First sod cut at Drumbeg Parish

The turning of the first sod a new Parish Hall Building at St Patrick’s Parish Church, Drumbeg took place on Sunday May 31.

Following morning worship in the historic church, the congregation made the short walk across the graveyard to witness this important landmark in the life of the parish.

The congregation looks on as Bill Parkes and Rachel Price turn the first sod for a new Parish Hall Building at St Patrick's Parish Church, Drumbeg following morning worship on Sunday 31st May.  L to R: Ryan Price, Hugh Crookshanks (Rector's Glebewarden), Rev Willie Nixon (Rector), Michael Barnett (Rector's Warden), Councillor Alexander Redpath (Deputy Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council),Clyde Markwell (Architect), Mark Crowe (Building Contractor) and Candida Corscadden (People's Warden).  Bill Parkes is the most senior member of the congregation and Rachel Price is the youngest member of the Sunday School.

The congregation looks on as Bill Parkes and Rachel Price turn the first sod for a new Parish Hall Building at St Patrick's Parish Church, Drumbeg following morning worship on Sunday 31st May. L to R: Ryan Price, Hugh Crookshanks (Rector's Glebewarden), Rev Willie Nixon (Rector), Michael Barnett (Rector's Warden), Councillor Alexander Redpath (Deputy Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council),Clyde Markwell (Architect), Mark Crowe (Building Contractor) and Candida Corscadden (People's Warden). Bill Parkes is the most senior member of the congregation and Rachel Price is the youngest member of the Sunday School.

Following a short Commissioning Service conducted by the rector, the Rev Willie Nixon, Bill Parkes (the most senior member of the congregation) and Rachel Price (the youngest member of the Sunday School) turned the first sod in preparation for work to commence on the building site adjacent to the church graveyard.

Special guests included Councillor Alexander Redpath, Deputy Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.