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Discovering the North West

Published: Thur, 9 Oct 2014
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The group from Glen Ward on their recent tour of the Derry Walls
Glen Ward Derry tour
The Glen Community Association Women’s Group recently headed to the North West to learn more about the history of Derry/Londonderry.
All had a marvellous trip to the City where they visited the Apprentice Boys museum, toured the world famous Derry Walls and visited The Gas Yard Centre located in the Bogside.
The local community police in Newtownards provided the transport with the first stop being the Apprentice Boys museum where the group enjoyed a talk on the Siege of Derry followed by a number of short films depicting the history.  They then went out into the sunshine to take a walk around the famous walls.  
A visit over to the Bogside to visit the Gas Yard Centre proved a highlight for the group.  There they received a guided tour of the centre and interactive talk describing the Gas Yard Trust’s journey from inception through to today’s considerable enterprise.  It rounded off the group’s visit to the city which proved a winning experience for them all
Commenting on the visit, Margaret Cox from the Glen Ward Community Association said:
“This is the first time many of us have been to Derry/Londonderry and what a city it is.  The whole group thoroughly enjoyed the day, learning so much about our shared past and the development of this fabulous city.  I know I speak for us all when I say we were delighted to have taken the time to travel up.”
Our Neighbourhood and Cohesion team manager, Deirdre Crawford, said:
“Since signing up in summer 2013 the residents from the Glen Ward area have positively embraced the Housing Executive’s Shared Communities Programme. The feedback from those who journeyed to Derry City has proved it was an excellent step on the shared community path. I wish them well as they continue on.”