CREDIT UNION:Castlepollard Credit Union will hold their Summer Car Draw outside the Credit Union Offices, The Square, Castlepollard, on Saturday, July 30th, at 1.15pm. This is the Saturday of the August Bank Holiday Weekend. The First Prize in the Car Draw will be a Renault Clio Royale 5dr, second prize will be 5000 euro, third prize will be 1000 euro, fourth prize will be 500 euro, and there will be seven prizes of 200 euro. All are welcome to attend the Draw. Student Loans:- Student members who are planning to start College or return to College in September are reminded that low interest loans are available from the Credit Union which are especially designed for students. New Members:- There is a noticeable increase in applications to join the Credit Union. People applying to join are reminded that they need proof of identity, eg, passport, proof of address (utility bill), proof of PPS number. Failure to provide these proofs delays the application process. Change of Address:- Members who change address are requested to advise the Credit Union of their new address. Failure to do so can cause problems for the member of their next of kin. Loans:- There is a slight drop in the number of loan applications being received by the Credit Union for holiday purposes this year. However the number of loan applications for home improvements remains stable and there is a slight increase in the number of loans being issued for fuel purchase.
CEMETERY DEVOTIONS: Cemetery Devotions take place in Castlepollard this year as usual on the August Bank Holiday Weekend. Ceremonies take place in St. Peter’s Cemetery on Saturday, July 30th, at 5.30pm, and the Priest’s Cemetery at 7.00pm on the same evening. Devotions will take place in St. Michael’s Cemetery on Sunday, July 31st, at 12.30pm, followed by Kilafree Cemetery at 3.00pm, Lickbla at 3.45pm, and Rathgarve at 4.30pm. Parishioners are requested to ensure the cemeteries are kept clean and tidy, and to remove all rubbish from the cemetery environs.
BENEFIT NIGHT: Next Friday night, July 22nd, sees a Benefit Night in aid of St. Luke’s Cancer Hospital, Dublin, taking place in Hotel Castlepollard. Among the artists on the night will be Breege and the Startreks, Greg McCabe, Susan Murray, Ita Tighe, Patrick and Susan Murray and many more, and there will also be traditional music and dance. Main raffle prize on the night will be a portable television. Tickets for the night cost 10.00 euro. For further information contact 044-9661194.
TIDY TOWNS:The Tidy Towns effort is in full swing, with the prospect of another visit by the judges between now and the middle of August. Great co-operation from the local community has seen a noticeable improvement in the already tidy and well kept appearance of the town and environs. Local volunteers, adults and children, noticeably the local Scout Group, are to be seen every Thursday evening in and around the town clearing up litter, tidying flowerbeds, trimming hedges and controlling the growth of ivy. Full marks to the local Westmeath County Council workers, and the FAS teams, for their ongoing and unstinting efforts, and also the road sweeping vehicle crew which attends Castlepollard twice weekly. Hopefully the great local community participation will see Castlepollard gaining well deserved extra marks in this year’s Tidy Towns competition.
ITEMS/REPORTS:Any local groups, organisations, clubs or individuals with items or reports from the Castlepollard, Coole, Whitehall, and surrounding areas are asked to have them with the writer by 6.00pm on Sunday evenings. Contact 044-9661530, or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org