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Food Taster in Saintfield

Food Taster in Saintfield
The Events committee of the Saintfield Development Association is holding a free Food and Wine Taster on Saturday 19th August.

The Taster will be held for an hour from 3.00pm to 4.00pm in Rowallane Community Hub at 35 Main Street, Saintfield.  (Access is via the entry beside Peter Bowles & Co.)

The outlets which will be offering free tastings of samples from their menus are The White Horse Inn, Saints Cafe, Chutney Joe, Fish 2 Fry and Rockmount Golf Club.  Winemark, a new business in Saintfield, will be hosting a wine tasting.

All are welcome to come along and sample what is on offer.  

This is intended as a pilot scheme and if successful it is hoped to expand the event in future years and make it a showcase for what Saintfield and the surrounding area has to offer in the way of food and drink.


Information Evening On Enhancing Your Skills At SERC

Saintfield Development Association - Information Evening On Enhancing Your Skills At SERC

Each of the legacy Down District Council DEA Forums has identified skills shortages as a priority in their action plans. In response to this Coordinators of Rowallane, Slieve Croob and Downpatrick Fora, in association with the South Eastern Regional College (SERC), have arranged an information evening to present the options for further education and training.

The information evening will be held at the Ballynahinch Campus, Church Street, Ballynahinch on Thursday 17th August 2017. It will commence with a fork supper at 6.30 for a 7.00 p.m. start.

The evening is aimed at individuals who wish to return to education having left school with no or few qualifications and also community groups who may be in a position to cascade the information to others.

Following supper SERC will make a presentation on The Restart Education Programme and staff will be on hand to answer any questions that may arise and register interest in the course.

The Restart Education Programme allows people to develop skills while also gaining a positive experience of learning in a way that is enjoyable and supportive and there are no formal qualifications required to join the course. The course is very suitable for people who left school without formal qualifications and now wish to return to education. The timetable is flexible and arranged to permit young parents to do the ‘school run’. The course is assignment and portfolio based so there are no formal examinations to sit, as it is understood that the pressures of exams could be daunting for those wishing to return to education.

The Course was initially piloted at the Newcastle campus and proved a resounding success with students progressing to University and undertaking degree courses.

We encourage individuals and groups to attend the information evening and would be grateful if you could circulate the information as widely as possible to as many who would be interested in taking up the opportunity to develop their skills.

To facilitate catering arrangements attendees are required to register by either telephoning 02897564113 or by emailing claire.hamilton-bryce@nmandd.org on or before Friday 11th August, 2017.


PCSP Meeting On Crime Prevention In Saintfield

Policing and Community Safety Partnerships logo

There will be a Policing and Community Safety Partnership meeting in the Rowallane Hub, 35 Main Street, Saintfield, on Thursday 29th June at 8:00pm.

The meeting will focus on crime prevention in the village and surrounding areas.

Everyone is invited to attend.


Lesser Spotted Journeys – Saintfield – UTV, Monday 21st August @ 8:00pm

Promo for Monday night's programme on Saintfield, Co Down

Posted by Lesser Spotted Journeys on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Programme:  Lesser Spotted Journeys (visits Saintfield!)

Date:  Monday 21st August

Time:  8.00 pm

Channel:  UTV


SDA Committee Members Elected At AGM

At the AGM of the Saintfield Development Association held on Monday 12th June 2017, the following persons were elected to the various offices for the year 2017/2018.

Chair: Ian Murray.

Vice Chair: Martyn Todd.

Secretary: Peter Gregg

Treasurers: Lawrence Murphy/Priscilla Sunderland

Communications Committee Chair: Brian Gamble

Infrastructure Committee Chair: Barbara Graham

Events Committee Chair: Bob Pollock

Funding & Finance Committee Chair: Pamela Dooley

Green Committee Chair: Lawrence Murphy


Gateway Signs Enhanced Thanks To “Down Your Street” Grant

Gateway Sign, Belfast Road, Saintfield

Gillian Fitzpatrick, the outgoing Chair of Newry Mourne and Down district council with members of the Saintfield Development Association at one of the two gateway signs leading into the village. The signs were rebuilt by Johnny Gill and developed by volunteers of the SDA Green Saintfield committee with a grant from NMD Council as part of the “Down Your Street” initiative.

In the photo are (L to R) Brian Gamble (Chair of SDA), D J Morgan (NMD Council), Gareth and Oisin McAteer (volunteers), Barbara Graham (SDA), Gillian Fitzpatrick, Muriel Massey (SDA), Lyn Mackender (SDA) and Denis Conn (SDA).


Saintfield Development Association’s AGM – June 12th

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Saintfield Development Association will be held on Monday 12th June 2017 at 7.30pm at The Hub, 35 Main Street. All residents are urged to attend.  The Agenda is available to download HERE

Rowallane Community Hub, 35 Main Street, Saintfield

The guest speaker will be Mark Conway. Mark works in business/management consultancy with the Venturei Network. He holds degrees in Geography, Town and Country Planning, Policy Analysis and Business Strategy. He is also a Full Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Within Venture Mark focuses on strategic and business planning across the public, private and voluntary/community sectors throughout the island of Ireland, working for clients in central and local government, community and economic development, education, EU programmes, health, housing, planning, social inclusion, sport/leisure, regeneration and tourism. Before Venture he worked in health and social care, University lecturing, housing and town and country planning.

Mark Conway

Outside work he is/has been involved in a voluntary capacity with the GAA, the BBC, community development, heritage, rural development, social housing and third world support: of these the GAA is by far the most important! He is married to Mary and they have three (now grown-up) children. Home (and heartland) is rural Kildress, County Tyrone.


Saintfield Cycle 2017 Photos & Videos

Saintfield Cycle 2017 Photos

Saintfield Development Association’s fourth annual Saintfield Cycle event took place today.  On a lovely sunny morning 157 cyclists gathered in Downpatrick Street car park for the start of the 33-mile circuit along the picturesque back-roads of County Down.  Refreshments were available along the way in Downpatrick, and at the end of the route in the Rowallane Inn.

A video of the start of the cycle ride in Saintfield can be seen HERE, and one in Killyleagh HERE.


Today’s Litter Pick In Saintfield

Litter Pick In Saintfield

Litter pickers with some of the many bags of litter and general dirt they collected this morning on the streets of Saintfield.  The litter pickers met at 2nd Saintfield Presbyterian Church before dispersing to various parts of the village.  Saintfield Development Association would like to thank 2nd Saintfield for the use of the church hall and for the refreshments they provided.

Litter Pick In Saintfield


Saintfield Development Association’s Meeting – May 22nd

The next General Meeting of the Saintfield Development Association will be held on Monday 22nd May at 7.30pm in The Hub, 35 Main Street.  Everyone is most welcome to attend.

Rowallane Community Hub, 35 Main Street, Saintfield