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Financial Statements for the Year ended 31 March 2013

Please find Financial Statements for the Year ended 31 March 2012 attached:Financial Statements for the Year ended 31 March 2013

Lissan House Press and Photos

Gildernew visits Lissan House

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 Minister Gildernew MP MLA has visited Lissan House outside Cookstown to hear of ambitious redevelopment plans by Friends of Lissan Trust (FOLT) to restore the House

The redevelopment plans will provide new tourist, community and heritage facilities at the house. Phase one of the project is ready to commence and includes an award of £250,000 by South West Action for Rural Development (SWARD) from Axis 3 of the Rural Development Programme delivered part funded by the European Agriculture and Rural Development Fund.  During her visit the Minister was appraised of the work by Kieran Haughey Chair of FOLT. The redevelopment will begin soon to restore the main building and grounds to their former state. The overall project costs for the first phase of development will be £1.17m.

Speaking on her tour of the House and grounds, the Minister said: “I am very proud that my Department are in a position to financially assist the redevelopment plans for Lissan House.  The Rural Development Programme has been able to part fund the work of restoring the main house and grounds, which when completed will enable tours to take place for visitors, tourists and school parties.  Projects like Lissan House will provide a significant boost to the local economy by attracting visitors and tourists whose expenditure will create or maintain jobs’.

The Minister added: “I want to congratulate the Directors of Friends of Lissan House on realising their dream for this project.  They have strived for a number of years to get the funding support necessary to carry out the work which when completed, will breathe new life into Lissan House and preserve a part of the heritage of the area, which stretches back some 400 years.”

Kieran Haughey, Chair of FOLT said  “Lissan Estate had been home to the Staples family for almost 400 years and it was Hazel Dolling's wish (the last inhabitant)  that if a viable project could be developed and funded that she would gift the Estate to the community.  It is four years since Mrs Dolling's death and now thanks to the offer of funding from NITB, SWARD, NIEA, Manifold Trust, Ulster Garden Villages and Cookstown District Council the Friends of Lissan Trust have been able to realise her dream of restoring Lissan House”.  The Contractor is already on site and will re-roof the House, repair the windows and re-plaster the building together with construction of a new access road and children’s play area. Lissan House is scheduled to reopen next July.

Cllr Trevor Wilson, Chairman of SWARD Joint Council Committee said: “SWARD is delighted to help preserve the unique heritage of Lissan House situated in the heart of Cookstown District. The preservation of this historical building will be of great benefit to the local community in Mid Ulster, tourists and for future generations. The project is testament to the dedication and vision by the Friends of Lissan Trust”. 

 Mr Austin Kelly, Chairman of SWARD Local Action Group said:

“The significant funding committed by SWARD and others will help bring this historic property back to life as a key community asset and make it more accessible to the local community, and is complementary to the SWARD Rural Development Strategy”.  

Councillor John McNamee, Chairman of Cookstown District Council stated “I am extremely pleased that Cookstown District Council has committed substantial funding to restore and preserve Lissan House, one of our key heritage sites. This 17th century historic building project provides an excellent example of what can be achieved when local people work together.  I extend my congratulations to the Friends of Lissan Trust for bringing this project to fruition, after many years of hard work”.

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Programme Update

SWARD Programme Update (12/12/12)

The social and economic infrastructure of the Rural communities throughout SWARD continue to be supported across the six programme Measures. To date:

  • In excess of 1193 applications have been received seeking grant aid to the value of £70.6m
  • 334 Applications have been approved whiich includes 139 completed and currently 63 projects are under appraisal
  • Approximately £5.7m of expenditure has been incurred to date in rural communities throughout the Cluster
  • Approx 91% of project funding has now been committed

Measure 3.1. (Farm Diversification)

Four calls have been made for Measure 3.1.  Applications under the fourth call which closed on 28/09/12 are under appraisal.   A significant number of projects under this measure are underway or complete.

Measure 3.2 (Business Enterprise)

Two calls have been made for Measure 3.2.   The majority of approved projects are now complete.

Measure 3.3 (Tourism) and Measure 3.4 (Basic Services)

Two calls have been made for both measures. The second call for each measure closed on Friday 28th January 2011.  All projects from the second call have been assessed and many are currently underway.

Measure 3.5 (Village Renewal)

Under phase 1 of the Measure, 31 settlements were identified for support to develop Integrated Village Plans. Under Phase 2, 31 Integrated Village Plans across each district in the Cluster have been developed.  Following a public call for Phase 3 approximately 26 applications were approved to implement a range of Village renewal actions across the Cluster.   

Measure 3.6 (Culture/Heritage)

One call has been made under this measure.  All funds have now been committed and a number of projects are either complete or underway

Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT) provide match funding

Match funding and Bridging finance available to support RDP Funding

UCIT are currently providing match funding and bridging finance to a number of social enterprises and community organisations that are making applications to Axis 3 of the Rural Development Programme.

Should your organisation require match funding, top up finance or a loan to bridge funding gaps while waiting for drawdown, UCIT can provide a package to suit your individual needs.

UCIT loans are flexible, affordable and have no fees attached.

All profits generated by UCIT are recycled for reinvestment into the community and social economy sector.

If your organisation would like more information about the loans that UCIT can provide, please contact us on Tel: 028 90 315003 or visit our website at www.ucitltd.com.

Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 10.

Please find Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 10 attached: Financial Statements - Year ended 31 March 10.

Renewable Energy Support for Rural Communities

Renewable Energy Support for Rural Communities

Action Renewables is offering an innovative new service to help make renewable energy more accessible to the smallest and most rural communities throughout Northern Ireland.  The service includes:

  • Free mentoring and advice
  • Professional support

Terry Waugh, deputy director, Action Renewables commented: "The "SMALLEST" service will encourage and stimulate renewable energy generation in small rural communities and as a result, assist in reducing costs, pollution, environmental damage, and encourage self-reliance for future energy generation.  Most importantly, this service will standardise support processes and allow communities to draw upon pooled skills and shared knowledge." 

The service is specifically designed to increase awareness of the potential benefits of renewable energy for small communities and will also provide support and assistance in the planning and development of green energy generation projects in rural communities.

The 'SMALLEST' service will help communities identify the best way to convert from traditional to renewable energy generation and will provide them with a mentoring service offering access to trained and qualified professional and practical support. 

The 'SMALLEST' service (Solutions for Microgeneration that ALLow Energy Saving Technologies), is a European funded project which will establish a 'hand-holding' service across all Northern Periphery Programme (NPP) partner regions, including Northern Ireland, providing free advice and support for rural communities interested in undertaking renewable energy projects.

If you are interested in benefiting from this free service, please contact Leanne Breen (leanne.breen@actionrenewables.co.uk) at Action Renewables on 028 9073 7868 for further information or visit www.actionrenewables.org

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