Over 70 people attended a special dinner held on Friday 22nd January to say thank you to everyone who supported the work of the Cullybackey Community Development Association this past year.
Ruth Orr Chairperson stated, "Over the last year we have planned and delivered a robust programme of activities, including environmental works, examples of these are the clearing and tidying of the riverside path and surrounding areas, also maintaining flowerbeds, etc.” She continued, “We hosted a number of events for the whole community, such as pancake day, and the 4th of July celebrations. We have also recently collaborated with Bann Maine West Cluster to open a retail outlet in the local Ballymena Area to raise much needed funds.” Ruth concluded by thanking everyone who attended the event with special thanks to all of the office bearers and committee members for their dedication, for participating in all of the activities and projects throughout the year.
Margaret Murphy, secretary, spoke about the great contribution from all sections of the community, including residents from Cullybackey and the surrounding area, shopkeepers, local contractors, scouts, cadets, local organisations and local hotel staff all working together for the greater good of the village.
“In all that we have done, we have been greatly assisted by Supporting Communities who have constantly provided help and advice throughout the year. We have been greatly encouraged to have so many dedicated people supporting us and are delighted to see so many of them here tonight. Working together we can continue to improve local amenities and increase social cohesion in the village.”
Gillian Forrest, Liaison Officer from Supporting Communities concluded, "I am delighted to have been invited to attend this inspirational event. Supporting Communities have been working alongside the Cullybackey Development Association for over 7 years providing training, support and advice. Throughout the years we at Supporting Communities are delighted to have watched the group develop and have witnessed the impact that the group has made in their local community with their years of voluntary service. I am proud to support the CDA. In Cullybackey, it is clear that the spirit of community is well and truly alive."