Local politicians, including the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh, joined members of the CCCMSP Group’s Thursday Club, at the Acorn Centre next to St Peter’s Church, on Thursday, for the formal launch of the club’s new horticultural project.
The club has built raised vegetable, herb and flower beds behind the Acorn Centre where its members gather one day each week for fellowship and lunch. The raised beds were built with the help of the Men’s Shed in Leafair, using around 200 plants donated by Altnagelvin Garden Centre.
The opening ceremony was blessed with splendid sunshine, allowing members to move outdoors and mingle with some of the volunteers from the Men’s Shed, and to watch the formal cutting of the ribbon on the project by the Rector of the CCCMSP Group, Ven. Robert Miller (Archdeacon of Derry) and the Pastoral Director in CCCMSP, Rev Katie McAteer.
Archdeacon Miller thanked Rev McAteer – and the parish administrator Angela Dobbins – for having the vision to bring the project to fruition. “We’re grateful to the Men’s Shed for supporting this initiative with their time and effort and expertise. The Thursday Club is an opportunity for the whole community to engage in Christian Fellowship, so the input from the Men’s Shed is very much in keeping with our ethos and is appreciated greatly.
“I want to place on record, too, our gratitude towards Altnagelvin Garden Centre, for their generosity in providing the flora we needed to get this latest project off the ground. And, of course, the Thursday Club simply wouldn’t exist without the significant input of our volunteers.”