Recently members of the Committee have submitted articles to the Down Memory Lane Page of the Coleraine Chronicle. These usually appear once a month. So far we have done:
Old Killowen – 4 March 2015; What was in the news 50 years ago? – 9 July 2015; The Model School Coleraine – 27 August 2015; Large houses in the area – 10 September 2015; 6 Light Anti-Aircraft Battery R.A. (S.R.) Coleraine Battery – 22 October 2015; Bathing places on the Causeway Coast – 26 November 2015 and 28 January 2016; Severe Weather Events Recorded – 3 March 2016; Entertainment in days gone by – 12 October 2016.
Several members of the Society attended this event which was organized by Garvagh Museum and held in Ballintemple House, near Garvagh, on 18 June 2015. Wilbert Patterson gave a short history of the Heyland (pronounced Highland) family who came to the house in the mid 1760’s. Major Heyland was killed at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and a moving letter from him to his wife was read. A family memorial was unveiled in the garden.
See Bann Disc vol 21, 2015 for an article on Major Heyland.
On 13 June 40 members and guests set out to Donegal. A stop for tea was made in Londonderry and then the group proceeded to Culdaff for a light lunch. This was followed by a visit to Culdaff House where its fascinating history was explained. Cronca Church and Cross was the next stop and then Carndonagh with its ancient Cross. The evening meal was taken in the Drummond Hotel, Ballykelly and this ended an enjoyable outing.
To our member Joan Bell who received the B.E.M. in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours for contributions to the Performing Arts.
Back row L to R: Nigel McIlwaine, Michael Thompson, Joanne Kennedy, Chris Kirkpatrick, Mike Jones. Front row: Diana Kirkpatrick, Barbara Harding, Anne-Marie Huston
Fifty four members and visitors attended the AGM and Dinner in the Lodge Hotel and it was an enjoyable evening. The after dinner speaker was Dr. John Kerr who entertained us with tales of his life as a G.P. in Garvagh
In the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours our member Jennifer Cunningham was awarded the B.E.M. for services to Local History in the Coleraine area.
Under the guidance of our member, Jim Hunter, 46 members and guests set out on Saturday 7 June 2014 on a wet morning. Our first visit was to Limavady Workhouse folowed by Ebrington Baracks in Londonderry. Alan Armstrong gave an excellent presentation on the history of the Barracks. After lunch in Clooney Hall the next stop was at Monreagh Heritage Centre in Donegal. Final stop of the day was at Ballykelly Presbyterian Church Hall for a 3 course dinner. A very enjoyable Outing.
Our AGM and 30th Anniversary Dinner were held on Tuesday 18 March 2014 in the Lodge Hotel, Coleraine and 53 members and guests attended what was a very enjoyable evening. Our Chairman Pamela Henderson cut the anniversary cake. Member Jim Hunter gave an interesting illustrated talk on People and Places which covered the area of Eglinton to Coleraine. The Committee is unchanged from last year.
Our member Nigel McIlwaine received an O.B.E. for service to the Reserve Forces and community in Norther Ireland
In the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours our Chairman, Pamela Henderson, has been awarded an M.B.E. for services to health care.