The Force Awakens

A still from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
A still from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

From a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars - The Force Awakens premiered in The Cinema Newton Stewart last night (Thursday) and is set to run until the end of this month.

Starring Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley and directed by J.J. Abrams this is one of the most hotly anticipated movies this century.

The plot of the seventh film in the saga has been so closely guarded those attending the preview earlier this week in Hollywood had to sign confidentiality clause before the film began. But the fact that the three main characters from the 1977 original - Luke Skywalker played by Mark Hamill, Han Solo played by Harrison Ford and Princess Leia played by Carrie Fisher - are back 30 years on will be worth the admission price alone and there is the question hanging in the air that one of the new faces in the galaxy, Rey, may just be the love child of Han and Leia!

Fans of the film franchise that spawned a million lightsabre toys will be delighted that the film is getting an extended run at The Cinema, showing at 7pm on December 18th; 19th; 20th; 21st; 22nd and 23rd. On Christmas Eve the film is shown at 2pm in the afternoon and at 7pm again on the 27th; 28th; 29th and 30th. The 31st Hogmanay showing will be at 2pm.

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Tonight, Friday 18th december, head to the Isle of Whithorn where everyone is welcome at Norma and Bob’s Christmas Carol Concert with the Creetown Silver Band in St Ninian’s Hall starting at 7.30pm. Admission is free but there is a collection for band funds if you want to contribute.

Newton Stewart Bowling Club is holding a cash bingo fundraiser in the clubhouse on Auchendoon Road. It’s eyes down at 7.30pm with some great prizes on offer.

Enjoy a ‘Winter Warmer’ from Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm at the Whitehouse Gallery, 47 St Mary St, Kirkcudbright. The Whitehouse Gallery invites you to come in from the cold to enjoy the last exhibition of the year, ‘Winter Warmer’. Although this exhibition carries no theme as such, it does feature work which celebrates the beauty of this time of the year, with a wide selection of Fine Artists and Craft Makers.

There will be everything from wee stocking fillers right up to impressively bold statement pieces, and much in between, a wide selection of unique gifts to suit all budgets.

‘Winter Warmer’ will include gallery regulars alongside some new artists to the Whitehouse. There will also be a large selection of craft and 3D work in this exhibition, with ceramic collections, textile birds, felted textiles, cushions, jewellery, glass tealights, hand engraved glass vessels and much more. What coud be better, after a day of turkey and Christmas pudding, than a good walk in the the beautiful Galloway countryside.

The RSPB are hosting a ‘Boxing Day Guided Walk’ from 2pm - 4pm at their Crook Of Baldoon Nature Reserve, Shell Road, Wigtown.

Join the warden for a stroll along the shore and get some fresh Wigtownshire air. Bring binoculars and walking boots.

£3.00 per ticket / Children Free / Members & Friends £1.50. Telephone 01988 402130 for more details.

Wigtown Parish Church will host a Joint Service with all the Churches involved and everyone welcome at 3pm on Sunday December 20th and on Thursday, December 24th, at 4pm, enjoy a Messy Christmas Eve Christingle at Wigtown Parish Church.