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Posted in Branch News by Mervyn Herron on 15 April 2015 4:17 PM

To assist with movements around the school i have attached a classroom allocation map please take a look at it if you desire.

I have also asked the school to open the hard core area at the rear of the school for parking please observe proper driving procedures

Mervyn Herron

Posted in Branch News by Mervyn Herron on 13 April 2015 3:58 PM

As you will all be aware the County Down Section will be supporting the Children's Hospice on the 20th June at Lurgan Park. Starting from today and over the next few weeks we are inviting our bands and supporters to join us in raising much needed funds for our charity. Please take time to read the attached letter from Lorraine Ronaldson our President.

Download the attached request for tickets for the prize draw for a set of bagpipes donated by R. G. Hardie of Glasgow with the support of Allister Dunn.

Many thanks

Mervyn Herron

Honorary Secretary  

Posted in Co. Down News by Mervyn Herron on 12 April 2015 7:41 PM

We have arranged parking for motorhome owners at Lurgan Park from Friday the 19th June. Please apply to me including a stamped address envelope A5  for your pass a fee of £10 is payable...

Mervyn Herron

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 10 April 2015 10:19 PM

The Branch Trophy Officer will be present at the Ulster Solos on Saturday, 18th April to accept the return of trophies won last year.

Please return only local trophies, trophies won at Major Championships have to be returned to HQ, Glasgow.

Posted in Branch News by Mervyn Herron on 10 April 2015 5:21 PM

The Ulster Solos 2015 will be held on the 18th April in Monkstown Community School  A full list of the times and solosits is attached.

Hope to see you all there

Mervyn Herron 

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 2 April 2015 10:35 PM

Thursday 2nd April

The office bearers of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (Northern Ireland Branch) have announced the local charity they are suporting for 2015. Winston Pinkerton, the recently appointed RSPBANI President has chosen ‘Friends of the Cancer Centre’ as the charity for this year’s Pipe Band & Drum Major Championships and was officially launched at the Northern Ireland Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital on Thursday 2nd April.  The first 2015 pipe band competition will be held in Bangor on Saturday 16th May followed by Enniskillen (23rd May), Cookstown (Saturday 6th June), Stormont (Saturday 13th June), Omagh (Saturday 4th July), Glenarm (Saturday 18th July), Moira (Saturday 1st August), Rostrevor (Saturday 8th August) and Portrush (Saturday 22nd August).  The chosen charity for the RSPBANI (Co Down Section) competition in Lurgan Park on Saturday 20th June is the NI Children’s Hospice.

In choosing his 2015 charity, Winston, a recovered cancer patient, said, “I chose ‘Friends of the Cancer Centre’ as this year’s charity because as well as having been treated for cancer myself, I am quite sure that most members of each pipe band in Northern Ireland know of someone affected by cancer who has also been treated at the Cancer Centre.”

Claire Hogarth, Friends of the Cancer Centre’s fundraising manager, said:  “We’re absolutely delighted to be chosen as the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association’s charity for this year’s Pipe Band and Drum Major Championships and I would like to thank its President, Winston Pinkerton, for nominating Friends of the Cancer Centre.  We are really looking forward to the upcoming competitions and it will be a great opportunity to see such amazing bands in action, as well as raise money for the charity through the collections on the day.  The money we raise through this partnership will make a huge difference to the work that we do and it will have a lasting impact on thousands of local people affected by cancer.”

Pictured in the photo taken at the Northern Ireland Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital on Thursday 2nd April.are Winston Pinkerton (RSPBANI President), Sarah Breen (Fundraising Officer, Friends of the Cancer Centre) and Ian Burrows (RSPBANI Project Manager)

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 1 April 2015 12:17 PM

The RSPBANI very much regrets receiving the personal resignation last night of Mr David Scott as our Honorary Secretary.

David has given 10 years’ service to RSPBANI as our Secretary and throughout this time he discharged his duties admirably, in particular he has led all of our communications and the Branch public relations function with great enthusiasm. He has delivered a strong, positive media message on behalf of the entire Pipe Band community. While David may not be our Secretary we look forward to seeing him, with his camera at the ready, at many of our events over the forthcoming months.

The RSPBANI Executive wishes to place on public record their heartfelt thanks to David and to wish him well with his future endeavours.

Winston Pinkerton (Branch President)
Ray Hall
(Branch Chairman)

Posted in Co. Fermanagh News by Ian Burrows on 30 March 2015 5:05 PM

The Drum Major's Class of the Fermanagh Branch School featured in the recent programme 'Fermanagh Matters' on Irish TV. The feature starts at 7minutes 33 seconds into the programme, please click here to view.