14th November 2019 - Page 35



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FARMWEEK
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Flax Mill Open Day and
Yard Fest booking up fast
C
Former Federation Chairmen
enjoy special reunion lunch
T
HE former Federation
Chairmen of the
Women’s Institutes of
Northern Ireland recently
held a very enjoyable reunion
lunch at Ballyrobin Country
Lodge Hotel, Crumlin, County
Antrim. Those who were
able to attend and the term
during which they served
were: Margaret Torrens
(1978-1980); Hilda Stewart
(1982-1985); Helen Livingston
(1985-1988); Jean Mann
(1988-1991); Violet England
(1991-1994); Jean Blair (19941997); Kathleen Doherty
(1997-2000); Elizabeth
McHugh (2003-2006); Ethel
Patterson (2009-2012);
Margaret Collinson (20122015); Elizabeth Warden
(2015-2018).
The current Chairman
Collette Craig and Irene
Sproule, General Secretary,
also attended.
Unfortunately, the two
remaining surviving
Chairmen, Joan Shanks
(2000-2003) and Betty Birney
(2006-2009) were unable to
attend.
OUNTY Derry’s only active
linen-weaving mill in Derrylane
outside Dungiven will host its
annual Open Day and Yard
Fest on September 14 with mill
owner Marion Baur and her team even
more busy from now on.
Marion introduced the full programme
for the event recently – it looks like a
‘who’s who’ in high end crafts and top
artists on stage. We asked
the weaver about the state
of preparations at this
point:
“After our Silver
Anniversary last year we
were pretty sure there could
be no further increase
in quality and in
visitor-numbers. At
this stage, with
the detailed
programme
just out and
not spread
much, we
have already
received more
bookings and
reservations
than for the whole
event last year.
“As every year,
people come from
everywhere – I can
see us having to
call certain aspects,
such as the Fashion
Show, ‘booked out’ very
soon. I know that’s a
great complaint” she said.
The large interest is not
surprising, given what’s on
offer. Here are but a few of
many highlights from the
programme which can be
obtained from the mill now:
n Mallon returns! Helen
Keys and Charlie Mallon
run the country’s only
bronze-casting foundry near
Pomeroy. Their castings
are renowned all over the
world and rumours have it that
a statue of a textile – mill –
worker is in the making and
will be erected in the
North-West of Ireland;
n Ireland’s youngest full-time
blacksmith Samuel Logan is coming
back to make sparks y. The 16-year-old
from Doagh impressed the visitors last
year with his large and very energetic
demonstration;
n Four spinning wheels will be
working in tandem, operated by master
spinners and producing both wool and
linen yarn;
n All of the mill’s weaving looms will
be running all day, visitors can watch
and quiz an international team of
weavers in the driving seats;
n Bruce Clark, orator, historian and
journalist, is going to give a talk on
“Linen and Poetry through the Ages”.
Marion urges those who
want to experience Bruce’s
performance to book early.
Marion Baur said: “With 24
master crafters running stalls
and 12 live demonstrations
we have reached the highest
point in the history of our
Open Day.”
The same can be said for
the evening event which is
by invitation only.
On stage will be
Isabel Neuenfeldt who
is returning after an
unforgettable performance
last year. Dearbhla
McTaggart, Dungiven’s
rising star on the Irish
Harp, will also be back
but this time with a set of
her own and talented vocalist
Sal Hanvey from Cultra will
perform, she is bringing
Belfast-based guitarist Paddy
Anderson, know the world over
for his Spanish amenco guitar
playing, with her.
A full programme for the
evening is out now and can be
obtained from Flax Mill.
For details, booking and
programmes, the mill can be
contacted at flaxmill@gmx.
net or telephone 028 7774
2655.
Randox staff raise fantastic total for charities
G
LOBAL healthcare company
Randox Laboratories has
announced that staff have raised
over £14,000 for mental health charity
partners AWARE NI and Mind Your Mood,
during 2018 and 2019.
The vigour with
which staff at
Randox have
fundraised for
AWARE NI and
Mind Your Mood,
two causes close
to everybody’s
hearts, is to be
commended.
Dr Peter Fitzgerald, Randox
AWARE NI is the depression charity
for Northern Ireland with an established
network of 24 support groups in rural and
urban areas across the country.
They also deliver mental health and
wellbeing programmes into communities,
schools, colleges, universities and
workplaces. Mind Your Mood is an
initiative designed and managed by
students at Ulster University to help
break down the stigma of mental health
and encourage students to access
support.
Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing Director
and Founder of Randox Laboratories,
commented: “There is no doubt that
mental health issues are a major concern
within our society and the vigour with
which staff at Randox have fundraised
for AWARE NI and Mind Your Mood, two
causes close to everybody’s hearts, is to
be commended.”
More than £14,000 was raised, £10,826
of which was for AWARE NI-related
activities and £3,270 for Mind Your Mood.
SUPPORT: Staff at Randox have raised over £14,000 for mental health charities AWARE NI and Mind
Your Mood in 2018/19. Pictured is Kim Dickson, Randox Events Manager, with Clare Galbraith, Interim
Fundraising Manager at AWARE NI, Kathy Morrow, Development Officer at Ulster University and Drew Neill,
Student Health & Wellbeing Manager at Ulster University.

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