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Maurice and Brian harvesting the corn on a lovely sunny day. (24.8.2021)

See programme page for updates August 2021.


The flowers in full bloom. (July 2021)


Over recent weeks Heather, Patricia & the gardening club prepared for and planted several hundred plants in containers which are placed around the exterior of our premises. The plants were supplied by Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, who in addition cleared a small area on the opposite corner and sowed wild flower seeds. Heather finished off that particular area by planting sunflowers. (Pics of this area later in the year when the sunflowers grow!).

Planting in progress. (2.6.21)

Heather, Jean and Elizabeth planting out some of the plants. (2.6.21)

Local PSNI alert us to keep safe and secure.
Whether it’s your home, your business premises or your garden shed – make sure your security measures are working and effective.
Test alarms, set your CCTV, activate security lights, and always remember to close, lock and check all windows and doors.

Wellbeing packs for volunteers.

High-Viz waistcoats for safety at outdoor programme and events, aprons for the catering team and fleeces for some of the volunteers.

Supported by Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, Connecting Communities Funding, the Association was able to reward some of our volunteers who have undertaken special duties in the recent past and also during the last year as part of our Covid-19 response.

As we enter 2021 we are still unable to meet together as an organisation however the Committee have been meeting via “Zoom” and amongst other things are planning a series of activities using “Virtual” and “Digital” channels.

During 2020 we have obtained a number of grants for various items. In addition to the funders mentioned below we are grateful to DAERA Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2020, The Dept. for Communities Small Capital Grant Scheme and The National Lottery. When we are able to resume activities members will benefit from improvements to our facilities and also some new equipment. The grant from the Dept for Communities was in partnership with Annahilt Parish Church.


As the Coronovirus pandemic continues in the province, the Association has continued to maintain contact with members and members of the community by further deliveries of “Essential items”. A December delivery included items specific to Christmas and on this occasion was largely funded by a grant from Tesco Bags of Help and the balance from Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council funding and Movement for Good.

We have received many good wishes from receipients expressing their gratitude for the deliveries and thoughtfulness in the various contents. We have been fortunate in obtaining funding for these projects and wish to express our thanks to the various funders. 


Items from the Christmas “Essential items” parcels for the community.

AgeNI provide a host of activities for the over 50s. Chatterboxes and Move with Mary to name a couple.

Click  here  here  for the AgeNI website

In October Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council kindly permitted the re-allocation of the funds received under the Community Spirit Grant to be used for a further round of parcels of groceries and essential items for our community. The grant had originally been awarded for a planned activity for members and their families however with the increase of the spread of Covid-19 in late August the event was called off. As we were missing our usual September and October programme this month’s parcels had a Halloween theme. Once again thanks to the volunteers who organised and delivered the parcels.


At the beginning of July we delivered the final round of “Essential items” parcels to our community and once again thanks go to Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council for providing the funding to enable us help our community over the last few months of the pandemic. Many messages of appreciation were received over the months from recipients, thanking the Association for the very useful and thoughtful contents of the parcels, especially as most of the recipients were self-isolating at home and relying on other to bring them basic items. The Association committee would like to express thanks to Patricia for co-ordinating the project, obtaining supplies and packing the parcels and also those volunteers who delivered the parcels. Recently the Association were able to avail of a consignment of plants from Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council. A group of volunteer members under the guidance of Heather and Victor met to pot and plant the plants around the hall and Aughnaleck Crossroads. A new flower bed was created just outside the gates of the hall where a dry stone wall was repaired and the area dug over and planted with a variety of plants which will bring some colourful bloom to the crossroads in due course. More pictures will be found if you click on this link

Members pictured during “The big plant”

Some of the volunteers “Social Distancing” in the good weather when collecting parcels for delivery. L-R Gerry & Elizabeth Fleming, Len Wilson and Jim & Elizabeth Halliday

Further deliveries were made in June and another is planned for early July.

What have we in this month’s delivery?

Bagged and ready to go!

Larchfield Volunteers packing cars with parcels Heather Magowan, Patricia Halliday and Jim Halliday (Chairman). (11.5.2020)

Some of the committee members have been busy behind the scenes in recent days, putting together bags of essential foods and household items for members of the Association and community. This has been made possible with the assistance from Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council under the Covid-19 Response grant. Further deliveries are planned for the coming weeks.

Some of the contents

Some of the “bags” ready for distribution.

We have set up an Association contact scheme and periodically some members of the committee will be contacting all members either by email, text or phone call (depending on which contact details we have for you).

Please feel free to contact one of the committee members if you are in need of essential items and we will do our best to arrange a solution for you.

Please find below some information from/about local groups which are available to assist members of the community.

From Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council Community groups and churches are providing a range of services including arranging prescription and food deliveries, offers of access to centres for foodbanks etc, telephone contact for those with no family support, telephone counselling, delivering information leaflets on how to get help and how to stay safe, lists of shop opening times and delivery service available. For our part we will try to keep you up to date with any information that may be useful to you.  Lagan Valley Rural Transport are offering the following services to both members and non-members during this very difficult period

Collection and deliv​ery of pre paid shopping from any of the shops included in our operational area(Hillsborough/Annahilt/Ravarnet/Drumlough/Carryduff/Temple/Boardmills/Culcavy/Maze/Maghaberry/Moira/Upper and Lower Ballinderry/Stoneyford/Dundrod/Glenavy)
Collection and delivery of prescriptions (arrangements to be made by Client/Doctor/Pharmacist prior to collection)
Transport for essential key workers who work at Lagan Valley Hospital or any of the Belfast hospitals



Association meetings and events are cancelled UFN

The Big Breakfast will be rescheduled in due course.



Our Volunteer event was held on 16th January 2020 when over 30 members and volunteers attended Lisburn Bowl for 10-pin bowling and supper. A very enjoyable evening was had by all. The Association is grateful to Dfc Volunteering Small Grants programme for supporting this event. (Unfortunately the photographer forgot to take pics!)


Charities presentation evening Thursday 21st November 2019

Members of the Association pictured with representatives of 2019 Charities. David Dunwoody from MS Research QUB and Valerie Crawford and Jennie Campbell from Ballynahinch Counselling Services. The Charities received £900 each as a result of various fund raising activities during the year.(21.11.2019)

2019 Rally and Family Fun Day

Click title to see some pictures.

Our thanks to everyone who helped to make our 2019 event a big success, over 100 volunteers on the day. The weather was great for both the erecting of the marquee/site preparation and the day itself. We had a fantastic turnout of vehicles and visitors. Thanks too, to Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council who supported our event via the Community Festivals Fund.


A big thank-you to all who came along to our Big Breakfast on Saturday 23rd February 2019 and helped start our Charity fund-raising for 2019.



Presentation of annual charity cheque 2018

Presentation of charity cheque L-R Jim Halliday, Andrew Boal (Cancer Fund for Children), Laurence Hooke, Valerie Harron, Brian McCallister and Karen McCallister. (15.11.2018.)

At the November meeting, the Association presented a cheque to Andrew Boal, Community Fund Raiser for Cancer Fund for Children, for £2000. The money was raised through various activities as part of the Family Fun Day and Vintage Rally in September 2018. The Cancer Fund for Children costs £3m to run each year and receives minimal government funding. Full details of their activities can be found at

Recently a number of members completed training courses in Health and Safety and Emergency First Aid.

Dorothy McCallister First Aid, Brian McCallister Snr, Patricia Halliday, Brian McCallister Jnr and Bobby Harron all Health and Safety. June 2018.


Thomas and Sarah Jeffers with their First Aid Certificates. June 2018

Len Wilson who completed both Level 2 Health and Safety and Level 3 First Aid. June 2018

Others who completed courses were:
Arnold Wilson, Health and Safety and Lorraine Rankin and Millicent Wilson, First Aid.


Family Fun Day and Vintage Vehicle Rally

Registered as a Charity with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC103278