Grey­stones club bowled over by €13,500 grant Eight-week be­gin­ners draw­ing course

Wicklow People - - NEWS - By MARY FOGARTY

GREY­STONES Lawn Bowl­ing Club will carry out a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion to its dress­ing rooms with the help of a Na­tional Lottery grant of €13,500.

Club sec­re­tary El­iz­a­beth Ea­ger said that the ren­o­va­tions will co­in­cide with a drive by the club to at­tract younger peo­ple into a sport that is tra­di­tion­ally as­so­ci­ated with the older pop­u­la­tion.

‘We are in the process of draw­ing down a Na­tional Lottery grant of €13,500 which we will use to re­place our di­lap­i­dated dress­ing rooms here in Grey­stones,’ said El­iz­a­beth. ‘It’s an ex­cit­ing time for the club as also we plan to start vis­it­ing schools in a bid to bring the age pro­file of our mem­ber­ship down.’Founded in 1985, the 60-mem­ber club pro­vides not just a sport­ing out­let for mem­bers, who live in Grey­stones and the sur­round­ing area, but an ac­tive so­cial scene too. ‘There are leagues on through­out the week so there’s al­ways a buzz here. Of­ten af­ter the women play in their league, for ex­am­ple, they’ll go for a meal and it’s a re­lax­ing set­ting where the cares of the day can be put to the side,’ said El­iz­a­beth.

‘There’s nowhere bet­ter to be on a nice day than on the lawn look­ing at the beauty all around us. The club is very im­por­tant in the lives of so many and any sup­port we can get to keep go­ing is so very grate­fully re­ceived. With our new fa­cil­i­ties we can look to the fu­ture with real pos­i­tiv­ity.’

This fund­ing is a por­tion of €6.2 mil­lion in Na­tional Lottery Good Causes fund­ing with went to clubs, in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions in Wick­low last year.

Grey­stones Lawn Bowl­ing Club re­ceived a grant of over €5,000 in 2015 which en­abled the club to buy a mower which helps to keep its pris­tine greens in great shape all year round. Their bowl­ing greens are re­garded as among the finest in the coun­try. A draw­ing course for be­gin­ners will get un­der way in Bray early next month.

The course will be taught by Ni­cola Sedg­wick and takes place over eight weeks from Wed­nes­day, May 2, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The classes will be at the Queen of Peace Parish Cen­tre on Put­land Road. The cost is €150.

Us­ing proven meth­ods that un­lock the cre­ative part of the brain, Ni­cola will show you tech­niques that will en­able you to draw re­al­is­ti­cally.

Par­tic­i­pants will learn a skill that will last a life­time. Ni­cola is an artist, de­signer, il­lus­tra­tor and ed­i­tor based in Wick­low. She is also au­thor of the book ‘You Too Can Draw’.

She teaches draw­ing and paint­ing at Balls­bridge Col­lege of Fur­ther Ed­u­ca­tion and holds reg­u­lar classes in Bray.

For book­ing fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact Ni­cola Sedg­wick at 085 7396219 or go to nico­lasedg­wick.com.

Ni­cola has worked in Emer­ald City Pro­duc­tions in Dun Laoghaire as an an­i­ma­tor for five years, and then worked for nearly ten years in Men­tor Books pub­lish­ing com­pany as a de­signer and il­lus­tra­tor.

Lailli de Buitlear and Liam Lynch (front ) with Sea­mus Ea­ger,Jo Dei­thrick, Ann Barry, Carmel Mor­ris­sey, John Con­roy and El­iz­a­beth Ea­ger at Grey­stones Lawn Bowl­ing Club.

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