What’s on at ARCHES Festival this week

Published on Sunday 17 June 2012 10:00

Monday, June 18: 10am to 8pm Historical Society Exhibition – ARCHES Community Hall. The people of Randalstown will have the chance to see the dress worn by one of the Queen’s train bearers at the Coronation in 1952. Free admission to school groups. Voluntary donations from adults will go to children throughout Ireland via the NSPCC/ISPCC, the NI Cancer Fund for Children/Our Lady’s, Crumlin, and the Western Area Early Years Cross Border Training Project. The event has been facilitated by Randalstown Historical Society.

7pm Family Fun Cycle – Shane’s Castle Estate inside the Grand Entrance. This popular event is suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities as all can ride at their own pace. The ride will start from within the Grand Entrance and will follow a designated route through Shane’s Castle Estate. Marshalls will be there to guide you and there will be a refreshment stop in the estate at the farmyard. You will then travel back to the Grand Entrance and make your way to the Community Centre Car Park where supper will be provided. Free raffle for all participants for a pair of Oakley sunglasses donated by Convery Opticians. Due to conditions on certain sections of the route, it is not suitable for children’s bicycles with stabilisers. The wearing of cycle helmets is encouraged and parents/guardians are responsible for children taking part in this event. Admission is £2 per rider (to include supper).

After Cycle Run YFC Tug of War at Neillsbrook. Randalstown Young Farmers’ Club are holding their annual tug-of-war competition at Randalstown Community Centre. They are inviting teams from local businesses and organisations to take part, six people per team. This year there will be a category for Young Farmers’ Clubs and a ‘just-for-fun’ category which will be open to all male, all female or mixed teams. Come along and test your strength. Prizes for winning team. Great entertainment for both participants and spectators.

After Cycle Run Climbing Wall at Neillsbrook. This is a new event for Festival. ‘Eye feel Good’, a local charity, are coming along and they challenge you to test your skills.

Tuesday, June 19

10am to 8pm Historical Society Exhibition – ARCHES Community Hall. The people of Randalstown will have the chance to see the dress worn by one of the Queen’s train bearers at the Coronation in 1952. Free admission to school groups. Voluntary donations from adults will go to children throughout Ireland via the NSPCC/ISPCC, the NI Cancer Fund for Children/Our Lady’s, Crumlin, and the Western Area Early Years Cross Border Training Project. The event has been facilitated by Randalstown Historical Society.

12noon Senior Citizens’ Mystery Tour – bus departs from library. Enjoy an afternoon complete with sightseeing, entertainment, great hospitality and prizes to be won in the lucky draw. Don’t forget the on-board quiz. Bus departs from the library at 12 noon sharp and returns at approximately 6.30pm. Strictly for those aged 60 or over and by ticket only, which must be bought prior to the tour. Tickets are £5 and are on sale in McManus Hardware and the Post Office. The event has been sponsored by Paul Girvan MLA, Randalstown Health Centre McCleans Bookmakers. The organisers would like to thank all those who kindly donated gifts in support of their local senior citizens.

4pm to 6pm Little Miss Randalstown – Truffles Function Room A new event to the festival, there willl be a welcome reception and Buddy the Clown. The age categories are as follows: 3-6 years; 7-10 years, 11-14 years. To enter you can either email your photo to info@phairfectionrandalstown.co.uk or info@theweddingcentre.co.uk or deliver it by hand at P’Hairfection or The Vintage Rose. Closing date June 10. Finalists will be chosen and notified by June 16. Tickets are £5 and are on sale in ARCHES office, The Vintage Rose P’Hairfection. Proceeds in support of Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of Heather Beggs-McKee and Willie Beggs. The event has been sponsored by Local Woman Magazine.

6.30pm Invitation Pairs Bowling Competition – Drummaul Church Hall. Entries welcome from local clubs via Club Secretaries (who have entry forms) with fee to John D Logan, 65 Ahoghill Road, Randalstown, BT41 3DG before Friday, June 15. Entry fee of £5 to be included with entry. Winners will hold the Northern Bank Perpetual Challenge Cup for one year. Proceeds go to Tabiro Scouts in Uganda. This event has been sponsored by Trevor Clarke, MLA.

6.30pm/7pm Walking Treasure Hunt from Scout Hall. The Scout Group is again organising this popular event which will take you around the town following a list of clues, some easy, some not so easy. A great fun event. Admission is £2 for adults, £1 for children. Light refreshments and presentation of prizes afterwards in the Scout Hall. Children under eight years should be accompanied by an adult.

7pm to 10pm Miss Randalstown Competition – Truffles Function Room. Back by public demand, Randalstown Community Festival is once again hosting the Miss Randalstown Competition. The winner of this year’s competition will earn a photo-shoot with Local Women Magazine and will appear on the cover of July’s issue. Closing date June 10. 12 finalists will be chosen and notified by June 16. Dress: Evening wear. Tickets £10 (which includes a Champagne Reception and Live Entertainment by Chrissy The Crew) are on sale in ARCHES office, The Vintage Rose P’Hairfection. Proceeds in support of Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of Heather Beggs-McKee and Willie Beggs.

7.30pm Festival Book Swap – O’Kanes Back Lounge. Bought a book and finished it?  Don’t know what to do with it?  If you’ve read it, swap it! Bring your old books along to O’Kanes Bar and swap them for something different.  For every book you bring, you can take another one home.  Or if you just want to donate those books that have been hiding in your attic for years – that’s OK too.  Books will also be available for purchase if you don’t have any to swap – just make a small donation to the chosen charity Macmillan Cancer Support. Adults and children welcome.

Wednesday, June 20

Randalstown Schools Olympics at Neillsbrook All-Weather Pitches. In conjunction with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Councils Active Communities team, a day of exciting games for senior pupils from local primary schools has been organised as part of Festival Week. Qualified coaches from a number of sports will lead the sessions. Times will be confirmed with individual schools. Further information from Janine Harvey on 94463113 ext. 2148.

1pm to 5pm Pensioners’ Day at Picken’s Bar. Free soup and sandwiches for senior citizens from 1pm to 5pm.

7.30pm Duck Race – from the Weir to Bridge. The Duck Race is a major source of income into the Festival that enables organiserss to provide the week’s festivities at a minimum cost to the community of Randalstown and district. Please give us your support by purchasing a duck (or more!). The ducks still cost only £1 and will be on sale in shops and businesses in the town – look out for the yellow posters – and also on the Wednesday evening just before the start of the race.

It’s a Knockout! – New Street. Teams are required from local businesses and groups to take part in this most exciting and entertaining event! Fun and laughter guaranteed with a trophy for the winners! If your group or business would like to enter a team, contact David at ARCHES office on 028 9447 8471.

The Rodeo Bull is back in town so why not come along and see how long you can last? There will also be the train, mini bikes, archery and many more exciting things to do. This year once again McMullan’s Mobile Farm to be located in Moore’s Lane which introduces you to some cuddly and interesting animals. There will be stalls and sideshows including: Rodeo Bull, McMullan’s Mobile Farm, Mini Bikes, Grange Community Group Cake Stall, Train, Pelt the Prisoner in the Stocks, Archery, Dancing Demonstration, try out the sweet delights on offer at the Truffles Stall.

Thursday, June 21

Randalstown Teddy Bears Walk. Randalstown Community Playgroup have invited Maine Integrated Playgroup, St Mac Nissi’s Playgroup and Randalstown Central reception class to meet them with their teddy bears in the centre of the town. They will then return to Neillsbrook Community Centre where they will be entertained by a children’s entertainer before being provided with refreshments supplied by Dale Farm. The event has been sponsored by Dalefarm.

2.30pm to 4pm Golf Tournament – Allen Park. The tournament takes place again at Allen Park, and costs include a meal for each player. Team competition: Best 2 scores at each hole to count plus all team members’ scores at the 9th and 18th holes. Prizes for the first 5 teams plus other individual and novelty prizes. Due to time restrictions the event will be limited to the first 20 teams. Entry forms from Moore Blair, c/o Blair and Boyd, must be returned with entry fee before Friday, June 15. Please indicate preferred starting time which we will try to accommodate. Cost: £100 per fourball (to include meal). The event has been sponsored by the Kandy Shop.

5pm to 8pm Antiques Road Show – Truffles. Following on from the very successful event last year, the expert auctioneers and valuers are returning to Randalstown this year again to Truffles Restaurant Guest House. Bring along your antique treasures and get them valued for a small fee. You may get a pleasant surprise. Valuers will include Danny Kinahan (Castle Upton Galleries), Robert Christie (Christie’s Auctions) and Ralph McKelvey who are kindly giving up their time and expertise free of charge. Proceeds to Headway – Ballymena branch. The event has been sponsored by Truffles Restaurant Guest House.

7pm Cross-community Talk at Unit 2 ARCHES Mews. A talk about the Orange Order and the Ancient Order of Hibernians by David Scott and Sean Feenan will take place in the Bridges Project room, unit 3 ARCHES Mews.

7.30pm WI Floral Art Demonstration – Neillsbrook Community Centre. Demonstration by Janet Wilson and Sylvia Kernohan. Proceeds in aid of disadvantaged women in India (ACWW). Tickets £5 (including refreshments) available from WI members.

9pm Traditional Irish Night – O’Kanes Bar. Come along and join in! Everyone welcome.

Friday, June 22

9.45am Strollers and Striders Wall – meet at Unit 8 ARCHES House. Walkers will do the Shane’s Castle walk which starts from the Grand Entrance and follows the river down to Deerpark Bridge. Tea and coffee afterwards in Unit 8 ARCHES House.

6pm Tea Dance – Truffles. The Ethiopian Schools Project are hosting a Tea Dance on Friday evening in Truffles function room. Music by Murphys Law. Admission £7.50 (including light refreshments). Tickets are available from the Ethiopian Schools Project Shop and ARCHES office.

6.30pm Clay Pigeon Shoot – 24 Mucklerammer Road. A 30 bird shoot will be held at the venue. All proceeds raised will go to the Groggan Primary School PTA. The event has been supported by Glendale Tree Services.

7pm Randalstown Central School Barbeque and Fun Night. Randalstown Central PTA is holding their annual BBQ and Fun Night in the school grounds. Events this year include Craft Stalls, Children’s Craft events, Face Painting, Side Stalls, Bouncy Castle Slide, White Elephant Stall, Children’s Sideshows, Hot Food stall (burgers and sausages), Tea Coffee, Tuck Shop, fun football hockey events, home made cakes/tray bakes/biscuits and chutneys and much, much more. Tickets on sale at the gate on the night. All Welcome! Come along and have a great evening and support the school. Single Ticket: Adult £4, Children OAPs £2; Family Ticket (2 Adults 2 Children) £10.

7.30pm Wine Tasting in ARCHES Community Hall. Once again ARCHES Festival is pleased to offer the ever popular wine tasting event in association with The Vintage Off Licence. The theme is The Mediterranean lands and a light supper will be provided. Admission £12 by ticket only. For tickets contact Arches Office. Places at this popular event are strictly limited so get your ticket early. Proceeds in aid of Ovarian Cancer charities.

8pm Festival Quiz at O’Kanes Bar. Come and try out your general knowledge at O’Kanes annual Festival Quiz.

8pm Charity Quiz at Black Bull Inn. Enjoy Strawberry Daquiris on the balcony with this open air Charity Quiz.

8.30pm Deal or No Deal at Picken’s. Back by popular demand – come along and try your luck. Great prizes for this popular game.

Saturday, June 23

10am Hospice Coffee Morning in the Scout Hall. A Coffee Morning in aid of Sue Ryder Foundation Hospice Care will be held in memory of Lucy Cameron to raise funds for the Manorlands Hospice. Come along for a cuppa and scone and support this very worthy cause. Fireside quiz and raffle also at this event. All proceeds to Manorlands Hospice. This event has been sponsored by Costcutter Randalstown.

6.45pm Charity Football Match in Neillsbrook. A charity football match will be held on the Neillsbrook playing fields in aid of Children to Lapland Appeal and Help for Heroes. Randalstown Heroes Football Club will play Berthas Football Club, Coleraine, in what is sure to be an entertaining match. A barbecue and disco follow after the match in Pickens Bar.

7pm Black Bull Beer Festival. Live music with Alan Sparks and Raz and DJ Macla at 10pm.

10pm Live Music in O’Kanes. Come along and enjoy live music to Farmer and the Gun.

7pm Grand Finale parade – grand entrance to Shane’s Castle. As the week draws to a close the Grand Finale Parade will pass through the town. All participants must assemble at 7pm at the Grand Entrance/Shane’s Street in preparation for their departure at 7.30pm. The parade will be led through the village by the Pony Club, the Holestone Farmers and other club and hunt riders, and will include the fancy dress, parade of floats, classic and vintage vehicles. There will also be a display by the North Irish Dragoons, a cross community group of local equestrian enthusiasts who share an interest in history. The Dragoons will make a colourful spectacle as they ride by in their 17th century period costume. The parade will leave from the Grand Entrance and proceed up Lower Main Street and New Street where it will turn at Drummaul House to come back to rejoin Main Street. From there it continues up to the OC Church/Orange Hall. It will turn right into Neillsbrook Park, down to Neillsbrook Road and finish up at the carparks at the Health Centre. At the end of the parade the Classic and Vintage vehicles will be parked in the Health Centre carpark.

R Factor – Maine Fold Car Park after the Grand Finale Parade. Randalstown Community Festival in association with World of Owls is delighted once again to be hosting the R Factor. Heats were held in April and May and the final is an event you do not want to miss. Last year’s event was a huge success and once again Randalstown singing sensation Chrissy will be there to help judge and encourage the young hopefuls. Chrissy and her fantastic live band will be performing after the R Factor. If anyone is interested in entering a float or the fancy dress please contact the ARCHES office 028 9447 8471.

Sunday, June 24

Black Bull Beer Festival. From 4.30pm to 6.30pm, Tennents Vital Sound Check with two tickets for Tennents Vital to be won; 7pm Live music with Stonehouse Band; 10pm till late DJ Monk. The Black Bull Beer Festival is a charity event. This year’s charity is the Ethiopian Schools Project www.hopeandafuture.co.uk

All Week

Odd Man Out Competition – By popular demand the Kandy Shop is again organising the Odd Man Out Competition. Throughout the week participating shops will have a number placed in their window and an object that they do not normally sell. The aim of the competition is to identify these objects. You can obtain an entry sheet from the Kandy Shop during Festival Week and entries have to be returned to the Kandy Shop by Saturday, June 23. The prize-winners’ names will be displayed in the Kandy Shop window during the following week.

Neillsbrook Fold Fireside Quiz – Neillsbrook Fold are organising a fireside quiz in aid of Fold funds. Quiz sheets available from a number of shops in the town. All proceeds to Fold funds. The management and residents of Neillsbrook Fold would like to thank all local businesses who have supported this project

World of Owls – World of Owls will offer free admission for one child per paying adult on production of this booklet.

Festival Photographic Competition – Enter your photographs of Randalstown Festival in our Festival Photographic Competition. Photographs can be of any event taking place during Festival Week as advertised in the festival booklet. Winners will be announced in the next community newsletter.

Hospice Fireside Quiz – In conjunction with the Coffee Morning on Saturday, June 23 a Fireside Quiz will be on sale in a number of local shops and businesses and from ARCHES office during the month of June. All proceeds to Manorlands Hospice in memory of Lucy Cameron.

Needlecraft Exhibition – The ladies of the weekly Sewing Group which meets in ARCHES House are organising an exhibition of their work during Festival Week in the window of Randalstown Pharmacy, 46 Main Street

Exhibition of Poetry and Art Work – McManus Shop Café Blossom.

Details of all events can also be found at www.randalstownfestival.com – ARCHES would like to thank Mike Gibb of World of Owls for providing and publishing this Festival website.

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