East Cork Journal 04-Jan-2019

New year, new hopes, new beginnings.

First of all can I take this opportunity to wish all of our readers and their families and friends a happy and healthy 2019.

New year is a time when people go ‘a bit mad’ with new resolutions; give up the cigarettes, give up the drink, cut back on the coffee, cut back the sugar in the tea etc etc.  You only have to look at the adverts on the television or listen to the radio and every second one is about weight loss food supplements or nicotine patches, and while these things are all good in their own way, sometimes we might be better off to take up something new rather than trying to give up things, or better still give up something that’s negatively affecting your life or health, and take up something that will help to improve it, and it doesn’t have to be something that costs a lot of money.  Things you can take up and that will cost you nothing more than your time are as follows:
Walking
: Walking is free, and walking briskly for 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week will improve your fitness, help towards a healthier heart, and may even help to dislodge those extra few pounds that arrived over the Christmas period. While there is a definite stretch in the evenings, please wear a hi-viz vest or carry a flashlight if you’re walking early in the mornings or in the evenings, it could save your life.
Reading. During 2018, the cost of library membership was removed, and since the start of this year fine for the late return of books was removed so you have no excuses for not joining your local library. Alternatively, for about €1 or €2 per book you can support local charities by buying a ‘previously loved’ book from one of the local charity shops in the area.

Volunteering.  There are many local organisations that are crying out for people to give an hour or two every week to help others in the area who need assistance.  I recently noted that Midleton Meals on Wheels were looking for drivers; this is a great way to give something back to society at little of no cost to ourselves.

Another option that won’t break the bank is to take up a new hobby or do a night course. St. Colman’s College Midleton offer a wide range of evening classes, with costs from €80 for an eight or ten week course.

Remember Oscar Wilde’s wise words: “Everything in moderation, including moderation”.

At Midleton Men’s Shed we also have hopes of new beginnings, and our primary focus in 2019 will be on making good progress on getting a shed for ourselves.  We will keep you informed on progress in future columns.

Our Men’s Shed group meets weekly at 11.30 on Friday mornings in the Edmond Rice Centre, and we welcome new members.
If you would like more information you can contact us by email at:[email protected]
or have a look at our website: www.midletonmensshed.com
We are also on social media as follows:
Twitter: @MensMidleton
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MidletonMensShed2018