GARDENING CLUB - The April meeting of Castlepollard Gardening Club was a Spring flower arranging demonstration by Ethel Mitchell from Moate.
All arrangements were raffled afterwards and thanks are extended to Ethel for making it a most enjoyable night for everybody who was there. The Club donated the proceeds of the night towards the Billy Riordan Memorial Trust in Malawi where Siobhan Cogan from Castlepollard is currently doing a year voluntary nursing. Siobhan is working mainly with very sick babies. The sum of 1400 euros was raised on the night from the demonstration and some contributions that came in afterwards. There is much poverty in Malawi and so great use is made of all monies raised. Siobhan wishes to thank all who supported this fundraiser and she will give a short presentation of her work there when she is home. The next club meeting is on Thursday, June 2nd, when the visit is to Ballygillen Gardens outside Delvin. Club members will meet in the Parish Community Centre car park at 7.00pm and go from there to Ballygillen. As always all are welcome.
Next Sunday, May 29th, sees the Sponsored 6k Walk in aid of North Westmeath Hospice, which starts from the Anchor Bar, Castlepollard, and finishes there, followed by a BBQ. Sponsorship cards and information may be obtained from the Anchor Bar. The event covers 6km (3.75 miles), and hopefully the weather will co-operate to make the day an enjoyable family day out in aid of a very deserving cause.
The entire local community was mobilised on Wednesday night last week, May 18th, when a local resident from Curry, Castlepollard, who had gone out earlier in the evening to check on cattle, had not returned home, and family members became anxious. Family members, friends and neighbours proceeded to carry out a search, and the Gardai, Castlepollard Fire & Rescue Service, and the Ambulance Service were called in to assist. Castlepollard Fire & Rescue Service mobilised with a mobile lighting gantry and firefighters using two-way radios joined locals to carry out a search. The local resident was located by firefighters approximately one mile from home, and was subsequently carried out on a stretcher by firefighters due to the severe nature of the ground where he was found. Ambulance Service paramedics were on hand to provide medical assistance, and the casualty, who was in good spirits, was checked over prior to removal by ambulance to the Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar. There was tremendous joy and relief among family, friends and neighbours at the successful outcome of the search, and great credit must go to all involved.
Congratulations and best wishes to the 7th Westmeath Scouting Group (Castlepollard), who had their investiture on Thursday, May 5th, in Castlepollard Community College. The scouting group, which encompasses Cubs, Scouts and Leaders, are the first ever Scouting Group in Castlepollard. The Cubs and Scout meet in Castlepollard Community College every Thursday evening, with Cubs meeting between 7.00pm and 8.00pm, and Scouts meeting between 8.00pm and 9.00pm. Anyone interested in joining the Scouts should come along on any Thursday evening, or alternatively contact Maxine Kelly on 087-7478677, or Caroline Lancaster on 087-6875853.