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Monday 26 June 2017

Amazing BASE to celebrate its 30th anniversary next week

One of Swords' most vibrant voluntary organisations will mark its 30th anniversary next week with an evening of celebration.

The Brackenstown Adult Scene of Education (was set up in the parish in 1987 by two groups of women who had completed personal development courses. The original committee was made up of 11 women.

Sr Ellen, who sadly passed away recently, had been the prime mover in organising personal development courses for parishioners in conjunction with the VEC.

Sr Ellen, along with the then junior school principal Ann McMahon and the first personal development facilitator Pat White were the guiding light behind the BASE movement.

For 10 years, BASE carried on its activities wherever it could get space; in the kitchen of the school hall, in a senior school prefab, and eventually they operated in a disused prefab in the car park.

This old prefab became very dilapidated and the group took the brave decision in 1993 to construct their own building.

Fundraising began in 1993 with a weekly lottery. The parish made a site available to the group within the parish campus and building began in February 1997. It was formally opened on February 26 1998. A computer room was added in 2000.

Since the completion of its own building, BASE has gone from strength to strength. It opens fro 8am until 10pm every weekday, and for some hours at the weekend.

Adult education classes are available on a daily basis. Counselling services form an important part of the BASE agenda/

Fingal Counselling Service is based there and there are 25 fully trained counsellors catering for approximately 140 clients per week.

The service also runs a three and a half year counselling diploma course in Humanistic Counselling and this is recognised by IACP.

A breakfast club, morning playschool and after-school club operates on the premises. Various drama groups rehearse there and it is used as a meeting place for many of the parish groups.

BASE operates with a part-time receptionist, six FAS workers who maintain the building to a very high standard and voluntary workers who are more important than ever. Three of the original committee are still serving.

The evening of celebration is taking place on Friday, May 19, starting with a Mass at St Cronan's Church at 7.30pm. It will be followed by refreshments and music in the BASE Centre.

New committee members with new energy and fresh ideas are always welcome. For further information contact 01 890 2593 or email baseswords@live.ie.

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