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What's On in Aghalee Village Hall from Sept 2020
Almost all the regular groups have restarted at the hall. The Youth Group may reopen before Christmas, keep checking our page. Book Club will continue on-line and Needlecraft Club will review the situation in January 2021.
Virtual Book Club
Book Club (albeit 'virtual' at this current time) has now again in September. We will be in touch as soon as we know what arrangements will be in place regarding meeting at the hall but for now we will continue continuing with our virtual club for the time being.
- Half a World Away by Mike Gayle
- The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
AGE NI Group Restarted
AgeNI Aghalee group has restarted in the village hall. If you or your friends or relatives would like to join the group, please contact Gillian on 077339 12876 or email Gillian.Thompson@ageni.org.
Please be assured the hall is clean and safe with all social distancing and mitigation measures in place per PHA requirements.
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We couldn't be more delighted to announce that Pauline Buller has been awarded a BEM (Medal of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Pauline works tirelessly for our community and is well known and well liked. She is responsible for many of the improvements that have been made in Aghalee in recent years.
Having moved to Aghalee in 1979, Pauline first became acquainted with the work of Aghalee Village Hall whilst playing badminton with Aghalee Badminton Club from 1982. When she became Club Rep in 1985, little did she know that it would be the start of a long and illustrious stint at the forefront of village life!
Pauline believes one can’t live in a village and not become part of the community, so she immersed herself in village life and has made some very good and long lasting friendships.
She became Aghalee Village Hall Secretary 25 years ago and has been in this post almost continuously since then. Pauline has been the person responsible for seeking out grants for courses, classes and activities, all for the benefit of the local and wider community and since 1998 has been instrumental in securing more than £400,000 through grants.
Pauline has always actively worked with the people on the committees which form the Aghalee Village Hall team, to lobby for improvements in the area, reach out to people and help provide a wide and varied range of activities at the hall for the benefit of the community. The local community, in turn, has been very supportive of the work carried out by all members of the Village Hall.
Pauline has been married to Chris since 1977 and they have two adult children and two grandchildren. Now semi-retired after a career in Credit Control and Finance, she also finds time to devote time to her family as well as pursuing her own interests of gardening, reading and needlework. She looks forward to many more years of working for the community.
The Executive has agreed a range of significant time-bound interventions to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Northern Ireland. In addition to current household restrictions, the following measures will come into regulatory effect on Friday 16th October and will be in place for a period of four weeks.
-Bubbling to be limited to a maximum of 10 people from two households;
-No overnight stays in a private home unless in a bubble
-Closure of the hospitality sector apart from deliveries and takeaways for food, with the existing closing time of 11.00pm remaining
-Other takeaway premises will be brought in line with hospitality with a closing time of 11.00pm
-Close contact services such as hairdressers and beauticians are not permitted to open, apart from those relating to the continuation of essential health interventions and therapeutics
-No indoor sport of any kind or organised contact sport involving household mixing other than at elite level
-No mass events involving more than 15 people (except for allowed outdoor sporting events where the relevant number for that will continue to apply)
-Gyms may remain open but for individual training only with local enforcement in place
-Funerals to be limited to 25 people with no pre- or post-funeral gatherings
-Off licenses and supermarkets will not sell alcohol after 8.00pm
-Wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships to be limited to 25 people with no receptions.
This will be implemented on Monday 19 October. Venues providing the post-ceremony or partnership celebration this weekend may remain open for this purpose but may not provide other services for people who are not part of the wedding or partnership party and this will be limited to 25;
And the following advice will be added to the existing health guidance:
-Work from home unless unable to do so
-Universities and further education to deliver distance learning to the maximum extent possible with only essential face to face learning where that is a necessary and unavoidable part of the course
-No unnecessary travel should be undertaken
-The half term holiday break for schools and colleges will be extended to a two-week break to run from 19th to 30th October.
Places of worship will remain open with a mandatory requirement to wear face coverings when entering and exiting. This will not apply to parties to a marriage or civil partnerships.
The retail sector will also stay open at this time. Further engagement is planned to ensure that the sector does everything it can to help suppress the virus.
The Executive will urgently engage with sectors and work on support for those affected as a matter of priority.