‘What’s On’ this week, from 9 December

Kirkcudbright Choral Society
Kirkcudbright Choral Society

FIND out how to fill your spare time with our guide to What’s On.

Saturday 10 December: Ceilidh, Glentrool Old School Hall 7.30pm-10.30pm.

Dance or sit and watch to a selection of music.

Participants are Tom Murray and Johnnie Burnett providing music and Donald Baxter calling the dances; Robbie and Colin McNally on fiddles (all the way from Ballantrae); Meta and Richard Glover on poetry, The Glentrooligans (Jim, Francie, Michael, Judith and Ray) will also be appearing. Tickets are £5.

Sunday 11 December: No Small Wonder, by Kirkcudbright Choral Society - Kirkcudbright Parish Church, 7.30pm.

The society return to the familiar surroundings of Kirkcudbright Parish Church on Sunday where they will be joined by a Borders Brass quartet in a seasonal celebration of traditional and modern carols.

From an energetic new arrangement of Jingle Bells to the beautiful contemplative “Shepherds’ Farewell” by Hector Belioz, there is astounding music of every mood and colour in this varied and joyful introduction to the Christmas season.

There’s plenty of opportunity for audience participation.

Hot mince pies and shortbread will be served in the Parish Church Hall afterwards.

Tickets available from Thomson’s Newsagents Kirkcudbright, choir members, at the door, or from the society’s website.

Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 December: The Help, showing at The Cinema, Newton Stewart.

The Help is a 2011 comedy-drama film adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s novel of the same name. The word on the grapevine is that the film is a candidate for an Oscar nomination next year. The film is about a young white woman, Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, and her relationship with two black maids during Civil Rights era America in the early 1960s.

Skeeter decides to write a book about The Help, the black maids who work for white families in the area.

It’s a moving story and is funny with a fizzy dialogue and very much recommended.

Wednesday: Riding for the Disabled, Machars Group, meeting at Barstobrick Equestrian Centre, Ringford, 10am until 1pm.

Contact Jean Clarkson on 01557 814672 for more information.

Thursday 15 December: Pub Quiz - The Bruce Hotel, Queen Street, Newton Stewart, from 9pm. Free to enter, six rounds plus picture round.