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Challenge Fund brings sunshine to Ballyholland club

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Ballyholland Sunshine Club with Mark H Durkan

Ballyholland Sunshine Club celebrated some Challenge Fund funding recently.

The Conservation Volunteers will support the Sunshine Club to engage the wider Ballyholland community to 'Bring the Past to Life' by transforming the outdoor space around their community centre.

Starting this September, practical challenges will include giving a neglected famine cottage a facelift, construct a cottage garden using old skills like dry stone walling, planting a food hedge and growing sensory herbs.

The Sunshine Club celbrated receiving their first ever successful funding award with Mark H Durkan, Minister for the Environment, Karen McKevitt MLA and local councillor Sinead Ennis.

We are delighted with this funding which means so much to our Club members and the community. It will make a real difference to our outside space giving us a new safe garden area to enjoy right in the heart of our community.

Gloria Havern, Chair of Ballyholland Sunshine Club

Ballyholland Sunshine Club is a Senior citizens group connecting local people from a traditional rural farming community on outskirts of Newry.