Timeline of Achievement

2016

2015

2014

  • Hedge Planting day for young people at the Bio park 
  • Delivered an environmental conservation programme for P 6/7 pupils from St Brigid’s and Cloughmills Primary Schools which enabled both schools to become accredited Forest Schools
  • Delivered another Incredible Healing Garden project and embarked on training and development of course material to prepare for accreditation as a centre for social and therapeutic horticulture
  • Organised community celebration events at the Old Mill Community Garden for Easter, June Fair , Halloween and Christmas
  • Held public meetings to enable local groups to learn about the Community Planning role which will the new Super Council will be responsible for in April 2015 
  • Held initial discussions with local residents and community groups to prepare a Village Plan for 2015-2020
  • Under took extensive consultation with local residents on proposals for the refurbishment of the Old Mill building as a centre for community activities and well-being
  • Organised a Community Food Festival to demonstrate and celebrate food from different cultures 
  • Delivered a two day residential course on Permaculture -principles and practices 
  • Organised a programme of craft workshops for children and adults during the summer period under the NI Housing Executive’s Shared Communities Programme
  • Completed the erection of building structures for the development of a social enterprise in growing mushrooms 
  • Winner of the “Cleaner & Greener Village “category in the Rural Community Awards competition sponsored by the NI Housing Executive

2013

Further development of the Community Garden at the Old Mill and using the first harvest to promote and encourage ‘grow your own’ as a lifestyle change for healthy living.

Incredible Edible Healing Garden project undertaken for the Public Health Agency to improve the physical and emotional well being of a group of referred people , engaging the services of a trained herbalist.

Series of workshops on topics of cultural and historic interest to both traditions in the village and study visits to places related to those traditions (part of ‘shared history-shared’ future project)

Programme for activity based learning about history and heritage for the two primary schools in the village , working together in each year group , and undertaking study visits as part of the ‘shared history – shared future’ project.

Re-creation of a traditional June Fair with demonstrations of rural crafts ,vintage stalls and traditional music and dancing performances.

Launch of the Cloughmills Heritage Trail – compiled from research undertaken by the community groups as part of the shared history – shared future project.

Launch of a ‘Community Food Initiative’ to promote interest in healthy food and healthy lifestyles – utilising the Incredible Edible Garden as both a resource for activity and a source of healthy food, and making it a fun thing for all – through pizza and movie nights in community buildings .

Launch of an environmental conservation award scheme for young people (John Muir Foundation)

Production of a sustainable Christmas tree for our community event – made from salvaged cable reels, solar powered lighting arrays and decorated with nativity scenes made by local school children using old pattern book fabric swatches. The presents under the tree were waste plastic containers filled with sand and painted up for a colourful display – just magical !

2012

Development of the Incredible Edible Community Allotment Garden at the Old Mill – The Happiness Project ( involving clearance works, construction of raised beds ,sheds and covered work areas etc)

Installation of natural composting toilet and polytunnels at the Community Garden

Mongolian yurt acquired and assembled on site as facility for holding small events and exhibitions.

Start on a community enterprise project as part of village renewal –to develop skills in permaculture, brewing and craft based activities as an aid to future sustainability.

Enhancement of street scene with more flower beds and hanging baskets ( all of which are maintained by volunteers).

Launch of a ‘Timebank’ project to encourage ‘volunteering’ with people giving their time and skills to help others in the community in return for reciprocal help or benefit .

Launch of Eco Warriors programme for young people –planting out edible hedges, conservation work in local woodland and learning new bushcraft skills in camp out sessions.

Launch of major community relations project ( shared history-shared future) in partnership with Cloughmills Cultural and Historical Society to explore the heritage and cultural traditions of the Cloughmills area.

2011

Village Renewal Programme started with new flower beds at main entrance roads into the village

New floral hanging baskets to improve the village street scene

Summer festival enhanced by educational workshop to explore cultural diversity which ended with musical performance by musicians from four continents.

Major grant secured through the Big Lottery “People’s Millions” televised voting competition to expand the Incredible Edible Garden project by creating a major community garden at the Old Mill.

2010

Incredible Edible Garden developed on waste ground behind Corner House Bar (started as youth engagement project and expanded into intergeneration project with support from local primary schools- winning Youth Sustainabilty and Environmental Award)

June Festival expanded to week long Cultural Festival

Christmas festival enlivened with new custom built sleigh for Santa’s tour of the village.

Muddy Boots Club started as a workshop for local school children to have fun learning about nature and the environment- building mini bug hotel , planting native wildlife, making scarecrows and lots more.

Youth survival weekend trips and fishing awaydays.

Boys and Girls Football Club coaching success and charity fund raising by Belfast Marathon Relay team

2009

Derelict buildings in the village given a fresh coat of paint to improve their appearance.

Toberdoney Well area cleared, new pathways installed and seating provided to create small community amenity area for local residents (and as a base for community Halloween and Christmas events)

Planting out new hedgerows along roads into the village

Community festivals at Easter, June , Halloween and Christmas