Woollen Woods Whitehead

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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.”

Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme

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Closing Date noon, 28 September 2015

Grants are available from £500 to £5,000

Small Grants Scheme Flyer

Small Grants Scheme Application Form 2015

Small Grants FAQ 2015

The Live Here Love Here small grants scheme is open to volunteer groups who would like to complete an environmental or community improvement project in their local area. To learn more please visit http://www.liveherelovehere.org/Small-Grants.aspx  An exciting initiative, it takes a fresh approach to improving our local environment and building a sense of civic pride in our local communities. Launched by Keep Northern Beautiful in association with the Department of the Environment, Tourism Northern Ireland and local councils, the Small Grants Scheme provides support to volunteer projects which aim to:

  • Improve the quality of the local environment
  • Enhance the environmental management of a local area
  • Contribute to the development of civic pride within a community with a focus on environmental improvement

Grants are available from £500 to £5,000 and are open to volunteer and community groups, all school and third level education organisations, youth groups and sports clubs undertaking civic pride projects in the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area.

Closing date for applications is 12 noon 28th September 2015

Projects must take place within the boundaries of the participating Council areas by groups operating within those Council areas to qualify. If you have any questions please check the frequently asked questions section first or email smallgrants@liveherelovehere.org

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Coca-Cola Coast Care Awards – Deadline Extended

Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful in association with Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland has launched the Coast Care Awards for the sixth year in Northern Ireland.  These awards are designed to acknowledge the excellent work of individuals and groups working throughout the year in the Coast Care Programme, so if you work with or know of a group that deserves an award for the work carried out on a coastal or inland waterway project. Or if there is an individual who you think is so inspiring they deserve to be recognised for their contribution to protecting the Northern Ireland coastline or waterways then you could be in line for a prestigious Coca-Cola Coast Care Award.

To enter please visit http://www.liveherelovehere.org/Join-in/Join-in.aspx

Coca-Cola Community Grants Scheme Application Form 2015

Coast Care Photography Award 2015

Coast Care Awards Entry Form 2015

Group Awards

  • Coca-Cola Coast Care Group
  • Coca-Cola Inland Waterway Group
  • Brighter Futures
  • Better Business Partnership
  • Community Contribution to Tourism (Tourism Northern Ireland)

Individual Awards

  • Youth in Action
  • Local Hero
  • Picture Perfect (Tourism Northern Ireland)

All award winners will receive a commemorative award in recognition of their efforts plus a framed certificate.  Individual winners (including photography) will receive £100 worth of equipment of their choice and Group award winners will receive £200 worth of equipment of their choice.

I have attached a copy of the application form and I would ask that you please e-mail your completed entry to nicola.murray@keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org Before 5pm on Monday 28th September 2015.

Live Here Love Here Coca-Cola Community Grant Scheme – Deadline Extended

To celebrate the continued success of these awards we are delighted to announce the introduction of the Live Here Love Here Coca-Cola Community Grant Scheme, which will provide funding of up to £1,000 to community and voluntary groups involved in coastal or inland waterway projects that demonstrate a benefit to the local environment or wider community. This forms part of the wider Live Here Love Here programme, aimed at promoting civic pride within communities and improving environmental quality. We welcome applications from all active Coast Care or Inland Waterway groups, to learn more please visit www.liveherelovehere.org

The Live Here Love Here Coca-Cola Community Grant Scheme is open to all active Coast Care or Inland Waterway Groups throughout ALL of Northern Ireland

I have attached a copy of the application form and I would ask that you please e-mail your completed entry to nicola.murray@keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org before 5pm on Monday 28th September 2015.

Coast Care Photography Awards – Deadline Extended

Time to enter the 2015 Coast Care Photography Awards!

Have you taken an amazing photograph that you think celebrates Northern Ireland’s beautiful coastal or inland waterway landscape? If so, then why not enter the 2015 Live Here Love Here, Coca–Cola and Tourism Northern Ireland Coast Care Awards Photography Competition? We are looking for that one image which highlights the fun and colourful beauty of Northern Ireland’s coastline or inland waterways. Images can be taken on a camera or mobile device.

The winner will receive a commemorative award in recognition of their efforts plus a framed certificate and £100 worth of equipment of their choice. Please e-mail your image and a brief description to nicola.murray@keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org Before 5pm on Monday 28th September 2015

Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful is the new name for the charity TIDY Northern Ireland.