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Mayor applauds availability of local financial services at official opening of Ahoghill Credit Union

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MEA Mayor Cllr Audrey Wales with Gar McAtamney, Chairman of Bannvale Credit Union.
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Councillor Audrey Wales MBE, Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has just marked the opening of Bannvale Credit Union Ltd’s new office.

Cllr Wales undertook the official opening ceremony for Ahoghill Credit Union at The Diamond by joining with staff and Board members from the organisation to recognise and celebrate the expansion of the credit union’s service within the local community.

“This brings much needed access to financial services to the doorstep of those who need it most,” said Cllr Wales.

“Mid and East Antrim’s recently launched consultation document on our wide-ranging Community Plan includes the theme of ‘Good Health and Wellbeing’ which specifically addresses debt and how we want to encourage and support Credit Union developments to help people address these issues.

“I was therefore very pleased to be asked to open the new facility as civic representative while at the same time underlining Council’s support for better debt management as a part of our Community Planning process.”

Bannvale Credit Union operates three offices, their main one in Portglenone, which is open six days a week and a sub-offices in Bellaghy that is now joined by the new one in Ahoghill.

Angela Hegarty, Manager of Bannvale Credit Union said: “Bannvale Credit Union Limited is delighted to officially launch the opening of our new office here in Ahoghill.

“Access to the services that the credit union provides is vitally important, but with our three offices now operating in the local community, it’s now easier than ever to take advantage of credit union membership.”

The Ahoghill Office is open three days a week and like then others provides a savings and loans facility to the local community – as it has done for over 53 years.

“With our new premises, we are equipped to provide that, and more, long into the future,” the manager continued.

“We are welcoming new members every day, who are looking for a safe place to save their money, and the ability to borrow against those savings if and when they need to, with peace of mind knowing they have access to affordable credit.”

Ahoghill Office opening hours are: Tuesday 3:30pm – 6:30pm; Friday 9:30am – 12pm and Saturday 12pm – 2pm.

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