Football club’s contribution to community togetherness for half a century is celebrated

COMMUNITY, sporting and voluntary organisations across Mid and East Antrim have been awarded more than £32,000 in the latest round of funding from Council.

Individuals from the world of competitive sport will also benefit from Council’s varied range of funding programmes designed to assist them in pursuing their ambitions.

Celebrating 50 years in local football, Wakehurst Football Club in Ballymena is getting ready to mark this momentous occasion with a special event for boys from schools in the area in February next.

The club wants to encourage and attract players and supporters from all sections of the community and continue its important legacy for generations to come.

Music and the arts in our local communities were given a boost, too, thanks to Council’s grants programmes, with schools, playgroups and cultural organisations all benefiting from the total monthly funding of £32,374.69 for September.

Later in the year, Larne and Inver Primary School PTA will be hosting a Christmas Pantomime for children, parents, staff and friends from the neighbouring St Anthony’s PS, and the seasonal theme continues throughout the Borough with a wide variety of upcoming events featuring everything from local crafts to international cuisine.

Other key local events which have been made possible include Cairncastle Ulster Scots Cultural Group’s Burns Night celebrations in January, where the famous poet will be remembered in an atmosphere of piping and pageantry followed by a traditional Burns Night Supper and dancing.

Carrickfergus Traditional Music Society, meanwhile, will be hitting the high note with their Trad and Ukulele Fest in the town’s Jubilee Hall in March, when members of the public will have the opportunity to join in workshops and jams, while a concert showcasing the best of local talent will conclude the celebrations.

More information on Council’s wide range of funding and grants programmes and how to apply, can be found at

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