The Saintfield Community Centre working group, in partnership with Newry, Mourne and Down Council, staged two open days last weekend at the Belfast Road site for the proposed centre.
The objective was to let residents tour the facility and to appreciate the size and scale of the property, as well as to view the plans for the 3G sports hall and the community centre building.
The Events committee of the Saintfield Development Association arranged the entertainments and assisted with the running of the event.
Over 300 people attended the open days and the comments received were positive, ranging from wonder at the size of the buildings to satisfaction that progress was at last being made towards the fulfilment of a long standing need for Saintfield and the surrounding areas.
The open days were funded by a grant from the Big Lottery Celebrate Fund.
The photo shows the Chairperson of the NM and D Council, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew, examining the plans for the centre with (from left to right) Cllr. Harry Harvey, Cllr. Roisin Mulgrew, Damian Scarlett (chair of the Saintfield Community Centre working group), Cllr. Terry Andrews, Cllr. Billy Walker and Ian Murray, (Chair of the Saintfield Development Association).