Whitehead Update 14 March 2016

News From The Community Centre

Road Race Poster

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 11th April 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!


Woollen Woods Whitehead

Woollen Mouse
Woollen Mouse

An innovative outdoor artwork, ‘Woollen Woods’, that took place last year in Whitehead, has been nominated for the prestigious 2016 Epic Awards. YOU CAN VOTE ON THIS.

“During the project a number of craft workshops were held at Lighthouse Yarns which proved popular and a free family fun day was held, with activities including pom-pom making, felting, origami, bug hunting and pond dipping. It featured hundreds of woodland-themed woollen artworks which were created by schools, knitting groups and individuals all over Northern Ireland and it  subsequently became the first Woollen Wood in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Its main aim was to create the first such Woollen Wood in Ireland and to combine the arts and the environment to draw new audiences to crafting, conservation and biodiversity in a way to enhance local culture.

The prestigious 2016 Epic Awards nomination followed. The winners and runner ups will be chosen by a panel of judges, but there is an additional People’s Choice Award where the public can choose their favourite of the shortlisted groups.

To vote, visit http://shortlist.epicawards.co.uk/and vote for Woollen Woods Whitehead. Voting is open until 5pm on Wednesday 23 March.

Louise Williamson, Lighthouse Yarns, has been overwhelmed by the Epic Awards nomination and with the support for the project. Louise said: “The best thing about Woollen Woods Whitehead was seeing community participation and the great community spirit that was on show.

“The installation included over 50 private wool donations, creations from Whitehead Primary School, Kilcoan Primary School, Islandmagee, and Mitchell House School Belfast and donations from Top Floor Art, Belfast Stitch & Bitch and Keep Her Knit, Londonderry.

“The Whitehead Wombles, Whitehead Community Association, Brighter Whitehead, and the Whitehead craft circles who crotched flowers for months beforehand, were a huge help throughout the project.

“I’m now looking forward to a bigger and better Woollen Woods 2016,”she added.

  1. Woollen Woods is a UK-wide project that began in 2013 and covers five regions on the UK mainland. Diamond Jubilee Wood is the first Woollen Wood in Northern Ireland. For more info on Woollen Woods visit http://voluntaryartsweek.org/woollen-woods/
  2. Woollen Woods Whitehead 2016 will be opening on Saturday 7 May 2016 with a family fun day. All woollen donations welcome. Post donations to Lighthouse Yarns, The Bank House, Edward Road, Whitehead, BT38 9QB. Deadline for submissions is 30 April 2016.

Highway To Health

“Highway to Health is a simple and innovative scheme which aims to encourage people of all ages to walk for leisure and good health. It uses attractive pole signs at one-kilometer intervals on an established route.”

 Every adult in Northern Ireland should accumulate 30 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week.

Northern Ireland has one of the highest rates of heart disease and stroke in the western world. Taking regular exercise is one effective method of reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Highway to Health Whitehead: This seaside walk goes from the Yacht Club to the split in the paths just beyond Sunshine House. It measures exactly 2 Kms and is marked both at Kms and half Kms. Due to its “there and back” format walkers are offered measured walks ranging from one to four kilometres.

There are 70 main Highway to Health walks located across Northern Ireland, for you to choose from. The Highway to Health routes are supported by NICHS and the local councils. Details of all Highway to Health walking routes including route descriptions, images and downloadable maps can be found on WalkNI.com

 People who have not been taking regular exercise should start slowly and gradually build up to 30 minutes per day. It may be advisable to consult your doctor if you have any history of cardiovascular disease in the family or if you are overweight. It is important in these instances that you begin with gentle exercise, moving to a brisker pace in time.”