Friendship Group May

A friendship group has been formed for people who are retired and for those who aren’t able to get out to meet people as regularly as they would like. The next get together will be for afternoon tea on Monday 20th May in the Wicklow Methodist Hall. All welcome! Further information available from Linda Walsh: 086 8228378.

Eco Tips For May

There is so much conflicting advice about the food we should eat and where we should buy it. One thing is certain, both have changed dramatically in the last 75 years. The first supermarket reportedly appeared in America in 1946. That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? ”Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides. It was in the pantry, the cellar, the backyard.” (Joel Salatin, Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World). While we clearly cannot all revert to that situation, owing to the massive increase in the world’s population, we can all try to buy more local food – this both supports local farmers / market gardeners and also reduces “food miles” (the distance food has to travel and the fuel used in transport). We can eat food that is in season, as our forebears did, rather than wanting strawberries, for example, all year round. Organically grown food clearly has less environmental impact so is a good option if affordability and availability allow. Try growing some fruit or vegetables yourselves, even a jar of bean sprouts! Ethically produced food is another issue altogether…

Easter Season Outdoor Service

It is provisionally planned to hold an early morning outdoor service with Ashford Parish and the Unity Gospel Choir at the Bel-Air Hotel on 26th May, followed by optional breakfast at cost of €10 each (please advise Ken if staying for breakfast). This is subject to the choir’s availability.

Féile Londubh

Féile Londubh is an annual Poetry & Music Festival in Ashford, run by Alchemy Music. It places special emphasis on facilitating events for the whole community and programmes a variety of local, national & international artists. Participation in the arts and the development of creative, educational and community links are at the heart of Féile Londubh with a wide range of events for children and adults, many of which are free. This year’s festival runs from 17th to 19th May, with events planned for Nun’s Cross church on Saturday 18th.

Cyclone Idai Coffee Morning

Congratulations to Carmel Simmonds and her team who organised a coffee morning in The Hub in aid of the victims of Tropical Cyclone Idai which hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi in March. It raised over €1,100.Thanks to all who supplied food and supported the event.

Easter Vestry

Congratulations and thanks to all who were appointed/elected at the Easter Vestry: Rector’s Churchwarden: Sally Smith People’s Churchwarden: Juliet Belton Rector’s Glebewarden: Richard Henderson People’s Glebewarden: Michael Norman Other Select Vestry Members: Stephanie McDonald (Hon Secretary), Scott Golden (Hon Treasurer), Hazel Bayley, Patricia Butler, David Harte, Hilary MacDonald, Amanda Mooney, Lesley Rue, Ivan Sheane, John Smyth, Frances Tottenham and Lucy Tottenham. We thank our now retired Treasurer, Albert Mahon, for the manner in which he maintained the accounts for the last three years. We also thank Bernadette Glover who chose not to be re-nominated after twelve years of faithful service on the vestry.

Ashford Country Fair

The 7th annual Ashford Country Fair will take place in the grounds of the Bel-Air Hotel on Bank Holiday Monday, 7th May from 11am to 4pm. 

 This year’s fair will have a number of animal attractions including a dog show, gun dog demonstration, duck herding, falconry and a pony club. Children will also enjoy our magician and fairground. Stalls include artisan displays, plants, crafts, books and clothes. For food try our barbecue, teas, coffees and cakes! There will also be vintage cars, tractors, a raffle and many other interesting features. In other words, there will be something for everyone. Please do come along and support a very enjoyable and popular event!

 If you can assist in helping on one of the stalls or can provide goods for sale, please contact Amanda Mooney, Bernadette Glover or Lesley Rue.

Youth Clubs

United Youth is a club for 4th to 6th classes. The next club night is on 2nd March and will run from 6.00-7.30pm, It continues on the 1st Saturday of each month in term time in East Glendalough School. The programme includes games, sports, crafts, outings and most importantly fun!

 The Teen Youth Group is meeting every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month in East Glendalough School 6.30–8pm. 12-18 year olds are welcome. Each night there are games, a discussion group and Pizza. All are welcome!