Thursday, 20 July 2017

Bushmills - National Trust Ulster Gardens Scheme - July 29-30

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July 2–5pm

Mr and Mrs D I Page

Billy Old Rectory, 5 Cabragh Road, 
Castlecat, Bushmills, BT57 8YH

A mature garden of three acres on an historic site. To the front of the Georgian rectory is a large lawn with mature trees, a small peace garden, an ancient well and a developing woodland garden with a small fernery leading to a secret garden. To the rear of the house is another large lawn with contrasting borders of roses, herbaceous plants and shrubs, as well as an attractive pond area. A wooden rustic fence separates the long herbaceous border from the kitchen garden, with greenhouse, herb, vegetable and fruit gardens. Beyond the lawn is a large old orchard and an experimental area with wildflowers and annuals. Partially suitable for wheelchairs.


From Ballymena take A26 towards Ballymoney. On Ballymoney by-pass go straight on at Kilraughts roundabout and then at Portrush Road roundabout take third exit, BT62 Portrush. Continue on this road, enter Ballybogey and turn right, signposted B67 Ballycastle. Continue on to Derrykeighan and turn left. Continue to Castlecat and turn right, signposted Billy 0.5 mile and then immediately fork left on to Haw Road. Continue to church and park on Haw Road. Garden is on the right on Cabragh Road.

From Coleraine take Ballycastle Road (B67). At T junction turn right and then next left, Benvarden Road. At Derrykeighan turn left, signposted Bushmills and on to Castlecat, from there follow directions as above.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Margaret Watton Neve meets her North Antrim Cousins

John Watt's "Watt's About"
Ballymoney and Ballycastle Chronicles

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Ballymena Family History Group - September Genealogy Fair

The Ballymena branch of the North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS), in conjunction with Family Tree DNA (FTDNA), are hosting a family history and DNA research fair on 

Saturday 2nd September 2017

between 11am and 4pm at 

Church Street, Ballymena.

Local history groups, commercial genealogy companies and government bodies will be available to offer assistance in genealogy and local history research.

So if you are wishing to start your family tree or you are a more experienced researcher and you have come up against  "Brick Wall", come along and chat to the local representatives from the various groups who will  be taking a stall. 

Learn about the advantages of DNA testing and how it can assist in your family history research. DNA test kits will be available for testing on the day or to take away and have another member of your family take the test. 

Come along, admission is free and start to learn about your family roots and local history.