Weekly Blog, Thursday 19th November
DDCP Switching on the Christmas Lights & Christmas Fair
Beat the Freeze, whatever the weather!
NI Water is calling on the public to be prepared for winter – whatever the weather. While we have been fortunate with mild winters in recent years, this can also lead to complacencywhen it comes to winter proofing our homes and businesses. The company is issuing a strong message to the public to check that homes and businesses are properly prepared for potential cold weather.
Sara Venning, Chief Executive, NI Water said: “It is so tempting to put off preparing your property for winter, especially when the recent winters have been quite mild. However, help ‘Beat the Freeze’ by taking a few minutes now to check that water pipes are protected and well insulated. Ensure everyone living in your house knows where your stop valve is and keep the contact number of a registered plumber on hand to deal with any bursts on your property. Action taken now can save money, time and heartbreak in the future.”
“The devastation caused by burst pipes cannot be underestimated. Not only can the water cause structural damage, but the lasting damage in a home can be to personal items, including photographs and electrical equipment such as tablets, iPads and laptops, that may not be replaceable.”
“On a wider scale, insulating your pipework is an essential action to protect your water supply and that of your neighbours.”
In January 2011, a single burst pipe in a vacant business property lost over 30 million litres of water. This was enough to:
- Supply a family of 4 with water for 137 years
- Fill 15 million kettles
- Make 120 million cups of tea
- You could have 375,000 baths
- You could have 850,000 showers
- Flush a toilet about 3,000,000 times
NI Water’s top tips for avoiding frozen pipes include:
- Insulate water tanks and pipes in unheated areas like lofts, garages and outbuildings;
- Fix dripping taps – a gentle trickle of water can freeze and completely block the pipe;
- Keep your boiler well serviced to ensure your house is heated;
- If you are away from home during the winter period, open the trap door into the roof space to allow some of the warm air to circulate;
- If you are away from home you could leave a key with someone who can check the house regularly
- Know where your stop valve is in the case of an emergency – it is normally situated under the kitchen sink;
- DO NOT run your tap to avoid a frozen pipe; a running tap can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water per day;
- Write down the contact details of a registered plumber in case a pipe does burst.
DATES FOR THE DIARY
Community Centre AGM, Thursday 19th November, Community Centre
Derrygonnelly Community Centre are hosting their AGM on Thursday 19th November at 8.30pm in the Community Centre Meeting Room. They are looking for representatives from all ages of the community. All welcome.
Derek Ryan, Friday 20th November, Derrygonnelly Community Centre
Derek Ryan will be performing live in Derrygonnelly Community Centre on Friday 20th November.
Doors open at 9.30pm.
Visit the Community Centre’s facebook page to win free tickets.
Miglio pop-up shop, Saturday 21st November, Lotions and Potions
Siobhan Hodgson is organising a Miglio pop-up shop in which Fiona Cathcart is bringing the South African jewellery experience to Derrygonnelly. Come along on Saturday 21st November between 11am and 6pm. Proceeds in aid of the village festive lights.
Botha CCE Music Session, Sunday 22nd November, Tir Navar
Music session on Sunday 22nd November at 6.30pm – 8.30pm in Tir Navar.
All musicians, singers and dancers welcome.
Switching on the Christmas Lights & Christmas Fair, Thursday 10th December, Main Street & Community Centre
Our annual Christmas family event will take place on Thursday 10th December from 6.30pm on the main street of the village, followed by a christmas craft fair in the Community Centre. Refreshments served and christmas music provided by Church Hill Silver Band. Santa himself might even decide to pop in to see the kids.
DDCP Monthly Meeting, Monday 14th December, Derrygonnelly Orange Hall
Derrygonnelly & District Community Partnership hold a meeting every second Monday of the month at 8pm in the various venues in Derrygonnelly. Here we meet up to discuss how we would like our area to develop, funding opportunities, current issues and upcoming projects and events, etc.
We would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone to come along to the meetings and have a say in the future of our village.
Joint Christmas Carol Service, Thursday 17th December, Community Centre
DDCP in partnership with the local churches are organising a joint carol service which will take place on Thursday 17th December in the Derrygonnelly Community Service.
More details to follow.
Derrygonnelly & District Community Partnership will hold its next monthly meeting on Monday 14th December 2015. All welcome.
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