Due to the continued rise of Covid-19 cases reported in County Derry/ Londonderry recently, we at MHS Heritage and Cultural Centre have decided to close the premises at 11 Main Street until Monday 16th August 2021.
Maghera Townlands – Our Heritage to treasure
Maghera Townlands are very much part of who we are. They lie at the centre of life in most rural communities – and have done so since at least the 12th century. Each townland has built up its own history, traditions and stories over the years. Mostly this information lives only in the memories of the local people and was never formally written down.
With the Maghera Townlands Project, MHS Heritage & Culture set out to try to capture as much of these memories as possible before they are forgotten forever. The Project was made possible by a grant from the PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) for which we are very grateful.
Invitation for you…
This is an invitation to everybody who is interested in contributing to the project to record information about their own townland. Use this handout to write something about local characters, traditions, buildings, ruins, traditional meeting places, ceili houses, folklore, historic events, names of local families. etc,. All information, no matter how small, is welcome. Everything will help to build a picture of our local Townlands for generations to come.
Inspired by the great work of the Derry Square Knitters we are starting a group: Knitting Together: Maghera, to support their project.
The Square Knitters ask people to knit 6 inch squares from left-over wool. The squares are joined up to make blankets and these are shipped out to refugee camps where they are distributed to help those with babies and young children.
Aideen Hughes from the group explained that they came together in response to the heart-breaking picture we all remember of little Alan Kurdi’s body lying on a beach in Turkey as this project works to help other children who are still suffering as refugees. Already well over 1000, blankets have been distributed and with people from the North going out to see the situation on the ground you can be sure that they are reaching those who need them the most.
As many of us have more time on our hands at the moment it seemed a good opportunity to start something positive and get involved in this great project. All you have to do is knit the squares and drop them in to us at our new premises, Maghera Heritage Center 11 Main Street, Maghera BT46 5AA via appointment. We will arrange to have them joined together and passed on to the Derry Square Knitters who run regular shipments abroad.
When the current crisis is over, and we can meet up again, we hope to continue the work in our premises and have more social occasions – but until then we can work together from home and feel we are making a positive contribution.
In addition it has been found that knitting reduces stress , can give an increased sense of well-being and promotes social connection. So all the more reason to get knitting!!
For more info or to arrange a drop off, get in touch.
Renovation work at MHS Heritage & Culture Ltds’ new premises in 11 Main Street Maghera is now well underway. We are excited about our new space and the facilities it will provide to the local community and marks the expansion of our organisation as we will be able to offer more services and embark on new projects.
If you would like to know more contact us at:
7 Main Street Maghera BT46 5AA or
MHS Heritage & Culture Centre require skilled volunteers for their new premises at 11 main st, Maghera.
We are looking for the following:
Electricians and general handypersons.
If you feel that you could donate a few hours of your time to the Organisation please get in touch:
Call in to: The Hub at 7 main st, or tel:02879642677
It has been suggested that a Chamber of Commerce be formed in Maghera to advance the interests of businesses in the town. To discuss this possibility, and investigate the advantages of establishing a Chamber of Commerce, you are invited to attend an open discussion meeting on:
Monday 21st October 2019 @8pm
The Function Room, Walsh’s Hotel Maghera
Guest Speaker from Northern Ireland Chamber.
Enquiries & RSVP: t: 02879642677 e: email@example.com
Maghera Historical Society and Heritage & Cultural Centre have published two books so far and two issues of their bi-annual magazine ‘Maghera Times’, with the third issue due out in November. We welcome any suggestions or submissions for future publications. If you are an author, poet or historian with interesting stories or information relating to Maghera or the surrounding area we would love to hear from you to discuss the possibility of publishing your work.