ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
to be held on Thursday 9 Novemberat 8.00pm in St Patrick’s Parish
Hall, Drumbeg Road. Guest Speakers
CHRISTMAS CAROLS AND LIGHTS SWITCH ON
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.
LITTER PICKING GOING OUT FOR A WALK? HELP YOUR ENVIRONMENT
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.
DEFIBRILLATOR FOR DRUMBEG
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 —
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—
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
KNITTING FOR THE NEONATAL UNIT, RVH.
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
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
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.
DRUMBEG IN BLOOM
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