March 2006 Newsletter
There is a buzz around the clubhouse as we look
forward to saint patrick's day. On the 15/03/06 we have a pre saint
patrick's day social in which members are going to dye their hair
green and drink green tea. On the sports front we have the cheltenham
races, rugby international and soccer. At the end of the month we
are off to the dogs,greyhound racing. With march comes lent, we
wish all members and staff who are giving up items for lent all
the best .
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I am a star trek fan or trekie, as they are known
in the Sci-fi world. Star trek has come a long way since captain
Kirk in the first episode and series. After this came the next generation
with Captain Piquard and it is one of my favourites. Deep space
nine with Captain Sisco is star trek politics and is a bit like
Coronation Street in space with aliens and monsters. Voyager came
next with the first female captain Catherine Jane Hathaway. The
most series is Enterprise with John Archer who you will recognise
from quantum leap. The first interracial kiss was on star trek and
species like Clingons, Vulcans and Cardasians represent cultures
and communities on earth. All their missions are to seek out new
life and new civilisations and boldly go where no man (man has changed
to one) has gone before.
Socials in March
Sat 4th March Chat + Chew clubhouse
Wed 15th March Pre-Paddy’s Day social
Friday 31st Greyhounds Newbridge
Platinum Clubhouse closed 17th March
Spring time is here again
It is spring time and the garden season is here.
There are many jobs to do in the garden including sowing flower
seeds. It is also time to dig and clean up flower beds. The lawns
need a top cutting and driveways need a cleaning up. It is an ideal
time to tie up wall plants and to saw up wood trees. Get organised
and good luck..
Spring is here and its time to feed and prune your
roses they need special attention at this time of year.
Our patron Saint of Ireland
Saint Patrick our very king
With shamrock in your hand
Your praises we sing
Explained to us all the trinity
Brought Christianity to our heart
You made old Eireann free
With much love never to part
Over country once in turmoil
With many pagan ways
Vanished all snakes from the soil
Brought us many happy days
Parades line hills and valleys wide
Along cities and towns far and near
All celebrate feelings good inside
To a home land hold so dear
So on Paddy’s day we celebrate
The memory of you
A priestly Saint your fate
To a man so very true
Tomorrow is a brand new day
To our patron Saint so divine
For our welfare we all pray
Be never forgotten in time
/ 225g/8oz Odlums Cream flour
15 ml/1 tablespoon Baking Powder
125g/4oz caster sugar
Good Pinch of Salt
45ml/3 tablespoons Thin Cut Marmalade
150ml/1/4 pt Natural Yoghurt
150ml/1/4 pt Milk 1 Egg
Sieve all the dry ingredients, stir in the sultanas. Melt together
the margarine and the marmalade, beat in the yoghurt, milk and
egg. Gently stir into the sultana mixture (mixture will be slightly
lumpy). Three quarter fill oiled muffin tins with mixture and
bake in a pre-heated oven at 400 Degrees F, Gas 6 for 18-20 minutes
until well risen and golden brown.
Baking Tip; Serve warm with butter or make it in advance and freeze
for up to a month
Significant Dates In March
Wed 1st March Ash Wednesday (1st
day of Lent)
March 2nd – 10th Kildare Drama Festival
Fri 17th March St. Patricks Day (Bank Holiday)
Tue 21st March Equinox (Equal Day Equal Night)
Sun 26th March 2.00am Summer time (Clocks go forward 1 hour)
Sun 26th March Mother’s Day
Sun 26th March Curragh Races
The Lincoln (Start of the flat season)
Art Project Platinum Clubhouse
Newbridge Jan. to Feb. 2006
Breda and Carmel thought that a blank corner
wall where the new lift was recently installed would remain dull
and out of keeping with the airy and bright décor of the dining
area in Clubhouse. It was suggested that I have a go and was free
to use my own imagination as to concept. It was suggested that
a ‘Kildare theme’ would probably be a good idea. I –‘Lydia’ was
volunteered and I was pleased with the confidence in me and the
challenge was exciting. After a lot of thought and time out looking
at gorse and the fields of Kildare and even a visit to Kildare
town with a walk out to the Japanese gardens, I decided on possible
content. I put two collages together on the computer from my own
photographs and braved breaking the large white of the blank ‘canvas’.
I decided to take considerable ‘artistic licence’ and dispense
with accurate proportions in layout thus allowing me freedom of
content despite theoretical mismatch of size and proportion of
the elements portrayed. This left me with the freedom to portray
my impressionist view or vibe of Kildare. I included an interpretation
of a piece of stone art that is evident from outside the Japanese
Gardens. I put a tree distorted by ageing as a vibe from Japanese
bonsai. Sheep and a horse were ‘for the Curragh’ and again not
in dimensional proportion either to one another or to the other
contents of the composition. Michael wanted birds and I quickly
agreed to put some in, as I like to see the angles or birds in
flight etc. and I like to watch seagulls in flight- even though
the sea does not feature, and ‘dry dock’ on the Grand Canal isn’t
exactly the same! I have used acrylics overall having primed the
wall with a P.V.A. coating. I took a few photos of the stages
with a disposable camera so I hope the stages will be interesting.
I intend to varnish the completed work which will, I hope enhance
the colours. At the moment-(as it is not finished yet), to have
an ‘eccentric’ element in the sky.
The National Learning Network
The National Learning Network [N.L.N.] was originally
called The National Training and Development Institute [N.T.D.I.]
it is also called Choices because of a variety of different skills
and courses. The Staff at Choices in Athy are very good at getting
the best from people who attend Choices. Hello my name is Garry
and I have been learning skills at Choices (N.L.N) such as art and
at the moment I am learning how to use the computers to learn the
rules of the road (Driving theory Test). We also do relaxation and
breathing techniques. We also go for walks by the Barrow and Canal,
diets and excrcise are also encouraged in Choices. We also go on
trips shopping or cinema or Bowling as we did last week in Fairgreen
in Carlow. I also learned how to photocopy on both sides of the
paper, I also learned how to read (write now too).
Q When did the driver get a puncture?
A When he came to a fork in the road.
My husband & I were very happy for 30yrs.
What happened then?
An old lady picked a winner almost every day of the week and the
bookie was curious.
“How do you do it Mrs Fitzwilliam's”? he asked.
I stick a pin in the paper, that’s how I do it she replied. “But
you backed four today. How was that?”
“I couldn’t find a pin so I used a fork
Bill: “I’ve managed to get rid of the persistent noise in the car”.
Bill: I’ve let her sit in the front seat.
Birthday Wishes: Bob Mc S,
Patrick W Patrick F (21st), Tom, Patricia, Annette, Peter, Ita
Get Well wishes: All our members
who are unwell.
New Members: Wesley & Sean
Congratulations to Lydia on her
successful Art Exhibition in Athy
Contributors: Shay, Paddy M,
Robert, Gary, Lydia, Gloria, Patricia, Philip.
Editorial Team: Carmel, Clive,
Robert, Mary, Gloria, Philip, Patrick, Patricia.
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