This year we decided to revamp our website and make it more user friendly. We also took the decision to ensure that it was updated daily and kept fresh. We introduced new pages of interest. Some of the pages have information on several of our projects, our Work Nights. our innovative ideas, our relationship and interaction with the local schools the Regional Park Fairy Trail. We set up a page for pictures of Ballincollig past for people to reminisce and share their own memories. We have a weekly newsletter, and snippets and various blogs which keep the community up to date on all that is happening in Ballincollig and with Tidy Towns ,
Our page on Biodiversity is full of important and interesting information and is updated regularly. Biodiversity is a major topic and one that we encourage people to take very seriously.
If you have family living away why not encourage them to visit the website and keep in touch with all that is going on in Ballincollig.
TEDDY BEARS PICNIC
On Wednesday teddy bears of all shapes and sizes arrived in The Regional Park in Ballincollig for the annual Teddy Bears Picnic which was held as part of Heritage Week 2019. The Teddy Bears and the children were treated to a Puppet Show. Many teddy bears who were poorly attended the Teddy Bear Hospital where they were looked after very well. There was also Face Painting and a life size teddy bear who was giving free hugs to everyone.. The sounds of the old favourite song Teddy Bears Picnic could be heard throughout the park.
A lovely afternoon was had by all who attended.
SUNDAY LITTER PICK
On Sunday the 18th August, twenty six Volunteers turned out for the weekly Sunday morning Litter Pick. The majority of the usual areas were covered during the hour and thankfully litter was light. We collected eleven bags of litter and two of recycling. During the week previous some Volunteers were active litter picking each day collecting three bags of waste and three of recyclable materials.
CE/TÚS WORK GROUP
As is usual, it was another busy week for this group with grass cutting, litter picks and hedge cutting at Eastgate among the many jobs covered.. In another project a small area of weeds were cleared at the entrance to Leesdale. Each week the group covers a large amount of work throughout Ballincollig.
The Tuesday and Thursday Work Nights saw over thirty Volunteesr turn out and put in well over forty hours over the week. Some were clearing kerbside weeds and edging grass margins in the Poulavone Roundabout area. A number of others completed litter picks each evening to keep up the high standard of tidiness seen throughout Ballincollig..
Weeding at Poulavone and grass edging on the Leo Murphy/Link Road are the main works completed by volunteers from VMWare over the past few weeks. Assisted by our CE/Tus workers they have cleared trailers of weeds and grass edging.
Although we have seen plenty of showers most days during August, watering the planters is still required. During the week five Volunteers were involved in watering. Most of the water used was taken from the collection system at the Allotment site.
A number of business premises were given a lift having painted their places..
The marker posts for another Town Walk are now installed. Some information signage has been cleaned and revamped in the Regional Park.
The new walkway from the GAA to Manor Hill is proving very popular. Litter in some spots adjacent to the pathway was cleared.
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
Anyone interested in joining us on a Sunday morning, please come along to Quish’s SuperValu West End where we meet at 11 am for our weekly Litter Pick. We also need support for the Work Nights held on a Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm for an hour or two. We meet at AIB on Main Street.