This week’s Galloway Gossip

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Glenluce Vintage Tractors held their annual rally in Lady Stair Park on Sunday 5th June in most beautiful weather. The tractor and stationary engine numbers had once again increased with a good number of new local entrants.

The sunshine brought a record crowd to see the entertainment which featured the Mighty Smith a world and UK champion specially sponsored by RES. He bent nails with his teeth, tore up telephone books and held up a chair with someone sitting on it with his mouth. He also had a tug of war with the children and then challenged anyone to beat him at lifting the heavy weight.

The Frilly Ghillie from Stoneykirk demonstrated the art of deer stalking which was enjoyed by the spectators.

Other entertainment included the Lochryan award winning Pipe Band and little and large Threshing Mills which were running on display.

The See-Saw competition sponsored by Douglas Engineers Ltd was won by Ewan Logan who received The Roy McKie Perpetual Silver Salver. Linda Goad won the ladies section which was new this year and sponsored by Brian Miskimmin, Old Luce Garage. Guessing the weight of a Fordson E27N P6 was won by Alex McClelland, New Luce proceeds from this competition went to Glenluce Cubs and was sponsored by Shire Agri-Hires.

For the kids we had the Road Runner road show, coins in the shavings scramble for two different age groups, bouncy castle & slide, also sand painting which proved to be popular.

Maggie’s Kitchen did the usual roaring trade of selling soup, filled rolls, cakes etc. and the committee are grateful to Maggie and her band of willing helpers for providing and serving the food. Proceeds this year will be going to Macmillan Cancer Support, Dumfries & Galloway Blood Bikes and Bowel Cancer Research.

Approximately sixty tractors set off on the ten mile coastal run with a welcome stop for an ice cream at Auchenmalg Hall.

Thanks go to all who provided and contributed to the raffle which is a great benefit to our days running costs.

Ken McKie, chairman, was delighted with the turnout of both tractors and spectators. He would like to thank everyone for their attendance, the sponsors for supporting us each year and the committee and helpers for all their hard work before and after the event.

RES’ Development Manager, Carolyn Wilson, said: ‘We know from working closely with the communities in this area for a number of years just how popular the Glenluce Vintage Tractor Rally has become. It has been hugely successful at drawing in visitors to the area as well as raising money for good causes. We were therefore delighted to be major sponsor of the rally for the first time this year.’

‘My father, who is a big tractor enthusiast came with me on Sunday and he thoroughly enjoyed himself and the event proved to be a big success.



“Set out on a journey with joy in your heart” this is how our members and friends felt as they set off on their summer outing to the New Lanark World Heritage site on Monday 13th June. Our first stop was for coffee at Garden Wise, Dumfries before heading to New Lanark.

We all enjoyed the Annie McLeod experience which was a tour taking you back to 1820 illustrating how hard she and others had to work at such a young age.

After lunch we were given a guided tour through a mill workers cottage of that era and then a 1930’s room. We were also shown the village shop which sold most things and were told how the mill workers got items on credit and then paid them off when they received their pay on a Saturday night.

Our guide gave us an insight into the history of the cotton mill village in the eighteenth century.

Robert Owen managed the mill and provided decent homes, fair wages, free health care and an education system for the villagers.

He also started the first nursery school in the world for mill workers children. We all appreciated our visit to the mill.

High tea was enjoyed at the Ellisland Hotel in Ayr before setting off home. Thanks were given to the hotel for the meal and to all who had organised the day.

Competition; Braceet:- 1st – Helen Park; 2nd Pat McKie; 3rd Grace McKie


Afternoon Bridge

N/S - 1, Veronica Kingston and May Cowan +870; 2, Mary Sharp and Margaret Baird +760; 3, Betty Marshall and Lesley McNaught -250.

E/W - 1, Pat Mcgettigan and Ian Young +1270; 2, Katie Forsyth and Madge Vance +1010; 3, Fay Halliday and Pam Woods +760.

Riding of the Marches 2016

The Wigtown Riding of the Marches 2016 will take place on Saturday 2 July from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.

This year’s route: South Main Street, North Main Street, New Road, Wigtown Hill, Kirkland Terrace, West Kirkland, Moss of Cree Road, Balgreen, Bank Street, North Main Street, Agnew Crescent, Bladnoch, B7005 to Fordbank, Potato Mill Road, Agnew Crescent, North Main Street, High Vennel to primary school, New Road, North Main Street, Low Vennel, Lochancroft, Church Lane, Bank Street, County Buildings, South Main Street.

As horses will be passing on the above route, organisers are asking if vehicle owners could park elsewhere for that one day, they would be most grateful, as it would allow more room for horses and spectators.

The best turned-out horse and rider (junior and senior) will be judged by Elsie Forsyth and Margaret Ramsay and there will be entertainment in the gardens during the riding.

The Cornet Martin Wallace, Cornet’s Lass Hannah Burns, Ensign Mhàiri McConnell and Marshall Lyndsay Wilson will be installed at Wigtown Parish Church 11.30 am Sunday 19th June with a wreath laying at the war memorial to follow at about 12.30pm.

The Wigtown Riding of the Marches is part of the Wigtown Week Community Festival and organisers are looking for volunteers to help on the day, to make sure things run smoothly and people are safe. There is a meeting on Thursday 23 June, at 7.30pm, in Beltie Books & Café, 6 Bank Street, Wigtown. If you fancy helping out, they’d like to hear from you or please come along to the meeting.

PS the next Board meeting which you’re entitled to attend as a committee member is Tuesday 28 June 2016 at 7.30 at Beltie also. And the Kirking is a week tomorrow, Sunday 19 June 2016, in main service at Wigtown Parish Church,


Bridge Results


North/South: 1st +4740, Barbara Gaw & Lynn Drummond, 2nd +4030, Anne & Russell McClymont, 3rd +3050, Hugh Paterson & John McCourtney. East/West: 1st -200, Patricia McGettigan & Ian Young, 2nd -1640, Alan Williams & Jim Watson, 3rd -1780, Lesley McNaught & Elsie Kirby.


Tea Room

Whithorn Community Centre’s Main Hall will be transformed into a 1920’s themed Pop-up Tea Room . A warm welcome awaits you along with a selection of mouth watering cakes, etc. Price is £3.50 per person and what you cannot manage to eat will be packaged up for you to take home.

Event runs from 10am-2pm. All proceeds to the town’s defibrillator fund and Senior Citizens.