IT’S AWARDS NIGHT!
Well here we are it’s our Annual Awards Night tonight. With more than fifty awards to be presented in a range of categories from ‘Individual Garden’ to ‘Commercial’, we are in for a great night at the Oriel House Hotel.
The Results will be available on our website http://www.ballincolligtidytowns.ie shortly after being announced.
The Awards Night speech of Ballincollig Tidy Towns Chairman, Tom Butler will also be posted on the website . His main emphasis this year will be on the detrimental use of weed killers and his wish to make Ballincollig a Spray Free Town.
ANNUAL VOLUNTEERS’ DAY OUT
Saturday 19th October we are having our Annual Volunteers’ Day Out. This year we have opted for a Mystery Tour and the need for wellingtons and sleeping bags is causing a bit of concern amongst the group. No passports are required though so we can safely assume that we will be staying in the country.
The day out is always a great one and in the past we have visited many lovely places. We begin with breakfast in the Oriel House Hotel and end the day back at the Oriel with an ‘Irish Barbeque’.
SUNDAY LITTER PICK
On Sunday last, 6th October, the weekly gathering for our Sunday morning litter pick was well attended. In total, thirty three Volunteers including five Transition Year students turned out. We would like to welcome Justin a new Volunteer from the student representation. We are always delighted having Transition Year students working alongside us as they bring so much to Tidy Towns.
Litter volume was down this week with a total of eleven bags being collected. After segregation three of those bags were of recyclable materials, glass, cans and plastic bottles.
During the week previous, a number of Volunteers litter picked daily. From those litter picks we got four bags in total, two of which were for recycling.
CE/TÚS WORK GROUP
As is normal for this group and their supervisors a busy week was had with a variety of work being completed. Bag collections, waste segregation, and maintaining the compost heaps were among projects tackled during the week. Some grass cutting was done and grass margin edging continued in preference to spraying.
Watering of planters continues though now reduced to one night per week. Two Volunteers put in four hours completing the circuit of planters on Main Street. The railing planters in particular are still quite strong and will hopefully survive a few more weeks.
It was noticeable during the week and at the weekend that residents have already begun the work of clearing outside their houses where leaves have already gathered. It is that time of year again with leaves falling fast. Clearing them up regularly is the best option before they become dangerous in the wet.
We are always looking for new Volunteers to come and join us for our weekly Litter Pick on a Sunday morning. If you are interested, come along to Quish’s SuperValu West End any Sunday where we meet at 11.00 am.