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Drumbeg News
Spring 2018 Online Edition


Drumbeg’s new defibrillator has now been installed at the Drumbeg Orange Hall, it is on the wall to the left of the front door and twenty residents have been trained in its use. It is intended to run classes regularly to train new residents and update the others.
Anyone in the area ringing 999 to get assistance in the event of a heart attack will be directed to the Orange Hall and given the code to access it.

Senior Citizens Annual Outing to Catleward and Strangford Tuesday 19 June 2018

Art Club Exhibition 18 and 19 May St Patrick's Parish Hall Members work over the past year will be exhibited.

Litter Picking Going out for a Walk? Help your Environmen
t by taking a litter picker and plastic bag from one of the green wheely bins at the Church Gate or at Orange Hall and pick up litter on your walk. Please leave both back again.

Regular Coffee Mornings
continue on the first Monday of the month in St Patrick’s Parish Hall at 10 am

COFFEE MORNING St Patrick’s Parish Hall on Saturday 2 June.
Suggested donation £5 in aid of Cancer Focus NI and The Chest, Heart and Stroke Association. Get a health check at the Cancer Focus NI bus which will be in attendance. Everyone welcome

DRA 35th Annual Show Saturday 1 September 2018.
Calling all gardeners, bakers, photographers, floral artists and crafters. Now is the time to start preparing for the DRA’s Annual Show which will take place on Saturday 1 September in St Patrick’s Parish Hall. The programme will be distributed in August. Every year there is a knitting section with a prescribed pattern usually a garment for a premature baby. These are donated to the neonatal unit of the RVH.
Get your children involved
Children love to bake, create a picture why not channel their energies and help them to take part in our young people’s categories. There is also a range of classes for under 12s including baking, photography, knitting, art. Every child that enters gets a certificate and there is the Yong Persons Cup. Why not encourage your children to take part?
Calling all knitters
The RVH Neonatal Unit welcomes the garments submitted to the DRA Annual Show. It needs the body warmers but also has a shortage of matching sets of bootees, mitts and hats. These can be left at the DRA Show in September for delivery to the Neonatal Unit. There is a pattern at the end of this newsletter.

Neighbourhood Watch
Criminals have been active recently in the Drumbeg Area and there has been a number of burglaries. If you see suspicious persons, cars or vans, note their description and the vehicle registration number and make and contact the police.
SCAMS If you can spot a scam you can stop a scam
S - seems too good to be true
C—contacted out of the blue
A—you are asked for personal details
M—money is required
Always be on the alert!

Interested in flower arranging? Don’t know where to start?
The floral art club is the place for you. Meeting in St Patrick’s Parish Hall on the 2nd and fourth Saturday of the month at 10.30am the Club is for those that have an interest in flower art but are not professional. No previous experience is needed.

Mobile Library
Lisburn Mobile Library visits Drumbeg fortnightly books can be borrowed or returned and it has an extensive rang of children's’ books If the book that you want is not on board it can be ordered. It stops at:
10.25—10.45 Drumbeg Playgroup
11.00 –11,20 Rural Cottages
11.25 -11.50 Hambleden Park
12.00 -12.30 Rosevale Avenue
12 35—13.00 Gowan Heights
The bus comes on a Monday, except for bank holidays, the next few dates are: 11 June, 25 June, 6 Aug., 20 Aug, etc.,
This is an excellent service, available to everybody, so please make good use of it.
If we don’t use it, we lose it.

Gardening Club
This is a vibrant club, with about 40 members which meets every second Tuesday in the month. Throughout the year it has a varied programme of speakers and outings and in January the BBC recorded a programme for “Gardeners Corner”. In March, the Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council Parks Department had a slide show on the thousands of plants they produce in flower beds, planters and hanging baskets in the City area. In April there was an interesting talk on “How foliage works” The May meeting will be a visit to a private garden in Drumbo.
In June, there is always an “away day”, this year a visit to the County Down Coast to visit three gardens with lunch at the Poachers Pocket.
Diana McVicker

Drumbeg WI
Another vibrant organisation which as well as its meets monthly meetings organises a weekly Rambling Club and a Culture Club., for theatre visits, art exhibitions etc.
At the March meeting it welcomed visitors from other WIs for a fascinating, slide show on Old Belfast including the Titanic being built and many old buildings from QUB to the City Hall.
Molly’s Wednesday Craft group, puts the world to rights whilst knitting , sewing etc.
A team three knitters won the Clanabogan Cup for the second time and another team is preparing an entry for the City of Belfast Autumn Flower Show. Others will help at the Balmoral Show.
The Institute takes a keen interest in public affairs and has commented on many Government and Council policy papers. Margaret Jordan

The Ups and Downs of Owning a Dog
Many of you are dog owners and get much pleasure from doing so. A dog is a faithful companion, especially to a single lonely person, a source of fun, it encourages much needed exercise and can be invaluable in guarding the house, it gives a sense of security to someone on their own.
However, there is a down side to owning a dog and that is responsibility. Apart from looking after their pets needs dog owners also need to be ware of the needs of the impact that it can have on others.
Barking dog can be vey annoying for those living near by but it is possible to do something about it. The first thing is to find out if there is a problem .If you are out all day it is useful to ask neighbours how your pet behaves, does it start barking the minute you drive down the road?
It is normal and natural for dogs to bark; however when barking happens a lot, or it goes on for an extended period of time, it can be upsetting for neighbours. Dogs bark for a number of reasons; excitability, boredom, guarding territory, loneliness or hearing loud or strange noises.
If you do have a nuisance barker on your hands, it is useful to first determine, ‘why’? A primary reason could indeed be boredom, this can be relieved by ensuring the dog has frequent walks and plenty of exercise, providing play toys and bones, or simply changing the position of the kennel periodically. If your dog barks as a result of separation anxiety, then it may be an idea to leave a radio or television on to distract it or ask a neighbour to call in during the day to check on the dog. If this doesn’t work it may be useful to contact an animal behaviourist or undertake some dog training classes. There are a number of local dog walking / dog care services in the Drumbeg area.
Dog fouling can also be a problem and each year the Council spends thousands of pounds on street cleaning and enforcement action for those who allow their dogs to leave a mess behind .When out exercising your dog please bring a poop-scoop or disposable plastic bag with you and please dispose of it in a refuse bins or bring it home. Do not leave it lying as this causes further problems.
I you need further advice on how to manage your dog, the Dog Warden Service at Lisburn City Council can be contacted on 028 9244 7867.
To speak with a Dog Warden or to notify them about a stray dog , ring 028 9260 0804 (between 12.30 and 2.30 pm) or 07899 876081 out of hours.

Body Warmer for the Neonatal Unit
After judging these will be taken to the Premature Baby Unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital
It has buttons on the shoulders and opens flat so that the nurses can dress baby with the minimum disturbance. The original was knit in 4ply and measures approx 13" round the chest. It can be made smaller or larger by using larger needles and DK wool or smaller needles and 3 ply wool.
Using 4 ply wool and No 10 needles [ ours weighed 15 grm ( 1/2oz)]
Cast on 89 stitches and knit 4 rows in garter stitch [Every row knit]
Row 5 :- Knit 2 yarn over needle, knit 2 together, knit to end
Row 6 :- Knit.
Keeping 3 stitches at each end in garter stitch. Work 24 rows in either stocking stitch or small pattern, making 2 further buttonholes on rows 9 and 19.
Divide for Armholes
Next row:- Knit 24 stitches, turn, cast on 3 stitches. Knit 3 , purl to the last 3 stitches, Knit 3. [27 stitches, work on these stitches for the 1st front]
Next row:- Knit 3 , Knit 2 together, Knit to the last 5 stitches Knit 2 together Knit 3.
Stocking stitch 3 rows keeping to garter stitch borders.
Repeat last 4 rows, 4 times more, then 1st and second rows once [15 stitches]
Next row:- Garter stitch 4 rows
Next row:- Buttonhole row. Knit 7, yarn over needle Knit 2 together Knit to end
Next row:- Garter stitch 2 rows
Cast off
Rejoin Yarn, cast on 3 stitches. Knit 44 stitches, including 3 cast on, Turn, leaving 24 stitches for 2nd front, cast on 3 sts, 47 Sts for back.
Next row:- Knit 3, Purl to the last 3 stitches knit 3
Next row:- Knit 3, Knit 2 together, knit to the last 5 stitches knit 2 together knit 3.
Keeping the garter stitch border.
Work 3 rows stocking stitch,
Repeat the last 4 rows, 4 times more,
then 1st and 2nd rows once (35 stitches)
Garter stitch 6 more rows.
Cast off
Rejoin yarn.
Cast on 3 stitches knit to end
Work to match first front
Sew cast on stitches at arm holes
Sew on Buttons
The Unit also welcome knitted bonnets and bootees which you can bring along, they will not be marked.


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