Drum Bingo takes place every Friday night in Drum Community Centre, Summerhill, Athlone. There is up to €1200 in prizes to be won every week, and book prices start at just €3 for a half book. Doors open at 8pm, and the game starts at 8.30pm. There is an interval (at approximately 9.20pm), and we usually conclude around 10.20pm. The tuck shop is open before bingo and during the interval, selling soft drinks, chocolate bars, sweets, crisps and bingo markers!
This is an important community service, and is run by a small voluntary committee who give of their time and energy to provide this vital social outlet.
In addition to the regular cash prizes, at various times throughout the year the committee organise extra prizes – for example 24 Easter Eggs on Good Friday night, 24 Barm Bracks at Halloween, and 24 tins of biscuits/sweets at Christmas. Raffles are also organised at both Easter and Christmas, with large hampers and other seasonal treats to be won.
We really need your support – either as a bingo player or volunteer helper – to ensure the future of Drum Bingo.
Busses are organised from many areas.
Single line: €20
Two lines: €30
Full house: €40
Jackpot (full house – game 11): €100
Gamble sheet (flyer – page 7): up to €90 per line [prize paid out will be the check number (or rounded up to the nearest five). The minimum payout per line is €40]
Double Book (12 panels): €10
Single Book (6 panels): €6
Half Book (3 panels): €3
Gamble sheet (6 panels): €2 (no half sheets) [This is an extra game which is not included in the bingo book. It is played as game 7, just after half-time, and the prize is up to €90 per line [prize paid out will be the check number (or rounded up to the nearest five). The minimum payout per line is €40]
Extra Jackpot sheet (game 11) (6 panels): €1 (no half sheets) [The Jackpot is included in the bingo book and is run at game 11. The extra sheet offers an extra chance to win. The top prize is €100 for the full house]
We need your support!
As many of you will know, bingos everywhere have been struggling in recent times and unfortunately we at Drum are no different. We have tried to sustain the situation without changing the price of books or the amount of prizes paid out but this is proving increasingly difficult.
In June 2007 we were forced to consider the options available to us that would help the situation. In an effort to ensure the immediate future, the Bingo committee decided that as of Friday, 6 July 2007 the payout of the Gamble game would be adjusted in an effort to balance the books.
In April 2011, we were again forced to examine the situation in an effort to make bingo sustainable. After looking at all our options, we decided to increase the price of books slightly, starting Friday 6 May 2011. This is the first change in book prices since the Euro came in back in 2002 – that’s over 9 years ago. A double book will now cost €10, a single book will cost €6, and a half book will be €3.
In May 2017, another slight revision of prizes was necessary, but changes were kept to a minimum.
We feel these changes were necessary steps to sustain our weekly bingo here in Drum and we hope that we will not be forced to take further steps in this direction. If, however, support and attendance does not increase substantially, and soon, we may find ourselves in such a situation.
We appreciate your understanding, and we hope that in the future we would be in a position to increase prizes if possible.
We thank you for you continued support, and urge you to encourage your neighbours, friends and relations to please join us at Drum Bingo in order to keep it viable for the future. Whether you are interested in playing bingo or not, we need your support.
We require volunteers to assist with running it – everything from selling books to stacking chairs – even if you can only give half an hour each week, please do get involved. If you’re interested, please come along some Friday night during bingo, or contact us.