Wednesday, October 17, 2018
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Our Mission 

“To empower and support the communities of North Down by providing objective and accurate local journalism that secures positive change for its residents and businesses”

YOUR COMMUNITY… YOUR VOICE… YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER

About us

Established in 1904, the County Down Spectator has remained a pillar of the local community for over 110 years. We are a 4th generation family business which operates under three core values, core values which have remained the same since we first opened our doors to publish our first newspaper on Friday 3rd June 1904; community, trust and accountability. We are passionate about local journalism and believe the service we provide makes the communities of North Down a better place to live, work and raise a family. By supporting the County Down Spectator, you are ensuring quality local journalism continues to have a place in North Down and continues to positively impact on the daily lives of its residents.

Why support the County Down Spectator

Delivering award winning investigative journalism

With ‘Newspaper of the year’ and ‘Journalist of the year’ titles under our belt you know you are reading quality local journalism

Campaigning on issues that matter

Our journalists mount campaigns and mobilise readers to enact change in North Down and make a real difference to the lives of ordinary people in your community

Supporting local business

We want North Down to thrive. By providing a platform for local business to promote their products, we ensure the local economy remains vibrant and keep local residents in work

Holding local authority to account

Accountability is at the heart of our journalistic mission.  We question the decisions of local representatives to make sure they make the right decision for you and your community

Providing a platform to voice your opinion

If it matters to you it matters to us! We give a voice to residents whose opinion might otherwise go unheard

Securing positive change for your community

We campaign and investigate on your behalf to make sure the right decisions are made for your community and that you have a say in how it happens

Cutting through the noise

In a digital age of tweets and posts, where everything is available online and news is more accessible than ever before, we make sense of it all and deliver ultra local news that’s relevant to you

Building a sense of community

By shining a light on local issues and promoting local events we encourage participation in civic life and bring people together from all backgrounds

Preserving history

From the Great War to your parent’s marriage notice it’s all been in the County Down Spectator. We preserve the history of your town and region so that your family history isn’t lost

Investing in the future

We are meeting challenges head on. By investing in new technology, we can provide you with multiple platforms to access our award winning local journalism

Sustainability

We care about the environment. All our paper is sourced from certified and sustainably managed forests

Our chosen charity for the year is The Open House Festival and its campaign to Save Bangor Court House

This iconic listed building is one of the few remaining Victorian structures on Bangor seafront. Empty for nearly 5 years, it is in urgent need of repair. But imagine if it became a permanent festival venue hosting regular events – music, film, theatre, pop-up food nights? Our very own thriving arts & entertainment hub at the heart of a new ‘creative Bangor’. 

That’s just what Open House Festival plan to do – BUT as part of the process to acquire the Court House they need to demonstrate to the Heritage Lottery Fund and other funders that they are able, through crowdfunding, to raise £30,000 for urgent works. Their plan is to get in on a short-term lease, do the urgent works, and start using the building. 

After 18 months, Open House Festival expect to acquire full ownership through Community Asset Transfer, and restore the building to its former glory. As a small not-for-profit charity Open House Festival desperately need your donations to make this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity happen. All donations are welcome, whatever the amount – but if you donate a minimum of £25, you’ll get a special recognition. And the more you donate, the bigger the bonus. 

#SAVEBANGORCOURTHOUSE

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