New £300,000 lease of life for Maghery hall
01 June 2007
MAGHERY District Hall has been officially opened, after a refurbishment project
Portadown Times, 01 June 2007
The hall, which
will provide a base and facilities for the whole community, was opened by the
Mayor of Craigavon, Councillor Kenneth Twyble.
Also attending the
ceremony were Deputy Mayor Mary McAlinden, along with members of Maghery and
District Community Hall committee.
The development of the hall began in
2002 witha 22-year lease of the hall to the community, and the refurbishment was
made possible through grants from a number of organisations.
heating and access facilities was provided by Rural Community Network, Adapt NI
and Lloyds TSB. In phase two of the development, the new roof and electrics were
funded by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, administered by
the Lough Neagh Partnership.
The interior, exterior and security work was
completed thanks to a grant from the EU programme for Peace and Reconciliation,
managed by Craigavon Local Strategy Partnership.
Committee chairman Kevin
Fox acknowledged the generosity of all funders involved in the project. The
contractors were also commended for their "very high standard" of work, with
Daly O’Neill Architects, Bullock Brothers, Brendan Clarke and main contractors
J&M Begley given special mention for their roles.
completion, the hall has hosted a wide range of gatherings, from youth groups to
historical society meetings and fitness classes to senior citizen tea
A traditional music group also meets weekly, while Easter
Sunday saw the hall open its doors to a group of Philippine nationals for a
celebrations to which many from the local community were invited.