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September 2014

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

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

Week Commencing Monday 29th September:

otherTuesday 30th SeptemberAn Evening of Fashion with Ann Marie of Lockerbie
7pm @ Masonic Hall, George street, Dumfries
Dumfries Get Together Presents An Evening of Fashion with Ann Marie of Lockerbie.
Tickets £5 includes a glass of wine.
Proceeds to local charities. Stalls, Raffle and tombola.
For more information and to book : http://www.meetup.com/dumfriesgettogether/

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 >>

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 29th September:

otherstarting Friday 3rd October for six weeksART HISTORY TALKS IN GATEHOUSE
10 - 12 noon at Castle Douglas Community Centre, Room 7
The subjects of the talks will be as follows;
1. TITIAN (c.1488 -1567) this with reference to the exhibition currently on show (finishing on September 14th) at the National Gallery in Edinburgh. 'Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting'. Some think Titian was the greatest painter of the High Renaissance, if not of the entire history of painting and had a huge influence on subsequent schools of painting.
2. CHARDIN (1699-1779) Chardin is the undemonstrative genius of 18C French painting. His often overlooked, contemplative paintings are, I think, beautiful, profound and timeless. The National Gallery in Edinburgh and the Hunterian in Glasgow have excellent examples of his work.
3. DELACROIX (1798-1863) In contrast to Chardin, Delacroix's work is expressive and at times almost expressionist in its calligraphy. His journals are one of the most absorbing accounts of a painter's life and offer rich insights into the mind of this highly intelligent painter. The National Gallery in Edinburgh have one of Delacroix's flower paintings.
4. THE WATERCOLOURS OF JOSEPH CRAWHALL AND ARTHUR MELVILLE We simply didn't have time in our survey of the Glasgow Boys and Glasgow Girls last autumn to do justice to the watercolours of these two superb masters of that craft. This talk will hopefully go some way to redress that omission.
5. & 6. SCOTTISH PAINTING SINCE THE COLOURISTS by popular request we will survey Scottish painting post the Scottish Colourists up to the present day. This promises to be a varied and exciting glimpse of a flourishing and energetic school of painting.
course fee £40.00 Tutor Jeremy Carlisle, e: jeremyicarlisle@gmail.com - t: 01557 814647

otherFriday 3rd & Saturday 4th OctoberGreen Network open days
Step inside some of Scotland’s green homes and businesses for a free, behind-the-scenes view of how renewables systems and energy efficiency improvements can save you money – as well as reduce your carbon footprint. The free Green Network open days will give the public a chance to see various types of energy saving and energy generating technologies working in real homes and businesses. It’s a unique opportunity to speak to people who are already living and working in greener properties – and to learn from their experiences.  
In Dumfries and Galloway, seven homes and one business are taking part.
A number of technologies – from solar panels, biomass boilers and wind turbines to high performance glazing, smart meters and LED lighting – will be showcased. Specialist advisors will be on hand at many properties to provide advice. There will also be an opportunity, at some locations, to test drive an electric vehicle – for free.
In addition to talking about the systems and improvements themselves, the property owners can also chat about their experience of the installation process and the savings they are making. To choose which properties you’d like to visit go to  www.greennetworkopendays.org.uk

outdoorSaturday 4th to Saturday 25th OctoberExhibition: Barnacle, Fish or Fowl by Philippa Mitchell
10am – 5pm daily @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Philippa’s own work and her exhibition; Barnacle, Fish or Fowl? is based on the wide variety of personal views on the black and white migrating geese who return in their thousands each October to WWT Caerlaverock. Included in the exhibition are a collection of monoprints made by Port Ellen Primary pupils in response to the barnacle geese who visit them on Islay.
Ticket / contact info: Free. 

sportSaturday 4th OctoberSolway Orienteering
10.00am – 12.00noon @ Maxwellton Estate Near Moniaive
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.solwayoreinteers.co.uk

sportSaturday 4th OctoberDalbeattie Junior Hardrock Challenge
11am & 12noon @ Richorn Trailhead, Dalbeattie Forest, Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG5 4QT
2 Mini versions of the Dalbeattie Hardrock Challenge for age groups 8-11 years old and 12-15 years old. For the younger group there is a run of 1100 metres on a forest road and a cycle ride of 3km, taking in some of the skills tracks, a short section of the "North Shore" (boards) and a mixture of a road and an easy single-track. The older group will run 3km run and cycle 8km mainly using the first and last sections of the 7stanes Red Route. Start and finish will be at the Richorn Trailhead with the younger group starting at 11.00 hours, the older ones at 12.00.
http://www.dalbeattiehardrockchallenge.org/

otherSaturday 4th OctoberCountry & Western Night
7.30pm @ The Maxwell Memorial Hall, Terregles
Raffles - Prizes - Fancy Dress optional - Prize for best dressed cowboy / cowgirl
Adults £5, Under 16s Free includes burgers and hotdogs

musicSaturday 4th OctoberAn Autumn Festival of Song
7.30pm @ Lockerbie Town Hall, High Street, Lockerbie, DG11 2ES               
THE GLASGOW PHOENIX CHOIR is delighted to be performing ‘An Autumn Festival of Song’ on its return to Lockerbie Town Hall. The Glasgow Phoenix Choir rose out of the ashes of the world famous Glasgow Orpheus Choir and, this year, celebrates 114 years of choral excellence – 64 years as the Glasgow Phoenix Choir and 50 years as the Glasgow Orpheus Choir.  The choir has been conducted by Marilyn J Smith MBE since 1991 with Cameron Murdoch as accompanist and depute conductor. The choir performs over 30 concerts per year, taking its special blend of choral music on tour twice a year, both in the UK and in Europe.  The choir’s reputation continues to grow as it performs traditional choral pieces from sacred to modern.
TICKETS: £10.00 from Margaret’s Post Office, 108 High Street, Lockerbie (01576 203189)
All proceeds to Lockerbie Rotary Club for local charities

sportSunday 5th OctoberDalbeattie Hardrock Challenge
11am @ Richorn Trailhead, Dalbeattie Forest, Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG5 4QT
A duathlon over 26 miles within Dalbeattie Forest. The event consists of a 10 mile run of followed by a 16 mile bike run over the 7 Stanes red route. The route is hilly in places with a height gain of 700 feet on the run and 1000 feet on the bike. The forest is varied in nature with great viewpoints
http://www.dalbeattiehardrockchallenge.org/

musicSunday 5th OctoberThe Swing Commanders
7.30pm @ Buccleuch Centre, Buccleuch Square, Langholm, Dumfriesshire, DG13 0AW
Forties-style swing band.
£14.00 per ticket - Tel:01387 381196

Week Commencing Monday 6th October:

otherMonday 6th - Wednesday 8th OctoberResidential  Writing  Course in the Countryside
@ The Coach House - Durhamhill, Kirkpatrick Durham, Dumfries & Galloway DG7 3HP
Durhamhill's writing courses are back by popular demand! This is your chance to make the start to the writing you always promised yourself. With the support of two experienced & widely published local tutors & in the beautiful tranquil setting of Durhamhill you couldn’t have a finer opportunity for discovering your writing potential. It is the opportunity to turn your rough ideas into stories or poems. If you already have some writing underway you will have time & guidance in editing & developing your work.
Workshop topics will cover the creation of characters & plot, explain the role of narrative voice & provide guidance on life-writing. At Durhamhill there is ample time to discuss your ideas & work with your tutors & fellow writers
Margaret Elphinstone's first novel was published in 1987. Her book, 'The Sea Road', appears in 'The 100 Best Scottish Books of all Time' produced by 'List Magazine'. She also writes poetry & short stories. She is an Emeritus Professor of Strathclyde University where she was a member of the Department of English for 18 years. She has been a Visiting Professor at central Michigan University. She has extensive experience of teaching creative writing at all levels & has been a regular tutor on international Arvon writing courses.
Mary Smith is a writer, poet & journalist. Her novel, "No More Mulberries", is set in Afghanistan where she worked for several years."Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni: Real Stories of Afghan Woman" is a lively account of her time there and provides an insight into the lives of the women she lived & worked with. Her poetry collection, 'Thousands Pass Here Every Day' was published in 2012. As a journalist, Mary has been a senior reporter on a local paper & a staff features writer with the award-winning consumer magazine 'Dumfries and Galloway Life'. She continues to write features on a freelance basis. Mary has an MLitt in Creative Writing & has taught Creative Writing at Glasgow University. She is the organiser of the Dumfries Writers' Group & a facilitator for a group of disabled writers.
Course fee £295. £50 discount for couples.
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 12 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 7th OctoberLunasa
7.30pm @ Buccleuch Centre, Buccleuch Square, Langholm, Dumfriesshire, DG13 0AW
The group performs traditional Irish arrangements.
£16.00 per ticket - Tel:01387 381196

outdoorFriday 10th OctoberWalk On The Wildside
12noon-2pm @ 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 per ticket | Members / Friends Price £1.50 | Children Free
Tel: 01988 402130

musicFriday 10th OctoberHollies Gold
7.30pm @ Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer DG9 7AP
The Music of the Hollies is a celebration of The Hollies.
The UK's No 1 tribute band, The Hollywood Bees, perform a warm and nostalgic two hour show featuring timeless hits from the Clarke and Nash years.
Cost: £16.50 & £14.50 conc - Tel: 01776 703535

musicFriday 10th OctoberLorna Reid's Lounge Sessions
7.30pm @ The CatStrand, High Street, New Galloway, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG7 3RN
Lorna Reid performs classic bluesy-jazz and originals in a laid back and swinging evening.
£12.00 per ticket / Concessions £10.00 - Tel: 01644 420374

outdoorSaturday 11th to Sunday 12th OctoberWildlife 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. Macro/general.
£170/head including coffee, tea and lunch both days.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

outdoorSaturday 11th OctoberStargazing 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 12th OctoberDawn Flight
6.45am@ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Join the wardens as we open early to experience the wild geese lighting 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 13th October:

outdoorTuesday 14th OctoberEarly Autumn Shade: Guided Walk
10.30am-4pm @ Logan Botanic Garden, Logan, Ardwell, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, DG9 9ND
Enjoy a late autumn tour of the garden with one of the gardeners. Garden highlights will include many grasses, Salvias, Dahlias and autumn flowering bulbs.
£6.00 per ticket - Tel: 01776 860231

outdoorWednesday 15th OctoberAutumn Glory: Guided Garden Walk
2pm-3.30pm @ Castle Kennedy Gardens, Castle Kennedy, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, DG9 8SH
Join head gardener John MacArthur and experience the changing colours of the leaves as the gardens prepare for winter.
£2.00 per ticket - Tel: 01581 400225

otherThursday 16th October“Wildlife and the Garden” - Barry Caudwell
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.

otherFriday 17th - Sunday 19th OctoberKirkcudbright Food Festival
@ Kirkcudbright Town Hall, St. Mary Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4AA
Try lots of various food at this three-day festival in the heart of the town

otherFriday 17th OctoberFood For Thought: Fungi On The Farm
10.30am @ Cream O' Galloway, Rainton Gatehouse of Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG7 2DR
Meet for coffee and scones, then join Duncan Ford from Hoddom And Kinmount Estates for a walk and talk looking for fungi on the farm.
Followed by a two-course lunch.
£13.50 per ticket - Tel: 01557 815 222

musicFriday 17th OctoberWho's Who (The Who) and the Small Fakers (Small Faces)
Doors Open 7.30pm @ The Venue, 6/7 Church Place, Dumfries DG1 1BW
The UK's number one tribute to The Who and the ultimate Small Faces tribute band.
Tickets from Barnstorm Records, 128 Queensberry Street, Dumfries or www.tickets-scotland.com

musicSunday 19th OctoberJohnny Brady
7.30pm @ Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer DG9 7AP
Johnny Brady's first show in Stranraer created so much of an impression that he got a standing ovation and everyone wanted to see him return.
Johnny, who is a real nice guy is a dynamic and lively performer and puts on a non stop show of country and poular music.
He is now one of ireland's most popular singers and with his five man band is in great demand all over ireland. This is a great show so don't miss it.
Cost: £15 - Tel: 01776 703535

Week Commencing Monday 20th October:

outdoorTuesday 21st 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

outdoorThursday 23rd OctoberRed Kites & Geese In Flight
10am-12.30pm @ RSPB Ken Dee Marshes, Mains of Duchrae Cottage, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG7 2LY
A walk to the bird hides to see this RSPB reserve in autumn colour, woodland and wetland wildlife and learn more about the conservation work being done in and around the reserve for these species. Please bring warm clothing, waterproofs and stout footwear
£3.00 per ticket (children free)

outdoorThursday 23rd 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

musicThursday 23rd OctoberLulo Reinhardt Latin Swing Project
7.30pm @ Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer DG9 7AP
The 'Reinhardt name' refers to Lulo's world famous grand-uncle, Django, the great gypsy guitarist who, with violinist Stephane Grappelli and their Hot Club de France, created an entirely new way of playing jazz in the 1930's and 1940's.
Lulo Reinhardt represents one of the most unique voices in gypsy-jazz music today. His Latin Swing Project combines pure gypsy-swing music with elements of Latin music such as flamenco, tango and bossa nova. From age 5, the young Lulo was taught guitar by his late father, Bawo, and has developed the wonderful rhythmic and melodic music of this birthright through the addition of these other influences creating a unique and dynamic combination of musical styles and emotions. Be prepared to be at least very impressed indeed with Lulo Reinhardt Latin Swing Project's performance.
£14.00/£12.50 (conc) - Tel: 01776 703535

theatreFriday 24th OctoberSCDA 88 Theatre Presents Happy Jack
7.30pm @ Birchvale Theatre, Southwick Road, Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG5 4HR
An am dram production of the comedy play set in a West Yorkshire mining village, following a couples 60 year marriage and their ups and downs. By John Godber
Tel: 01556 610654

outdoorSaturday 25th OctoberBarnacle Goose Monoprinting Drop-in Workshop
11am – 1pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
All ages (under 12s to be supported by an adult) and abilities are welcome to come and experiment with drawing for monoprinting in response to Philippa Mitchell's question; What do you think of Barnacle Geese? Philippa's own work and her exhibition; Barnacle, Fish or Fowl? is based on the wide variety of personal views on the black and white migrating geese who return in their thousands each October to WWT Caerlaverock.   You will be using water based inks and acrylic printing blocks for the workshop, and participants will be encouraged to try out the technique by drawing into ink on a surface and then printing this onto paper to make a single print. We shall also make simple printing blocks by cutting out and drawing into soft surfaces before inking and printing. This event is part of The Big Draw.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherSaturday 25th OctoberChristmas Craft Fair
Doors open at 10 am @ Castle Douglas Town Hall
A great opportunity to buy a locally crafted item which would make a perfect gift.
Please come and support your local crafters.
Free entry.
Table enquiries to n.kphotography@yahoo.co.uk

familySaturday 25th OctoberHalloween
6pm-8pm @ Kirroughtree Visitor Centre, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, DG8 7BE
Join us for family fun this Halloween. Pumpkin lantern carving and ghostly walks. Come dressed up and bring a lantern that you’ve made, there are prizes up for grabs! Suitable for 7 years and above.
Tel: 01671 402 165

theatreSaturday 25th OctoberHappy Jack: 88 Theatre
7.30pm @ The CatStrand, High Street, New Galloway, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG7 3RN
John Godber is one of the unsung heroes of British theatre, reaching the giddy heights of number three in the most-performed playwrights’ league table, nestled in behind Shakespeare and Aykbourn. Godber manages with an affectionate and unerringly accurate ear for the tongues of the pit village to turn these two into a Chaucerian kind of celebration of life. At the end of the line the play is a sad, bruised but richly comic love story
£10.00 per ticket / Concessions £8.00 per ticket

outdoorSunday 26th OctoberDusk Flight
4.30-6pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Watch the barnacle geese flight out to the Solway mudflats to their night-time roost. 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 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

November 2014

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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

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:

otherFriday 7th & Saturday 8th NovemberLochinch Castle Charity Christmas Fair
Nov 7, 3pm-7pm, Nov 8, 10am-4pm @ Lochinch Castle, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, DG9 8RT
From stocking fillers to main gifts, books, toys, home interiors, clothing, jewellery, garden supplies, food and drink - you'll find the perfect gift from our carefully selected stalls. Enjoy seasonal music and hot food as well as Santa's Grotto.
£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 November3 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 £295, £50 discount for bookings by 31st May 2014. £50 discount for couples.
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.

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.
£20 discount for bookings by 31st May 2014
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

otherMonday 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.

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

otherSunday 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

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:

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

Week Commencing Monday 15th December:

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

 

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