Wouldn’t it be great to live in this house!

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Local school children from three schools in Kilrea recently took part in the Housing Executive’s “My Dream Home” competition.

The competition is part of a programme of events to help decide if new social or affordable housing is needed in the Kilrea area.

Pupils from Kilrea Primary School, St Columba’s Primary School and Crossroads Primary School all took part.

Mark Alexander, Causeway Area Manager, explained: “We are encouraging anyone in housing need to register with us.

“Often in rural areas people do not register as they feel they will have little chance of being housed in their local area.

“However, this leads to a situation where no new homes are ever provided because there is no apparent need.”

“As well as a drawing sheet, each child was given a leaflet for their parent or guardian encouraging anyone in genuine housing need to come forward.

“The standard of drawings was very high.

“While we might not be able to provide all of the great features designed by the children like swimming pools, slides and game rooms, identifying that there is a need is the first step on the road to providing decent homes where they are needed.

“I would encourage anyone in housing need in the Kilrea area to register before March 20 by ringing 02871 306169.”

The Housing Executive would like to thank the pupils for their help in organising the competition. The winners were Aoife McTaggart, Patrick McGill and Naomi Gordon.

* Members of the Causeway Branch of Health and Social Care Retirement Fellowship Northern Ireland, met for the usual monthly meeting and was given a slide show by Mrs Isobel Elliott-Knox.

This was about gardening and flowers which were aspects of her own garden and borders of flowers which she obviously takes great pride. Isobel explained to us all the different shrubs and flowers throughout the seasons. The members found this extremely interesting.

Members were pleased to welcome Mr Bertie Thompson our regional officer who gave us a welcoming song.

The members brought several items for our bring and buy sale which were well received.