Drumbeg and District Residents' Association
Drumbeg Residents Association would like to give a warm
welcome to any new residents.
THE CEMETERY by Tony Hegarty
SEAL SPOTTED ON THE LAGAN by Alison Elwood
The service on Sunday 9th September, was planned as a follow on to our Annual Show. The service was conducted by Rev. Gregor McCamley. The participants were : Mayor of Lisburn - Alderman William Leathem, Jennie of Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland, Councillors Brian Bloomfield and Brian Dornan, Suzanne
DRA AGM will be held on Tuesday 20th November 2012 at 7.30 pm in the Parochial Hall.Come and put forward your suggestions for the Drumbeg Area. There will be a presentation by ‘Greater Lisburn Seniors Together’
CAROLS AROUNG THE TREE and SWITCH ON OF CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
will be held on Tuesday 4th December at 7pm at Drumbeg Orange Hall. The
Mayor will switch on the lights. Music by the 1st Old Boys. Hot dogs and
soup. Santa Claus will appear
For many years the two low lying fields situated either side of the Drum
Bridge had been unloved and neglected. Often sad looking horses had been
left to graze even in times of flooding. Belfast Council had established
legal title and this meant that anyone and presumably anything using the
fields was actually trespassing and could be removed. This opened up the
possibility of using the fields for the common good.
On Thursday the 12th of April there was a fantastic turnout to plant the Giant Bird Table with over fifty residents and Council staff. The sun shone and an enjoyable time was had by everyone.
Belfast City Council is preparing for Green Flag Accreditation*
which is a national quality standard for parks. As part of this process
we want people to become more involved in their local parks. We are looking
for volunteers to monitor the birds using the plot. If you are interested
in doing a short count please contact the Belfast Biodiversity Officer
for more information.
JUBILEE PARTY REPORT by Leo Ross
"Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Celebration Drumbeg Residents Association invites you to a Jubilee Afternoon Tea Party in Drumbeg Church Hall on Tuesday 5th June 2012 @ 3pm To 5pm" These few welcoming words, in national colours, on a sign outside Drumbeg Parish Hall, informed any reader of an historical social community event the likes of which Drumbeg has not previously witnessed.
To say that the Jubilee tea party was a resounding success would be an understatement. The event was carried off in grand style befitting the skills of the Drumbeg Residents Association. A magnificent display of decorated tables laden with cake stands and wonderful sweet things had been laid out in the Hall. Fine china awaited to contain the edible delights and liquid refreshments. The tables were decorated with napkins in National colours.
In his opening address the President of the Dumbeg Residents Association, Mr Hugh Crookshanks, thanked everyone for attending and welcomed the unexpected large numbers of visitors.
Honoured quests included the local M.L.A. Mr Basil McCrea who spoke fondly of his association with Drumbeg Residents. The Deputy Lord Mayor of Lisburn, Margaret Tollerton, was in attendance welcoming everyone and praising the hugely successful event. She stated that this was one of many events that she had attended but by far the best. The Church of Ireland stand in Dean, Willie Nixon, also expressed his pleasure in being invited to take part in a celebratory party the likes of which will not be experienced again in our lifetimes. A huge vote of thanks is extended to Saint Patricks Church of Ireland for the provision of the newly decorated Hall.
On the catering side a fine balance had to be struck between expenditure and providing for unknown numbers of guests. Twelve dozen cakes of various types had been purchased and these together with kind donations of other cakes from residents, far and wide, filled the quota. Sue Wilton and Clara Crookshanks kindly provided cakes decorated with National colours, these were visual works of art and although lovely to behold still had to be gobbled up exciting the taste buds.Loads of excellent sandwiches, of a huge variety, were made and these culinary delights disappeared very quickly. Folk in the kitchen were on hand to provide sandwiches and drinks, on demand, catering for last minute visitors.
A toast to Her Majesty was signalled and a very vocal three cheers was heard throughout the Hall. Entertainment was provided by the Crescent Jazz Band and we are indebted to them for an enjoyable afternoons musical repertoire. Additionally we were entertained by two solo accomplished, ad hoc, junior Trombone players.
A well deserved thanks is extended to the Drumbeg Residents Association Team and their helpers without which the magnificent event would not have happened. An estimated two-hundred folk attended which far exceeded expectations. The large number of people presented difficulties for the catering staff but their professionalism and flexibility smoothed out any problems. A very friendly sociable atmosphere prevailed throughout the proceedings. The event was the culmination of many months of planning and hard work by many members of the local community. Well done to all. see photos click here
In closing, grateful thanks is extended to the support provided by Lisburn Council's Community Grants Scheme. Donations made at the Jubilee Tea Party raised £200 for the Childrens Hospice.
With the sale of Tea Time Treats Cookbooks through Lambeg Mothers’ Union, Rosalind and her daughter Clare and the contributions from the afternoon tea party, a cheque for £448 was passed on to the Mothers’ Union Connor Diocese.
Many thanks to all who supported this effort in any way, either attending the party or purchasing a cookbook. It is very much appreciated.
OUT AND ABOUT with Drumbeg Gardening Club by Betty Morrison
In late spring we leave the confines of the church hall and head outdoors to visit gardens and enjoy our annual barbecue. 2012 was difficult weather-wise but we were fortunate. Our first outing was to the Richardson Walled Garden at Greenmount where the tour was conducted by Alan McIlveen whose commentary both entertained and informed us. This Spring, growth was slow and there was still a chill in the air but we were buoyed up on our arrival by pale evening sunshine highlighting the gardens. Our wellies and raincoats were not needed.
The annual barbecue was held in early June. It was too damp to be outside but we braved it out and took refuge in the hayshed where we all enjoyed meat cooked to perfection by one of our members and an array of salads and homemade bread provided by the committee. Later we went indoors to finish off the evening with coffee and a cake made to celebrate the club’s 20th anniversary.
The weather deteriorated as June progressed. There was yet more rain and as the date of our summer outing approached there was apprehension about our visit. It is a day we all look forward to. Apart from a skiff of rain in the afternoon and residual dampness from previous downpours, the day of the outing was dry and we set out in high spirits to explore Margaret Glynn’s garden in Ballymena, Benvarden near Bushmills and Dorothy Brown’s garden in Ballymoney.
Margaret invited us into her home where we had tea, coffee and a splendid selection of scones, cakes and biscuits. Her warmth and hospitality were greatly appreciated. Margaret guided us round her inspiring garden, imparting valuable information and answering our many garden queries. We left filled with admiration and I plan to return to peruse the diverse planting and plant combinations.
After lunch at the Bushmills Garden Centre we visited Benvarden where we were welcomed by Hugh Montgomery whose family has lived there for 400 years. It is an old established garden with wonderful mature trees and shrubs. The walled garden was particularly interesting but there was much else to see. The Bush river was in full spate and the riverside walk from the more formal gardens to the iron bridge was rich in plants that thrive in wet areas. Perhaps we will all be planting these in future.
Our final destination was Ballymoney to visit Dorothy Brown’s garden. It was a veritable cornucopia of plants. The diversity of the planting gave us all much to mull over and the ingenious garden design showed just what is possible when someone as knowledgeable as Dorothy is in charge.
I learnt a great deal and I cannot imagine that anyone who went on the outing did not come home enriched. So many plants were purchased that the bus was like the Hanging Gardens of Babylon on the way home.
We are keen to have new members join us and we extend a warm welcome whatever your interest in gardens. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm in Drumbeg Church Hall.
ANNUAL OUTING by Jane Steele and Margaret Hegarty
We all enjoyed our trip very much and send our thanks again to our careful drivers.
STAG IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD