Avoca Notebook – January 27

St. Pats Avoca Weekly 50/50 Draw for  20th January 2014

First Prize €80: Rosie McCauley, Kilmagig, Avoca 2nd Prize €50: Sean Whelan ,Tigroney

3rd Prize €30: Stephen Roche, Avoca Sellers prize €15: Pat McCabe Next Draw in Fitzgeralds

Avoca Community Play Group

Mothers & Toddlers every Friday from 10am to 12noon.

€3 per adult which includes coffee & biscuits.

Avoca Bingo

Bingo is held weekly in Avoca Community Hall on Wednesday evenings from 8.30pm. All are welcome!

Avoca Active Retirement

All our usual activities have resumed after the Christmas break-bowls, art, French, line dancing, book club and social morning on Sundays. If you got a new computer or smartphone for Christmas and want to learn how to use it come to cafe in Tesco’s Arklow on Wednesday’s at 12 noon. New in 2014 – crochet, creative writing and reading of plays.  Members meeting on Thursday 13th February at 2.30 pm in the hall. Membership due by the 31st of January. New members welcome. For details about any of the above phone 087 1334590.

Avoca Primary School Bursary Fund

The Board of Management of Avoca School would like to announce that the school is currently accepting applications from past pupils for this year’s Bursary Fund. To be eligible candidates should have passed their first year exams and currently attend college. Qualifying students are invited to apply in writing outlining the details of their course and stating why they might be considered for the Bursary.

Applications may be posted to the school for the attention of the Board Chairperson by Friday 31st January, 2014.

Red Kite Walk

The Red Kite Signage is ordered and was delayed as we linked with The Golden Eagle Trust for some more projects around the village and in the Woods – final confirmation of logos etc were received recently and the signage will be with us shortly – we are holding off setting the official opening date until we have the signage as there has to be a final inspection by the National Tracks & Trails Office prior to Coillte taking over the walk and publishing it on their Outdoor Website and then it becomes an official walk, in the meantime many members of the community are enjoying the walk on a daily basis. The link with the Golden Eagle Trust will involve a remote web cam being placed in a Red Kites nest with footage being fed back to the Old Courthouse Heritage Centre where members of the public can view the chicks as they hatch and are fed, story boards of Birds of Prey will also be placed along the way & in the village. The Sli na Slainte signage was handed over to Wicklow County Council & have been erected.   We have volunteers ready & willing to erect  the Red Kite  signage in the woods as soon as it is to hand.  We want to thank all our supporters & volunteers who made this possible, also the local person who has made the entire project possible by making the funding available, as the grant can only be drawn down after all expenses are paid and the bank statements with the payments being paid out are presented.  This is a wonderful amenity for the community that we can continue to build on. Watch this space for our opening date and everyone will be welcome to come along.

Avoca Annual Outing 2014

The destination this year is Co Clare on the 4th, 5th and 6th of July 2014. The total cost is €250 for 3 nights B&B with 3 dinners and transport included. €50 deposit is required before the 31st March 2014 with full payment required before 1st June 2014. Anyone wishing to go on this trip please contact Mary Bolger, Avoca Post Office on 040235211, Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm.

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