Drumbeg and District Residents' Association
|NO CEMETERY FOR DRUMBEG
by Tony Hegarty
After six and a half years of opposition we can finally report to you that we have received confirmation in a letter dated 28 April 2011, from Belfast City Council, that " the Council no longer has any interest in developing a cemetery at any location in the Drumbeg area."
This was a long campaign to achieve this result. At this time it would be remiss of me not to recognise the contribution made by the small group of our community who made up the opposition group. Richard, Robert and Sandra Abbott, Sean Gallagher, Roger and Irene MacWilliam and I suppose I should mention myself.
For the first couple of years this group met fortnightly in Bob Stewart's pub and we would wish to thank Mr Jack Gilmore who supplied us with coffee as we tried to work our way through this process.
We very much appreciated the support of our elected representatives in particular Jeffrey Donaldson MP and Trevor Lunn MLA. Jeffrey Donaldson has been unwavering in his support for us including raising our opposition to the proposal on the floor of the House of Commons.
When we started our campaign we set up a fighting fund and we will now
be arranging to return the remainder of the funds to those who contributed.
We hope to have this finalised by the time of the AGM at the end of October
or early November when a comprehensive report will be made to the
meeting on how we achieved the result and hopefully that all remaining
funds have been returned.
The playschool runs five mornings a week, (term time only), and has three
highly qualified staff who have many years of experience of working with
children of all abilities.
EVENTS IN THE DRUMBEG AREA
Please feel free to approach any of them if there are community issues you would like them to take up.
DRA FUND RAISING
SWITCH ON OF CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
22 people attended the December coffee morning in spite of the snowy and icy weather. Old unusual items were handed round for people to guess their purpose.
In February we had photos of old Drumbeg. Hugh brought along a Lisburn Star of 1962, which featured Drumbeg. You can read the article on our website.
For the March meeting a number of those present had brought along an old toy and explained to us why they meant so much to them.
Two members of the Neighbourhood Policing Unit came to our April morning and gave a short talk to those present.
We hope to resume the coffee morning s in October. Watch the website for date.
In November LVR Park people found that they had not given us the crocus bulbs for our mass planting. Hugh organised people to plant them.
Unfortunately in April the verges on the Ballyskeagh Road were trimmed before the daffodil tops had died down. Without them the plants will not make enough reserves to give a good showing next year. The contractors employed by LVRP also trimmed all the crocus and daffodils on the banking of the car park. They did however refrain from cutting the daffodils around the big stones.
There have been complaints about the speed limit on the Drumbeg and Ballyskeagh Roads. After speaking to our local MLAs and the Roads Service we were told it is unlikely to be changed.
Planning permission has been granted for a new Church Hall.
There were a number of accidents at the Church corner. Hugh contacted the PSNI and Roads Service and new white lines and cats eyes have been installed. The Secretary is to contact the relevant authorities to see if a non skid surface and extra signage would be possible
After representation from the committee bins for dog walkers have been
installed on Drumbeg Road, at the Church side gate and Ballyskeagh Road
at the M1 bridge.
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICE OFFICERS
THE ART CLUB by Michael
The Art Club was fortunate to have two well known Northern Ireland artists along last February to demonstrate their skills. Firstly, top Watercolour Artist, Grahame Booth, came along for his first visit to the Club to demonstrate his wonderful loose style of painting and the techniques. He completed a painting of the Minnowburn Bridge which impressed everyone. Grahame has his own web site – www.grahamebooth.com on which he has a gallery of paintings. The web site also includes dates for his classes and painting days out and about in the Northern Ireland and painting holidays in France.
Secondly, Manson Blair, a very accomplished artist in both oils and watercolours,
attended our annual workshop day. Manson has been to the Club many times
over the years and never fails to amaze members with his brilliant mastery
of both brush and painting medium. It is a real joy to watch him at work.
New members are always welcome. If interested, please contact any member
or Michael Boyd Tel. 90612135
Due to the extreme weather conditions during December the outing planned for Ormeau had to be cancelled. The weather did not improve much during January/February and as a result the DOGS have not been able to get out for a run.
Heather McIvor’s Captain’s Day will be at Malone Golf Club
6th June and Moria McKelvey’s President’s Day will be at Dunmurry
on Monday the 5th September.
FLORAL ART CLUB is over for the summer and will resume again on the third Saturday in September and will continue on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month at 10.30 a.m.