Community news round-up


Pharmacy Rota

THE following rota pharmacies will be open in the Mid Ulster area on Sunday April 1 for urgent prescriptions:

Maghera - Boots the Chemist, 37 Main Street 12noon - 1pm;

Cookstown - Boots the Chemist, James Street 12noon - 1pm;

Magherafelt and Moneymore: RW McGlaughlin, 39 Rainey Street, Magherafelt, 12noon - 1pm and 5pm - 5.30pm.

Other pharmacies may be open for commercial reasons.


Wheelchair loans

EMERGENCY Medical Care (EMC) is pleased to advise that their wheelchair loan service continues to operate from its premises at 4a King Street, Magherafelt.

The service is free of charge to senior citizens and people with limited mobility. The service offers a lifeline for individuals recovering from accident, illness or operations and can be beneficial to maintaining independent living.

EMC have wheelchairs available for loaning out over the forthcoming Easter period. Due to popularity early booking is advised.

If you wish to use the wheelchair loan service please telephone 028 796633758.


Open shoot

UNIPORK Clay Pigeon Club are having an Open Shoot (20 Bird D.T.L) at Drumcraw Shooting Grounds on

on Saturday (March 31) at 10.30 am.


Floral Art Club

ALL are invited to our fourth demonstration of our floral year on March 30 at 8pm when the ever popular Yolanda Campbell will demonstrate her skills with plant materials from her garden and her artistry with flowers.

The usual venue is Desertcreat WI Hall, you will be made most welcome. Please come along and enjoy the hospitality and you may be in with the chance of winning one of Yolanda’s arranagement in the Easter raffle.

Admission is £5. Supper included.

Also keep Wed 18th April free for our open night at Loughry College. Demonstration from Mr Alan Beattie in aid of Crohns disease.


Orange Hall dance

A DANCE will take place in Drumnacross Orange Hall on Friday March 30. Music by the Brook-Boys £5, including supper.


Zumba invite

ZUMBA Dancing continues every Monday evening in Dunamore Hall at 8pm-9pm. Newcomers are extremely welcome.

Our next fortnightly dance in the hall is on April 1 and will be in aid of our local MS branch. We ask for your support. A raffle will be held with plenty of prizes. Music by Aiden Taffer. Tea is served as well.

Irish and Old Time dance classes continue each Wednesday evening at 9pm. Beginners welcome. Tea served. Admission £2.50


Walkers take

to Antrim hills

THEREwas another big turnout, some 37 walkers, when the Mid-Ulster Walking Club met near Larne recently for a trek in the Antrim Hills.

The centrepiece of the walk would be the striking two kilometre long line of cliffs known as the ‘Sallagh Braes’, originally the product of a huge land slippage triggered by glaciers.

It was an unexpectedly cold morning and a heavy mist hung over the hills as the walkers set out from Linford Car Park. In very poor visibility they made the climb up Robin Youngs Hill. Pressing on they were delighted to find the cloud disappearing just as they reached the northern end of the Sallagh Braes. The semi-circular line of basalt cliffs was impressive, creating a natural amphitheatre, looking out over Ballygalley and across the North Channel to a shadowy Scotland. Larne and Islandmagee lay close to hand.

Having walked the length of the Braes the walkers continued south before beginning a loop that led them back to the cliff tops. Dropping down they contoured along the slopes below the cliff line.

As the walk was not particularly long or taxing the walk leader now decided to inject some exertion with a testing steep climb up a gully and back to the top of the plateau. He then led the group all the way to the bottom again, an unorthodox manoeuvre, not unknown with this leader, that generated some mildly indignant murmurings.

The walk was nearing its end as the group continued around Knock Dhu.

The area is rich in archaeological interest and a number of walkers climbed to the top of Knock Dhu to see the remains of its promontory fort. This site was excavated in 2008 by a group from Queen’s University and Channel Four’s ‘Time Team’, revealing evidence of a number of Bronze Age round houses.

Soon all the walkers were reunited back at the cars.

The Club’s next Sunday walk, led by Joan Reid, is Donegal’s Slieve League, this Sunday, 11th March. The next Thursday walk is from Cabin Wood to Tullyhogue Fort and back, led by Ronnie Irvine on April 12th.

New Club members are always welcome, If interested please contact John (8774 7733) or George (8778 4081). For Thursday walks specifically please contact Ronnie (8676 5142) or Jim (8676 3576) or simply visit for full details of the Club, its activities and much more.


Coffee evening

THE Desertlyn Parish Church, Moneymore invite you to attend their annual coffee evening in the Assembly Rooms on Friday March 30, 7pm-9pm - Admission £3.Cake sake included. All proceeds go to parish funds.


Balmoral trip

THE Sandhole Community Group have organised a bus to the Balmoral Show on Wednesday May 16, leaving Sandholes at 9.30am.

For further details and to book a place please contact Wilbert Mayne 07734030806.


Table quiz

MAGHERA LOL 209 are holding their annual table quiz in Maghera Orange Hall on Wednesday (April 4) at 8pm.

Teams to consist of no more than four people. Entry fee £3. Light supper will be served. Come and enjoy a good nights craic. Every one welcome.

Parish Hall dance

THE monthly dance in Maghera Parish Hall will take place on Friday, April 13 (note change of date), between 9pm and 12.30am. Music by Rio Country. Everyone welcome.


Walking group

TOBERMORE Community Projects Walking Group went the extra mile and completed a walk for Sport Relief on Sunday, March 25.

The organisers want to thank everyone who attended and supported us in making this a worthwhile event. They had 45 adults and children who enjoyed this walk on a glorious sunny day which we raised £65 for Sport Relief 2012.

The committee of Tobermore Community Projects Walking Group want to thank the Carn Wheelers Cycling Club for accommodating us and working closely with us to make our charity walk and the cycling race successful events in Tobermore.

Meanwhile, the Walking Group summer programme starts on Sunday, April 1, with a walk in Portglenone Forest Park. Meeting place is McKinney Hall, Main Street, Tobermore, for registration at 3pm. Leave McKinney Hall 3.15pm sharp.

Come along for a warm welcome and an enjoyable day out while burning some calories!


GB display

FOLLOWING on from the success of the boys last weekend, it is the turn this Friday night of 220th Castledawson Company of the Girls’ Brigade to hold their 44th annual display. Venue will be the new Presbyterian church hall at Main Street, where it is hoped that many will come along, enjoy proceedings, and help support the girls on this yearly occasion.

Letter of thanks

THE ladies branch at Moyola Park Golf Club, have received a letter of thanks from Macmillan Cancer thanking them for their recent donation

On behalf of that charity, Shamina Choudhury, Supporter Donations, has written in acknowledgement of a cheque to the amount of £375, which was raised by members at the local club. In return, the ladies thank all those who helped or gave donations towards this worthy cause.

Healing service

A PRAYER and healing service was conducted at Hillhead Christian Fellowship last Sunday morning.

An invitation was extended to all in the community, regardless of race or gender, and a good number came along to join in the praise. In the local Memorial Hall on the same evening, the speaker was Mr Raymond Cochrane. The guest singers here were the group “Gospel Witnesses”.


Plant sale date

THE provisional date for this year’s annual parish plant sale, has been set for Friday, May 25. Order forms will be available from Easter Day.

A mid-week Lent Service takes place in church this evening, Thursday 29th March, at 7.30pm. Parishioners should note, that this is a change of day.

Showjumping season starts

A NEW season of events for the Mid Ulster Showjumpers, commence this Saturday with the first competition of the year. Venue are the lands of Mr and Mrs Hugh Nicholl, 136 Hillhead Road, and the gymkhana will have the usual horse and pony categories with a number of prizes at stake.

The fine weather of late should mean that this competition will go ahead as scheduled, but it is always advised to enquire beforehand. And,the popular training shows will be held on Wednesday nights at 6.30pm during the months of May and June only.

Church services

MASS will be celebrated in Church of St Patrick at 9.30am on Sunday morning and also 7.30pm Tuesday and Thursday nights.

Aughrim Gospel hall holds Sunday school 10.15am, a remembrance meeting 11.30am and a Gospel meeting starting 6pm.

Sunday school at the Presbyterian church begins 10.45am, morning worship 12 noon and evening service conducted 6pm. Services in the parish church will be held 8.30am, 11.30am and 6pm.

Water supply

A NUMBER of homes and business premises in the town have received notification by Northern Ireland Water that there will be an interruption to supply on Wednesday (April 4) to allow essential work be carried out in the area.

This may last the full day between 8am and 8pm.


Advice service

in community

MAGHERAFELT District Advice Service is a free, independent, confidential, impartial and local advice service.

They provide advice on a range of issues such as benefits, benefit appeals, employment, housing, money management and debt, and the warmer homes scheme.

Magherafelt District Advice Service Ltd will be holding FREE weekly advice clinics in the following venues.

St Vincent de Paul, King Street, Magherafelt 2pm-4pm, the first Monday of every month.

Bellaghy Health Centre every Friday morning 9am-11am.

Riverpark House Castledawson every Wednesday 10am-12 noon.

Maghera Leisure Centre every Tueday 9am - 11am.

Community Projects Tobermore Business Centre 9am - 11am, last Thursday of each month.

Please contact Magherafelt District Advice Services, 50 Ballyronan Road, Magherafelt, BT45 6EN for more information. Telephone 028 79 300444 or e-mail


Charity nominations

TULLYLAGAN Vintage Owners Association Ltd organise several fundraising events each year and donate to local charities.

In order to plan for 2013 we are currently inviting applications from local charities who are willing to help at our events in return for a share of the money raised.

Charities who applied and were not successful this year need not apply as they will be automatically considered for 2013.

Application should be forwarded to the secretary c/o 76 Sherrigrim Rd, Dungannon BT71 4DH by April 6.


Titanic coach

TRANSLINK has announced special coach transport arrangements for forthcoming events taking place in Titanic Quarter during April.

Titanic Light Show – April 7

For the Titanic Light Show on April 7, a direct Goldline coach service will run from Magherafelt at 7pm travelling to the Titanic Slipway.

The return coach service will depart Titanic Slipway at 10pm and return fares are only available to book online at £9 per adult or £4.50 for under 16s.

Titanic Sounds concert – April 13

For Titanic Sounds concert on April 13, a direct Goldline coach service will depart from Magherafelt at 3.30pm.

The return coach service will depart Titanic Slipway following the concert and return fares are only available to book online at £9 per adult or £4.50 for under 16s.

Coach tickets available to purchase now. Light Show online coach booking closes at 2pm on Saturday 7th April and Titanic Sounds online coach booking closes at 11am on Friday April 13.

For full details on Translink’s Titanic transport plans click or call 028 90 66 66 30.


Indoor boot sale

CHARITY indoor car boot sale on Saturday 31st March 2012.

2pm to 5pm. Tables are £5 each. Telephone 028 79418399.


Moving On

FOLLOWING on from the talk on the Orange Order and the GAA, Cookstown North and Stewartstown Community Groups have now organized a coach trip to visit Dan Winters Cottage, the birthplace of the Orange Order, in Loughgall, and the Ulster GAA Centre in Armagh, with guided tours for both. The coach trip will take place on Saturday, 7th April, and will include a lunch at the Stonebridge Restaurant, between the two visits.

It has been arranged that the coach will leave Monrush at 9.30 a.m. with a pick-up in Stewartstown Square at 10.00 a.m.

The coach seats fifty, so please book early, first come first served. To book a place, contact Hazel McKenzie for Cookstown, on 8676 3767, or Irene Horsfall for Stewartstown on 8773 8987.

There will be a charge of £2 to cover tips. The coach will return for 5.30 p.m. to Monrush.

This project is funded by the International Fund for Ireland and is managed by the Northern Ireland Rural Development Council (RDC)


RBL latest

DANCING this Saturday 31st March at Cookstown RBL is to Bonnie Stewart with A Take Your Pick jackpot of £170.

There will also be Play Your Cards. Dancing the following Saturday is to Gold Rush and Easter Monday to Bakersfield.

This Friday 30th March is Dancing to Remo from 10pm for The Dwarf Sports Association of Northern Ireland fundraiser.

The bingo continues every Wednesday at 9pm. This Friday a fundraising event takes place for the summer football team.


Talent competition

MONEYMORE Variety Group in association with Moneymore Community Group registration takes place this Saturday 31 March for the talent competition (this includes a short audition) also registration for fashion show, choir and CD recording. Open to all ages and registration is free for all these events. More information contact 07892939354.