There are so many styles you can choose from and the Victorians liked good heavy material like wool and tweed which will keep you warm and toasty, no matter what the weather. If you start now, you could even make your own costume.
Mid and East Antrim Borough joins search for UK’s best park
A nationwide search to find the country’s favourite local green space, as nominated and selected by public vote, has just started. The national charity, Fields in Trust has launched the campaign to find the UK’s Best Park.
This unique award, as voted by the general public, is open to all public green spaces across the UK through a simple online nomination at www.fieldsintrust.org/bestpark.
Launching the awards, former England international footballer, Graeme Le Saux, said: “The Fields in Trust’s annual awards are a fantastic way for us to recognise the organisations and individuals who help make our parks, playgrounds and playing fields the best they can be. “I was very fortunate that growing up in Jersey I had a huge amount of access to outdoor spaces and it was something I really appreciated as a youngster, not just because I wanted to be a football player but also because I was able to spend time outdoors with my friends. I understand the importance of these spaces and the opportunities they provide for our communities.
It might be that a local park is ideal for a Sunday afternoon stroll, or a neighbourhood playground is a hive of activity for children, or a nature reserve provides a stress-free space to relax. Either way, this is a chance to get everyone’s favourite space the recognition it deserves.”
Three of Mid and East Antrim Borough’s parks are in the running for the UK’s Best Park Award:
Carnfunnock Country Park, Larne,
Marine Gardens, Carrickfergus and
The People’s Park, Ballymena.
All residents are encouraged to show what these green spaces mean to them and to cast their vote at nomination at www.fieldsintrust.org/bestpark. Voting has already opened for the nominated parks. The park with the most votes in each of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will then be shortlisted.
Nominators will be invited to attend the prestigious Fields in Trust Awards on Wednesday 30th November where the ‘UK’s Best Park- as voted by YOU! 2016’ will be named.
The Easter Monday Road Race, happens soon – not too late to volunteer for an hour, my inbox hasn’t exactly been flooding with offers, so any help would be greatly appreciated!
Elsewhere in Whitehead……The Old Flower Shop has reopened as a Nail bar and Tanning Salon, we wish them the best of luck.
Pizza Gourmet is now Little Pizzeria, same owners just a new name, but sadly their front door was damaged by vandals over the weekend. It’s a shame to see such behaviour in Whitehead and I would encourage residents to report any such happenings by phoning 101 (the non emergency police number).
The Whistle Stop Cafe is in full swing with their Bistro Nights so call in and see them or phone 028 9335 3899, food looks great.
Whitehead Glasgow Rangers Sunday Club has The Singing Barmaid with Cecil Knox on Sunday 20th March 4-8pm. There’s ballots and spot prizes and the kitchen is open too. Great music and fun.
The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland, RPSI, are running two trains each day on Easter Monday and Easter Tuesday, visit their website for more information www.steamtrainireland.com/events/
County Antrim Yacht Club is holding an Open Day on Easter Saturday (26th March) with taster sessions for those interested. Registration is from 1.30pm and on the water by 2.00pm. A wonderful opportunity for the community and a lovely day out for all ages, not forgetting the now infamous BBQ!
Starting in the Community Centre on Monday 11thApril at 7pm is a Christianity Explored Course. An informal course for people who’d like to investigate Christianity, or just brush up on the basics. You don’t need to be religious, it’s a chance to find out more, whilst meeting new people. This will last for six weeks and is open to everyone so please feel free to come along. More information to follow.
Brighter Whitehead are hard at it these days and the town is looking lovely. The train on Chester Ave has had a revamp, well done BW! If you would like to join the lovely folks keeping our town so beautiful and colourful please get in touch with me and I’ll give you details.
They’ve been nominated again for this year’s Britain in Bloom, who could forget they scooped the Silver in 2014, and won Community Rail Halt Award last year for Whitehead Train Station and came second in Small Town Category. New volunteers are always welcome though, don’t be scared, they are a great bunch!