Pictured at the opening of the Maghera Community Walled Garden are, from left: Councillor Gus Hastings, Vice–Chairperson, North West Region Cross Border Group; Councillor Sean McPeake, Magherafelt District Council; Councillor Kate McEldowney, Chairperson, Magherafelt District Council; Revd Isaac Hanna, Rector of Maghera; and Councillor Ian Breslin, Strabane District Council.
Representatives of all the main political parties mingled with church and community figures, in splendid spring sunshine in the Sperrins, for the official opening of Maghera Community Walled Garden.
For two men in particular, it was a moment to savour. The project – to restore and develop an old walled garden next to the Rectory in Maghera – was originally conceived by Archdeacon Ven Robert Miller, about a decade ago, while he was rector of the parish. His successor, the Revd Captain Isaac Hanna, has seen the idea through to near completion, in partnership with Magherafelt District Council and the North West Region Cross Border Group (NWRCBG).
Mr Hanna, who hails from the fishing village of Kilkeel, acknowledged the critical support of funders and the Council, and praised the efforts of his predecessor in the Rectory. “Without the funders, we would probably have presided over the demise of the old walled garden. But Robert …read more
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