The chairperson of Ballykelly Community and Youth Association has said she is hopeful of good news about new premises in the village.
Tina McCloskey said the Association is due to meet soon with officials working on plans for the relocation of the Department of Agriculture’s headquarters to Ballykelly.
“DARD are keeping us up to date with what’s happening, and we really hope to be gifted space for a new building from OFMdFM,” said Mrs McCloskey.
“Our current premises are really at the end of their life and we really need a new building. Our centre is very well used as we offer everything from bingo to activities for older people and our youth, I feel it could be better used but because it’s out of the centre of the village it’s not the ideal location. We really need to be in the centre of the village.”
The Centre, Cancer Research UK and Foyle Hospice all received donations from the The Maiden City Motor Club’s annual ‘Turkey Run’ event last December.
“Every penny counts,” said Mrs McCloskey, “and we’re very grateful to The Maiden City Motor Club for their generosity. This is the third year they have done this, and the money will help with running costs and activities for the youth.”
A spokesperson for the Motor Club said they were delighted to give back to the community and, in particular, Ballykelly Community and Youth Association because the event is held in the village.
“It’s a nice way to give back,” said the spokesperson.