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  • Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s new Task Force gets off to a strong start

    Posted on Monday 8th February 2016

    Mid and East Antrim Borough’s Manufacturing Task Force met for the first time today. Key players joined forces to develop an action plan aimed at tackling manufacturing job losses and growing the local economy.

    Today’s meeting was hosted by the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Billy Ashe and Chief Executive, Anne Donaghy and attended by Alderman Maureen Morrow; Councillor William McCaughey; Councillor John Stewart; Councillor Audrey Wales and Councillor Stephen Nicholl, all pictured here with the other members of the Task Force.

    Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s new Task Force gets off to a strong start image

  • Borough ‘Youth Council’ debates its own Agenda

    Posted on Friday 5th February 2016

    The Council’s Chamber in Ballymena played host this week to a rather special debate – where young people became councillors for the afternoon - discussing a number of items for decision from a specially developed ‘Mock Council Meeting Agenda’.

    Almost 80 Year 11 pupils and their teachers participated in a full programme of activities which also included workshops such as the Role of Council, the Role of Councillors, how Council Strikes the Rate and Prioritising Services.

    Pupils then had the opportunity to take their seats in the Council’s Chamber at The Braid, Ballymena to experience the democratic process for themselves, first-hand.

    Borough ‘Youth Council’ debates its own Agenda image

  • Supporters flock to Mid and East Antrim Borough’s Garden Birdwatch

    Posted on Tuesday 2nd February 2016

    ​Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has played its part in the 2016 Big Garden Birdwatch. This RSPB initiative is the world’s largest garden wildlife survey and celebrated its 37th year on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 January.

    The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Billy Ashe, said that The Big Garden Birdwatch was a great activity as it offered the chance for everyone to help nature.

    Supporters flock to Mid and East Antrim Borough’s Garden Birdwatch image

  • In hiking boots or just good walking shoes, there’s plenty to enjoy in Mid and East Antrim Borough

    Posted on Tuesday 2nd February 2016

    The great outdoors is calling and Mid and East Antrim Borough has plenty to offer those keen to tread the scenic paths – and that doesn’t always mean being in the wilds.

    Councillor Billy Ashe, Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, said there’s a great deal for walkers to enjoy in Mid and East Antrim Borough, either in a rural setting or even within our towns and villages.

    In hiking boots or just good walking shoes, there’s plenty to enjoy in Mid and East Antrim Borough image

  • Council confers its first ever Freedom of Borough on the B (North Irish Horse) Squadron

    Posted on Monday 1st February 2016

    Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has conferred its first ever Freedom of the Borough on B (North Irish Horse) Squadron of The Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry, one of the most distinguished units of the Army. Regimental Honorary Colonel, Dr Melfort Campbell is pictured at Carrickfergus Town Hall, with the Clerk and Chief Executive, Anne Donaghy and the Mayor, Councillor Billy Ashe.

    Council confers its first ever Freedom of Borough on the B (North Irish Horse) Squadron image

  • Heritage focus as Mid and East Antrim Borough councillors preserve a pictorial link to Ballymena

    Posted on Monday 1st February 2016

    A little bit of Mid and East Antrim’s heritage is to be preserved thanks to a local retailer’s foresight.

    Councillor Beth Adger MBE and Alderman Tommy Nicholl MBE (pictured here) have accepted an original painting from B&Q Manager, Jay Smit showing the historic Braidwater Spinning Mill that occupied the current site of B&Q in Ballymena for well over a century

    Heritage focus as Mid and East Antrim Borough councillors preserve a pictorial link to Ballymena image

  • ‘Don’t Stand By’ - Mid and East Antrim Borough marks Holocaust Memorial Day

    Posted on Thursday 28th January 2016

    ​To mark this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD), the Good Relations Unit of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has undertaken a special initiative by way of commemoration.

    Post-primary schools in the Borough were invited to accept copies of a novel ‘Faraway Home’ by Marilyn Taylor, telling a powerful story that draws on real life events, as well as an educational resource developed by Down County Museum and other HMD resources.

    Mid and East Antrim Borough Mayor, Councillor Billy Ashe, attended the event in Larne Town Hall, when representatives of the schools met the author and received copies of the book. He is pictured with the author (centre) and fellow councillors, from left, Gerardine Mulvenna, Gregg McKeen and Declan O’Loan.

    ‘Don’t Stand By’ - Mid and East Antrim Borough marks Holocaust Memorial Day image

  • Dangerous situations focus for Policing and Community Safety Partnership’s safety awareness

    Posted on Tuesday 26th January 2016

    School children in Mid and East Antrim Borough have been taking part in a major personal safety and community awareness initiative. Twenty-six primary schools in the Borough took part in the ‘Bee Safe’ scheme which was organised by Mid and East Antrim Borough’s Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP).

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  • Princess Victoria service commemorates shipping disaster

    Posted on Monday 25th January 2016

    Last Sunday, (31st January) marked the anniversary of the loss of the MV Princess Victoria, a shipping disaster that had a huge impact on County Antrim and the Port of Larne with 27 of the 133 victims coming from the town. The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Billy Ashe laid a wreath at the Princess Victoria Memorial, Chaine Memorial Road, Larne as part of the 63rd anniversary commemoration service on Saturday 30th January. He is pictured here (and below) with William McAllister who is the only living survivor of the disaster. At 17 he was a galley boy on the ship.

    Princess Victoria service commemorates shipping disaster image

  • Mayor enjoys tasty home baking at Arthur Cottage

    Posted on Thursday 21st January 2016

    ​The carefully restored ancestral home of Chester Alan Arthur, the 21st President of the United States of America, was today the venue for some traditional home baking. The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Councillor Billy Ashe tried out tasty soda farls warm off the griddle to encourage further visits by organised groups in the coming weeks. He is pictured here with Julie Templeton and Marion Gregg (right) who put on the outstanding home baking today, cooking over a turf fire.

    Mayor enjoys tasty home baking at Arthur Cottage image

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