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FESTIVAL 2016

The Donaghadee Commerce & Development Group will once again be co-ordinating the summer festival in Donaghadee. This year’s festival will run from Saturday 6th August to Sunday 14th August and the Group is asking all businesses and organisations within the town to consider organising an event for inclusion in the festival programme.

Aside from events we are critically short of volunteers to help with the many tasks associated with the delivery of the festival. These include obtaining sponsorship, advertising, the preparation of the Festival Programme and assisting with the barriers, gazebos etc at individual events. If you, or anyone in your organisation, is prepared to give some time to assist we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact Denis Waterworth in Pier 36 or Gary McNinch in County Hardware.

CHRISTMAS 2015

The Donaghadee Commerce & Development Group has worked closely with Ards and North Down Borough Council to provide a full weekend of Christmas Celebrations. Highlights this year include an ice rink, a 5k Santa Fun Run and, of course, the ever popular Santa Parade organised in conjunction with Donaghadee Rotary Club. <click here for details>.

MAXOL DONATES TO LOCAL NI CHARITY TO HELP SAVE LIVES AT SEA

Wednesday 2nd September: Today, Maxol Hightrees service station (Donaghadee) donated £750 in aid of the Donaghadee Lifeboat Raft Race which ran last month (Saturday 1st August) in support of the RNLI*. The charity, whose volunteers provide a 24-hour service and rescue around the coast of Northern Ireland, are committed to saving lives at sea and Maxol is dedicated to supporting this worthy cause.

For nearly a century, Maxol has been part of local life in Northern Ireland, whether that’s through fuelling people’s lives or supporting local initiatives, and the leading forecourt convenience retailer has been a proud sponsor of the RNLI Lifeboat Festival for the past three years. This year marked the tenth anniversary of the festival and there was a host of fun-filled activities and entertainment on land, on the sea and in the air for all the family to enjoy.

Kevin Paterson, Maxol’s Retail Manager (NI) commented on the sponsorship: “At Maxol we’re proud of the role the Maxol Hightrees Team plays in the Donaghadee. Our company motto is to be at the heart of it in all of the communities in which we operate and we are delighted to be able to support this worthy charity and their representatives in their fundraising activities.
“The RNLI does an outstanding job, patrolling our waters and ensuring we are safe while at sea. We can all rest easy knowing that they are at our beck and call if we are in need of help and, for those reasons, we see that our investment in them is invaluable to the wider community.”

As part of the brand’s corporate social responsibility, Maxol is committed to building relationships with customers by supporting local events and activities that bring them closer to the wider community, and help to put them at the heart of it.

For more information about Maxol in the community visit: http://www.maxol.ie/in-the-community.

5K RUN TO THE TOWER

A total of 127 people participated in the 5k Run and Walk generously sponsored by Hadlow Developments. The event was organised as part of Donaghadee Festival by the same team that run the weekly Bangor Park Run, Northern Ireland’s most successful Park Run.

Dennis Scott returned the best time finishing the run in just under 17 minutes. Top 5 finishers were:-

The event raised a total of £616 for the Sir Samuel Kelly Preservation Project.

SIR SAMUEL KELLY LIFEBOAT – NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED
A new website has been launched setting out details of the project to find a permanent home for the Sir Samuel Kelly Lifeboat. The website is at www.sirsamuelkellyproject.com and includes details about the boat and how the project is progressing.
DONAGHADEE BUSINESS AWARDS 2014

The introduction of the Business Awards last year was very popular and we have decided to continue the Awards this year. This year’s themes will be:-

a. Best Food in Town (open to all food outlets ie pubs, restaurants, coffee shops and take aways). Sponsored by Pier 36

b. Hair Beauty and Fashion Sponsored by Dunn’s Footwear


c. General Retail Excellence Sponsored by Co-op

d. Business and Household Services Sponsored by Dinky Donuts


Entry is by self-nomination and should be made on the application form which needs to be submitted to Kate Boyd in Dunn’s Footwear by no later than Sunday 30th November. <click here for form> You may enter for as many categories as you wish.

FESTIVAL FUN IN DONAGHADEE - 2-16 AUGUST 2014

The Donaghadee Commerce & Development Group has co-ordinated this year’s summer festival.

Details are set out in a 16 page newsletter which has been distributed widely throughout the area. The Festival begins with the Lifeboat Festival, incorporating the annual raft race, on Saturday 2nd August and concludes on 16th August with the very popular Donaghadee Birdman competition where would-be aviators will attempt man powered flight off the harbour in a variety of home made flying machines and outfits in the hope of winning the £1,000 first prize. In the intervening period there will be a Living History and Cultural Day; motorbike trials, an autotest; a live broadcast by Hugo Duncan, sporting competitions, events to commemorate the outbreak of World War 1, music and dancing.

Click below for further details as required.

Click here for programme...

Click here for Birdman entries...

Click here for Classic Car Registration...

Click here for Motorcycle Run...

CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO SAVE HISTORIC LIFEBOAT

Donaghadee Commerce and Development Group has announced that the Annual General Meeting will be held in the Community Centre at 6pm on Monday 19th May. This event is open to members and non-members although only the former category can vote. It will of course be possible to join on the night. Membership forms will be available that evening or can be obtained from the Contact Us section of the www.visitdonaghadee.com website. The annual fee is a token £10.

A newsletter summarising progress has also been issued. Click for more...

CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO SAVE HISTORIC LIFEBOAT
A MAJOR fund-raising campaign has been launched to save the Sir Samuel Kelly lifeboat which rescued survivors from the Princess Victoria in 1953 and the Fastnet yacht race disaster in 1979. Click for more...
£2.4M SCHEME FOR DONAGHADEE UNVEILED
Donaghadee is to benefit from a £2.4m scheme involving new footpaths and lighting. The Consultants are very keen to hear the views of the wider community on the proposals which can be inspected at the Library or Community Centre from 16th December - 17th January. Click for more...
DONAGHADEE SUMMER FESTIVAL - PHOTOGRAPHS
With the onset of winter, those warm hot summer days may seem a long time ago. Here are some photographs passed on to us and which we thought might be of interest. Our thanks to the photographers. Click for more...
DONAGHADEE SET FOR £2.4M IMPROVEMENT SCHEME
Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced a £2.4million public realm scheme for Donaghadee. The Department of Social Development and Ards Borough Council are jointly funding the scheme which will cover Shore Street, New Street, Bridge Street, the Parade and High Street and has been designed to make the town much more attractive to both locals and visitors. Click for more...