CONNECTING POMEROY

Capacity Building and Community Engagement Programme

A £5M European Union PEACE IV project creating community cohesion, community facilities and an iconic magic forest and visitor centre in the County Tyrone village, supported by a capacity building and community engagement programme.

About

Funding has been provided by the European Union PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.  Delivery of the initiative is being spearheaded by a community partnership and coordinated by Mid Ulster District Council.

Rural Action is a partner in the project with responsibility for the capacity building and community engagement elements.

This involves delivering a series of activity pre and post capital works completion across a range of community locations within the village; The Rowan Tree Centre, Church of Ireland Hall, Pomeroy Forest, Presbyterian MUGA and GAA Gym and Leisure facility.

Activities

The 3 year programme aims to change attitudes through the implementation of an activity plan to be delivered in the village of Pomeroy bringing people together from across communities and through the development of shared spaces within the village.

Activities will be delivered through an agreed plan under the following themes: –

  • Arts Culture & Heritage
  • Environment
  • Education
  • Sport, Recreation and Health & Wellbeing
  • Strategic Events

The Programme will consist of 3,281 contact hours over a 36 month period between July 2019 and March 2022. Activities are targeted at Schools, Churches, Community Organisations, Traders/Businesses and Individuals from within the Pomeroy and surrounding area. Additional activities within Pomeroy Forest will target individuals from across Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Current Events

Craft Workshops
A 5-week online craft course running for adults where the participants are learning new skills such as embossing, making driftwood sculptures and clocks. The children have their own 5-week course and are making fairy houses, mini scarecrows and wall hangings, while enjoying the course and having a chat with new friends online.

Children Online Art and Crafts Workshops (every fortnight Saturday morning)
1. Miniature Log Fairy Houses
2. Embossing beautiful garden dazzlers for the garden
3. Mini scarecrows
4. Funky foam mosaics
5. Natural Hessian, button and wool wall hangings

Adult Online Art and Crafts Workshops (weekly Monday morning)
1. Aluminium foil embossing
2. Driftwood sculpture
3. Decoupage flower pots
4. CD Weaving wall hangings
5. Making clocks from recycled wood

Upcoming Events

Pomeroy Window Wanderland
All households, businesses, schools, and community groups in Pomeroy are encouraged to get involved in ‘Pomeroy Window Wanderland’ which will be a series of activities running from Sunday 29th Nov – Wed 6th Jan 2021, with the light display switched on each evening from 6.00pm – 8.00pm with the theme of LIGHT. Window Wanderland is a fun window / garden art displays event that all can participate in by creating artwork on their windows to be seen from the outside, creating a fun temporary after-dark art trail.

The best displays can be the simplest. For ideas and inspiration for your window creations visit the Window Wanderland website.   Prizes will be awarded in various categories, with a public vote for the best display so get creating.  Register your Pomeroy Window Wanderland display HERE

History & Heritage Talks
For those interested in history, there will be a series of online history and heritage talks, commencing on Monday 7th December from 8 pm – 9.30pm and this will be hosted by Roddy Hegarty, Director of the Cardinal O Fiaich Memorial Library and Archive, Armagh. Roddy’s presentation is titled ‘Settlers and invaders. Who do you think you are?’  Please register for the talk HERE

Progress to Date

  • 8 Capacity Building sessions have been delivered between Oct 2019 – Dec 2020 with 64 participants attending.
  • 4 Arts & Crafts classes held with 48 participants attending.
  • A Christmas Tree/Lights Switch on held Dec 2019 with 400 people attending.
  • A senior Citizens Christmas Lunch held Dec 2019 with 100 people attending.
  • A Health & Wellbeing Fair held February 2020 with 480 people attending.
  • An introductory session on the Minecraft Schools Activity involving St Mary’s Primary School and Queen Elizabeth Primary School held in March 2020 with 40 participants. This activity has been postponed until 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Support provided to Pomeroy Men’s Shed.
  • Support and governance arrangements provided to Pomeroy Village in Bloom Committee.
  • Pomeroy Woollen Woods in 2020 was postponed until 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. To date 135 craft packs have been distributed in the local community (48 adults & 87 children). Twenty-one organisations / individuals are registered as crafters producing items according to the theme of Bees, Butterflies and Blooms which will be used to wool bomb the woods next Spring. These crafters have received 5 monthly newsletters to date with associated patterns. See feature below.
  • Scarecrow Trail held from 19th Oct – 2nd Nov 2020. Thirty-two scarecrow displays were created by 128 people. Just under 2,000 people voted for the Best Scarecrow display which was awarded to Queen Elizabeth II Primary School.

To keep up to date on all activities happening as part of our Community Engagement Programme please follow our newly launched facebook page Pomeroy People & Place

FEATURE!

WOOLLEN WOODS PROJECT

Rural Action is currently delivering the Pomeroy Woollen Woods Project – a public arts project that invites people to create woodland creatures made of wool and display them in quirky outdoor art installations. Keen knitters and crafty artists are currently creating woollen characters and tapestries, which they will leave sprinkled within Pomeroy Forest, waiting to be found at a future event planned in 2021 to celebrate local wildlife and nature. The event’s main aim is to combine the arts and environment, to draw new audiences to crafting and biodiversity, and to enhance local culture within the Pomeroy area. To date over 90 craft packs have been distributed to local families to allow them to participate in the programme with 5 Crafters Newsletters issued.

For more information please visit the specific CONNECTING POMEROY page on the website of Mid Ulster District Council.

VIEW THE CONNECTING POMEROY VIDEO from the SEUPB YouTube Channel articulating the impact that EU funding is making in the area.

For further information – email michael@ruralaction.co