Drumbeg and District Residents' Association
There is also a consultant's report due this autumn regarding the suitability of a burial site at Dundrod. A further consultant's report is also due on developing a crematorium at the Dundrod site. We will be continuing to read the Council minutes on this issue. Our situation remains unchanged. Our campaign is finished when Belfast City Council identify a suitable burial site. Remember Drumbeg was their preferred site.
Drumbeg Oil Club
by Sue Wilton
Following a discussion, it will be necessary for a minimum of 4 households to make up an order to benefit from a 2000+ litre price.
The savings are obviously more if you are used to buying small quantities
of oil i.e. 200 or 500 litres, but the flexibility is not so good if you
usually order when your tank is almost empty. For example a £10-12
saving should benefit those usually ordering 900 litres, £15 saving
for those ordering 500 litres and approx £25 saving for those usually
ordering 200 litres. As neither Drumbeg Residents Association nor Irwins
Fuels have run an Oil Club before it will be a learning process but as
a starting point it will run as follows:
A Coronation Tea Party
was organised by the DRA Committee on Wed 5th June 2013 2.30 - 4.30 pm.
Drumbeg Community Build aims to take a team to Ethiopia in October 2014 – a team made up of people from all sections of the Drumbeg Community so they can make a difference in the slums of Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia.
At present HFHNI have a water and sanitation project in place, bringing
clean water through washing and toilet facilities to the shanty slums
of Addis Ababa. The vision is to empower and find a Drumbeg team of men
and women (18-80yrs) to become a HFHNI team who will travel out to work
on this project.
The team size will depend on the level of interest but with 10 people already pledging their commitment to the project I would expect the numbers to grow over the coming weeks. It is expected that the trip will be 10 days in total, to include two weekends so as to minimise time away from work.
If any aspect of this project appeals to you, your friends and family please come along to the next team meeting, in Drumbeg Church Hall on 7 November to find out more. Whether you wish to go to Ethiopia as part of the team, or assist with fundraising activities you will be made very welcome.
Drumbeg Residents Association
Thursday 14th November 2013
8 pm in the Parochial Hall
Come and put your ideas and concerns
before the Committee.
on of Christmas Tree Lights
Rising New Golf Star
She started winning in 2012, when she got the silver plate for the most improved player. Since then she has won many prizes and was placed ninth in the May Fitzgibbon foursomes All Ireland finals in Greystones. Apart from winning, Becky has been chosen for ILGU training programmes, she has only one of two girls when representing Malone at the junior golfer of the year at Dunmurry. She has also represented her school, Hunter House College, at the Ulster School Girl’s Championships.
The highlight of this year was attending the Tom Lehman clinic at Malone where she was chosen by him to hit some drives. He told her that she would be as good as Michelle Wie by the time she was twenty.
Bowling Club by Hilary Branson
We are fortunate in that we have a very strong membership. Over our twelve years of existence most of our original members are still playing every week, together with many new members from surrounding areas.
We play friendly matches with other clubs. A small Fellowship League has been formed between Ballycairn, Hillhall and Drumbeg . A small collection for charity is taken on these evenings and a plaque is awarded to the winners at the end of the year. Ballynahinch is the furthest we are travelling at the moment, but that could change if others join us in the future.
Internal competitions between our members are played each year, singles and doubles matches, and the winners are presented with trophies at our annual end of season dinner in May. This is a hugely enjoyable evening.
Join us on Monday evenings at 7.30pm in Drumbeg Church Hall.
Drumbeg Badminton and
Table Tennis Club by Jo-Anne Crossley
There is no commitment to turn up every week - just when it suits. So get off the sofa, blow off the autumn cobwebs and pop along on a Wednesday night for a spot of light hearted exercise and craic.
Service by Brian Bloomfield
Jo-Anne Crossley presented a cheque for £1700 to Karen Dunlop representing
Habitat for Humanity. The money was raised at an afternoon tea party organised
in the Church Hall by Jo-Anne. Karen thanked the church for its generosity
and explained some of the work done by the charity.
I by Anne McAdam.
We have an interesting variety of speakers and activities. The new programme includes a talk by actress Roma Tomelty. She will speak about her Father, Joe Tomelty who was famous for creating the radio programme 'The McCooeys'. In January we plan to try our skills at indoor Kurling and later in the year look forward to a talk on the Belfast Hills Partnership. The Rambling group meets on Wednesday mornings and we recently enjoyed the wonderful views from the top of Slieve Croob. We also meet on Wednesday afternoons for an informal craft class when we help each other develop new skills. A recently formed Culture club has proved very successful with interesting outings to the cinema, theatre and musical productions. In keeping with the worldwide aims of WI we support community projects, foster friendships, and contribute to WI charities regularly. We would love to have some new members. You will be made very welcome.
DRA knits baby jackets for the Neo Natal Unit
Barbara Farris was able to hand over 91 knitted jackets to Sister Couchman and nurses Rachel Mawhinney and Elaine Hooper at the neo-natal unit of the Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital today. Staff were delighted with the gift and thanked all those who had completed the little garments.? These jackets were made in response to the category for them in our annual show.
Drunken Hens by Sheelagh
The circuits are for all levels of fitness, we are not in competition with each other but ourselves. If someone cannot do an exercise Peter will adapt it. He ensures that we get the most out of the circuits but not at the expense of our backs or other parts of our anatomy. “Core Engaged” is our cry.
It is not all intense work, there is plenty of banter during the warm up and the stretches after and even as we gasp for breath between circuits. It has brought together a group that did not know each other before; we had a night out in August and are planning our Christmas gathering.
No longer drunken hens, we are not yet svelte race horses but we are getting there and having fun as we do it, Come and join us on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7.00pm in the Drumbeg Parish Hall. Men and women both come.
DRA Annual Show
The Drumbeg and District Residents Association celebrated their Community Weekend with the Annual Show on Saturday Sept 7th. The show was officially opened by the Rector of Drumbeg Parish Church, the Rev. Willie Nixon. A wide range of exhibits in various fruit, flower, vegetable and craft categories were judged by Barbara
Farris and Mike Snowden to whom the DRA are very grateful. The childrens’ sections proved to be very popular. Certificates were gained by those who attained the highest standard in each class.
Drumbeg Residents Cup - Roy O’Neill
During the afternoon, Keantarco, a young violin quartet, entertained members of the community.
The D.O.G.S. - Drumbeg Occasional Golfing Society
The DOGS was formed some 6 years ago .
There are usually four outings per year to local golf courses with the last event each year being the President’s Day, usually at Dunmurry. The object of the DOGS is to have fun and fellowship through ladies and gents mixed Team competitions of a low key nature followed by a meal. We are always keen to increase membership and anyone interested in joining the DOGS should contact Moira McKelvey or Michael Boyd (9061 2135) or any member of the Society.
of the Riverside by Dan Clarke - Senior Ranger - LVRP
See website on how to become a friend of the park. There are a number of volunteering opportunities within the LVRP. Volunteers are involved with tree planting, woodland management, scrub brashing, living willow sculptures, wildlife surveys, growing trees from seed, habitat creation and invasive species removal. Volunteer Rangers work closely with our Ranger Service carrying out patrols, surveys and helping with events and practical conservation. The task leader will give you training in work techniques and safety. We provide tools, gloves, materials, and most importantly – the tea and biscuits! We ask everyone to dress for the weather, wearing layers is the best way to prepare for the good old Northern Irish climate. Waterproofs are essential as well as good boots or wellies.
We are looking for photography enthusiasts to capture the beauty of Lagan Valley Regional Park. What will happen to the images? Your images will be used to benefit the Lagan Valley Regional Park this may include many forms i.e. power point presentations, promotional material, website and postcards. We would prefer digital images as they are much easier to work with.
You can help with wildlife recording? We have identified a number of key species that we would like to monitor and we’re hoping that you can help us by taking note where and when you see them as you walk through the park. The information we receive will help us to gain a better understanding of our local wildlife and will help us to direct management of the Regional Park to maximise its value for biodiversity. To download our wildlife monitoring leaflet click on our website.
We are launching a photo competition with two categories: the natural world and built heritage; application forms are available on our website or from the Visitor Centre at the Lock Keeper's Cottage.