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October 2014

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filmThroughout Octoberrbc film theatreFilms at RBFCT in Dumfries
Films and Film Workshops at Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre, Dumfries >>

otherUntil Friday 31st OctoberThe Changing Room
Tue - Fri 9-5pm, Sat 11-3pm, Closed Sunday @ Electric Theatre Workshop. 28. Munches St, Dumfries.
With opening & performance Tuesday 21st Oct at 6pm
We invite you to join us in exploring one of society's last taboos. Rarely talked about openly, the menopause lies hidden beneath the surface in our culture. ‘Changing Room’ is an interactive installation exploring experiences of this challenging and powerful time of transition and includes work created by women from Dumfries and Galloway.
Changing Room is a participatory artist led project exploring the process of aging for women, specifically the menopause and beyond by Jo Hodges and Denise Zygadlo
Everyone welcome.

exhibitionUntil Sat 1st NovemberEXHIBITION: COUNTRY PURSUITS X’
Mon-Sat 10am-5pm @ The Whitehouse Gallery, 47 St Mary Street, Kirkcudbright DG6 4DU
The Whitehouse Gallery in Kirkcudbright is to host the tenth of its annual ‘Country Pursuits’ exhibitions, focusing upon different interpretations of the rural life theme
Alexander by Catherine Rayner David Greenall and his wife Ruth O’Dell live on the Isle of Lewis, and their everyday experiences of rural life are captured through their painting. Greenall’s landscape paintings are infused with a knowledge and understanding of light, and by mixing his own colours from raw pigments and blending mediums such as wax, resin, oil and egg tempura, he produces works of great vigour.  In contrast, Ruth O’Dells pastel works are small and intimate, capturing moments of everyday life in Lewis from the winter feeing of sheep in the snow, the first spring lambs, to turfing and cutting the peats in early summer.
From the Isle of Lewis to Ireland, we are pleased to welcome renowned Irish artist Neal Greig to the list of exhibitors. Greig aims to capture the beautiful, rich and changing Irish landscapes and translate them into exceptional, dramatic and powerful art works for others to enjoy.  Another new addition to the gallery, Janet Cleghorn’s interpretation of the rural theme is rather interesting, by taking traditional everyday objects which carry a sense of nostalgia and giving them a contemporary feel.
Injecting some colour and fun into the exhibition will be Claire West, with her happy paintings. West believes in the power of colour therapy in uplifting the spirit, so her work explores colour and its vibrant and intense nature. She works on canvas in acrylics and inks, preferring to layer the paint to add texture to the work.  Although a familiar name to the gallery for her mixed media sculpture and framed wall pieces, Shirley Vauvelle will be providing some of her paintings for the first time.  Shirley’s paintings explore colour, texture and space on the canvas rather than representational responses to the moments that inspire her.
Returning to the gallery - Pamela Grace, Catherine Rayner (‘Alexander’ by Catherine Rayner pictured), Helen Tabor and Gordon Wilson
To complement the fine art, there will be exquisite jewellery collections by Anna De Ville and Sheena McMaster, ceramic vessels and wall tiles by Jacqui Atkin, ceramic bowls and bird sculpture by Debbie Barber, mixed media horse sculpture by Alexandra Shorey, wire and paper sight-hound sculpture by Lorraine Corrigan, driftwood sculpture by Lynn Muir, wooden sculpture by Michael Lythgoe and textiles by Jo Gallant
CONTACT: t: 01557 330223  e: info@whitehousegallery.com

exhibitionUntil Sat 8th November ‘Together’ new work by slipware potters Hannah McAndrew & Doug Fitch
Mon-Sat 9.30-5pm @ Designs Gallery  Castle Douglas
Collaborative Jug by Hannah McAndrew and Doug FitchDesigns Gallery will be hosting the first joint exhibition north of the Border of work by slipware potters, Doug Fitch and Hannah McAndrew - a collection of their best and most recent work on which they have both worked extremely hard, producing a range of functional and beautiful pots.
Alex McErlain, retired head of Ceramics at Manchester Metropolitan University, film maker, potter and writer will be opening the exhibition with a short talk at 11am on Saturday morning. Doug and Hannah will both be there to discuss their work and Designs would invite anyone interested in contemporary ceramics to come along to the gallery.
These two potters draw their influence from the ancient tradition of country pottery that is part of the folk heritage of Britain. Although its roots are firmly set within tradition, their work is not simply pastiche. Their pots are produced with the finest of traditional craft skills, but embrace contemporary style, which makes their pieces, very much of our time.
Both are long established potters with international reputations, having travelled with and exhibited their work in Japan and throughout the USA. Last year they became partners in life and business and next year are to become formally joined, when they marry in Corsock, Galloway.
Fitch and McAndrew currently spend their time travelling between the workshops they now share in Devon and Galloway.
It was a passion for clay and slips and fire that originally brought Hannah McAndrew to south west Scotland. After discovering clay and ceramics at university in Manchester, she moved to Galloway to work as apprentice to Jason Shackleton. Whilst working with Jason she was introduced to the ancient techniques of slip trailing and sgraffito and fell in love with these traditional earthenware pottery skills.
Doug Fitch has spent the last 20 years working in Devon using the same techniques to produce predominantly large jugs which draw influence from the work of the medieval potters of England and the subsequent tradition of slip decorated country pottery, that was prevalent in this country until the early twentieth century. Thrown in red earthenware, pots are decorated using coloured slips and rich honey glazes. The decoration is trailed on to the surface of the pot while the slipped surface is still glistening wet. The freshly applied slip looks much like cream or melted chocolate  good enough to eat!

outdoorEvery day from October to March@ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
11am and 2pm - Wild swan feeds - See wild whooper swans closer than anywhere in Britain.
11am to 3pm - Guide in the Hide - Our friendly, knowledgeable guides will be out and about in the hides to point out the best wildlife of the day. 
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.  
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 27th October:

outdoorTuesday 28th OctoberGeese Galore
10am – 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Learn about geese and the incredible journeys they make to reach us at WWT Caerlaverock. Take part in games and craft activities.  An event for all the family, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

theatreTuesday 28th OctoberThe Scottish Ballet - Up Close
7.30pm @ Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer DG9 7AP
Scottish Ballet brings the passion, power and poise of ballet directly to you in a rare chance to see the national company up close.
Tel: 01776 703535

musicWednesday 29th OctoberArchie Fisher
7.30pm@ Buccleuch Centre, Buccleuch Square, Langholm, Dumfriesshire, DG13 0AW
The singer-songwriter and guitarist plays various folk songs
£12.00 per ticket / Concessions £10.00 - Tel: 01387 381196

outdoorThursday 30th OctoberSuper Whooper
10am – 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Find out about our super whooper swans, their families and migration stories, through activities, crafts and games.  An event for all the family, children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherThursday 30th OctoberHigh Spirits at The Room
7:30pm @ Troqueer Arms, Dumfries
The Room at Troqueer Arms Pub in Dumfries forms a Gothic candlelit backdrop to an evening of paranormal delights.
Mostly Ghostly will share a range of personal experiences from their investigations along with a host of eerie tales from the pub itself. You will discover accounts of apparitional beings, moving furniture and phantom footsteps complimented by a collection of ghostly reports from around Dumfries & Galloway...
Booking Essential: Tickets - £3 - Pay on the door
Enquiries - 07791 047835 or 07912 145865 - www.mostlyghostly.org

otherHalloween Night - Friday 31 OctoberDumfries Ghost WalkDumfries Ghost Walk
7pm & 9pm @ Meet at The Dumfries Midsteeple
Ghosts, ghouls, murder and witchcraft! Join Mostly Ghostly for a terrifying tour around darkest Dumfries...
Join your trusty guides on All Hallows Eve when the misty veil between our world and that of the spirits is said to be at its thinnest… Dare you trawl the hidden closes and vennels of dark Dumfries? We mark this ghoulish date with two of our Dumfries Ghost Walks – why not get into the Halloween spirit and bring along pumpkin lanterns and if you feel inclined, dig out a costume and celebrate in style… A prize will be awarded for the best outfit (fancy dress optional).
Lasts one and a half hours approximately
Private bookings available
Booking Essential: Tickets - £7/£5/£19 (special family ticket) available from - Midsteeple Box Office, Dumfries & Carlisle Tourist Information Centre
Enquiries - 07791 047835 or 07912 145865 - www.mostlyghostly.org

November 2014

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filmThroughout Novemberrbc film theatreFilms at RBFCT in Dumfries
Films and Film Workshops at Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre, Dumfries >>

Week Commencing Monday 27th October:

familySaturday 1st NovemberA science festival in an afternoon: Fantastic, fun and free!
12pm – 4pm @ SRUC Barony Campus, Parkgate, Dumfries, DG1 3NE
Future of Farming and Forestry Fun Day!
Free tea, coffee, juice and biscuits for all visitors
• Discover the exciting science behind farming and forestry going on right here in Scotland.
• Chop down giant trees with our forestry simulator!
• Find out how our incredible heat sensing camera helps diagnose sick animals, and can find people lost in the wilderness!
• Explore how to make milk healthier!
• Get your hands dirty for the sake of science!
• Check out modern farming technology and try your hand at old school milking!
• Get crafty with wood; make necklaces, decorations, walking sticks and much more!
Crafts! Games! Experiments! Competitions Prizes!
For more information please contact Sarah Hunter-Argyle at sarah.hunter-argyle@sruc.ac.uk or on 0131 535 4022

sportSaturday 1st NovemberSolway Orienteering
10.00am – 12.00noon @ Drumlanrig Woods near Thornhill,  DG3 4AG
Looking for a sport or a hobby that is a little bit different? Why not try orienteering?
It’s fun and challenging and will give your brain as well as your body a full workout.
There will be courses suitable for everyone from the complete beginner to the more experienced navigator.
Run, jog or walk – it’s up to you! Help will be available for those who are new to the sport.
Cost £4 for adults, £3 for juniors with £1 off for club members. Find out more at www.www.solwayoreinteers.co.uk

sportSaturday 1st November10K Road Race
12 noon @ Stranraer Academy Leisure Facilities, Stranraer
Officially measured - Medal and T Shirt for all who finish - Cash Prize for event winners
This event is run "Under UK Athletics Rules."
The entry price for Scottish Athletics Members is £10.00 and non members is £12.00
Entries for race will be accepted on the day of the event - but a handling fee will be added.
Find out more at www.runstranraer.co.uk

musicSaturday 1st NovemberThe Gallovidians in Concert
Doors open 7pm ( concert 7.30 - 10pm) @ Heathhall Community Centre, Barnett Road, Heathhall, Dumfries
The Gallovidians in Concert in aid of Parkinsons UK, Dumfries Branch
Plus raffle, refreshments, Christmas craft /stocking fillers for sale
Tickets £6, from Ailsa tel. 01387 252989 or at the door on the night

otherSaturday 1st NovemberHaunted Highways TourHaunted Highways Tour
Tour begins 7pm.
Pick-up points: Old Lonsdale Cinema, Carlisle at 5:30pm, Gretna Inn, Gretna at 5:45pm, Dumfries Whitesands (outside Visit Scotland) at 6:40pm.
Screaming hags, eyeless phantoms and a menagerie of unearthy creatures... Join our intrepid team this Halloween for a coach trip with a difference! Led by real-life paranormal investigators, our eerie excursion will take you along famously active stretches of what is believed to be Scotland's most haunted road - the A75...
Age restrictions - 12 and above
Lasts two and a half hours approximately
Booking Essential: Tickets - £19:50 available from - Midsteeple Box Office, Dumfries & Carlisle Tourist Information Centre
Enquiries - 07791 047835 or 07912 145865 - www.mostlyghostly.org

otherSaturday 1st NovemberAndrew Murray: The Ultimate Marathon Man
7.30pm-10.30pm @ Buccleuch Centre, Buccleuch Square, Langholm, Dumfriesshire, DG13 0AW
Doctor, runner, speaker, British record holder and author... Dr Andrew Murray has put his body to the test.
£10.00 per ticket - Tel: 01387 381196

outdoorSunday 2nd NovemberWhat’s that Goose?
1-4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Join WWT experts to find and identify the geese and other wildfowl wintering at this world renowned wetland reserve.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorSunday 2nd NovemberIn Focus
10am – 4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Try before you buy the latest binoculars and telescopes from the huge range available today. In Focus experts are on hand all day to give advice. WWT Caerlaverock benefits from every sale. Free entry

musicSunday 2nd NovemberDerek Ryan in Concert with Special Guest Janey Kirk
7.30pm @ Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer DG9 7AP
Pinetree Promotions Presents: Derek Ryan the hugely popular singer/songwriter makes a much awaited visit to the Ryan Centre Theatre. Derek has shot to fame with self-written songs like "God's Plan", "A Mother's Son", "The Belle of Liverpool" and "Kiss Me Mary". Backed by a superb five man band the former member of the boy band "D Side" will sing a varying selection of Country, Irish, Popular, and Easy Listening songs.
Derek Ryan draws huge crowds in his native Ireland and he is looking forward to meeting all his Scottish fans who are keen to see him.
Special guest on the show is Scotland's popular Janie Kirk who is a fine singer of Country and Popular songs. Janie has been doing her own shows all over the Uk and Ireland and has taken the time off to join up with Derek on his Scottish tour.
Cost: £18 - Tel: 01776 703535

Week Commencing Monday 3rd November:

xmasFriday 7th & Saturday 8th NovemberLochinch Castle Charity Christmas Fair
Friday 3.00pm - 7.30pm and Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm @ Lochinch Castle, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, DG9 8RT
Charity Christmas Fair, Victorian Carriage Houses  and Courtyard at Lochinch Castle Find that unique Christmas gift from the wide range of gift stalls situated in the Carriage Houses and our Christmas Marquee. From stocking fillers to main gifts, books, toys, interiors. clothing, jewellery. garden supplies, food and drink - you'll find the perfect gift from carefully selected stalls. 
Enjoy seasonal music and hot food as well as Santa's Grotto for Children on Saturday 8 November.
£3.50 per ticket / Children £1.00 - Tel: 01776 702024

outdoorSaturday 8th NovemberEvent: Learn to Digiscope
11am-3pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Join digiscoping expert and Caerlaverock senior reserve warden Mike Youdale for a hands on introduction to digiscoping helping you to get the best shots with your kit.
£20pp. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorSaturday 8th NovemberStargazing For Beginners
6.30pm @ Kirroughtree Visitor Centre, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, DG8 7BE
Find out what's going on in the skies above the Galloway Forest! Meet at Kirroughtree Visitor Centre for hot soup, cake and a tea or coffee. There will be a talk inside the visitor centre and then if the sky is clear we’ll head outside.
£7.50 per ticket / Children £5.00 - Tel: 01671 402 165

outdoorSunday 9th NovemberDawn Flight
6.30am @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Join the wardens as we open early to experience the wild geese flighting in against the dawn sky. The Coffee Shop will also be open early to provide hot drinks and bacon rolls. Bring warm, waterproof clothing, binoculars and a torch.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 10th November:

otherMonday 10th - Wednesday 12th Novemberdiscount of £50 for couples / group bookings3 day Photography Course with Andrew Buchanan
@ The Coach House - Durhamhill, Kirkpatrick Durham, Dumfries & Galloway DG7 3HP
Your guide, expert, and fully qualified photographer is Andrew Buchanan, who has a depth of knowledge of his subject, from film to digital, and an intimate love and feel for the surrounding countryside. He will gently guide you through any technical problems with your camera, and reveal some of the tricks of the trade.
During your visit to Dumfries and Galloway we aim to explore and photograph some unique and varied locations in the area. We will then spend time, using Photoshop, processing your images, and, if required, we have the facility to print high quality images up to A2 size.
In Scotland we can't guarantee the weather, so if the Gods are against us, we can retire t the studio, where Andy will show you some of the intriguing aspects of studio lighting, to ceate stunning portraits and fascinating still life.
Aims of the course
- To help you master your camera,
- To help you understand light and composition.
- To help you master photographic editing, from camera to printing.
- And to have a enjoyable and meaningful holiday.
Course fee £145 for non residents, £295 for residents - discount of £50 for couples / group bookings.
Fee includes 2/3 night stay in the 4-star Coach House, or large rooms in the main house, and food. Participants welcome to arrive on the preceding Sunday evening. Early booking is recommended as the maximum number of participants is limited to 8 to allow ample time for individual sessions.
Website www.durhamhill.co.uk
Contact Juliet on 01556 509021 or 07843 476862 or email mail@durhamhill.co.uk.

musicTuesday 11th NovemberNeave & Irvine
7.30 pm @ Queens Hotel, Annan Road, Lockerbie DG11 2RB
Allan Neave – Classical Guitar | Robert Irvine – Cello
Outstanding cellist Robert Irvine, well known for creating an immediate rapport with his audiences through his lively and informal introductions, has teamed up with Allan Neave, one of the foremost classical guitarists of his generation, to form this exciting musical duo. These two musicians of remarkable sensitivity and authority delight audiences with a diverse repertoire ranging from the stately baroque to the fiery passion of Spain, the Americas and beyond. Allan Neave is a regular guest at many of the world’s musical events and has worked with a host of influential musicians. In 2000 he received the Spirit of Scotland Award for Music, which recognises individuals who lead the way in Scottish culture. He is currently Professor of Guitar and Harp at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Robert Irvine has played with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Britten Pears Orchestra, the Brindisi Quartet, Da Vinci Trio, the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. After returning to Scotland in 1990 he formed the Chamber Group of Scotland with composers Sally Beamish and James MacMillan, performing and broadcasting a wide range of music, both chamber and solo. He has performed in concerts, recitals and at Festivals throughout the UK and Europe. His CD recordings have received high critical acclaim. Robert is currently senior lecturer of Cello and Chamber Music and Head of Cello at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire.
Tickets are purchased at the door on the evening of the concert at the Queen's Hotel.
Adults: £10, Students: £5, Schoolchildren: Free
Annual Membership: £45 includes free entry to all concerts.

musicWednesday 12th NovemberBruce Molsky
7.30pm@ Buccleuch Centre, Buccleuch Square, Langholm, Dumfriesshire, DG13 0AW
The musician from America performs folk music from the Appalachians
£12.00 per ticket / Concessions £10.00 - Tel: 01387 381196

otherThursday 13th NovemberChristian Viewpoint talk
10.30 for 11am start - 12 noon @ Douglas Arms Hotel, Castle Douglas
John Wilson will be talking about ‘Meeting Christ in Dumfries’ and telling his amazing story of deliverance from a life or crime, alcohol addiction and drug abuse. John’s story illustrates that, when God is in the situation, there is no such thing as a hopeless case. Please come and listen to what I am sure will be a fascinating talk. All are welcome.
Tickets £3 on the door to include coffee and biscuits.

Week Commencing Monday 17th November:

otherMonday 17th & Tuesday 18th NovemberLearn Self Learn Self-Hypnosis to Improve Your Creativity
Course starts 9am on Mon 17 Nov, finishes 4.30pm on Tues, 18 Nov
@ The Coach House - Durhamhill, Kirkpatrick Durham, Dumfries & Galloway DG7 3HP
Hypnosis is a normal and natural state of mind very like daydreaming. In hypnosis, your attention is turned inwards to some degree and the mind is settled. It’s much easier in this state to notice the drift of your thoughts. These can be consciously constructed or you can as it were ‘just sit and watch’ images arising spontaneously from the subconscious part of the mind, where the roots of our creativity lie. The skill of self-hypnosis can be quickly and easily learned. Being in hypnosis is in itself profoundly relaxing (though it is not sleep!) and you return to normal everyday consciousness feeling refreshed. More importantly, the state of hypnosis allows access to the subconscious and our amazing resources of memory and imagination.
The course will include
- An overview of how creativity can be developed when the conscious and subconscious parts of the mind work together.
- An explanation of what hypnosis is, how it can be used therapeutically (i.e. a brief discussion of hypnotherapy) and how learning the skill of self-hypnosis can benefit writers. - Relaxation sessions where you experience the state of hypnosis.
- Further group sessions where hypnosis is used with a particular emphasis on writing
- visualisations, imagined conversations with your fictional characters, putting yourself into locations that feature in your work, generating ideas for future projects etc. - Steve can offer hypnotherapy to help resolve writing related issues such as writer’s block. These sessions can be on a one-to-one basis if preferred or as a demonstration to the group.
- One-to-one sessions to discuss aspects of your writing are also available. Note however that you can book either a one-to-one hypnosis session or a writing consultation (due to constraints of time).
- Each course member will receive a pack of handouts and also a self-hypnosis relaxation CD so that you can practise your newly learned skill after the course has finished.
Steve Bowkett qualified as a hypnotherapist in 1991 and has worked with many hundreds of people since then on a wide range of issues. He is a member of the Hypnotherapy Association – http://www.thehypnotherapyassociation.co.uk/ – and has run his Learn Self Hypnosis course for a number of years at places such as the Writers’ Holiday at Caerleon and the National Association of Writers’ Groups’ Festival of Writing (www.nawg.co.uk). His first book appeared in 1985. He writes fiction for children of all ages and also educational books on literacy, creativity, thinking skills and emotional resourcefulness. He has had sixty titles published plus numerous short stories and poems.
BOOKING INFO
Course fee: £195 includes 2 night stay in 4-star eco-friendly Coach House, or large rooms in main house, and food.
Non-participating partner’s fee £75.
The Galloway countryside is spectacular, with plenty of activities for non-participating partners, including walking, fishing, golf, visiting Solway Coast, llama feeding & motorcycle sidecar adventures.
Website www.durhamhill.co.uk
Contact Juliet on 01556 509021 or 07843 476862 or email mail@durhamhill.co.uk.
Durhamhill in the Galloway Countryside

xmasMonday 17th & Tuesday 18th NovemberThe Dumfries Christmas Fair
Monday, 4.30 - 7.30pm / Tuesday, 10am - 3.30pm @ The Easterbrook Hall, The Crichton, Dumfries DG1 4TA
Come with your friends and neighbours and enjoy yourself at this year’s Dumfries Christmas Fair. The huge hall will be full of stalls gathered from all over the country selling fabulous things, from stocking-fillers and scrumptious food to beautiful clothes and linens, and interesting toys for all ages. A wide range of tastes and budgets are catered for. Come and find unusual presents from as far away as Guatemala, Spain and Cornwall. The only worry you might have is that of spoiling yourself!
Every year the committee finds exciting new stallholders to come, yet at the same time making sure that some of the ‘old favourites’ will be there. 10% of the stallholders’ takings at the fair will go to CLIC Sargent and Hounds for Heroes, which means that you are giving 10% of all you spend to these well-deserving charities - another very good reason to come and get your Christmas shopping done here under one roof.
Tickets £5 (Monday) to include a glass of wine and £4 Tuesday. Tickets on the door.
Coffee and lunch are available on the Tuesday. Parking is free and right outside.

otherThursday 20th November"Anyone for Crickets? The natural history of crickets and grasshoppers" - Mark Pollitt
7 - 9pm @ Nelson House, Melbourne Avenue, Eastriggs.
An Eastriggs Natural History group (The Wild Bunch) presentation.
Entry costs £2 which includes refreshments and a free entry into a raffle
New members and visitors always welcome.

xmasSaturday 22nd NovemberChristmas Fair
10am - 3pm @ Clarebrand Village Hall, Clarebrand, Castle Douglas DG7
Partylite , Phoenix Trading, BodyShop , Annies Delicious bakes, Local crafts, Raffle, Refreshments and much more.
Everyone welcome! Please support local village halls.
Table enquiries to: 01556 503447 or email Thegables2006@aol.com

sportSaturday 22nd NovemberSolway Orienteering
10.00am – 12.00noon @ Cally Woods near Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7 2DJ
Looking for a sport or a hobby that is a little bit different? Why not try orienteering?
It’s fun and challenging and will give your brain as well as your body a full workout.
There will be courses suitable for everyone from the complete beginner to the more experienced navigator.
Run, jog or walk – it’s up to you! Help will be available for those who are new to the sport.
Cost £4 for adults, £3 for juniors with £1 off for club members. Find out more at www.www.solwayoreinteers.co.uk

outdoor Sunday 23rd November Walk On The Wildside
11am-1pm @ RSPB Crook Of Baldoon Nature Reserve, Shell Road, Wigtown, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, DG8 9AQ
The warden leads an informative walk through the reserve, sharing knowledge about the resident wildlife and the ongoing conservation work. Bring binoculars and sturdy walking boots
£3.00 / Children Free / Members / Friends Price £1.50

musicSunday 23rd November The 25th Anniversary Show - Host & Compere Hugo Duncan
7.00pm @ Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer DG9 7AP
With Louise Morrissey, Crystal Swing, Boxcar Brian, Gary Gamble with music by the Ryan Turner Band.
It is 25 years since Pinetree Promotions staged their first show ever in Portpatrick Public Hall. This superb three hour long show will mark that achievement by featuring Hugh Duncan who appeared on the very first show. Louise Morrissey and Boxcar Brian has appeared on many occasions with Pinetree Promotions all over the UK. Gary Gamble with a trick up his sleeve has been in the Ryan Centre before. The Ryan Turner band have been Stranraer with Lousie and the newcomers are "Crystal Swing" the mother, daughter and son trio that a lot of people want to see. There is something for everyone in this truly great value for money show.
Cost: £20 - Tel: 01776 703535

Week Commencing Monday 24th November:

outdoor Friday 28th November Geese Homecoming
10am-12noon @ RSPB Ken Dee Marshes, Mains of Duchrae Cottage, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG7 2LY
Join the Warden for an informative walk through the reserve. Learn about the resident wildlife and our ongoing conservation work.
£4.00 / Children free - Tel: 01556 670464

outdoor Saturday 29th to Sunday 30th November Wildlife Photography Weekend Course
@ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
One to one tuition with Tom Langlands and Bob Fitzsimmons, suitable for beginners to experienced photographers. Geese/Swans/General.
£170/head including coffee, tea and lunch both days.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoor Sunday 30th November Festive Feathered Friends
12 – 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Come and create Christmas treats for the birds in your garden. An event for all the family, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

xmasSunday 30th NovemberMoffat Christmas Festival
High Street, Moffat, Dumfriesshire, DG10 9ET
Christmas market and entertainment.

musicSunday 30th NovemberJohn McNicholl
7.30pm @ Buccleuch Centre, Buccleuch Square, Langholm, Dumfriesshire, DG13 0AW
One of Ireland's most popular singers returns to The Buccleuch Centre by popular demand
£17.00 per ticket - Tel: 01387 381196

December 2014

filmThroughout Decemberrbc film theatreFilms at RBFCT in Dumfries
Films and Film Workshops at Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre, Dumfries >>

Week Commencing Monday 1st December:

otherFriday 5th DecemberFood For Thought: Dark Skies With Keith Muir
10.30am @ Kirroughtree Visitor Centre, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, DG8 7BE
Meet for coffee & scones at 10.30am. Learn how the Galloway Forest park achieved Dark Sky Park status, followed by a delicious 2 course lunch.
£13.50 per ticket - Tel: 01671 402 165

outdoorSaturday 6th DecemberStargazing For Beginners
6.30pm @ Kirroughtree Visitor Centre, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, DG8 7BE
Find out what's going on in the skies above the Galloway Forest! Meet at Kirroughtree Visitor Centre for hot soup, cake and a tea or coffee. There will be a talk inside the visitor centre and then if the sky is clear we’ll head outside.
£7.50 / Children £5.00 - Tel: 01671 402 165

outdoorSunday 7th DecemberDawn Flight
7am @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Join the wardens as we open early to experience the wild geese flighting in against the dawn sky. The Coffee Shop will also be open early to provide hot drinks and bacon rolls. Bring warm, waterproof clothing, binoculars and a torch.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 8th December:

musicTuesday 9th DecemberNote-Ability
7.30 pm @ Queens Hotel, Annan Road, Lockerbie DG11 2RB
Lynne Harvey-Allan – Soprano | Lewis Allan – Bass-Baritone | David Murray Piano
Lynne Harvey-Allan and Lewis Allan combine classical training with beautiful songs to create a richly entertaining experience, with a wide selection of material ranging from Grand Opera to songs from Stage and Screen to delight their audience. The singers exude a special rapport and stage presence which is totally professional. They have performed in venues throughout Scotland, in England, Boston and Rhode Island, USA. They have also appeared on New York TV and radio. Along with their accompanist David Murray they have gained great pleasure giving over 50 concerts a year for ‘Music in Hospitals’ over a 20 year period.
Tickets are purchased at the door on the evening of the concert at the Queen's Hotel.
Adults: £10, Students: £5, Schoolchildren: Free
Annual Membership: £45 includes free entry to all concerts.

sportSaturday 13th DecemberSolway Orienteering - “Pits n’ Bumps”
@ Barhill Plantation, Dalbeattie
This is a Score event. You   find as many orienteering markers as you can within a designated area and return to the finish within the time limit. parking will be in the public car park at the junction of Barhill Road and John Street. DG5 4JJ
The start time for this last event is still to be decided and will be publicised on the club’s web site and on Facebook nearer to the event date.
Cost £4 for adults, £3 for juniors with £1 off for club members
Find out more at www.www.solwayoreinteers.co.uk

outdoorSunday 14th DecemberFestive Feathered Friends
12-2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Come and create Christmas treats for the birds in your garden. An event for all the family, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

MusicSunday 14th decemberThe Christmas Show with John McNicholl & Sandy Kelly
7.30pm @ Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer DG9 7AP
A Christmas Show with a difference.
John McNicholl and his band will entertain you with his on style of country and Irish music. This young man put up a great show on his last visit to the Ryan Centre and got a well deserved standing ovation. Joining John will be one of Ireland's best known singers Sandy Kelly who accompanies George Hamilton 1V on his UK tours and sings the songs of Patsy Clyne. This is the ideal Christmas Show.
Cost: £17.00
Tel: 01776 703535

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Week Commencing Monday 22nd December:

outdoorFriday 26th DecemberBoxing Day Guided Walk
2pm - 4pm @ RSPB Crook Of Baldoon Nature Reserve, Shell Road, Wigtown, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, DG8 9AQ
Need a walk after your festivities join the warden for a stroll along the shore and get some fresh Wigtownshire air. Bring binoculars and walking boots
£3.00 / Children £1.50 - Tel: 01988 402130

January 2015

outdoorThursday 1st January New Years Day Bird Race
10am – 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Start the year by challenging our warden to see how many bird species you can spot in a day.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

musicTuesday 13th JanuaryThe Lothians Duo
7.30 pm @ Queens Hotel, Annan Road, Lockerbie DG11 2RB
Jessica Beeston – Viola | Andrew Johnston – Piano
Scottish Duo Jessica Beeston and Andrew Johnston form an exciting and lively partnership who have been playing together since 2006 when they were accepted onto the prestigious Live Music Now! concert scheme, which involves doing workshops in schools and in the community and giving recitals in venues throughout the country. They have recently performed for Aberdeen, Perth, Kirkcaldy and St Andrew's Music Societies. Jessica Beeston is a keen chamber musician. She plays with the Hebrides Ensemble and is a member of the Tunnell-Trust-winning Nephele Ensemble. She is a guest principal with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and enjoys playing with the Camerata Salzburg, Orchestra Revolution et Romantique,the English Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. She gained a distinction in her Masters Degree from the Mozarteum. She has been violist with the Edinburgh Quartet. Andrew Johnston performs regularly as a chamber musician with various different ensembles and as a soloist, but has also given performances of major piano concertos such as the Tchaikovsky, Grieg, and Rachmaninov’s Second with orchestras in Britain and abroad. He gained his Masters Degree in Musicology from Edinburgh University in 2006, and has participated in master classes with a number of eminent pianists. As a duo, Jessica and Andrew are currently exploring the existing repertoire for viola and piano as well as investigating the possibility of adapting other works for their own instruments. They are keen to work with Scottish composers and perform neglected works by composers such as Hans Gal and Erik Chisholm.
Tickets are purchased at the door on the evening of the concert at the Queen's Hotel.
Adults: £10, Students: £5, Schoolchildren: Free
Annual Membership: £45 includes free entry to all concerts.

February 2015

musicTuesday 10th FebruaryTrio Ecossaise
7.30 pm @ Queens Hotel, Annan Road, Lockerbie DG11 2RB
Harriet Davidson – Cello | Jennifer Brown – Clarinet | Claire Haslin – Piano
Formed in 2001, the Trio has performed extensively throughout Scotland and at the Jacqueline du Pré Concert Hall in Oxford. They also give performances in aid of charities such as Multiple Sclerosis Scotland and The Medical Foundation. All three are from Scotland and trained at respected conservatories - Harriet at Oxford University and Guildhall School of Music; Jennifer at the Royal Northern College of Music and Indiana University; and Claire at the Royal Scottish Academy and Guildhall School of Music. In addition to their chamber music commitments they each pursue busy and diverse freelance careers. Harriet’s recent engagements include work with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, with whom she has toured in India and Europe, an education project at HMP Shotts, and concerts for the "Music in the Hospitals" scheme. She has recorded for BBC Radio and TV, and has performed at the Mercury Music Awards and Glastonbury Festival. Jennifer has played with various orchestras in the UK including the CBSO and the RSNO. She has broadcast on Radio 3, and performed at the Aldeburgh Festival and St Martin-in-the -Fields, London. Claire is much in demand as an instrumental and song accompanist. She is official accompanist for Glasgow University Music Department and a staff repetiteur at Scottish Opera.
Tickets are purchased at the door on the evening of the concert at the Queen's Hotel.
Adults: £10, Students: £5, Schoolchildren: Free
Annual Membership: £45 includes free entry to all concerts.

 

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