All the news and happenings from the local towns and villages

Pretty n Pink

fundraiser

A fundraising evening for the Pretty n Pink Breast Cancer charity will be held on Friday, September 6.

The venue is Ma Kellys in Ballymoney. Doors open at 8pm for an 8.30pm start. Admission is free, however there will be a charity bucket collection on the night, a raffle and a Toss the Coin fundraiser. Please get along and support his great cause.

£60,000 scheme

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has announced the start of a £60,000 resurfacing scheme on B62 Old Ballymena Road roundabout, Ballymoney.

The work is due to begin on 8 August 2013.

The Minister said: “This scheme will greatly improve the strength and surface quality of the carriageway on this important roundabout in Ballymoney.”

To help minimise any inconvenience to the travelling public and local businesses the majority of this work is planned for night time working between 7pm and 7am when road closures will be in place. Any day time working will be completed using lane closures and stop/go boards.

The full road closures for night time working will be in place from 12-16 August 2013 inclusive. During these closures a signed traffic diversion via Garryduff Road, Riada Avenue, Old Ballymena Road, Frosses Road, Kirk Road and Newal Road will be in operation for through traffic.

The scheme is expected to be substantially completed on 16 August 2013.

Funds welcomed

Glens Sinn Fein councillor Colum Thompson has welcomed Moyle District Council’s decision to establish a grant funding pot with a total budget of £12,000 for amateur sports clubs.

The decision was taken at a council meeting on Monday the 24th of June after the proposal had been raised on several previous occasions within the chamber.

Speaking about the scheme Councillor Thompson said: “The concept of a grant funding scheme for amateur sports clubs is something which the Sinn Fein team has consistently supported and I am delighted that the scheme has finally been established.

“Amateur sports clubs play such a vital role and make huge positive contributions to the lives of people throughout Moyle and it is essential that council does everything possible to support them.

“Our amateur sports clubs promote healthy lifestyles, local pride and provide facilities for young and old alike to exercise and socialise in a safe and welcoming environment. I am delighted that we will now see GAA, Rugby and other amateur sports clubs benefit from grant funding.”

Drill objections

A number of people from outside the north Antrim area have contacted planners to object to plans for a second drill hole to search for gas/oil in the Ballinlea area near Ballycastle.

Letters have come in from Castlerock, Newtownabbey , Leitrim and Sligo.

Swim fundraiser

Local girl Chloe Bond (age 8) is doing a one mile sponsored swim to raise funds for a local proposed Debt Counselling Centre - Christians Against Poverty(CAP).

Chloe was inspired to undertake this challenge when she heard her local rector, Rev Andrew Sweeney, announce his ambition to open a CAP centre based in St Patrick’s and serving the whole community in Ballymoney.

Each year, Christians Against Poverty, help 20,000 people find their way out of debt. CAP work out fair budgets, negotiate with creditors and can take people through insolvency, so there is always an answer.

CAP offer services in partnership with churches because they believe the local church holds the message of great hope for all of society.

Chloe is proud to be able to use her passion for swimming to help her local community in this small way.

She will complete her one mile swim in the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre at 3.30pm on Monday August 12th. Anyone who would like to donate to this worthy cause can do so by contacting St. Patrick’s Parish Office on 028 276 62323.

Rota chemist

The chemist on rota duty this Sunday in Ballycastle is F. A. McCaughan, 27 Ann Street, who will be on duty from 12 noon to 1 p.m. for urgent prescriptions.

RBP teas at British Legion

The Women’s Section of the RBL, Ballymoney branch, will be selling tea and sandwiches in the clubrooms on Saturday, August 4, price £4 during the RBP demonstration.

If any Lodges would like to book food and refreshments they should call Joyce McBride on 028 276 66329 or Mary Henry on 028 276 636132.

Everyone welcome.

Rotary quiz

To kick off the new Rotary year, Ballycastle Rotary Club’s first fundraising event will be a quiz night on Thursday 15th August at 8pm sharp in the Central Bar, Ballycastle.

Not only will it be a good way to dust off those brain cells but it promises to be a great evening of fun too so come along and support a brilliant cause with prizes galore.

Admission to the quiz is £5 per head.

Church service

The annual church service for Cloughmills RBP 214 will take place in Drumadoon Parish Church this Dunay.

Sir Knights should meet at Cloughmills Memorial Hall at 2.45 p.m. in preparation for the parade to the church for service at 3.30 p.m.

Parade will be led by Cloughmills Accordion band and the offering is for L.E.M.O.O.S.

Donations

Blood donation sessions are to be held in the Holmes Memorial Hall, Ballymoney, on Tuesday, August 13 and Wednesday the following day.

Sessions are from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 5.15 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Dance

Rasharkin Parish Centre is the venue for a dance this Thursday night from 8.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m.

Music is by Dave Lee and admission is £5 which includes supper. Everyone welcome.

Drugs arrests

Police arrested a man on suspicion of possession of Class B with intent to supply after he was searched at Moyle Road, Ballycastle on Sunday, 3rd August. Also two men were arrested for possession of a suspected Class B drug after a car was stopped and searched at Magheramore Road on Sunday 04 August. Police enquiries are ongoing.

House ransacked

Moyle police are appealing for information after a house was broken into in the Mosside Gardens area of Ballycastle on Tuesday 30 July. Police at the scene described the house as having been “ransacked”.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police in Ballycastle on 0845 600 8000. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Toilet damaged

Two cubicle doors were damaged at a toilet block in the Dundarave area of Bushmills on Monday 29 July. Police enquiries are ongoing and they are appealing for information from the public on the matter. Anyone with information is asked to contact police in Ballycastle on 0845 600 8000. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Tools stolen

Tools, a toolbox and gardening equipment are suspected to have been stolen from a trailer on Whitepark Road, Ballycastle sometime on Monday 29 July. Anyone with information is asked to contact police in Ballycastle on 0845 600 8000. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Threat to kill

A man was arrested for making threats to kill and harassment in the Cushendall area on August 3rd.

Pub assault

Police are investigating after a man was allegedly assaulted at a pub in the Bushmills area on Saturday, August 3rd.

Trade plate stolen

A trade plate is believed to have been stolen from a lorry in the Mill Street area of Ballycastle over the last few weeks.

Car seized

Police seized a car on suspicion of been driven without insurance and issued a fixed penalty ticket to the driver after a car was stopped on Atlantic Avenue on 31 July.

Assault arrest

Police arrested a man in connection with an alleged assault at a shop in Bushmills on Wednesday 31 July.