cinematography. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a night out with friends or a loved one. Tickets are only £3 for children and £5 for adults and can be booked online at our website www.theoldchurchcentre.com. Don’t miss out on this fantastic event in the Old Church Centre, Cushendun. We look forward to seeing you there!
The Tuesday Get Together runs on 14 March at 12:30 pm for a special St. Patrick’s celebration with a delicious lunch followed by Marie’s Quiz. No booking is required!
St Patrick’s Day itself couldn’t pass without a party and this year is no different. After the success of our Burns Night, we decided it was a great opportunity to showcase and celebrate our local talent. Thanks to Causeway Coast and Glens Council support, we have secured local musicians to play live music to get everyone on the dance floor and we are sure of a song or two. There will be a free ‘wee one’ for guests on arrival to help get people into the spirit and lots of Irish-themed food to fuel the dancing. Tickets for Burns Night are sold out so we can only advise booking early to avoid disappointment! 17 March at 8 pm. Click here to book.
The Old Church Centre is thrilled to announce the upcoming screening of Floodlight Pictures’ critically acclaimed film, An Irish Goodbye. This remarkable film, which received an Oscar nomination and won a BAFTA award for Best British Short Film, has captivated audiences worldwide with its emotional and thought-provoking storyline.
We are especially proud to welcome local actor Seamus O’Hara, who stars in the film, along with some of the other talented cast and crew members. They will be present for a question and answer session following the screening, offering the community a rare opportunity to gain insight into the creative process behind this award-winning production.
An Irish Goodbye tells the story of a family grappling with loss and grief, highlighting the complexities of relationships and the struggles we face when saying goodbye to those we love. It’s a deeply moving and poignant film that is sure to resonate with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
The Old Church Centre is honoured to host this screening and provide a space for our community to come together and appreciate the art of filmmaking. We believe that events like this help to enrich our cultural landscape and foster a greater appreciation for the arts.
We invite you to join us on Thursday, 23 March at one of our two showings 6 pm or 7:30 pm for this special event. Don’t miss your chance to experience An Irish Goodbye and engage with the talented individuals behind this incredible production.
An Irish Goodbye – 23 March at 6 pm (click to book)
An Irish Goodbye – 23 March at 7:30 pm (click to book)
Kabosh Theatre Productions are bringing ‘Reunion’ to the Old Church on Saturday 25 March at 8 pm. This performance, written by Julie Dutkiewicz and directed by Paula McFetridge, explores the impact of domestic abuse on the wider family unit within a local setting.
A play about family, love and everything that went before.
Starring Cathy Brennan-Bradley, Louise Mathews and Vincent Higgins.Click here to book.
On 26 March, Starlight and Stone will return to showcase their Spring collection along with Rosie’s beautiful artwork. The collection features a wide range of clothing, jewellery, and accessories. The event will coincide with our popular Pop-Up Tearooms, where Patricia will serve up homemade traybakes, cakes, and scones. Spend your Sunday with us and enjoy a delightful day filled with fashion, art, and delicious treats!
At a glance
4-5 March (11 am – 4 pm) – Craft and Trade Fair12 March (2:30 pm) – The Lion King (2019) – Click to book12 March (7:30 pm) – The Menu – click to book17 March (8 pm) – St Patrick’s Evening – Click to book23 March (6 pm) – An Irish Goodbye – Click to book (tickets on sale from 8 pm 3 March)23 March (7:30 pm) – An Irish Goodbye – Click to book (tickets on sale from 8pm 3 March)25 March (8 pm) – Kabosh – Reunion – Click to book26 March (11 am – 4 pm) – Starlight and Stone at the Pop-up Teashop
February Round-up
The Centre had a packed schedule in February, starting with a successful evening of drama, storytelling, and music, featuring readings from Clare McKay’s latest book ‘Invisible.’ The event raised funds for The Simon Community, adding to its specialness. The Monthly Whist Drive is thriving, with the participation of new faces from around the area. The Rapparees returned for a sold-out performance and received glowing feedback, with hopes to host them again in the future. The next night, a murder mystery evening titled ‘The Love Boat’ packed the Centre with enthusiastic guests who solved clues to find the true culprit- Elvis! The Old Church team participated in the Quirky Wedding Fair, showcasing the unique and beautiful setting for the Centre’s weddings. The men from Glens Men Shed held their first workshop at the Centre, marking a new partnership. To end the month, Patricia’s Pop-Up Tearoom was a hit, delighting visitors. Overall, the Centre was a hub for a diverse range of events and activities that were well-received by the community, from literary evenings to musical performances, murder mysteries, and workshops.