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It's January 2012 and We're Almost Three

Posted by Shan on January 10, 2012 at 10:55 AM


Hello and Happy New Year

2011 was a really busy year for the Playground Campaign and for me, so I spent  only a very little time  posting updates to this web site.

 A bit of history - The Windy Arbour Playground Campaign   started life online  in  Spring 2009, so this Spring we are  hoping to celebrate our third birthday.  

To celebrateour birthday we have produced a 2012 calendar in two formats, which features some lovely photographs of  wildlife  along the Dodder and the Slang rivers.

All of the Illustrations in the Calendars were created by members of the playground campaign.   I especially want to thank our administrator Sophie Hamilton for allowing us to use the wonderful poster she created when she was just eleven.  We used Sophie's  colourful poster  to illustrate the Month of April.

Thanks also to photographer Scott  Kelly, another long time supporter of the Campaign, who got up really early one morning last Spring to take the great shots of wildlife along the Dodder that make up the bulk of the photographs in the Calendar.

We are also using Scott's photographs to  create a series of postcards promoting Windy Arbour Village, which will be for sale in local shops. We hope you will support  our first fundraising efforts, as we are hoping this year to open a Credit Union Account and  form a Management Committee.

The council's Green Spaces Report has acknowledged that  the Dundrum area, which includes Windy Arbour badly needs  children's play facilities and it has allocated more thatn 520,000 euro to improving green space and creating urban playgrounds across its five electoral areas, so we are definitely hoping DLR's parks Department will  spend some money to build safe play facilites for Childen here.

 First Members Meeting

Last Spring we  redesigned the web site and we had our first ever members meeting in The Dropping Well Pub. Following that,  The campaign made a number of submissions to Dun Laoghaire County Council about  its Green Spaces Report

Windy Arbour Village

We also began working with  the businesses based in Windy Arbour to form a Windy Arbour Village Group.  We had two meetings with  local traders in Ryan's Pub. The first was with Hal Ledford,  CEO of the Dun Laoghaire Chamber of Commerce, while the Second, in November  was with Wessel Badenhorst, DLR's Economic Developement Officer.

Wessell told us how businesses all across the five electoral areas that make up DLR are organising themsleves into local groups bent on maximising the money that is available from the council to improve their communites. The message from DLR to businesses is that it wants businesses to take the lead in improving their communities and it will support businesses working with active residents and community groups like ours.

It's not just in Dun Laoghaire that businesses are forming local associations either.  There are new groups in Terenure, Rathfarnham, Churchtown, Monkstown, Ranelagh, Foxrock, Dun Leary Town, Monkstown  AND DUNDRUM. The Churchtown Business Association got funding from DLR last year which helped it to organise two events, a Summer Fun day in De la Salle School and a Christmas tree and  lights switch on opposite SuperValu -  Dun Leary Town had a really ambitious ice fair where Santa arrived on a Harley Davidson bike.

Wessel's advice to us here in Windy Arbour was to think about what makes our village unique and to focus on ways that we can promote those unique characteristics.   Many of us wanted to highlight our wonderful river walks and our long history of industries connected to our two rivers, so we have  created a postcard saying Greetings from Windy Arbour, which you will soon to able buy to show your support for improving our  village. 

We are also working with Dun Leary's Heritage Officer to put a series of signposts around the Village highlighting our history and encouraging  people to walk.

DLR County Council says it  is very keen to work with business groups to improve the local area and it has promised to match whatever money can be raised  by local  trader groups to carry out improvements to the areas that come up with the best ideas fo improving trading conditions.

 So the Playground Campaign is working actively with traders right across Windy Arbour Village to figure out how we can  improve the shoppping experience in the village.  We are looking at the provision of better signage, flower baskets, car parking, landscaping, a christmas tree,and of course, we are also hoping for the provision of   some children's play facilities near Windy Arbour.

At our second meeting  of the Windy Arbour Village Association, we elected a steering group consisting of Eva from Indulge Hairdressers, Michael from Hunters  Chemists and Brid from Ryan's Arbour House and myself, Shan Kelly of the Windy Arbour Playground campaign.

The Village Association is hoping to  meet later this month to plan our events and activities for the year ahead, so if you have any ideas you'd like us to consider, please let us know.

Just  send me a message via this site or email [email protected]

We are hoping it might be possible to begin by organising a car boot sale one Sunday in Ryan's pub car park. Other ideas that have been put forward were for a  fun fashion  competition. We are planning to contact all lolcal schools this year to ask for their support in finding ways to involve schoolchildren in the campaign.

Our  2012 calendars are on sale in   shops in Windy Arbour Village which are  supporting this campaign.

We are hoping to organise a few events this year  with the Windy Arbour Village Association.

Let us know what you think, either through the Village Association's page on Facebook, through our own  facebook Grpoup which is here www.facebook.com/groups/windyplay

All the best in 2012, from Shan



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