Jazz in Garvagh chases those January blues

Garvagh will host an evening of world-class jazz in a very special one-off event on 18th January 2019, in the beautiful upper room of Garvagh Community Building, 85 Main Street, Garvagh. Jazz drummer David Lyttle, described this year by the Independent as ‘the best in jazz coming out of Ireland today’, will be performing alongside two rising stars from Northern Ireland, guitarist Joseph Leighton and Jack Kelly on double bass. The event, at 7.30pm on Friday 18th January, is part of a tour to rural communities and unusual venues around Ireland, and is presented in association with Live Music Now, with support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

David is on a mission to bring jazz to people and places who don’t usually get the chance to hear great music and has brought this tour to the likes of Rathlin Island, Inisbofin and Tory. The tour is inspired by his experience in the USA last year, when he travelled from L.A. to New York in a Cadillac DeVille, performing for unusual audiences from cowboys to UFO tourists in a month-long tour. He says:

“My tours have always stopped in places that surprise people but often those places are the most positive experiences. In my fifteen years as a jazz musician I’d become so used to hearing people say that jazz was too intellectual or highbrow for the average person to appreciate and I never really believed that. In America we played for a lot of people who were hearing this kind of music for the first time and we didn’t have any bad experiences, so I think I proved that that notion wasn’t really true and in the process introduced a lot of people to jazz.”

On the 18th January, you will be treated to David’s informal and down to earth introductions to each piece of music, ranging from jazz classics such as The Way You Look Tonight to new compositions. The evening will also include refreshments.

As one of the island’s most forward-thinking and celebrated instrumentalists, David has performed in over twenty five countries and collaborated with jazz icons Joe Lovano and Kurt Rosenwinkel, and hip hop visionaries Talib Kweli and Soweto Kinch. He is the only Northern Irish musician to be nominated for a MOBO Award and Urban Music Awards. Recently he was the British Council’s Musician in Residence in East China, making three trips with his solo drums show.

David is also an Ambassador for the music charity Live Music Now, which nurtures exceptional young musicians to deliver music to marginalized audiences in care homes, day centres, special schools and other health and community settings.

David will be joined by the hugely promising 21-year-old Derry guitarist Joseph Leighton, who he introduced to jazz as a teenager. Joseph has since studied at the Banff Centre in Canada and Trinity Laban in London, and in 2016/2017 was one of Moving On Music’s Emerging Artists, which allowed him to study with leading European jazz guitarist Jesse van Ruller in Amsterdam. He will also be joined by 20 year old Jack Kelly, also an Emerging Artist on Moving on Music’s scheme, as well as a musician on the Live Music Now scheme.

Tickets for the event, which include refreshments, are just £5 and can be bought in advance from Garvagh Community Building by phoning 02829557325, emailing administrator@gadda.co.uk or via Facebook. Live Music Now

Garvagh Art Class

Garvagh Art Class

Monday 14th January 2019
10.30am to 12.30pm
Cost: £50.00 for 12 weeks

Come along and join tutor Louie Winward for this informal course in painting. Subject matter can range from portraits to still life and landscape. Please bring along your own materials and photograph or painting to work on.
Suitable for all abilities. Booking Essential. To book a place please contact Garvagh Community Building on 02829557325, email Administrator@gadda.co.uk or via facebook.

Christmas Crafts with Just Jemima

🎄🎅☃️🎄On Saturday 1st December 2018 from 10am to 12noon Just Jemima will be in a very festive mood for her Christmas Craft workshop suitable for children aged 7+. Booking is essential as places are limited. To book a place please contact Claire on 02829557325, E:administrator@gadda.co.uk or Facebook Garvagh Community Building Lorna Kyle #justjemima


‘Tis the season to be creative!!

Saturday 8th December 2018
Children aged 5+
10.30am to 12.30pm
Cost: £6 per child
In Garvagh Community Building, 85 Main Street, Garvagh

Come along and discover the wonderful creative world of Jumping Clay where anything is possible. Jumping Clay is created from a polymer base; scented with jasmine it’s completely non-toxic, and if left in the open air will dry naturally without the need for baking in an oven.
Booking Essential Jumping Clay Magherafelt

Just Jemima Halloween Workshop

🎃👻🎃👻🎃👻Just Jemima is coming back for a SPOOKACULAR CRAFTY PUMPKIN PARTY on Saturday 27th October 2018 from 10am to 12noon in Garvagh Community Building. Booking essential as places are limited cost per child £10. To book a place contact Claire on 02829557325 , email – administrator@gadda.co.uk or pm me on Facebook. Workshop suitable for children aged 7+ 🎃👻🎃👻🎃👻#justjemima #pumpkin #halloween

Garvagh Mini Strollers

Come along with buggy and baby for a refreshing walk in the forest with Garvagh Mini Strollers. The first walk will take place on Friday 9th November 2018 at 9.20am meeting in Garvagh Community Building. Following the walk enjoy tea/coffee and scones with free juice and biscuits for the children. Cost is £3 per week. For further information contact Kelly on 07841480055 or email k.pinkerton@hotmail.co.uk.


Children aged 5+
Saturday 20th October 2018
10.30am to 12.30pm
Cost: £6 per child

Come along and discover the wonderful creative world of Jumping Clay where anything is possible. Jumping Clay is created from a polymer base; scented with jasmine it’s completely non-toxic, and if left in the open air will dry naturally without the need for baking in an oven.
Booking Essential


Children aged 5+
Saturday 20th October 2018
10.30am to 12.30pm
Cost: £6 per child

Come along and discover the wonderful creative world of Jumping Clay where anything is possible. Jumping Clay is created from a polymer base; scented with jasmine it’s completely non-toxic, and if left in the open air will dry naturally without the need for baking in an oven.
Booking Essential

Crochet Class

Come along to this 6 week crochet workshop suitable for all abilities and become hooked!  Class commences on Saturday 13th October 2018 from 10.30am to 12.30pm in Garvagh Community Building.  Cost £3 per week.  Materials required 7mm crochet hook and some chunky/DK wool.  For further information and to book a place please contact 02829557325, Garvagh Community Building Facebook page or email administrator@gadda.co.uk.

Forest Stacks

What is Forest Stacks?

Forest Stacks is an exciting new community building initiative based in Garvagh Forest. We’re working with an excellent team of artists, architects, apprentices, and local people to create temporary public spaces for everyone to use in the forest. A part of the Playstacks initiative, Forest Stacks also contributes to the Garvagh Peoples Forest Project which is currently creating value in the forest with and for local people enhancing the forest, community life and well-being.

Community well-being is at the centre of this project, aiming to use the spaces as a celebratory, community-led gathering place for local people. We believe in the transformative power of gathering through creative cultural activity. When people come together to work collectively, to share aspects of their culture and creative expression, they can create something valuable for themselves and their community.

Forest Stacks provides that temporary space of meaning, like an extension of the kitchen table involving conversation, food, craft, making, designing, building, storytelling and performance  – very often touching on journeys, belonging, faith and creativity.

How can you get involved in Forest Stacks?

We’re calling on all creative citizens, volunteers and local people to get involved in the project. We want to give local people the opportunity to try out designs and building processes and present creative responses to the idea of creating temporary spaces in the forest.

Whether you’re a woodworker, a crafter, a painter, or a dab hand at DIY, if you can give time and creative energy, or have an interest and are willing to learn, we want to hear from you!

Forest Stacks is a practical, hands on project and it is about creating something truly unique in Garvagh Forest.

The project will be active over the Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring leading towards a huge celebration in Garvagh People’s Forest in the Spring of 2019.

For more information and to register your interest fill out our simple form.

Or if you want to chat to someone from our team, get in touch at info@vaireland.org.

Join us for an open information session about the project in The Pantry Cafe, Garvagh this September.

To get a flavour of the project, come along to our open information session where we will be brainstorming, creating and making, with lots of cake!

Hampsey Harp School


Harp Lessons are available for children aged 6+. Cost of a lesson is £10.00 and each lesson is on a one to one basis for 30mins. Harp rental is £30 per term.
For further information contact Claire on 02829557325



Every Wednesday at 7.00pm in Garvagh Community Building

SmartPoints is a simple counting system and it’s really easy to use. It nudges you towards nutritious, healthier foods so that you eat better, feel better, have more energy AND lose weight. Now that’s what we call smart!

Call Collette: 07710697945

The Diamond Club

Recommences on Wednesday 12th September 2018

The Diamond Club is a club for the over 50s to meet and listen to guest speakers every 2nd Wednesday in Garvagh Community Building at 2.30pm

New Members Welcome.


Monday Morning Art Class

Monday 10th September 2018
10.30am to 12.30pm
Cost: £50.00 for 12weeks
Under the guidance of local working artist Louie Winward come along and enjoy this 12 week class. Suitable for all abilities. Booking Essential


Speech and Drama Classes

Every Saturday morning commencing on Saturday 15th September 2018
9am to 1pm
Speech and Drama is held on Saturday mornings and the children are taught in small groups for an hour. Children will have the opportunity to work towards exams and participate in local festivals. For further details please contact Rita McVeigh on 02870832061.  Cost £5.00 per child

Nature and Wellbeing Training

This is an introductory training in Nature, Health and Wellbeing for those interested in working with people in nature.
It will introduce the developments in this sector, some theoretical underpinnings from eco-psychology & wellbeing, Nature Based Mindfulness, outdoor skills, nature based facilitation methods and personal nature connection.
You can camp and there are some indoor spaces. This is supported by Making local Woods work and therefore only costs £50.

See picture for details of contacts.

Volunteers required

We need helpers on the 4th August 12-4 pm, if you are available please get in touch.

Garvagh’s Time Travel Festival

We’re really excited to announce Garvagh Forest’s Time Travel Festival this year running from Friday 3rd August – Saturday 4th August. Come along and spread the word!

3rd August – Stone Soup Gathering in the Beechwood learning about how the Forest has been shaped over 1000s of years. Try your hand at Foraging, Fun and Food and contribute to cooking the Stone Soup. Booking is essential. 7.30 – 9.00 pm

4th August – Family adventure through time in the Forest finding Garvagh’s Lost Coins and returning them to the town. Start of the journey at Forest Carpark, off the A29. 12.00 – 4.00 pm (last ‘journey’ at 3.00 pm)

Garvagh Forest Strollers

Garvagh Forest Strollers Group (aka Beginners’ Walking Group) is starting up again on Thursday 7th June and running every Thursday thereafter. Meet at Garvagh Community Building @9.30 am. Open to all wishing to take it slowly through the forest.

Garvagh Forest Youth Club

Garvagh Forest Youth Club runs on a monthly basis, on the last Saturday of the month from 2.00 – 4.00 pm. It is open to all 9-14 year olds and costs £5 per young person. Registration essential.