Comber Regeneration Community Partnership congratulates Comber Flower Club on the celebration of their 20th Anniversary, having been founded in September 1995 Comber Flower Club have won many trophies, one of which is the Belminster Trophy, and members have gone on to represent NIGFAS at both National and World shows, Chelsea Flower Show and at Westminster Abbey.
There is such a wealth of enthusiasm and talent in the Club, with members going on to become Demonstrators, Judges, Speakers and Teachers at Area and National level.
The Flower Club is a wonderful ambassador for COMBER.
First there was the Giro d’Italia, then the Gran Fondo, now it’s the Piccolo Fondo…Cycling charity Sustrans is calling for you to put on your pink shirts, wacky wigs and accessories from last year and get on yer’ bike!
The Piccolo Fondo – The Big Pink Pedal is expected to attract around 400 cyclists along greenways and quiet roads into Belfast for a family festival of food, drink, entertainment and the exciting centre-piece – a velodrome open to the public. On Saturday 20 June, the charity, Sustrans is organising 4 led bike rides for all the family, one of which will leave from Comber and head along Comber Greenway into the Titanic Quarter for the Northern Ireland Festival of Cycling
Sustrans Volunteer Co-ordinator, Rachael Ludlow-Williams who lives in Comber said: ‘’ The Piccolo Fondo is a great chance to join in for a relaxed bike ride into the city. You don’t have to be a lycra-clad racing cyclist but just enjoy being out on your bike. So come explore with us the National Cycle Network (NCN). Tell your family and friends, get into the pink and come along for the ride.”
For more information and to register for the free sessions and Piccolo Fondo go to www.sustrans.org.uk/events/free-cycle-training-bike-checks and www.sustrans.org.uk/events/piccolo-fondo-led-rides
The home of the Northern Ireland potato is undoubtedly Comber! New season Comber potatoes and Comber Earlies are already renowned for their distinctive taste, and carry the official EU PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) status.
Comber wants you to share with them, a potato recipe with a unique twist! Be creative!
It can be either savoury or sweet! All we ask is that your recipe takes under 45 minutes to cook from prep to plate.
How to enter
Send a copy of your recipe along with your name; address; contact telephone or mobile and WI group.
Comber Potato Competition
Liz Hamilton –
Closing date of entry: Mon 15th June 2015
Prizes will be presented at Paula Macintyre’s Cookery Demonstration on Thurs 2nd July
(Winning Entries will be contacted prior to Festival.)
Comber Horticultural Society launched the ‘Potty Potatoes Competition’ with six local primary schools in the run up to the Comber Potato Festival.
Chairperson, Mervyn Warrington along with Society members, Ann Stevenson, Gillian Downing, Lorna Tinman, and Ken Brundle have been busy running potato planting workshops in the primary schools and carrying out follow-up visits to answer any questions from the children.
Primary Schools taking part include Comber, Andrews Memorial, St Marys, Killinchy, Carrickmannon and Alexander Dixon.
Comber Regeneration and Community Partnership have confirmed that Hugo Duncan is unable to broadcast live from Comber Square at the Comber Potato Festival due to the Festivals’ change of date.
A Queen will be chosen at the Festival Dance
held Fri 5th June
in Comber Bowling Club.
Wine Reception at 8.30pm .. Sponsored by Horners’s Farm Shop
Music.. The Whole Hog
Admission by Ticket: £10.00
TICKETS available from; Roy Murray M:07745 389 561
Download entry form (PDF)
St Mary’s Parish Church, Comber, Co Down
175th Anniversary of the Nave
2015 22nd – 25th May 2015
Members of CRCP attended a reception hosted by the Mayor, Councillor Philip Smith, on Thursday evening 5 March 2015. CRCP Chair Mike Moore thanked the Mayor for his generous hospitality and for his recognition of CRCPs work in helping to regenerate Comber. The Mayor also, very kindly, presented Mike with a plaque showing the Coat of Arms of the Borough of Ards.
Comber BIG Spring Clean a Great Success
91 bags of rubbish were picked up by 32 volunteers who turned up to take part in the annual Comber Big Spring Clean. The clean up event which was organised by Alderman Deborah Girvan with the support of Comber Regeneration Community Partnership aimed to pick up litter and rubbish which had been dropped by people around the town.
Alderman Girvan said, “It never ceases to amaze me what people throw into rivers, along grass verges, car parks and public footpaths. Apart from the usual cans, bottles, sweet and crisp wrappers, fast food bags and cartons, we found 5 rotting pigeons in a crate which had been discarded among bushes between the roundabouts on the road from Comber to Newtownards; the wooden legs of a cabriole table in the Killinchy Street car park; and old prams and scooters were dragged out of the Comber River. I really don’t understand why people can’t put their rubbish in a bin, take it home with them or dispose of larger items at the excellent amenity and recycling centre on the Ballygowan Road. People need to be aware that if they are caught dropping litter or letting their dog foul on pavements or public places by the Council they can be issued with a fixed penalty fine of £80.”
Litter is a big problem not just for Ards and North Down but also across Northern Ireland. According to Keep NI Beautiful, £40,000,000 is spent every year on street cleansing in Northern Ireland. Between 2011/12 and 2013/14, it cost the rate payers of Ards and North Down £2,536,655 to clean our streets and roads.
Mike Moore, Chairman of Comber Regeneration Community Partnership said, ” This was a great effort by the people of Comber to clean up our town. I would like to thank everyone who took part including the staff from Tesco Express in Comber who also provided water and refreshments at the end of the litter pick and Ards and North Down Council for providing litter picker sticks, bags and gloves. It just goes to show how a small group of people can make such a difference to their local community.”