From Our Files

50 Years Ago - January 6th, 1962

CONSEQUENT upon a gratifying increase in demand, the bringing forward of the plan for an extension to the filter station is among the important changes in the second phase of the County water scheme from Penwhirn. At a cost of one and a quarter million pounds, the first phase has been completed and the amended programme for the second phase will cost in the region of £900,000. Much welcome relief was brought to many farmers, villagers and others by the initial phase which included the building of a huge reservoir, with a capacity of 450 million gallons, completed in 1955. This phase also entailed the laying of over 100 miles of pipeline. Considerable difficulty was experienced because of the demand, from farmers mainly, in supplying all the pipelines, especially in the summer months.

AN unfamiliar sight to people passing over the Cree Bridge this past week has been the River Cree frozen from bank to bank. Although not thick enough to permit skating or curling the ice was thick enough to cross on foot.

TAKING advantage of the recent weather conditions and the fact that many of the lochs and ponds in the district have been frozen over since Christmas, curling enthusiasts all over the County have been out in force. Many club competitions and friendly games have been completed. On Criachlaw Pond, Kirkcowan curlers met three rinks from Loch of Larg and one from Wigtown. The home team ran out narrow winners by 73 shots to 72.

25 Years Ago - January 10th, 1987

THE Newton Stewart Community Centre is left in such a state that police investigating a break in found it hard to decide whether the premises had been broken into, or whether it had been left in that condition. Cree Valley Community Council chairman John McNaught raised the problem of the community centre at their meeting on Monday night. Police Inspector John McLean, who was also attending the meeting as an observer, said the premises had been broken into twice and police investigating found “everything all over the place”. When the Gazette contacted a local community worker he said that all the groups using the centre were asked to leave it tidy and this was what generally happened.

A group of 32 young French people will be visiting Wigtownshire next month as a follow up to a visit made last year by local young people. Cree Valley Community Council members were asked for ways of welcoming the guests and Councillor Willie Service suggested perhaps a wine and cheese party might be appropriate as a way of showing the French visitors that British cheese was better than their own.

IT is getting harder all the time to sell stock farms in South West Scotland, although dairy steadings with reasonable milk quotas are holding their own in the property market. Farm prices have been falling all over the country since they peaked in the late 1970s and average prices in this area have slumped by between 15 and 20 per cent over the past 18 months.