GARDENING CLUB: The next meeting of Castlepollard Gardening Club will take place on Thursday evening, February 28th, at 8.00pm, in the Parish Community Centre, Church Street, Castlepollard. Craig, the guest speaker for the evening, is from the “Stop Food Waste Programme” and will speak on aspects of composting. The competition on the night is for the nicest bunch of snowdrops. All are welcome and the club would like to see more people attending to justify having guest speakers coming to share their knowledge.
ULSTER BANK CLOSURE: The fallout locally from the news of the impending closure of the Castlepollard branch of Ulster Bank is ongoing, with the realisation of the impact this will have on all local businesses, whether customers of the bank or not. It will mean businesses having to manage sums of cash on their premises, and then transport that cash to another branch, with all the inconvenience and security issues that involves. For non business customers, there are the same concerns in having to travel to another branch to either lodge or withdraw necessary amounts of cash. There is some progress in arranging a meeting with senior Ulster Bank executives, which will take place in the near future. In the meantime, it falls to the entire community to get involved in influencing bank management to cancel their decision, via lobbying, emails, letters, public demonstrations of support etc., and most of all, by increasing transactions. Bank mangement has made the point that the Castlepollard branch is currently not profitable for them. It could be argued that it has been profitable to trade in Castlepollard for more than 130 years, and especially through the golden years of the Celtic Tiger economy.
CHAINSAW DEMONSTRATION: Next Wednesday, February 20th, sees a demonstration of chainsaws, chains, and chainsaw maintenance in Hotel Castlepollard, starting at 8.30pm. The demonstration will be presented by local equipment dealer Eugene O’Neill.
CITIZENS INFORMATION SERVICE: The Citizens Information Service continues every Wednesday in the Civic Offices (One Stop Shop), Mullingar Road, Castlepollard, from 9.30am to 12.00 noon. The service provides free and impartial confidential advice on a broad range of topics such as social welfare, employment rights, education, tenant and landlord rights etc. For further information contact 076-1076660.
CASTLEPOLLARD COMMUNITY ALERT: The local Community Alert system is going from strength to strength, and provides an essential and highly effective service in alerting locals to the activities of suspicious callers, vehicles etc., around North Westmeath. Fees for 2013 are now due, and are now set at 10.00 euro per person. the increased fee is to provide funds for a cctv security system in Castlepollard.
BENEFIT NIGHT: A Benefit Night will take place in Doynes of Glenidan on Saturday night, March 2nd, in aid of those affected when a private house in Cummerstown, Collinstown, was destroyed by fire. Tickets priced at 5.00 euro are currently on sale.
SHARE ART SUPPORT GROUP: The next meeting of the Share Art Support Group takes place in Castlepollard Library on Thursday, March 7th, between 6.45pm and 7.45pm.
POSTCARD COMPETITION: Castlepollard Library are once again running their very popular St. Patrick’s Day Postcard competition for schoolchildren. the categories are 4 - 6 years, 7 - 9 years, and 10 - 12 years. Entries must be returned to the Library on or before Friday, March 1st, at 5.00pm, postcard sized, with entrants name, school, age, address, phone number and school on the back.