Explore you local history!

The History Links Project is currently looking for new participants for a Buncrana group. There will be weekly meetings in the Angling Centre at 4.30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The group welcomes anyone from the wider area with an interest in local history. Over the coming months there will be trips away and meetings with groups from other areas. Come along and give it a go. For more information, call Stephen McNamee or Kathleen Bonner in the History Links Project on 07491 41958, or Adrian Grant of the West Inishowen History Group on 086 0885193

The Good Morning Service County Donegal is launching a new project the ‘Friendly Face Befriending Scheme’, covering the Inishowen Primary care area. This new addition is a natural progression for the organisation and will supplement the existing and very successful telephone contact service. It will encompass of all the traditional high standards and qualities associated with The Good Morning Service. The Friendly Face Befriending Scheme will be aimed at further reducing the social isolation of people over the age of 60yrs in the Inishowen community through the matching of a volunteer befriender with an individual who may feel socially isolated or vulnerable. Volunteers will participate in comprehensive training and have Garda Clearance before they are matched with a befriendee. The Befriendee can look forward to having a visit from their befriender each week. The Befriending scheme will take referrals from health care professionals or community organisations and from family and friends; the befriendee will have to complete a short application form and will be visited by the Friendly Face Befriending Scheme Project Organiser in their home at an agreed time.

If you are interested in either using the service or becoming a Volunteer Befriender or just require more information contact Liam Hargan, Project Organiser on 07493 21598 or email: ffbefriending@gmail.com.

A World Day of Prayer service will be held this evening at 8 p.m. in the Church of Ireland Church, Fahan. All welcome.

The Annual General Meeting of the Buncrana Chamber of Commerce will be held on Tuesday, 13th March in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, commencing at 8.00pm. The election of new committee members for 2012/2013 will be discussed and all Chamber members are asked to attend.

St. Oran’s National School, Cockhill is holding a ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. If you are interested in either dancing or in helping in the fundraising please telephone the school, 9361807

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Saturday, 17th March at 3 p.m. The committee is looking for as many community, residential groups, schools, business, sports clubs, scouts and individuals as possible to enter floats. There will be lots of prizes. The committee is also looking for a large turnout for the Fancy Dress Parade. Stewarts are also needed so if you can help in any way telephone 086 8435031, 086 3669905 or 0866002155.

There will be a Public Information Day with a presentation by Jamie O’Sullivan called ‘Why you don’t have to pay the Household Tax’ and a film showing ‘Freedom to Fascism’ and various other talks in the Plaza tomorrow from 2 – 10 p.m.

A Flower Arranging class by Josie Coll will start this Tuesday, 6th March for five weeks. Booking is essential. For more information telephone Margaret 9361114.

Carndonagh Community Market is on every Saturday at the Colgan Hall, Carndonagh from 12-3pm. We have a variety of stalls selling local, homemade and handcrafted produce - from locally produced food to unique Inishowen handcrafted goods. We also have live music, hot food, and a warm welcome! Pop in for a chat and a cuppa. We are always keen to welcome new stallholders, if you would be interested you can contact us through our website - www.carnmarket.com - or chat to any of the current stallholders.

Would you like to make a positive change in your community? Take this opportunity to learn new and innovative skills, to make meetings more fun and work more energising! Fun, experiential and interactive workshop for people who wish to develop their group working skills, creating a healthy group environment, on March 13th at 7-10pm. All welcome - Gleneely Sports & Leisure Centre. Only 10 euro. This is an Transition Inishowen initiative. More info on Facilitation Skills workshop call Denise : 086 4019987 transitioninishowen@gmail.com

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel this Monday, 5th March from 6.30 – 9.30 p.m., and on Tuesday, 6th March from 2.30 – 5 p.m. and from 7 – 9.30 p.m. Please try to attend as blood is always needed.

Desertegney Parent and Toddler Group meet every Thursday at 10am upstairs in the football club house (across from the primary school)

all parents// carers with young children welcome

BCCS and i.C.A.R.E. will hold a joint workshop on exam anxiety on Saturday, 10th March in the i.C.A.R.E. Centre from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. This workshop will look at ways of helping students to cope with the pressure and anxiety of exams in June. Booking is essential, telephone 9362226

Ann’s Boxercise Class @ Kickstart, Buncrana. Tuesdays, 7.30-8.30pm. Thursdays, 10-11am. Fridays, 6-7pm. Half hour Tone & Reshape Class, Tuesday 8.30-9pm. Very popular workout as it works the whole body but is really good fun. Beginners welcome. For further information telephone 086 3238437.

Buncrana Community Playgroup, Shorefront, enrolment forms are now available for September 2012. Contact Bernadette on 087 7618829 for details.

Gaelic4All is an initiative for all ladies over 18 who want to learn skills of Gaelic football in a non-competitive environment and this has started in the Scarvey Field on Mondays at 8.30 p.m. Gaelic for girls under 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 is also held every Monday night from 7 – 8.30 p.m. Everybody is welcome.

Learn to Jive class will be held in the Laurentic Bar on Mondays from 7.30 - 9.30 p.m. for the next two weeks, 5 euro per session. Teachers are Ross and Mary. Telephone Bridgeen 087 6120205 for further information.

Ceili Classes are held in Desertegney every Wednesday at 8.30 p.m. All welcome.

Ballroom Dancing classes are held in the Plaza, Main Street, every Thursday from 8 – 10 p.m. – learn to waltz, quick step or jive. Qualified teachers N.A.T.D. London. For further details telephone 9362867.

Also in the Plaza on Tuedays from 8 – 9.30 p.m. Line Dancing and Jiving classes for the next five weeks. For more information telephone 087 7538317.

‘Shall We Dance’ classes are held in the Illies Hall every Thursday from 8.30 – 10 p.m.

Welcome to God’s family Ryan Eoin McDaid, Cliona Denise Kelly, Kelsey Maeve White, Pauric Doherty and Jack James Boyd who were baptised recently.

In the Buncrana Parish draw for 19th February, 1st prize 500 euro – Michael McCalion, Tullydish, promoter, 30 euro Mary McCallion; 2nd 300 euro – Lorna Barron, c/o Edith Roe, promoter, 20 euro, Rosemary Doherty; 3rd 150 euro and 20 euro promoter’s prize – Mae Dick, Hilltown.

The winning numbers in the €2,520 jackpot lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 21st February in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows: 6-9-22-32. There was no jackpot winner this week, however there were five €20 prizes which went to the following lucky participants: Mary Breslin, Grianan Park, Sean Ferguson, Dunree, Mary J. McLaughlin, Clamperland, Sean Noonan, Tullyarvan and Siobhan Fullerton, Umricam

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all for your continued support, it is very much appreciated.

If you have anything you would like included in the Buncrana Notes please email: buncrananotes@hotmail.