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
A speaker from LVR Park will talk to us about the new audio trail and
CAROLS AROUND THE TREE
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.
DRUMBEG ANNUAL SHOW
Saturday 8th September 2012
Sections for: Flowers. Vegetables. Baking. Preserves. Craft. Photography.
Various categories for children. To see photos from this years show click
DRA TABLE QUIZ
Have a fun evening with your friends on Friday 18th November in the Parochial
£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.
DRUMBEG FLOWER CLUB
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.
OCTOBER BULB PLANTING
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.
ANNUAL OUTING 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
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
• 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
• 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
POSTAL SCAM TO BE AWARE OF
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.
CEMETERY UPDATE by Tony Hegarty
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.
WOODLAND WALK with DR MICHAEL SCOTT MD by Jane Steele
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
At the end of our walk we were treated to a very welcome cup of tea by
Last year I was on this walk guided by Dr Scott and I would thoroughly
recommend you visit if you get the chance.
The recent Marie Curie collection in Hambleden Park realised £116.53.
Many thanks for your support.