Friends of Columbanus Bangor Schools Projects:

Links with Education

This continues as the Green Butterflies have sent teachers links so that staff from Bangor schools have visited Andorra in Northern Italy.

Andorra also sends contacts through visiting choirs who have performed at both Bangor Choral Festival and in concerts at Bangor Abbey.

The Columban Way project which planned to recreate a pilgrim walk en composing the main Columban destinations have been making progress in each country. It involves all the local authorities and Mayors along the route. Ards and North Down Council now participate through their revised Christian heritage committee and are now the main source of contact on this project.

This committee now wish to be involved in the education projects, a new separate organisation, specifically to plan this pilgrimage route or walk has been formed with separate legs for each country. Six bodies are permanent members of this association and it is growing. It retains links with both the Christian heritage committee and the friends of Columbanus.

Columbanus 14th Centenary Year The Columban Way

The Columban Way – Purpose Friends of Columbanus projects to encourage links between Luxeuil Le Bain and Bobbio. All four Primary schools who agreed to take part submitted entries for the 2 projects: Kilmaine, Ballyholme, Clandeboye and Bangor Integrated Primary schools.

Four schools agreed to take part. In 2005, Kilmaine, Ballyholme, Clandeboye and Bangor Integrated Primary schools submitted entries for the 2 projects. For project 1, 2 schools produced growing gardens, one designed and constructed a magic garden and the fourth produced a whole range of imaginative designs reflecting the geography and nature of the terrain of the Columban way. These will be shared with Bobbio.