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Whitehead – Introduction

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Whitehead

Whitehead is a pretty seaside village on the east coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland and is fairly self sufficient in terms of businesses and services for daily needs, including shops, schools churches and recreation.

It lies almost midway between the bustling town of Carrickfergus with its mediaeval castle and historic harbour and the busy port of Larne. Located at the base of Muldersleigh Hill, at the entrance to Belfast Lough, on the Irish Sea, it lies in a small bay between the limestone cliffs of Whitehead and the black volcanic cliff of Blackhead, with the Blackhead lighthouse on top, marking the entrance to Belfast Lough.

A Victorian Railway village with a well preserved Conservation area, including the Railway Station, Whitehead contains about 1800 households with over 4,000 people and is home to RPSI and CAYC (Railway Preservation Society of Ireland and the County Antrim Yacht Club), as well as being the starting point for the popular seaside walk past Sunshine House and around Blackhead Lighthouse.

Whitehead is about 20 miles from Belfast. On the opposite coast of Belfast Lough, to Whitehead, the Copeland Islands, Bangor and part of the County Down coastline, are clearly visible. On a clear day, it is possible to see the Isle of Man and Scotland.

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Yarn Folk Wool Fest 2018

Yarn Folk Wool Fest NI 2018 will be held on 4th August 2018, this year, in 6 locations around Whitehead, County Antrim. There will be demonstrations and workshops, with limited availability, so for those who feel “we are knitters”, or knitters or crocheters of any type, whether for fun or neo natal knitters or hobby crocheters, or even those who just want to know the difference between knitting and crocheting, it’s a book early thing, if you want to catch the workshop of your choice. It is on the same day as Whitehead Summer Festival, so there will be lots to see and do for everyone in Whitehead on that day.

Blackhead Path News

Update on the Blackhead Path from Mid & East Antrim Borough Council

A preferred design for the front part of the path (near the car park) has now been developed by our engineers and in initial meetings with NIEA Marine Licencing Division, those plans have been looked upon positively.  Council have now appointed an independent Quantity Surveyor who will cost up this work.  This information will have to then feed into our Economic Appraisal, which is currently being developed.  Due to the level of expenditure, a full Economic Appraisal will be necessary to comply with Council procedures and the NI Auditor requirements.  It is our aim to have this Economic Appraisal presented to Council by the start of July to get the final approval from Elected Members to proceed with the best option.

In the meantime, there are immediate concerns in relation to the continual slippage of the front part of the path, and the impact that this will have on residents who live on the path and who use the path on a regular basis.  There was a further meeting on the 10 May with the residents affected, to discuss the timescales and scope for the work.  We require to put in place immediate arrangements to ensure that the path is not being used for any vehicular access in an effort to minimise further risk of collapse and to preserve the path for pedestrian use as long as possible, hopefully until work can commence.

At this time Council do not envisage the path being closed immediately for pedestrian use, however, that may change. In the short term, vehicular access to the path will be restricted.

I want to assure you of our continued desire to resolve to this long standing problem. Council fully recognises the benefit this path brings to both the economy and community; not only to local people, but to others who regularly visit the path.  However, we need to ensure the Health and Safety of users and ensure that any works proposed meet environmental considerations, including marine licencing requirements.

Should Council approval be gained in July it is our projected timescales that work would commence onsite in October 2018 and that the work to all sections of the path (including the part by the lighthouse) would be completed by July 2019.  All of this of course is subject to final Council and regulatory approval on the way forward.

23 May 2018

Programme 7 May 2018

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TEL:02893378077 EMAIL:WCA@WHITEHEAD-NI.COM

Mon 7 May

PUBLIC

HOLIDAY

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9.30 – 10.30 Pilates with Karen Leitch McGuigan Suite
2.00 – 4.00 Art Classes with Steve Diamond The Bank House
After School Little Einstein’s After School Care CLOSED FOR PUBLIC HOLIDAY
3.00 – 5.00 Whitehead Youth Club P1 – P4 Youth Club – Castleview Road
4.30 – 5.00 Move it Expressive Dance class Age 5 years McGuigan Suite
5.30 – 6.30 Move It Expressive Dance class Age 6 – 9 McGuigan Suite
6.30 – 7.30 Expressive Dance class Age 10 – 15 McGuigan Suite
6.30 – 9.30 Whitehead Youth Club P5 – Year 10 Youth Club – Castleview Road
6.30 pm Whitehead Tennis Club Tennis Courts – Castleview Road
7 pm Whitehead Runners Community Centre
Tues 8 May 10.30 – 11.30 Dru Yoga with Sarah Leavey McGuigan Suite
2.00 – 4.00 Circle of Friends Presbyterian Hall
After School Little Einstein’s After School Care Main Hall
6.30 – 7.30 Whitehead Eagles Community Centre
7.00 – 8.00 Dru Yoga with Sarah Leavey McGuigan Suite
8.00 – 9.00 Zumba Main Hall – WCC
Wed 9 May 10.00 – 12.00 Ballycarry Art Club McGuigan Suite
2.00 – 4.00 Flower Arranging McGuigan Suite
2.30 – 4.30 Tea, chat and board games – Everyone welcome St Patrick’s Parochial Hall
After School Little Einstein’s After School Care Main Hall
7 – 9 pm Art Classes with Steve Diamond The Bank House
7 pm Whitehead Runners Car Park – WCC
7.30 – 9.30 Line Dancing Main Hall
Thurs 10 May 10.00 – 11.00 Baby Dance McGuigan Suite
1.00 – 3.00 Alzheimer’s Society Meeting McGuigan Suite
After School Little Einstein’s After School Care Main Hall
3.15 – 4.00 Dance and Drama with Jo Britland McGuigan Suite
6.30 Tennis Club Tennis Courts, Castleview Road
6.30 – 9.30 Whitehead Youth Club – P5 – Year 10 Youth Club – Castleview Road
7.00 – 8.00 Army cadets Main Hall
7.30 Women’s Institute McGuigan Suite
Friday 11 May 10.15 – 12.05 Steve Diamond Art Class McGuigan Suite
1.00 – 6.00 Little Einsteins Main Hall
6.30 – 9.00 Jujitsu Main Hall

ORCHARD HOLISTIC THERAPIES Monday to Saturday by appointment call 07725 083 784

Programme 30th April 2018

20 BALMORAL AVE WHITEHEADBT389QD

TEL:02893378077 EMAIL: WCA@whitehead-ni.com

Mon 30 April 9.30 – 10.30 Pilates with Karen Leitch McGuigan Suite
2.00 – 4.00 Art Classes with Steve Diamond The Bank House
After School Little Einstein’s After School Care Main Hall
3.00 – 5.00 Whitehead Youth Club P1 – P4 Youth Club – Castleview Road
4.30 – 5.00 Move it Expressive Dance class Age 5 years McGuigan Suite
5.30 – 6.30 Move It Expressive Dance class Age 6 – 9 McGuigan Suite
6.30 – 7.30 Expressive Dance class Age 10 – 15 McGuigan Sutie
6.30 – 9.30 Whitehead Youth Club P5 – Year 10 Youth Club – Castleview Road
6.30 pm Whitehead Tennis Club Tennis Courts – Castleview Road
7 pm Whitehead Runners Community Centre
Tues 1 May 10.30 – 11.30 Dru Yoga with Sarah Leavey McGuigan Suite
2.00 – 4.00 Circle of Friends Presbyterian Hall
After School Little Einstein’s After School Care Main Hall
6.30 – 7.30 Whitehead Eagles Community Centre
7.00 – 8.00 Dru Yoga with Sarah Leavey McGuigan Suite
8.00 – 9.00 Zumba Main Hall – WCC
Wed 2 May 10.00 – 12.00 Ballycarry Art Club McGuigan Suite
2.00 – 4.00 Flower Arranging McGuigan Suite
2.30 – 4.30 Tea, chat and board games – Everyone welcome St Patrick’s Parochial Hall
After School Little Einstein’s After School Care Main Hall
7 – 9 pm Art Classes with Steve Diamond The Bank House
7 pm Whitehead Runners Car Park – WCC
7.30 – 9.30 Line Dancing Main Hall
7.30 Garden Society – Wicker Work with Clive Little McGuigan Suite
Thurs 3 May 10.00 – 11.00 Baby Dance McGuigan Suite
After School Little Einstein’s After School Care Main Hall
3.15 – 4.00 Dance and Drama with Jo Britland McGuigan Suite
6.30 Tennis Club Tennis Courts, Castleview Road
6.30 – 9.30 Whitehead Youth Club – P5 – Year 10 Youth Club – Castleview Road
7 pm Chatty Crafters Group Lourdes Centre
7.00 – 8.00 Army cadets Main Hall
7.30 WCA Committee Meeting Small Meeting Room
Friday 4 May 9.30 Whitehead Primary School P.T.A. Coffee Morning Main Hall
10.15 – 12.05 Steve Diamond Art Class McGuigan Suite
1.00 – 6.00 Little Einsteins Main Hall
6.30 – 9.00 Jujitsu Main Hall
Saturday 5 May 6 am Dawn Chorus in Jubilee Woods with Ian Enlander Jubilee Woods
9 am – 4 Carrickfergus Art Club Art Exhibition Civic Centre, Carrickfergus
10.00 – 4.30 Antiques and Craft Fair Main Hall