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Belfast City Council potential site at Dundrod for Burial Lands - by Tony Hegarty
At a meeting on 11 September 2014 of Belfast City Council Parks and Leisure Committee they considered a report on issues relating to the above proposal.
A number of issues were highlighted in relation to Access, Environmental, Geoservices and Planning. The expert opinion concluded that there is a high risk of not achieving planning approval on the basis of a second access and archaeological impact and possible contamination uncertainties
The Committee agreed that:
Negotiations continue at Dundrod to ascertain whether or not a smaller
portion of the site could be used for burial lands.
Point 2 above is the most relevant item as regards Drumbeg.
We continue to monitor this situation.
Drumbeg and District Residents’ Association 31st Annual Show by Brian Bloomfield
The Drumbeg and District Residents’ Annual Show took place on Saturday 6th September 2014 in the Parochial Hall Drumbeg. It was to be opened by Hannah Kee a recipient of a kidney, but, as Hannah was not home from Berlin, her father Gardiner Kee, who donated a kidney to his daughter, opened it on her behalf. Any funds raised at the Drumbeg Show and the collection at the Drumbeg Community Service on Sunday 7th September in St Patrick’s Parish Church will be donated to the Northern Ireland Kidney Research Fund.
The Methodist College Junior String Quartet provided the musical entertainment
for the afternoon.
Trophies awarded were
Much work and preparation for the Annual Show was carried out by a dedicated
committee team and support from the local community was much appreciated.
Lisburn City Council was represented by
Drumbeg Art Club by Michael Boyd
The Art Club continues to be a very popular weekly activity. It meets each Thursday in the Parish Hall from mid September until the end of May when it breaks up for the summer.
Last May the Club put on its 13th Annual Art Exhibition. Once again it was a very successful event attracting great interest.
The exhibition is very much a social event for folks to come along to view the work of local artists, have a cup of tea and a chat with friends. It was pleasing to report that 26 paintings were sold out of 111 items for sale. There were also record sales of Cards and Notelets. As a result of commission on sales, sales of cards and notelets the Art Club was able to hand over £450 to Drumbeg Parish Church for the Fabric Fund.
The Art Club is for fun and fellowship for the benefit of the local community.
DOGS (Drumbeg Occasional Golfing Society) by Michael Boyd
The DOGS continues to grow in numbers and has now 49 members
Captain’s Day saw a record entry of 36 golfers with a further 11
guests coming along for the evening meal. While the weather on the day
was largely good, the golf had to be halted at the 14th hole due to lightening
in the area- a first for the DOGS.
Winner - 9 holes competition- Moira McKelvey
DOGS President’s Day 15th September 2014
Moira McKelvey’s President’s Day was at Dunmurry Golf Club on Monday 15th September. The beautiful September weather continued and the sun shone all day enhancing the excellent condition of the Golf Course. Twenty-five golfers took part with eight guests and non playing wives joining for the evening meal.
DRA Annual Outing by
Drumbeg WI by Maureen Toner
The first meeting of Drumbeg WI after the summer break took
place on Thursday 18th September
Patchwork and Quilting Class by Susan Kee
The Quilting Group meets every 2nd and 4th Monday in the ‘Cooper’
hall from 7-9pm
Drumbeg Gardening Club by Betty Morrison
Our programme over the past year included memorable evenings with talks,
demos, seed swaps, plant sharing, quizzes, raffles and garden visits all
adding to our enjoyment and know - how. There were highlights aplenty
but the pinnacle of the gardening year was for many of us, the May visit
to Mount Stewart Garden near Greyabbey. Sunlight on the Lough glittered
and dazzled as we arrived for a guided tour led by Neil Porteous, Head
of Gardens for the National Trust. There was great anticipation and the
evening did not disappoint. We strolled through formal gardens, sunken
gardens, along a Dodo terrace and past topiary forms characteristic of
the idiosyncratic style of Edith, Lady Londonderry, the driving force
behind the design of this garden. Neil Porteous imparted a wealth of information
and his passion for both plants and gardens had us enthralled. Classical
influences, Celtic themes, legends and myths were brought together to
create a unique tapestry of rare plants, bulbs, vines and shrubs. Colour
and fragrance abound.Structure, a strong feature of the gardens, has been
accentuated through the different levels of the sunken garden, the raised
pergola covered paths, high clipped yew hedges, classical architecture,
towering trees and statuary. Massive planters filled with white tulips
glowed like candlelight and in the borders and beds an array of plants
had us scribbling notes for future reference.Our walk through the woodland
areas and along the lake led to the family burial ground of Tir N'an Og
set high above the surrounding gardens. This tranquil area, normally closed
to the public is the resting place of the once powerful, wealthy and glamorous
Londonderry family. 'The Land of the Forever Young' lives on and Edith's
free spirit, is I believe, still tangible.The tour culminated far beyond
the gardens in the glasshouses and tunnels where plants are propagated
and cultivated to ensure the continued growth and diversity of this superbly
atmospheric garden where history and horticulture are inextricably linked.
Flower Arranging by Clara Crookshanks
The Flower Arranging Class meets on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each
month in the Drumbeg Church Hall from 10.30am to 12 noon.