Above: The Hon. The Irish Society makes about 120 grants to groups or individuals in County Londonderry and also in neighbouring areas


A GENEROUS GRANT has enabled one of the few remaining CBSes in Northern Ireland – formed in 1936 – to fund and build brand- new show staging.

Earlier this year, Ballymoney Ornithological Association (OA) received a staging grant of £750 from The Honourable The Irish Society and were tasked with six months to complete the project. Club members commenced the build in February and the finishing touches were carried out by the end of April.

Dorothy Hill, the club’s treasurer, said it has been a pleasure to work with such a willing and conscientious band of members on this project. Commenting on the grant, she said: “For many years the OA received a grant from the local council to assist with show expenses, but unfortunately with a change in grant criteria, it is no longer possible to obtain funding from this source. Last year, the club was advised by the Causeway Coast & Glens Council of several charitable organisations who might be willing to assist, one of which was The Hon. The Irish Society, based in Coleraine.”

The Hon. The Irish Society is a self-funding, cross-community charitable organisation, which works for the benefit of the community in County Londonderry. In order to apply for a grant, applicants must provide a detailed description of a project in mind.

“On behalf of Ballymoney OA, I gave a brief history of the club and the part it plays in the community,” said Mrs Hill.

An application was submitted towards the end of summer 2018, which was later accepted. The club had hoped that the grant would help to replace some of the old staging and possibly make some additional staging. However, the funding covered the complete build of new staging, which is ready for use at the club’s open show in November.

Anyone interested in joining Ballymoney OA should contact Mr J. Hill on 028 2766 3954.

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