Cuan FM On Air This Summer!

EDRCN is working in partnership with Peninsula Healthy Living and several other community and statutory groups to help launch the community radio station Cuan FM this August.

107 Cuan FM will be on air from 1st to 14th August 2010 and you can find details of programmes on their web site at

Download and print the flyer below to help publicise the station in your area.

Cuan Radio Flyer

Cuan FM Partners & Supporters


Peace III Partnership – Public Consultation Events



The overall objective of the PEACE III Programme is to reinforce progress towards a peaceful society and promote reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland. Building on the success and lessons of the PEACE I (1995-99) and PEACE II (2000-06) Programmes, the PEACE III Programme will have a continued emphasis on reconciliation and will specifically focus on acknowledging and dealing with the conflict, building positive relations and contributing towards a shared society.

At a local level the three Councils of North Down, Ards and Down District have come together to establish a PEACE III Partnership which will develop and implement a Phase II PEACE III Plan (2009 – 2013) for the area, which aims to;

“Build Positive relations at the local level by challenging attitudes towards sectarianism and racism and to support conflict resolution at the local community level”.

In order to develop the Plan the PEACE III Partnership wishes to consult with communities and key stakeholders to identify the needs and issues of the Cluster area, in relation to sectarianism and racism.

The following Public Consultation events will be organised in different venues across the cluster during June 2010.

– Public Consultation event on Ards Peninsula, Tuesday 22 June, Kircubbin Community Centre 7.30pm

– Public Consultation event in North Down, June 24th Evening

– Public Consultation event in Ards, June 29th Day

– Public Consultation event in Down, June 30th Evening

If you would like any additional information, please contact the PEACE III Programme Manager, North Down Borough Council, Town Hall, The Castle, Bangor, BT20 4BT

Phone 028 91 27 80 28 or email

PCN March Meeting..

The next meeting of Peninsula Community Network is on;

Wednesday 31 March 2010

Ballywalter Village Hall


This meeting is dedicated to Child Protection Procedures.

Guest Speaker – Iain McPherson, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust

Ards Peninsula Cancer Support Group..

Ards Peninsula Cancer Support Group

  • Have you been affected by the cancer diagnosis of a close family member or friend?

  • Would you like to influence and have an input into the type of support and information to suit your needs?

If these questions apply to you, we would like to invite you to come along to our support group.

The group meets on the first Wednesday of every month and the next meeting will take place on 3rd March 2010 at 7.30 pm in Portaferry Credit Union, The Square, Portaferry.

This group is supported and facilitated by East Down Rural Community Network and the Ulster Cancer Foundation. For further information please contact Frances Hughes, EDRCN on 028 9182 8884 or Eileen Creery, UCF on 028 9066 3281. Alternatively for general queries or advice on Cancer Support etc please use UCF freephone helpline 0800 783 3339.

1st Pictures for the Action for Rural Roads Campaign..

The first group images are in from Millisle Community Association and Ballyhalbert Heritage & Regeneration Group for the ‘Action for Rural Roads Campaign’

Above from Millisle is an image of a lay-by which is a prime example of the skewed priorities of those departments responsibie for roads maintenance.  Apparently this rarely used lay-by took a day to repair, filling in several potholes, while the roads coming into Millisle are broken, potholed, and ignored.  One road is actually splitting two, and a picture of that will be on-line shortly.

In Ballyhalbert the issue of a lack of footpath for children to safely walk to school is still an issue, with the only current ‘solution’ being a proposal to vest land from elderly residents to create ‘sections’ of path, but this won’t happen for a number of years yet.  Also the resurfacing work on high street in the village was never finished leaving high kerbs, raised manholes, and a small lake forming outside the local primary school.  This is despite the Roads Services annual report stating work in the area has been successfully completed.

More pictures are needed PCN members so email them in as soon as possible to either  or Frances Hughes –,  Sandra Henderson –, or Nick Moore –

Portaferry Hosts “Help For Haiti”

Portaferry Hosts “Help For Haiti”

Valentine’s weekend in Portaferry is set to send love to Haiti with a whole weekend of fundraising organised to help those affected by the disaster.

Several individuals and organisations in Portaferry have come together to arrange carious activities aimed at providing the whole community with the opportunity to help those most in need.

The activities over the weekend are:

Friday 12th: Pop Quiz, with special guest appearances
Admission £3 including light supper
Venue: The Leprechaun Bar @ 8pm

Mixed Darts Competition
Admission: £5 per couple
Venue: McNamara’s Bar @ 9pm

Saturday 13th: Portaferry Women’s Group Cake Sale
Venue: The Market House, The Square @ 10am

Walk For Haiti” – 10k walk, organised by Portaferry Gala
Registration and leaving from The Market House, The Square @ 11am
Admission: £5 per person.
Children under 16 go free and must be accompanied by an adult.

Music by “Stevie McVeigh”
Venue: McNamara’s Bar
Admission: £2 including light supper @ 10pm

Sunday 14th: Charity Football Match
Venue: Anne Street Football Pitch @ 2pm
Admission: £5 per player. Registration at The Leprechaun Bar

Music by “Soundz Unique”
Venue: McNamara’s Bar @ 7pm with ballot for Haiti
Admission: Free

All proceeds from the weekend will be donated to Unicef. You can also show your support by donating at