St Mark's Parish Church, Ballymacash, Lisburn, will host a Flower Festival and historical exhibition next October.
Entitled ‘Celebration,’ the event will be held over the weekend of Friday October 7 to Sunday October 9 2011.
In preparation for the festival and exhibition, the parish is asking anyone with connections, past or present, to St Mark’s to dig deep in a search for historical information relating to the parish.
Chris Scott, of the organising committee, said: “The Ballymacash area has developed significantly over the past 30 years. There are a few descendants of the families who resided in the area 100 years ago, but many have scattered province and worldwide.
“I have recently turned up cine film and old photos taken in the late 1950s in the Ballymacash area. I had to go to Glasgow to find this!! I have also received a photograph from the 50s/60s era depicting two residents from Ballymacash. It was emailed to me from the Whitehead area.”
Chris continued: “Undoubtedly there is still a wealth of material in attics and drawers around the countryside. There are many families originally from Ballymacash who have relocated elsewhere.”
While some arrangements for the festival are still to be finalised, the parish has produced a flyer to give advance notice to an groups or societies interested in making arrangements to attend. This can be downloaded here.
Floral arrangements will be designed and co-ordinated by the renowned Rev William McMillan, MBE, and members of the Ballymacash Flower Club. For further information and advance bookings, please contact Sandra Vanner, telephone 028 9267 1250, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Rector the Rev Canon George Irwin at email@example.com.