Port William Carnival Week continues

The fun in the sun continued down at Port William last week as the annual carnival week continued in the village.

Tuesday once again dawned warm and fair and only four young men set off around St Medan’s Golf Club for the Junior Golf Competition,

The Irving family with Carnival Week Pet Show winner Sandy, Carnival Queen Sian and Pet Show judge Ian Gemmell

The Irving family with Carnival Week Pet Show winner Sandy, Carnival Queen Sian and Pet Show judge Ian Gemmell

The final results were, 9 Holes – 1st John Walker (6218-44) and 2nd Alan Oxley (69-18-51). 18 Holes, 1st Aaron Walker (104-3-73) and 2nd Keith Penrose (110-36-74).

Following the competition the Children’s Prize Bingo provided by the Machars Lions Club took place in the Grand Marquee. Earlier in the Marquee 90 children enjoyed a morning of arts and crafts and the Carnival Queen’s mum joined helping to make eighty material sheep to be taken home and attached to favourite bed covers. This event was organised by Mrs Elizabeth Vance and Maria Old

The last activity to be held in the Grand Marquee that afternoon was “Come and Learn to Dance” provided by Pam Paterson.

Tuesday evening is always the Car Treasure Hunt, organised by Russell and Alistair Gaw. As the hunters returned they were able to enjoy a drink at the Grand Marquee Bar run by Kirsty McMaster or some warming homemade soup. As an alternative the Race Night was running in the Monreith Arms, with eight races being run.

Paul Carrington receiving The Chairman's Silver Quaich for his community work in and around Port William.

Paul Carrington receiving The Chairman's Silver Quaich for his community work in and around Port William.

On Wednesday there was a Beetle Drive organised by Tizzy Irving and a Children’s Disco in the evening. This was followed by an evening of hilarity as a full house once again enjoyed an evening of Hypnosis by Adam Knight.

Thursday is a day of preparation for the main event of the week, but the afternoon always sees the Bowling Event for the younger bowlers in the village. This year the Betty Ambrose Junior Trophy, The final was between Keith Penrose and Mark Conlan and after an extra end the winner was Mark Conlan.

Thursday evening started off with wonderful sunshine, however just as the entries arrived in the Parade ring the heavens opened and everything had to be gone through quickly. There were 4 Children’s Float entries – The Wizard of Oz, Grease, Shrek and South Pacific. The Children’s winner was The Wizard of Oz (Seconds Sands – Lucy, Gregor and Natalie Gaw; George, Oliver, Harry, Maddie, Will Barr; Emily and Libby Kay; Carrie Kirk; Alex Angus and Kyle Creighton..Adult Floats were Cats (PIRSAC) and Mary Poppins (First Response). Adult winner was Mary Poppins – Murray Morland, Angie Ashton, Moira Adams, Ethel Lockhart, Fiona Pomfret, Tim Pavitt, Pam Bellies, Jane and Michael Banks and driver Campbell McCaig.

Girls- 5 and under.

Queen Sian, Carnival Week Chairman Shaun Dodds presenting Jim McColl from The Beechgrove Garden with a thank you gift of a book of local photos of Port William and District.

Queen Sian, Carnival Week Chairman Shaun Dodds presenting Jim McColl from The Beechgrove Garden with a thank you gift of a book of local photos of Port William and District.

1.Iona McLaughlin (Pocahontas)

2.2. Georgina Hillman (Lone Bug)

3.3. Carly Tuner (Minnie Mouse)

Boys – 5 and under

1.Callum Rankin (Gordon’s Modern Apprentice)

2.2. Jenson Ceyham (A Farmer)

Girls 6-8yrs

1.Abigail Turner (Tinkerbelle)

2.2. Amy Rankin (Spanish Lady)

Boys 6-8 yrs

1.Callum Irving (SpongeBob)

Girls 9- 15

1.Amy Smith (Queen of Hearts)

2.2. Erin Rankin (Punk)

3.3. Karen King (Rainbow Girl)

4.Jane Fuggle (Medusa)

Boys 9-15yrs

1.Alistair McKinnel (Sponge Bob Square Pants)

M&C Stewart Shield – Alistair McKinnel.

Pairs – under 16yrs

1.Jack and Sam Adams (The Port Avengers) – George Murray Memorial Shield

2.Craig and Stuart McKinnel (One Man and his Dog)

3.3. Fia and Emily Watkins (The Royal Baby)

Groups – under 16 yrs

1.Team Taylor (Wizard of Oz) Callum Wood Memorial Trophy

2.2. Seaview (Wizard of Oz)

3.3. Grease Group (Grease)


1.Lorna Roddie (Where’s Wally)

2.Evelyn (District Nurse)


1.Alistair Barnett (Royal Ascot)

2.2. Paul Gorman (Bin Man)

Adult Pairs – Jean McCulloch Award

1.Andrew and Margaret Morris (Twiddle Dee and Twiddle Dumb)

2.Annie Murray and Caitlin McKie (Dorothy and the Scarecrow)

3.3 Kimberly Turner and Ryan Kelly (Mario and Luigi)

Adult Groups – James Gray Silver Salver

1.Wizard of Oz. Dib Penrose, Kirsteen, Sophie Bunce, Scott Bunce, Aileen Gilmour, Chelsea Drysdale-Mills and Logan Drysdale-Mills.

Young Achiever of the Year – Mark Conlan.

Good Neighbour Award – Beth Docherty

Chairman’s Award (Silver Quaich) – Paul Carrington

Special Volunteer Awards – Paul Gorman and John (The Showman)

Citizen of the Year (George McKenzie)

Following the Fancy Dress Parade, the Grand Marquee was packed with families enjoying dancing to ‘Night Shift’.

Friday’s events started with another children’s event, that of kite making. This was followed by The Baby Show, organised by Shirlee Kevin and Eunice Murray. There were 21 babies and young children taking part and the winners were Overall Winner – Sam Adams and Runner up was Aili Lochrie. The youngest baby saliva was presented to Kylah Jo Ruby West. The Teddy Bear’s Picnic had over 70 young owners enjoying an afternoon of games and entertainment. Friday afternoon is traditionally the five-aside football competition and this year there were only four teams entered, but a good afternoon’s play was enjoyed by all.

Friday evening has three events which run one after the other, firstly the Arts Festival Prize giving, then the Prize Bingo organised once again by the Machars Lions and the Lions Tea provided by Anna Thompson and Anne Devlin. This was followed by the annual Carpet Bowling competition, which had twenty six pairs enter this year from as far away as Ecclefechan and Palnackie. The winners were Davie McMatthews and Julie Wilson and runners up Frankie Wilson and Ian Douglas. The event convenor was D McLelland.

Once again Port William was honoured to have Jim McColl from the BBC’s Beachgrove Garden host a Gardener’s Question Time on the Saturday morning, on behalf of the village Gardeners Group. Jim was able to answer questions from people in the audience from many parts of the UK, be it Stirling to Sheffield and on down to Wiltshire. Finally Jim presented the trophies to this year’s recipients of the Gardening prizes. Best Vegetable Garden went to Mr and Mrs Allan, Hillhead Port William and Best Overall Garden Mr and Mrs Shuttleworth, Monreith. Certificates were also awarded for Best Hanging Baskets (June Rennie), Best Commercial Display (Monreith Arms) and the laugh of the day went to the award for Best Tub Displays, as it was a case of “one R to many”, with L Kerr (aka Louise Kerr) being awarded this prize even though Louise does not garden, whereas the true winner was L Ker (aka Lindsay Ker). Apologies to Lindsay, especially as his front garden has been awash with colour this year.

Janis Edgar and Louise Kerr ran the Pet Show, where the overall champion was once again, for the second time in two years, the Irving family’s beautiful brown collie Sandy. This year’s judge was retired vet Ian Gemmell from Whithorn.

Saturday night finished with another sell out traditional evening, that of Fiddlers Concert and Carnival Queen’s Ceilidh. The compare for the Fiddlers Concert was once again Jim McColl, who kept everyone entertained with his banter and long stories. Soloist was Colette Ruddy. The Ceilidh, featuring The Tourie Band made up with members from the Fiddlers kept everyone on the floor dancing and having a fine old time of it.

The second church service of the week was again attended by the Association Committee members, both Queens and their family, and readings ere undertake by Camay Kelly (Vice Chair) and Davina Kiltie (Secretary). The service was again taken by the Rev Bill.

The afternoon activities belonged to St Medan’s Golf Course, where they held a Fun Day and for others they could join in with the Cycling Fun afternoon in the Maxwell Park, organised by Mr Norfolk.

The final Sunday evening g of Carnival week heralds the Songs of Praise held on the Harbour Green, where the recently retired Parish Minster the Rev Mary McLaughlin was welcomed back to take the sermon. This was followed by the now traditional Closing Ceremony where the Community Association Chair Mr Shaun Dodds thanked everyone for all their hard work over the past year in order to make the week happen. He singled out the Secretary Mrs Davina Kiltie for without her determination and organisational skills nothing would be booked or run smoothly. He then turned to the Carnival Queens, not only those currently in office, but thanking the past Queens present, singling out Tizzy Irving who now lives in Dumfries but comes every year to act as convenor for a number of events, and then said Goodbye to Anna Walker, the retiring Queen, but not for long as her family have always played such a large part in community life. He thanked Queen Sian and her family for all the work they had provided during this week, especially Sian who not only superbly performed her role but showed her initiative undertaking extra tasks before people knew that they had to be done. Finally Shaun reminded everyone that 2014 Crowning Day is Saturday, August 2 and looks forward to seeing old faces as well as welcoming anyone new who wants to join us.