Galloway Gossip


Saturday, 3rd October 2015, 4:55 pm

Kirkcudbright Rotary last Tuesday, September 22, were the recipients of a most inspiring and thought provoking presentation by Ruth Leach, speaker, and guest of James Dunlop.

Ruth is the General Manager Engineering (Retail) of Shell International Petroleum UK, with a staff of thirty, comprising 17 Nationalities.

From the start of this 100 year old AngloDutch company, Ruth covered in a most interesting way many aspects of their business world wide today and her role within the company.

Today Shell take out more gas than oil, which is directing them into an Energy Company. From their first petrol forecourt in California in the 1920’s, designing their Shell logo of red and yellow from the Spanish flag, to V Power, and finally in years to come we could be driving our own Electric cars via WiFi on our Motorways.

Andy Orr gave the vote of thanks on behalf of a most appreciative audience.


Bridge Club

Results from Monday, September 28:

N/S - 1, John McCourtney & Hugh Paterson; 2, May Sharpe & Margaret Baird; 3, Lillian McMiken & Jimmy Walker.

E/W - 1, Fay Halliday & Ronald Graham; 2, Patricia McGettigan & Ian Young; 3, Evie McKenzie & Margaret Hornell.

Prizes were also presented for the season’s events:

Hughes Rose Bowl for Match-pointed Pairs - 1, Barbara Gaw & Lynn Drummond; 2, Alan Williams & Barrie Stewart; 3= John McCourtney & Hugh Paterson and Patricia McGettigan & Ian Young.

Alexander Salver for Aggregate Pairs - 1, Lynn Drummond & Barbara Gaw; 2, Barrie Stewart & Alan Williams; 3, Hugh Paterson & John McCourtney.

The winter bridge clubs resume next week. On Monday evenings at the Monreith Arms, Port William at 7.15 pm; and on Tuesday evenings at the Golf Clubhouse, Newton Stewart at 7.00 pm. New members will be welcome at either venue:please come with a partner.


Machars Churches Basics Food Bank – New Initiative

In December the Food Bank will have been in operation for three years and at the outset none of the people involved in the implementation of this service had any idea what the demand would be. To date they have distributed 5029 bags of food feeding 1043 adults and 604 children in the community who were in need, so quite clearly the demand is there.

The Basics Bank model of emergency food aid provision has always been people centred and focused on providing non-judgemental and holistic support. Although the provision of emergency food is obviously the priority, it is also important that they provide opportunities for reducing social isolation, building community relationships and empowering individuals to access the support and services they are entitled to.

On Friday 9th October the Basics Food Bank will be launching an additional service of a weekly drop-in free lunch of soup and sandwiches. This will be available between the hours of 12.00-2.00pm in Penninghame St John’s Church Hall and will be a regular weekly event. Anyone who is in need of a meal will be assured of a warm welcome, hearty soup and sandwiches, an informal atmosphere and a “listening ear” if they want it.

Machars Basics Food Bank organsier Marlene Cash said: “May I take this opportunity to sincerely thank all the people who donate food to our service. Your contributions have made and will continue to make a real difference to many families in the community.”


Loudon WI

Members net in the supper room at Wigtown County Buildings on Monday, September 14th. A good turn out of members and friends were welcomed by president Mrs Emma McCornick who also extended a warm welvcome to Mr John Brennan of Barholm Castle, near Gatehouse of Fleet. Mr Brennan recalled how he and his wife enjoyed looking round castles and in 1977, while on holiday in Portpatrick, they noticed a sign stating “castle for restoration”. Having passed that spot times they had not been aware there as a castle in that area. They were living in Holland at the time but made the effort to go and have a closer look and were impressed and could see there was potential. it took two years to finally purchase it as the owners were reluctant to let it go. They took possession in July 1999. Tremendous restoration was required as there were cracks everywhere as it had not been occupied for years and once they ventured into the remains of the castle it was soaking wet with no wood to be seen in the entire building. It had been reduced to a shell of its former glory having stood for hundreds of years. The walls were approximately seven feet thick in places. The garden at that time was full of giant hogweed, nettles and every weed imaginable but the views of the Solway Firth were wonderful and that was a decider.

The McClellanes had owned the castle around 1472 followed by the McCulloch family. What a history that building has had and it would have been such a shame if it had been left to deteriorate further. There had been a vaulted room downstatirs where the cattle had been kept and that is now a family kitchen. Mr and Mrs Brennan have restored part of south west Scotland’s past and great credit to them. The new harling has given superb protection to this wonderful castle, and more importantly, family home.

Loudon member apprecialted the dedication it had taken to restore this magnificent castle with the before and after slides. Mr Brennan was thanked for giving of his time and providing the members with all the fantastic information regarding the outstanding restoration.

A lovely supper was provided by the hostesses Margaret Hewitson, Doreen Ferries and Shirley Cronnie.

Competition results:

Photograph of a castle - 1, Doreen Ferries; 2, Berta Galloway; 3, Noreen Jonston

Flower of the month - 1, Elizabeth Ferguson; 2, Doreen Ferries; 3, Eileen Cowan

Members were brought up to date with all the relavant information available. Nancy’s craft class at Glenluce and Sorbie WRI’s Evening of Remembrance on October 20th.


Twynholm WI

At their September meeting members of Twynholm WI were delighted to welcome Troy, the search and rescue dog, and his handler Jenny Smith, both from the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team. Troy, a German Shepherd, owned and trained by Jenny, is called upon to attend incidents not only in the local region of Galloway but also throughout southern Scotland. Handlers and their dogs train using “live bodies” who lie out in the hills waiting to be “rescued”. Jenny gave a detailed account of the training she and Troy had undergone together, and how this training can be a life saver for casualties out on our mountains.

Jenny judged the competitions.


Photograph of a dog - 1, Chris Mladonvic; 2, Valerie Elwood; 3, Moira Graham

Floral Arrangement - 1, Debra Adamson; 2, Moira Graham; 3, Linda Griffiths

Flower of the month - 1, Heather Marriot; 2, Wilma Ingram; 3, Moira Graham

Mary Wilcox thanked Jenny and Troy and also Rosemary Gibson and her team for providing tea.

The president June Dinnell dealt with the business including the reports from the Federation and H&H Committee. Names were taken for the Christmas Quiz in Dalbeattie on 30th November, and for teams and stewards for the Ruralympics on 6th February 2016. The president, on behalf of the members, was pleased to congratulate Isobel Watson who had come second in the recent golf competition. June closed another interesting evening at Twynholm WI with a humorous poem based on the events of the evening.

Gatehouse WI

At the end of the September meeting Mrs Macleod gave the vote of thanks to the guest, Pauline James Paterson, for coming and to Mrs Doak and helpers for the lovely tea. Mrs Johnstone wished everyone a safe journey home.


Bridge Club

Results from Wednesday, September 23:

N/S - 1, Lesley McNaught and Betty Marshall +1410; 2, Mary Sharp and Margaret Baird +1030; 3, Elsie Kirby and Mary Maxwell +580.

E/W - 1, Sheila Limbrey and Evie McKenzie -170; 2, Pat McGettigan and Ian Young -240; 3, Katie Forsyth and Madge Vance -380.