Chairperson : Máire George.
Secretary: Bernie Mullins
Treasurer: Eileen Murphy
Congratulations to BIG for a very good result in Tidy Towns
Click on the link below for the full report
Congratulations to Ballon Improvement Group on winning
First prize in Towns & Villages in Carlow Pride of Place in the 250– 750 category.
Winner of the Energy Reduction Category & the Waste Prevention Category.
Well done to all involved. Judge for this year was
Gary Graham the RTE Super Garden Judge & Bord Bia.
Berries in Ballon by Maire
Art competition winners
Visit to the village of Minister Heather Humphreys. First to Ballon Businness and Training Centre and then for a tree planting ceremony in our mature walkway.
Heather came and viewed the business centre and saw all we could offer pre Covid and what we still have to offer as we adapt it to post Covid.
We have a fantastic location and great use of space, we can adapt to any surroundings and with a little help we can adapt it to move with the times to enable people to work remotely, hold classes again safely and update our existing equipment.
She was very pleased with our services and how we are still operating in these tough times and working together as a community.
Minister at Department of Rural & Community Development Heather Humphreys, Fine Gael visited Ballon today to see projects funded under Towns & Villages Scheme. She visited Ballon Business & Training Centre which received €96,000 for the R-Innovate Programme and Ballon Improvement Group who got €26,000 for their Heritage Trail and €3,860 under the Accelerated Fund. She also announced today a further funding of €15, 220 to set up a Connected Hub in Ballon Business & Training Centre. Minister Humphreys then plantes a tree on the Heritage Trail on St. Peter & Paul’s Walkway to mark the support of the Towns and Village Scheme.
Kyle and Tadhg lend a hand the Kathleen for Tidy Towns preparation
Ballon in Bloom – send in your pictures of the village
My favourite to date
Bunclody road this morning sent in by Maire
Nature photo competition. The top three are:-
View from Ballon Hill by Bernie Mullins
Abbie Whelan age 15
Kerrie Nugent age 7
11am Saturday 24th April and the Litter Picking Volunteers assembled at Zerafa s Centra.
Great to see all age groups. All directions out of the Village were covered and about 20 bags of Litter collected.
Thanks to Ken Blanche and Ballon Improvement Group for organising.
Thanks Andrea Zerafa at Centra for the welcome refreshments.
Next event will be Saturday May 29th. at 11am.
There are more volunteers who pick up Litter on a weekly basis . Michael Martin has been doing his patch year around.
Picture of the Box hedging just waiting in the school garden patiently for their final planting spot in the Village.
Given to Ballon Improvement Group by Michael Martin.
Ballon Improvement Group would be Delighted to receive divisions of Perinnal flowering plants.
Surplus Vegetable plants welcome too.
Can be left into Siopa Glas
Evan Corr and Troy Shafter have joined the Keep Ballon Litter Free movement. Well done lads.
On Sat. 27/2/21 Great turnout for LITTER PICKING today organised by Ken Blanche.
All approach roads leading to Ballon were cleaned of litter.
Thanks to all volunteers and to Andrea of Centra for the welcome refreshments.
To be grown on in the Ballon school/community garden and available in a few weeks for swapping.
Patrick Revesz and Sarah Nolan
Patrick is a cousin of Sarah from Chicago.
Lockdown Litter war.
Few more are going to pick up as well
All join in now.