Pride of place Winners 2017
In 2017 Dublin city council selected Grange woodbine as their entry for the Pride of Place competition. The competition is a country wide run competition with many categories. Grange woodbine was selected in the Cities Competition – Urban Neighbourhoods/Villages with population 1000-2000.
Grange Woodbine Residence association along with the Associated Groups put together a wonderful package to present to the Judges back in August 2017. 3 Judges form different parts of Ireland came to the club for the day to spend time in the club and with the groups. They were presented with a number of demonstrations and presentations for the various groups and also on overview from the committee on how the area and in particular the Grange woodbine residence association and community centre has evolved from the first meeting back in 1968 to the present day.
Winner: Grange Woodbine, Raheny, Dublin City
Grange Woodbine Residents Association (GWRA) is approaching its 50th Anniversary. Today GWRA is still tending to the needs of the local community. The Association is managed by an Executive Committee elected at its AGM. During its existence the GWRA established a club premises which now includes a large hall, meeting/activity rooms and an all-weather pitch. The GWRA Executive Committee manages these facilities and the costs of running the club facilities are largely funded by a licensed bar facility. Various subcommittees run activities and events for residents and the club has approximately twenty groups or activities and the following is a selection of them: – Active Retirement, Arts and Crafts, Ballroom Dancing, Bowling, Children’s Dancing, Drama, Environment, Football Club, Golf Society, Exercise Classes, Knit and Stitch, Bridge Groups, Pitch and Putt, Seniors Club, Social and Events Committees, Tarred and Feathered Group, Variety and the Walk and Talk Group.
The judges considered this community a quality example of what is possible to achieve when people of vision dedicate themselves to improving the quality of life for all residents. As a result of concerted efforts over 50 years this closely-knit community has amazing infrastructure and sporting facilities. The self-supporting community centre currently caters for three generations of users. The judges heard from a wide range of community activists all working under the direction of an executive committee. This was a superb entry in this year’s pride of place.