Everyone could see that the building works had started when the remote control crane was installed on site at beginning of January.

Photo: Coach House Enterprise Park building works site

Crane takes the strain

Residents from the Care Programme saw in the New Year with a trip up the North Antrim coast.

It was certainly a cold and breezy way to see in the New Year. They explored the delights of the Giant's Causeway and made their way along the coast to Downhill Strand, visiting the Mussenden Temple.

Giant's Causeway

This year's Christmas Sale was held on Wednesday 5th December at Darkley House.

Due to the ongoing development of the Coach House, it was held in the Mega Mobile.

More than 110 local people attended throughout the day and £300 was raised for the ongoing work of Crossfire Trust.

Xmas Sale 2007

Tuesday 20th November saw Crossfire Trust launch their Strategic Action Plan. It has been the culmination of ten months of discussion, heart searching and planning to arrive at achievable goals and has been funded by CFNI through the Community Development Reference Group.

The initiative was the brainwave of Armagh City and District Council who hired the services of experts in the field of Community Development to mentor groups like Crossfire Trust to achieve their targets.

Launch - Strategic Action Plan

Crossfire Trust have organised an Awareness Night on Depression and Suicide for 11 – 17 yr olds. It will talk through myths and facts re: suicide, impacts of depression and suicide and where to go for help.

It will be held in the Mega Mobile at Darkley House on Monday 12th November, 7-9pm.

Over 100 people enjoyed a night of family fun at Darkley House on 31st October. The Light Fantastic event was a well supported, warm and fun evening.

The beef stew from the log fire kept the revellers full, whilst the more energetic enjoyed getting into Sumo suits to knock each other over. Live music was provided by Joe Fitzgerald from Dublin and at the same time, apple dunking and a conker competition took place.

Lite Fantastic sign

We are absolutely delighted to announce that all the required funds to commence the building is in place.

The final £2,000 of this £875,720.45 journey was made by a private donation to ensure that the project commenced immediately without possible delay and the necessary fund raising.

Coach House funders

Saturday 13th October saw a group of young people from Community of Christ the King travel down from Belfast to work along side local people in the house and grounds of Darkley House.

It was a fine sunny day and so much was achieved - from separating out the natural stone from the pile of demolition rubble at the old Coach House, to tidying and washing down two newly reconstituted bedrooms - a new one on the ground floor and the one above the annex.

October work day

Great fun was had by all the at the annual Darkley House Fun Day on Saturday 25th August.

Activities included the legendary Water Slide, Face Painting, Pony Rides, It's A Knockout and Nail Art.

Fun Day

Crossfire Trust have developed a range of Volunteer Profiles to encourage more people to get involved.

Crossfire Trust only manages to function due to the hard work and dedication of its many volunteers. People can volunteer for as much or as little as they like or feel they can manage.