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Amazing Festival of Activities in Cloughmills

Published: Tue, 19 Aug 2014
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Young artists at work in Cloughnills
Young artists Cloughmills
Over the next month Cloughmills' residents young and old will have the opportunity to develop new skills and hobbies.
This is part of a series of exciting activities organised by the Cloughmills Community Action Team. The people of Cloughmills will be able to try out new hobbies, develop new skills, explore their artistic side and even enjoy a festival celebrating local food, all thanks to funding from our Shared Communities Programme.
Beginning on Monday 25 August, 7-12 year olds have a great opportunity to do something really exciting on the last week of their summer holidays at a Kid's Craft Workshop. Taking place at the Old Mill with local artist, Jackie Dougan, the children will work together to produce a unique piece of artwork celebrating Cloughmills. The workshops will run from 10-12noon from 25 - 29 August and finish with a special outing. Numbers are limited and pre-booking is essential, please contact Cloughmills Community Action Team on 07916 503 367 for more information and to book your place.
The following week will see the older generation get in on the fun with the start of the Adult Craft Class. From Wednesday 3 September, and for the next three Wednesdays, participants will work with artist Anne Quail to produce a Wall Hanging exploring rural life and the history of Cloughmills. This is a great opportunity to make new friends and contribute to a piece of shared artwork that will itself become part of Cloughmills history. The classes take place from 10am-12noon each Wednesday at Cloughmills Orange Hall. To book your place please contact Cloughmills Community Action Team on 07916 503 367.
On Saturday 6 September the whole community have the opportunity to get involved at a Family Fun Day at the Old Mill. Running from 12noon to 4pm the fun day will have bouncy castles galore, face painting and much more for the kids as well as white elephant stalls and refreshments for the adults.
The following Saturday, 13 September, will see Cloughmills host its very first Food Festival at the Old Mill. Celebrating all that is good in local food the festival will have demonstrations on Indian food, baby nutrition, bread making, the role of raw food in the diet and much more. There may even be some of Cloughmills' very own beer to taste!
Cloughmills Community Action Team have also planned a series of talks, workshops and meet the neighbours events to keep the momentum running.
Jim Whitten, from Cloughmills Community Action Team, said: “The Group has worked hard to put in place a varied and active range of events for all of the Cloughmills community. We would encourage everyone to participate as it’s a great opportunity to develop artistic skills and to meet others from the area. All of this will greatly benefit Cloughmills. On behalf of the group I’d like to thank the Housing Executive for their support of our initiative.
“As a follow up we are intending to develop more local volunteer opportunities. We want to promote a greater sense of pride in our place so we have an exciting range of activities to improve the village environment. It is amazing what floral baskets, grass cutting and some painting can do to spruce the place up and the help we are getting from the Housing Executive will provide us with the tools to do that job.
“To find out more about all the events and activities planned for the Autumn and our volunteering opportunities please visit ".
John Read, our local Cohesion Advisor who has been working with the group, said: “We are delighted to fund this range of exciting workshops and programme of events in Cloughmills as the Community Action Team has fully embraced and engaged with the Shared Communities Project.
“We are pleased to help them foster a greater sense of good community relations and shared space through the project. This series of events are a welcome and positive addition to the work the group has already undertaken and we look forward to seeing how things flourish and grow.”