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Christmas Country Market in Gracehill

Gracehill Country Markets will be staging their popular Christmas Market this Friday, December 15, from 10.30-11.30 in Gracehill Church Hall.

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‘Jingle and Mingle’ Morning raises funds for NI Children’s Hospice Appeal

‘Jingle and Mingle’ Morning raises funds for NI Children’s Hospice Appeal

Members of staff of the Education Authority Salaries Office in Ballymena who hosted a very successful fundraising ‘Jingle and Mingle’ coffee morning on on Friday, November 24.

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HOLY GUACAMOLE: Chef Jenny Curran with her dish of sweet potato waffles, sliced avocado and poached eggs - made from some of Concern'"s Christmas gifts. (Submitted Pic.)

Chef urges festive shoppers to consider alternative gifts

Local chef and daredevil Jenny Curran has teamed up with overseas aid charity Concern Worldwide to encourage Ballymena and Antrim shoppers to support its alternative Christmas gifts.

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Mark Bingham and his Rock for Alzheimers annual fundraiser wins individual fundraiser of the year award. (l-r)Nick Joseph, Bernadine McCrory(Country Director (NI) for Alzheimers Society), Gerry McKibbin, Mark Bingham and Sarah McConnell

Rock for Alzheimer’s organiser wins award for fundraising

A Templepatrick man has been recognised at the Northern Ireland Dementia Friendly Awards.

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Mark Bingham and his Rock for Alzheimers annual fundraiser wins individual fundraiser of the year award. (l-r)Nick Joseph, Bernadine McCrory(Country Director (NI) for Alzheimers Society), Gerry McKibbin, Mark Bingham and Sarah McConnell

Templepatrick man wins award for fundraising

A Templepatrick man has been recognised at the Northern Ireland Dementia Friendly Awards.

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Low-cost airline giving travellers more bang for their buck

Low-cost airline giving travellers more bang for their buck

It’s not every day that you can boast being taken to the skies by a famous explorer.

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Ballymena church provides families with festive cheer

Ballymena church provides families with festive cheer

More than 100 local families living below the poverty line will receive special Christmas hampers made by a Baptist Church.

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Launching this years Cash for Kids Mission Christmas appeal are (l-r): Stephanie Laverty, Cash for Kids Charity Manager, Paulo Ross, Cool FM, Mark Corry, Marketing Manager, Harry Corrys, Peter Snodden and Rebecca McKinney, Cool FM.

Ballymena helps Harry Corry appeal

The Harry Corry store in Ballymena has teamed up with Downtown Radio and Cool FM’s Cash for Kids charity to launch its 2017 ‘Mission Christmas’ appeal.

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Second school pupils get ready to serve up desert at Kells Presbyterian Church Luncheon Club. 1989.

In Pictures: The Way We Were

Here are a few photos from the Ballymena Times archive to get you all talking.

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A busy scene at last year's 'Big Market' event for schools.

Ballymena students taking products to The Big Market

Students from Castle Tower School will be among more than 700 budding young entrepreneurs from throughout Northern Ireland set to showcase their start-up businesses at an event in Belfast on Wednesday, December 6.

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Pic (L-R) General Manager Norman McBride, Head Chef Kevin Osborne at Ballygally Castle with Portia Woods.

New coastal tourist tour will help ‘toast’ East Antrim culinary gems

A new guided food tour along the Causeway Coastal Route and Antrim Coast will shine a spotlight on Whitehead, Larne, Ballygally, Glenarm, Carnlough and Cushendun – celebrating local hidden culinary gems to the local and international tourism market.

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The Picture House Cinema in Ballyclare will be hosting a special film screening of 'Sing Street' on December 2. (Submitted pic)

Special screening of ‘Sing Street’ in Ballyclare

The Picture House Cinema in Ballyclare Town Hall will host a special screening of Sing Street this Saturday, December 2, at 8pm in partnership with Cinemagic film festival for children and young people.

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Northern Trust Speech and Language Therapists Jennifer and Pauline who raised £600 for the Stroke Association.

Fundraising duo outrun zombies

A pair of fleet-footed Northern Health and Social Care Trust Speech and Language Therapists have raised a frightfully good £600 for the Stroke Association.

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Sisters Faith and Poppy help launch Trocaire's Christmas Gifts. The gifts this year include goats and beehives for families in Kenya and the DRC. Photo: David O'Hare

Trocaire commend Co. Antrim’s support

Overseas development agency Trócaire has thanked the people of County Antrim for supporting 4,820 families around the world with Christmas gifts last year.

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Advent Reflections at lunchtime

The annual series of lunchtime Advent Reflections in Ballymena organised by Ballymena Church Members Forum in partnership with four Town Centre churches starts this week.

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Charity seeks input to health survey

Charity seeks input to health survey

National charity Action on Hearing Loss is inviting residents of Ballymena and Antrim with deafness and hearing loss to take part in some vital research on access to healthcare.

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Winners of Ballymena Credit Union's first Young Peoples Awards.

Ballymena Credit Union holds its inaugural awards for Young People

Ballymena Credit Union held their first Young People’s Awards recently at a ceremony attended by Ulster Rugby player John Andrew. The awards were open to all 11 to 19-year-olds who live in or who attend a group in the Ballymena area.

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First Antrim. Somme and historical group held service to mark anniversary of the battle of the Somme.

Special service remembers Somme Battle

First Antrim Somme and Historical Group held a service at the end of November to mark anniversary of the battle of the Somme.

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Could you offer one of these needy kittens a home?

Cats Protection are hoping kind families will offer some of these kittens a home.
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Mary Knox BEM, of Ballymena Floral Art,  is presented with The Ivan Watt MacMillan Trophy by Beverley Stephenson (NAFAS Area Judge)

Mary receives prize for floral artistry

Mary Knox BEM, Ballymena Floral Art receives The Ivan Watt MacMillan Trophy from Beverley Stephenson (NAFAS) for her winning arrangement.

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