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Drumbeg News

Volume 9 Issue 1 Spring 2012
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Announcements

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 to come.

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
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

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
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 suspicious

     

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 Presbyterian Church.

 

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