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Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows 2 hour(s) ago

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland have recently opened their Musical Instruments for Bands grant scheme.

Applications must be submitted online. No hard copy applications will be accepted. http://www.artscouncil-ni.org/funding/scheme/musical-instruments-for-bands

The closing date for applications is Thursday 15th September at 4pm.

Ulster-Scots Community Network staff will be speaking at information evenings in a number of locations to offer advice and guidance to those wishing to apply –

  • Monday 1st August 2016 at 8.00pm Ballymoney Town Hall, 1 Townhead St, Ballymoney, BT53 6BE
  • Tuesday 2nd August 2016 at 8.00pm – Discover Ulster-Scots Centre, 1-9 Victoria St, Belfast, BT1 3GA
  • Thursday 4th August 2016 at 8.00pm – Brownlow House, Windsor Ave, Lurgan, BT67 9BJ (in association with Carla Lockhart MLA and David Simpson MP)
  • Thursday 4th August 2016 at 8.00pm – Lislimnaghan Parish Church Hall, Beltany Rd, Omagh, BT78 5NA

(To assist us with event planning please register your intention to attend these meetings by contacting our office 028 90 436710 or emailing info@ulster-scots.com)

This programme is designed to increase the quality of music-making in the community by helping bands to replace worn-out instruments with new ones and is open to formally constituted bands in Northern Ireland.

Who cannot apply?
Bands who received a Musical Instruments for Band Scheme award between January 2009 and February 2016 cannot apply at this time.

Since the scheme also requires evidence of two years engagements/performance history it is very unlikely that newly formed bands will be successful.

* NB. If you are unsure about your eligibility contact the Ulster-Scots Community Network office on 028 90 436710.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows 20 hour(s) ago

Marlacoo Pipe Band have spaces available for their trip to the World Pipe Band Championships, details are as follows;

Departing Thursday 11th August returning Sunday 14th August, 3 nights accommodation in
Murano Street Halls of Residence, Glasgow, (Single rooms self catering in groups of 4 or 5 with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities).

Cost £180 each which includes bus , ferry and 3 nights accommodation. Ferry on Thursday at 11.30 and return ferry on Sunday 15.30.


Contact Robert Somerville on 07779597572 for details. 

Posted in Branch News by Admin on 25 July 2016 5:23 AM

If you missed the Ulster Championships on Saturday past you can still catch up on some of the action on our Livestream channel on the following link.

RSPBANI Ulster Championships Livestream

You will have to sign in with Facebook or register an account with Livestream to watch the event. Videos will be available for 28 days.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 20 July 2016 4:36 PM

The 65th Ulster Championships takes place in Antrim Castle Gardens. The Gardens provide an absolutely magnificent setting, recently benefitting from a £6 million restoration project.  There are a wide range of beautiful garden features within the grounds as well as the refurbished Clotworthy House, Garden Coffee Shop etc

There are two town centre car parks available with over 500 free car parking spaces, opposite the pedestrian entrance to Antrim Castle Gardens.  An overflow carpark has been organised at Junction One Outlet centre holding 2000 spaces.  Double Decker buses will then transfer folk and equipment to the competition venue, and will run throughout the day from 8.30am.  Once inside Junction One car park follow the white signs to ‘Coach Drop-off Point’. 

Parking for all those with a disabled badge, including disabled Motorhome users is available within the grounds as well as for band coaches. 

In May this year 10,000 people attended the Northern Ireland Garden Show at the same venue using the same facilities, this was a successful event that charged £7 per head.  Our event is free. 

We hope that this clarifies any concerns that may have arisen over the past few days regarding parking facilities.

Posted in School News by Admin on 20 July 2016 12:14 PM

The RSPBA NI Branch School seek expressions of interest for the post of School Principal.

Candidate Essential Criteria:

        1 Have good verbal and written communication skills.
        2 Experience of delivering a project to a budget.
        3 Competence in the use of software packages Microsoft Word & Excel.
        4 Experience in people management
        5 Willingness to participate in, and deliver, training.
        6 Availability for a small number of evening and weekend meetings.


Candidate Desirable Criteria:

        1 Have attained a high level (SCQF6/PDQB4) in current Pipe Band Discipline examinations or equivalent.
        2 Have experience of working in an educational environment.
        3 Have a track record of experience and success in the Pipe Band world.


The post is voluntary but reasonable expenses will be paid and equipment provided.
Anyone wishing to express an interest should contact Ian Burrows in the Branch Office on:
02892670445 or ian.burrows@rspbani.org by noon on Wednesday 27th July 2016.

The Selection Panel reserve the right to shortlist based on any of the essential or desirable criteria.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 20 July 2016 10:38 AM

Finvoy Pipe band have 2 seats left for their trip to the worlds.

The Itinerary is:- Depart Belfast on Friday 12 August on 07:30hrs Stena Superfast ferry to Cairnryan. Staying 2 nights Bed and Breakfast in the Premier Inn Charing Cross Glasgow. Sunday 14 August return home on 11.30hrs Stena Superfast ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast.

Pickups enroute from Ballymoney to Belfast. For further details contact Paul Cameron on 07753405563.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 20 July 2016 6:31 AM

Drum Major dress time for the Ulster Championships is 10.30 am

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 17 July 2016 5:01 PM

Motor Homes cannot park in Antrim centre car parks due to height restrictions. Please use the park and ride facility from Junction One Outlet.


As previously posted there is no overnight parking allowed in Castle Gardens for motor homes but a few spaces are still available at the dedicated Lough Shore Caravan park (tel.02894464963). It is a leisurely 10 minute walk from Caravan Park to Antrim Castle Gardens along the river edge.