Bennettsbridge: New canvas for art lovers

Bennettsbridge with Joan Cleerejoancleere@gmail.com

Bennettsbridge with Joan Cleerejoancleere@gmail.com

LATE PATRICIA CORCORAN - Sympathy is extended to Mrs Patricia Corcoran, Norewood Heights on the death of her mother, Mrs Rose Dowling, Kilkenny.

ART - The first class in the new session will commence on this Saturday at 12noon in The Community Centre and will continue until 3pm. It is hoped that everyone will be able to attend as it is important to have all participants registered on that day. Some new people have indicated that they wish to take part and they will be made very welcome.

WRITERS - The September meeting of the Bennettsbridge Writers group will take place in Linda Cowley’s home on Wednesday 26th at 2pm.

REHAB - The weekend collection in aid of Rehab was very well supported and realised €428.00. Many thanks to all and special thanks to Mandy Simpson for helping out.

CARDS - Winners of First Prize on Tuesday night were, Michael Teehan and Michael PhelanSecond prize went to, Charley Hill and Martin Langton.Table prize, Maura Drennan and Peter Dooley

LOTTO - No winner last week. Numbers picked were, 7, 8, 11, 27. Jackpot now stands at €10, 450. Consolation Prizes to Dolores Fitzpatrick, Millview; Eimear & Jack C/0 R. Cody; Joan Cleere, Woodlawn; Margaret Murphy, C/O School and Kathleen Leadbetter, Stoneyford

AUCTION FOR HOME CARE TEAM - The Annual Halloween Auction in aid of the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care will be held in The Ouncel House on Saturday, 27th October. The night takes the form of an auction, fancy dress, raffle and musical entertainment and is always a great night. Items for auction would be appreciated, please contact, Joan Cleere, 086 8271379 or 77 27416.

GOLF - The next outing of the Bennettsbridge Golf society will be held in Borris Golf club on Saturday, 29th September. The outing will be Michael Fitzpatrick’s President’s Prize. Tee times from 10 – 11.30am. Names to any committee member on or before Thursday.

Volunteers needed for 1 Hour per week - Kilkenny /Carlow Contact is a community based Befriending & Support Organisation for older people living alone in Kilkenny & Carlow Counties, and we are looking for additional volunteers to commit to one hour per week for Befriending to Older Persons . If you are interested in volunteering please call the following for more information: Eleanor Doyle (Coordinator Kilkenny Contact)  086/8530994 /  056 775 1988 Ext 6 or Community Development person Mary Colclough  086/4108902.

TIDY TOWNS REPORT PART 2 - LANDSCAPING: Your adjudicator visited your tree/shrub planting. Your efforts are commended. At the junction of Kilkenny road to Mosse’s there is a well maintained grassed area with a visitor Information board and flower bed. The Ring – trees planted.

WILDLIFE AND NATURAL AMENITIES - Young trees planted on river walk to encourage wildlife seen. Organising 2 nature trails for children with the scout group is a good initiative. You should consider having a survey done on local wildlife/habitats. The local authority will have a wildlife/heritage officer who will advise you further. Often the school will help, particularly if it is in the Green schools programme. Your adjudicator saw 2 swans with their cygnets on the river. LITTER CONTROL: Litter pick ups on the river walk noted. The chewing gum poster campaign with the school and parents was a good initiative. The community clean ups with the help of pupils, scouts and GAA is having an effect because there was very little litter evident on adjudication day. Well done to all involved.

TIDINESS - On the approach from Thomastown the clean black and white village name sign spells the name with one ‘t’. Put this on the list for the local authority. Also, there is a surplus metal pole which should be removed. Junction of Kilkenny road/Mosses road: direction signs on left hand side going towards bridge need cleaning. Weed control noted. WASTE MINIMISATION: The bottle/clothes bank was clean, neat and tidy. No litter. Noted that litter is segregated during clean ups. Please consult the Tidy Towns handbook for more information on what is expected in this category. There is more to what is required than segregating litter. A Tidy Towns group is expected to be proactive in promoting best practice to the community. Consult the handbook for advice and tips. An objective is to cut down on bringing material, including food, into the village that ends up as waste. e.g. buy veg and fruit loose instead of on a tray wrapped in cling film. RESIDENTIAL AREAS - You don’t give a location for the boundary planting for the new playground or where the permanent pots were planted. You may not gain marks for this work if the adjudicator cannot locate it.Your adjudicator visited the following: KILREE PARK - Landscaped areas at both sides of the entrance. Good variety of trees/shrubs. Plenty of colour. Well maintained. Mature neighbourhood. Houses well presented. At the end of the cul de sac there is a small amenity area beside a river. Seats and well maintained grass. Seats need to be painted and growth behind them cut back. As a keen swimmer your adjudicator was pleased to see that the life buoys were not vandalised. HILLVIEW - Mature neighbourhood. Some litter. Broken litter bin at entrance. MARIAN PLACE/THE RING - Mature neighbourhood of bungalows. Large central grassed area. Seat needs painting.. NOREWOOD HEIGHTS - Name stone at entrance. Residences well presented. Many with attractive, well planted gardens giving lots of summer colour. Keep an eye on weed control in kerbs. WOODLAWN - Entrance on Ballyreddin road has large grassed island with name stone and mature trees. Seat. Well maintained. Farther in was another grassed area with more trees - young and mature. Rear entrances to old national school and church. Well maintained grassed areas with a path flanked with trees. Looks very well. Mature neighbourhood with mixed housing - 2 storey semi-d and bungalows. Many have well planted, colourful gardens. Small complex of homes for the elderly off the school car park looks very peaceful. Well tended grass and young trees. Lots of flower containers of all types add plenty of summer colour

NOTES - 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 086 8271379 or 7727416.