Deadlines Approaching For Submissions for Cobh Tidy Towns’ Bursary and for Annual Calendar

By Alan Sheehan

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The deadline to submit ideas to Cobh Tidy Towns for the Pride of Place Bursary is fast approaching, with the closing date for application set for this Sunday, 10 September.
The Cobh Pride of Place Bursary, supported by Cobh Credit Union and organised by Cobh Tidy Towns, offers those in the locality the opportunity to make proposals for area enhancement projects which require funding to progress. Cobh Tidy Towns is looking for proposals, such as new perennial flower and shrub displays, place name signs and other one-off projects, from residential areas, streets and estates.
“The bursary is very important,” said Ruth Ring, Chairperson of Cobh Tidy Towns. “We are trying to drum up as much support in Cobh as we can. It provides everyone an opportunity to enhance their part of the town and contributes to making Cobh a better place to live and to work and to visit.”
Operating and on-going expenditure will not be eligible for funding from the Pride of Place Bursary. Those wishing to make proposals should submit detail descriptions of the idea, the location of the planned project and an estimate of the cost, along with contact details. Submissions can be made by email. Projects will likely not be 100% funded by this scheme, so voluntary labour and residents’ involvement will be highly rated in choosing successful projects.
Also for Cobh Tidy Towns, this year marks the 8th year the group is producing its calendar. Cobh Tidy Towns will continue to accept photographs for consideration for inclusion in the 2018 Discover Cobh Great Island Calendar. The calendar is both an important fundraiser for Cobh Tidy Towns, as well as a consistently popular gift which also showcases Cobh and the Great Island.
Photos should be in landscape format and be over 1 megabyte. They can be taken anywhere on the Great Island, including looking out from it or looking toward it, at any point throughout the four seasons. Candid photographs of Cobh will be accepted provided that the subject gives permission for the photograph to be published. The photos can be submitted by email and should include the location of the shot and the approximate time it was taken.
This past Monday Cobh Tidy Towns received an invite for four of its members to attend the Tidy Towns Awards Ceremony held at the Helix in Dublin on Monday, 25 September.
“Usually it is only people who were awarded medals are really given tickets,” said Ms Ring. “We won our two gold medals in the last two years. We are pretty sure we are in the running for another gold, hopefully. By attending we will get to see the adjudicator report, see the date the adjudicator came down at and what they thought of the place. That is the most interesting thing for us, to look at the report. We hope to be in the running for a pollinator award too, for an initiative we did to increase pollination and the population of bees locally. We hope we might win an award, as you never know what is up for grabs at the end of the day. Hopefully we will be in the top running of our category.”
Proposals for the bursary and submissions for the calendar should be emailed to cobhtidytowns@gmail.com.

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