Talk of the Town News

Hello! It’s been a wee while since I sent out a newsletter as we worked on getting the Wildest Dreams postcards delivered, preparing our shop for opening and launching our maritime exhibition.

It’s been quite a week here at Positive Carrickfergus and I thought I better tell you all about it in case you haven’t seen my posts on Facebook.

Our Talking Shop is open!

We actually opened our Talking Shop this week!

The Talking Shop was supposed to be the epicentre of our Talk of the Town project but the lockdown in December put paid to that - until now!

We have stretched our budget out from 6 months to a year and will be here to talk about the future of Carrick with lovely people like you until the end of October.

There’s more info on our website including opening times.

The shop will be open as much as possible for informal drop ins. We’ll also use it to have conversations about Carrick now and what we want for the future of our town.

We’re planning to do more creative mapping and workshops exploring how to create a vision of the future together.

I’ll share more detail on that in the next couple of weeks.

I’m really keen that we find times that work for people who are interested and that we accommodate as many of you as possible. if you’re interested, drop me an email at and I’ll put you on the list we already have.

Carrick Harbour Stories - crowdfunding campaign

An old black and white photograph of Carrick harbour from the coal quay looking across to the radar station

In our last newsletter, I announced that we were awarded a Community Heritage Fund grant to create a maritime exhibition. And now Sails and Tales has opened to visitors!

We officially opened on Monday and had a steady stream of visitors between 11 and 2. That steady stream has continued throughout the week and Robin Stewart of Robinson’s Shoes is now our unofficial tour guide.

We’ve also received new pieces to add to our collection since opening - photos, newspapers and an old Carrick Sailing Club Sailing Instructions booklet.

We think that there’s more we can do with the exhibition and with the idea of placing small exhibitions in buildings other than museums as a way of bringing people back to our town centre.

Our first step is to raise some funds to record a virtual tour of the exhibition that we can host on our website.

We’re really proud of the exhibition and it demonstrates brilliantly what we can do when we all pull together to make something happen. However, it is upstairs in a building that doesn’t have a lift so not everyone can access the exhibition. So yesterday we started our campaign to crowdfund £360 and we’ve already raised £120!

If you’re able to contribute, you can do so via paypal. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far.

Wildest Dreams Postcards

A screenshot of the Planning Portal website with the details of the application for the Swift Complex

Thanks to everyone who helped deliver more than 10,000 Wildest Dreams postcards.

We’re going to display the postcards that people have sent back to us in the shop for everyone to see.

If you haven’t got one, pop in and fill one in to add to our growing collection. It’s been fascinating to see what people want for our town and there are clear themes emerging.

I’d love to hear what you think when you see them.

Talk of the Town Bookclub

I’d like to start a book club exploring community action and our role in creating the future we want.

What do you think?

Would you be interested in reading books like The Power of Just Doing Stuff and From What Is to What If by Rob Hopkins, who is the founder of the Transition Towns movement.

If that sounds like your thing, fill in this very short form to tell me your name and when you’d like to meet.

Ok. I’m off for a snooze after this week’s excitement.

Hope to see you very soon.

Have a good week!

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