Ravarnette School


Part 4


The Club, one of the foremost in the Province outside Belfast, was formed in 1939. The grounds which include two red sand courts, pavilion and car parking facilities are situated at Park Street, Hillsborough.
During the past season the membership reached a record 160, comprising 80 Seniors, 30 Juniors (under 18) and 50 Juveniles (under 14). Play begins each year in early April and ends late September. Juveniles are entitled to play on Weekdays (except Saturday) until 6 p.m. while Juniors and Seniors can play at any time (except Sunday).
Teams compete in the Belfast and District Leagues and also in the Mid-Ulster League and for some time past have had considerable success. There are eight major trophies to be competed for within the club each year and coaching classes are organized for juveniles and juniors.
The club hope in the near future to build a new pavilion and two years ago started a Building Fund. Money raising efforts to date have proved most successful and as these schemes will be necessary for a
considerable time the members will be most grateful to friends and people of the district for their continuing support.
New members (and it is not necessary to have played tennis before) will be made welcome.


My aircraft had just parked, after a few satisfactory circuits. As the chief flying instructor opened his door and unbuckled the safety harness, I mused on the day's perfection. We landed directly into a gentle wind and
I felt contented with my performance. The touch of an encouraging hand or. the shoulder however awakened me to the reality of the situation. "Now you'll be quite fine" came the words from my right. "Just taxi out, do one circuit, about 20 degrees of flap; and I'll be at the other end of the R/T remember!"
A little extra throttle freed my wheels from the clutches of the grass; and I gently rolled towards the building point of runway 22. For an instant many thoughts flashed through my mind. Not far from here, Ferguson flew, a long time ago. Did Amy Johnson, Lindberg, Cobham, and all the others in the Pantheon of flight, have such feelings? Then the months of training had effect; and there was a strange sensation of perfect rapport between man and machine. Thus I reached the holding point, watching the approach for other aircraft.
Now there was little hesitation. I gave full throttle, with a rapidly increasing right rudder pressure as speed mounted. Must keep my heading. I was watching many things simultaneously, speed, oil temperature
and pressure. My calmness surprised me, as the speed passed 60; and I gently eased back the control column. Now she was airborne; but I must maintain 70. I cannot stall on my first solo! Bend an aircraft! Wreck myself
The altimeter passed 300 feet; and I could take my hand from the throttle to trim for the climb out. At 700 feet I commenced a gentle climbing turn to the left, on the crosswind leg. And so I arrived at 1,000 feet, to level off, throttle back to 2200 revs, from the 2700 of full power, and retrim.
It seemed almost the blink of an eyelid before I was turning downwind and calling "Golf Bravo Hotel, downwind for landing over." And there was great reassurance in the reply. "Roger, Golf Bravo Hotel, call final." A quick acknowledgement and I was doing my downwind checks, all the while holding height and direction. "Brakes off, undercarriage down and locked, mixture rich, carburettor air hot, flaps up, fuel on and sufficient for overshoot, harnesses tight, hatches secure." For a fleeting instant I spoke aloud. "What am I doing up here?" But this was a brief prelude to the turn on to base leg; and it was time to reduce power, lower flaps and trim for an approach speed of 70.
Movilla graveyard, ominous symbol, had now passed below, on my left; and I turned on to final approach at 700 feet. A quick snatch of the mike, the R/T call, "Golf Bravo Hotel on final approach", and a queer tingle at nape of neck as I read a height of 550 feet. "Quick John! More throttle!" I told myself. Then over the hill at a safe height of 600 feet, with a slight throttle closure to keep the runway numbers correctly in my windscreen. Everything was fine, airspeed 70, 200 feet over Portaferry Road, clear airspace and runway.
Already I was crossing the threshold and looking ahead the prescribed distance. A gentle rounding off brought level flight, followed by a gradual pulling back of the control column, right into the stomach. All this time my right hand had been on the throttle, slowly reducing power; and now the crucial moment for landing had arrived, with throttle completely closed and control column hard back. Thus did my wheels touch the runway; and with fall of speed the nosewheel lightly kissed the ground. The rest was a matter of gentle braking towards the far end of the airfield, to terminate the most exhilarating experience of my life.
"One of the more exhilarating experiences of flying is described above. The author is the Honorary Secretary of the Ulster Flying Club, which had its beginnings in the mid 1920's, during the golden age of aviation, and due in large measure to great local pioneers such as the late Lord Londonderry and Wing Commander Preston. In its present form the Club has a flying membership of around 250, and a social membership of 100. A new clubhouse has been recently built; and there is always a warm welcome for new members."


The Girls' Brigade is a Christian Organization, each company being attached to a church, or mission. Its aim is to help girls to become followers of the Lord Jesus Christ and through self-control, reverence, and a sense of responsibility to find true enrichment of life. The motto of the organization is, "Seek, Serve and follow Christ".
There are five age groups in all.
The Explorers (age 5 to 8) work for a star each year, Bronze, Silver or Gold. Each star is divided in six parts, a centre and five points.
Centre-Bronze -Silver or Gold represents God's Book, and as this would suggest includes learning Bible Verses and stories.
Emerald Point -"Myself" under this point girls are taught simple Hygiene, Activities and Games,
Sapphire Point -"My Talents". This is a handicrafts section.
Topaz Point -"My Treasurers". Girls are encouraged to take an interest in Music, Singing or Verse Speaking.
Amethyst Point -"My Surroundings". Girls are taken on an outing to the park, zoo or Museum and is expected to complete a record of exploration depending on her ability to write.
Ruby Point -"My Neighbours". Includes a wide range of activities such as sorting cutlery, collecting Silver, paper, or stamps and telling the time.
The Juniors work for two circles and to achieve one a girl must take a subject from each of the four sections:
Spiritual - Bible Studies.
Physical-A choice of P.E., Swimming. Cycling or National Dancing. Educational - This section includes such subjects as Handicrafts. Hobbies, Safety or Nature Study
Service - Care of Pets, Health and Hygiene, Helping at Home or Local Knowledge.
There are Companies connected to Hillsborough, Legacurry and Annihilt Presbyterian Churches as well as several in Lisburn, Dromore and Dromara.
WINNIE NORWOOD (Sloan Street Company)


Although Rugby was played in Lisburn in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries there was a long gap until 1948 when Wallace High School Old Boys formed a club. This later became Lisburn Academicals who played in Wallace Park and about 8 or 9 years ago changed its name to Lisburn Rugby Football Club.
About 4 or 5 years ago the club bought ground on the Eglantine Road completed and opened at the new grounds and the club now provides one at Blaris and laid out 2 pitches. In September 1974 a new pavilion was of the best playing and clubhouse complexes in Ireland.
Currently there are six teams representing the club. The 1st XV in the Junior League, 2nd XV in the Minor League, 3A XV in the Fourth Division League and 3C XV and 3D XV who at the moment only play friendly matches. The lst XV this season reached the quarter final of the Town's Cup.
Overall the Club has more than 300 members and is growing rapidly. There are over 130 playing members and the rest are non-playing or associate members. Two ex-members have played for Ireland in the past ten years and a number of others for Ulster whilst six or seven have joined Senior Clubs and play in the Senior League. One ex-member Ray Hunter toured South Africa with the British Lions in 1962.


The Club started in 1932 when some members of the Lisburn Cricket club decided to form a club to maintain contact with each other during the winter months. They used the Temperance Institute Hall at the end of Railway Street in Lisburn and after a couple of years moved to the British Legion Hall in Sackville Street, opposite Brownlee Primary School. In 1957 they moved to the R.B.Y. Hall on the Hillhall Road. The club then expanded from being a one night a week club with 20-25 members to a four night a week club with a Juvenile Section on Saturday Afternoon -membership rose to over a hundred.
About 1966 the Alpha joined with Hilden Lawn Tennis Club in serious fund raising for joint premises at the bottom of Lewellyn Avenue. Their hopes were fulfilled when the new hall was opened in November 1971. There are three badminton courts in the hall and the club is organized to suit all standards and all ages. The Senior Club plays on a Tuesday and this caters for high standard players. Current members include Ken Carlisle and Danny Blair who between them have over 60 Irish Cups.
The Minor Club is an adult club catering for all standards from beginners upwards. They play on Monday and Thursday nights. The Ladies' Club plays on Wednesday mornings giving play for many young mothers who bring their children along. There are three sections for younger members. The Junior Juvenile Club covers the 7 to 10 year olds and plays from 10 to 12 every Saturday morning. On Saturday afternoons the Juvenile Club meets from 2 to 5, the ages ranging from 10 to 14. On Friday and Saturday nights (7 to 10.30) the Intermediate Club plays, the ages being between 12 and 16.
The Club has 300 members now and there are waiting lists for most sections of the club. Subscriptions range from £2 to £5.
BOB COLHOUN, Secretary.


Lisnagarvey Hockey Club was founded in Lisburn ir. 1901. It is an open club owning its own grounds at Blaris, which has been its home for the past 15 years, formerly playing at a ground off the Antrim Road
in Lisburn, now a housing development but. retaining the traditional name-That is Lisanagarvey Drive and Lisnagarvey Crescent. The present two grass pitches based on the sandy soil at Blaris make them easily the best grass pitches in Ireland.
Most players learn their hockey at the two hockey playing Grammar Schools in the town, Friends School and Wallace High School and of course we have new residents to the town. The club is one of the strongest do Irish Hockey and is the only club to have twice won the British Club Champion title and to have twice won the Cup both at Rcme and Frankfurt.
There is a strong licenced social club backing the playing side and enjoying themselves in a host of activities like weekly dances, quiz games, bingo, cabaret shows, indoor bowls and charity concerts. Undergoing development at the moment, plans are well advanced for a new all weather hockey pitch, new dressing rooms, kitchens to provide meals, extension to the pavilion, 2 squash courts and an indoor training areakeeping the name of Lisnagarvey Hockey Club as one of the leading clubs in Ireland.
Five teams play regular League Hockey every Saturday and friendly games for a young Colts side are arranged occasionally. In the Autumn and Spring evenings Alan Tollerton a 1st XI player and international star is in charge of a young players coaching course. In the Summer months Lambeg Cricket Club and Lisnagarvey Archers have the use of our grounds.


An elderly lady, a Gospel of John, and a schoolboy. These are the instruments which God used to reach millions with the Gospel of Christ and bring a new dimension into the experience of many Christians all over the world. For although the vision for Operation Mobilization (O.M.) was born in Spain in the hearts of a group of young people in 1961, the seed had been sown some years previously, when an elderly American lady began praying for the local school students. For 18 years she prayed that God would do something in that school, that young people would not only come to receive Christ but that they would be witnesses for him to the uttermost parts of the world.
As she prayed she sent a Gospel of John to one of the boys who surrendered his life to Jesus Christ and several hundred in the school came to know Christ through his witness. After entering University he began to meet with several others each day in prayer, claiming the same promises from God's Word which had inspired this lady. At the same time, they were doing evangelistic work together, but they found few people who did not have at least some portion of the Scriptures.
As they looked across to Mexico and read about other countries in different parts of the world God showed them that there were literally millions of people who had never recieved a Gospel Tract, let alone read
a portion of Scripture or heard the Gospel preached. Yet what could they do? They were only young. They had to finish their education. But as they prayed together, they were given a strategy from God, to us their holidays for intensive evangelistic efforts in nearby countries.
And now 15 years later over 700 young people are working with O.M. throughout the world with nearly 2,000 others joining them during the summer vacation to help take the Gospel to every home in numerous countries.
Some thought of using an ocean-going ship in Asia. Such a vessel would serve as a mobile training base while also undertaking large evangelistic campaigns in the ports of the Orient. However, the greatest prob lem was not to find a suitable ship but to find qualified Christian seamen who would be willing to give up a well paid career to serve on the crew. In 1966, the first big step forward came in answer to prayer when a certified Captain joined the project. Then one after another additional crew members came forward, many of whom had been converted after people had began to pray for the ship. During the winter of 1969/70, the crew was almost completed and the leaders of the project, feeling that the time was near, inspected several ships. God closed the door on two, which later turned out to be unseaworthy, and led them to a Danish ship, The Umanak. At least two other buyers had put down their deposits on this vessel but were not able to come up with the full payment; so on the 15th September 1970, O.M. signed a contract to buy the Umanak. In answer to the prayers of people all over the world, God provided all that was necessary to purchase the Ship, later renamed the M.V. Logos (the word).
The leader of O.M. George Verwer paid a visit to Lisburn early in 1963 and challenged many Christian young people to go out to spread the Gospel to other needy lands during their vacations. Through the years numerous people have responded to the call and at present from Lisburn there are two in Turkey, one in the Lebanon, one in Belgium and one on the M.V. Logos in India. From O.M. many have progressed into Bible College and some have trained for the Gospel Ministry. From September 1963 young people realised the need to encourage everyone to read Christian Literature; from that time the team in Lisburn has devoted each Friday night to distribute this Christian Literature from door-to-door.
Many people have helped and some have found Jesus Christ as their own personal Saviour. In Ravarnette Primary School, Lisburn, a special Harvest Offering of £15 was collected for the work of O.M. in Turkey.
Those interested in the work of O.M. are invited to write for further information to: Operation Mobilization, 142 Dantzic Street, Manchester M4 4DN or De Bron, Parkstraat 96, 3000 Louvain, Belgium.


The Society was formed in 1918 when it was known as the Lisburn Choral & Orchestral Society. For 10 years it presented concerts and gave performances of the Messiah etc. Then in 1928 the first stage presentation was The Mikado followed by other Gilbert and Sullivan Operas in succeeding years. At the outbreak of war in 1939 the Society went dormant. Upon the cessation of hostilities the Lisnagarvey Male Voice Choir was formed. Again concerts were given and eventually, upon being joined by the ladies, Lisnagarvey Operatic Society was formed and virtually all of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas were performed until in 1964 it broke into musical comedy with, "The Quaker Girl", Every year since then more ambitious musicals were performed such as "Oklahoma", White Horse Inn'', "Brigadoon" etc. In 1971 the Society for the first time, entered the N.I. Festival of Light Opera held at Bangor, Co. Down and won the Festival Trophy and the trophy for the best actor and actress with their production of "The Merry Widow".
In 1972 the Society decided to offer Pantomime to its many patrons in the Lisburn District and this proved so successful that it has become an annual event.
The following year indicated that there was need for Drama in the area, so a drama section was formed and local playwright Sam Cree permitted the performance of his play, "Married Bliss". By public demand last year the Society was asked to sponsor and organise a performance of the Messiah. This was successfully presented before Christmas by the United Church Choirs of the Lisburn District and guest soloists. The proceeds were allocated to the Abbeyfield Society. The Society meets for rehearsals on Tuesday and Friday evenings at "Dalboyne", Belsize Road, Lisburn. The various shows are performed in Lisburn Technical Assembly College Hall by kind permission of the Principal, Mr. D. Wright and the S.E. Education and Library Board. The. Secretary is Mr. J. Moffatt, 69 Beechdene Gardens, Lisburn. Tel. 77997


The Camera Club has a membership of 80. We meet usually once each week in our club rooms) on the top floor of the old I.T.L. Building in Railway Street. We have a Studio. two Dark Rooms and a Committee Room which can be used by members on any night except Sunday. Throughout the year we hold a competition each month to judge the best black and white print and the best colour slide. There are lectures and demonstrations bath by visiting speakers and by our own club members. There are practical portrait sessions which are very enjoyable and instructive and help is given to new members on these occasions.
Our Annual Exhibition held in the Technical College for 4 days from Easter, Wednesday to Saturday is well worth a visit. There will be some 80 to 100 photographic prints on display and also slide shows each evening. It has been proposed to run a competition for Non Members, so be prepared and keep a look out for details nearer Easter.


In 1970 a group of people got together and decided to form a dog club with the aim of training their own dogs in general obedience.
The first of the training sessions were held in the Lisburn Markets and proved very successful. During the past few years the club's success brought more interest and the membership is now sixty. More suitable premises was required and the club is now in the E.M.B. Hall, Hilden, where weekly meetings are held each Tuesday evening at 7.30 p.m.
Each training night is divided into three classes: the first being the beginners class which commences at 7.30 p.m. and lasts approx. forty-five minutes. The aim of this class is to train the dogs to walk properly at heel, to be steady at the stand, to sit and down at the various commands of their owners. The owners are also given instruction in how to treat and handle their dogs at home as well as in the club.
The secnd class commences at 8.30 p.m., and more advanced dogs are catered for in the third class.
Some dogs have been so skilfully trained that they now are competing throughout Northern Ireland in competitive obedience tests.
Success can only be measured by achievement and the winning of the overall Junior Handlers Trophy for Northern Ireland by the club together with many cups and trophies won by members in individual classes gives
a clear picture of the club's achievement. For details see advertisement below.


The Bridge Youth Club founded in September 1970 has a membership of approximately 180 and caters for all sectors of the community.
The Club meets in Railway Street in the Old Temperance Institute Building and is open 5 nights a week with an average nightly attendance of 45. The full time leader is Mr. W. Ervine who has 3 part time assistants and some voluntary helpers. We are affiliated to the N.I. Boys Club, N.I. Association of Youth Clubs, the Girls Club Union and we take part in all the various competitions organised by these groups as well as visiting other youth clubs within a twenty mile radius.
Girls play netball in the Technical College and facilities are also available for canoeng as well as small groups training for the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Boys are offered the same facilities and they also use the Technical College for basketball, five a side football etc.
We try to encourage community service and various schemes at present in the life line. These include work parties to Youth Hostels, helping senior citizens etc.
The Club tries to offer as many facilities and opportunities as possible to young people and through these opportunities we hope that members will be responsible citizens and capable of taking their place in society.


We meet on Monday evenings from 7.30 p.m at Mrs. Kate Thompson's The Hill, Lisnoe. We have a membership of 25 and have 2 exhibitions each year when members of the public are invited to view our work. New members are most welcome and although we are not a teaching class, we do encourage new and old members to bring their work along and we sort out the problems as we go. The telephone number after 5.30 p.m. is Lisburn 6477.


Lisburn Historical Society in the life of the town is a very young body having been sponsored by the Borough Councl at the request of the Lisburn Chamber of Commerce do November 1967 as it had been apparent that considerable numbers of people in Lisburn were interested in the history of this town and in the preservation of their historic heritage.
The aims of the Society are to investigate the history of Lisburn and district, to preserve as much as possible of historic interest, to arrange exhibitions and outings for members of the Society.
From October to April there are monthly meetings held on the 1st Wednesday of the month in Room W6 do Lisburn Technical School when speakers talk on topics of local, provincial or national interest as it can be appreciated that each is related to the other.
During May, June and early July there are excursions arranged to places of historical interest. These in the past have been to Fermanagh, East Tyrone, North Derry and the Boyne Valley. Whilst evening visits
have been to places associated with •he 1798 rising around Saintfield, Ballynahinch, Donegore and Antrim. Ballinderry and its early churches was another venue.
The Society welcomes new members and further information can be had from the Honorary Secretary, Miss E. Hunter, 27 Pond Park Road, Lisburn.


This club was formed do 1935. It meets regularly once per month in Lisburn to discuss business. This is usually the first Wednesday of the month. Competitions are arranged according to the members wishes. They usually commence in either March or April on the last Saturday of the month and continue until the season closes in October. Transport is hired to convey the members to the chosen venue.
At the season's end is the Annual Dinner and distribution of Prizes, normally held in November when all members, ther wives, and girl friends come together for an enjoyable evening.


Lisburn Beacon House Club is for people who have come out of hospital and are lonely and sad. They come to the club for fun, play games and have a chat and a cup of tea. Sometimes they see films. In the summer there is a bus run organized and in the winter a Christmas Party. The Club aims at making the members well and happy again.


After many months of work and debate by many keen and interested people the Lisburn Swimming Club finally opened in the local pool on 1st October, 1974, and since then has been growing from strength to strength.
The Club hopes to eventually become a strong contender in the various inter-towns and provincial leagues. We already have a few swimmers among our ranks who have made great achievements in the swimming world. These children are going forth to the finals of the All Ireland inter-schools finals in Dublin on 1st March, 1975.
Next year we hope these children will be able to swim for the name of our club to give us our debut in the leagues.
We hope we are doing good for these and the many children who come to train with us, but the real message of this is to the many more children who can swim and who would like to train, improve their swimming and maybe swim for us.
To all these children I extend a hearty welcome on any Tuesday night at 8.30 p.m. After all, you never know how good you are until you try. HEATHER E. WATSON (Club Secretary).


The Lisburn Combat Cancer Group was formed in 1971 as one of many branches of the Ulster Cancer Foundation. It consists of about eighteen people who run two or three efforts per year to raise money for the Foundation. All this money remains in Northern Ireland to further education and research into cancer.
The Education officers from the Foundation have a full-time job visiting various groups and schools to lecture on the subject of cancer with special emphasis on the dangers of smoking.
Recently, enough money had been raised to establish a Chair of Oncology at Queen's University, and Dr. Sidney Lowry returned to Ulster to take this post.
The Lisburn group play their part by running such events as Coffee Parties, Wine and Cheese Evenings, Barbecues and a street collection. This year they will have raised over £1,000.


The Lisburn Road Safety Committee was formed in 1961. Since then it has continued to promote all aspects of road safety. Under our guidance many Tufty Clubs have opened in schools and play groups, the National Proficiency Scheme which operates in our area is drawing in more pupils for training each year.
We as a committee are always alert to the dangers, both local and more universal, which affect both pedestrian and driver alike and make our thoughts known through the various channels which are open to us.
A representative from each Road Safety Committee in Northern Ireland meets quarterly to discuss wider issues under the auspice of Northern Ireland Road Safety Council.
We run annually The Car Driver of The Year competition and find the public support this event extremely well, although we would always like to see more entries. This year we are running a Motor Cyclist of The Year competition and hope also to make this an annual event. This along with our Cycling Gymkhana held in Dunmurry to find our team to represent Lisburn and District area in the Northern Ireland Championships.
In 1973 the Dunmurry Road Safety Committee and the Lisburn Road Safety Committee combined to become the Lisburn Borough Road Safety Committee. We now cover a much larger area but find this gives us much more scope for our events, etc. We meet once a month in the Town Hall, Lisburn, and any query may be sent through our Secretary, Mr. J. S. Mullan, at the Town Hall during office hours.


One thousand years of history, the name has been the same.
Derived from a fairy rath, that is how it came,
Set near the Lagan valley, of farming families proud,
Today the name Ravarnette for me rings out aloud.

The mighty tree so stately, spreads its arms so wide,
And the Penny Farthing's magic, with its owner in its stride,
A river and a glen to boast, with beauty at its best,
Give to me Ravarnette, you can have the rest.

New housing now provided where children are so gay,
Our thoughts of those now abroad, we relations here will stay
Not in all the world can one find a place so dear,
You're a picture my Ravarnette, I always will revere.


Life has no pleasure nobler than that of friendship. The better part of one's life consists of his friendships.
-Abraham Lincoln
True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.
A word from a friend is doubly enjoyable in dark days.
Forsake not an old friend, for the new is not comparable unto him.

Friendship adds a brighter radiance to prosperity and lightens the burden of adversity by dividing and sharing it.

The worst solitude is to have no true friendships. -Bacon
I am wealthy in my friends.
Without friends no one would choose to live, even if he had all other goods.
Why should good words ne'er be said of a friend till he is dead?
Jesus said: I have called you friends.
-John 15 : 15
Ye are my friends if ye do whatsoever I command you.
-John 15 : 14

The above quotations were selected by Miss S. Harbinson, retired -_Principal of Ravarnette Primary School