Minutes of meeting of the Traders Sub-Group held in Pier 36 on Monday 13th January 2020



    • Those present were:-
Denis Waterworth (Chair) Tim Johnston
Johanna Logan (Secretary) Niki Kennedy
Stephen Bailie Adrian Kerr
Karen Bolleboom Bill Kirkwood
Kate Boyd Terrie Mallon
John Caldwell Helen McMahon
David Huyton Joe Wright


Apologies: Gary McNinch, Nina – Wells Tyres, Kelly Cowan, Susan Lindsey, Heather Drennan, Warren Patton, Elaine Magowan, Rhonda Morrison, Murray Bailie, Ruth Hendry and Jill Kelly


  1. Robert Neill Donaghadee history talk – The Chairman reminded members that local traders had requested a talk on the key elements of the town’s history so that they could respond to enquiries from visitors. He introduced local historian, Robert Neill, who gave a 45-minute presentation and answered questions from those present.


  1. Minutes of Meeting held on 14th October 2019
  • These were agreed following a proposal by Joe Wright and seconded by Kate Boyd


  1. Matters Arising from these Minutes
  • None



  1. Santa Parade and Christmas Activities – Feedback
  • Santa Parade – Everyone felt this had been very popular again and well organised. KB mentioned that some parents felt 6.00 pm was a little bit early and 6.30 would be better
  • Shop local Saturday – Each participant had “shop local” bunting, a whiteboard to publicise special offers and a range of gifts (pens, mints and shopping pads). Feedback from the 19 participating shops was very positive
  • Traders Christmas Dinner – The committee extended its thanks to Grace Neils for organising a very successful evening. A total of £885 had been raised for DCDA funds.



  1. What do we need to do in 2020?

John Caldwell informed members that the Council had requested DCDA to produce a business plan for the next two years.  He asked for members to contribute any ideas or suggestions.  Following the discussion, the main outcomes were:-

  • Summer Festival – We should run the Summer Festival June to September again this year as everyone considered this new format to be successful
  • Shop Local – We would like more traders to become involved in this, and let us know any offers they are running in advance so we can add the information to the festival brochure to give greater publicity to this event. Traders asked for ideas for the gifts to give away, preferably not single-use plastic items
  • Hanging baskets – All traders present indicated they would like this scheme to run again this year
  • Traders training – It was felt that training events were poorly attended, John Caldwell would like to traders to suggest what training they require
  • Crommelin Woods – We will continue to progress our project in this area



  1. Any Other Business
  • Ards and North Down Borough Council is organising Showcase Saturday events over the five towns to promote footfall. Donaghadee will be the Showcase Finale running on March 28th.  DCDA had met with Council officials to discuss format and content and had suggested that the following be considered:-


Morning Activity will focus on historical Donaghadee, and afternoon activity will be Donaghadee present, evening activity will be Donaghadee future.

Daytime activity – a range of family entertainment will take place on street and instore throughout the town centre to include children’s performance, children’s activities, tastings, workshops, music performances, flash-mob/ popup performances, giveaways etc.

Evening Activity –to deliver local music celebration across each town centre, with a number of local performers and bands performing across various town centre venues.


The council will be visiting businesses in January 2020 to encourage their participation and to support the activity campaign. Each business will be given an expression of interest form to complete


 The next meeting – 9th March – Pier 36 @ 6 pm