Welcome to The Venue Ratoath. October 22nd 2021 is our new milestone date as Covid-19 restrictions on indoor events are ended and we welcome Jack L back to the Venue. This sets in motion an exciting programme of events right up until Christmas and we are also well advanced on putting together a varied mix of very high quality acts in the first few months of 2022.
We will also be focussing on our Community side on a number of new initiatives, some of which are heavily influenced by how our community has fared through the Covid period. November will see the launch of our new Thursday Night Talks programme and we intend this to be a major feature in 2022 and to cover a wide and diverse range of subjects. A new Womens' Group is also being started and in our role as facilitators we will adapt to the needs and follow-on actions that this group generates.
October will also see the relaunch of our free community newsletter, Ratoath News & Views and we will be back to our regular monthly publication from January.
Our Happy Days childcare continue to win awards and generate very favourable media coverage for Ratoath and are currently working hard on the 2021 Facebook Community Grant we secured which is gently introducing STEM to the children and how it can be incorporated into the childrens' lives and their interactions with their new friends in Ratoath Manor Nursing Home.
Finally we are very excited to have started a new Ratoath Community Employment Scheme which will now create community employment for upwards of 25 participants exclusive to Ratoath voluntary and sports organisations. We see this as having a most positive effect on our town and that it will make a visible difference very quickly.
We invite you to have a more detailed look around our new website and perhaps you are not fully aware of all the various activities that we undertake. We have made all the necessary changes and improvements to ensure that all our facilities and services are operated in as safe a manner as possible and that all visitors to our facilities feel as safe as possible in relation to Covid-19.
In planning for the future expansion of our services, we are asking you to take time to complete a short survey on our future direction and any priority areas you believe we should be addressing within these plans.
Our next major expansion project will be the construction of a new Community Sports Campus Hub Building and if you have not yet visited our community sports campus, then please do so and you will see at first hand a model community sports development with a multi-sports campus of the highest standards situated adjacent to Ratoath College. Our new Astro Pitches are now being used by local sports clubs, fitness classes and Ratoath College. Also we have just completed a €50,000 investment in building a new entrance that accesses all sports centrally, a new viewing area and a new emergency entrance for accessing the lower pitch / track levels.