Today I cycled with Marion to Villierstown and we stopped in for coffee at the shop. While sitting outside, my attention was drawn to the many notices in the window. Villierstown, it seems, has a thriving community spirit. There was a notice outlining the library opening hours. There was one about local crafts, and yet another about Villierstown Education and Culture Project. I lingered on this one, and found it most interesting. The directors of this charity are named, and are locals. Furthermore, attached was a set of running accounts relating to monies raised. It made very interesting reading. The funds have been allocated in many directions, as can be seen below.
Attached to the wall between the shop and the Montessori playschool, there was a defibrillator, and within the accounts it was stated that funding was provided for training of six persons. This is great for a small community.
My bike knows the way to Villierstown by default. It’s a place I love to visit, and I like to sit and not be in a hurry to leave. I wrote about one such visit back in May, and likely I will be keen to return regularly during the autumn and winter.
One of the loveliest spots is about a kilometre outside the village, down at the quay beside the river Blackwater. The river is tidal to here and further up to Cappoquin. The view upriver with the Knockmealdowns on the horizon is very special. There’s a calmness and quietness about the place.