Springvale Donate 70 Flower Boxes to Clonard Residents in support of this years Novena
Staff and Learners have been busy in the lead up to this year’s Clonard Novena, making planters and window boxes to donate to neighbouring houses in the area for the 9-day event.
In partnership with the Clonard Residents Association, and supported by Dundonald Nurseries, we have created 70 flower boxes which have been donated to residents in the Springfield Road, Kashmir and Cupar Street areas of Clonard – supporting residents as they prepare their homes for the upcoming Clonard Novena.
The Novena is also an important event for Springvale Learning staff and learners who will be taking the time before and after their working day to attend the Novena and enjoy the atmosphere as well as continue traditions started in childhood.
Essential Skills Tutor and longstanding Clonard resident Patricia McAteer said, ‘The Clonard Novena has been a central part of the Lower Falls community since I was a child. I remember going with my parents, my school classes and even with groups of friends. When I was in my teens, there was a 50-year celebration of the novena, and the entire community got involved. We all paid into a scheme to get bunting put up on our streets, we all came out together and washed the streets with hoses, scrubbing brushes and bleach to make sure the streets were spick and span. At the time, my mummy was on a crutch and even she came out with the hose! To this day, the bunting is still put up on some streets during the novena, and that was back in the early ‘90s!’. I look forward to welcoming residents and visitors of the Clonard into the Springvale building during the event.’
Director of Compliance and Business Services, Lorraine Kelly who has been attending the Novena for many years said, ‘The Clonard Novena has been an integral part of my life since I was a child. It is a tradition in my family, my Mum attends every year and it is because of her inspiration that I continue to go with my own children. I have many memories of walking to and from the Novena with my Mum and Aunt Mary every June. From an early age, I realised that no matter what, they would not miss a novena session, their daily plans are made around their attendance at the Novena for the whole 9 days!
I have worked at Springvale Learning for 23 years and enjoy seeing the preparation in the community for the Novena every year. This year I am proud of the contribution Springvale Learning has made in the preparation. Wooden planters with beautiful flowers have been constructed by our Staff and Learners, these have been distributed to the residents around the area to display in their gardens.’
Springvale will be offering free tea, coffee and toilet facilities weekdays from 10am-4pm during the Novena at the Clonard.
If you would like to find out more about Springvale Learning and their Community Engagement Programme, please contact Rebecca at 028 9024 2362 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
June 15th, 2017