This week's Galloway Gossip


By The Newsroom
Thursday, 12th May 2016, 4:32 pm
Updated Thursday, 12th May 2016, 5:37 pm

Association of Glasgow

A bright, warm and sunny day welcomed 40 members and friends from across Galloway and Glasgow to the Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum Heathhall Dumfries for the Galloway Association of Glasgow’s Annual Spring Outing on Friday 6th May 2016.

On arrival the group were given an excellent and informative talk on the history of the Museum by the Curator/Chairman Mr David Reid – at the conclusion of which those attending were given the opportunity to wander amongst the many exhibits on show ranging from a Supersonic Lightning Fighter and a veteran Wessex Helicopter which had seen service in the Falkland Islands.

The main attraction was the original War Time RAF Dumfries Control Tower which contained many fascinating items – this proved of great interest to the members of the Association who at one time or another had served in various capacities with the Royal Air Force.

At the conclusion of our visit to the Museum the group made their way to the Kilnford Barns Farm Shop and Restaurant where they enjoyed a substantial and delicious afternoon tea served by a friendly and efficient staff.

The general opinion of the members attending was the afternoon had been most enjoyable and a great success”.



On Monday 2nd May 2016, President Phyllis Tudhope gave a warm welcome to a good turnout of members.

After apologies were taken and the minutes of the last meeting were read, members were informed re the Federation Show in October and the outings in May and June.

Phyllis then introduced the guests for the evening, five members from the Newton Stewart Initiative, namely Susan McKie – Chairperson, Susan Moffat – Director, Laura Hunter – Director, Katie Nizette – Secretary and Nathan Jones – Project Co-Ordinator. After introductions, Susan McKie gave a detailed and very informative talk about the work and aspirations of the group. Reformed in February 2014 there are 3 Directors and an Executive Committee of 15 people who meet once a month. They have about 80 odd members in total. Susan stated that the aims of the group are the regeneration of the town and to help create a better quality of life for everyone living in or near Newton Stewart. One of their first projects was the complete refurbishment of ‘The Hut’ now known as the Newton Stewart Centre, opposite the library on Church Street. She stated that it had been a great success and well received within the community. Another plan is to regenerate Douglas Park transforming it into a BMX track requiring a considerable amount of money which they hope to raise from various Trusts and fundraising. Three new Notice Boards have been installed in the town, at the Clock Tower, the Car Park and the Centre, helping people to advertise forthcoming events. A future aim of the group is to have a new Community Centre, unfortunately finding suitable premises within the town is proving difficult. This was an excellent and very professional talk given by five enthusiastic and committed members from the Initiative. We wish them every success in the future.

The Vote of thanks was given by Mrs Owen.

Mrs Dickson and Mrs Irving were hostesses for the night.


Doorstop - 1, Mrs Gordon; 2, Mrs Butcher; 3, Mrs Hamilton

Single Decorated Chocolate Cake - 1, Mrs Crawford

The meeting ended with the singing of the National Anthem.

The next meeting will be held on Monday 6th June – Lunch - Kirkcudbright.


Bridge Club

Results from May 9:

North/South - 1, +3920, Barbara Gaw & Lynn Drummond: 2, +1880, Jo Chambers & Maria Horsell; 3, +1690, Mary Maxwell & Elaine Routledge.

East/West - 1, -40, Patricia McGettigan & Ian Young; 2, -50, Jo Wallace & Craig McMiken; 3, -240, Margaret Campbell & Veronica Kingston.



Maureen our president welcomed members to our May meeting apologies were given and Maureen wished the absent members a speedy recovery. After a small amount of business. Maureen handed the meeting over to Florence our hostess for the evening. Florence introduced Jennifer Brodie and Elizabeth Wallace from Portwilliam SWI they gave an excellent hands on demonstration on flower pot art, soon all the ladies were busy painting the flower pot and cutting out shapes of flowers to stick onto the flower pots, soon , some splendid works of art appeared.

Sheila thanked Jennifer and Elizabeth for their excellent demonstration


Felt brooch - 1, Joyce Miller; 2, Maureen Mckie; 3, Sadie Cloy

Nicest Teapot - 1, Sheila Baxter; 2, Florence Hyslop; 3, Sadie cloy

Maureen thanked Florence for the lovely supper, Jennifer and Elizabeth for judging the competitions all the ladies who brought raffles and wished everyone a safe journey home.

Our next meeting is on the 14th June a cookery demonstration by Mary Ramsay.



4/5/16 North/South 1st Margaret Campbell and Hugh Paterson +690 2nd Veronica Kingston and May Cowan -80 3rd Mary Maxwell and Frances Brown -1090

East/West 1st Sheila Limbrey and Evie McKenzie +2080 2nd Katie Forsyth and Madge Vance +1680 3rd Fay Halliday and Pam Woods +750



Mrs. Linda Galloway welcomed members to this May Meeting. After Minutes of the April meeting were read business was conducted.

Names for various forthcoming outings were taken. Wigtownshire Federation Golf is being held at St. Medans on Monday 4th July, 1.30pm start, all are welcome. Glasserton Institute had enjoyed a successful day at the Federation Meeting on 30th April, coming 2nd in the Syllabus Competition, Mary McNeillie with her Clootie Dumpling winning the Ann Wallace Trophy and will now have to make another one to compete at the H & H Conference in Perth. Hazel Kirk’s Jar of Chutney won 1st prize in Gardening Scotland competition, and now goes forward to Gardening Scotland in Edinburgh. Glasserton will also represent Wigtownshire Federation at the National Finals of the Matter of Opinion in November.

The President then introduced our speaker for the evening which was Rev. Alex Currie. He had very kindly come along to tell of his work for the Vine Trust in Africa and his climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro which took five days to get to the top and only a day and a half to get back down. Guides and porters aided their climb but he said the last bit was a hard slog but well worth it. He then explained how the Vine Trust assisted in building houses for those, who identified by the local church and community, were in desperate in need. The work was hard in the relentless heat but very satisfying. A sales table raised £48.50 for the Vine Trust. Mrs. Galloway gave a well deserved vote of thanks to Alex for his interesting talk, and also thanked the ladies for a lovely supper.

Competitions: Flower of the month 1st Mary McNeillie 2nd Wendy Vance, 3rd Hazel Kirk. Photo with caption: 1st Dorothy Fitton, 2nd Hazel Kirk, 3rd Liz Soriani.

The next meeting is to the Gem Rock Museum.