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Progress at Newport

Thursday 27th July 2017

As many of you will already know The Boys’ Brigade Northern Ireland District relocated its Headquarters and Residential Training facility from Rathmore House in Larne, to the former Newport Primary School in Culcavy, just outside Hillsborough in 2014 and launched the ‘Opening New Doors’ fundraising appeal for the renovation and extension work.

The Northern Ireland District has raised just over £250,000 as of early 2017, thanks to the dedicated fundraising work of the Boys, Young men and Leaders and successful applications to trust funds.  Work on phase three commenced the first week in June 2017 to renovate the four remaining classrooms into a modern training room and three dorm style en-suite bedrooms for residential training. The Northern Ireland District is very excited about this progress.

Centre Manager Alison Irvine says: ‘We have received so much and are very grateful for all the donations so far; funds raised by buying a brick, being a Friend of Newport, sponsoring an event, attending a dinner, buying something at an auction, cycling, running a concert or cake sale, bag packing, filling smartie tubes with 20p coins… the list is endless.’

‘Our Fundraising efforts for Newport are ongoing and there is still an opportunity to Buy a Brick or be a Friend of Newport. Your contributions will be used wisely to develop and maintain Newport as a Training, Conference and Residential Centre for many new generations of Boys and Young Men in The Boys’ Brigade Northern Ireland District.’

Full details of the Buy a Brick and Friend of Newport schemes can be found at

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