Village Association looks back on a positive year

DROMARA Village and District Community Association has looked back on "a very positive year's activities".

That was how chairperson, Mrs. Joyce Poots, described the association's achievements of the previous 12 months when members recently gathered for the group's annual general meeting.

Mrs. Poots first welcomed members and guests to the meeting in the Community Hall before outlining the projects of the past year.

She thanked all those who had "faithfully worked to make so many things happen for the benefit of folk in the village community, both young and not no young".

Among the highlights of the year, she pointed out, were the Village Festival Week, Christmas activities, the welcome given to visitors from Drumsna, Co. Leitrim and others from a number of European schools.

Mrs. Poots also noted the work of the youth club and the "many and varied" classes held in the community hall.

She turned then to the "exciting new project" that was the Lagan Park Centre.

It was taking shape day by day, she said, and would provide excellent facilities for the youth of the village.

The overall theme for the AGM was 'The Changing Face of Dromara', a theme illustrated with a photographic display.

Noting the closure of a number of longstanding Dromara businesses, Mrs. Poots said the village was growing and changing.

Guest speaker and local developer Mr. Roy Ferguson looked back on 20 years of helping shape Dromara, having built more than 200 new homes, with more on the way.

He spoke of his continuing pride and passion for the village and hoped, he said, that he had added to its development.

"He kept his audience spellbound as he outlined many humorous insights that had happened over the years," said Mrs. Poots afterwards.

Recently moved to the area from England, retired engineer Mr. Bill Bingham and his English wife Jackie spoke of their experiences in a "positive and complimentary" report that Mrs. Poots called "a great advert for village life".

Lisburn City Council Community Development Officer Ryan Black brought greetings from the local authority before conducting the election of officers.

Officers elected for the forthcoming year were Mrs. Joyce Poots, Chairperson; Mr. Stanley Poots, vice-chairperson and Mr. Philip McKinstry, treasurer.

Supper rounded off what Mrs. Poots hailed as "a successful evening".