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Posted by Ian Burrows on 11 October 2017 3:33 PM

McDonald Memorial Pipe Band & McDonald Academy Pipe Band will be holding a fundraising Tractor Run on Saturday 21st October 2017.

It will commence at 12 noon from Magherally Church of Ireland, Kilmacrew Road, Banbridge, BT32 4EP.  The cost is £10 per tractor and £5 for each passenger which includes a burger and drink.

If you require any further information email mcdonaldpipeband@hotmail.co.uk or phone 077 18914024.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 11 October 2017 3:31 PM

Readers of the News Letter's Tartan Talk column should note that it has been moved from Saturday to a Friday spot.

Bands / RSPBA NI Branch sections etc. wishing to have items included in the column in respect of fundraising, concerts, recruitment etc. should e-mail the correspondent Gilbert Cromie at gilbertcromie50@yahoo.co.uk.

It is preferable that items are submitted at least a full week in advance and by the Wednesday to enable the column to be prepared and submitted to the News Letter on the Thursday morning for publication on the Friday.

Posted by Danielle McCartney on 9 October 2017 2:24 PM

A Branch Meeting will be held on Saturday, 28th of October 2017 at 2pm

The Branch AGM will be held on Saturday, 25th of November 2017 at 11 am. 

Both meetings will be held in Trinity Methodist Halls, Ballymacoss Ave, Lisburn, County Antrim BT28 2GX.

Nominations for election of Officers and notices of motion for the AGM must be received from band secretaries by the Branch Secretary three weeks prior to the meeting.

Email contact for the Branch Secretary is danielle.mccartney@rspbani.org

Posted by Ian Burrows on 20 September 2017 3:15 PM

Please note that the date of the next County Down Section meeting has been changed to the 18th of October at 8.00 pm in the Millbrook Lodge, Ballynahinch. 

This meeting will be the AGM.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 18 September 2017 12:25 PM

Attached are the results of the All Ireland Solos 2017.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 13 September 2017 4:29 PM

Ballinderry Church presents Ravara Pipe Band in concert with compere Gary Wilson and supporting artists in Ballinderry Church Hall, Saturday the 23rd of September 2017 at 8 pm.

Suggested subscription £10.00

Posted by Ian Burrows on 13 September 2017 4:23 PM

New School Term commencing, Saturday 23rd September.


We have 2 pop up centres this year in Broughshane and Belfast as well as our existing centres in Mid Ulster, Fermanagh, Co. Down and the North West.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 9 September 2017 8:40 PM

Results of the Adult World Solo Drumming Qualifier and Northern Ireland Novice Solos attached.