The fun must go on after flooding

New Galloway’s community and arts building, The CatStrand, has seen its regular weekly programme of events relocated to new venues following devastating flooding earlier in the month.

The Glenkens hub was badly damaged when a retaining wall collapsed outside, allowing the nearby stream to gush into the property (as per pictures by Tom Leach, above and below).

The building, offices and gift shop stock was all badly damaged and put the service out of commission - but not for long, as volunteers flocked to help and now and new shedule outlining alternative venues has been released.

You can see where and when these are happening by visitig catstrand.com .

A statement this week said: “We’re pleased to say that most of our arts programme has also now been re-located to Dalry Town Hall – no dates have been changed.

“We regret that we have had to cancel the CatStrand Burns Supper on Friday 6 February. Refunds will be made available when our Box Office is back online (onWednesday of this week).

“For more information please call 01644 420374. Thanks for your patience.”

Staff are now temporarily based in office accommodation at Rosebank, New Galloway (two doors away at Newton Stewart road junction). The office will be open during normal office hours and the phone numbers and emails for staff has been restored.

A JustGiving account to collect donations towards the centre’s restoration has also been set up. You can text GCAT15 and the amount you wish to donate (eg GCAT15£5) to 70070.