Parenting courses free
Bray Area Partnership is offering two free Parents Plus parenting courses in Bray.
The first is Parenting When Separated, for parents who are preparing for, going through, or have gone through a separation or divorce. It starts on February 28 and runs for six weeks one evening a week.
The second is Parenting six- to 11-year-olds, starting on March 1 and running for six weeks one morning a week. It covers topics such as play and special time with your child, setting rules, routines, managing misbehaviour and talking problems through with your child.
Parents Plus courses are practical, positive and evidence-based and feedback from parents who have attended to date has been extremely positive.
To find out more see brayareapartnership.ie or call Sinéad Roarke at 01 286 8266.
Enniskerry Gardening Club lecture
Horticulturist John Stepheneson will give a talk at Powerscourt Parochial Hall (beside poppies) on Wednesday, March 1, at 8 p.m.
The talk will be on ‘preparing your garden for spring and summer’.
John worked for 35 years in the National Garden Exhibition Centre in Kilquade, and teaches in the Dublin School of Horticulture. He also worked for some time in Holland, so has great experience growing bulbs.
John will be happy to take your gardening questions after his talk.
Tea or coffee and biscuits will be served after the lecture. Admission is €7 for non-members.
Build better relationships
If you are interested in learning how to build better relationships you might be interested in joining a small group who meet on the first Monday of each month at 7.30 p.m. The group met for the first time on Monday in the Villa Pacis, Our Lady Queen of Peace, Bray.
The group acts as a learning co-operative, some with a few years’ experience, as they learn to apply the practical insights of Dr William Glasser’s Choice Theory Psychology. People join the group for the learning challenge, for fun and to be inspired. Donations to cover cost of room.
For more information call Maureen at 086 8756603.
Ladies in the Blues show
Back by public demand after their sell-out show. Ladies In the Blues is a live music theatre show charting the journey of pioneering women in the blues such as Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and Maimie Smith, who made early blues recordings. The four Irish women of the blues – Flo McSweeney, Clara Rose, Emma Nicolai and Jhil Quinn are accompanied by a cracking live blues band featuring Ireland’s greatest exponents of the blues including Ed Deane and James Delaney. Join them at Mermaid Arts Centre on March 3 and 4. Tickets: €20/18
Train and model fair
The next train and model collectors fair will take place at Bray Wheelers clubhouse on Schools road on Sunday, February 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission of €1 will go to charity.
Pres past pupils Mass
The annual Mass for Past Pupils of Presentation College Bray is taking place on Sunday, February 26, at midday in the college.
All past pupils and their families are welcome to attend and light refreshments will be served afterwards.
A Bray Manin the Great War
This exhibition, which is on view in Stillorgan Library, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin, during normal opening hours, curated by Seán Downes, is about Pte. John Cleary, ‘D’ Coy, ninth Bn, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, aged 29, who was killed in action in France on April 27, 1916, and has no known grave but is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, France. He was the son of William and Margaret Cleary, Railway Terrace Bray, and husband of Elizabeth Cleary, Bowden Cottage. Bray.
Jean Butler & Neil Martin
Join Jean Butler and Neil Martin at Mermaid Arts Centre on March 2. Butler’s new show, ‘This is an Irish Dance’, created and performed with Belfast-based cellist Neil Martin, is inspired by the interdependent relationship between traditional music and dance and the formal spatial relationship between dancer and musician that characterizes her tradition. Tickets: €20/18.
Alzheimer’s Café times
The Alzheimer’s Café in Bray meets from 2.30 p.m. till 4 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month at the Orchard, Bray Old Folks Association, Killarney Road.
The Alzheimer’s Café is for people all over Wicklow and south Dublin. The 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.
The service is free of charge and welcomes people with all types of dementia and their family members and carers.
Exhibition of paintings and photography
The exhibition ‘Solace’ by Derval Freeman will take place at Signal Arts Centre from Monday, February 27, till Sunday, March 12.
An opening reception will take place on Friday, March 3, from 7 p.m. till 9 p.m. Derval’s love of the environment is expressed in her work, inspired by her treks of discovery through the secluded countryside into which she is inevitably drawn.
Book clubs at thelibrary
There are two book clubs at Bray Library. The Family Book Club is for ages eight to 12 and parents and meets on a Saturday at 2.45 p.m. The Adult Book Club meets on a Wednesday at 11 a.m.
The library’s opening hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. For more information, call 01 2862600.
Cycling group with Michael
Anyone, who would like a cycle with other people is welcome to join a Bray group that meets every morning.
The group meets for a one-hour ride (approximately) at 10.15 a.m. at the Ballywaltrim Community Centre car park on the Boghall Road.
All adults are welcome, including beginners. Call Michael at 087 9144775 for more information.
Francessco Turrisi night
Musician Francesco Turrisi will perform at the Town Hall in Bray on Friday, February 24.
Francesco and two invited guests will perform a short solo set each, followed by a trio set with original music and improvisation.
Tickets are €16 from mermaidartscentre.ie.
5km or 10km challenge
The third annual Loreto Bray 5km or 10km Challenge takes place at midday on Saturday, April 1, in the beautiful grounds of Kilruddery House.
This year the school is fundraising to replace the data projectors in the classrooms. The local sponsors to date include McDonalds, Nissan, School Warehouse, Fleurtique and Oriflame.
This is a great family day out while raising much needed funds for the school.
Go to athleticsireland.primo-events.com for registration.
SVP seeking volunteers
St Vincent de Paul Society is looking for volunteers. If you can spare a few hours a week, why not become a volunteer and help make a difference?
To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01 8198441.
An Bothán group for men
An Bothán, a men’s group, meets every Thursday between 9.30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Sparktech, St Kevin’s Square, Bray. They have acquired a good strong bookcase for the An Bothán library. Visitors are welcome. For more information call Jim at 086 8030445 or email email@example.com.
Bray Area Partnership’s Warmer Homes Scheme is open to those living in the Bray, County Wicklow or South Dublin areas.
To qualify for the scheme, applicants must be owner occupiers and in receipt of either fuel allowance, family income supplement or job seekers allowance for more than six months with a child.
For more information, call the Warmer Homes team at 01 2866080.
Hearing loss test for free
Hidden hearing, 55 Main Street, Bray, is offering free professional ear wax removal to people over the age of 55.
Ear wax is a naturally occurring substance in the ear canal and helps to keep ears healthy and prevent infection.
Patients will also receive a free hearing screening to further diagnose or rule out any hearing issues.
To book a free consultation call 1800 882 884 or visit hiddenhearing.ie.
If you think you have a problem with cocaine, alcohol, or any other mind altering substance, there is a Cocaine Anonymous meeting every week in Bray. The meeting takes place from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays at one Castle Street.
For information call 089 2442845.
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.
If you are lonely, isolated or suffering from stress why not come learn a practical psychology of mental health.
GROW is a mutual help, mutual support group for personal growth and change, that meets weekly using a 12 step programme of recovery.
Contact Leo at 086 8033124. Website: grow.ie. Infoline: 1890 474 474
History talk by John Finlay
How much has Wicklow changed in over a hundred years, how much of it remains the same or slightly changed?
Find out in the next talk in the ‘winter series of lectures’ which takes place in the new talks venue, the Boathouse (CCE Centre), at the seafront in Wicklow Town.
The speaker will be John Finlay, society chairman, who will take his audience on a ‘pictorial and scenic tour of Wicklow past’ through many images in his collection. Some of the images will quite rare so this will be a treat indeed.
The talk is on February 27 at 8 p.m. All are welcome and the talk is free of charge. There’ll be a donation box.
Society members and friends are busy at the moment putting articles together for the 2017 issue of the annual Wicklow Historical Society Journal,