Monthly Archives: January 2011

Ritchie: Sinn Féin/DUP Want £80 Million 'Slush Fund'

SDLP Leader and South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has outlined areas where the party believe the Executive’s draft budget can be improved. Speaking during an Assembly debate on the budget Ms Ritchie said she hoped the Executive would work to arrive at a final budget that the SDLP could support….

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Gildernew Announces £231 Million Paid In Single Farm Payments

MINISTER Michelle Gildernew MP MLA has announced that over £231 million was paid out to local farmers in Single Farm Payments in December 2010 and January 2011. The aim was to complete 83% of 2010 Single Farm Payment claims for receipt of any payment due by 31 December 2010 and 90%…

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Pay Increase For Agricultural Workers

The Agricultural Wages Board (AWB) for Northern Ireland has announced proposed changes to pay for agricultural workers. Following a meeting on 14 January 2011, the AWB proposes to increase existing minimum rates for agricultural workers across all grades by 1.9% from 4 April 2011. The proposed new rates are: Minimum…

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Castleward Celebrates Bookshop's £100,000 Success

THE Castle Ward Bookshop volunteers attended a wonderful celebratory lunch this week in recognition of them reaching an outstanding £100,000 from selling second-hand books for the charity. Now run by Mr and Mrs Leslie McCullough, the bookshop was started by Professor and Mrs Ronnie Buchanan in 2003.  A team of…

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County Down Churches Join In Support Of Friends

THE Congregations of three County Down churches have set themselves a New Year’s Resolution with a difference.  They are setting out to win friends and influence people in 2011 – not for their own benefit, but in support of the Friends of the Cancer Centre charity. The Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Churches…

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Save Killyeagh Library Group Holding Public Meeting

Sir Hans Sloane (aka Clive Scoular, chairman of the Save Killyleagh Library action committee) has returned from across the mists of time only to hear that the public library in Killyleagh is threatened with closure. The poor man was so distressed that his hair near turned white on the instant….

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RGU Notes

AFTER the recent success of the junior handball section, things have been quiet on the sporting side.  www.rgudownpatrick.com The spotlight, at the moment, is on the Club Development Draw which is to take place on Easter Sunday night. Over 400 books of tickets have been distributed this week in the…

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Police Initiative To Tackle Marine Crime

THE Police Service of Northern Ireland has launched a new initiative to tackle boat crime. This move is of importance to the many boaters around our coast and lakes, and Strangford Lough in particular has many small vessels which may offer pickings for unscrupulous thieves. There are many small unattended…

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Community Safety And Policing Partners Co-ordinate Plans

REPRESENTATIVES from the Down District Policing Partnership (DDPP) and Down Community Safety Partnership (DDCSP) met recently to discuss proposals for a future joint policing and community safety partnership. Down District Councillor William Dick, DDPP Chairman, explained, “This is an exciting time for these two local partnerships as we have identified…

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Ardglass GAC Notes

Night at the Races The Race night in the Dock Inn on Saturday was great craic with plenty of punters betting on all eleven races. Thanks to all those who sold and bought horses and to our sponsors, C&O Milligan, The Village Salon, The Dock Inn, Shop Interior systems and…

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Attention Creative Writers! Listowel Becons!

LISTOWEL in Co Kerry is celebrating their  40th Writing Festival in 2011 and so make sure that you put the 1st – 5th June in your 2011 diaries. The Kerry town  has been twinned with Downpatrick since 1984.      www.writersweek.ie There will be a range of Literary Workshops and Competitions for 2011….

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Castlewellan And Kilcoo SDLP Branch Meeting

THE January meeting of the Castlewellan and Kilcoo Branch of the SDLP was well attended.  Many topical issues were discussed. Branch Chairman John Duggan said, “We discussed the Downe hospital issue and the current judicial review. Members expressed their disgust at the Minister’s recommendations– especially the very real threat to…

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Support Call For Ardglass Community Safety Action Plan

FOLLOWING the successful action plan recently rolling out in the Burrendale estate in Newcastle and in other local towns, the Down District Community Partnership (DDCSP)  is now working with the East Down Rural Community Network to set up an anti-social behaviour action plan in Ardglass. It will be based on…

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Irish Specimen Fish 2010 Report Now Available

IT’S out! You can now order your free annual copy of the Irish Specimen Fish 2010 annual report at www.irish-trophy-fish.com . The Irish Specimen Fish Committee (ISFC) produce this booklet every year and its a veritable who’s who of the top catches in sea, coarse and game angling in Ireland….

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Newcastle AC Enjoy Great Day At Castleward

Plenty of rewards at Castleward Race 4 of the McGrady Financial Services Junior Cross Country Series By Joe McCann The fourth race in the highly successful McGrady Financial Services sponsored Junior Cross Country Series took place in the resplendent surrounding of Castleward.  The National Trust property provided an ideal backdrop…

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