Parish News

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!

The Easter Vestry Meeting

The Easter Vestry (Annual  General Meeting of the Parish) takes place on Thursday, 25th April, at 8pm in the Bel-Air.  This is your chance to hear more about the parish’s activities and finances, to have your say on the future direction of the parish and to vote for an incoming select vestry.

Big Step Up

The “Big Step Up” is an overnight event in Christ Church Cathedral to encourage those who are moving from primary to secondary school next year In their faith. There will be sung worship, food, and there will be plenty of time and space to pray, think, chat about whatever’s on your mind or just hang out. It takes place on 4th/5th May. The Booking fee is €20 and advance booking is required by 26th April through the parish clergy.

Family Service

There are many different activities for children and youths on Sunday mornings. With this in mind, it has been decided to experiment with a new  timing for our monthly family services. They will take place at 5pm, will last 30 to 40 minutes with some food afterwards. If you feel you could assist in organising these services, please talk with Rev Ken. The first such service is scheduled for Sunday 28th April.

Friendship Group

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 15th April, in the Wicklow Methodist Hall. All welcome! Further information available from Linda Walsh: 086 8228378.

St Patrick’s Day Float

Congratulations to all who built and participated in the float in the St Patrick’s Day parade in Wicklow Town. They won a prize for the best fancy dress. Thanks are due to Edgard Hall for sponsoring the “greatest Showman” outfit which Dan Healy wore.

Learn from the youngsters’ strike over climate change

In 2018, a schoolgirl, Greta Thunberg, sat outside the Swedish parliament in protest at the lack of political will to tackle the problems of climate change. Her actions alone have ignited the now world-wide Fridays for Future, where school pupils go on strike to highlight the perilous plight of our planet. On 15th March thousands of Irish school pupils responded to the international call and joined the strike. Reportedly, more than 11,000 students marched to Dail Eireann, about 5,000 students in Cork and many, many more in a total of 37 rallies around the country, with countless other smaller gatherings. Remarkable numbers. As one student said, we have the technology but not the political will to solve the climate crisis. We should all applaud these brave (but also, importantly, peaceful) activists who have no vote and therefore cannot influence which politicians are elected, but nonetheless are making their concerns heard. Furthermore, their actions may prompt others to increase their awareness of the problems of climate change and to take personal actions to reduce their own environmental footprint.