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The Life of Charles Thomson

John McHugh (A MHC Member) has made a very informative and enjoyable video on Thomson’s life and achievements. Charles Thomson was a patriot leader during the American Revolution, Secretary of the Continental Congress, signatory to the First Declaration of Independence and designer of the Great Seal of the United State.

He was born here in Maghera in 1729. He emigrated to America as a young boy and, although he arrived as a penniless orphan, he rose to become an eminent figure in his adopted homeland.

John McHugh’s video about the life of Charles Thomson.

He was known for his honesty, humanity and strict principles as well as for his abilities in regard to business and politics.

It is great that such a remarkable person be honoured in his hometown. We thank John very much for the idea of producing this work and for sharing it with us.

John himself was born in Fortwilliam outside Tobermore and, like Thomson, moved to America as a young child. However, he has always kept up his connection with the area and we are delighted with his support and promotion of our history and heritage.

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Maghera gets knitting

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.
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info@maghera-heritage.org.uk

t:02879642677

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CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP

‘Stuck for Words?’  with:  Sheena Wilkinson

Sheena Wilkinson

Stuck at home? Stuck for something to do? Stuck for words?

Why not try a fun creative writing workshop?

Working online with an experienced writer, you’ll have the chance to escape lockdown by travelling somewhere safe but limitless — your own imagination and memory. In these short, interactive workshops you’ll be guided to create lasting mementoes of how we’re living now, or memories of how we used to live: it’s up to you! All you need is pen and paper, an internet connection, and the willingness to have a go.

Sheena Wilkinson is hosting two virtual creative writing workshops for MHS Heritage & Culture Ltd. on Saturday 20th June and Saturday 11th July at 3.30 pm. Each workshop will be hosted on Zoom and will be about an hour and a half long. Sheena’s way of working is very relaxed and informal and she has run a creative writing event with us before based on a walk through Drumnaph Woods which was very enjoyable and inspiring.

There is no charge for taking part but it will be necessary to book your place in advance. To do this either ring the MHS Centre at 02879642677 or email us at info@maghera-heritage.org.uk

For those who made not have used Zoom before- it is very easy to access- simply click on a link to join a meeting. We can discuss this with anyone who may be trying Zoom for the first time, and explain how it works.

Described as ‘one of our foremost writers’, Sheena Wilkinson has won many awards for her fiction. Her recent novels, Name upon Name, Star by Star and Hope against Hope, have been published to commemorate the Decade of Centenaries, and are coming-of-age stories set against the turbulent events of the 1910s/1920s in the North of Ireland. Sheena is a very experienced workshop facilitator in all sorts of settings from forests to prisons to universities.

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MHS HERITAGE & CULTURE LTD TO CANCEL 2020 AGRICULTURAL SHOW DUE TO COVID 19

MHS HERITAGE & CULTURE LTD TO CANCEL 2020 AGRICULTURAL SHOW DUE TO COVID 19

Due to the ongoing Covid 19 crisis we have decided to cancel this years Agrigriculture Show. It is with a heavy heart we do so as the show has become such a huge success over the last few years and is very dear to our hearts here at MHS Heritage & Culture, however we are already planning next years show for Saturday 3rd July 2021 and intend for it to be bigger and better than ever.

In light of the ongoing lockdown we are planning a few Covid related video projects, which we are in the process of sourcing funding for.  One of the videos focuses on our Agri Show contributors. If this sounds like something you wish to be a part of or want to know more about do get in touch, although we will be contacting contributors in due course.

CONTACT US:

tel:02879642677
email:info@maghera-heritage.org.uk

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Table Quiz McKenna’s Bar Maghera

Table Quiz

McKenna’s Bar Maghera

Friday 17th January @9pm

entry £5/pp

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Skilled Volunteers Required For New Premises.

MHS Heritage & Culture Centre require skilled volunteers for their new premises at 11 main st, Maghera.
We are looking for the following:

Joiners/Carpenters
French Polishers
Furniture restorers
Metal workers
Quilters
Sewers/Knitters
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

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Maghera Culture & Heritage Ltd AGM

MHS Heritage & Culture Ltd to host their 2019 AGM.

The meeting will take place on Monday 9th December at their Coleraine road premises.

The AGM will commence at 8pm, MHS 17 Coleraine road Maghera.

Everyone Welcome!

RSVP or enquiries t: 02879642677

info@maghera-heritage.org.uk

 

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Chamber of Commerce meeting update

An open meeting took place last night of a number of representatives from local businesses in the town of Maghera. Facilitators for the meeting were John Burns and James Armour who welcomed all those who attended in particular Jimmy McCabe from the Magherafelt Chamber of Commerce. A very enthusiastic discussion ensued stating the advantages & disadvantages of having such a representative body giving a voice to the business community in the town.  After much debate it was unanimously agreed that the formation of a Chamber of Commerce for the town should take place.

A follow up meeting has been arranged for the 11th November at 8pm in Walsh’s. The purpose of this meeting is to officially form a Chamber and appoint a chair, secretary, treasurer & committee.  If you are a business in the town or surrounding district, whether large or small please come along to the meeting on the 11th, have your voice heard and be part of the establishing of another first for Maghera.

Full details and further information t:02879642677 or email info@maghera-heritage.org.uk

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A Chamber of Commerce for Maghera?

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: info@maghera-heritage.org.uk

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Tale of an Ancient Town

Joseph McCoy brought the history, stories and legends of Maghera alive in his fascinating talk: Tale of an Ancient Town.

Tale