Galloway Gossip

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A ROUND-UP of local clubs and organisations’ activities this month.



Mrs Proudlock, president, welcomed members to our September meeting. Guest for the evening was Linda Adams who gave a talk on jewellery and fascinators. It was really very interesting to see all the things she made.

Competition results – Something old from something new: 1, Mrs Henderson; 2, Mrs Johnstone; 3, Mrs Spencer. Raspberry jam: 1, Mrs Gilligan; 2, Mrs McWilliam; 3, Mrs Hannah. Flower of the month: 1, Mrs E McCarlie; 2, Mrs Hannah; 3, Mrs Williamson; 4, Mrs Spencer; 5, Mrs McWilliam.



President Linda Coulter congratulated Margaret Benson and Christina Meldrum, who represented Wigtownshire Federation in the National Golf Championship on their success in winning the competition, held at Creachmore Golf Club on September 12.

Speaker for the evening was Mrs Florence Clarke, who enthralled us with her experiences during her walk in the Himalayas. A vote of thanks to Mrs Clarke was given by Christina Meldrum.

Competition winners – 3 Scotch Pancakes: 1, Rita Martin; 2, Joan Meldrum; 3, Margaret Benson. Jar Raspberry Jam: 1, Margaret Benson; 2, Doreen Baille; 3, Morag Bickerstaff.

The next meeting is on Tuesday, October 18.



The Rotary and the Inner wheel of Kirkcudbright joined forces to celebrate Word Peace Day on September 21. A Soup and Sweet Lunch encouraged a large number of supporters to brave the atrocious weather. Grateful thanks to the help of the Kirkcudbright Bowling Club and all who took part. More than £600 was raise for peace initiatives and End Polio Now.



Louden SWRI held their meeting in the former Veterinary Centre in Wigtown on Monday, September 19. President Nancy McCreath welcomed a good turn out of members before asking fellow member Emma to welcome and introduce her friend and guest speaker for the evening, Jayne Baldwin, who was giving a talk based on the book she had published on the final flight of Elsie Mackay.

Elsie’s father was James Mackay, Lord Inchcape. He was also chairman of P&O. Elsie trained as a nurse and worked in her mother’s hospital. Through all of this Elsie kept secret her desire to one day fly across the Atlantic. She finally made the attempt but, tragically, was killed when her plane crashed.

Nancy thanked Jayne for a fascinating talk and her book, West over the Waves is available for sale.

Members were brought up to date with forthcoming Federation events, with the Variations on a Theme being held at the DEHS, Newton Stewart, on Saturday, November 12 at 1pm.

Nancy spoke on the Rural trip to Ireland when 40 members had a marvellous time. A delicious supper was provided by Fiona and Nancy.

Competition results – Flower of the month: 1, Berta Galloway; 2, Elizabeth Ferguson; 3, Margaret Galloway. Raspberry jam: 1, Margaret Hewitson; 2, Jessie Thomson; 3, Berta Galloway.

Newton Stewart


Riverside Centre results, Monday September 23 – Ladies: 1, Myra McM. Consolation: Lynne. Gents: 1, Elsie. Consolation Janette.

Monday, September 26 – Ladies: 1, Wendy S. Consolation Janette. Gents: 1, Andy K. Consolation: Elsie.



President Mrs Sheila Taylor, welcomed 20 members to the meeting. Congratulations were extended to the Evergreens who make Whithorn blooming marvellous and they have just won a silver medal, Well done.

Much business was discussed. Joan Rhind is offering a day course to make blankets for the Linus project on October 5 at the community centre in Newton Stewart, Sheila has details.

Thanks to Ethel for raising £100, which will go towards our summer outing.

Sheila then introduced Margaret Williamson, who had come to speak about Alzheimer’s Disease. She gave an overview and an insight into Demenia and Alzheimer’s. It is a complex subject and needs in depth discussion and, due to lack of time, she agreed to return at a later date.

Margaret judged our competitions as follows – Flower of the Month: 1, Margaret Elkin; 2, Greta Hawthorn; 3, Margaret Elkin. Picture of a Dog any Medium: 1, Sheila Taylor; 2, Margaret Elkin; 3, Margaret Turner.



Stranraer and District Probus Club held the first of their summer outings on June 28, which was a visit to West Galdenoch Farm, with thanks to Gary Mitchell.

Guest speakers at the September meeting in the North West Castle Hotel were Steve Flower and Owen Watt. They gave an illustrated talk on a visit to Peru organised by the Vine Trust, a Scottish charity which supports the work being done by the Peruvian Christian Union to provide homes for abandoned street children.

Jock Smith gave the vote of thanks, mentioning in particular the emotional impact that the visit had clearly made on the two speakers.



Eighteen walkers set off on the Ayrshire coastal path from Ballantrae to Glenapp. The walk began by heading back towards Ballantrae before turning south by the standing stone at Garleffin. Ailsa Craig, Knockdolian, Bennane Head and Ballantrae created a wonderful backdrop. Distant views were affected by haze, but the outline of Ireland could still be made out.

After rounding Downanhill, the path crossed Wilson’s Glen. A long stretch of undulating slopes saw the group reach the hill known as Donald Bowie. The path went inland for 200 yards to a track hewn out of the rock that leads down to Currarie Port. After lunch the path now led inland along the flow of the Shallochwreck Burn and a ruined cottage below Craigmore Hill led to Craigans where a farm track was followed.

The track now circled Penderry Hill crossing in turn the burns of Black Glen, Nickalogie and March. Views over to the North Rhins opened up where Milleur Point and Corsewall lighthouse could be easily identified. After passing between the hill tops of Blarbuie and Sandloch a long downhill section followed. Steadily turning north east and following the Water of App, the Bridge of Mark heralded the end of the walk.

Tomorrow’s walk will be a circular around Lochinch Castle from Castle Kennedy’s Garden Centre. Meet at the Riverside car park, Newton Stewart, at 9.30, the Breastworks, Stranraer, at 9.30am for car sharing, or at the walk start at Castle Kennedy’s Garden Centre (NX 111 609) at 10am. More information on 01776 700707.



The August meeting was held in the Supper Room, County Buildings, where members gave a cookery demonstration. Hannah started off with mouthwatering cheese tarts, Jessie made a healthy sardine pate, Betty made a lovely minted grapefruit, Pauline a delicious Caribbean chicken dish, Ailsa made a marvellous sweet made with crunchies and cream and, to finish off the menu, Peggy offered a lovely selection of biscuits.

Anne Barclay judged our competitions as follows: Flower of the month – 1, Pauline Plunkett; 2, Marion Roberts; 3, Jessie Thomson. Savoury dish – 1, Jessie Mary Thomson; 2, Peggy Irvine; 3, Jessie Thomson.


Wigtown and District Bridge results, Wednesday, September 21st: N/S – 1, Margaret Baird and Mary Sharp +910; 2, Margaret Parker and Ann Gerrish +530; 3, Margaret Erskine and Marion Halstead +310. E/W – 1, Marie Horsell and Donald Strong +830; 2, Pat McGettigan and Ian Young +320; 3, Veronica Kingston and May Cowan -140.



The first speaker of the autumn was Mrs Joan Rhind from Wigtown, who is the Dumfries & Galloway co-ordinator of the Linus Project U.K.

The Linus Project began in the USA in 1995 and arrived in Britain a few years later. It is named after “Linus” the little boy in Charles Schultz’s Peanuts cartoon who was never seen without his security blanket. The project supplies hand- sewn quilts to sick and disadvantaged children. All made individually by volunteers. Since 2008, more than 1400 quilts have been given out in Dumfries & Galloway.

More quilts and volunteers are always needed and more details can be had from Mrs Rhind or from the web site

The competition results were: a dish made with apples 1, Susan Christie, 2 & 3, Morag McIlwraith; an autumn collage: 1, Pat Wardell, 2, Pat Dobson, 3,Morag McIlwraith.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 4, and the topic is glass engraving.



The handkerchief tree which had been planted in Galloway House grounds in 1999 by members of Sorbie WRI was discussed. It was agreed the inscription devised by members would stand.

The crafts, made by Sue Grimes and Jan Trotter, were on display. These were beautiful and won prizes at the Highland Show. We are very proud of Sue and Jan’s achievements. Also on display were articles beautifully made by Helen Gibson and Pam Bull and the Community Project (picnic blanket).

President Sue Grimes welcomed David Campion, our local vet. Mr Campion gave an excellent insight into his life as a vet. Everyone enjoyed the talk and from beginning to end he had us all in stitches. Questions were asked which Mr Campion answered.

A lovely tea was served by Bunty Cloy, helped by Anne Easton who kindly stepped in to help in Jackie Schneider’s absence.

The competition was a Cornish pastie: 1, Jeanette Montgomery, 2, Rosamond McGinness; animal ornament: 1, Jan Trotter, 2, Sandra Longman, 3, Kate Skinner.