Roy Beggs MLA has welcomed the new funding that has been awarded to local East Antrim groups by the National Lottery

With my own children having benefited from local playgroups many years ago, I am delighted that a training grant has been awarded to the Larne/ Carrickfergus and Newtownabbey Branch of Early Years so that today’s children can continue to benefit from positive attitudes.

Ballyboley Pipe Band have been awarded £9,839 to make improvement to their hall  They are highly regarded locally for their music and for encouraging many new young drummers and pipers in particular.  As WM of Ballyboley LOL 458 I too have greatly enjoyed their music and professionalism.

Two local groups based in Greenisland have also benefited. The Northern Ireland Polio Fellowship which received £5,500 to bring 22 members to take part in the British Polio Fellowship annual games in England.

Northern Ireland Young Walkers which is a  walking club run by volunteers to promote improved health and build friendships. The £4,464 grant is being used to train volunteer walk leaders.

Any Local groups who wish to consider “Awards for All” can apply for a grant of between £500 and £10,000 for a project which will last up to 12 months.  Further information can be found at or email or contact their Communications team on 028 9055 1455

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