The Lock Keeper’s Cottage
Una Johnston is the third generation owner of the oldest family business in Toome ( over 100 years ). She has been involved in community work for over 45 years starting in 1975 by raising £200 to take a blind child on Pilgrimage. As a director of TIDAL, she has spearheaded many community projects since 1994 getting involved initially to help provide a doctors Surgery among the many other basic services missing in her community. She is Vice –Chair of the Pastoral Committee , a member of the National Apostolate of Adoration, a Handmaid at Knock national shrine .She was one of the first in her area to be one the District Policing Partnership and the only Neighbourhood watch Co Ordinator for her whole area. Along with her fellow directors has won the Queen’s award for volunteering. She is a director of South Antrim Community Transport and Lough Neagh Partnership.
TIDAL is a community group established in 1994 to provide basic services for the village of Toome and its rural hinterland for a large number of households whose income is mainly derived from fishing, farming, the sand industry and its bi products.
TIDAL a very proactive group, the envy of many others, has built a community from where practically everything vibrates into the surrounding area. A Doctor’s Surgery, Dentist, Pharmacist, Podiatrist, IT suite, conference rooms, for classes and meals for the elderly. They renovated an old Lock Keepers House and a river side walk way along the River Bann winning the green Flag Award, are used as a Pilot schemes for many Statutory Bodies new projects.
The garden allotments were the site for the latest TV advert for River Rock causing a great deal of media attention and they are currently pursuing funding to build the first inland Marina on Lough Neagh.
Una is one of the founding members of the Lough Neagh Artisans Group.