Community Notes - August 12

BallymagroartyFun dayBallymagroarty and Hazelbank Fun Day will be held on Sunday, August 14.Running from 2pm-6pm, the free event offers fun activities for all the family to enjoy.

Friday, 12th August 2016, 1:31 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:20 pm
Seige cook Gemma Walker finds her rat pies in high demand from Matilda Oleotti, Laura Denicolai, Beatrice Oleotti and Silvia Denicolai on the Walls of Derry as the annual wek long Maiden City Festival got underway at the weekend. Picture Martin McKeown. 06.08.16


Youth group

A reminder to the group who took part in the camping activity last week, your final activity is today, Friday 12th August. This is paintballing followed by your night time activity in Ness Wood. Pick up will be at the Community Centre at 5.15pm sharp. You will have to bring extra money to pay for your extra paint balls. There will also be a BBQ provided.



The eagerly-awaited ‘It’s a Knockout’ will be held in Tullyally today (Friday), starting at 5pm. Are you taking part? Do you want to be part of a team? Please let the organisers know. Also a Junior disco will be running from 8.30pm-11pm today in the community centre. There will be a fireworks display at 11pm.

City centre


The Patient and Client Council is encouraging people in Derry to share their views and experiences of mental health home treatment services. Mental health home treatment services care for people in the community, when they are experiencing a mental health emergency. A short discussion event will take place in the North Western Social Enterprise Hub at the Diamond on Wednesday, at 11 am.



Everyone is invited to join local conservation architect, Manus Deery on a walking tour of the former shirt-factories of Derry.

The no-cost tour will include the site of Tillie & Henderson, Abercorn Factory, Welch Margetson (Carlisle House), via the City Walls and Bishop Street, to Castle Street to Hogg & Mitchell (Strand Factory) and the City Factory.

The tour, starting at 2pm on Saturday, September 10, will last around one hour. Booking is essential. Please telephone 028 9082 3238.

Clooney hall


Clooney Hall Centre’s Toddlers and Others club will re-open on September 5, after its summer break. Toddlers and Others runs every Monday, from 10am to 11.45am. It costs £1.50 per family.



City Friends of Marie Curie wish to thank all those who contributed to their collection on the Quay on July 14, 2016, when they raised £653.07.


Annual Barbeque

The House in the Wells will be holding their annual BBQ in partnership with the Gasyard Feile today, Friday, August 12, from 12noon to 3.30pm.



A healing and renewal retreat by Fr Augustine Valloran VC and his team will be held in St.Columb’s Church, Chapel Road on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 15th, 16th and 17th August. Fr Augustine is the director of the Divine Retreat centre in India. As a well known retreat preacher he travels widely. The nature of the Retreat will be to give an opportunity to reflect on where we need healing and renewal in our lives. Each evening for the retreat days there will be Rosary and Music – at 7.00pm Holy Mass – 7.30pm Retreat reflection – 8:00pm and at 8.30pm – Eucharistic Adoration and healing service.



Veritas in Derry is calling for art for an upcoming exhibition to be held in the Veritas shop on Shipquay Street.

All work submitted must carry content of a religious / spiritual nature. To submit work, please email details of the work(s), including a photograph, to [email protected] or call into the store. Closing date 31 August 2016.

For further information, Tel 7126 6888.


Give Blood

A blood donation will be held on Wednesday, 24th and Thursday, 25th August in The Theatre, North West Regional College, Strand Road, 1.30 – 4.00 pm and 5.15 – 8.00 pm.



An Evening of Song (led by Inishowen Methodist Choir) will be held in Carlisle Road Methodist Church on Sunday 4th September at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.



Blackmoon is a monthly club for and by adults with learning disabilities at the Waterside Theatre, giving people a chance to have the craic, meet new people, learn new skills and dance until the cows come home

Music old and new, from ABBA to Elvis via Nathan Carter and Katy Perry - a tune for everyone.

The DJ for these events will be Oliver Brown, a very talented local DJ, who will play all of your favourite music on the night and will jump on the decks every now and again for a mine mix.



Once again Hillcrest Trust and the Whistle have come together to organise events and activities for this year’s Hooley on the Hill in the Waterside.

Last year’s festival at Top of the Hill was a great success with a range of events taking place in the Community Marquee.

This year, games brought the streets to life over the weekend and on Monday older people from the community took in the sights in Co Tyrone, while back at home younger people were given the opportunity to revisit the 1916 Proclamation.

On Tuesday families went on a trip to Belfast Zoo while back home the Whistle Project showed the film ‘Pride’ with a discussion to follow.

On Wednesday there was a Top of the Hill walking tour and a massive Under the Sea themed fun day where kids came along dressed as their favourite sea-based characters and on Thursday there was an exhibition of the Creative Communities Men’s Shed and Recycled Teenagers Exhibition. Later that evening there was a tea dance and a performance of Tony Devlin’s 1981 play followed by an evening of traditional Irish music.

Today (Friday 12th August) there will be a picnic in the new park from 11am to 1pm, a Kids Super Hero Disco from 6-7.30pm in the community hub and a senior youth trip to Gartan Outdoor Education Centre.

On Saturday there will be a Family Fun Day, Fete and Car Boot Sale in the Trench Road Car Park and later that evening a Mr & Mrs Quiz Night from 8pm with a whole host of prizes on offer.

Sunday will see the Bernard Park and Keith ‘Oxy’ Roddy Memorial Cup take place at the Whistle Project from 1-6pm and on Monday there will be a Junior Youth Trip to Culdaff Beach and the Bowling Alley.

Brandywell and Bogside


The theme of this year’s Feile is ‘Unity’ and it is about individuals, families, residents, government, business and community organisations coming together to celebrate peace and harmony. In the face of negative elements and adversity trying to divide and break down the community, Féile will be one opportunity for everyone to stand together in a positive way.

Big Bog BBQ on Saturday 13th August at Free Derry Corner and Wan Big Street Party right on Central Drive in Creggan on Monday August 15 will see the area transformed into a brilliant carnival atmosphere with activities for all the family. Big Bog BBQ and International Food Fair returns to Free Derry Corner with the space transformed into an enchanted garden where you will be entertained by music, crafts, and games.

Event starts at 2pm, with the BBQ and a selection of International foods at 3.30pm.

Wan Big Street Party is a fun packed family event which will include traditional games, arts & crafts and entertainment from local musicians throughout the area.

It will have the mini waltzer, dance dome, carousel and caged soccer and for those brave enough will also have the fun fair rides, Sky Rider and Infinity Tower.

The event will also include an International Food Fair which will you to sample different foods from across the world and much, much more. This promises to be a great day with activities which all the family can enjoy free of charge with special guests on the day.

As it is the year of the Centenaries Féile will be hosting a variety of events looking at 1916 and the Somme with a number of events taking place over the two weeks.

Today, Friday 12th there will be a 1916 Easter Rising and Somme Exhibition, a 1916 play and tea dance all in the Community Marquee in Creggan.

The delightful Wonder Wagon will be on tour bringing art adventures, culture, mythology and adult workshops to all the festival goers, right through to 15th August and pitching up at Big Bog BBQ on the 13th.

Linda McKinney Feile organiser said: “The Féile Festival gets better and better with each passing year with this year’s Féile Finale in the Gasyard Park promising to be a show stopper.

“To end our festival there will be a bespoke 45 minute show telling a story through a series of fire drawings and other fiery elements, with live music, carnival games and much, much more.

“Féile also offers a huge range of political, health, family, sporting, youth and older people events that will suit everyone’s tastes.”



Families and friends are invited to venture deep into the forest for a magical evening with Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and James Corden.

It’s Into the Woods, a lively musical, and it’s an outdoor screening at the Woodland Trust’s Brackfield Wood, not far from the city of Derry on Friday 26 August.

With witch’s spells, glass slippers, a big bad wolf and more, this film is a cocktail of our best-loved fairy tales.

Michelle McCaughtry is the Woodland Trust’s people engagement officer and says: “It’s a wonderful opportunity to see this family favourite in a totally different light.

“We’ll be outdoors, on a summer’s evening, and in the most beautiful of settings. And as the characters embark upon their magical woodland adventures, we will – in a sense – be right there with them.

“We’ve had thousands of individuals, schools and groups visit this special woodland by daytime.

“This time, we’ll be arriving at sunset and sitting under a canopy of stars.”

Brackfield Wood, by the banks of the stunning River Faughan, is one of just four flagships woods being created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

In contrast to the sadness of war, Brackfield is a place of flourishing beauty and tranquillity, and a much-needed haven for wildlife.

Into the Woods (PG) awaits moviegoers on Friday 26 August, with screening beginning at 8.30pm.

A free shuttle bus is available from nearby Brackfield Bawn. Admission is £5 per adult and £2 per child, with proceeds supporting the work of the Woodland Trust.

Refreshments can be purchased on the evening. Bring a torch; a rug or seat; and a picnic if you wish (but please don’t leave any litter). Booking is essential, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. To find out more: visit www. or call 0330 333 5302.

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