Community thanked for pageant support

From the Christmas committee

The festive season is now behind us and a new year’s cycle of activities is beginning.

The Lions Clare Christmas Committee would like to thank all in the community who helped with the Clare Christmas pageant activities in December.

Special thanks the Clare Primary School Choir and the Clare High School Rock Band for performing at the after-pageant party. Beyond Bank and their staff generously support the activities of the committee.

The Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council also give financial support and assistance with road closures, and we thank them for that.

The Christmas Stocking raffle is a major fundraiser and we thank the Clare businesses who cheerfully donate the raffle prizes, and all who purchased tickets in the raffle.

RAA-Phillip Basham Agencies again donated $500 as prizemoney for the best decorated business and residence. Congratulations to Sports Power Clare, and Shaun and Sharyn Taylor of Jarman Crescent, winners of their respective categories. The Jarman Crescent residence of Sean and Sharon is a wonder to behold, and obviously the result of many hours work.

Without the floats there would be no pageant. Special thanks to all those groups and individuals who took the time and trouble to create a float. The crowds lining the street, especially the children, enjoyed the colour and pageantry. It was a credit to you all.

Members of the Clare Rotary and Zonta Clubs give of their time to help with the pageant. The staff at Madec have been supporting us with secretarial work, and on behalf of Lions and the wider community we thank them for their help.

The Lions Clare Christmas Committee is a group of Lions and other community members who organise the Pageant, the after-pageant party and the Clare street Christmas decorations.

If you would like to help by becoming part of that committee or have any suggestions for making the pageant better please contact me or any member of the Lions Club.

Ron Wurst, chairperson, Lions Clare Christmas Committee.

Road to ruin?

Anyone who uses the road from Clare to Armagh will know that the surface is in terrible condition. 

To me this is a matter of blatant self-interest, I regularly ride my e-bike on this road.

Surely this road will be resurfaced before too long; I suggest that a cycling lane could be added then.

Cycling is very important to tourism in the Clare district; I hardly need mention the importance of the Riesling Trail. Adding a cycling lane to the northern side of the Clare to Armagh road at the time of resurfacing would not be difficult; a few feral pine trees would need to be removed to provide the required extra width. Already quite a few recreational cyclists use the road, but it would be attractive to far more if it was safe. Armagh itself and roads like Emu Flat Road, Scobie Road, Spring Gully Road, Jacobs Range Road and Blyth road, all in the Armagh area, are great for cycling, but at present getting from Clare to Armagh on a bicycle is risky.

A cycling lane would make the road safer for all users: cyclists, pedestrians, motorists, and truckies.

It’s not a council road, it’s a state government responsibility, but I believe that the state government generally listens to council recommendations on things like road upgrades.

David Clarke, Armagh.