“There may not have been much sun around last Saturday but despite the weather Glentrool and Bargrennan Fete and Solar Day was still a shining success.
The event was opened by Professor Martin Hendry, head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Glasgow University. Ably helped by colleagues and members of Renfrewshire Astronomical Society, Professor Hendry gave enthusiastic audiences an indoor introduction to the workings of the solar system.
Outdoors there were some new attractions such as a dog agility display by WoW Dog Training Club and kite making, as well as the usual range of bottle, plant and baking stalls. Galloway Astronomy Centre attracted interest with ‘Build your own Rocket’ (Eat your heart out, NASA) while on a more homely note, the Forestry Commission showed people how to make themselves a woodpecker pencil sharpener. Teas were served throughout the day and tasty home-made hot lunches proved very popular.
The event has boosted community funds by almost £1,500, which will go towards developing the former Glentrool Primary School for community use.”