Update on Halloween

Dear Edenderry Village Residents;

The Edenderry Residents Association have been holding off as long as possible to make plans for Halloween, but with increased restrictions in place it has become clear that it will not be possible to have our usual festivities; and unfortunately there will not be a pub quiz, parade, fireworks display, BBQ or bonfire this year.   It is also unlikely that we will be able to host any carols in the park this Christmas. 

At the minute there is no official trick or treating guidance but we expect that this will be issued in advance of Halloween.  We will post up the guidance once it is released.

One piece of good news is that we have secured funding from https://www.liveherelovehere.org/ to tidy up the area at the end of Big Street.  We will be creating and planting some new flower beds, erecting a new wooden self-closing gate and planting a native species hedge along the fence line.  We await payment of this grant. but hope to have it in place shortly and the works completed at the start of November.

The village’s public liability Insurance has just expired and we are currently seeking a new insurance quote to protect the assets owned collectively by the village (principally the shed and the marquee), to provide cover for events held in the village and to allow us to apply for grants from the council and other funding bodies going forward (most require proof of insurance).  We would expect this to be much less than last year’s due to not holding the fireworks display; however we will need to up the insurance cover again if we can do fireworks at Halloween next year (and we all hope that the situation will be better by then).

At present the Residents Association has £700.00 in the village bank account.  The only expense that we will have to cover from funds at the moment will be the public liability insurance. 

The village AGM was due to have taken place in August, but with all of the restrictions being in place the committee made a decision to delay the AGM until such times as a meeting was possible.  As it is hard to see how it will be feasible to manage an AGM safely in these times the committee propose delaying the AGM until next Summer.  If residents would prefer to have an online AGM next month please let us know by emailing us on edenderry.r.a@gmail.com.  If enough people express a desire for the AGM to occur this way we will duly organise. 

Finally we would like to thank the Edenderry Allotment committee for their work within and around the entrance to the allotments, it is a great asset to the village;  Laura and her helpers for keeping the beds at the roundabout looking beautiful; the book fairies who have created and maintained the phone box library and Paul for his diligent work with openreach and the broadband voucher scheme which has provided greatly improved broadband for the village.

The Edenderry Residents Association




  1. Dear Maurice & committee Members

    Apologies this email is so last minute however I have been doing a lot of research around the changing landscape of Covid before deciding to go ahead with an application to the Community Heritage fund. I’m writing in the hope that the residents committee will support this application.

    As a theatre professional & co producer of a show called The Wonders of the Wake I’ve been exploring doing a community version of the show in the Giants Ring for some time now. Funding & Covid put a stop to the idea until now.

    I spoke to Julie McHarg about my idea recently as a fellow board member of Tumble Circus.

    I know she has got the committee support for bringing the company to the village to add some much needed cheer for the children.

    The event I’m applying for will focus on the heritage aspect of Edenderry as an authentic linen village & active community. It would take place in the Spring.

    It will involve having a lantern parade from the village to the Giants Ring. Very similar in nature to our annual Halloween event without the ghostly costumes.

    It will be filmed using a professional drone company, properly licensed & risk assessed as per Covid regulations set out by Belfast City Council.

    I spoke to Paul Mullan about my idea in the Summer & gained his interest however as he is CEO of the Heritage & Lottery fund that I’m applying to, he must be distanced from the application. I mentioned to Colin, big street I was looking into this recently. Work and social distancing prevented me pursuing things with the committee before now, do apologies once again for the last minute notification.

    As an active resident of the village I really hope my plan will have your support.

    The Edenderry part of the proposal is one aspect, the Féile Women Singers that I sing with, will form a large part of the event. We sang with the show in March at The Lyric Theatre & I have the support of this community group for the application.

    I’m also in negotiations with Hillsborough Castle & Gardens who I’ve worked with in the past to do an element of this Wake project there. I should hear from them today if they are going to take up my offer to include their site on this Heritage application.

    Should I be successful in getting the funding it would be a great opportunity for those in the village who wish to be involved to celebrate our community response to the pandemic in a thoughtful & gently reflective event.

    The deadline for the application is this Friday at midday so time is of the essence. I am going ahead with the application as I’m sure it’s a long shot that I will be successful.

    I can make the application from Féile Women Singers in association with the Edenderry Residents Association if that’s ok with you Maurice ?

    I will take responsibility for all legal requirements being met with advice from Julie McHarg as Front of House Manager at the Lyric theatre.

    Apologies once again for the late notice of this opportunity. I have been up to my eyes with other funding applications & research for this one.

    Kind regards

    Liz Cullinane No.17 The Big Street.

    On Wed, Oct 14, 2020, 11:01 Edenderry Village Residents Association Website wrote:

    > mauricebrogan posted: ” Dear Edenderry Village Residents; The Edenderry > Residents Association have been holding off as long as possible to make > plans for Halloween, but with increased restrictions in place it has become > clear that it will not be possible to have our usual fe” >

    • Liz I am glad you got to speak to Colin on this, apologies I did not come back to you sooner but unfortunately I am not alerted to comments. It is best to direct communication that requires a response to the mailbox edenderry.r.a@gmail.com

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