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Glen of Luce


This year our annual outing was to Ullswater in the Lake District. Nearly forty members and friends left Glenluce at 8am on the Monday morning - the weather being reasonably kind.

Our first stop was Hetland Garden Centre at 10am for morning coffee, bacon butties or scones and was most enjoyable. We also spent an hour looking through the centre; one member even bought three bags of bird and squirrel food to take home with her.

Our next stop was the Rheged Centre at Penrith - a large underground shopping centre, where everyone had something to eat. From there we journeyed on to catch the ferry at Pooley Bridge, Ullswater. Our tickets purchased, we embarked on our journey on the 150 capacity ferry across Ullswater to Glenridding - an attractive village with lots of old buildings.

We all had a wander round, enjoying a cuppa or an ice cream, the bus being there to collect us having come round the roadway. We made our way to The Shepherds Inn at Carlisle where we enjoyed an excellent meal which was quickly served.

Competition for the day was a pen - 1, Helen Park; 2, Mary Ramsay; 3, Isobel Gulline.

A vote of thanks was proposed by Ann Watson on behalf of the visitors and president Lindsay thanked all who had joined us, to secretary Betty for making all the arrangements and last but certainly not least our coach driver Bobby, who drove in his usual considerate manner, getting us to our stopping points on time. A most enjoyable day.



North South - 1, 2070 Barbara Gaw and Lynn Drummond; 2, -930 Lillian McMiken and Jimmy Walker; 3, -940 Mary Sharp and Margaret Baird.

East West - 1, 2490 Barrie Stewart and Alan Williams; 2, 2230 Fay Halliday and Ronald Graham; 3, 2160 Veronica Kingston and Margaret Campbell.

Newton Stewart


The Riverside Centre Whist Results

Friday 8:

Ladies - 1, Margaret L; 2, Myra McM; consolation, Lynn.

Gents - 1, Pat; 2, Mollie; consolation, Elsie.



On Tuesday, 21st June members met in the Village Hall, Sorbie for the monthly meeting. We had hoped to visit the Gem Rock Museum in Creetown for the June outing. However, this was not possible owing to a previous booking. The meeting was then re-arranged to our usual venue and we were delightfully entertained by our own entertainment committee.

Apologies were intimated on behalf of Pam Bull, Jackie Schneider, Jean Henderson, Margaret Wallace, Helen Gibson, Pauline Cawthra,Anne Easton and Renee Jenkins.

The meeting opened with the singing of the Rural song. A short business meeting followed when president Sue updated us on future events. We were asked by the Federation if we had any objection to having our details on the website. The next Federation meeting is at the end of August and the competition is three scones, should any member wish to enter. Placing a granite stone or a horticultural plaque to mark the handkerchief tree which was planted by Sorbie WRI in May 1999 was also discussed. Mr. Marshall suggested that a granite stone would be sufficient for this purpose and gave permission for us to proceed with this venture. Mrs. Longman will order the stone.

The embroidery for the Stranraer competition is going well but another volunteer is required.

We were then entertained by our own entertainment committee and this was worth waiting for. It was both educational and hilarious. President Sue gave her demonstration on how to make a wedding rose with ribbon and the finished article certainly had Sue’s perfection. Rosamond followed with a demonstration on making a wedding anniversary card. This certainly was educational and we all thoroughly enjoyed the venture. Rosamond provided the card and little characters for us to choose from to put on the card.

Next, it was over to Jan who recited the poem “The Bathing Suit”. This was beautifully recited by Jan and she certainly had us all in stitches. A lovely tea was served, all members having subscribed to it. Rosamond then held the usual raffle. The meeting ended with the National Anthem.



About 30 members attended the regular meeting of the Wigtownshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers on Monday 4th July at Glenluce. This month’s workshop again proved popular, with 20 members keen to learn the basics of Lucet braid making with tutor Freda Robinson, a member of the Braid Society from Belfast Freda brought with her examples of jewellery made not only with a Lucet (a twin-pronged device around which the loops of the woven braid are

formed) but also French knitting in a more sophisticated form of the children’s pastime, “fill the gap” worked on a card disc, and the Japanese art of Kumihimo.

Participants were provided with the materials to make an attractive beaded bracelet and were introduced to the techniques of creating the basic braid, threading beads into the design using a hidden thread core, and finishing. The popularity of the technique was evident by the number of members who purchased supplies for their own projects at the end of the session.

As usual, members not taking part in the workshop enjoyed a sociable day worked on their own projects. Samples of woven tapestry, produced as a result of last month’s workshop, were on display. The monthly business meeting, held during the lunch break, included details of the Guild’s display at the Wigtown Agricultural Show in August. The next meeting is on Monday 1st August (10:30 to 3:00) at Glenluce Church Hall and will include a workshop on spindle spinning with Janet Renouf-Miller. New members and guests are welcome.


Wigtown & District Bridge Club

Results from Wednesday 6:

N/S - 1, Jo Chambers and Marion Halstead +1680; 2, Margaret Erskine and Francis Brown +240; 3, Margaret Baird and Lesley McNaught +210.

E/W - 1, Fay Halliday and Madge Vance +1530; 2, Sheila Limbrey and Evie McKenzie +230; 3, Pat Mcgettigan and Ian Young -540.


Holidays and other commitments saw a depleted group of ten walkers meeting at the Caldons Car Park for the walk to Larg Hill and Craignaw. The weather forecast was for any showers to die out.

The first part of the walk was on forest road for over four miles. A steady incline in a generally southerly direction gave views over the Water of Minnoch. The memorial cairn and ruins of the village at Holm Ferrach were another feature of this section.

After crossing the Pulniskie Burn at Thrawin Step they continued heading south until they reached the drystane dyke at Craigenteasy.A refreshment break was taken before beginning the ascent. Leaving the forest road they now began the climb northeast towards the summits of Larg Hill. Staying alongside the dyke and climbing in a north easterly direction, the going underfoot was grassy tussocks interspersed with boggy holes. A fairly steep incline slowed progress, but height was gained and upon reaching Punch Well Brae, a lunch break was taken.

Once clear of the forest, conditions underfoot got easier. Heather replaced the tussocky grass. To the south, hazy views over Newton Stewart and the Cree estuary were opening up. As the steep incline eased, progress improved and the group reached their first objective. After a short stop at the first of Largs two summits at 659 metres they continued on to the higher 676 metre peak. Here well known landmarks and surrounding hills were identified, photographs were taken. Here too, views over to the neighbouring well known Galloway hills were extensive, with the majority of them being easily recognisable. From here a descent down a steep green stripe through a stony brae saw them reach Strifeland on Mulmein Moss. Heather and Bilberry covered the boggy plateau. Eventually a path was reached that they followed to the rocky grassy slopes of Craignaw.

Even though a smaller hill than Larg, the views from Craignaw were extensive, and the first hills of the ‘Awful Hand’ and the ‘Rhins of Kells’ showed prominently. Next came the steepest descent of the walk as the group made their way down the grassy slope to the Mulmein Burn. Walking alongside the burn they carefully picked their way down, first on one bank and then the other before it joined and became part of the Caldons Burn. By now the clouds had cleared and the sun shone brightly.Bell heather and wild orchids added colour. Now on the western bank of the Caldons Burn they continued the descent. The path passed steep sided gorges with countless waterfalls before it reached the forest road below Sheil Holm. Crossing the forest road they now continued following the burn on it’s eastern bank,soon arriving at Caldons and the end of a wonderfully scenic walk.

The next walk, on Saturday, July 16 will be a ‘C‘ grade walk in the South Rhins taking in New England Bay.

Meet at the Riverside car park Newton Stewart at 9.00 am,the Breastworks, Stranraer at 9.30 am for car sharing, or at the walk start at Ardwell Car Park (NX 110 454) at 10.00am.

New members are always welcome, for more information or if going to the walk start, contact the walk leader on 01776 840636.