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Volume10 Issue 2 Autumn 2013
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Cemetery Provision
by Tony Hegarty
As we are only too aware Belfast City Council have been attempting to acquire land to meet its burial requirements. This seems to be coming to a finality. They have recently been investigating a joint venture with Newtownabbey Council to establish a crematorium on a site at Doagh.

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
There has been interest from about 25 homes in the area in setting up an Oil Club in conjunction with Irwins Fuels in Lambeg.

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:
An order must be sent via email stating your address and quantity required to drumbegoilclub@gmail.com by 3pm on a Friday (if there is a minimum of four ie 2000 litres) this oil will be delivered the following week. A price will only be able to be calculated and confirmed at this point due to the ever-fluctuating price. This Club is open to all residents in Drumbeg and the surrounding area.

A Coronation Tea Party

was organised by the DRA Committee on Wed 5th June 2013 2.30 - 4.30 pm.

Habitat for Humanity by Jo-Anne Crossley
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian movement that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to eliminating poverty housing and making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. This is very much part of our vision for impacting communities for the good beyond our own comfortable existence.

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.
As Team Leader for this project, I will be taking this project forward over the coming months, by way of fundraising and team events within the greater Drumbeg area. The first event will be a fabulous Hog Roast and Live Band on Friday 15th November at 7pm at the Parish Hall followed by A Big Breakfast on 14 December. A full list of events will be made available on the Drumbeg Residents Association website, the Drumbeg Habitat facebook page and also via Twitter @DrumbegEvents.

It is very much a vision that this Drumbeg Community Build Project will appeal to all sections of the community, and those of all faiths and none. Drumbeg WI and DRA are both encouraging this project and their support is much welcomed.

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.

Switch on of Christmas Tree Lights
Tuesday 3rd December
Orange Hall, Drumbeg

Rising New Golf Star
Becky McNeice is only thirteen yet she is already playing off a handicap of 17.6. It all started when as a child she accompanied her father Campbell, as he played nine holes at Malone Golf Club. To keep her occupied he gave her a club and ball to knock around and she showed such aptitude for the game she soon had her own clubs.

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.

Drumbeg Bowling Club by Hilary Branson
The Bowling Club meets each Monday evening between the months of September and April.

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
We meet on Wednesday from 7.45pm in the Parish Hall. All standards and ages of players welcome. Round robin badminton and table tennis give everyone a welcome run around and exercise! All for the amazing price of £1 including a cup of tea!

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.

DRA Annual Outing
This year's annual outing was to Lissan House and Demesne near Cookstown. The estate was home of the Staples family for nearly 400 years. Some of you may remember it when it reached the national final of the BBC Restoration programme. Afterwards we had a delicious lunch in the Glenavon House Hotel in Cookstown, followed by a shopping trip at the Linen Green near Dungannon. Once again everyone had a very enjoyable day.

Community Service by Brian Bloomfield
On Sunday September 8th, a Community Service was held in Drumbeg Parish Church. The Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton was the chief guest, supported by other members of Lisburn City Council and the DRA committee. The readings were by Elvira Tulip and Sue Wilton and the prayers were read by Audrey Jackson, Jayne Steele, Margaret Hegarty and Sheelagh McRandal.

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.
In his sermon, the rector spoke of the Church’s ambition to support, through Habitat for Humanity, a project in Ethiopia. He called on members of the community to support the project in whatever way they could. The loose collection was donated to the fund being set up for the project.

W I by Anne McAdam.
Drumbeg WI meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7.45pm in Drumbeg Orange Hall.

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 McRandal
Yes, that is what we were called as some thirty of us staggered around our first circuits of fifteen exercise stations under the vigilant eye of Pete Love. How we have progressed, facing up to the challenge of side winders, mountain climbers and the dreaded plank, to name but a few.

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
Rose of Drumbeg - Frances Crossley
Drumbeg Cup - Josh Armstrong
DRA Jubilee Cup - Beverley Leckey
Mark Crowe Cup - Sandra Abbott
The Farris Cup - Margaretta Thompson
Diamond Jubilee Cup - Sheelagh McRandall
Best in Show - Sandra Abbot

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.

Tales of the Riverside by Dan Clarke - Senior Ranger - LVRP
The Lagan Valley Regional Park was established in 1967 as one of three unique semi-urban designations in the UK at that time. The 4,200 acres of park extends 11 miles along both sides of the River Lagan between Stranmillis and Union Locks, Lisburn. The area is rich in both natural and built heritage.

LVRP Volunteers Scooped Queen's Award and the CBC Mayors Award for Volunteering 2013. These awards recognise the contributions made by local community volunteers.

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.


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