Newton Stewart Initiative Mat Report


The Newton Stewart Initiative Executive Committee met in the Creebridge House Hotel on May 11. In the absence of Susan McKie and David Inglis the meeting was chaired by Susan Moffat.

The previous meeting minutes were passed and guest Paul Sutherland of Newton Stewart Round Table was introduced.

Newton Stewart Round Table had asked if they could make a presentation to the meeting in order to seek support and publicity from the membership for their up and coming event ‘Santa Dash and 10k run’ which will be held on Sunday, August 23.

Starting at the Newton Stewart Golf Club the run/dash will follow the road to New Galloway and head round ‘The Risk’ road before returning into Minnigaff.

Round Table asked if NSI would be prepared to apply for a road closure under their charitable organisation status to help reduce policing costs etc to which the committee unanimously voted to agree to do.

NSI also agreed to publicise the event through their web site and Facebook page.

Round Table are seeking sponsorship from local businesses, if you feel you would like to support the event please contact Newton Stewart Round Table.

Secretary’s Report:

A letter of resignation was received from Diann Hughes. Diann had supported the Initiative as well as the Cree Valley Community Council for some time but she had decided it was time to take a back seat for a while. The committee agreed a letter of thanks be sent to Diann for her help in the past.

Letters from Rembrand Timber and Jewson Builders Merchants confirming their decision to supply the material for two new town notice boards were welcomed. NSI now have all the quotes in for the funding bid application to cover the carpenter’s costs to make and fix the boards in position.

Douglas Park Project:

A number of letters of objection have been received against the project sighting “negative social impact on the area”. The committee agreed that they had no control over this and NSI could only await the outcome of the planning application.

A recent funding application for the bike track at Douglas Park had been turned down. It was agreed that NSI would not make any further funding applications until a planning decision had been received.

Funding Bids

Funding Bid Convener David Mitchinson is currently working on various bids for other projects such as The Hut and a new community facility building as well as financial support for a project worker.

Treasurers Report:

No change to the accounts as no income or expenditure was recorded for April.

Andrew reported that there was still no word from the Bank of Scotland regarding the money it was holding in the old Community Centre account.

Fundraising Report:

May 30 and 31 see’s the inaugural ‘May Fayre Craft Fair’ which is being hosted by NSI and will take over the McMillan Hall for both days. Twenty-five exhibitors have taken stalls and the event has been well publicised on the NSI Facebook page. Each exhibitor has had a profile feature every few days to advertise their own particular craft. Other activities have been arranged such as a childrens’ treasure hunt and lucky square fundraising board with many prizes to be won for all the family.

A NSI spokesperson said: “If you are reading this then you must be interested, so please come along and help us make this a special event in the Newton Stewart calender and also show your support for the fantastic array of local crafters we have on our doorstep.”

The Hut:

Although part funding has been secured NSI need to match fund to acquire the total required to renovate the building.

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New Community Facility

This is a long way off at present but work has started to identify a building or site suitable for use as a community centre building or a plot to develop.

Have your say by filling in one of our questionnaire forms and returning them to NSI.

Newton Stewart Initiative are committed to improving all aspects of life in and around the town. They are currently looking into the possibility of acquiring the old tourist information centre building or something similar to set up their own town shop. They have ideas for its use, but do you? If so NSI would like to hear from you.

Can you help by volunteering to help run it? Please get in touch by contacting NSI via email at or drop in to Inglis Home Decor shop on Victoria Street, Newton Stewart, and leave your details.