‘Day in the Region’ programme announced

Two thriving Galloway communities who are taking part in the ‘Day in the Region’ initiative next month have published their programme of events.

The community of Whithorn is excited to be part of the 2014 Day of the Region and will celebrate the variety of activity, organisations and community groups that operate out of this small rural community! The celebration will ensure the community feels better connected and aware of what is going on right on the doorstep! The Community Centre and other venues house a wide variety of groups, ranging from the nationally known boxing club, the Bravehearts, to the Knitwits, who knit for good causes from premature babies to British Forces and orphans in Romania, and whose oldest volunteer is 97.

The highlight will be on Saturday evening, September 20, with the premiere of a new silent film about Whithorn on big screens in the South Machars community Centre with catering by the town’s Polish and Indian communities and Whithorn WRI, accompanied by music from Old Scores.

On Sunday, September 21, the Braveheart Boxing Club is offering taster sessions. Also scheduled for the Sunday will be a tea dance and vintage fashion show, catered for by Whithorn WRI. The capable ladies of the WRI will also be giving ‘rural lessons’ in how to make pancakes. The pancakes will be served while listening to Whithorn Primary School’s award winning choir sing. Guided tours of Whithorn’s many heritage sites will be available; artist Mel Barr will demonstrate how he makes wooden decoy ducks while Dave Coe will be showing off his dog obedience trailing skills with a demonstration outside the school.

The Royal Burgh of Whithorn is the site of the earliest Christian Church in Scotland, which dates from at least the mid 5th Century AD, founded by St Ninian, who evangelised the native Britons of Galloway. Later it became a place known for miracles, attracting pilgrims and Royal visitors to the mid 16th Century. It now consists of a long Georgian street of terraced houses, unspoilt and with Outstanding Conservation Area status.

The Day of the Region is a showcase for the many groups, who have talents ranging from art to vintage clothing and some of whom come from Poland and India. Whithorn is undergoing a renaissance, with a community engagement programme, “All Roads Lead to Whithorn, a new look Whithorn Trust Visitor Centre, celebrating its internationally recognised heritage, and a range of artists studios beginning to populate the main street; the Day of the Region is a further step forward for the community, to mark its new-found self confidence and its wish to share with visitors and local people all that is best about the town.

New Galloway are planning an exciting community event to promote the variety of activity, groups and interests in the community. Events will be programmed to appeal to all ages, abilities and interests and will aim to encourage everyone to get active, feel connected and to celebrate! All events and activities are free.

From Friday, September 19 to Sunday, September 21 there will be;

• Tai Chi/Crazy Golf sessions

• Painting in the park, Graffiti wall, Face painting

• Samba Drumming

• Dog show/agility

• Art and Craft workshops; weaving/jewellery/lanterns etc

• Walks and Golf sessions

• Music and Entertainment

• Guitar workshops

• Skateboarding

• Vintage Cars