Who ever said that small towns were quiet?
I have to go to a cottage up a mountain for a few days next week to get a bit of quiet.
I’ve said it before … this town has a lot of ‘can do’ kind of people.
You all know how much I love Sharon’s chocs and cakes … I’m over there tomorrow to do a photoshoot of her Easter offerings.
And this evening I’m covering an event that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the closing of the railway … and people have put on a number of interesting events.
The main ceremony will be at 7.30pm at the old railway station.
I’m going to be photographing people and hope to get a lift in the antique bus from Smyths to the old train station at the top of the town (it’s now one of our schools).
We have photogpraphers and videographers (Eunan and Niall will eventually send me back the answers to the questions I posed them … I’ve interviewed them as Ballinamore Entrepreneurs) … ice cream maker … furniture maker … IT and web designers … organic farmers … great B&B’s … and heaps of people who give their time to community organisations and events.
I was delighted to read all the great new developments at the Shaylyn Traditional Performing Arts Centre here in Ballinamore.
Congratulations to Jane, Laura & Martha for all your hard work and strong vision.
Here’s a summary of their recent achievements … I know how much hard work and persistence goes into all this … so well done.
- New two year cross border project based on Dance funded by the International Fund for Ireland starts this month
- Tourism Ireland bring Shaylyn to perform & lecture at the ‘Best of Britain & Ireland’ event in London from the 27th to the 30th of March
- Tourism Ireland bring Shaylyn to perform in Stockholm, Sweden in June for the Volvo Ocean Race
- Promoters seek Shaylyn for long term performance residencies in Sligo & Donegal as a tourism attraction.
- Shaylyn developing a new production to be launched later this year
- Shaylyn identified by Failte Ireland as a major promoter of Irish Dance & Music in the region and invite to participate in new Traditional Music Initiative
- Subject to funding support the new Certificate in Music and Dance from the University of Limerick will run in September 2009 bringing 3rd level students and teachers to Ballinamore.
- Classes at the centre continue in Photography, Jewellery Making (adults class & kids class), Drama, Dance, Music, Pilates and Yoga.
Pilates & Yoga starts on Tues 31st March and runs for 4 weeks. 6:30 – Pilates I, 7:30 – Pilates II & 8:30 – Yoga
A unique jewellery making course – one for adults and one for children – starts on April 15.
I’ll be covering and writing about the Railway ceremonies this evening.
How many people love going to meetings?
Yeh – I’m abit phobic about them myself folks.
I don’t join groups or attend long meetings … my work has been about meetings and organisation/community development … so I don’t want to go to another meeting after work.
And there are always exceptions … like on this Thursday night.
You all know how much I love Ballinamore.
I believe that how it looks physically is very important … for visitors and locals alike.
So … I’m going to the Tidy Towns meeting this Thursday to put a few ideas forward.
A few things I’m not doing (just to give you fair warning):
- not joining as a committee member
- not staying for longer than 60 minutes
- put forward ideas
- volunteer to do active stuff … things like street clean ups ; doing up window boxes
- I’ll write about Tidy Town plans and activities on this blog
- I’ll encourage other people to do active stuff
- they feel like a great big black hole that sucks out your life
- lots of talk and no action
- meetings go for too long
- cliques get formed and block new ideas and people
- meetings badly run
- no clarity of purpose
- no clarity of roles
- boring boring boring … no fun or celebration
- no forward planning
- specific tasks
- clear timelines … a lot of things can get done in a month, 3 months …
- small team with clear skills and abilities to do the job
- points of achievement and celebration
- have a general tidy up – I love the annual thing where people clean up parts of rivers and then meet for a barbque … think that’s in Oz
- be shown how to make window boxes and other plant displays
- develop ideas