A year to the day after it had been flooded and almost destroyed, the Parish of Glendermott and Newbuildings’ appropriately-named ‘Another Chance’ outreach centre and charity shop, was open on Wednesday evening to host a Thanksgiving Service and Family Fun Evening for the local community. The event was jointly-organised with the Inner City Trust and Tullyally Community Centre.
The outreach centre is based in the Glendermott Business Park where businesses suffered badly in last August’s deluge after the River Faughan burst its banks. Nearby homes were also swamped with floodwater. The charity shop, itself, was flooded to a depth of around three feet and its entire stock destroyed.
Fast forward a year and the scene could hardly have been more different. The shop has been redesigned and re-stocked, and volunteers flitted in and out of the premises to provide food for the parishioners and local residents who came to the Fun Evening. It was very much a family event, with ages ranging from babies in their mothers’ and fathers’ arms to older grandparents.
A barbecue was ‘fired up’ in the car park and dozens of sausages and hamburgers prepared while the Service was taking place. The Service was led by the Rector of Glendermott and Newbuildings, Rev Robert Boyd, assisted by Rev Arthur Burns and Rev Nigel Cairns. Those taking part in the Service gave thanks that – while there had been substantial damage in the flood – no lives had been lost; and the victims of the recent flooding in the Indian state of Kerala were remembered in the prayers.