The Tidy Towns effort for this year is in full swing, with teams of volunteers out every evening at 7pm, clearing up litter, painting, strimming, maintaining flower beds, hanging baskets and windows boxes etc. The local environment affects everyone, and as such it is up to all of us to help to maintain it, and in so doing we all reap the benefits. New volunteers are always welcome, and can join in at any time.
Castlepollard Book Club are holding their next meeting in Castlepollard Library on Tuesday next, July 8th, from 6.45pm to 7.45pm. The book up for discussion is “The Testament of Mary” by Colm Toibin, which present Mary’s experiences in later life. For further details contact Castlepollard Library on 044-9332199. New members are welcome.
Yankee Party weekend
Castlepollard Celtic Soccer Club celebrated their 10th anniversary in style with a Yankee Party weekend which ran from Friday, July 4th (American Independence Day), to Sunday, July 6th. The weekend kicked off on Friday night with a Garth Brooks Tribute Band and BBQ in Hotel Castlepollard, and this was followed by a Tina Turner Tribute Band and a Rod Stewart Tribute Band on Saturday night, all of which were well attended. Sunday saw the Square being utilised with bouncy castles, helium balloons, dunking a willing volunteer into a pool of water (very popular), hot dog and ice cream stands etc. Another very popular feature on the day was the presence of some classic American trucks and cars with makes represented being Ford, Kenworth, Pontiac, Mercury, GMC etc. While activities were in full swing on the Square, there were American Football and Baseball games to be played on the pitch at Castlepollard Community College, unfortunately the American Football game did not take place. Shuttle buses ferried supporters from the Square to the Community College and back all afternoon.
Householders, and all those living and working in and around Castlepollard and surrounding areas, are urged to exercise caution at this time of year, when the temptation is to leave home with windows open for ventilation. Even leaving upstairs windows open can be an invitation for burglars to enter and ransack a home looking for valuables. Always secure windows and doors prior to leaving home, even if only popping in to a neighbours house, or down to the shops. Secure sheds and outbuildings, make sure that lawnmowers, tools, trailers, caravans etc. are fully secured. A few moments spent locking doors and windows, and padlocking trailers and caravans can avoid a great deal of upset and annoyance in the event of a theft.