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Waterford Christmas Tree Festival

The Christmas Tree Festival is back

Christmas is coming, and Christ Church Cathedral invite you to take part in The Waterford Christmas Tree Festival in association with Winterval Individuals, schools, businesses, charities and shops are being asked to create a Christmas tree.

Last year we got a great response from the business community. People are still talking about the trees made with bicycle parts, pc boards, company fliers etc. There are a lot of creative people out there & it’s a good positive way to get your business talked about.

You can make your tree from socks or books, bottles or ties, your challenge is to be as creative as possible. The trees can be twelve inches to twelve feet tall, once they look like a tree and can be displayed during Winterval at Christ Church Cathedral.

Waterford Christmas Tree Festival will run from 6th-15th December 2019 with a wide range of Christmas Trees imaginatively created and decorated by local community groups, youth groups, schools, businesses, artist and craft groups & individuals. We encourage creativity & imagination.

Come visit or be inspired to create your own, Entry forms available at Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford Chamber offices or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The trees will be displayed in Christ Church Cathedral. Come & see all the different concepts. An ideal outing for all the family.

Notes for those entering a tree:

Entry is FREE

Entry Forms are to be returned by 27th November 2019 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BATTERY LIGHTS ONLY - No Candles or naked lights of any sort are permitted for fire safety reasons.

The Cathedral will be open for receipt and decorating of trees on Thursday 5th December 10am-7pm. Trees will be available for collection from 10am-2pm Monday 16th & Tuesday 17Th December.

Helpers will be at the Cathedral to assist in unloading your car. Exhibitors will have to park cars nearby as there is no onsite parking available (only disabled).

Each tree will be allocated a space which is determined by the size of the tree i.e. smaller trees will be on tables etc. and all trees must be properly balanced and standing in a stable manner.

As the event is in a church, no tree should contain any inappropriate displays and the committee has the right to refuse a tree that may not be suitable for the environs.

City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra

Symphony Club of Waterford in association with Imagine Arts Festival welcome The City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra to Waterford on Saturday 19th October at 7.30pm at Christ Church Cathedral Waterford.

Conductor - Gavin Maloney, Cello soloist - Martin Johnson.

Programme - Beethoven - Coriolan Overture, Mendelsshon - Italian Symphony, Tchaikovsky- Variations on a Rococo Theme and Strauss - Romanze for Cello and Orchestra.

Tickets €20 and €5 for under 18's at the door and from www.garterlane.ie  Phone - 051- 855038  

Please join us for the last concert in our 2019 Concert Series for what will be an evening of wonderful music.

Symphony Club of Waterford is proudly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Waterford City and County Council.

IC Diversity

The Construction Industry Federation is proud to announce the launch of the CIF Diversity and Inclusion Charter in collaboration with The Irish Centre for Diversity.

This Charter highlights CIF’s commitment to Diversity and Inclusion in the construction industry and builds on the great work done by the #BuildingEquality campaign.

This charter is available for all CIF members to sign up to and outlines their commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in their company. By signing up to this charter, members are publicly committing to taking small steps to promote diversity and inclusion in their workplaces and our industry.

The benefits to CIF launching and supporting this campaign are that we will attract and retain the best talent to our industry by actively addressing under-representation.

The Irish Centre for Diversity

The Irish Centre for Diversity’s aim is to work in partnership with organisations across Ireland to help them embed equality, diversity and inclusion in all they do. Their goal is to positively influence beliefs, attitudes, behaviour and conduct towards issues surrounding EDI. They want organisations to do more than just tick boxes; they want them to transform the workplace environment to one which is equitable and inclusive.

Their services include the highly prestigious Investors in Diversity accreditation, which is Ireland first all encompassing, diversity and inclusion mark offering a holistic approach to improving Equality and Diversity across all grounds. This comprises of Bronze, Silver and Gold-level accreditation.

For more information visit https://irishcentrefordiversity.ie/

Matrix equality survey

Workplace Equality is such an important issue in today’s workplaces that we have committed to running an annual survey to see how Ireland is performing, changing or progressing in this area and if society is adequately addressing inequalities in the workplace arising from gender, age, nationality etc. Your view counts and we invite you to take part in the 2019 Workplace Equality Survey. 

This survey should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. To thank you for taking part, we will choose 3 winners who can choose one of the following -  a €100 TicketMaster voucher, a €100 Flight voucher or a €100 One4All voucher. Here is the link to take part: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FZM6PYD

All replies will be treated in the strictest of confidence and if you do not wish to be entered into the draw, you are welcome to complete this important survey anonymously. Results will be published on our website and on social channels in November 2019.

 

Auto Boland FPACE DISCOVERY

Join Auto Boland Jaguar Land Rover on Saturday 12th of October 10.00am – 4.00pm, in Dove Hill Irish Design Centre, Carrick-On-Suir, Co. Tipperary. A fantastic opportunity to explore all the power, comfort and innovation of our Jaguar and Land Rover range.

Test drive your choice of vehicles, including the New Discovery Sport and New Range Rover Evoque. Other cars available on the day will include the Range Rover Sport, Jaguar F-PACE, Jaguar E-PACE and Jaguar F-TYPE. Members of the Auto Boland Jaguar Land Rover Sales Team will also be onsite to discuss finance options and trade in opportunities.

Date: Saturday 12th October 2019.

Time: 10:00am – 16:00pm.

Venue: Dove Hill Irish Design Centre, Carrick-On-Suir, Co. Tipperary.

Call 051-335000, or click https://autoboland.eventbrite.ie to book your test drive today.

*Test drives restricted to drivers over the age of 25 with a full driving licence.

 

Port of Waterford Kingfisher DResponding proactively to climate change and emerging economic opportunities and challenges are among the key themes of the latest version of the Port of Waterford corporate plan.

Along with commercial development, infrastructure, people and systems, environmental sustainability is one of five topics prioritised in the plan.

Describing climate change as “an enormous threat to the global environment with very significant implications for our economies and day-to-day lives,” the plan says it is incumbent on the Port to play a proactive role in reducing carbon emissions from transport.

In the plan, the Port commits to minimising their environmental impact and reducing their direct and indirect carbon footprint. It will also continue to support Ireland’s renewable energy sector and especially enable further investment in wind energy.

Given the benefits of short sea shipping and rail freight in particular, the plan seeks to take carbon out of the supply chain by promoting utilisation of the most environmentally-effective transport modes.

In their joint introduction to the plan, Des Whelan and Frank Ronan – respectively chairman and chief executive – note how while the Port continued to perform well in 2018 and the first half of this year, “the wider economic and environmental picture is complex and difficult. On the economic front, Brexit remains an uncomfortable prospect while global trade tensions appear to accelerate. Climate change presents us all with some formidable challenges…Our performance will follow the economies we serve and we must manage within that context.”

Dealing further with Brexit, the plan notes how the UK leaving the EU represents a challenge to the entire Irish economy and to the agri-food sector which is particularly important to the Port.

As the Port of Waterford doesn’t operate direct services between Ireland and the UK, no major operational issues are envisaged. The plan also sets out how Waterford may be able to accommodate some activities that no longer fit comfortably at Dublin Port while Brexit may increase the attractiveness of Waterford’s direct services to mainland Europe to those who previously moved goods using Britain as a land-bridge.

The Port has clearly stated its commitment to the local community in the corporate plan, recognising the importance of continuing to engage with all members of the community. As well as continuing its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, the Port will support studies of the history, archaeology, ecology and geology along the estuary and work with local communities to advance shared interests.

With a staff of 40, Port of Waterford handled 854,426 tonnes of bulk in the first six months of this year, a 15% increase on the first half of 2018. Container traffic volumes were consistent with last year. Turnover was over €4.1m, an increase of 10% on the same six months in 2018 while profits were stable at just over €800,000. External factors impacting demand are making the trading environment in the second half of the year more challenging than in 2018.

The Port is also incurring start-up costs arising from the introduction of a new deep sea container vessel service this year which is performing well to date.

Subject to the prevailing economic climate, the corporate plan envisages full-year revenues increasing to €11.6m in 2023 with an operating profit of €3.5m.

The Port of Waterford Corporate Plan 2019-2013 is available in full at www.portofwaterford.com

Renew Reuse Day 2019October is Ireland’s National Reuse Month, a waste prevention initiative to raise awareness about the economic and environmental benefits of reusing everyday items and materials that would otherwise go to waste.

On October 17th, Renew Enterprises will hold an Open Morning at its premises at Lacken Road Business Park to raise awareness about the reuse work the centre does in preventing waste going to landfill.

Renew is a not-for-profit Social Enterprise operated by Treo Port Lairge CLG, established to create full-time employment for people who have been distant from the labour market. Committed to social inclusion and social justice, the enterprise provides opportunities for those to learn, train and practice new skills and to experience working in a real time working environment.

Renew services and repairs everyday items such as bicycles, wheelchairs, lawnmowers, strimmers and hedgecutters for customers. In addition, Renew repurposes discarded pallets into furniture and kindling. The enterprise also strips end-of-life machines (those that are beyond economical repair) and reconditions the parts taken from them. This reduces the amount of waste going to landfill and has the added benefit of reducing repair costs for customers.

Renew’s manager Nicola Tull says, “Our policy is that we reduce our waste output as much as possible. We operate a busy workshop that services and repairs a whole range of mechanical and everyday items for our customers at a reduced cost. In many cases when the item is beyond repair, we strip the parts that can be reused, thus reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill.”

“We were very fortunate to receive a grant from Waterford City and County Council which allowed us to purchase new equipment that helps us with the servicing aspect of the organisation. The more everyday items we can service and repair for our customers, the less likely they are to end up being binned. Something as simple as extending the life span of a bicycle or a lawnmower can help reduce waste and have many economic and environmental benefits.”

“Throughout the Open Morning on October 17th, we will have talks about how to prolong the life of your mower and basic health and safety considerations. There will be demonstrations on how best to store your mower over the winter to increase its lifespan. We will also be demonstrating how the new equipment we purchased with the Council grant is helping us prevent waste ending up in landfill.”

The Renew Enterprises Reuse Open Morning takes place between 10am and 1pm on Thursday, October 17th at Unit 2, Block 4, Lacken Road, Business Park, Kilbarry (in the TREO building). All are welcome and light refreshments will be served. To find out more visit www.renewenterprises.ie

This project is supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development and Pobal through the Community Services Programme.

Smovey HIIT bootcamp

We are delighted to bringing the first ever POWER HIIT classes to Ireland.

These are a mixture of smoveyPOWER and HIIT training, giving you the full benefits of High Intensity Interval Training and Vibration therapy. 

Classes and Bootcamp start on the 30th September, for more information or to book please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text/call 0858525766

 

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