Introduction

Groomsport is a small village on the Southern shore of Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland. It is renowned for its beautiful and some would say, unique setting as an almost unspoilt seaside village. It has links with the history of both Ireland and North America. This website has been set up by Groomsport Village Association committee, in order to publish material of interest to locals and visitors. The Summer 2014 edition of our newsletter can be read on this site.

This is our Constitution.

B511 Upgrade

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The Groomsport Village Association have been asking the Dept. of Environment Road Service to upgrade the B511 for a few years now. We have finally got a result! Hedges have been encroaching onto the footpath at several locations on this road, making pedestrian passage dangerous, at these points.

Contractors seem to be improving the footpaths and laying a new road surface. This should be completed in January 2015. Hopefully, this will make the road safer for everyone. The western end of the B511 is closed on weekdays to allow work to proceed safely.

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Motorists should be aware that there is still access to the village from the by-pass entrance. There are probably more signs at the entrance to the village than can be easily read from a moving car. The signs are sometimes placed on the road itself, thus partially blocking the carriageway! Obviously care and consideration at this junction are required, throughout this season of goodwill

We will have more photos and editorial comment about this project in our newsletter, destined to come through your letter-box in mid-January 2015.

Christmas Tree Lights switch-on 2014

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Lights were switched on by the Mayor on Friday 28th November 2014 at 7pm.

As usual, refreshments were served in the church hall afterwards and Santa met the children there!! He reminded all children to post their letters to him soon. Every child told Santa that they had been on best behaviour for a long time now and deserved a nice present. He gave each one a selection box of chocolates as a pre-Christmas present. Photos can be viewed on pages 17 and 18 of the 2014 photographs gallery.

Annual General Meeting 2014

Alan Chambers

Our Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday 18th September 2014 at 7.30 in the Boathouse. The election of new committee members was kindly chaired by Alderman Alan Chambers, with GVA hon. sec. Miriam Gibson (see photo on right).

Minutes of the meeting will be available on this site soon. The proposed changes to the Constitution were adopted by the GVA members.

Some photos of the event can be viewed on the photographs page - gallery4.

Springwell Estate Improvements

N.I. Water plan to start work on new drainage for the Springwell area within the next few months. This will aim to lessen the flooding risk.

Ireman Weekend Friday August 15th - Sunday August 17th 2014

The Groomsport Village Association was involved with marshalling triathlons and other athletic events over that weekend. There was a kids introductory / taster triathlon on Saturday afternoon (swim, bike ride and run) lasting about 30 mts. Local children get a free entry to this. Email www.ireman.org for entry forms.

We would like to thank the volunteer marshals

GVA Family Fun event, Saturday 2nd August 2014

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This event started at 11.00am at Groomsport Golf Centre with a large group of local children, teenagers and adults listening carefully to Gareth Graham, the PGA golf professional. He gave basic instructions about the essentials of golf. Everyone had a chance to practice and then there was a competition. Everyone performed very well and had their distances recorded by the Trackman distance recorder. The results are here.

Winners can collect their prize of a bucket of range balls from Groomsport Golf Centre.

Other events from the programme were largely unaffected by the heavy rain and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

The day closed with wine tasting at Neills. You can see photographs of the day's events on the photographs page.

Make a note in your diary to attend this ever popular event next year !!

GVA Quiz: Friday 30th May

The Groomsport Village Association Quiz was held in the Groomsport Inn on Friday 30th May 2014. It was a very successful event.

Linking Generations Project April 2014

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On 29 April 2014, Groomsport Rainbows and their leaders worked with the Gardening Club, Artspace and Chattering Needles on a range of activities of inter-generational interest, in the Parish Halls.

Victor Crawford

 

This highly successful event, co-sponsored by Groomsport Village Association and Linking Generations NI, was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone involved.

Celebration of Groomsport Clubs

Alan Chambers

 

On Saturday afternoon, 1st March 2014, some of the many clubs and associations that meet in the village gathered in the Parish Halls.

Many of the villagers visited the exhibition and clubs experienced lively interest in their activities. Our local councillor, Alan Chambers, attended with a group of supporters!

You can see more pictures in photo gallery 4

Major heating investment in North Down

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The H.E. have told us that they have invested £824,000 to upgrade the heating systems of its properties in Groomsport.

Many of the Housing Executive’s homes used Economy 7 as their main source of heating with others having an open fire or relied on room heaters. However, these have now been upgraded to a more energy efficient gas based system along with extra loft insulation which will ultimately help lower tenants’ heating bills.

Magical Afternoon for children

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The Groomsport Presbyterian Church halls were packed with local children, on Saturday 1st February 2014, enjoying a "Magical Afternoon" with their parents and grandparents. The children made a magic potion (in keeping with the magical theme), had their faces painted and got magic tattoos.

Craft work and painting with a magical theme, were followed by a marvellous show from magician Paul Ormonde. Paul, who is a member of the famous Magic Circle, kept everyone enthralled with his skill and dexterity. His interaction with the children was fun to watch and everyone enjoyed the afternoon.

Refreshments were served at the end and local residents got to chat with friends old and new. A great team of Groomsport Village Association Committee members, and other volunteers, had a busy afternoon. Our thanks go to them and to the organiser, Sharon Cummings, for their time and commitment to this community event.

We would also like to thank NDBC, for their funding support.

Tidal Surges, 3rd and 6th Jan 2014

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We had very high tides on both Friday 3rd and Monday 6th Jan. Locals were intrigued but little damage was done by the high water.

More photographs have been added to Photograph Gallery 4 in April, showing improvements to the harbour area, work being done on the pumping station and Cockle Island Boat Club launching for the season.

The Committee

The members of the committee are elected on an annual basis. The Annual General Meeting is held during the Autumn months (usually in the boat-house), when villagers meet to elect a new committee and to air their views about village affairs in general. This meeting can be lively!! This year the AGM was held on Thursday 24th October 2013 in the Boat House.

Communications

The Committee can be contacted from this website. These messages will be directed to the Hon. Secretary who will bring their contents to the attention of the committee. We publish a newsletter roughly every six months. We try to distribute it to every house in the village and copies will be available from this site

Volunteers wanted for: World sailing championship 4th - 11th July 2014

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The World Sailing Championship was based at Ballyholme and racing was visible from Groomsport.

Website: www.2014.f18worlds.com

The Village Plan

North Down Borough Council appointed the Paul Hogarth Company to undertake a study of the village and prepare a Village Plan.

This document sets out the views of residents, businesses and other groups within the village area, as to how they would like to see the village develop in coming years.

Hogarths held drop-in sessions and an Open Forum during February and March 2013 so that local people could contribute their thoughts.

The Plan can be viewed here.

What's On in North Down

Find out about local events here.