Bennettsbridge: Welcome back after 13 years away

ALL-IRELAND PART TWO - Now that we have another shot at the 2012 All Ireland hurling title, it was felt that the Banner Display at the Ring merited a little modification. Therefore, an additional banner has been added to keep the momentum going. “COME ON THE CATS”

ALL-IRELAND PART TWO - Now that we have another shot at the 2012 All Ireland hurling title, it was felt that the Banner Display at the Ring merited a little modification. Therefore, an additional banner has been added to keep the momentum going. “COME ON THE CATS”

TIDY TOWNS - The following is part of the report received by Bennettsbridge Tidy Towns indicating their progress in the 2012 competition.The village scored 245 out of a possible 400 and this is a great achievement: Welcome Bennettsbridge Tidy Towns to the 2012 Tidy Towns competition. Your entry is very much appreciated and we welcome your return to the competition after an absence of 13 years. The entry form is important to enable the adjudicator to see the various projects which you have on hand. Feel free to add extra pages, photographs or other information. It is noted that you have 9 committee members that attend regularly. No doubt your numbers will increase as you are seen at work around the village.Your meetings seem frequent enough. FAS could be added to the list of those that support you. Many Tidy Towns groups have the use of FAS sponsored workers to help them. . Because of your size Bennettsbridge does not have the range of public buildings that bigger villages and towns have e. g. Library, Fire Station, etc. so it is not easy for you to score marks in this category. Your work on the old wall at the Credit Union was seen. The building itself makes an impact, nicely painted. Large stone planters with a tree and plants. Well maintained grassed area in front of wall with row of trees. The Garda Station is an interesting building with its two castellated towers, one at each end.. A notice says that it is manned for just 1 hour daily. The building needs to be freshened up, as do its surrounds, but it is unlikely that any money will be spent on it. In your entry form you mention that Bennettsbridge Tidy Towns may do it. A narrow flower bed extends along the top of a boundary wall and it has been freshly planted with flowers. Well done to whoever did this. Eye catching sculpture - 3 silver milk churns on a white stone base, erected to commemorate the local creamery which closed in 1982. (erected by Seamus Lawlor, Curator of the Nore Valley Heritage Museum) Commercial and residential properties on Main Street look well and include some that really stand out e.g. Post Office, O’Donnell’s pub with its old front and hand painted sign, cottage occupied by firm of architects, The Corner House near the bridge, among others. Information board featuring “Made in Kilkenny Craft Trail” is located beside Moth to a Flame candle maker. Old fuel pumps are cleverly disguised. Well done! Map of the Nore Valley Way on the gable end of Tynan’s, at the bridge. Building is well painted, looking clean and fresh in a key location in the village. Your adjudicator was unable to walk a stretch of it because it was waterlogged due to heavy rain. Nearby the village pump stands on a white stone base with a white stone trough in front of it. The church is a modern design and is well presented. Grounds neat and tidy. Grass being cut on adjudication day. Large stone pots of flowers at the gate add a splash of summer colour. Sharing its grounds is the original National School. It is well painted. Mature trees/shrubs. Across the road is the current National School. Neat, tidy, well kept. Lots of young trees. Beside it is a large well kept field, presumably the sports field. The car park in front of the school is located so that it also serves the church and adjoining graveyard. Clean, no litter. Nice stone wall fronts the car park. Mature trees set in alcoves in the wall. The grotto is eye catching and in a key location. Statues clean. Lots of vegetation and flowers, particularly roses The graveyard is clean and tidy. Near the corner on Ballyreddin road, The Learning Garden stands out. A creche/Montessori it is well presented, both walls and buildings nicely painted. Garden well planted. Particularly attractive are unusual flower containers made by making cavities in tree trunks and filling the cavities with lots of colourful flowers. Health Centre: needs to be painted. So does the adjoining building with door - no windows. The well filled flower containers add lots of colour but the effect is reduced because of the dirty look of the containers. They need to be cleaned. GAA club looks well. Entrance clean, tidy. ROADS, STREETS AND BACK AREAS - Your enhancing of approaches was noted by your adjudicator. A lot of hard work. Well done to all involved. Approach from Thomastown: village name sign in a nicely grassed area with lots of trees and a clean, nicely painted low post and rail fence. Good first impression of Bennettsbridge. Approach continues with neat grassed margin. Narrower margin on right hand side but with raised flower bed. Fence continues for quite a distance , finally reaching a junction where there are two grassed areas with trees, commemorative stone on one end and a name stone at the other. Also a seat. Left side has neat verge with several colourful flower beds. Kilkenny approach: just past the motorway bridge is a trimmed verge with wooden bollards. It is a long stretch of road with some young trees planted. Good first approach. Bridge: clean, white bollards. White stones at base of walls of bridge. Gowran road approach: clean village name sign.

CARD GAME - Two pairs shared the first prize: Frank O’Neill/Phil Doyle and Michael Phelan/Michael Teehan. Table Prize Margaret and Bridget Brennan

ART GROUP - Bennettsbridge Art group will resume activities on Saturday, 29th September, commencing at 12noon and continuing to 3pm. A number of people have indicated their interest in getting involved and members are looking forward to meeting them on the 29th. Tutor, Julie Moorhouse will outline the details of the course on the day.

WRITERS GROUP - The Writers group will resume their meetings on Wednesday, 26th September, venue, Linda Cowley’s house. S - Have you time to spare?

SOS - SOS is a Voluntary Organisation in Kilkenny for adults with a mild-moderate intellectual disability, providing day services, respite and residential care. We are looking for families or individuals (hosts) to provide short breaks (day/overnight/weekend) in their home for adults from our services. Each host is matched with one person from S.O.S. and an expense allowance is paid for each break provided. We are also looking for volunteers to support us in providing extra social and recreational activities for people attending S.O.S. in the evening time or weekends. If you would like to know more about volunteering or providing breaks please contact the social work department on 056 7764000 or email ksherry@soskilkenny.com or visit our website on www.soskilkenny.com .

LOTTO - No Winner last week. Numbers chosen, 8, 13, 25, 28. Jackpot next week stands at €10,300.00. Consolation Prizes t: Carmel Forde, Bohergaddy; Orla, Enda and Sean Morrissey; David and Eoin Ryan, Thomastown; Richard Moran C/O Mary Skehan; Bridget O’Neill Ballyreddin.

COLLECTION THANKS - The St Vincent De Paul Society acknowledges with thanks the generous response to their September collection.

COLLECTION REMINDER - Parishioners are reminded of the REHAB collection which will be held next weekend before all masses.

E-MAIL - Items for inclusion in the Bennettsbridge Notes should be e-mailed to joancleere@gmail.com on or before Sunday at 6pm. Alternatively, contact Joan at 0868271379 or 056 7727416.