Resource Centre Summer Tea Party

St Johnston and Carrigans Social Services Committee is to host a summer tea party in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre on Wednesday, 30 July from 1-5 pm. There will be music, dance and refreshments. Admission is free. RSVP Sarah at 087 7489181 and Liz 086 2536030.

The Walk and Talk Group’s next Saturday walk will take place on Saturday 26 July when we will head to Creevy Pier and enjoy a walk into Rossnowlagh. Please bring a snack and there will be an opportunity for a meal if you wish afterwards. Transport will depart from the centre at 9am sharp. To book a place please contact the Resource Centre, €5 per person. For further information please call 91 48551.

Summer activities for children and young people: The timetable of activites for the summer programme is available from the centre and on facebook for all the activities and outings in July. Limited places still available in some of the groups.

Swimming for 12 to 16 years old will take place on Wednesday 23 July and Wednesday 30 July at Riversdale Leisure Centre, Strabane. Participants will depart the Resource Centre at 4pm and return about 6.30 pm. All must register in advance at the Centre and the cost is €2.

Avoid a dip in your child’s reading over the summer break with the Summer Reading Programme during July and August. Open to children and young people age 0- 16 years. All you need to do is come along to the resource centre library and become a member.

Grow It/Cook It: Date to be confirmed. To express interest please call 91 48551. Come and join BBC horticulturist Gareth Austin and chef Kerry Rowan for an afternoon of gardening and cooking in the sunshine at the Resource Centre. Gareth will take us through the community garden and explain what to sow now, how to improve soil, pest and disease control. This will be followed by a joint workshop where Kerry showcases some ideas for using seasonal produce as well as giving ideas on how to be creative with kitchen leftovers.

Winners in the World Cup Sweepstake in aid of St Johnston and Carrigans Summer Youth Scheme were, first prize €100 was won by Mabel Porter; second prize of €60 was won by Paul Mehaffey and third prize winner was Sarah Hunter - €40. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all participants and all who made this fundraiser possible.

A warm welcome to Fr Joseph Gillespie who is currently home on holidays with his family in St Johnston from his mission in Mexico and USA.

The Transition Year Personal Development Programme is open to all young people moving from national school to secondary school in 2014. It will run from 11 am to 2 pm on Tuesday 22 and Thursday 24 July in the Resource Centre. For more information please call Deborah 91 48551 at the Centre.

Whittakers: Elaine has emailed the webmaster of seeking information about the Whittaker family. She writes, “I found a Mary Whittaker who was buried in St Johnston Old Graveyard on the 6 October 1843 age 62 from Craigadoose. I wondered if there would be any more records about her. Also, Martha and William Whittaker had 11 children, only 3 of which I know of. If they married in 1833 and he died in 1899, I wonder where the other 8 were born, married, died as I have never found a trace of them! Yet they seemed to have stayed in the Craigadoos (sic), Swilly, Stranorlar, Sheercloon areas as far as I have found. Martha and William died in Sheercloon and their son William died in Stranorlar but I haven’t been able to find where they were buried, have you any ideas please?” If you can help, please leave information in the Resource Centre or email You’re invited to visit the website which has been restored to its original layout enabling people to comment on the guestbook.