Photos: Education Officer Clive Price

NEXT COURSE Wednesday 22nd April @2pm

Rats, Rot and Infestations: Michael Marsh (Abbey Pest Control) and John Bell (Down Property Services) will take this course for all householders and property owners at 2pm in the Church Hall on Wed 22nd April at 2pm. Admission free - all welcome.

Rats, Rot and Infestations: Wed 22nd April

Michael Marsh of Abbey Pest Control and John Bell of Down Property Care will jointly take a half-day course on the problems associated with infestations, wet rot and dry rot in old buildings. Both have many years experience and this should prove to be an enlightening afternoon of great relevance to anyone with an old building (or even a new one).

The course is free of charge and will start at 2pm in the Church Hall, Meeting House Street.

These courses are jointly sponsored by The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Radcliffe Trust.


If you are 16-18 years old and not too sure which career path to follow, then check out the fantastic work experience opportunities on offer at PORTICO as part of our £1.5m restoration.
Placements are for 1-5 days in Building Trades with contractors TAL on site in Portaferry. In addition, we can offer work experience in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering with Semple McKillop, in Quantity Surveying and Project Management with Rainey & Best, (both in Belfast) and in Architecture with Maxwell Pierce at their offices in Fermanagh. In Lisburn, Wells Kennedy are offering work experience in Organ Building and CWS Glass in Stained-glass Design and Manufacture.
Please note: each contractor can only accommodate 1 or 2 trainees at any time.
For further information or to book your place contact 028 4272 8808 or email:


Catch a glimpse of the not-too-distant future for Portico – with this stunning animation.

The video offers a bird's eye view of the transformation. You can see a dramatic new entrance and luxurious landscaping, before being taken into a classically decorated interior.

Lisburn-based architectural design specialists 3DPix created this computer image of how Portico may look, after restoration work is completed.