Sunday 8 December 2019

Bray & District Community Noticeboard

Bray Arts Show - Bray Arts Show's Christmas party night will take place on Monday, December 2, at the Martello at 8 p.m.

Donations are invited at the door.

The evening will feature Paul McElhatton playing the Kamele n'goni (West African harp). He has studied extensively in West Africa and is founder of the groups Manden Express and Afro-Eire.

Michael O'Reilly will present the Bray Arts Journal big quiz.

There will be a performance by The Randomers. Their aim is to play obscure covers untouched by other bands and to write and perform original numbers in a collaborative manner.

The band includes Caoimhe Messitt on vocals and guitar, Claus Jensen on lead guitar, Damian Joyce on rhythm guitar and backing vocals, Seay Ledwidge on keyboard and Johnny Joyce on drums.

The evening will include a monster raffle in aid of Five Loaves.

Purple House Sale

The Purple House Cancer Support Christmas sale takes place in the council chamber of Bray Town Hall on Thursday, November 28, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

There will be new men's, women's and children's clothes, handbags, shoes, jewellery, bric-a-brac, and freshly baked cakes. Admission is €2.

Library events

On Thursday, November 28 at 7.30 p.m., Aoife Munn will discuss 'Sustainable Gardening' at Bray Library on Eglinton Road. Attendees will discover the best plants for nectar, and how connected to wildlife they are, and learn how to provide for pollinator hedgehogs, birds and other local wildlife.

On Saturday, November 30, Ilona Madden will reveal how to 'Have a Merry Healthy Christmas'

To book a place, call o1 2862600 or email

Bereavement Group

Our Lady Queen of Peace Bray Bethany Bereavement support group will cease at the end of November.

For information regarding active groups, email or go to

Story Time

'It's Story Time' takes place at Bray Library on Eglinton Road every Monday at 10 a.m. except on bank holiday Mondays.

Siel Blue

A Siel Bleu exercise programme for survivors of breast cancer is under way at Ballywaltrim Community Centre on Mondays a 1 p.m. in partnership with The Irish Cancer Society.

The programme will focus on improving participants' health and well-being and will include nutritional workshops. The group is open to breast cancer survivors of all ages. The programme includes nutritional workshops. To register for the programme call Siel Bleu Ireland on 01 209 6889 or email your name to

Bridge Club

Dargle bridge club plays every Wednesday night and is based in the Open Door premises on Vevay Road.

There is free parking available and the premises is suitable for wheelchair users.

There are still a small number of places available for membership for the new season. To apply, call 087 2399457.

Camera Club

Bray Camera Club meets each Monday at the Mermaid Arts Centre at 7.30 p.m. with a varied programme of invited speakers.

Members' images are shown at the meetings, and members learn new photographic skills and also take part in competitions. Bray Camera Club welcomes photographers of all levels as new members and can be contacted at

New leaders

The Girls Brigade in Bray is looking for some new leaders.

The group works with girls aged two to 18 and teaches singing, dancing, crafts and games.

Those who sign up will learn from a team of experienced volunteers, gain skills, develop confidence and keep fit.

Volunteers are welcome for either the 4.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. session or the 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. session on Wednesdays in St Andrew's NS.

For more information or to sign up, contact 087 1824440 on WhatsApp or email


GROW Community Mental Health Movement meets every Tuesday at 10.45 a.m. in the Parish Centre, Queen of Peace Church, Putland Road, Bray.

Contact Izabela at 086 8223680 or visit for more information.

Bray CFR volunteers

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 2658455for more information.

Bray Junior Parkrun

The Bray Junior Parkrun continues to attract great numbers of young people every Sunday at 9.30 a.m.

The weekly, timed 2km run takes place in the People's Park on the Lower Dargle Road and welcomes children aged from four to 14.

It costs nothing to take part, but first-time participants must register online first and bring along a printed copy of their barcode.

For more information, visit


St Fergal's bingo takes place at Ballywaltrim Community Centre every Tuesday from 8.10 p.m. Booklets are available from 7.45 p.m. from €7 each.

There are three snowballs up for grabs each week.

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 Sunbeam House Services, Cedar Industrial Estate, Killarney Road.

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

They welcome people with all types of dementia and their families or carers.

For more information, call 01 2125179.


Aware hosts a weekly mental health support and self-care group for anyone experiencing depression, bipolar disorder and mood-related conditions.

This is a free group and referrals are not required.

The group meets every Wednesday at 7.30 p.m. at the Villa Pacis Centre at the Queen of Peace Church on the Putland Road in Bray.

Adult Learning

Bray Adult Learning Centre is offering a number of part-time courses that may be of interest to anyone who would like to get back to education, brush up on basic skills or get ready to return to college.

Contact Bray Adult Learning Centre at 01 2761350 or email to sign up for a course.

Disability action group

A community group of people with disabilities in the north Wicklow area is looking for more local people with disabilities to join.

The group is called Disability Action Together Group (DATG) North Wicklow.

DATG provides a space for people with a disability to network and have a strong voice in advocating for change on issues that affect them.

DATG has been supported in its set-up and development by Disability Federation of Ireland's Pierce Richardson and Bray Area Partnership staff via the SICAP programme.

To get involved, email

Farm market

A farm market takes place each Saturday at Killruddery from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The market offers local produce, grown both in their own Victorian walled garden and a few miles from the site.

Local suppliers include An Tairseach fruit and vegetables; Dunlavin Dairy's locally sourced glass bottle milk, butter and cream; hot food served by Flip'n Awesome, The Crepe Box and Love Falafel; talented local crafters and makers such as The Birds & The Teas, Loo Vit jewellery, Tom Barry woodwork, Kilcrea Design Studio and many more.

Acoustic open mic

El Troubadours meet each Wednesday night in Jim Doyle's for an open mic session.

All singers, musicians and music-lovers are invited to attend the event, which starts at 9 p.m.

Any genre of music is acceptable, in a friendly and encouraging environment.


Bray Musical Society is bringing 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarves' to the children, and big children, of Bray this Christmas.

The pantomime will be on at St Patrick's National School over two weekends.

The dates for the show are November 29, 30 and 1, and December 6, 7 and 8.

The performance times are 8 p.m. on Fridays, 2.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2.30 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets are €12 for adults or €7 for children, available at

Bray People