READING CHALLENGE: Castlepollard Library recently launched their Summer Reading Challenge which continues until Wednesday, August 31st. Children can borrow up to four books at a time, and books are free. For further information on this very worthwhile and enjoyable undertaking, contact Castlepollard Library on 044-9332199.
GARDENING CLUB: Castlepollard Gardening Club’s next outing will be a visit to Belvedere House & Gardens, Mullingar, which takes place on Thursday next, June 30th, when the Club will enjoy a guided tour of the House, and visit the Gardens afterwards. Club members will meet in the Parish Community Centre carpark, Church Street, Castlepollard, at 2.00pm, and go directly from there to Belvedere. All are welcome.
PHOTO COMPETITION: Castlepollard Library is organising an amateur photographic competition aimed at local schoolchildren under the title “Culture In My Community”. Entrants are invited to take a photograph in North Westmeath which reflects their own personal view of culture in their community. The theme of the competition can cover many diverse aspects of culture - art, sport, entertainment, religion, education, identity. Entries must be returned to Castlepollard Library by Friday, September 9th, so there is plenty of time during the summer for the entrants to put together a put together a portfolio of photographs, and choose their entry from that. The judges will be looking for high quality images which highlight al aspects of culture in North Westmeath. There are two categories - Junior Section for 10 - 12 years old, and Youth Section for 13 - 18 years old.
NIGHT OUT: Coole Hall is the venue for the Coole/Whitehall Parish Night Out which takes place next Saturday night, July 2nd, starting at 7.30pm. Atractions on the night will range from Irish music, song and dance, with young musicians, dancers and singers from the parish taking part, to contemporary music and rock. Come along on the night for a great night out with something to cater for everyone.
CAUTION: With the recent dramatic rise in the value of scrap metal, local businesses and residents are urged to exercise caution when dealing with unannounced callers looking for, or offering to buy vehicles, metal, etc. for scrap. Many of these callers are extremely pushy, and this can be distressing for the elderly, those living alone or in isolated locations. If these callers present at your home or business, and don’t take no for an answer, contact the Gardai, other businesses, family, friends and neighbours immediately.