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“COASTAL COMMUNITIES FUND”

WHITEHEAD COMMUNITY CENTRE

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

Overview

As part of the continued improvement programme for the regeneration of the East Antrim Coastline and in particular the regeneration of our town, Whitehead Community Association intend to apply for funding from the Coastal Communities Fund to help redevelop part of King’s Road from Balmoral Avenue to the Whitehaven Respite Centre.

The intention will be to refurbish the shop frontage, produce a Whitehead central hub for information and tourism, redevelop the retail units, increase the opportunity for start-up and small businesses and re-landscape the shopfront to roadway pedestrian area.

The project will significantly improve the centre of Whitehead and at the same time maintain its historic and cultural heritage. (Traditional cinema doors)

As well as Whitehead regeneration, the project will also provide the town with economic growth and sustainable job creation for our local community.

Although this is by no means a “done deal”, the Community Association will be applying to Mid & East Antrim Council for Planning Permission by the end of January, before lodging an Application for funding.

The overall project is intended to attract an increased footfall to Whitehead, and allow the further enhancement of ongoing local projects (“The Blackhead Path”, The Railway Preservation Society, The Gobbins etc).

Community Acceptance

Before embarking on such a major project for our town, it is important that the community of Whitehead is engaged and behind the application.

To this end, we would like to provide you with relevant information, and intend to hold information evenings, display updates around the town and also get input from the community on potential interest in start-up ventures or small business that could complement the programme.

Community Questionnaire

A small questionnaire is attached, which, when returned, will help guide with the decision making on the project.

A positive response will add significant weight to the Funding Application.

Whitehead Regeneration – Community Questionnaire

  1. Do you think that this project will benefit Whitehead? Y/N _________________

Please explain :

  1. As a cinema of yester year, do you think it is a good idea to keep the historic cinema door style as part of the shop frontage. Y/N _________________

Please explain :

  1. We are looking to improve Whitehead for the benefit of its community with economic growth and sustainable local job creation. Are you in favour? Y/N __________________

Please explain :

  1. The regeneration project has short & long term objectives of increasing footfall in the area and directly promoting our town and other local attractions as a place to visit. Are you in favour? Y/N _______________

Please explain :

  1. The forecourt in front of the shops will be a modern landscaped area, including access paths, community seating, trees & local stone.

Are you happy with this approach? Y/N __________________

Please explain :

  1. Community updates will be displayed on notice boards in local facilities (community centre, library, local shops as well as provided on local social media.

Have you any views on other means of information distribution Y/N __________________

Please explain :

Please return completed questionnaires to the Office Manager, Whitehead Community Centre or e-mail to wca@whitehead-ni.com

Large Scale Architect’s Drawing can be viewed at the Community Centre

Whitehead History

www.whitehead-ni.comWhitehead is a Victorian Railway Town built on the site of a former hamlet around Castle Chichester. Much of its history can be found in the book “Whitehead: The Town with no Streets” by P J O’Donnell.

Some other information can be found in several sources available in Whitehead Library or elsewhere. A few extracts, fully credited, are given here.

Castle Chichester, a ruin, which lies on private land and which cannot be accessed, can still be seen in Chester Avenue, opposite the junction with the King’s Road, Whitehead, or from Marine Parade. “Its square form, the style of its construction, particularly in its secret stairs constructed in its walls, suggest the idea that its erection took place in the 12th or 13th century….. . Its name, however, would imply otherwise, as the Chichesters were not possessed of any property in this country  until the conclusion of the 16th century …… .

There was, until about the middle of the 17th century, a considerable village or town at Castle Chichester. It possessed a harbour or quay, of which the remains are still to be seen. It had a considerable trade with Scotland, and was the station from whence the mails were dispatched to that country. The castle may probably have been for some time occupied by some of the Chichesters, or from some other cause or motive have received its present name on becoming their property.” Taken from “Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland Parishes of County Antrim III 1833, 1835, 1839 – 40 Larne and Island Magee Vol.10 Edited by Angelique Day and Patrick McWilliams The Institute of Irish Studies The Queen’s University of Belfast”

“Upwards of 100 years ago a packet boat used to call at Castlechichester from Scotland to discharge its cargo and deliver letters.  A small boat used to attend the Parish to convey the letters to Belfast from Castlechichester for which it received £100 per annum.  At that time an agent resided at Castlechichester.” Taken from “N.I Public Record Office Parish of Island Magee 1830 -1840 Island Magee Parish Box 11 Antrim XI by James Boyle 1840”

Whitehead Community Centre

Whitehead Community Centre
20 Balmoral Avenue,
Whitehead,
County Antrim,
BT38 9QD
Telephone (028) 9337 8077
Email: WCA at whitehead-ni.com
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Contacts
Rosemary ALLEN                    Patrick RAMSEY
Monday                                   Thursday
Tuesday                                   Friday
Wednesday                             Saturday

The residents of Whitehead purchased the former Whitehead Cinema about 30 years ago, to form a Community Centre which is located in the heart of the Whitehead Conservation Area. The centre was refurbished 2007 / 2008 and has excellent accommodation for meetings, etc., with free parking outside.

A large hall is available, with a stage, and is suitable for dances, sports, sales promotions, pantomimes, public meetings, etc and can accommodate up to 230 people (seated). A kitchen is available for use only with the main hall (at additional cost).

The upstairs conference room can seat 60 people, theatre style, and there is also a committee room: and one office, which can be hired out as a meeting room but which is available for long term rental. The other office currently houses a barber shop.

There is a lift (suitable for disabled access) to the upper floor and facilities suitable for use by people with a disability.

The new entrance (where the old garage was formerly located) now houses a laundrette and the centre supervisors’ office.

For further information contact the centre supervisor in person or by telephone during the hours shown above or by email to WCA at whitehead-ni.com (Remove the spaces and replace at with @ – to try and reduce the amount of SPAM!)
Whitehead Community Association is a Registered Charity (REGISTERED CHARITY NO. XN50304A-BHW)

Programme 17th December 2018

20 BALMORAL AVE WHITEHEADBT389QD

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

Whitehead Community Centre will be closed between Saturday 22nd December 2018 and Thursday 3rd January 2019

Wishing everyone in our Community a very Joyful Christmas and a Happy New Year

Mon 17 Dec 9.30 – 10.30 Pilates with Karen Leitch McGuigan Suite
After School Little Einstein’s Main Hall
2.00 – 4.00 Art Classes with Steve Diamond The Bank House
6.30 pm Whitehead Tennis Club Tennis Courts – Castleview
7 pm Whitehead Runners Community Centre
7 – 8 pm Dazzle Dance Class Main Hall
Tues 18 December 10.30 – 11.30 Dru Yoga with Sarah Leavey McGuigan Suite
After School Little Einstein’s Main Hall
7.00 – 8.00 Dru Yoga with Sarah Leavey McGuigan Suite
8.00 – 9.00 Zumba Main Hall – WCC
Wed 19 December 10.00 – 12.00 Ballycarry Art Club (Last class for 2018) McGuigan Suite
11.00 – 12.30 Christmas Coffee Morning – everyone welcome Whitehead Library
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 20 December After School Little Einsteins Main Hall
6.30 Tennis Club Tennis Courts, Castleview
10.15 – 12.05 Steve Diamond Art Class (last class for 2018) McGuigan Suite
Friday 21 December 1.00 – 6.00 Little Einstein’s (last session for 2019) Main Hall
6.30 – 9.00 Jujitsu Main Hall
7.30 pm Vintage Christmas Dinner (Call 07484547734 to book) Railway Museum
Sat 22 December Evening Christmas Party with Illegal Smile (free event) Whitecliff
Sun 23 December 7.30 pm There is Room at the Inn – Special Nativity with mulled wine, mince pies, carols and more Whitecliff

ORCHARD HOLISTIC THERAPIES
Monday to Saturday by appointment. Call 07725 083 784

Programme 10 December 2018

20 BALMORAL AVE WHITEHEADBT389QD

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

Mon 10 Dec 9.30 – 10.30 Pilates with Karen Leitch Main Hall
10.15 – 12.00 Yoga with Roshan McGuigan Suite
After School Little Einstein’s Main Hall
2.00 – 4.00 Art Classes with Steve Diamond The Bank House
6.30 pm Whitehead Tennis Club Tennis Courts – Castleview
7 pm Whitehead Runners Community Centre
7 – 8 pm Dazzle Dance Class Main Hall
8 – 10 pm Whitehead & Islandmagee Camera Club Bowling Club, Whitehead
Tues 11 December 10.30 – 11.30 Dru Yoga with Sarah Leavey McGuigan Suite
After School Little Einstein’s Main Hall
7.00 – 8.00 Dru Yoga with Sarah Leavey McGuigan Suite
8.00 – 9.00 Zumba Main Hall – WCC
Wed 12 December 10.00 – 12.00 Ballycarry Art Club McGuigan Suite
After School Little Einstein’s After School Care Main Hall
2.00 – 4.00 Flower Arranging Christmas Party McGuigan Suite
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 13 December 10 – 11 am Baby Dance Age 1 – 3 McGuigan Suite
After School Little Einsteins Main Hall
3.30 – 4.15 Baby Dance Age 3 – 5 McGuigan Suite
6.30 Tennis Club Tennis Courts, Castleview
Friday 14 December 10.15 – 12.05 Steve Diamond Art Class (last class for 2018) McGuigan Suite
1.00 – 6.00 Little Einstein’s Main Hall
6.30 – 9.00 Jujitsu Main Hall
7.30 pm Carols by Candlelight – Abbey Singers St Patrick’s Church
Evening Helter Skelter (Indie and Brit Pop) (Free Event) The Marine
Sat 15 December Evening The Organ Grinders and Conjecture 42 (Free Event) The Marine

ORCHARD HOLISTIC THERAPIES – Monday to Saturday by appointment. Call 07725 083 784

Programme 3 December 2018

20 BALMORAL AVE WHITEHEADBT389QD

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

Monday 3 December 9.30 – 10.30 Pilates with Karen Leitch McGuigan Suite
After School Little Einstein’s Main Hall
2.00 – 4.00 Art Classes with Steve Diamond The Bank House
6.30 pm Whitehead Tennis Club Tennis Courts – Castleview
7 pm Whitehead Runners Community Centre
7 – 8 pm Dazzle Dance Class Main Hall
8 – 10 pm Whitehead & Islandmagee Camera Club Bowling Club, Whitehead
Tues 4 December 10.30 – 11.30 Dru Yoga with Sarah Leavey McGuigan Suite
After School Little Einstein’s Main Hall
7.00 – 8.00 Dru Yoga with Sarah Leavey McGuigan Suite
8.00 – 9.00 Zumba Main Hall – WCC
Wed 5 December 10.00 – 12.00 Ballycarry Art Club McGuigan Suite
After School Little Einstein’s After School Care Main Hall
2.00 – 4.00 Flower Arranging McGuigan Suite
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 Whitehead Garden Society McGuigan Suite
Thurs 6 December 10 – 11 am Baby Dance Age 1 – 3 McGuigan Suite
After School Little Einsteins Main Hall
3.30 – 4.15 Baby Dance Age 3 – 5 McGuigan Suite
6 pm – 9 pm Late Night Shopping 10% off everything Bank House & Victoriana
6.30 Tennis Club Tennis Courts, Castleview
7.30 pm WCA Committee Meeting Small Meeting Room
Friday 7 Dec 10.15 – 12.05 Steve Diamond Art Class McGuigan Suite
1.00 – 6.00 Little Einstein’s Main Hall
2.30 – 4.30 Whitehead Women’s Institute Meeting McGuigan Suite
6.30 – 9.00 Jujitsu Main Hall
Sat 8 Dec 12 – 3.30 pm Needle felting Class McGuigan Suite
Sun 9 Dec 11 am – 4 pm Islandmagee Christmas Fair Gobbins Centre
2 pm Children’s Christmas Party with Santa Rangers Club

ORCHARD HOLISTIC THERAPIES – Monday to Saturday by appointment. Call 07725 083 784

Programme 26 November 2018

20 BALMORAL AVE WHITEHEADBT389QD

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

Monday 26 Nov 9.30 – 10.30 Pilates with Karen Leitch McGuigan Suite
After School Little Einstein’s Main Hall
2.00 – 4.00 Art Classes with Steve Diamond The Bank House
6.30 pm Whitehead Tennis Club Tennis Courts – Castleview
7 pm Whitehead Runners Community Centre
7 – 8 pm Dazzle Dance Class Main Hall
8 – 10 pm Whitehead & Islandmagee Camera Club Bowling Club, Whitehead
Tues 27 Nov 10.30 – 11.30 Dru Yoga with Sarah Leavey McGuigan Suite
After School Little Einstein’s Main Hall
2.00 – 4.00 Circle of Friends Presbyterian Hall
7.00 – 8.00 Dru Yoga with Sarah Leavey McGuigan Suite
8.00 – 9.00 Zumba Main Hall – WCC
Wed 28 Nov 10.00 – 12.00 Ballycarry Art Club McGuigan Suite
After School Little Einstein’s After School Care Main Hall
2.00 – 4.00 Flower Arranging McGuigan Suite
2.30 – 4.30 Tea, chat and board games – Everyone welcome St Patrick’s Parochial 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 29 Nov 10 – 11 am Baby Dance Age 1 – 3 McGuigan Suite
After School Little Einsteins Main Hall
3.30 – 4.15 Baby Dance Age 3 – 5 McGuigan Suite
6.30 Tennis Club Tennis Courts, Castleview
7 pm Chatty Crafters Lourdes Pastoral Centre
Friday 30 Nov 10.15 – 12.05 Steve Diamond Art Class McGuigan Suite
1.00 – 6.00 Little Einstein’s Main Hall
6.30 – 9.00 Jujitsu Main Hall
Sat 1 December 10 am – 4 pm Islandmagee Christmas Markets Gobbins Centre

ORCHARD HOLISTIC THERAPIES – Monday to Saturday by appointmet. Call 07725 083 784

Programme 19 November 2018

20 BALMORAL AVE WHITEHEADBT389QD

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

Monday 19 Nov 9.30 – 10.30 Pilates with Karen Leitch McGuigan Suite
After School Little Einstein’s Main Hall
2.00 – 4.00 Art Classes with Steve Diamond The Bank House
6.30 pm Whitehead Tennis Club Tennis Courts – Castleview
7 pm Whitehead Runners Community Centre
7 – 8 pm Dazzle Dance Class Main Hall
8 – 10 pm Whitehead & Islandmagee Camera Club Bowling Club, Whitehead
Tues 20 Nov 10.30 – 11.30 Dru Yoga with Sarah Leavey McGuigan Suite
After School Little Einstein’s Main Hall
2.00 – 4.00 Circle of Friends Presbyterian Hall
7.00 – 8.00 Dru Yoga with Sarah Leavey McGuigan Suite
8.00 – 9.00 Zumba Main Hall – WCC
Wed 21 Nov 10.00 – 12.00 Ballycarry Art Club McGuigan Suite
After School Little Einstein’s After School Care Main Hall
2.00 – 4.00 Flower Arranging McGuigan Suite
2.30 – 4.30 Tea, chat and board games – Everyone welcome St Patrick’s Parochial 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 22 Nov 10 – 11 am Baby Dance Age 1 – 3 McGuigan Suite
After School Little Einsteins Main Hall
3.30 – 4.15 Baby Dance Age 3 – 5 McGuigan Suite
6.30 Tennis Club Tennis Courts, Castleview
Friday 23Nov 10.15 – 12.05 Steve Diamond Art Class McGuigan Suite
1.00 – 6.00 Little Einstein’s Main Hall
6.30 – 9.00 Jujitsu Main Hall
Saturday 24 Nov 10 am – 4 pm Craft Classes from Lighthouse Yarns McGuigan Suite
TBA Methodist Church Coffee Morning & Crafts Methodist Church Hall
12 – 5 pm Yuletide Pageant – Suffragettes enactments Main Hall
12.30 Steam Train Rides Railway Museum
TBA Presbyterian Church Craft Sale and Café Presbyterian Small Hall
5 pm Daryl McCabe plays live Whitecliffe
5.30 Carol Service followed by switching on Christmas lights in grounds of Methodist Church Presbyterian Church

Methodist Church grounds

6 pm – 8 pm Santa arrives at Genesis Drop in Centre Victoria Avenue
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