Chairperson : Máire George.
Secretary: Bernie Mullins
Treasurer: Eileen Murphy
11 community minded volunteers enjoying a cuppa after a mamoth litter pick this evening
Carlow Carsports Club made this presentation to Village Enhancement
BALLON IMPROVEMENT GROUP AGM
The annual meeting of Ballon Improvement Group was held on Wednesday 7 March
where chairperson, Máire George, in a very comprehensive repot, outlined the many and various activities carried out by the group during the year under review. These activities included anything from litter picking, flower and tree planting to hosting a National Heritage Week event, organising a nature photographic competition, a fun bicycle day, putting up Christmas lights and applying for and getting some significant funding. Topping the list in the latter category was getting a grant for €96K under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. This money will be shared between the Training Centre and continuation of work on the tree and heritage trails and in particular signage for the trails. One of the biggest projects of the year came to fruition in May when Slí na Dúlra (Natures Walk) was officially opened by Cllr John Murphy. This little gem showcases hidden treasures in our village.
Siopa Glas was the main fundraiser for village enhancement during the year and thanks was extended to all who helped in any way especially the community shop volunteers and Tús workers. Thanks was also extended to Michael Martin for maintaining our very good village website www.ballonvillage.ie. and to Eileen Murphy, Kathleen and Sinead Abbey and Bernie Mullins and anyone who helped in any way. All three outgoing officers were returned for 2018 with Máire George as chairperson, Bernie Mullins as secretary and Eileen Murphy as treasurer.
Betsy Hickey the Carlow Pride of Place judge visited Ballon this morning.
Pictured with Betsy, Margaret Buggy and Maire George. An hour long tour of the Village resulted on some good advice and tips for the coming season.
New stonework has just been completed outside Jimmys