Ballincollig Heritage Week takes place from 17th to 25th August. Don’t forget the Teddy Bears Picnic on 21st August at Regional Park from 2.30 to 4.30. If your bear is poorly make sure you bring him/her to the Teddy Bears Hospital.
Last Sunday we had twenty four Volunteers out on Sunday morning which included a new youth member. We collected ten bags of rubbish. Of the ten bags three were recyclable. In addition, we collected one bag of cans and one bag of Green Waste from Pine Walk and bags of green waste from Inniscarra View and Leo Murphy Terrace.
Tuesday’s Work Night concentrated on one of the traffic islands at Poulavone Roundabout. Edging the grass on the kerbs has made a huge difference. Clean cut edges look so much better and we will continue to work on this over the coming weeks and throughout the winter months.
While one crew was working on the traffic island two other crews were watering  the planters. Another crew was litter picking and the final group was cleaning kerbs. Unfortunately, Thursday evening’s Work Night was cancelled because of torrential rain. All the work carried out during the Work Nights can be found on our website
The flowers in the planters are continuing to get lots of food and water. Both watering crews used a lot of water to fill the reservoirs in the planters during Tuesday’s Work Night. Approximately 2,800 litres of water were used last week. 
Our Allotment is looking better every day and we have noticed that bees and butterflies have found their way there in abundance. A couple of years ago one of our Volunteers planted some Buddleia slips and the shrub has grown beautifully. It is like a magnet for butterflies and bees. We also planted California Lilacs and they too have become attractive for bees.               

We received another batch of plants from Tesco and some of them are now in what we call the ‘I.C.U.’ in our Allotment.  

Our CE / Tus workers do great work every week and the results of their hard work can be seen throughout Ballincollig. On Tuesday they were weeding in the Allotment and working on cleaning the steps on the path from behind Westgate to opposite Ballincollig Community School. On Wednesday they sorted the rubbish that had been collected on Sunday. Then they went to Poulavone and removed 6 ton bags of weeds and briars. On the way back they cleaned the kerbs outside Scoil Barra and took away fourteen bags of debris from the kerbs in this area which were very unsightly. One of them also cut a strip of grass on the way down to the GAA Club to tidy this area up a bit.  
On Thursday they worked clearing the weeds around the Hydrangeas at Carrigrohane.  Our workers are invaluable to Ballincollig and we are grateful to them for their ongoing hard work. Two VMware staff members volunteered to join our workers and once again they did great work. 
On Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August our Annual Church Gate Collection takes place in both Parish Churches. Your ongoing generosity is greatly appreciated 
Have you an hour or two to spare during the week? Would you like to make a difference to your community? Come along and join us any Sunday morning from 11am to 12 noon. We meet at Quish’s Car Park in the West Village. If you have a couple of hours to spare on Tuesday and/or Thursday night, come join us at AIB on Main Street where we meet at 7pm.