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
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.
DRUMBEG RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION COFFEE MORNINGS
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.
MAYOR FROM DRUMBEG
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.
CLEAN UP OF DRUM BRIDGE
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
We should be grateful to them all
LITTER PICKING GOING OUT FOR A WALK? HELP YOUR ENVIRONMENT
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.
WI INSTITUTE OF THE YEAR by Anne McAdam
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.
D.O.G.S DRUMBEG OCCASIONAL GOLFING SOCIETY by Michael
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
DRUMBEG ART CLUB by Michael Boyd
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.
DRA ANNUAL OUTING by Jane Steele
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,
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
DRUMBEG RESIDENTS’ ANNUAL SHOW
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
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–
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.
ELECTORAL BOUNDARY CHANGES
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
DRA COMMUNITY SERVICE
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.
FLORAL ART CLUB
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.