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Ballymoney gets new venue for this years ‘Halloween Happenings’

The biggest Halloween party in Ballymoney takes place on Monday 29th October – and you are invited!

The Showgrounds will be transformed with a scarilyspectacular range of activities and entertainment beginning at 6.30pm with a family friendly fun fair.

There’ll also be a fire juggling vampire, a glow-in-the dark hula-hoop performer, dazzling fire poi, live music from The Fundamentals and a fantastic fireworks display.

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council is delighted to introduce free Slime Workshops to the event for the first time beginning with a Quiet Time Slime Workshop from 5pm – 6.30pm for children with additional needs and continuing until 8.30pm which is open to all!

At 6.30pm, a Lantern Parade, organised by The Ullans Centre, will leave from Castlecroft Square and travel to the Showgrounds.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Brenda Chivers said: “We have an exciting evening of Halloween fun planned for all the family in Ballymoney and we look forward to seeing you there! It is part of a series of fantastic events taking place across the Causeway Coast and Glens making this the ideal destination to enjoy an autumn break.”

“We would like to thank our sponsors Gareth Witherowand Ruth Owen, owners of The Tides Restaurant, Portrush and The Newbridge Restaurant, Coleraine, for their continued support and don’t forget to look out for their goodie-bag giveaways.”

The popular fancy dress competition is open to all babies, children and young people with great prizes up for grabs in two age categories 0-5 and 6-11. We are looking forward to seeing all ghosts, ghouls and creatures of the night compete for one of our prizes!

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s other Halloween celebrations take place in Coleraine (Saturday 27th October), Limavady (Tuesday 30thOctober) and Ballycastle (Wednesday 31st October)featuring music, fireworks and much more in all locations.

To find out about these and other Halloween happeningsgo to www.visitcausewaycoastandglens.com. On Facebook search for Causeway Coast Events or follow us on Twitter and Instagram. You can also avail of additional information from Visitor Information Centres in Ballycastle, Ballymoney, Coleraine and Limavady.

Don’t forget to share your pictures with us on social media using #CCGBChalloween


DUP Alderman John Finlay has roundly condemned those responsible for shooting a Ballymoney teenager in the arms and legs at the weekend and called on the police to do all in their power to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Alderman Finlay said,

“I was utterly appalled to learn of the brutal attack on an 18-year old man at a house in the Moneycannon Road near Ballymoney at the weekend. He has sustained serious gunshot wounds to his two arms and two legs. His physical injuries will, hopefully, heal in time, but he will be left with psychological scars from which he might never fully recover.


PSNI have described the attack as a paramilitary style shooting. These sorts of mafia attacks have no place in a civilized society. Whoever is responsible and whatever their motive, they need to be brought to account as quickly as possible, and the police must act quickly and decisively. They will, however, need the help of the public, and I urge anyone with any information to get in touch with the police right away”.

McGuigan condemns Ballymoney gun attack

Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan has condemned the brutal shooting of a teenager outside of Ballymoney.
Mr. McGuigan said:

“There can be no justification for this attack which was quite clearly carried out by loyalist paramilitaries.

“In fact this is just the latest of many attacks, resulting in death and serious injuries, close to Ballymoney, carried out by loyalists. There needs to be firm action by the PSNI to halt these attacks and bring those responsible to justice.”

Councillor Darryl Wilson condemns local shooting

Councillor Darryl Wilson condemns local shooting
Ulster Unionist Cllr Darryl Wilson has condemned the shooting of an 18year old man in the Moneycannon Road area of Ballymoney
Cllr Wilson said

We awoke to the news this morning that an 18 year old man had been shot in the arms and legs in the early hours of Sunday morning.

This is a particularly brutal attack which I condemn wholeheartedly, however, my condemnation will not prevent further attacks like these from taking place.

Now is the time to engage with the local community and the PSNI to take a long hard and honest look at why these attacks are continuing.

Community activists and civic leaders have a duty to ask questions as to why certain individuals feel the need to take the law into their own hands and what can be done to eradicate anti social behaviour at its very core.

I would urge anyone with any information to come forward to the PSNI as soon as possible.

Shooting at house in Ballymoney

Police are investigating a paramilitary style shooting at a house in the Moneycannon Road area of Ballymoney in the early hours of Sunday 23rd September.

Inspector Vince Redmond said: “We received a report that an 18 year old man had been shot four times, once in each arm and leg, at around 3.30am this morning by unknown intruders. The injured man has since been taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries.“

“Our enquiries are at a very early stage into what was a brutal attack on a young man in his home by dangerous and violent individuals, and I would ask anyone with any information which could assist us to apprehend those responsible to contact detectives at Coleraine on 101 quoting reference number 324 23/09/18. Alternatively, information can also be provide to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

Guidance : Injuries are not thought to be life threatening at this time

Local Social Enterprise Compass Advocacy Network (CAN) to attend World Forum in Edinburgh

Compass Advocacy Network (CAN) has received support from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council to attend the Social Enterprise World Forum.
The international event, which takes place in Edinburgh, brings together social enterprises from all over the world to share wisdom, build networks and discuss future sustainability.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Brenda Chivers pictured with Shirley Smyth, Janet Schofield, Bridget Mc Caughan, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Kevin Duffy, Martin Clark, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and Jane Cole at CAN in Ballymoney.

CAN, a user led organisation based in Ballymoney, works with over 240 people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health issues, as well as their parents and carers. It provides holistic support including friendship, social, leisure, training, and health programmes, advocacy and signposting via innovative practice.
Speaking after a recent meeting with CAN representatives, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Brenda Chivers said: “CAN is making a real difference to the lives of those it helps by providing important social and learning opportunities. It is fantastic that this local organisation will be represented on the world stage which promises a unique opportunity to meet with social enterprise practitioners, social entrepreneurs, policy makers, community leaders, investors and academics from across the globe. The event will aid the development of a common vision and provide a platform to learn from others and share best practice.”
CAN currently operates five social enterprises within the Causeway Coast and Glens area and works in partnership with Council to process cardboard and aluminium as well as operating textile banks at all civic amenity sites.
Janet Schofield, CAN Chief Executive said “We are delighted to get the opportunity to attend the Social Enterprise World Forum. CAN has gone through a massive change in the last 18 months and we are actively looking for new opportunities to expand our Social Enterprise activities which provide real work training opportunities for our trainees, who are generally furthest from the workplace.
All of the proceeds from our recycling, upcycling and retail go back into the organisation to better support young people and adults with learning disabilities and help relinquish our reliance on statutory funding. We are really excited about hearing from other social enterprises and hopefully being able to bring plenty of ideas back to the borough.”
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council provides support for Social Enterprises via Business Start, Enterprise Fund and Alchemy mentoring programmes. For further information please contact bridget.mccaughan@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk