Stoneyford Development Association A.G.M. 2017 Press Release

Big plans for Stoneyford village in 2017

Stoneyford Development Association held its AGM at the Community Centre on Monday 6th March. A well-attended meeting heard Chairman Joe Whyte highlight the many successful activities of the SDA over the past two years. Projects such as the Text Alert System were now up and running. The achievement of a runners up position in the nationwide ‘Pride of Place’ awards in Belfast was a major boost to the village and a recognition of the work done by the SDA and especially the Tidy Towns group and its volunteers over the past number of years.

Honorary Secretary Conchubhar de Róiste presented a detailed account of all the activities of the SDA. He stated that “volunteerism would be the lifeblood of the organisation going forward”. He appealed to people from the village to use the website as a means of accessing information in relation to what was happening in the village.Honorary Treasurer Fred Malzard
stated that the finances of the organisation were in a state of rude good health with the capital debt on the Community Centre under control and continuing to reduce with great assistance from Aghaviller Parish, the Bingo, Rental income etc. The Community Centre debt presently stands at €81k. The Management accounts show a surplus balance of €15k at the bank as at 31st December 2016.

Outgoing Officers; Joe Whyte (Chairperson), Conchubhar de Róiste (Hon. Secretary) & Fred Malzard (Hon Treasurer) were unanimously re-elected in their respective positions as well as Management Committee members Regina Moran and Micheál Ó Fearghail.  Donie Butler replaced Kathy Ryan as PRO although Kathy will continue to assist Donie in is his new role. Four new committee members were elected from the floor to join the SDA Management team. These were John Raggett (Stoneyford Utd AFC), Paddy Ganly (Active Retirement), Kieran Walsh (Chapel View Residents Association) and Paul Hickey (Carrickshock GAA Club).

Donie Butler then outlined details of the Tidy Towns as well as the History & Heritage Society plans for 2017 with a special emphasis on the Easter Remembrance ceremony due to take place in the village on Easter Sunday 16th April. It is hoped that all sections of the community will take part in the various events planned. He also advised that the Village Renewal Scheme as agreed with the County Council under the VRS Plan 2016 would be seriously advanced during this year. Details of which were announced to the meeting.

Chairman Joe Whyte stated that perhaps the time was opportune to look at the concept of an umbrella body such as a Community Council.

Chairman Joe Whyte thanked all for attending and contributing to what was a most constructive SDA AGM. The 2018 AGM to be held on or before 31st March.


Further information:

Donie Butler PRO Stoneyford Development Association.


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