MEALS ON WHEELS UPDATE
The Meals on Wheels church gate collection will be taken up on the August Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday, 3 and Sunday 4. Your continued support will be much appreciated. Tickets are now on sale for their annual fundraising raffle with €700 in prize money.
The draw will take place in St Joseph’s Hall on Saturday, August 24 commencing at 7pm.
STRADBALLY AND DISTRICT ANGLERS
A general meeting of the Stradbally and District Anglers Association will be held in St Mary’s Hall on Monday, August 12 commencing at 8pm sharp. All members to attend and on the agenda will be the recent worm and fly competitions held at the lake recently.
STRADBALLY STEAM QUEEN
Stradbally Steam Rally are looking for a 2013 Steam Queen. Last year’s winner Emma Brady will be passing on the crown on the August Bank Holiday Weekend at the Stradbally Steam Rally on August 4 and 5. Why not enter to be in with a chance to win a great cash prize.
If you are age 18 years or over and would like to represent a local business contact Gamma at 085 8239794.
The following are the results of the whist drive held in St Patrick’s Hall on July 19. Top score Lorna Allen, 1st lady Nellie Thompson, 2nd
lady Kay Chase, 1st gent Sean Langton, 2nd gent Cecil Thompson, 1st half John Harrison, 2nd half Birdie Langton, low score Bea Hendy, hatching Nora Fisher, raffles Leslie Hunter, John Harrison, Mary Prenderghast and John Harrison.
Next whist drive will be held on Friday, August 16 of which the proceeds will be given to the committee of the Tidy Towns. We would be
grateful for your support.
STRADBALLY FLOWER AND GARDEN CLUB
Stradbally Flower and Farden Club are organising a trip to Maynooth on Tuesday, September 17 for the big gala demonstration by Jonathon Moseley in the Glen Royal Hotel, Maynooth. Anyone intending to travel please phone or text Dorrie 0872596129, Frances at 0863551756 or Vera at 0857254361.
THE NATIONAL PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS
The National Ploughing Championships are taking place in Ratheniska from September 24 to 26. If you are interested in providing accommodation for visitors and would like to register with the National Ploughing Association, please contact Jessica at 087 3304539, or firstname.lastname@example.org
A raffle in aid of St Brigid’s Hospital, Shaen (patients comfort fund) will be held in Portarlington Community Centre at a dance on Friday, August 30 at 10pm. Tickets are €2 and your support would be greatly appreciated.
The organisers of the 49th National Steam Rally being held in Stradbally, County Laois on Sunday 4 and Monday 5 August are looking forward to another great event. Admission €10. Children (under 12) free. 10am to 6pm each day.
STRADBALLY ST VINCENT DE PAUL
They are also looking for unwanted items such as good quality ladies and gents summer wear. Their furniture room is also opened in the Boys Old School on the Vicarstown Road, just phone Pascal 087 1359382 and he will arrange a time.
Clopook cemetery mass will be held on Thursday, August 1 commencing at 7.30pm.
The housebound of the parish will be attended to on Friday, August 2.
Work is to begin on the restoration of the Market House next month. The conservation works are being 75% funded by Laois Partnership, the community and the council are providing the rest. The conservation report was launched by Briah Hayes TD in Cosby Hall recently.