Drumbeg Residents Association would like to give a warm
welcome to any new residents.
Drumbeg Annual Show: Saturday 8th September 2012. With
new and changed categories.
Diamond Jubilee Celebration - Drumbeg Residents' Tea Party
Tuesday 5th June at 3pm in the Church Hall. Everyone is welcome, however
we do need to have some sort of idea of how many will attend. Please contact
Hugh Crookshanks 9061 0801 or Jane Steele 9060 1460 if you would like
DRA Annual Outing is on Tuesday 19th June to Glenarm
Castle. Meal provided.
Have you seen the stag or the seal? There have been
sightings of a seal in the River Lagan in the LVRP. How about a photo
for our website?
Since Christmas there have been many sightings of a magnificent antlered
deer in the Drumbeg area.
New broadband box in Drumbeg. BT has
brought fibreoptic cables to a new cabinet at the Church end of Drumbeg
Road. This may improve internet broadband performance but not sure when
it will be switched on
Community Service: The DRA Community Service has been
moved to September to follow on from our Annual Show. We would love this
weekend to grow into a community festival. Any Suggestions
COMMITTEE WORKING FOR THE AREA by Irene MacWilliam
The Residents’ Association have had a busy year organising the various
activities throughout the past year, the Annual Show, a Community Service
in which various organisations partook, a Table Quiz to raise funds, an
annual outing, coffee mornings, and a planting of bulbs in Quarterlands
Road with a few on the Ballyskeagh Road and Drumbeg Road. Unfortunately
last years daffodils did not flower well this year but this seems to have
happened in other areas. Hopefully they will do well in 2013 having had
a years rest. Unfortunately it poured on the evening of our Carols Service
and switch on of the lights on the Christmas Tree. We all crowded into
the Hall to enjoy music by First Old Boys Brass Band and songs by the
Playgroup Children. It was then outside into the rain for the actual switch
on and back into the hall for hot dogs and soup. A very successful evening.
Hugh Crookshanks and Robert Dunlop have written to and had contact with
various authorities on your behalf. They have managed to get various local
problems sorted, ie the flooding of a gully on the Drumbeg road, the resurfacing
of a long length on the Quarterlands Road, lengths of the footpath have
been resurfaced on the Drumbeg Road and after much lobbying the tarmacing
of the footpath of Drum Bridge.
The Residents’ Association presented the Rev Devenny with a painting
of Drum Bridge by local artist Martin Boyd to mark his retirement from
St Patrick’s Church.
The committee is planning an afternoon tea event in the Church Hall to
mark the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.
Drumbeg Playschool is your local playschool run by a local ex-primary
school teacher. Now approaching the end of its third academic year running,
Drumbeg playschool has been delighted to welcome through its doors children
from both the local and the wider Lisburn and South Belfast community.
The playschool offers structured pre-school education in a community
that is otherwise devoid of any form of educational provision. It provides
a high quality of learning for up to twenty four children of all backgrounds,
abilities and beliefs from approximately two years and nine months. The
playschool runs five mornings a week (term time only) and has three members
of staff that are highly qualified and have many years of experience of
working with children of all abilities.
Our aim at Drumbeg Playschool is to provide a safe, secure, stimulating
and fun learning environment that extends from the home background. Our
location on the corner of Ballyskeagh Road and Quarterlands Road, provide
a tranquil, bright, colourful and non-denominational environment for children
to play, socialise, learn and prepare for school when not at home.
We are currently enrolling for the academic year 2012/13 and are holding
our annual open day on Saturday 21st April 2012 at 10am. We warmly invite
those of you thinking about playschool and your friends who have playschool
aged children to come and look around. Be warned though, places are limited!
For further information
As we approach the end of another financial year overall crime has reduced
again on last year across D District - however - over the last few months
across D District certain crime trends continue to come to our attention
in relation to theft of home heating oil , lead thefts from churches /school
/ vacant and unoccupied properties and burglary via unlocked doors and
forced entry via the rear of properties. With the days getting longer
we have now started to see garages and sheds feature more.
We want to again encourage the community to report suspicious activity
- trust your instincts – if you smell a rat it probably is one!
If you suspect there is a crime in progress ring 999 straight away and
if it is otherwise report it via 0845 600 8000. Please don’t make
life easy for the criminal. They have to be lucky all the time - we only
have to be lucky once! Use Your Neighbourhood Watch if you see anything
GIANT BIRD TABLE FOR DRUMBEG
Some of you may have noticed that the field upstream of the Drum
Bridge has been tidied up. This area although in the Lagan Valley Regional
Park belongs to Belfast City Council but as we are the only residential
community in this area we have been invited by Stephen Quinn, Community
Park Manager, to become involved with the seeding and maintenance of a
Giant Bird Table. The project will be managed by Belfast with involvement
of the LVRP. Stephen Quinn has attended a number of committee meetings
to explain it and to involve Drumbeg. The area has been sprayed to kill
the grass, flailed, ploughed and rotovated in preparation for our involvement
on 12 April when we were invited to bring children to get them interested
in the project. We hope to provide additional input as requested.
BIRD TABLE—as described on the LVRP site
Let us explain. They are large areas which have been sown with seed-rich
plants such as oats, barley, flax and wildflowers. Instead of being harvested,
they're left over the winter to create pockets of seed rich areas that
birds like linnets, tree sparrows and yellowhammers can eat during the
coldest months of the year when food is scarce.
Long grasses also provide food and shelter for many small animals that
barn owls eat. The wildflowers attract insects which in turn feed the
swallows and swifts over the summer.
We'll review the seed mix and planting methods to make sure we get the
best results and continue to assess locations. You can check out our wild
meadows at Laganlands East, Lagan Meadows and McIlroy Park.
DRUMBEG WOMEN’S INSTITUTE by Elizabeth Fleming.
Assist Sec, Drumbeg Women's Institute…. This report came in too
late for the Autumn Newsletter.
Drumbeg Women’s Institute meets on third Thursday of the month
at 7.45pm in Drumbeg Orange Hall.
During the past year we have enjoyed a variety of interesting speakers
including David Gallop, who described the production of a National newspaper,
Olive Campbell told of her tour of Jordan and the Middle East, and members
enjoyed stories of the early days of Ulster Television from Anne Hailes.
In the Spring we were encouraged to walk in the local National Trust sites
by the warden at Minnowburn, and we welcomed a speaker from the Simon
Community who outlined their important work with Youth Services and the
homeless. The outing in May this year was to the Tudor Cinema Comber,
and this was preceded by high tea provided by the ladies of 2nd Comber