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Public Meeting

Portaferry & Strangford Trust Ltd.

A building preservation trust which aims to restore buildings at risk and work towards the establishment of maritime centres which will preserve and enrich the rich maritime past, present and future of Portaferry, Strangford and surrounding areas.

• Annual Public Meeting

• Market House, Portaferry

• 7 p.m. Thurs. February 6th

Everyone Welcome

PRL AGM Update

The 21st Annual General Meeting of Portaferry Regeneration Ltd took place in the Market House on November 25th.

Chairman, Doug Edmondson, thanked all staff and directors for their hard work, and reported on a successful year which has led to three buildings being on the verge of regeneration under the Townscape Heritage Initiative.

Former treasurer, Will Brown, highlighted that the Company had made a small operating profit and generated sufficient income to service its loans and provide a small surplus.

The company has also worked hard to assist with the task of saving Exploris and hopes that the outcome will be a positive one. All those present were provided with a more hopeful picture for the future of Portaferry and encouraged to watch out for the banners of regeneration being posted on derelict buildings.

Queens University Visit

Portaferry THI hosted a visit from Queens University Architecture Students in October 2013.

The Students were met in Strangford Village and given a walking tour of the fine Buildings within Strangford Conservation Area. Gary Laverty (Portaferry THI Project Officer) and Architect Mr Clifford McClenaghan

gave a detailed history of the buildings and answered questions on their construction.

The group of 47 students and 3 lecturers then travelled to Portaferry where Architect Mr Nick Brown (Conservation Consultant) gave a guided tour of the Portaferry THI buildings within Portaferry Conservation Area. The students were given details on how Portaferry THI operates.

The group then met in the Historic Market House in the centre of Portaferry where Portaferry Regeneration Chairman, Doug Edmondson, welcomed all to Portaferry. The group listened to a talk by Allison Murphy (Portaferry THI Education Officer) on the history of the people who lived and worked in the Portaferry THI Buildings.

The final talk on the Portaferry Townscape in relation to The Concise Townscape by Gordon Cullen was given by ArchitecturalConsultant, Miss Sherie Smyth. The student group concluded their afternoon in Portaferry by surveying buildings in the Portaferry Conservation Area which will form part of their studies.

Portaferry and Strangford Trust

Portaferry and Strangford Trust is planning a series of events next year to raise awareness of the incredible maritime past and present of the area. Watch this space for more details.

Upskilling Opportunities in Built Heritage

Do you have an interest in working in Built Heritage and 2 years work experience in either Stonemasonry or Blacksmithing or related occupational areas?

Would you like the opportunity to attend a 1 year full time on-the-job training programme, gain a recognised qualification and be paid £15,000 tax free?

CITB-ConstructionSkills NI, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, is working in partnership with experienced heritage contractors and organisations and is offering the following on-the-job training placement opportunities:

Stonemasonry – McMillan Stonemasonry

Blacksmith – National Museums Northern Ireland

To find out more visit our website for full details and to download application packs at

or alternatively contact Elaine Doran on 028 9082 4240 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing date: Friday 29 November 2013 at 4pm

CITB-ConstructionSkills NI is committed to equality of opportunity.