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Writing club

Come join the Arklow Library Writer’s Group for a safe environment to share and improve on your writing. All levels welcome and no booking is required.

Our first meeting was on Tuesday, April 26 at 6.30 p.m. My Open Library has also resumed, meaning those with MOL access cards have access to the library from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Contact arklowlibrary@wicklowcoco.ie for more information on MOL or the writers’ group.

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Beach cleans

Arklow Coastcare, with the help of volunteers from Sunbeam House and National Learning Centre, clean Arklow South Beach every Thursday lunchtime from 1.30 p.m. All are welcome.

To find out more information about the group and other environmental projects the team is working on, email Corey Bateman on cbateman@wicklowcoco.ie.

Try sailing

Arklow Sailing Club is inviting people over 18 years of age to come out sailing in June (weather permitting). The aim of this programme is to give sailing a go and see if you like it.

There is no certification awarded for this but you will gain some experience and hopefully become a competent crew member.

The plan is to meet at the sailing club on the north quay each Tuesday evening in June at 6.30 p.m.

Everyone will be assigned onto a boat and will take to the water for approx. 1 hour. To register, visit arklowsc.com.

Family fun at the library

Arklow Library hosts Family Fun Time every Saturday from 11 a.m. with stories, crafts andjigsaws.

There is also Storytime at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Movie Club for ages three and up at 3.30 p.m. on Fridays.

Christian Community Church opens

The Christian Community Church Arklow had their official opening of their new church building in St Mary’s Chapel on June 4 at 2 p.m.

The former chapel dates back to the 1800s as a place of prayer, but had recently been abandoned and vandalised.

Now restored, Solomon Aroboto, Pastor of the Christian Community Church, welcomed all to their official reopening.

The church’s popular Super Sunday Community Outreach Event will take place at Glenart College from 10.30 a.m. on Sunday, June 26.

All are welcome to attend this monthly even which fundraises for local causes, like Artklow Tidy Towns.

Glass art on display

A glass art collaboration between the Transition Year students 2011 of St Mary’s College Arklow and award-winning glass artist Bianca Divito has been taken out of storage and placed into the light.

The collaborative project resulted in the design and creation of three stained-glass transom windows, depicting familiar Arklow scenes and the schools ethos.

You can now enjoy these by visiting the grounds of St Mary’s.

Positive Ageing

Arklow Positive Ageing would like to welcome back all of their members, both new and existing.

The committee has started to plan day trips, shopping trips and other activities.

To book or for more information, contact Tony Nobbs, chair of Arklow Positive Ageing, at 087 2464243.

Grow

Grow Mental Health’s Arklow Community Group is holding in-person meetings at a new venue weekly on Mondays at 10 a.m. at the Bridge Christian Community Centre, 1A Wexford Rd.

Anyone is welcome to attend the meetings which will explore positive mental health, wellbeing and recovery. Meetings are free to attend.

For more information about the Arklow Grow Mental Health community group, call Clare on 086 0787701.

Arklow Markets

The Arklow Farmers’ Market takes place at Bridgewater Shopping Centre every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The market features fresh fish, a bakery, vegetable stalls and the Saltrock Dairy, as well as local makers from the craft fair.

The Arklow Craft Fair takes place in Bridgewater Shopping Centre from noon to 6 p.m. across the first Saturday and Sunday of each month.

‘Let’s Sing’

‘Let’s Sing’ is back every Thursday morning in Arus Lorcain. Sing a variety of songs – old and new – in a fun, non-competitive atmosphere at a cost of just €5 per week. To register your interest, call Rosarii on 0402 32248 or text 089 263 9242.

Junior parkrun

Arklow junior parkrun takes place every Sunday morning at 9.30 a.m. at the Duck Pond. This is a 2k event for juniors only, aged between four and 14 years old. The event is free, but registration before the first race is essential.

For information about the event, or details on how to volunteer, email arklowduckpond-juniors@parkrun.com.

Asgard Bridge Club

Asgard Bridge Club are delighted to announce the return to live bridge on Mondays in the Presbyterian Church building at 7.15 p.m. Looking forward to seeing everyone there.

New members welcome.

Arklow Cancer Support open

Arklow Cancer Support is offering one-to-one counselling face to face or remotely for cancer patients or family members. They also offer bereavement counselling for anyone affected by cancer, plus their volunteers drive patients for their daily radiation therapy.

If you are interested in joining the group meetings, you can do so any Thursday night at 7.30 p.m. You do not have to be a registered client to join.

Their drop-in Friday events are also open to all, as well as art, social media courses, sound meditation, reflexology, lymphoedema support, wig fitting, and bra and prosthesis support.

Opening hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. You can also reach the team via 0402 23590 or 085 110 0066 or arklowcancersupport@gmail.com.

MS support

The Arklow MS Support Group meets on Thursday mornings at 11 a.m. for a coffee and a chat at the Arklow Bay Hotel and for a Zoom call each Friday at 11 a.m.

Please check the Facebook group or contact Damien on 087 414 9229 for any changes.

Men’s Shed

Arklow Men’s Shed meets at Monument Lane, Arklow, and is a place that brings men together, so they they can sit, work, talk and enjoy companionship.

The shed consists of several groups offering a variety of activities, and relief from stress and opportunities to be proactive.

New members are welcome to attend. For information, call 086 3217860 or email arklowmensshed1@gmail.com.

Support for new mothers

La Leche League Arklow meet in-person on the third Tuesday of every month from 10a.m. to 12p.m. at May Byrne Trust House in Coolgreany.

There is also a Zoom meeting at 8.30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month.

Please get in touch should you have any breastfeeding concerns.

For more information, call Fiona on 087 9894097, Shirley on 087 9620847, Sarah on 086 8889358, Siobhan on 087 6374036 or Jackie on 087 2389089.

Arklow 68 Bridge back

Arklow 68 Bridge Club are back to in-person bridge at long last. Bridge takes place every Wednesday at 7.15 p.m. at the Arklow Presbyterian Church Hall, Dublin Road.

Non-members welcome.

Tidy Towns

Arklow Tidy Town’s mission is to improve the landscape in the town of Arklow for residents and visitors alike.

They meet each Tuesday in season to carry out various projects around the town.

Their CE scheme carries out essential landscape maintenance and litter control all over the town on a daily basis.

For more info or to join the team, email arklowtt@live.com or head to their Facebook page.

Samaritans

East Coast Samaritans, based in Arklow, offer emotional support to their callers through telephone calls and email. They can be contacted 24/7 by calling 116 123.

You can also find more information and donate at www.samaritans.org/branches/arklow/.


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