Twenty-two local organisations received financial assistance from the Wigtown Community Shop after another successful six months in business on Wigtown’s High Street.
The organisations were: Kaos Cafe; Wigtown Bowling Club; Masonic Lodge; Wigtown Surgery; Wigtown Partnership for Health; Galloway Thistle Youth Football Club; Wigtown Tambourelli Group; Wigtown Primary School; Kirkinner Primary School; Whauphill Community Association; Wigtown Horticultural Society; Wigtown Football Club; Project Linus UK; Machars Breathing Support Group; Galloway Music Festival; Alzheimer’s Scotland (Machars); League of Friends; Riverside Day Centre; Wigtown Community Council; Wigtown Badminton Group; Wigtown Baptist Church and Crossroads.
Representatives from each organisation were presented with their cheques at a presentation evening held in the County Buildings last Wednesday. Each organisation briefly shared what they planned to do with the money, including the purchase of a cabinet to hold a defibrillator, which will be situated in Wigtown; the purchase of a flag pole to raise an Eco Green Flag recently achieved by Kirkinner Primary School; purchase of new equipment and facilities; as well as putting money towards the development of some organisations.
Since opening in June 2011 the shop, which is solely run by volunteers, has raised over £60’000 and has supported a considerable number of community organisations, events and activities. Recently, the volunteers were delighted when they were awarded ‘Best Community Project’ at the Mid Galloway Community Endeavour Awards, and in August last year when they were recognised by the local Rotary Club for their outstanding contribution to the local community.
Vice Chairwoman of the Community Shop, Jessie Thomson, said: “We were delighted that the Community Shop was once again in a position to present local organisations with some money. It was an excellent evening and I was pleased that some of the volunteers who work in the shop were able to join us. It is a fantastic community effort and I love working in it but we couldn’t do it without the volunteers, including our man with a van; our customers and the kind individuals who donate the items to sell, we really are very grateful”.
Landlady Sue Barton cut the cake to celebrate the Shop’s third year in business.
Wigtown Community Shop is situated at 7 High Street, Wigtown and is open Monday-Saturday 10am - 4pm.