BALLON Improvement Group reflected on another successful year at their annual general meeting.
In keeping with its 2019 mission statement – ‘Inspiring global change through local action’ – the group took on a number of exciting, environmentally-challenging projects.
One of the many highlights was a first-time commendation for Ballon in the annual Tidy Towns competition, while several workshops took place in the local national school and community garden. The Ballon Festival Day entitled ‘Go Green Expo’, which took place on 3 May, was also a great success.
Ballon was in full bloom for the arrival of the judges from Pride of Place. Throughout the summer months, the village was kept litter- and weed-free without the use of pesticides or weedkiller.
Group stalwarts Eileen Murphy and Máire George have already begun work on this year’s Tidy Towns and Pride of Place submissions.
The first Eco Christmas Fair was held at The Forge. A climate-change poster competition organised by the local school was a great success, with the standard of entries going way beyond expectations. The ultimate aim of the contest was to create climate-change calendars for 2020.
Siopa Glas continues to be one of Ballon’s greatest success stories and it reported a steady flow of customers during 2019. This success is mainly down to the many volunteers and contributors who work tirelessly to make it happen.
Concluding the meeting, the outgoing chairperson thanked all who helped in any way during the year.
Events to look forward to in the next few months (provided they are not cancelled due to the Covid-19 virus) are Go Green Expo 2020 and May Day celebrations.
The newly-elected officers for Ballon Improvement Group as follows – chairperson, Máire George; vice-chairperson, Joe Cummins; secretary, Bernie Mullins; treasurer, Eileen Murphy, along with committee members.