Get Voting! Cushendun Old Church is a finalist this weekend in Restoration Village. Do your bit for a local property and cast a vote for Cushendun – the number to call is 0901 3600 506. More details on the Restoration Village website.

The Old Church at Cushendun is a B1 listed building which dates back to 1840 and was built by Michael Harrison. The Cushendun Building Preservation Trust describes the Old Church as:

A simple red sandstone building with a bell tower at the west end crowned by distinctive tapering pinnacles and it is surrounded by a picturesque churchyard.

The Church would have attracted a relatively small congregation from the locality, although the dwindling congragation eventually merged with that of Layde Parish in nearby Cushendall and the Old Church was eventually deconsecrated in 2003.

This year, the church has reached it’s widest audience yet – thanks to the BBC Restoration Village programme. The Old Church competed against two other properties in Northern Ireland and won the regional round of the competition, and will compete in the final on Sunday 17 September.

An article in the Belfast Telegraph hints at the literary connections the church has, and the Trust’s plans for the future: its heyday worshippers would have included local literary figures such as Louis McNeice, May Crommelin, Moira O’Neill and John Masefield.

The Cushendun Building Preservation Trust (CBPT) hopes the revamped church will host touring exhibitions as well as local artists’ work.

There also plans in the pipeline for performance, practice and lecture space for activities ranging from music and drama to talks and film.

We’re proud to say that we voted for the Old Church in the regionals, and we’ll be doing it again on Sunday’s final. Get voting!