Businesses shortlisted

FOUR South Machars businesses were shortlisted recently for the D&G Life magazine awards recently with the nominees reaching the final short lists in three different categories.

They were recommended for the awards by the Whithorn and District Business Association.

Forsyth Galloway of Galloway’s Grocery, Whithorn, was nominated in the Rural Hero Retailer category, not only for his retail service to the community seven days a week, but for the extra mile he goes for customers, particularly the elderly and infirm who receive home deliveries, gas deliveries and that extra helping hand to the car, or a lift with Forsyth home with their groceries. And of course, he’s also a retained firefighter.

Wanda Campbell from Flavours of Galloway, was last year’s joint winner of the Food Champion award and was nominated again this year. Wanda does an excellent job as an ambassador for Dumfries and Galloway produce, shipping her hampers all over the country.

Ewe to You were nominated in the Food Producer category for their contribution to producing organic artisan cheeses and for putting the Galloway name out across the country in restaurants and delis for fine dairy produce.

The Whithorn Trust was nominated for its latest work on the ‘Big Dig’ and the Machars Archaeology Project, which enables volunteers, including school children, to participate in mapping and sometimes digging the very rich archaeological remains of the Machars. The Machars has been under-represented in the academic surveys of Scottish archaeology, and this survey is a start in putting more of the area on the archaeological map. The Trust’s Way Forward programme has been under way for the last few years and has included a debate on St Ninian at the Scottish Parliament, exhibitions and a much higher profile for St Ninian nationally than has been the case in the past. Janet Butterworth has travelled all over the country to promote Whithorn and to remind audiences that it is Scotland’s first Christian site.

Gill Bailey, chairwoman of the Whithorn and District Business Association, said: “We are very proud to be associated with these hard working business people, often unsung, who do so much to promote the Galloway and Machars name and to show off the best that the area has to offer. The nominations for the awards were the ideal opportunity to show how we value their contribution to the economy and the image of the area.“