As we have just had our first meeting, it is time to bring you all up to speed and introduce those new to Tidy Towns, to the great work done to date.
A few people have noticed that the Garda station is no longer boarded up. As you may remember, the OPW assigned its use to Rush Musical Society and Rush Tidy Towns. This means that we have a location for meetings and it will be our Headquarters and our meeting point for Clean Up days. It is wonderful to see a building coming to life again and we look forward to new recruits also this year.
There has been a lot of new interest in our Facebook page and we would like to say a Big Hello to all new Readers to Rush News too. In light of the fact that there is always new interest and also as a reminder to you all, we will have a look at the continuous projects for the coming year.
The main areas in the town that RTT look after are:
- Top of the Spout Rd
- Entrance into Rush on Whitestown Rd., both the sign and the Boat
- Church carpark
- The area outside Kenure Woods main gate
- The paved area at Echlin Court
- Liz’s Garden at top of Sandy Road
- The Square at Lower Main Street
- Harbour Park
- Entrance sign to rush at St. Catherine’s
- Carparks at both North and South beach
Other key projects are the Hanging Baskets and general verge cleaning of Main Street and close liaising with Fingal County Council to secure additional resources for painting and planting as such resources are secured. There is also support from additional groups such as Adopt Kenure Woods, Grow Your Own and Men’s shed, as well a number of Estate’s & individuals who take on their own areas. All of this assistance is hugely appreciated as there are only 6 members on the Tidy Town Committee.
THE BIG RUSH CLEAN UP
Calling on YOU!! It’s time to shake the winter cobwebs off our key areas and unveil the former glory beneath. We need the assistance of Clubs/ Schools and Groups to adopt an area and get the basics done.
We will contact Groups/Schools and Clubs individually and we are looking for the following jobs to be done in our key areas as listed above:
- Collect rubbish
- Weeding= Especially the VERGES
- Sweeping, where relevant
We really need a kick start & to have each area freshened up. The National Tidy Towns judging comes upon us so quickly & while there are Adopt-a-Patch groups already looking after The Square (great job at the weekend, lovely freshen up of the Square), Adopt Kenure Woods (watch for all those bulbs that were planted appearing over the next few weeks!) WE NEED MORE HELP.
We are also putting the call out to all the estate Resident’s committee’s to plan the first clean-up for the year. Some amazing work was done last year and we would love to see all these areas and estates emerge from winter together. If you organise a clean-up, please remember to take “before” and “after” photos of the estate. These can be used in our National tidy towns submission.
We have the before photos of the key areas and we will take the “after” photos also. We will also reward the group/s that we consider to make the biggest improvement to their patch.
If you would like to get involved please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The race is on to see who will win The Big Rush Clean Up
We are in desperate need of new blood in Rush Tidy towns. We are calling on all those who have a few hours to spare to join us for our clean up days & we would love new members on the committee. We need people who are passionate about Rush & that have fresh ideas and enthusiasm. We need to continue to expose the beauty of all the nooks and crannies of the town & to get as many people to take pride in Rush as possible. We need people that can see beyond the derelict buildings on the Main Street & help us build on the work we have achieved to date. If you enjoy a challenge please email email@example.com to join us.
- Deirdre McMenamin – Chairperson
- Peter Smullen – Vice Chairperson
- Majella MacHugh – Treasurer
- Matt Henry
- Willie Browne
- Orlaith Moynihan