News Tidy Towns — 03 December 2013

Trim Tidy Towns will be continuing our work over the autumn & winter period. We’ll keep up our litter picking, with the people like Noel Rochford, Francis Simonet, Dermot Lyons & Brian Loughrey out daily, with people such as Bernard McEntee, Sandy Van Der Westhuizen, Willy Mahon and Vincent Adair helping at the weekends. We are delighted to welcome newly resident in Trim, Josh & Ann Klingenberg into our weekend team. One of our weekend team, Suzanne Halpin is emigrating to New Zealand and we wish her all the best in her new life in Wellington.

We have two other weekday workforces in place. One team is made up of Pearce Johnstown, Gary Clarke, Peter Conner, Robert Byrne(All Tús scheme) and Eamonn Farrell(CE scheme). They are working hard on the approach roads, they have the ring road looking fantastic where there’s a sea of colour at the moment. They’ve recently finished their clean up on the Newhaggard and Longwood roads. Hedge planting on the ring road is next in the pipeline. These volunteers are transforming the appearance of the town, making former eyesores presentable.

The other weekday team are operating 2 morning tours of the Trim Castle from the 1st of November until the 17th of March Monday to Friday. The tours are organized by Trim Tidy Towns, Trim Tourist Office & Trim Chamber of Commerce. Paddy Rispin(Trim Tidy Towns), Cynthia Simonet nee Peppard(Trim Tidy Towns & CE scheme) and Danny Denman(Trim Tourist Office) are the tour guides with administration being done by Rosaleen Moynihan(Trim Tourist Office) and Noel French(Trim Chamber of Commerce & Trim Town Councillor). These tours operate under approval from the OPW’s Friends Of Irish Heritage initiative and means that Trim Castle is open all year round, while previously being closed weekdays in the winter season.

We’d also like to congratulate Gary Clarke on his recent marriage to Anita and Pearce Johnston & his partner Rachel Connolly on the recent birth of a baby boy.

We’d like to thank everyone who attended our social night/ fundraiser in association with the Mens Shed Group in Trim Castle Arch on 22nd of November. Vincent Adair not only ran but organized the night. It’s great to have Vincent and Maureen back living in Trim, because they are dedicated community workers.

Thank you to Adrian Dunne Pharmacy & Ursula McDonnell of Diaz Fashion for donating some spot prizes.

Trim Tidy Towns also benefited from generous donations from many business premises around the town of year, too many to mention, but thank you all. Kiely’s Bar Charity Committee also recently presented €250 to the Tidy Towns, thanks again to John Kiely, Brendan Kelly and the rest of their committee. All this money will be going towards the purchase of hedges & bulbs for planting along the ring road.

Now that Willy Mahon & Peter Connor, installed electricity in our shed, we’ll be able to work away in all weather conditions making plant boxes etc. Thank you to Ampere electric for supplying the necessary equipment at cost and Willy & Peter for their time and expertise free of charge as always.

A number of Trim Tidy Towns members made a trip to Moynalty to meet up with the national winners & see if we could get some ideas. We were mightily impressed with all the work that has gone on in Moynalty and learnt a lot from our trip. Thanks again to Peter Rogers of Moynalty Tidy Towns for the tour. Moynalty are deserved winners of a title that we hope to win in the coming years.

Lastly, if you wish to join the Trim Tidy Towns, please email brianheffernanifg@gmail.com , call Brian at 0868207804 or just ask any of the volunteers that you see working around the town.

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