Mayor makes up John Hewitt Summer School Bursary after cross-party voluntary donations collected

Mayor makes up John Hewitt Summer School Bursary after cross-party voluntary donations collected

Alderman Yvonne Boyle has expressed her disappointment that the recent Leisure and Development Committee voted against an Alliance proposal for a Causeway Coast and Glens Bursary for the John Hewitt Summer School this year (6 for - 7 against).

Due to tight deadlines, it was not possible to try and reverse this decision at full Council.

John Hewitt is a globally recognised NI writer and poet who spent his summers in the Glens. His archive, which includes his Ulster-Scots works is in the University of Ulster at Coleraine.

Bursaries were granted in the past from both Coleraine and Limavady legacy Councils.

In a statement to Causeway Coast Community Alderman Boyle said "As far as is known there has been none from Causeway Coast and Glens Council.

"I am delighted that after the vote, voluntary contributions from a cross-party group of Councillors (UUP, Alliance, Sinn Féin, and Independents) together with community supporters, contributed towards monies for a half bursary.

"Thanks to Alderman Joan Baird, Cllr Chris McCaw, Cllr Stephanie Quigley, Cllr Angela Mulholland, Cllr Cara McShane."

Councillor Boyle thanked elected members last night at the Full Council meeting and Mayor Richard Holmes said he would donate the rest of the monies to make up a full John Hewitt bursary of £500.  

Cllr Adrian McQuillan (DUP) also made a donation.

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