Thursday 25 April 2019

Around the districts: Bray

Workshop: A free workshop in Bray on Thursday, December 6 will explain what a social enterprise is and the key elements to consider when setting one up.

Social enterprises are businesses set up to benefit their local community.

They provide valuable services and jobs and invest any profits back into the business or the local community.

Examples could be a charity shop, a community café, an environmental project, a sports, health or well-being service, or a manufacturing business designed to provide employment to a particular group of people.

The workshop is being put on by Bray Area Partnership and will explore different types of social enterprises, the five key elements to get right, corporate governance, funding and human resources and the basics for getting a social enterprise off the ground.

It takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 6 and is restricted to individuals or groups from the Bray or Greystones Municipal District areas. Call Eithne on 01 2050111 to book your place.

Serendipity and friends

Following the recent fire which destroyed Bray Lakers' facilities, Bray's ladies barbershop chorus Serendipity is giving a concert to help raise funds for Lakers. This will be on Wednesday, November 28 at 8 p.m. at the Bray Methodist Church on Florence Road.

Serendipity, singing a range of music including swing, jazz and ballads, will be joined by their good friends in music in Wicklow and elsewhere.

Beating Time is Wicklow's ladies barbershop chorus. Harbour Ukuleles is a group of ukulele enthusiasts who meet every Tuesday in the Harbour Bar.

Malahide Vocal Ensemble is a small group of ladies who also sing a'ccapella, while 4 Piece Suite sings as a quartet.

Tickets are €10 and available at the door or by emailing

Lions auction

A luxury break at Harvey's Point multi-award winning hotel in Donegal, dinner at the five star Dublin Intercontinental Hotel, membership of Kilruddery Estate and a complete home security system are among up to 100 items which will go under the hammer at the Bray Lions Club Annual Charity Auction which takes place at the Wild Goose, Main Street, Bray on Thursday, November 29, at 8.30 p.m.

Original artwork, crafts, hampers, vouchers and novelty items will all be on the list with some items likely to be sold for around €5.

All funds raised will be used by Bray Lions Club to support a programme of local projects and to support Bray community.

Classics by Candlelight

Classics by Candlelight returns to Christ Church Bray for its ninth year at 7 p.m .on Sunday, December 2.

As usual, there will be an hour of wonderful music for string quartet in the church by candlelight, followed by mulled wine and mince pies, included in the price of the ticket.

The alcohol-free hot punch always goes down a treat and means that drivers need not miss out! The musicians are all players with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and RTE Concert Orchestra.

Tickets cost €10 and can be bought from The Travel Boutique on Bray Main Street or by calling Christ Church Bray parish office on 01 2862968.

Active Retirement

Bray Active Retirement will hold their art and craft day on Friday, December 7.

There will be materials which have been made by members, in classes or at home, for sale and exhibit.

The event will be on from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Candlelight service

The Purple House Christmas Candlelight Service will take place at the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer on Friday, December 7, at 7.30 p.m. Tenors Ross Scanlon and Wayne Woodman will contribute, as well as soprano Anne Hickey, the Purple House choir and Tallaght Cancer Support Group choir.

The service is one of the most special nights of the year for Purple House. This year's theme is 'A Celebration of Love and Friendship in Our Community'.

Christmas fair

The Queen of Peace Parish Christmas fair will take place on Sunday, December 9.

The fair takes place from 12.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m., in the parish centre adjacent to the church on Vevay Road.


HomeLink reaches out to older people who want to remain living in their own home by making them feel more comfortable so they can remain at home for longer.

The staff and volunteers contact members with regular phone calls, arrange small repairs and organise a range of social events throughout the year.

Contact HomeLink on 01 2014473 for more details.

GROW mental health group

GROW Community Mental Health Movement meets every Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Parish Centre, Queen of Peace Church, Putland Road, Bray.

GROW is a mutual help, mutual support group for personal growth and change.

The group meets weekly, using a 12 step programme of recovery.

Contact Leo at 086 8033124 or visit

Mother and toddler group

A mother and toddler group meets weekly at Ballywaltrim Community Centre.

The group will meet each Wednesday from 9.15 a.m. until 10.15 a.m.

For more information contact Ciara on 087 0961312.

There is a fee of €2 and there will be tea and coffee available.

Ladies' Lunch fundraiser

Bray Emmet's Ladies' Lunch fundraiser will take place on Saturday, December 1 at 3 p.m.

The event will take place at the new restaurant of Caffe Vergnano 1882 (previously The Strand).

Tickets will be available soon via the shop and designated sellers, with half of all ticket proceeds going to the club.

Frosted the Pantomime

Bray Musical Society presents 'Frosted' at St Patrick's Primary School this festive season.

The show will be on from Friday, November 30 to Sunday, December 2, and from Friday, December 7, to Sunday, December 9.

On Fridays, Frosted will be on at 2.30 p.m.; on Saturdays 2.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m, and on Sundays, 2.30 p.m.

The cast and crew have been in rehearsals since September

Tickets are €10 or €5 concession.

A family ticket for two adults and two children is €28.

For group rates contact the society directly on 086 2663250.

Tickets are also available at

Christmas market

Bray Beach Boutique Christmas Market returns to Jim Doyle's pub on Bray seafront on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2.

The market will be open from 12 midday until 5 p.m. each day.

There will be a generous selection of the very finest, hand-picked seasonal stalls showcasing local art, craft, fashion, food and more.

There will be festive drinks at the bar and Christmas gifts in the beer garden.

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend to pick up some Christmas gifts.

Alzheimer Café meet-up

The Alzheimer Café meets on the last Thursday of each month from 2.30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at their new venue, Sunbeam House Services, Cedar Industrial Estate, Killarney Road.

The Alzheimer Café is a relaxed place where people with dementia, their families and friends, health and social care professionals come together for education and support over a cup of tea.

It is a safe space where people can share experiences and talk about dementia.

This is a voluntary joint initiative by St Columcille's Hospital and Community Health in South Dublin and Wicklow. It is free of charge.

For more information call 01 2125179. Leave a message and they will call you.


Bray Cardiac First Responders would welcome any new volunteers or anyone interested in learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

They meet on the first Thursday of every month in Sunbeam House at the Taylor Centre Vevay Road. Call 086 2658455.


Bray Greystones badminton club welcome beginners, back to badminton players and juniors every Thursday night in BIFE, Novara Road, Bray, from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. and Sunday afternoon from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

For further information, contact Mary on 089 4132070.

Yoga with Rachel Lee

Yoga with Rachel Lee takes place on Tuesdays at the Taylor Centre on Vevay Road, with Hatha Yoga 1 from 7 p.m. to 8.15 p.m.

On Wednesdays, classes are at the Novara Centre on Bray seafront. At 6.45 p.m. it's Gentle Yoga, with Hatha Yoga 2 from 8.15 to 9.45 p.m.

On Fridays at the Novara Centre there is a one-hour mini-workshop at 6.30 p.m. with a different theme each week.

Call 087 9891091 to book your place.

Bray People