Published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014
Past, present and future. The Moy villagers recently welcomed the return of the First Earl of Charlemont to the Square.
He was there to herald the launch of a new era for the village as the Moy Area Community and Development Association (MACADA) presented a new book on local history and Moy Village Plan for the future.
‘Your Lordship’s Estate’ was compiled and written by local man James Kane and traces the history of the Moy and Charlemont area from 1600s through to the mid-20th century. It looks at the foundation of the two villages, the area’s growth and development in particular of Roxborough Castle and Estate and Charlemont Fort. The fully illustrated 150 page book examines a variety of influences on the area including the Moy Fair, the churches, the World Wars, the railway and the canal.
The Village Action Plan, which was also launched at the event, provides a vision of a way forward for Moy. MACADA has already made great in roads to village life creating solutions to issues which were raised during a community consultation. They have begun to create vital links with other voluntary and statutory organisations working in the area.
Speaking at the double launch the Chairperson of MACADA, commended the work and said:
“There is a tangible, strong community spirit and energy within the Moy. Our history is invaluable and we hope this book will provide a terrific insight into the area’s growth over the past four centuries. ‘Your Lordship’s Estate’ aim is to educate the local community about the area’s development to bring all living in the area together with a shared sense of history.
“MACADA is delighted to present a Village Action Plan for the Moy which brings a focus to the village’s priorities to sustain it for future generations. We trust it will encourage the village’s engagement with different organisations involved in community development as well as improve interaction between residents, local businesses, the voluntary sector and statutory agencies.
“On behalf of MACADA I’d like to pay tribute to all of those involved in bringing our history book to fruition - it was a long but worthwhile journey. Also, I’d like to thank the Housing Executive for their support of the book and Village Plan’s development through their Shared Communities Programme as well as the bric programme for their research assistance.”
The Head of our Income Collection and Neighbourhoods, Jennifer Hawthorne, commented:
“The Housing Executive was delighted to respond positively to the application from MACADA for both ‘His Lordship’s Estate’ and the village plan. It is vital that strong cross-community and intergenerational projects are supported. By looking at the past to help address the future the Moy is building a firm foundation for the local community to boost the local business, the local economy, and improve the environmental and social well-being of the village. I wish them well with their fantastic plans.”
Please click on this link to view the Moy Village Action Plan ( 3219 KB)