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Members of the Stranocum, Rasharkin and Ballybogey Community Centers including Fiona McDowell, Jimmy Culbertson, Marcus Porter, Annette Wiggins, Alma Murphy and Sean Hanna pictured with Causeway Coast Mayor and Glens Borough Councilor Sean Bateson and council agents at a recent reception in Cloonavin

Councilor Sean Bateson welcomed representatives from Ballybogey, Greysteel, Magilligan, Stranocum and Rasharkin to the event earlier in the month. Managed on behalf of the Council, the centers offer a range of services and activities for the local community, including lunch clubs, fitness and educational classes and much more.

Expressing his thanks for the continued efforts of the volunteers, the Mayor said, “The impact of these groups and what they offer cannot be underestimated in terms of community development and reducing social and rural isolation. On behalf of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, I would like to express my gratitude to all for their hard work and dedication which continues to make a positive difference in the region.

The mayor also welcomed some volunteers who have recently retired after many years of service in their communities. This included Daphne and Lyle Quigley who recently retired from the Burnfoot Community Association, Anne Clyde MBE from Garvagh Development Trust and Jimmy Culbertson who retired from Stranocum Community Center Ltd.

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Daphne and Lyle, along with other members, have been building their community in Burnfoot since the mid-1990s, raising funds in recent years to purchase the old school and turn it into a community building.

Anne Clyde has been with the Garvagh and District Development Association since 1996. From this the Garvagh Development Trust was set up to raise over £ 1million over 20 years ago to transform the community building de Garvagh as it is today.

At Stranocum, Jimmy was a founding member of the District and Development group since 2010 and was instrumental in working with the Ballymoney District Council to secure funds for the new center.

To find out more about a community center and the services it can offer, visit www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk/live/community-services

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