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Autumn 2016 Online Edition

Will be held Thursday 10 November at 7.30pm in St Patrick’s Parish Hall, Drumbeg Road
Speaker: Gail McKechmie, Community Support Officer, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.


CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS AND CAROLS at 7.00pm Tuesday 6 December at Drumbeg Orange Hall. Lights to be switched by the Brian Bloomfield MBE, Mayor of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council. Music by First Old Boys Silver Band. Santa will be visiting. There will be Refreshments and a ballot for Cancer Focus NI.



are held on the first Monday at 10.00am in the Parish Hall. Everyone welcome, it is an opportunity to catch up with what is happening in the area.


Drumbeg is privileged to have one of its residents elected as mayor of Lisburn and Castlereagh Council for the 2016/2017. Brain Bloomfield UUP Councillor for Lisburn North took up office in June and is well into his year of office with a very busy diary of events accompanied by his wife Rosalind. He says:
“It is wonderful to have the opportunity to see how much good work is being done in all types of voluntary and community organisations across the whole of the Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council area. We look forward to meeting more inspiring and hard-working people in the months to come’’
We wish then both continuing success.

A team lead by Anne McAdam weeded and cleaned up both sides of Drum Bridge on 19 July, one of the hottest days of the year. The Bridge looks well.
Robert Jordan, Leo Rossi and continue to pick up litter on the Drumbeg Road weekly.
We should be grateful to them all

By taking a litter picker and plastic bag from one of the green wheely bins at the Church Gate or at Orange Hall and pick up litter on your walk.Please leave both back again.


Under the leadership of Rosalind Bloomfield Drumbeg WI has been nominated "Institute of the year" by the NI Federation of WIs. This reflects the work and commitment of the committee and members during 2015 /16 which included involvement in community activities, responding to Government and Council consultations documents and supporting the appeal for an Air Ambulance in N I.
Sheelagh McRandal has been elected President for the new session and encouraged members to support the Annual Village Show. 15 submitted 77 entries winning 4 cups, 23 firsts, 19 seconds and 10 highly commends. Eva Orr, Margaret Jordan and Anne McAdam were cup winners. Eva won the newly presented WI Cup for a victoria sandwich.

A team exhibit at the WI section of the City of Belfast Autumn Flower Show was placed 4th with Eva Orr, Elizabeth Fleming and Rosemary Reid achieving in baking and craft work.

The craft group continue to meet each Wednesday afternoon while Rambling Club members have enjoyed trips to Slieve Croob, Rathlin Island, Murlough and Randalstown Forest. They meet in the car park at Drum Bridge each Wednesday at 10.30am.

Cultural trips have included a visit to The Mac for the David Hockey exhibition and The Ballet in the Grand Opera House with an outing to "Sister Act" planned for November.


The DOGS has just finished its 10th year. At the recent AGM John McVicker was elected Captain. It is planned to have three outings this season: first in March at Ormeau, second John’s Captain’s Day in May at Malone and our President’s Day at Dunmurry.
The Society is keen to increase its membership which is only £5.00 per year. Anyone interested in fun golf would be most welcome and can contact Michael Boyd or any member of the DOGS to get on the mailing list for events.

DRUMBEG ART CLUB by Michael Boyd

The Art Club is back in full swing after the summer break. Very pleased to say that four new members have joined us already to bring the membership to 30. With the lovely new hall we can take many more so if anyone is interested just come along any Thursday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm.
There are a couple of free demonstrations coming up and anyone is welcome to come along.
On Thursday 27th October Grahame Booth, the well known local water colourist, is giving a demonstration and on Thursday 17th November Ray Elwood will give a demonstration of oil painting. Both commence at 2pm.


The DRA Annual Senior Citizens Outing, which took was to Londonderry, was held on 7 June 2016. 25 residents left St Patrick’s Parish Hall in a very comfortable hire coach, the first time a coach had been hired, at 9.30am.
The first stop was for coffee and scones at Oakfiled Restaurant just before the ascent to the Glenshane Pass. The scones were delicious!
The coach arrived at the Tower Centre Museum, opposite the Guildhall at 12.30pm, where there was a guided tour and a lot was learned about the history of Derry and its famous walls.
The group then crossed the road to the City Hotel for lunch, which they all enjoyed. After lunch there was a tour of the Guildhall which was most interesting with all the restoration to admire.
At 4.30pm the coach left for Drumbeg, via Limavady, where it encountered flooding on the way.
All had a good and interesting day out, the food was tasty and the scenery magnificent. Thanks to Margaret Hegarty for all her work.

PILATES It is hoped to start a pilates class in the St Patrick’s Parish Hall.



This year saw changes in the Annual Show which was held on Saturday 3 September, for the first time, in the new St Patrick’s Parish Hall with new classes and three new trophies awarded. The large airy hall meant that all the classes could be accommodated in one space. As ever the number of entries in flowers, fruit and vegetable classes were sensitive to the weather but as ever, there were large entries in the tomatoes, three stems of flowers and the The Rose of Drumbeg. Entries were up in the home baking and preserves and craft and the young persons classes were well supported.
Hugh Crookshanks, the DRA Chairman, welcomed everyone and in particular the Mayor and Mayoress of LCC Council, Brian and Rosalind Bloomfield. Dawson Stelfox opened the Show promising that now he had been introduced to it, he would be back next year.
Paul McGaughey judged the flowers fruit and vegetables and Barbara Farris, young persons, home baking and preserves and craft.
The trophies were awarded were:
Drumbeg Residents’ Association Cup 1990—Best in Show excluding Young Persons’ classes –Nadine Gilmore
Drumbeg Residents Cup 1992—fruit or Vegetable—Anna McAdams
Rose of Drumbeg—Special Class Prize—Dr Michael Scott
Drumbeg Cup—Young Persons’ Cup—Lola Hall
DRA Jubilee Cup –Judges’ choice from non-cup winners—Dr Michael Scott
Mark Crowe Cup—Floral Art—Eleanor McDowell
The Farris Cup—Home Baking and Preserves - Gillian Brown
DRA Diamond Jubilee Cup - Photography and Craft—Lyla Hanna
Drumbeg Parish Cup—Jam—Margaret Jordan
WI 2016 Cup—Victoria Sandwich—Eva Orr
Drumbeg Residents’ Cup 2016—Tomatoes—Roy O’Neill
Drumbeg Residents’ Cup 2016—Household with the most entries– Margaret Jordan

Cancer Focus NI, the charity chosen by DRA for the year, had its Keeping Well van in the car park so that residents could pop in for a health check.


The Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland has published a provisional proposals report for changing the parliamentary boundaries so that all constituencies will have the same number of voters. This means that NI will loose one member of parliament and Lagan Valley will be split. Dumbeg will move into the new constituency of West Down. The consultation period closes on 28 November. To view the report and for more information go on line to www.boundarycommission.org.uk

The lively club continues to meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the St Patrick’s Parish Hall. In November Linda Dean will have tips for Christmas and in December the Annual Christmas Dinner will be in Malone Golf Club.


The Community Service was held, as ever, on the Sunday following the Annual Show, in St Patrick’s Church at 11.15 am.
Rosie Forsythe from Cancer Focus NI talked about the background and aims of the charity.
£404.50 was collected and donated to the charity.


The Club is as active as ever meeting in St Patrick’s Parish Hall. It is organised in groups of seven weeks at £35.00 per group and meets on the 2nd and last Saturday of the month at 10.30am. New members are most welcome.


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