Wexford Tidy Towns are looking forward to a wonderful Summer in our town and started off the month of May with an open Tidy Towns meeting held on May 4th at Fusion Café for any of our current volunteers and anyone who wanted to join or was interested in finding out more about us. We got some great feedback and all your comments and suggestions were greatly appreciated, if we all put our heads together who knows what we will achieve.
During our Saturday Action Days in May we focused on several different areas of the town. We returned to St. Peter’s Square for a cleanup, paint and tidy of the lovely flowerbeds and boxes there and to tidy up the flowers around the fountain. Another day we spent on the lane ways of the town which were litter picked and swept clean by the wonderful volunteers.
This month also saw the return of the evening clean-ups during the week for the Summer months ahead, with the longer evening and better weather these will help keep the town looking good. On Wednesdays we met at 6pm in the Bullring and on Fridays we met outside A.I.B. at 6pm. We would be delighted to see you at these evening cleanups or at our regular Saturday mornings ones, everyone is always welcome.
We have also being out painting flower boxes around town and with the arrival of Wexford in Bloom’s baskets and boxes of flowers lining the streets of our town thanks to the local businesses and residents who participate in this wonderful annual scheme, we can see Wexford is looking ‘blooming’ wonderful!
On 20th May 11 of the Tidy Towns volunteers went to visit beautiful Skerries thanks to the Journal Journeys competition and Irish Rail scheme which gave free group train journeys. Skerries won the Tidy Towns competition in 2016, we met a lovely lady from their Tidy Towns committee there called Mary Conway and discussed the great work done by Tidy Towns and the benefits to the volunteers who take part too in these local Tidy Town groups around Ireland. Check out this article from thejournal.ie to see how we got on: ‘It’s not just about tidiness, it gives you a network and set of friends’
Some members of the committee were also invited to attend the I.C.A. monthly meeting so they could let us tell them what we do and what we need from organisations like themselves. They are very happy to come on board with Tidy Towns and we are always delighted to work with any organisation to keep Wexford clean and beautiful, just get in touch.
The National Tidy Towns Competition judging will start in June. We will be out every Saturday morning and during some weekday evenings. If you can’t make our cleanups you can also help by keeping outside your home/business litter free, painted and swept. Best of luck to all Tidy Town groups around Ireland for the 2017 competition. Thanks to our volunteers for their continued efforts and to the community of Wexford Town for their support. We look forward to the coming Summer months as we work together to keep our town clean and beautiful.
We started off on the 1st April doing a great spring clean in the town with the use of new machinery including a sweeper, cigarette hoover and wheelie bin, delighted to have these to help us to keep Wexford clean and beautiful. On the 8th April 35 people (and 2 dogs!) turned out for the big Spring Clean at the Rocks, Maudlintown. We collected a stunning 80 bags of rubbish including lots of cans, 1 trolley, 2 fire extinguishers and 1 gas bomb among many other items. Thanks to the volunteers who joined us on the day and it was great to work with other local organisations in the area during this Action Day including St. Mary’s Maudlintown.
During the month of April several other projects were underway. Members of Wexford Tidy Towns identified places for new cigarette bins to go up outside premises in the town. A special thanks to Fun Palace on the quay who were very happy to have one outside their business and they also gave a €100 donation to Wexford Tidy Towns. We really appreciate it as we are a voluntary organisation and we will put the money to good use. Graffiti from Fettit’s Lane was removed and great work was done to paint this and other areas around our town in April.
One of our Action Days took place in the Carcur road area (although tremendous work was done by our volunteers) we were so disappointed to see so much dog fouling, including many dog fouling plastic bags used and then just thrown over the wall! Wexford works with MuttMitts Ireland so there is a plentiful supply of dog fouling bags in the many dispensers and bins around the town, please use them and dispose of them responsibly afterwards. We recommend you always carry plastic bags if you are bringing your dog for a walk. A quick visit to local shops shows there are plenty of inexpensive choices available to buy as well as the many MuttMitt bag dispensers around town. So, there are no excuses please clean up after your dogs.
We have had some reports of illegal dumping, we encourage the public who see any illegal dumping to please ring (053) 9196313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wexford in Bloom are also working hard on getting ready for the Summer months ahead of flowering up the town with the support of local businesses and residents. So keep an eye out for the flower baskets and boxes arriving next month.
Thank you for the continued support from the Wexford Town community and our wonderful volunteers. Please come and join us if you can at any of our regular clean-ups, we need all the volunteers we can get. We need to keep our silver medal and work towards getting the gold award, and we can’t do it without you.
Denis, Suzanne, Vicki and Phil attended the Westport’s Town Hall Theatre, County Mayo over the weekend, the First Tidy Towns Conference in ten years. Master of Ceremonies was telly celebrity and architect, Dermot Bannon. We got lots of tips on what the Adjudicators expect on their visit from the Adjudicators themselves. We heard from Billy Flynn on what makes a great Biodiversity project and so much more. And of course we also got to hear from Anne and Maeve from Skerries who were 2016 winners. We would like to thank all the lovely people from Westport for inviting us to their beautiful home place, for the great weekend and making us feel so welcome, hope to invite you all to Wexford in the near future.
Wexford Tidy Towns were back on the streets of Wexford in January helping keep our town clean and beautiful. We got to try out our new machinery including our new vacuum cleaner which will be a great help in collecting all those cigarette butts. Thanks to the experts for their specialist training. We look forward to using them on our future Action Days, they have been great to use on several of our Action Days so far.
We returned to Peter’s Square for more planting and weeding and nurturing in this area, that got an extensive make over last year during several of our Action Days, a lovey spot in our town. There was a practical workshop held in the 1798 Street Gardens by Betsy Hickey in March with some of our Wexford Tidy Towns volunteers there and we will be returning here soon to plant lots of bee friendly plants. We encourage everyone to plant something for the bees, for ideas check out our page here.
Some future Action Days to note are:
Saturday April 1st carpark beside Aspel’s Pub, at 10am, for our spring clean Action Days. We will have our new machinery there!
Saturday April 8th the rocks lane Maudlintown at 10am. Christy Lane, who is running for Mayor of Maudlintown, will also be there. Every euro Christy gets will count as a vote, the more euros the more votes. Money will go to Mary’s for a new football field so please join us if you can and bring a euro or two with you for the great cause.
Please consider joining Tidy Towns we would be delighted to see some new faces. You will meet new friends, get plenty of fresh air and exercise but most of all you will get the greatest satisfaction of keeping the town you love looking the way you always want it to look. Message us on our Facebook Page, or email us at email@example.com
Wexford Tidy Towns was hard at work during the last few months of 2016. October is always a busy month in the town with the Opera Festival when we welcome lots of visitors to our town. Thanks to Danny Conway and Barnardos who had Wexford Tidy Towns as their Heart of the Town Theme in their window during the Opera Festival. Well done to Wexford Tidy Towns volunteer Philomena Murphy also who was put forward by Chris Culleton and others for all her voluntary work with Wexford Tidy Towns. She was nominated for a volunteer prize from Southeast Radio and enjoyed a lovely night out at the Opera during the festival, well deserved.
On November 3rd Denis, Mary and Phil were off to Tipperary to collect our first ever Sliver medal at the Tidy Town Awards Presentation Ceremony, it was great to meet all the winners of Tidy Towns on the night.
Thank you to everyone who looks after their own work place and home, by taking pride in your premises, and all the people who supported us during the year. Without us all working together we wouldn’t have achieved the silver medal. Thanks to several local businesses, who have donated plants and shrubs, we have been able to flower up many areas of Wexford. We also want to say a big thank you to Tesco Wexford for their kind hospitality, providing us with a lovely room with lots of cakes, biscuits tea/coffee for our monthly Tidy Towns meeting. We really appreciate the warm welcome.
Tidy Towns would like to thank all our volunteers who join us regularly on our clean-ups, during the last few months they have done tremendous work keeping areas such as the Bullring, the Main Street, Whiterock Hill, Talbots Green, Peter’s Square and many more clean and tidy. We would love to see some new faces so please join us in the New Year and help us keep our silver award and work towards the gold award next! Looking forward to working with you all again in 2017.
We were delighted to win Silver in Tidy Town Awards this year. We would like to acknowledge that part of our success has been due to the continued support of local businesses, their donations to us and improvements they undertake on their premises. We would like to highlight some of their contribution over the last few months which we are very grateful for.
The manager of Tesco, David Leonard, contacted us recently to say they would like to help Tidy town including offering us a room to hold our monthly meetings, with coffee/tea and biscuits included all free of charge. Thank you so much Tesco, we will be taking you up on these.
Thanks to Aldi who have given us hundreds of flowers in the last few months to brighten up our town and to Woodies who donated flower pots and other garden supplies for our use in this time too. Thanks to these donation of lovely flowers and equipment and the hard work of Wexford Tidy Towns Volunteers we have been able to plant up many more areas of the town during our Action Days. Most recently on October 15th we did lots of planting of flowers donated by Aldi in the Kennedy Park area thanks to the 18 volunteers who were there on the day.
Thank you Mr Hickey, the new owner of Old Tesco on the Quay for responding to our request for this building, we were so happy to see the Old Tesco building getting a new face lift, it make such a difference to our quay to see this place cleaned up. We were also delighted to see the old hoarding between Sharkys and Argos being replaced. These improvements or upkeep on premises can make a difference in the clean and beautiful look we wish to maintain for our town.
Thank you to all the retailers who took part in Wexford in Bloom we had the town looking beautiful all flowered up again this Summer. Great to see the Main Street and center of town and Quays full of the flower baskets to be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.
Thank you to everyone else who has helped us in many different ways. We are grateful and hope for the continued support of the local community as we strive for the Gold Award next. If you would like to join our Volunteers and/or help support us please message us on our Facebook Page, firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 086-3558878.
We were thrilled to received an invitation to the Tidy Towns Competition 2016 results at the Helix on September 26th. Several of our members attended on the day and were delighted to find out we were awarded Silver for the first time in the Tidy Towns 2016 Awards building on our previous success of our Bronze Awards. Thank you so much to everyone that’s been involved in this success, thanks to the hard work of our volunteers, local businesses, people in our community and all the lovely people who are always litter aware, you have all helped us achieve this thank you. You can read the full 2016 adjudicator report here – 2016 Wexford Tidy Towns Report