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Flowerfield Arts Centre Re-opens With a Range of Fabulous Creative Courses

Flowerfield Arts Centre has unveiled a fantastic range of creative courses to inspire everyone this summer.

Alongside its renowned work on glass and ceramics, the programme includes writing, environmental arts and creative mindfulness walks, promising a variety that will delight children and adults alike. 

Adult participants can take part in Fused Glass Trees with Natasha Duddy on June 23rd, a Fused Glass Beach Scenes workshop on June 30th and a Glass Bird Sculpture workshop on July 14th. Pottery enthusiasts can sign up to a three-part Summer Solstice Ceramics course with Lorna Noble from June 24th -26th which will celebrate nature and light through the creation of tea light holders, oil burners, sun platters and flower vases.

Local ceramicist Fiona Shannon teaches Simple Ceramics for the Summer Table on July 3rd and Hanging Garden Planter Ceramics on July 10th.

Budding writers will be inspired by our stunning landscape and coast in a four week Learning from the Land nature writing course with published writer Anne McMaster from July 8th – 29th. Anne is also facilitating the arts centre’s successful online creative writing course from 23rd June to August 11th. For those who have always fancied making their own jewellery, goldsmith Diane Lyness teaches you how to make your own silver necklace or earrings on August 21st.

Outside of the centre, activities are planned at some of our most scenic locations including creative mindfulness walks at Downhill Beach on June 25th and Whiterocks Beach on August 20th. Acclaimed writer Bernie McGill is hosting a Creative Writing workshop and literary trail in Cushendun on July 24th.

Kids can get creative with environmental arts in Art in the Park every Saturday throughout July and August with two sessions in Flowerfield Park at 10.30am and 12noon each day. They can also make beautiful glass sun catchers in a workshop on July 14th and experience Parklife watercolour painting from July 15th-16th. 

More workshops will be available for booking over the next few weeks. For further information and to book, visit the Arts Centre’s website where you can also sign up to the venue’s mailing list

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Positive Impact of Good Relations Projects

First Minister Paul Givan and Education Minister Michelle McIlveen join young people who took part in a Together: Building a United Community Camp delivered by Roe Valley Residents Association. It was one of a number of such schemes taking place across Northern Ireland which brings young people of different backgrounds and traditions together for a range of shared activities.

The Executive’s commitment towards the delivery of good relations projects in 2021/22 is another key step towards building a united and shared society,  Ministers have said.

First Minister Paul Givan and Education Minister Michelle McIlveen were speaking in Limavady during a visit to a T:BUC Camp being delivered by Roe Valley Residents Association.  There they saw first-hand how the Executive’s Together: Building a United Community Strategy is actively bringing young people from different backgrounds and traditions together.

First Minister Paul Givan said: “The amazing work of initiatives such as the T:BUC Camp delivered by Roe Valley Residents Association is an example of how T:BUC funding is helping to engender real and lasting societal change.

“The T:BUC Camps Programme is inspiring. It is a great example of the incredible good relations work that is helping to bring about positive change across so many communities here.

“The Camps Programme is a key headline action of the T:BUC Strategy and reflects the Executive’s ongoing commitment to ending division and improving community relations.  The camps bring people of different backgrounds and traditions together for shared activities. This not only breaks down barriers in the present, but has a profound and lasting impact in creating a better future.

“This effort plays a key role in helping us continue the journey towards creating a more united and shared society.”

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill said: “The amazing work being carried out through the T:BUC Camps programme and across the wider T:BUC Strategy is helping to bring people from different cultural traditions together and engender real and lasting societal change.

“The Executive is committed to the good relations journey and to continuing to support projects working towards our goal of creating a truly equal and shared society where everyone can live together, free from intolerance, discrimination and prejudice.”

Education Minister Michelle McIlveen added: “The T:BUC Camps programme is an important initiative which demonstrates what can be achieved through a joined up approach involving The Executive Office, the Department of Education and the Education Authority, bringing together young people from different community backgrounds.

“For some young people a T:BUC Camp can be the first opportunity to come together on a cross-community basis to meet people they may not otherwise do. It is an opportunity to take part in an exciting programme as well as making new friends.

“I hope there are some young people here today who will want to build on the experience gained in their involvement in the T:BUC camps programme and I would encourage that very much.”

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Council and PSNI Make Joint Appeal Over Removal of River Bann Lifesaving Aids

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and the PSNI have issued a joint appeal following the sustained deliberate removal of lifesaving equipment along the River Bann.

The situation came to a head last week, when 11 individual lifelines were taken, leaving no emergency aids in place from the Old Bridge at Christie Park to the Cutts at Castleroe.

Throwlines and buoyancy aids can make the difference between life and death, and there is a growing concern that a tragedy will occur if this type of mindless behaviour continues.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Richard Holmes, said: “This vital equipment is provided for the simple purpose of keeping people safe, and it is beyond belief that it would be removed or destroyed.

“To take all 11 lifelines, leaving a long stretch of riverbank without emergency equipment, is a disgrace and we cannot allow this to continue.

“To those behind this – it must stop before it’s too late. An emergency can arise at any time. It could be your friend or family member in need and this equipment could save their live.

“To anyone who witnesses such irresponsible behaviour please make sure to report it immediately and help us address this grave situation.”

Supporting the Mayor’s comments, Sergeant Clare Sweeney said: “It defies belief that people are willing to put the lives of others at risk through such reckless action.

We are appealing for anyone who witnessed the lines being taken or saw anything suspicious in the area earlier this week to contact us on 101 quoting reference 537 of June 25th. A report can also be made using the online reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport. Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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