Friday, 19 December 2014

Bike Workshop goes from strength to strength

It's been an exciting time in the bike workshop since we began in January. We have managed to overhaul and sell on a number of bicycles and have purchased several new bikes for use in the community including a tandem and addition tricycle which is great for the residents here who do not feel very confident on a normal two wheeler. 

James and Kevin the regular mechanics have been improving their skills in mechanical work and can identify correct tools as well as complete simple jobs with some assistance. Mark, one of the day attendees, is also enjoying stripping bikes for spare parts.

The community enthusiasm can be seen with the daily use of tricycles by Justine and Kevin. This has also led to Kevin and the Livesey family taking a cycling holiday along the Westport Greenway for a few days using the new tricycle kindly purchased by donations from An Tearmann.

We also have a contractual agreement with Silliot Hill Recycling Centre to receive unwanted bicycles to use for spare parts or renovate.

In the new year we will be starting to involve local volunteers in repairing and building bikes and hopefully start weekly cycling activities for residents.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

The Bridge Community is recruiting !!!

The Bridge Community is looking for highly motivated individuals interested in joining our team as part of a Life Sharing Community that is supporting people with special needs.
We are currently looking for a Personal Support Worker for one of the people we are supporting to live independently

as well as a House Coordinator who will help with the management and support of one of our house communities with 4 individuals with special needs.

for details for the above posts please download the Job Advert, Job Description & Person Specification at the following link

For More Information about the Bridge Community please go to our webpage

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

CORRECTION: Kildare Culture Night event at The Bridge, Saturday 20 September 2014

As you may know, we are taking part in the Kildare Culture Night on Saturday 20 September. There is due to be a performance given by Kilcullen’s very own gospel choir in the Community’s Hall, followed by a story telling session for people of all ages.

However this event will now take place at 7 pm, and not 3:30 pm, as originally advertised by Kildare County Council.

Everyone is welcome!

Eastern Neighbourhood Late Summer BBQ: Ballymoney Beach

On Sunday 14 September a few of us had a great time down at Ballymoney beach meeting up with friends from the Eastern Neighbourhood. Camphill Ballymoney organised a great afternoon at their local beach, followed by a superb BBQ up at their Community house. There was a theme of 'Sand Dragons', kites were flown and a few hardy souls even went swimming! A huge thank you to all that helped organise the event.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Visit Bridge Community and Nature Trail during Kilcullen River Festival

New seats on Bridge trail.
The Bridge Camphill Community invites you to visit our farm and nature trail on the afternoon of the Kilcullen River Festival – Sunday 24 August, writes Rebecca Ditchburn.

We welcome visitors all day and from 1pm until 4pm you can visit our weavery, join a guided walk around the nature trail (which is two years old this week!) or have a go at our quiz, see some of our recent work to enhance the trail – new benches, bird boxes and a butterfly boulevard.

The gazebo on Bridge trail.
You will listen to beautiful music by the river, enjoy refreshments in tranquil surroundings, find out more about our Community and, maybe, catch a glimpse of a kingfisher ...

We are grateful to our volunteers, our co-workers, the generosity of An Tearmann customers and to Kildare County Council for a Community Heritage Grant (2014) for their support.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Community Projects Day - July 2014

On Monday 14 July the whole Community, plus a small raft of our incredible volunteers, came together to have a Community Projects Day. It was an opportunity to install new benches, clean out flower beds, plant 'butterfly boulevards' and for the Co-Workers to make bird boxes bearing their names as a lasting mark of their time at The Bridge.

It was a fairly exhausting time, but one which everyone agreed was hugely rewarding. It was finished off with a well-earned BBQ, followed in turn by a Farewell Party for the young Co-Workers who leave us over the coming weeks. Thanks guys, you've done an amazing job! Thanks too to all our volunteers! What would we do without you?

Saturday, 21 June 2014

You'll Never Walk Alone

 The 'Fab Four' of David, Leonard, Luca and Tim plus Becky have just come back from England having spent a few days holidaying around Liverpool and Chester. They managed to fit in sight-seeing, some great meals and more importantly a visit to David's beloved Liverpool Football Club. A great time was had by all!

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Getting out and about

Over the last few days some of us have been on outings to local gardens. At a visit to Hunting Brook gardens we heard about how to create some of the stunning effects as well as how to (safely) forage for wild food. We also enjoyed tea and cake in the garden.

Meanwhile a group from the Transitional Training Programme visited KCAT near Kilkenny to see the end of year art show. They had a guided tour of some of the studios and discussed some of the works of art in the exhibition. They came away with lots of ideas for their own art. A really inspiring visit!

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

The garden looks amazing at this time of the year

Bernie our garden expert has allowed the poppies to run free at this time of the year in some of our beds. The effect is amazing!

Happy days!

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Ascension Day Outing 2014

One of the great traditions of Camphill is the Ascension Day Outing. Here at The Bridge we chose to go to the Powerscourt Waterfall in the north Wicklow Mountains for a Community BBQ. The day dawned cloudy and damp, but that didn't put us off; neither did the ground-level mist and fog over the Sally Gap as we made our way to Powercourt. Armed with BBQ's food and guitars, we were determined to have a good time!

The waterfall was magnificent and we piled out of the buses on the green nearby, got the BBQ's fired up, spread our chairs and tables for lunch. While we were waiting for the BBQ crew to get the hot food going, some of us went to explore the amazing woods near the falls. Soon it all was ready and we tucked into an amazing feast, which was followed with singing accompanied by Mischa and Jonathan on guitar. A great day out!