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Drumbeg News

Volume 8 Issue 2 Autumn 2011
Online Edition

8th November 2011 at 8pm in the Parochial Hall
Come and put forward your suggestions for the Drumbeg Area
Tony Hegarty will give an update on the siting of the new cemetery by BCC.
A speaker from LVR Park will talk to us about the new audio trail and improvements.

Annual Switch On of Lights
Tuesday 6th December at 7pm. In the Drumbeg Orange Hall. The Mayor will switch on the lights.
Music by the Salvation Army. Playschool participation
Hot dogs and soup. Santa Claus will appear.

Saturday 8th September 2012
Sections for: Flowers. Vegetables. Baking. Preserves. Craft. Photography. Various categories for children. To see photos from this years show click here

Have a fun evening with your friends on Friday 18th November in the Parochial Hall.
£5 per person. Refreshments provided.

The Floral Art classes continue on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month at 10.30 a.m. in the Parochial Hall.

Welcome to new Residents
We have lots of activities in the area, for information about them visit our website. If you have any concerns or would like further details please contact us by email.

The Club had a very successful season. Several new members joined us and enthusiasm for Floral Art has encouraged some members to enter competitions with very satisfying results.
Through our instructor Mrs Elma McDowell, we are informed of various exhibitions and talks which make for very pleasant “evenings out”.
We would be delighted to welcome any ladies who would like to try to discover the pleasure of using their skills to produce their own beautiful arrangements.

The Annual Community Service on 12th June was conducted by Rev. Deveney was very enjoyable though it was disappointing to see a smaller turn out than in previous years. Members of the various organisations in Drumbeg read the lessons and some of the prayers. A very interesting and entertaining address was given by the Rev Chris Bennett about his time as Chaplain to the Titanic Quarter.
The Rev Deveney started these Services so the committee would like to thank him for all his support over the years.

On an extremely wet October morning about 15 people gathered to plant daffodils, provided by the LVRP, on the green areas around Hambleden. For some of us who come from a different area of Drumbeg we were amazed to see a plentiful supply of worms! After our wet work we enjoyed a hot mug of tea or coffee and delicious home baked scones and jam provided for us by Clara Crookshanks and Molly Bloomfield.
If you go on the Drumbeg website and click the link to the latest newsletter and you will be able to see photos of some very wet workers.

by Margaret Hegarty
On 14 June, 31 local residents headed for Mount Stewart on The Ards Peninsula. It was a beautiful day, one of the few this summer. After a very informative tour of the house we were free to tour the magnificent gardens or visit the restaurant for coffee. Our next stop was the Portaferry Hotel where we had a delicious lunch. Afterwards we crossed to Strangford on the ferry and had a very enjoyable drive home stopping to view beautiful beaches and scenery some of us hadn’t seen before, thanks to Robert’s knowledge of the area.



DRUMBEG NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH. We have 2 newsletters a year
Help reduce the theft of domestic heating oil.
The theft of domestic heating oil from private homes has increased. This is due to the increasing cost of fuel. Some steps you could take to secure your supply
• Fit a lock to the fuel cap
• Have a sensor light covering the tank
• Be a good neighbour and report any suspicious vehicles or unusual activity at your neighbour’s house i.e. oil tanker or van in the driveway at an unusual time. A genuine delivery man would not mind being approached.
• Note the registration mark of any suspicious vehicle and contact the Police on 0845 600 8000 or any member of your neighbourhood group.
• Be more vigilant if your oil storage tank could be accessed from a public road or car park
• Check tank level of your oil in the tank weekly.

Now that the dark evenings are approaching be aware of bogus callers posing as employees N.I. Water or N.I.E. or other so called tradesmen. Ask for identification. Do not let a stranger into your home.
Use Your Neighbourhood Watch if you see anything suspicious

A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a Premium rate number). DO NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize.
If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £315 for the phone call.

Following on from our last magazine, a comprehensive report on the present position regarding the cemetery will be made at the Residents' Association AGM on Thursday 10 November 2012.
This will give us an opportunity to describe what has been happening and hopefully answer any queries. You may have ideas on the way forward which will be welcome.
We look forward to seeing you at the AGM.

There was a good turnout for the first of our autumn coffee morning. Lots of chat and a chance to handle the newly published book, see below. Hugh is going to see if Ben Simon is available to attend our November get together.

By the Banks of the Lagan: Belfast to Drum Bridge
by Ben Simon, Published by Laganscape and Lagan Valley Regional Park
£6 obtainable from the Lock Keeper’s Cottage, Shaws Bridge.
This is a wonderful, carefully-crafted record of folk life in that part of the Greater Belfast area in the vicinity of the Lagan. It draws on the fondly held memories of residents whose experiences will prompt moments of nostalgia among readers.
With an easily read layout combined with a wide selection of quality photographs, both black and white and colour, this book deserves wide exposure among the Lagan community.
Brian Bloomfield

On two Sunday afternoons at the beginning of October at 2pm members of Drumbeg Resident’s Association had the privilege of a guided tour around Dr Michael Scotts’ arboretum.
It was very enjoyable to walk through so many lovely trees. We were told their history and latin name by their owner. Over the past 20-30 years Dr Scott, with some help has planted over 3,000 trees, many of which were grown from seeds collected in different parts of the world.
We were very impressed by all the work that Dr Scott and his wife have done and they are to be congratulated on making this a most interesting place.
At the end of our walk we were treated to a very welcome cup of tea by our hosts.

Last year I was on this walk guided by Dr Scott and I would thoroughly recommend you visit if you get the chance.
Irene MacWilliam

The recent Marie Curie collection in Hambleden Park realised £116.53. Many thanks for your support.
Rosalind Bloomfield


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