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