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Members please note the next Friday coffee morning is on January 3, 2014 in Arus Lorcain and the AGM will be in the same venue on Wednesday January 15 at 3pm. Very best wishes to all members. Contact Colin 086-2089900.

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If members haven't submitted their nominations for the 2014 Committee please do so without further delay.

For more information on the above and other please contact Colin 086-2089900.

MEDJGUORJE FESTIVAL

The group will leave on Wednesday, July 30 and return on August 6. The Spiritual Director is Fr Pat Duffy CC. This trip promises to be the trip of a life time, joining 50-60,000 young adults from all over the world. Meeting in Kilmyshall Hall, Bunclody at 8pm on Thursday January 9. Contact 087-2254206

Also April Trip 2014 - Departs April 23 to April 30.Seven nights. €599 Contact 087-2254206. Also October 2014 - Wednesday October 1 -8 - €639. Booking deposit of €50 before February 15 secures a €50 discount. Contact 087-2254206 or 053-9377632.

CHOIR REVIVAL

The choir is currently recruiting singers and musicians and if you think you might like to give it a try, please contact Barbara on 08 7626 6070 for information and details.

SUE RYDER

If you are clearing out your unwanted Bric a Brac, Clothes, Jewellery, Books, Shoes etc before Christmas descends on us then please consider donating them to a worthy cause.

Our Charity helps with the accommodation and care of the Elderly in Ireland and our main funds come directly from our Charity Shops so we need your help on a regular basis. We want to thank everyone for their wonderful generosity so far which makes a huge difference every day.

If you wish to leave a donation to our shop on Main Street, it is open 10.00a.m. -5.30a.m. Monday-Saturday and you can also drop to our Community shop in The Recycling centre Tuesday-Friday 11.00a.m. – 2.00p.m. and Saturdays 10.00a.m. – 1.00p.m., please remember we cannot take broken items including toys, electrical items and duvets but if you wish to check before you drop then you can ring our shop on our new number 085-8664904.

We are also in need of more volunteers for our shop in the Recycling centre so if you are interested in giving a few hours for a great cause then pop in to either of our shops and pick up a Volunteer form.

Our Christmas Raffle tickets are also available in both our shops and our top prize this year will be one of our beautiful Sue Ryder Dollhouses and with many more brilliant prizes you should call in and get your tickets early.

MUSIC FESTIVAL

Preparations are in full swing for Arklow Music Festival which celebrates its 45th anniversary next year.

The festival will run from March 1 until March 9 and entries are currently being accepted for the 151 competitions which will take place during the course of the very popular festival.

Competition venues include the Arklow Bay, St. Mary's, Arus Lorcain, Maryborough Hall and the Bridgewater Centre. Organiser Jimmy Russell said he was delighted to have Bridgewater and Elavon back on board as sponsors again this year.

The website www.arklowmusicfestival.com is now up and running and the syllabus for the competitions is now available in local shops or from the festival office at 61-63 Upper Main Street or by contacting 0402 32732.

ARKLOW LIBRARY

Arklow Library, St. Mary's Road, will have the following opening hours:

Tuesday - 9.30am-1pm & 2pm- 5pm; Wednesday 1pm-5pm and 6pm-8.30pm; Thursday 9.30am-1pm & 2pm-5pm.

KNITTING CLASS

Knitting and Crochet classes for children start this Saturday from 11.00a.m. till 1.00p.m. in Kustomkidz and will continue every week. Wool and needles available to purchase in the shop.

Also on Thursday from 6.00p.m. until 8.00p.m. there is an advanced crochet class with Lina where you can improve your skills and create beautiful items to wear or for the home.

Continuing every Wednesday and Thursday morning is knitting classes with Trish from 11.00 a.m. – 1pm and crochet class with Julie every Thursday morning 11.00a.m. – 1.00p.m. and Tuesday evening 5.00p.m. until 7.00p.m. All classes only cost €5 for two hours and include tea/coffee. For more information please call 086- 3854335.

CHRISTIAN SERVICES

Weekly Services for the Christian Community Church, Arklow takes place as follows: Church service every Sunday at the Arklow Bay Hotel at 10.30am; Bible Study every Thursday at Arklow Community College at 7.30pm.

For more details contact 087 9738352, 086 3038010 or 0402 23920.

CHESS CLUB TIME

Arklow Chess Club is on the lookout for new members. Come learn how to play chess in a warm friendly environment.

Chess meetings are on Mondays in Murphy's The Old Ship at 7pm and Thursdays in ArkRock Café, Main Street at 7pm. Contact secretary Daniel Ferguson on 0831134583.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS

New members and volunteers are always welcome. Check us out on Facebook for more information and contact details or by email arklowvikings@ymail.com.

ASGARD BRIDGE CLUB

Asgard Bridge Club takes place on Mondays at 7.30pm in The Arklow Bay Hotel. All levels welcome, no partner necessary as we have a joker system in place. For lessons, phone 0862343495.

ARKLOW '68' BRIDGE CLUB

Arklow '68' Bridge club takes place on Wednesdays at 7.30p.m. in Arklow Presbyterian Church, Dublin Road. New members welcome.

ARKLOW HOUSE OF STORIES

The Arklow House of Stories meets on the last Friday of every month at 8.30p.m. in John Joe's Bar, Arklow for a night of music, entertainment and story-telling. All are welcome and attendance is free. Contact Paddy Finn on 0860767024 for further information.

BUMBLE BEE TODDLERS

Bumble Bee Mother & Toddler Group runs Wednesday and Friday mornings in Árus Lorcáin, Castlepark, 10.00a.m. – 12.00p.m. Price €4 per family. For further details contact East Wicklow Youth Services on 0402-39646 or email info@ewys.ie

ST MARY'S REUNION

The St. Mary's College Arklow class of 1984 will hold its 30 year reunion in the Arklow Bay Hotel on April 26 2014. Anyone interested in attending should contact perryquartet@gmaill.com

APOLLO BRIDGE

The Apollo Bridge Club takes place on Thursdays at 7.30pm in the Arklow Bay Hotel. New members are welcome.

ENGLISH CLASSES

County Wicklow Partnership is running Conversational English classes for non-English speakers on Monday evenings 7-9pm. Each class costs €1 per student. Classes are held in County Wicklow Partnership, Avoca River House, Bridgewater Centre, Arklow.

Contact Frances Creegan on 085 800 6872.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Local volunteers are needed to meet the growing demand from migrants wishing to learn English in Arklow. As part of the Failte Isteach national programme County Wicklow Partnership is running informal Conversational English Classes for non-English speakers in Arklow. If you have two hours to spare on Monday evenings and would like more information on how to get involved in this dynamic project please contact the co-ordinator: Frances Creegan on 0402 209 55.

RI SESSIONS

The Ri Sessions are back with a bang this year and highlights will include an even bigger competition with more prizes and the compilation of another album.

The competition takes place the first Wednesday of every month and entry is free. Text Pat on 0872451287. Entrants must be 18 and over. Original songs or music from solo artists, duos and bands no bigger than four-piece and unplugged.

GYMNASTICS CLUB

Training for the 2014 season resumes on Tuesday, January 7. Further details from head coach Sara Kenny at 085 1615973 or email kennysara@hotmail.com

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