This week’s Galloway Gossip



Last Tuesday, at the Galloway Woodturners AGM, saw a change to the Committee with the Chair, Phil Howard, standing down after eight years in charge.

Phil, being a knowledgeable woodturner, had the idea for the formation of a club some years previous and it was with his encouragement that the idea turned into a reality. Phil has been the Chair ever since the inception of the club in 2007, he has seen the club grow significantly from the first meeting, which took place in his own workshop, , to the opening of the clubs dedicated workshop in Castle Douglas in March 2013. The club now has a membership both men and women of over 50 people.

The club is now the focal point for woodturners throughout Galloway; opening two nights a week for members to use the club lathes for their own projects, one night a week for turning courses, monthly club nights and demonstrations by professional tuners.

The club showed its appreciation for all that Phil has done during his chairmanship with the gift of an extra-large set of bowl callipers and the first club sweatshirt , thanks also went to Betty Howard, Phil’s wife, for the support she has shown to the club over the last eight years.

The new Committee Officers are:

Chair – Roger Cutler; Secretary – David Simpson; Treasurer – Phil Jones.

For details about the club please see the web site: or phone 01671 820832.


Bridge club

Results from Monday, October 12:

N/S - 1, Lilian McMiken and Jimmy Walker +2060; 2, Kay Gibson and Mary Wallace +1450; 3, Lynn Drummond and Barbara Gaw +1380. E/W - 1, Johnnie McCourtney and Hugh Paterson +680; 2, Margaret Parker and Mary Sharp +630; 3, Ronnie Graham and Harry Walker +270.


Sixteen members attended the meeting of Mochrum Guild held on Tuesday 13th October in the Maxwell Hall, and were welcomed by the President, Mrs Ann Wadsworth. The opening hymn ‘King of Love my Shepherd is’ was sung, giving thanks to God and with prayers of intercessions was read by Mrs Durrant, Mrs Highman and Mrs Wadsworth.

The minutes of the September meeting were read and signed and an item of correspondence noted as the Blythswood Christmas Card leaflet and order form for 2015.

Dates for the diary were noted as Sunday 18th October, Harvest Lunch; 25th October Senior Citizens Quiz, regrettably not enough members were available to form a team and it was agreed that the Guild and the Kirk would be a joint team with Mr Gray, Mrs Highman and Mr and Mrs Salmon taking part. Mrs Wadsworth then advised of a letter received from Port William & District Council detailing a meeting to be held on the 17th November, 7.30 p.m. Maxwell Hall with a view to Port William participating in the Day of the Region in 2016. Although no members were available to attend this meeting Mrs Highman advised that she would be there in her capacity as Chairman of The Community Council and would report back to the Guild when it would be discussed further to decide if the Guild could have input into this event. Wednesday 18th November, Coffee Morning with Sales table, Maxwell Hall 10.30 to 12.00; Sunday 22nd November, Guild Rededication Service 11.00 a.m. Mochrum Kirk and Wednesday 24th November Autumn Rally, Songs of Praise to be held in Mochrum Kirk. 15th December, Christmas meal at the Clansman for which menu’s were made available.

There being no further business Mrs Wadsworth introduced our speaker for the evening, Rev Bill Chalmers who spoke of his work with the Edinburgh City Mission. He told members how this was founded in 1832 by David Nasmith who had also founded, among others, the London City Mission and the Glasgow City Mission. Bill told members how God had called him to this work, how it reached people at the point of need and how he had seen many come to God. He spoke of the Carevan and how with the help of volunteers they had taken it through the streets of Edinburgh giving out food and hot drinks to people in need. How workplace chaplains had been appointed which had in turn enabled contacts with families, how chaplains had been at work in the docks of Leith and Forsyth and of how a Christian telephone answering helpline had been set up, a ministry of listening rather than talking which he believed had helped to save the lives of some of those who had made contact in this way. Bill told how his ministry had gone on to supporting addicts, with a clear Christian element demonstrating the power of the Christian Gospel, how he had become involved in the Pregnancy Crisis Service which not only affects young girls but also the dads and how he had been involved in the setting up of the Basics Food Bank in Edinburgh where food is given with unconditional acceptance. Bill said that he was priviledged to be involved in caring and sharing the message of God’s love in Jesus Christ and concluded his talk with the words of Jeremiah Ch 29 v 7 – please look it up. A vote of thanks was given by Mrs Fleming who said how Bill’s calling depended on being very open to God and following Jesus where the need is greatest. Tea was then served by Mr and Mrs Gray and thanks were extended to them by the President and to Mrs Rudd for the music before the final hymn ‘In Heavenly Love Abiding’ was sung and a prayer said reminding us that the Lord is beside each one of us. The meeting closed with the singing of ‘May God’s Blessing surround you each day’.

Our next meeting will be on the 10th November when our speaker will be Ruth Cushing speaking about her work in Pakistan – All Welcome.


Ramblers Report Saturday 18 October – Meikle Millyea

On a beautiful clear morning eleven intrepid ramblers assembled for a tough walk in the hills. We met near Clatteringshaws Loch, still as a millpond in the morning sunshine and reflecting the surrounding hills like a mirror. Cars were parked at the point where the Southern Upland Way meets the narrow public road past Upper Craigenbay. It is here that walkers of the Way who don’t want to complete the 24 mile section from Bargrennan to Dalry in a day can be picked up and taken to their overnight accommodation.

The first couple of miles were an easy ramble along the Way roughly Northwards towards Dalry. Having crossed the Garroch Burn we left the Way heading Northwest and steeply up onto the Rig of Clenrie. After a short climb the ground levelled out and we followed the gently rising crest of the ridge onto Meikle Lump. In great visibility we could see for miles, the Lake District hills to the South East, and nearer, familiar hills, recently climbed, Cairnsmore of Carsphairn to the North East and Darnaw to the South. We lunched in a sunny sheltered spot just before we reached the ridge of the Rhinns of Kells and were lucky enough to see a red kite as well as several grouse. After lunch as we gained the crest, Loch Dungeon was below us. Usually looking deep, dark and mysterious as befits its name, it was bathed in sun and, with the water very low, appeared to be surrounded by sandy beaches. The Rhinns stretched invitingly Northwards, but with a long rough descent to negotiate later, we turned reluctantly south to climb the short distance to the summit trig point on Meikle Millyea. Again we were rewarded with great views across the Silver Flow to Craiglee and Craignaw with the Merrick and the Awful Hand beyond. As we began our descent, lovely Loch Dee came into view, with Curlywee behind, perhaps the best view of the day. After an arduous trudge down over rough ground we reached the banks of the Garrary burn, which we followed before turning into the forest where the trees were decked with lichen and the walking easier. We emerged a short distance from the Southern Upland Way which brought us back to the cars.Our adventures were not over. Some walkers were looking forward to tea and cakes at the Visitor Centre, others hoping to get back to Stranraer in time for the football. It was not to be. Half a mile down the road, our way was blocked by a large van which had landed in the ditch while trying to pass two oncoming cars one of which had a puncture. After offering assistance to no avail, we backed up and took a long slow detour along a forest  track to the road and home.

Next week’s walk is a leisurely 7 mile circular in the countryside around Wigtown. Meet at the Breastworks Car Park Stranraer at 09:00 or the Riverside Car Park in Newton Stewart at 09:30 to share transport, or at Wigtown County Buildings, the start of the walk. New walkers are welcome.

New walkers and any one going directly to the start of the walk please contact the walk leader on 01681 401222.