Community urged to join local group

Martine Andrews
Martine Andrews

GLENGORMLEY Community Group held its AGM this week and the group’s Chairwoman, Martine Andrews, issued a call to the community to get involved with its “ambitious plans” for the town.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Martine said the group had a number of projects planned for the coming months.

She said: “First up we have a seed planting in Lilian Bland Community Park that we are carrying out with many of the local schools in conjunction with Newtownabbey Borough Council and Conservation Volunteers Northern Ireland.

“Our aim is to make the park a shared space for the whole community to enjoy.”

Martine continued: “Last year we helped out with the council-organised Halloween festival in the park. Our members carved pumpkins, dressed up in spooky costumes and helped out with the stalls.

“It was a fantastic success, I had never seen the like in Glengormley before and hopefully there will be more events like it.

“We have also started a Neighbourhood Watch scheme which is going well and got more bins and benches installed in the park.

“It has been a good first year for the group and we are looking forward to the next year.

She went on: “We have ambitious plans for Glengormley - but you have to start somewhere and we would like more members to come along and support us.

“Being with the group really does make you feel a part of the community and anyone who is interested in joining would be more than welcome.”

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