Members of Bushmills and District Community Association’s Ivy Leaf Group have had a busy few months thanks to funding received from the Turkington Fund through the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, which has enabled the Association to deliver a range of projects in their local community, including a visit to Hillsborough Castle, a Reminiscence Event and an Intergenerational Project with pupils from Bushmills Primary School.
The Reminiscence element of the project provided a unique opportunity for members to reflect on their past and learn about the history of the village and surrounding area.
This included a cinema event in the Bushmills Inn showing old film footage of the local area which triggered many interesting discussions and the sharing of many personal stories amongst the group. To compliment this event Dr Bob Curran facilitated an informative and entertaining workshop, detailing the progression of the village over the years, including its local infrastructure and industries as well as its unique characters and culture.
In keeping with the theme of the local heritage they devised an Intergenerational Project with Primary 6 and 7 pupils at Bushmills Primary School. Over a number of afternoon sessions they explored the heritage of the local area through history talks, a tour of the village, an art workshop and a series of craft sessions co-ordinated by Val Farimond of Carleton Crafts. This resulted in a wonderful craft piece ‘Our Patchwork Village – The Twenty Wonders of Bushmills’, which represents the local area and also everyone who was involved in its creation.
Speaking about the project Mary Anderson secretary of Bushmills & District Community Association stated: “This has been a very worthwhile and enjoyable project for everyone involved. I would like to thank the staff and pupils at Bushmills Primary School for their enthusiasm and hard work. To Val Farimond and Dr Bob Curran for facilitating the workshops, the staff at BCRC for their guidance and my fellow members for their continued support and participation. Finally my sincere appreciation goes to the Turkington Fund for making this project possible.”