Happy 25th Birthday Ferry FM

On this day 25 years ago (15th July 1995) Ferry FM took to the airwaves across Portaferry and Strangford. Broadcasting on 105.4FM from the Market House, the station entertained people with Gala News and Great Music.

Over the years the station has broadcast from a few different places, but mainly the Market House. The frequency also changed a few times before settling on 107.2 for many broadcasts. The station broadcast for 8 days each year covering Portaferry Gala Week.

From 2019, the station began broadcasting online all year round from its new studio base in the Rec Hub and regularly receives messages from “Ex-Ports” around the world who tune in to hear what’s happening back home.

This year, 2020, the station undertook it’s longest FM broadcast – a 70 day Covid-19 RSL from May to July; featuring great music along with Covid-19 and community information as well as mental health and caring messages.

Paul Buckle on launch day 1995
Producer Dave on launch day 1995
One of the promotional signs outside Portaferry
The Ferry FM studio today. How technology has changed in 25 years!
The view across Strangford Lough from the Ferry FM studio. Very few stations can claim to have a better view.

When ferry fm launched it was a commercial radio station, funded by advertising only – how many of these commercials do you remember from the 1990’s?

Coronavirus – Face Coverings

Face Coverings On Public Transport

From 10 July 2020 it’s the law that passengers and staff on public transport in Northern Ireland must wear a face covering:

– on bus, coach and train services
– in public transport stations
– in indoor areas of a ferry and outdoor areas where you can’t keep two metres social distance

This law does not apply to tour coaches and taxis or private hire vehicles but some operators may have their own rules you should follow.

Although face coverings may not prevent you from becoming infected with the virus, they help prevent people who don’t know they have the virus spreading it to others.

By wearing a face covering you are are showing your support and consideration for other passengers and staff and playing your part to prevent transmission of the virus.

You don’t have to wear a face covering:

– on school transport
– if you are under the age of 13
– if you are a member of staff and are behind a protective screen
– if you are a passenger or a member of staff and have a reasonable excuse

For further information visit:
https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-face-coverings



TV Licencing Scam

The following has been received from TV Licensing:-

We are very aware that TVL is high on the scammers hit list. In May, Action Fraud received over 260 reports of coronavirus related TV Licensing emails. There has been a TVL email scam specifically about coronavirus going around which says that the customer is eligible for a personalised offer of six months free because of COVID.

We want to protect our customers, so have been working on developing more detailed advice and also working with National Cyber Security Centre – people are asked to send scam emails to report@phishing.gov.uk as a way of NCSC building a better picture of what’s out there.

As mentioned, the attached checklist is a good guide to help service users become aware of TVL scams and begin to take action against them via the following steps:

STOP Scammers will attempt to trick you into giving away your personal or bank details. So always be wary of letters, emails, texts or phone calls that promise you money or a refund 

CHECK Sender, spelling and grammar, your licence number, your name

ASK If you’re ever unsure about a communication you’ve received, it’s always best to ask someone – perhaps a friend or trusted advisor. Or you can contact us via www.tvl.co.uk/scams or call us.

Portaferry Recycling Centre

Re-Opening Thursday 2 July

Times:
Thursday to Friday: 9am to 4pm (last entry 3.50pm)
Saturday 9am to 4.30pm (last entry 4.20pm)

Access arrangements: Due to the size and location of the site, you must pre book your visit 48 hours in advance. Bookings will be in slots of 10 minutes. To book an appointment please phone 07747 131 913 between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday. The booking line will be live at 10am on Monday 29 June.

Vehicles must attend strictly on time for entry. Late comers will not be admitted and will have to re book their appointment. We are expecting a large number of bookings so please attend only at the time given and keep your time on site to a maximum of ten minutes to help others gain access.

At this time only cars will be allowed onto the site – no vans permitted (vans can use the Comber, Balloo and Ards sites with a permit).

NB: only two people per vehicle will be allowed access.

For further information:-
https://www.ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk/resident/bins-and-recycling/recycling-centres/hrcs-during-covid19-important-information



Community Advice Helplines

If you need advice on issues such as debt, benefit entitlement, employment issues, Covid-19 related issues or completing forms, then help is available from the following:-


Portaferry and Ards Peninsula

Community Advice Ards and North Down
Tel: 0300 123 9287
Email: advice@caand.co.uk


Strangford, Downpatrick, Killyleagh, Ardglass

Community Advice Newry Mourne and Down
Tel: 0300 30 30 306
Email: advice@advicenmd.com


All calls will be treated in confidence. If no-one answers when you call, leave a message and they will call you back.


Kircubbin Recycling Centre

Kircubbin HRC reopening Monday 15 June 2020

Times: Monday-Thursday: 9am to 5pm (last entry 4.50pm)

Access arrangements: Due to the size and location of the site, you must pre book your visit in advance. Bookings will be in slots of 10 minutes. To book an appointment please phone 07747 131 913 between 10am and 2pm Monday to Thursday. The booking line will be live at 10am on Thursday 11 June.

Vehicles must attend strictly on time for entry. Late comers will not be admitted and will have to re book their appointment. We are expecting a large number of bookings so please attend only at the time given and keep your time on site to a maximum of ten minutes to help others gain access.

Queueing will not be allowed on Parsonage Road due to road safety issues. If queues develop on the road, the site may have to close for safety reasons as advised by the PSNI.

At this time only cars will be allowed onto the site – no vans permitted (vans can use the Comber, Bangor and Ards sites with a permit).


For futher information :- www.ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk/HRCUpdates