FOLLOWING a complete re-build of Glarryford Farmers’ Hall, it is open for business and ready for a busy programme of events this autumn and winter.
Glarryford Young Framers’ Club has been the core users of the facilities for several decades and in support and recognition of its many educational and social activities funding was obtained under the Youth Capital Funding Scheme from the Department of Education to assist with the capital spend.
This project was also part funded under Priority 6 (LEADER) of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and the European Union.
The Energia Long Mountain Community Benefit Fund and Mid and East Antrim Council also assisted with funding of equipment.
The trustees and community are grateful for all of this help, which ensured the end result is a modern, comfortable hall with excellent facilities.
At the formal opening of the hall on Thursday, August 8, representatives from the key funders and those involved with the project management gathered with YFC members and friends to see Ernest O’Hara, BEM, cut the ribbon and officially declare the hall open. He was assisted by the two youngest YFC members, Annie Gilliland and Daniel Gregg.
Ernest has a long standing connection with the hall and the local community and is the current Patron of Glarryford YFC.
He was joined on stage by Mervyn Dickey, Chairman, Lady Mayor Maureen Morrow, Stephen Connolly from the Education Authority, Joe Curran from Maurice Cushnie Architects, Victor Chestnutt UFU
Deputy President, and Peter Alex-ander, YFC Deputy President.
Everyone congratulated the com-
munity on the new hall and encouraged the young people and others to make use of the excellent facilities.
Grace was said by the Rev David McMillan from Clough Presbyterian Church and, after a fabulous supper served by Jane’s Kitchen, guests were entertained by James Gregg who gave an account of the YFC through the decades based on his own family history. A vote of thanks was proposed by Thomas Compton, YFC Club Leader, and gifts were presented by Cathy Reid, YFC Secretary, to caretakers William and Sadie Anderson, who are retiring after a long and dedicated service to the community.
A few days later the hall was open for all the community to pop in and take a look and also enjoy a barbecue lunch prepared by the YFC members.
The new hall, which was built by Lowry Construction Ltd, has a fixed stage and excellent sound, lighting and AV system installed by Absolute Technologies. Of particular note are the excellent disabled facilities to include a lift to the rear of the stage which ensures disabled access to the stage.
The Trustees of Glarryford Farmers’ Hall are grateful to everyone who contributed in any way to this rebuild project to include those who fundraised, funders, those who worked on the project, family, friends and members of the wider community for their support.