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Drumbeg News
Autumn 2017 Online Edition

to be held on Thursday 9 Novemberat 8.00pm in St Patrick’s Parish Hall, Drumbeg Road. Guest Speakers

7.00 pm Tuesday 5 December at Drumbeg Orange Hall.Lights to be switched on by the Councillor Hazel Legge; Deputy Major of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council. Music by First Old Boys Silver Band. Santa will be visiting. Refreshments, ballot for Cancer Focus NI.


First Monday of the month at 10.00 am in the Parish Hall; an opportunity to catch up on what is happening in the area.


Help keep Drumbeg tidy by borrowing a litter picker and plastic bag from one of the green wheely bins at the Church Gate or at the Orange Hall and pick up litter on your walk. Please leave both back again.


M E Crowe and family have very generously donated a defibrillator to the Drumbeg Residents As-
sociation in appreciation of the work done by theCommittee in the Area. The defibrillator, which will be for the use of the Drumbeg Community, will be attached to the front wall of the Orange Hall at the corner of Quarter-lands Road.
It is intended to hold a course, in conjunction with the Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, on 29 November in the Orange Hall on the proper use of the appliance. Numbers are limited to 16 people each of whom will be given a certificate confirming successfully ompleting the course. It is hoped that applicants for the course, which is free to participants, will be from across the Drumbeg Community. Please support this very valuable project. The Committee thanks M E Crowe and family for their most generous gift.
Litter Picking. Going out for a walk, help the environment by taking a litter picker and plastic bag from one of the green wheely bins at tha Churdh gate or at the Orange Hall and help keep Drumbeg tidy.

DRA 34TH VILLAGE SHOW:- Flower, Vegetable, Cookery, Photography, Craft and Childrens' sections

Despite the difficult weather conditions over the Summer, our Annual Show was a resounding success, with record entries in many classes off setting the drop in others, in particular the roses. The baking and craft classes continue to attract ever increasing numbers with some stunning entries showing that traditional crafts are still alive and flourishing in Drumbeg. However, it was very disappointing that the number of entries in the young persons’ classes had fallen considerably and the Committee are already thinking about how to reverse this next year.
Michael Snowden judged the flowers, pot plants, fruit and vegetables and Barbara Farris young people, photography, craft and home baking and preserves.
Hugh Crookshanks, the DRA Chairman, welcomed everyone. Councillor Brian Bloomfield MBE opened the Show and presented the trophies.

The trophies awarded were:
Drumbeg Residents’ Association Cup 1990—Best in Show excluding Young Persons’ classes –Maura Matthews
Drumbeg Residents Cup 1992—Flowers, fruit or vegetables — Rosemary Reid
Rose of Drumbeg—Special Class Prize—Rosemary Reid
Drumbeg Cup—Young Persons’ Cup— Mai-Ya and Danny Chew
DRA Jubilee Cup –Judges’ choice from non cup winners— Audrey Jackson
Mark Crowe Cup—Floral Art—Eleanor McDowell
The Farris Cup—Home Baking and Preserves - Gillian Browne
DRA Diamond Jubilee Cup - Photography and Craft— Maura Matthews
Drumbeg Parish Cup—Jam— Sharon Reilly
WI 2016 Cup—Victoria Sandwich— Rosalind Bloomfield
Drumbeg Residents’ Cup 2016—Tomatoes— Irene MacWilliam
Drumbeg Residents’ Cup 2016—Household with the most entries– tie- Margaret Jordan and Dr Mchael Scott

Knitters were out in force for the prescribed knitting class at the DRA Annual Show with 139 body warmers being entered, 83 hats, 32 sets of bootees and 12 angel blankets. All these items were donated to the RVH, Neonatal Unit.
The Unit was delighted to accept these garments and have asked Drumbeg knitters to keep up the good work. In addition to the body warmers, they have asked for matching sets of hats, mittens and bootees — a project for those dark winter nights.

The Community Service was held on the same weekend as the Annual Show in St Patrick’s Church. Members of the DRA assisted in the Service by doing readings and prayers. £332.12 was collected for Cancer Focus NI, the DRA’s charity this year.


DRA RESIDENTS OUTING. On 6 June, 21 residents headed for the Navan Centre in Co. Armagh. On arrival they were greeted warmly by the staff and then had tea, coffee and scones. Afterwards, they had a very interesting and enjoyable tour of the Centre and before they left there was time for a visit to the gift shop. Later they had lunch in the City Hotel, Armagh, before heading home.


The DRA Committee is extremely concerned about the number of accidents at the Drum Bridge corner. Over the Summer there were five accidents in one month, including one in which a woman out walking her dog was hospitalised and her dog killed.
Talks are taking place with Transport NI, Road Service to see what action can be taken to reduce the number of accidents. However, it is clear that if a fatality is to be avoided motorists must SLOW DOWN.

A YEAR AS MAYOR of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council by Councillor Brian Bloomfield MBIn June 2016, I was elected Mayor of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council. It led to an extremely busy but unforgettable year both for myself and for Rosalind as Mayoress. I only have space to give a flavour of the events attended.

There is a wide range of roles and responsibilities to fulfil including the chairing of the monthly Council meeting and attending all the other committee meetings. Notable among these roles is the leading of Council and local residents in many Remembrance events culminating on Remembrance Sunday in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph in Castle Street. Earlier, on October 1st last year was the Malaya and Borneo Veterans Remembrance event and on the 3rd was a special wreath-laying event at Lagan Valley Island when we marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Frank Pantridge who had served in the Far East and whose invention of the portable defibrillator has saved countless lives. Remembrance also saw the opening of Books of Condolence to mark the tragic events such as those at Nice and Manchester.

The role of volunteers in the community is brought into sharp focus for the Mayor and Mayoress. The numerous voluntary organisations in our community are all ‘driven’ by those who give unselfishly of their time and energy for the benefit of others. It was always a pleasure to meet or visit such groups especially those involving our young people. The Mayor’s Awards for Volunteers seeks annually to recognise their achievements.

One of the privileges of the Mayorship is the opportunity to recognise significant achievements within the whole LCCC area, for example individuals who have served the community for many years in the health, education and social services. We were able to hold receptions in the Mayor’s Parlour for them and their friends. This year too, many of Lisburn’s best-known businesses celebrated significant anniversaries, notably Ironside Trophies 40 years, McCalls of Lisburn 60 years, Smyth Patterson 80 years and Lamonts 105 years. Among various other groups celebrating milestones or achievements were various WIs and it was a particular pleasure for Rosalind and I to host Drumbeg WI and to celebrate their winning of the title ‘Institute of the Year’. At all of these receptions the guests were able to have a tour of both the Parlour and Council Chamber and learn a little of the history of Lagan Valley Island and the workings of the Council. A walk through Robes Gallery to see the portraits of former Mayors was always a talking-point. Among our favourite events were the Citizenship Ceremonies. These are now held in Hillsborough Castle and we were pleased to be present and to meet each of our 8 Lord Lieutenants. They represent the Queen here and conduct the special ceremonies for those who have chosen to make Northern Ireland their home.

Looking back there were many other highlights such as experiencing at close hand the speed and the noise of the Ulster Grand Prix, acting as Chieftain of the Day at the Pipe Band Championships in Moira, visiting Primary and Special Schools and switching on of the Christmas lights.

It would not be fair to reflect on the past year without acknowledging the support of the Council staff. Cathy and Gillian in the Mayor’s Office efficiently organised the weekly diary while Glen and Joe drove us everywhere. Rosalind maintained a continual photograph record of ‘the year’ and compiled four photobooks of the year’s events.
All in all, definitely a year to remember.

Brian and Rosalind Bloomfield raised a total of £89,847.69 for TinyLife, the Mayor’s chosen charity, Throughout the year they worked tirelessly organising a wide range of fund raising events. This will enable TinyLife to sustain its support services to premature babies and their families.

Talks continue with the LCCC about the Drum sited under the church wall on Drumbeg Road and the planters on Quarterlands Road have been removed for renovation. We are looking to the new year when the 3000 bulbs planted at the old church hall junction make their appearance