Talk of the Town News

10 September 2021

How are you?

I hope you’ve had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend. Hello to our new subscribers who have joined in the last week.

This week I’ve been helping Mencap interview candidates for the Carrickfergus Community Partner role. We are working with them to deliver a project that helps to make Carrick a great place to live for people with learning disabilities and we’re excited to work with the Community Partner in the coming months.

Lynn has been preparing for workshops in Ulidia next week. She’ll be asking Year 10’s to think about their Wildest Dreams for Carrick and challenging them to think about how they play an active role as citizens of Carrick.

We’re really excited to hear about what matters to them and to think about how we could support them to make some of their dreams a reality.

There’s lots to share this week so I’ll get on with it. Don’t forget if you want us to share your news, drop us a line at

Happening tomorrow!

The Gasworks Trad group will be back with us tomorrow in the Courtyard Garden from 2-4pm.

Lynn will be in charge of proceedings so pop into the shop and say hello.

Explore Carrickfergus with us on

21 September and 5 October

Join us for an exploration of Carrickfergus, past, present and future, in two evening workshops.

On 21 September from 7pm we’ll go on a dander around the town for around 2 hours, exploring Carrick’s histories, thinking about how we use the town and why, and photographing our favourite places.

On 5 October from 7-9pm we’ll use these photographs, archive images and other materials, to make our own maps of Carrick and share our experiences of our town with each other.

The people who have taken part so far have really enjoyed the tour and an opportunity to talk about Carrick as they put their maps together and talk about what our town means to them.

Adrian Hack, who took part in our first series of workshops online, blogged for us about his experience.

Email to book your place before they are all snapped up!

An invitation to explore being a vegan

Carrickfergus Cheese Kickstarter

Here’s an opportunity to support a new local cheese producer with their crowdfunding campaign

A Carrickfergus couple are appealing for pledges to set up their own local cheese factory.

Carol, a retired receptionist and Olav, a Dutch native living in Northern Ireland for the past twenty years, took the decision to make their own artisan Gouda, when they realised there was a shortage.

The couple found it difficult to get hold of their favourite cheese from the EU due to extra regulations. They even tried to source from mainland UK but came up against longer delivery times due to increased paperwork, which meant that the cheese would be spoiled by the time it arrived.

They now make the semi-soft cheese themselves in a variety of flavours including Cumin, Fennel and Smoked Paprika.

With 60 customers and restaurants already interested in the cheese when it becomes available, the couple has launched an official crowdfunding appeal to get their cheese-making business off the ground. ‘We’re passionate about bringing quality speciality cheese back to Northern Ireland. Just because we aren’t in the EU anymore, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have access to a wide variety of cheeses’, explained Carol.

The new facility will cost £30,000 to establish and will be the only Gouda cheese making facility in Northern Ireland.

You can follow their campaign on Facebook and Twitter

NI100 Exhibition in Carrick Museum until 15 October

A new exhibition that has had a lot of community involvement has opened in Carrick Museum and Civic Centre.

Looking Back to Look Forward explores life in Carrickfergus, Larne and Ballymena over the last 100 years looking at working life, popular culture, education, health and welfare and WWII.

My mum did some research on the Yacht Lemonade factory that used to be in Whitehead and others explored memories of ICI and Carrerras.

Get down a take a look over the next month before the exhibition moves on round the borough. There’s more info the council website too.

I’ve been invited to take part in the Irish Walled Towns Network conference to talk about our Sails and Tales exhibition.

The conference is taking place online on 7 October and the theme is Regeneration & Creating Positive Spaces for our Towns which is right up our street :-))

If you’re interested in attending, head to the IWTN’s website.

Right, I’m off to enjoy the rest of Friday. Next week we’ll be inviting you to a conversation about arts, culture and music in Carrick. Drop me a line if you’re interested in taking part so we can hopefully offer dates that suit you.

If you’d like us to include your group or event in our newsletters, reply to this email with some information and we’ll do what we can to get the word out.

Bye for now,

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