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What's On in Dumfries & Galloway

Please find below information about what's on and events coming up in Dumfries & Galloway in south west Scotland. Click on a month to get started ...

February 2018

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

outdoorEvery day FebruaryWild swan feeds
11am and 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
See wild whooper swans closer than anywhere in Britain from the Sir Peter Scott Observatory, with live commentary from the warden.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

exhibitionWed 21st February - Mon 19th MarchSeascapes
10.00 - 1 weekdays, Sat 1 - 4 @ Unit 3 Gallery, Bladnoch Bridge Estate, Wigtown, DG8 9AB
For their latest exhibition down in Bladnoch, Unit Three Gallery is welcoming a young artist named Jenny Gravestam. Originally from Sweden, Jenny is a painter inspired by music, "I early on started to listen to Funk, Jazz, Soul and Disco. My feet started to move, and my fingers started to tickle and so it was I became a painter." Jenny's work is mainly abstract, using colour and texture to convey both emotion and movement. Most of the work on show at Unit Three Gallery are images of the sea including 'Sailing Soul' where Jenny has drawn out of the landscape fabulous colour and texture and 'True Happiness' which immerses the viewer in a glorious pool of richness.
Unit Three Gallery is situated by the banks on the River Bladnoch, across the bridge from Bladnoch Distillery in buildings originally used as the Bladnoch Creamery. Entry is free. Child and dog friendly, disabled access.
See unit3gallery.co.uk or call 07470 457175 for more details.

Week Commencing Monday 12th February:

otherFri 16th FebruarySoup Lunches Fridays in Lent supporting Christian Aid
12- 13:30 @ St John's Church Hall, Dumfries DG1 1 LW
Friday Soup lunches for Christian Aid
Home-made Soup, Cheese or plain roll: tea or filter coffee and a warm welcome for a minimum donation of £3:50 .

outdoorFri 16th February Storytelling in the Yurt
10am-11am @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Sit in our cosy yurt and listen to a nature-related story told by one of our excellent storytellers. Then go on a short walk to explore the reserve. Suitable for children aged 4 and under. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Ticket / contact info: Free event. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

theatreFri 16th February A NIGHT OF BROADWAY
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer DG9 7A
Join Capall Dorcha Theatre company with the return of ‘A Night of Broadway’ in the Ryan Centre Theatre for this Musical Theatre performance. Featuring a first-class professional cast in an intimate setting who will transform your night, performing two hours of your favourite West End and Broadway show songs, if you ever dreamed a dream or defied gravity or just prefer an enchanted evening then this is the performance for you!
Tickets: £15 - Box Office: Tel 01776 703535

othersat 17th FebruaryExperimental Needle felting
10.30 - 3.30 @ Heathhall Bowling Club Hall, Barnett Road in Heathhall, Dumfries
Make a needle felted landscape and two more items and have a go at dyeing fleece.
Cost £25 inc all materials and equipment.

filmSat 17th February Muxima, followed by a talk
4pm @ Cample Mill, Cample, Dumfriesshire DG3 5HD
Alfredo Jaar, Muxima, 2006 (colour, sound, 34mins)
4pm: Muxima, followed by a talk at 5pm with Clare Lilley, Head of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
‘A deeply moving work’, we are delighted to screen Alfredo Jaar’s beautiful film. Shot in Angola in 2005, it is a poetic testimony to both the country’s resilience and to the issues it faced following prolonged civil war.
Alfredo Jaar is an uncompromising and innovative artist, architect, and filmmaker. For over 30 years, he has used photographs, film, installation, and new media to create compelling works that explore significant political and social issues including genocide, the displacement of refugees across borders, and the balance of power between developing and industrialized nations.
Tickets are £4 (£2) for a single screening and talk - please book a seat in advance.
A reduced ticket price is also available if you wish to attend more than one talk.

musicSat 17th February Dalgarno Singers Supper Concert
7.30pm @ Bailey Hall, Wallace Hall Academy, Thornhill
This is a concert of lighter music - traditional and folk songs, as well as songs from shows (this year 'Les Miserables') and pieces by contemporary composers.
It is followed by a buffet supper and an opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine and meet the choir informally.
This concert is always popular and tickets are limited, so we advise early booking!
Tickets, which include supper, are £12 for adults, £6 for children and can be obtained from choir members, the Midsteeple Box Office or by telephoning 01848 200441.
We do hope that you can join us and we look forward to seeing you.

outdoorSun 18th February Scotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
1pm-4pm @ SNOWDROPS at DANEVALE PARK, Crossmichael, Castle Douglas DG7 2LP
First opening for snowdrops in 1951 these mature grounds have a wonderful display of snowdrops as well as aconites and many other wild flowers. Walks through the woods and alongside the River Dee make this a memorable afternoon. Plant Sales.
Directions: On the A713 two miles north of Castle Douglas and one mile south of Crossmichael.
Admission £3, accompanied children free.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

outdoorSun 18th February Dusk Flight
4.30pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
At sunset, see thousands of barnacle geese flighting out to the Solway mudflats to their night-time roost. Bring warm waterproof clothing, binoculars and a torch.
Ticket / contact info: 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 19th February:

otherThu 22nd FebruaryGenesis Welcome Event - Meet the team
3.30pm @ 7 - 9 Buccleuch Street, Dumfries DG1 2AT
Free - Free advice on Health & Safety; Occupational Health; Training & First Aid

otherThu 22nd FebruaryAn Audience of Mediumship with Suzanne Gill
7.30pm - 10pm (doors open 7pm) @ Lockerbie Town Hall
Watch the North East of England's leading spiritual medium and paranormal author demonstrate her remarkable ability to connect with the spirit world and pass on messages of love and guidance from those sadly passed. The comfort and reassuraces she gives to those who receive messages is evidence alone of the accuracy of her work.
£12 tickets available online or payable on the door (limited spaces) / £10 Early Bird tickets available online for a limited time only: suzanne.yapsody.com/event/

musicThu 22nd February James Newby - Baritone and Simon Lepper - Piano
7.30pm @ Annan Academy, Annan
British Baritone James Newby is the winner of the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Award. That same year he was the recipient of the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Voice Fellowship, and in 2015 was awarded the Richard Tauber Prize (for best interpretation of a Schubert Lied.) In 2017 he was awarded the Trinity Gold Medal by the board of Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
Simon Lepper was educated at King’s College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. He is currently professor of piano accompaniment at the Royal College of Music and teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He is an official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. He has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall.
Programme:
Fauré: L’horizon Chimérique
Schubert:
Die Betende
Der Tod und Das Mädchen
Erlkönig
Thekla D595
Der Geistertanz
An Laura
Interval
Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad
Poulenc: Le Bestiaire
Ravel: Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
Adults £15 Under 26s £0 - Book Online

otherFri 23rd FebruarySoup Lunches Fridays in Lent supporting Christian Aid
12- 13:30 @ St John's Church Hall, Dumfries DG1 1 LW
Friday Soup lunches for Christian Aid
Home-made Soup, Cheese or plain roll: tea or filter coffee and a warm welcome for a minimum donation of £3:50 .

otherFri 23rd FebruaryThe Gathering - Dumfries
2pm @ St John the Evangelist, Newall Terrace, Dumfries, DG1 1LW
This event is preceded by a fundraising Lent Soup Lunch for Christian Aid at the same venue, starting at 12 noon, to which all are welcome.
Come to Dumfries and celebrate the work of our partners in Bolivia, and learn how they are transforming lives by standing up to climate change, overcoming inequality and tackling injustice.
Hear from Sally Foster-Fulton, Head of Christian Aid Scotland, and discover new ways to support Christian Aid's work. Be inspired to raise awareness, to raise money and to raise your voice.
To confirm your attendance, please contact the Christian Aid Glasgow office.
The event will run until approximately 5.00pm.

musicFri 23rd February James Newby - Baritone and Simon Lepper - Piano
7.30pm @ Cochran Hall, Kirkcudbright
British Baritone James Newby is the winner of the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Award. That same year he was the recipient of the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Voice Fellowship, and in 2015 was awarded the Richard Tauber Prize (for best interpretation of a Schubert Lied.) In 2017 he was awarded the Trinity Gold Medal by the board of Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
Simon Lepper was educated at King’s College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. He is currently professor of piano accompaniment at the Royal College of Music and teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He is an official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. He has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall.
Programme:
Beethoven: An Die Ferne Geliebte
Schubert: Night Songs, Der Wanderer an Den Mond
Quilter: Dream Valley
Mendelssohn: Reiselied
Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre
Bridge: Come to me in my dreams
Grieg: Ein Traum
Interval
Fauré: L’horizon Chimérique
Keel: Salt Water Ballads
Tippet: Shakespeare songs
Ravel: Don Quichotte a Dulcinée
Adults £15 Under 26s £0 - Book Online

filmSat 24th February Muxima, followed by a talk
4pm @ Cample Mill, Cample, Dumfriesshire DG3 5HD
Alfredo Jaar, Muxima, 2006 (colour, sound, 34mins)
4pm: Muxima, followed by a talk at 5pm with Dr Raquel Riberio, Lecturer in Portuguese, University of Edinburgh
‘A deeply moving work’, we are delighted to screen Alfredo Jaar’s beautiful film. Shot in Angola in 2005, it is a poetic testimony to both the country’s resilience and to the issues it faced following prolonged civil war.
Alfredo Jaar is an uncompromising and innovative artist, architect, and filmmaker. For over 30 years, he has used photographs, film, installation, and new media to create compelling works that explore significant political and social issues including genocide, the displacement of refugees across borders, and the balance of power between developing and industrialized nations.
Tickets are £4 (£2) for a single screening and talk - please book a seat in advance.
A reduced ticket price is also available if you wish to attend more than one talk.

musicSat 24th February James Newby - Baritone and Simon Lepper - Piano
7.30pm @ Holywood Village Hall, Dumfries
British Baritone James Newby is the winner of the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Award. That same year he was the recipient of the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Voice Fellowship, and in 2015 was awarded the Richard Tauber Prize (for best interpretation of a Schubert Lied.) In 2017 he was awarded the Trinity Gold Medal by the board of Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
Simon Lepper was educated at King’s College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. He is currently professor of piano accompaniment at the Royal College of Music and teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He is an official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. He has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall.
Programme:
Fauré: L’horizon Chimérique
Schubert:
Die Betende
Der Tod und Das Mädchen
Erlkönig
Thekla D595
Der Geistertanz
An Laura
Interval
Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad
Poulenc: Le Bestiaire
Ravel: Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
Adults £15 Under 26s £0 - Book Online

otherSun 25th FebruaryRelax with Needle Felting
10.30 - 3.30 @ Heathhall Bowling Club Hall, Barnett Road in Heathhall, Dumfries
A fun day experimenting with different forms of needle felting using hand dyed fleece and fibres.
Cost £25 includes all materials, equipment and workshop notes.
For beginners and those who can felt.

musicSun 25th February James Newby - Baritone and Simon Lepper - Piano
3.30pm @ Buccleuch & Queensberry Arms, Thornhill
British Baritone James Newby is the winner of the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Award. That same year he was the recipient of the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Voice Fellowship, and in 2015 was awarded the Richard Tauber Prize (for best interpretation of a Schubert Lied.) In 2017 he was awarded the Trinity Gold Medal by the board of Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
Simon Lepper was educated at King’s College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. He is currently professor of piano accompaniment at the Royal College of Music and teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He is an official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. He has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall.
Programme:
Beethoven An Die Ferne Geliebte
Schubert Night Songs, Der Wanderer an Den Mond
Quilter Dream Valley
Mendelssohn Reiselied
Saint-Saëns Danse Macabre
Bridge Come to me in my dreams
Grieg Ein Traum
Interval
Fauré L’horizon Chimérique
Keel Salt Water Ballads
Tippet Shakespeare songs
Ravel Don Quichotte a Dulcinée
Adults £15 Under 26s £0 - Book Online

Week Commencing Monday 26th February:

musicWed 28th February THE NEW JERSEY BOYSA NIGHT OF BROADWAY
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer DG9 7A
The New Jersey Boys, based in Plymouth, take their audience on a nostalgic musical journey through the career of one of the biggest selling groups of all times – The Four Seasons.
Tickets: £18 - Box Office: Tel 01776 703535

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March 2018

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

outdoorEvery day March Wild swan feeds
11am and 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
See wild whooper swans closer than anywhere in Britain from the Sir Peter Scott Observatory, with live commentary from the warden.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

exhibitionWed 21st February - Mon 19th MarchSeascapes
10.00 - 1 weekdays, Sat 1 - 4 @ Unit 3 Gallery, Bladnoch Bridge Estate, Wigtown, DG8 9AB
For their latest exhibition down in Bladnoch, Unit Three Gallery is welcoming a young artist named Jenny Gravestam. Originally from Sweden, Jenny is a painter inspired by music, "I early on started to listen to Funk, Jazz, Soul and Disco. My feet started to move, and my fingers started to tickle and so it was I became a painter." Jenny's work is mainly abstract, using colour and texture to convey both emotion and movement. Most of the work on show at Unit Three Gallery are images of the sea including 'Sailing Soul' where Jenny has drawn out of the landscape fabulous colour and texture and 'True Happiness' which immerses the viewer in a glorious pool of richness.
Unit Three Gallery is situated by the banks on the River Bladnoch, across the bridge from Bladnoch Distillery in buildings originally used as the Bladnoch Creamery. Entry is free. Child and dog friendly, disabled access.
See unit3gallery.co.uk or call 07470 457175 for more details.

Week Commencing Monday 26th February:

otherFri 2nd MarchBig Bandana Reflexology Day
10:00 - 21:00 @ No.15 Arthur Street, Newton Stewart, DG8 6DE
Enjoy Reflexology! Come along to my Big Bandana Reflexology event this Brain Tumour Awareness Day.
Together we can help The Brain Tumour Charity fund life-saving research.
Call Susan on 01671 402 523 to book your session of reflexology, cost - a heart felt £20:00 or simply call by to enjoy a cuppa and cake, cost - a sensible donation or take part in the sweepstake at £2:00 a go. 
All taking from reflexology & refreshments and half sweepstake money to The Brain Tumour Charity (the other half of the sweepstake is the prize). 
thebraintumourcharity.org Registered Charity SCO45081 (Scotland)

otherFri 2nd MarchSoup Lunches Fridays in Lent supporting Christian Aid
12- 13:30 @ St John's Church Hall, Dumfries DG1 1 LW
Friday Soup lunches for Christian Aid
Home-made Soup, Cheese or plain roll: tea or filter coffee and a warm welcome for a minimum donation of £3:50 .

otherFri 2nd MarchCharity Bollywood Night
18:30 to 23:30 @ Dumfries Saints Rugby Club, Park Farm, New Abbey Road, Dumfries
Rotary Club of Dumfries Devorgilla are hosting a Bollywood Night in aid of a schools project in New Delhi, India, to support young women into education. The night will kick off with a two-course Indian supper followed by music and dance with Dance Ihayami and a chance for the audience to particpate.
Cash bar and raffle.
Tickets £18.00 available at Reception, Station Hotel, Dumfries

otherFri 2nd MarchRace Night in aid of Marie Curie
7pm @ Assembly Rooms, Masonic Hall, George Street, Dumfries
Join me for a fun packed Race Night raising funds for the Marie Curie Great Wall of China Trek Challenge.
Doors open at 7pm and the first race will be under starter's orders at 7.30pm.
Tickets are £3 and are available on the night.
For visit my justgiving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/carriehynes40

musicFri 2nd March TRIO ECOSSAISE
7.30pm @ The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer DG9 7A
Trio Ecossaise has performed extensively throughout Scotland. Jennifer Brown (clarinet), Harriet Davidson (cello) and Claire Haslin (piano) hail from Scotland, and were professionally trained at respected conservatories. In addition to their chamber music commitments, they each pursue busy and diverse freelance careers.
Tickets: £10 / Students Free - Box Office: Tel 01776 703535

otherFri 2nd MarchThe Multiverse by Moonlight
7pm @ Crawick Multiverse ( B740), Sanquhar, Dumfries & Galloway DG4 6ET
A guided moonlit walk through Crawick Multiverse, led by astronomer Steve Owens. Experience the dramatic landscapes on the Crawick Multiverse in a truly unique way, under moonlight, while exploring the connection between the earth below and the heavens above.
Suitable for ages 8+. Please ensure that you are dressed appropriately, with stout waterproof footwear, and warm clothing. This is anight time event, and as such it will be dark. Please bring your own torches.The event will begin promptly at 1900, leaving from the car park at the Crawick Multiverse.
Please note that this event is weather dependent. In the event of foul weather you will be directed to an alternative venue for an illustrated astronomy talk, while we wait for the skies to clear.
Ticket price: £10/£8 concession. Book online

outdoorSat 3rd March Wildlife Photography Workshop
10am – 4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Wildlife photography workshop with Tom Langlands and Bob Fitzsimmons. Learn how to take fantastic photographs of the geese and swans present on the reserve. Suitable for beginners and more experienced photographers.
Ticket / contact info: £75 per person. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

filmSat 3rd March Muxima, followed by a talk
4pm @ Cample Mill, Cample, Dumfriesshire DG3 5HD
Alfredo Jaar, Muxima, 2006 (colour, sound, 34mins)
4pm: Muxima, followed by a talk at 5pm with Chris Pym, Regional Director for Africa, The Halo Trust
‘A deeply moving work’, we are delighted to screen Alfredo Jaar’s beautiful film. Shot in Angola in 2005, it is a poetic testimony to both the country’s resilience and to the issues it faced following prolonged civil war.
Alfredo Jaar is an uncompromising and innovative artist, architect, and filmmaker. For over 30 years, he has used photographs, film, installation, and new media to create compelling works that explore significant political and social issues including genocide, the displacement of refugees across borders, and the balance of power between developing and industrialized nations.
Tickets are £4 (£2) for a single screening and talk - please book a seat in advance.
A reduced ticket price is also available if you wish to attend more than one talk.

poetrySat 3rd March Ron Butlin
7.00pm for 7.30pm @ The Bakehouse, 44 High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7 2HP
The Bakehouse is honoured to host RON BUTLIN, a former Edinburgh Makar /Poet Laureate with an international reputation as a prize-winning novelist. Ron has nearly twenty books to his credit, has won many prizes and been translated into over a dozen languages. His novel, Ghost Moon, was nominated for the international IMPAC Prize 2016. This year sees the publication of his fifth novel, Billionaires’ Banquet; his first novel for early teens, Steve & FranDan Take on the World; a verse-and-picture book for children, Day of the Trolls!
'Butlin is the best, most productive Scottish poet of his generation.' Douglas Dunn in The Scotsman
Followed by The Fickle Tupperware Bowl of Fate - Come and strut your stuff, poetic, musical or theatrical in our acclaimed open mic spots.
Tickets £5.00. To book ring 01557 814175 or email chrys@chryssalt.com

outdoorSun 4th March In 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.
Ticket / contact info: Free entry.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 5th March:

otherMon 5th March Meet The Boss
1400 - 1730 @ Dumfries & Galloway College, Lewis Street, Stranraer
Jobs fair - recruitment fair for actual vacancies available in the west of Dumfries & Galloway. You have an opportunity to meet employers that are currently recruiting - so bring you up-to-date CV and dress to impress.
The event will also provide an opportunity to find out about apprenticeships (Foundation Apprenticeships, Modern Apprenticeships, Graduate Apprenticeships).
JobCentre Plus, SDS, DYW, Dumfries & Galloway College representatives will be at hand to provide guidance as appropriate.

otherMon 5th March SWI Challoch Scottish Women's Institute
19:30 - 21:00 @ Our Lady & St Ninian Church Hall, Windsor Road, Newton Stewart, DG8 6HP
Sheena Horner from Galloway Chillies will be spreading a little wildfire
Competitions:
(1) homemade chutney
(2)  favourite brooch
Bring your own teacup & bring a friend - visitors £2:00 / members FREE
For more info call Judith on 01671 402 570 or check out facebook.com/ChallochNS/

sportTue 6th March Dumfries Get Together Power Walk
6pm till 7pm @ Dock Park Car Park, Dumfries
Dumfries Get Together will be doing a FREE power walk on Tuesday evenings starting on the first Tuesday in March.
No dogs allowed.

otherWed 7th March Meet The Apprenticeship Family
1600 - 1900 @ Dumfries & Galloway College, Bankend Road, Dumfries DG1 4FD
This is an awareness raising event for all types of apprenticeships.
No matter whether you are a business that is considering taking on an apprentice, or a pupil looking for a suitable career path that will offer work-based learning, to a parent who would like to understand how work-based learning can offer positive career destinations as well as individuals already in employment, but looking to get accreditation for their work, this event will provide you with answers.
You will be able to find out about Foundation Apprenticeships, Modern Apprenticeships and Graduate Apprenticeships:
- what are they?
- how are they organised?
- how are they financed?
You will have the chance to speak to businesses that are currently employing apprentices, apprentices that are placed locally, as well as assessors and other associated experts

otherFri 9th MarchSoup Lunches Fridays in Lent supporting Christian Aid
12- 13:30 @ St John's Church Hall, Dumfries DG1 1 LW
Friday Soup lunches for Christian Aid
Home-made Soup, Cheese or plain roll: tea or filter coffee and a warm welcome for a minimum donation of £3:50 .

Week Commencing Monday 12th March:

otherTue 13th - Thu 15th March3-day Writing Course with Margaret Elphinstone and Mary Smith
9.45am 13 Mar until 4pm 15 Mar 2018 @ The Coach House, Durhamhill, Kirkpatrick Durham, Castle Douglas, DG7 3HP
3-day Writing Course in Dumfries and GallowayWhether starting out as a writer or seeking to enhance your skills, this is your opportunity to discover your writing potential at our 3-day course based at Durhamhill in the beautiful & tranquil Galloway countryside. The tutors are Margaret Elphinstone & Mary Smith, well-established, published writers with a wealth of teaching experience who will support & encourage you in developing your writing. Workshop topics include the creation of character & plot, the role of the narrative voice & writing from personal experience. There is ample opportunity to discuss your work with the tutors & fellow students.
Margaret Elphinstone,  a historical novelist, had her first novel published in 1987. Her novel, 'The Sea Road' is in 'The 100 Best Scottish Books of all Time' produced by 'List Magazine'.  She also writes poetry & short stories & is an Emeritus Professor of Strathclyde University & was visiting Professor at central Michigan University in 1998 & 2001. She has taught creative writing to all levels of experience & has been a regular tutor on international Arvon courses.
Mary Smith is a writer, poet & journalist, her poems being widely published. A full collection, "Thousands Pass Here Every Day", was published in 2012. 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", a lively account of her time there,  provides an insight into the lives of  Afghan women. She was senior reporter on a local paper, & staff features writer with the award-winning magazine, 'Dumfries and Galloway Life'. She has an MLitt in Creative Writing & has taught the subject at Glasgow University.
Testimonials from past participants:-
- 'superb tuition, lovely group with widely divergent experience, beautiful and comfortable surroundings'  Frances H.
- 'a beautiful location, very welcoming hosts and just the right amount of challenge and reassurance' Cate M.
- 'valuable, intense, worthwhile' Ian B.
- 'neither intimidating nor too formal, instantly absorbing. Una  C.  
- 'we all came away better writers. Roger W.
Course fee:
£350, includes. 2/3 nights stay in the 4 star Coach House, or main house, & food. Participants welcome to arrive the preceding evening. Non- residential fee £250
www.durhamhillcourses.co.uk
Tel. Juliet Caird - 07843 476867

outdoorFri 16th March Storytelling in the Yurt
10am-11am @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Sit in our cosy yurt and listen to a nature-related story told by one of our excellent storytellers. Then go on a short walk to explore the reserve. Suitable for children aged 4 and under. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Ticket / contact info: Free event. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

otherFri 16th MarchSoup Lunches Fridays in Lent supporting Christian Aid
12- 13:30 @ St John's Church Hall, Dumfries DG1 1 LW
Friday Soup lunches for Christian Aid
Home-made Soup, Cheese or plain roll: tea or filter coffee and a warm welcome for a minimum donation of £3:50 .

otherSat 17th MarchDark Sky Stargazing
7pm @ Crawick Multiverse ( B740), Sanquhar, Dumfries & Galloway DG4 6ET
A guided stargazing event at Crawick Multiverse, led by astronomer Steve Owens. Experience the dramatic landscapes on the Crawick Multiverse under dark skies, while exploring the connection between the earth below and the heavens above. Watch for satellites, shooting stars, constellations and galaxies!
Suitable for ages 8+. Please ensure that you are dressed appropriately, with stout waterproof footwear, and warm clothing. This is a night time event, and as such it will be dark. Please bring your own torches. The event will begin promptly at 1900, leaving from the car park at the Crawick Multiverse.
Please note that this event is weather dependent. In the event of foul weather you will be directed to an alternative venue for an illustrated astronomy talk, while we wait for the skies to clear.
Ticket price: £10/£8 concession. Book online

Week Commencing Monday 19th March:

otherWed 21st MarchMeditation - Spring Solstice
@ No.15 Arthur Street, Newton Stewart, DG8 6DE
Approximate timings...
19:30 Arrival and chat
19:45 Meditation - Note: The entrance door is locked from 19:45 until 20:30 while we meditate
20:30 - 21.00pm. Refreshments
At No.15 we are delighted, to share with you words and music, to enrich your life, and promote well-being through meditation.  Led by Susan Gomersall with 12 years' experience teaching meditation.
Our aim is to provide a simple and straightforward means, to enable all who wish, to enjoy the benefits of relaxation/meditation.  In an increasingly stressful, and fast paced life, the simple act of setting aside time to allow our minds and bodies to rest, can have enormous benefit.
Our relaxing meditations, are designed to enable everyone to find their own peace, in whatever way is appropriate for them.  Experiences may be entirely different, for different people, and for the same people, on different occasions.  Remember, that you will always receive, whatever is appropriate for you, if you allow yourself.  All experiences are a gift and facilitate our personal growth.
So, No.15 wishes you success, and joy on your journey.  Be patient, persevere, and always look to your heart for guidance.  Most of all enjoy the gift you bestow upon yourself.  The gift of peace.  
Cost - Heartfelt £5:00
Tel: 01671 402 523 | Website: therapywithsusan.weebly.com/

otherFri 23rd MarchSoup Lunches Fridays in Lent supporting Christian Aid
12- 13:30 @ St John's Church Hall, Dumfries DG1 1 LW
Friday Soup lunches for Christian Aid
Home-made Soup, Cheese or plain roll: tea or filter coffee and a warm welcome for a minimum donation of £3:50 .

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April 2018

Week Commencing Monday 2nd April:

familyTue 3rd April So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs?
14:00 @ Theatre Royal Dumfries, 66-68 Shakespeare St, Dumfries DG1 2JH
1hr 45m (incl. interval). Starring Ben Garrod.
So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs is the hit stage show starring dinosaur aficionado Dr Ben Garrod. Get ready to go on an exciting pre-historic adventure as Ben talks you through the deadliest predators that ever roamed the planet. Yes dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex, Allosaurus and Spinosaurus would have walked or swam right where you are now!
Pitting the knowledge of unwitting parents against their all-knowing kids, Dr Ben presents an interactive, educational and highly entertaining show using film footage from the BBC's Planet Dinosaur. So come and test your knowledge against Dr Ben in this hit live interactive show which is bigger and better than ever.
Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmLV7r_ShEQ
Age 5+
Individual Ticket Price: £12.00 - £14.00* Group Ticket Price: £48.00* *booking fee applies
Box Office: 01387254209

theatreWed 4th - Fri 6th April Razzamataz Easter School
10am to 1pm @ Theatre Royal Dumfries, 66-68 Shakespeare St, Dumfries DG1 2JH
Exciting Dance, Singing & Drama, crafts, costumes and performance based around the musical Annie for ages 4 to 16 during the Easter Holidays. Build confidence, learn new skills, keep fit, meet new friends and have lots of FUN!
www.dumfries.razzamataz.co.uk

Week Commencing Monday 9th April:

otherMon 9th April SWI Challoch Scottish Women's Institute
19:30 - 21:00 @ Our Lady & St Ninian Church Hall, Windsor Road, Newton Stewart, DG8 6HP
N.S. SELF-HELP GROUP with Marjorie Sutherland
Competitions:
(1)  a spring flower
(2)  small handmade gift card
There will also be a Produce Sales Table this month
Bring your own teacup & bring a friend - visitors £2:00 / members FREE
For more info call Judith on 01671 402 570 or check out facebook.com/ChallochNS/

outdoorSun 15th April Scotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ 3 MILLHALL, Shore Road, Kirkcudbright DG6 4TQ
Impressive five acre garden with a large collection of mature shrubs, including over 200 rhododendron species, many camellias, perennials, over 300 hydrangeas and many rare southern hemisphere plants. The garden is on a steep hillside running along the rocky shore of the Dee Estuary in Kirkcudbright Bay, close to the beach at Dhoon and three miles from Kirkcudbright. Teas.
Directions: On the B727 between Kirkcudbright and Borgue on the west shore of the Dee Estuary. Parking at Dhoon beach public car park, about three miles south of Kirkcudbright. There is a five to ten minute walk to the house.
Admission: £4, accompanied children free.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

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May 2018

Week Commencing Monday 28th April:

outdoorSun 6th May Scotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
10am-5pm @ THREAVE GARDEN, Castle Douglas, DG7 1RX
Threave Garden, "The Training Centre for future Professional Gardeners", is home to the School of Heritage Gardening. A place of education and plantsmanship, the garden has been sculptured by generations of students since 1960, resulting in a series of 'rooms' within the garden, each showcasing year round interest; from beautiful spring daffodils, striking autumnal colour and a multitude of summer herbaceous displays. Threave also boasts a fully productive working walled garden that yields a large bounty of home-grown produce each year for sale to the public and use in the on site terrace cafe.
Teas and plant sales.
Directions: Off A75, one mile west of Castle Douglas.
Admission £5, accompanied children free.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

Week Commencing Monday 7th May:

otherMon 7th May SWI Challoch Scottish Women's Institute
19:30 - 21:00 @ Our Lady & St Ninian Church Hall, Windsor Road, Newton Stewart, DG8 6HP
An evening with THE FRILLY GHILLIE Heather Mitchell
Competitions:
(1)  fascinator
(2)  small dish of homemade pate
Bring your own teacup & bring a friend - visitors £2:00 / members FREE
For more info call Judith on 01671 402 570 or check out facebook.com/ChallochNS/

Week Commencing Monday 21st May:

outdoorSun 27th May Scotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ CORSOCK HOUSE, Corsock, Castle Douglas DG7 3DJ
Corsock includes an amazing variety of designed landscape, from a strictly formal walled garden, through richly planted woodlands full of different vistas, artfully designed water features and surprises to manicured lawns showing off the Bryce baronial mansion. There is an Arcadian garden with pools and temples, described by Ken Cox as ‘the most photogenic woodland garden in Scotland.’
Homemade teas and plant sales.
Directions: off A75 Dumfries 14 miles, Castle Douglas 10 miles, Corsock village ½ mile on A712.
Admission £5, accompanied children free.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

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June 2018

Week Commencing Monday 28th May:

outdoorSun 3rd JuneScotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ BARMAGACHAN HOUSE, Borgue, Kirkcudbright DG6 4SW
This new garden surrounds an 18th century house on a rocky knoll overlooking Wigtown Bay. It is profusely planted with a large variety of alpines, perennials and shrubs, including rhododendrons. Two themes are plants from SW China and Australasia e.g. meconopsis, Asian primulas, eucryphia, hebe. Many plants have been chosen for their wildlife value. The grounds also include an orchard, wall trained fruit area, potager and meadow. The woodland is rich in birdlife. There is a 13th century motte. Teas and plant sales.
Directions: From Borgue follow the coast (Carrick) road up hill past the church and down. Take the first and only right turn and follow the lane winding past farms for about 1/2 mile. Barmagachan House is on the left by a wood.
Admission: £4, accompanied children free.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

Week Commencing Monday 4th June:

outdoorThu 7th June Scotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
6pm-9pm @ BROUGHTON HOUSE, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JX
'Broughton House at sunset': an evening of live music and refreshments (included in the entry price). It is an opportunity to meet the Head Gardener and see the garden in a different light.
Directions: Off A711/A755 on Kirkcudbright High Street.
Admission: £5, accompanied children free.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

outdoorSun 10th June Scotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
1pm-4pm @ LINDEN LEA, Islesteps, Dumfries DG2 8ES
Formal front garden with fish stocked pond, leading past a small cottage garden and down to a pebble garden with a quiet seating area. From there a kitchen garden leads through to a small apple orchard. A summer house at the top of the orchard looks out over informal shrubs to a herbaceous garden that surrounds a sunken patio. At the top is a woodland garden from which runs a stream through the informal area. Teas.
Directions: Islesteps is on the A701 to New Abbey, about one and a half miles outside Dumfries. Linden Lea is the last house along a lane that leaves the A701 to the right, immediately over the hump bridge at the entrance to the village.
Admission £4, accompanied children free.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

Week Commencing Monday 11th June:

outdoorSun 17th June Scotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
1pm-5pm @ GLENLIVET with THE LIMES, Kirkcudbright DG6 4UR and DG6 4XD
Two town gardens developed over the past ten years. Glenlivet is packed with colour and contains a huge variety of thriving plants, shrubs and trees. There are two small ponds connected by a rill and a variety of statuary, all in a lovely position overlooking the River Dee. The Limes contains many unusual plants, with a rock garden, crevice garden, extended gravel garden, borders of mixed perennials and shrubs and woodland areas. There is also a large vegetable garden.
Teas will be available at each venue, and with plants on sale at The Limes.
Directions: Both gardens lie on the A711, which runs through Kirkcudbright, approximately ½ mile either side of the town centre.
Admission £5, accompanied children free and includes entry for both gardens.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

Week Commencing Monday 18th June:

otherWed 20th JuneMeditation - Summer Solstice
@ No.15 Arthur Street, Newton Stewart, DG8 6DE
Approximate timings...
19:30 Arrival and chat
19:45 Meditation - Note: The entrance door is locked from 19:45 until 20:30 while we meditate
20:30 - 21.00pm. Refreshments
At No.15 we are delighted, to share with you words and music, to enrich your life, and promote well-being through meditation.  Led by Susan Gomersall with 12 years' experience teaching meditation.
Our aim is to provide a simple and straightforward means, to enable all who wish, to enjoy the benefits of relaxation/meditation.  In an increasingly stressful, and fast paced life, the simple act of setting aside time to allow our minds and bodies to rest, can have enormous benefit.
Our relaxing meditations, are designed to enable everyone to find their own peace, in whatever way is appropriate for them.  Experiences may be entirely different, for different people, and for the same people, on different occasions.  Remember, that you will always receive, whatever is appropriate for you, if you allow yourself.  All experiences are a gift and facilitate our personal growth.
So, No.15 wishes you success, and joy on your journey.  Be patient, persevere, and always look to your heart for guidance.  Most of all enjoy the gift you bestow upon yourself.  The gift of peace.  
Cost - Heartfelt £5:00
Tel: 01671 402 523 | Website: therapywithsusan.weebly.com/

outdoorSun 24th June Scotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ DRUMSTINCHALL HOUSE with DRUMSTINCHALL COTTAGE, Drumstinchall, Dalbeattie DG5 4PD
Drumstinchall House has an extensive and established garden, surrounded by mature trees, with fine views to the sea two miles away. There are colourful herbaceous and mixed borders, and a rose garden in front of the house. A variety of paths wind their way through more borders, a rock garden, rhododendrons and azaleas, and past the ruin of the original house to a woodland walk around the edge of the garden.There is a vegetable garden, including a polytunnel and you can walk through the farmyard to the loch.
Drumstinchall Cottage has a small informal quintessentially cottage style garden surrounded by farmland and hills, and with views to Criffel and Drumstinchall Loch. The main area has been reclaimed from agricultural land over the last seven years and continues to evolve, with the emphasis on growing a wide range of vegetables, herbs and fruit organically. Unusual varieties are combined with as many colourful wildlife friendly flowers as possible. There is a wildlife pond area and a few rescue chickens pottering about! An authentic Bolivian bread oven will be producing delicious treats to try and buy at Drumstinchall Cottage. Teas at Drumstinchall House.
Directions: From the A711 just east of Dalbeattie, take the B793 towards Southwick/Caulkerbush. After 4.2 miles take a right turn signposted Drumstinchall and follow this road for 0.8 miles to Drumstinchall House.
Admission: £5, accompanied children free and includes admission to both gardens.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

Week Commencing Monday 25th June:

outdoorThu 28th June Scotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
10am-12pm @ BROUGHTON HOUSE, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JX
'Broughton House Garden Early Bird': appreciate the garden in morning light, at a peaceful and calmer time of day.
Tea or coffee (included in the entry price) will be available in the beautiful surroundings of Broughton House and the Head Gardener will be available to provide gardening advice.
Directions: Off A711/A755 on Kirkcudbright High Street.
Admission: £5, accompanied children free.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

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July 2018

Week Commencing Monday 25th June:

outdoorSun 1st July Scotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ SOUTHWICK HOUSE, Southwick DG2 8AH
The extensive gardens at Southwick House comprise three main areas. The first is a traditional formal walled garden with potager and large glasshouse producing a range of fruit, vegetables and cutting flowers. Adjacent to this is a hedged formal garden with herbaceous, shrub and rose beds centred around a lily pond, with roses predominating as an interesting feature. Outwith the formal gardens there is a large water garden with two connected ponds with trees, shrubs and lawns running alongside the Southwick Burn.
Teas and plant sales.
Directions: On A710 near Caulkerbush. Dalbeattie 7 miles, Dumfries 17 miles.
Admission £5, accompanied children free.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

Week Commencing Monday 2nd July:

outdoorSun 8th July Scotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ SEABANK, Rockcliffe DG5 4QH
This 1½ acre garden extends to the high water mark with fine views across the Urr Estuary. Herbaceous borders surround the house and there is a new walled garden with fruit and vegetables. A wide range of interesting and unusual plants.
Plant sales and Teas provided by the local Marie Curie fundraising group.
Directions: Park in the public car park at Rockcliffe and walk along the Merse to the garden. Disabled parking available adjacent to the house.
Admission £4, accompanied children free.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

Week Commencing Monday 16th July:

outdoorSun 22nd July Scotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ CROFTS, Kirkpatrick Durham, Castle Douglas DG7 3HX
Victorian country house garden with mature trees, a walled garden with fruit and vegetables and glasshouses, hydrangea garden and a pretty water garden. Delightful woodland walk, colourfully planted with bog plants, with stream running through. Teas.
Directions: A75 to Crocketford, then three miles on A712 to Corsock and New Galloway.Admission £4, accompanied children free.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

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August 2018

Week Commencing Monday 30th July:

outdoorSun 5th August Scotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
10am-5pm @ THREAVE GARDEN, Castle Douglas, DG7 1RX
Threave Garden, "The Training Centre for future Professional Gardeners", is home to the School of Heritage Gardening. A place of education and plantsmanship, the garden has been sculptured by generations of students since 1960, resulting in a series of 'rooms' within the garden, each showcasing year round interest; from beautiful spring daffodils, striking autumnal colour and a multitude of summer herbaceous displays. Threave also boasts a fully productive working walled garden that yields a large bounty of home-grown produce each year for sale to the public and use in the on site terrace cafe.
Teas and plant sales.
Directions: Off A75, one mile west of Castle Douglas.
Admission £5, accompanied children free.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

Week Commencing Monday 9th August:

outdoorSun 12th August Scotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ DALBEATTIE COMMUNITY ALLOTMENTS, Dalbeattie DG5 4AZ
Dalbeattie Community Allotments Association was formed in 2008 and the site was officially opened in August 2010. A local land owner has leased the land for 25 years at £1 per year, initially providing for 47 plots. The initial results were so successful that the area is now increased to provide for 81 productive plots where local residents can grow their own fruit, vegetables and flowers. Come and enjoy a stroll around the site, chat to members or relax in one of the community areas. Information will be available and photos of the development of the site will be on display. Teas.
Directions: The allotment site can be found on the Dalbeattie bypass (A710) next to Craignair Health Centre.
Admission £3, accompanied children free.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

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September 2018

Week Commencing Monday 27th August:

outdoorSun 2nd Sept Scotland’s Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity
2pm-5pm @ 3 MILLHALL, Shore Road, Kirkcudbright DG6 4TQ
Impressive five acre garden with a large collection of mature shrubs, including over 200 rhododendron species, many camellias, perennials, over 300 hydrangeas and many rare southern hemisphere plants. The garden is on a steep hillside running along the rocky shore of the Dee Estuary in Kirkcudbright Bay, close to the beach at Dhoon and three miles from Kirkcudbright. Teas.
Directions: On the B727 between Kirkcudbright and Borgue on the west shore of the Dee Estuary. Parking at Dhoon beach public car park, about three miles south of Kirkcudbright. There is a five to ten minute walk to the house.
Admission £4, accompanied children free.
For further information visit www.scotlandsgardens.org
Charity No: SC011337

Week Commencing Monday 3rd September:

otherMon 3rd September SWI Challoch Scottish Women's Institute
19:30 - 21:00 @ Our Lady & St Ninian Church Hall, Windsor Road, Newton Stewart, DG8 6HP
Panel Night with Lucy Owen in the chair
Competitions:
(1) photo with caption
(2) jar of fruit jelly
Bring your own teacup & bring a friend - visitors £2:00 / members FREE
For more info call Judith on 01671 402 570 or check out facebook.com/ChallochNS/

Week Commencing Monday 24th September:

otherWed 26th SeptemberMeditation - Autumn Solstice
@ No.15 Arthur Street, Newton Stewart, DG8 6DE
Approximate timings...
19:30 Arrival and chat
19:45 Meditation - Note: The entrance door is locked from 19:45 until 20:30 while we meditate
20:30 - 21.00pm. Refreshments
At No.15 we are delighted, to share with you words and music, to enrich your life, and promote well-being through meditation.  Led by Susan Gomersall with 12 years' experience teaching meditation.
Our aim is to provide a simple and straightforward means, to enable all who wish, to enjoy the benefits of relaxation/meditation.  In an increasingly stressful, and fast paced life, the simple act of setting aside time to allow our minds and bodies to rest, can have enormous benefit.
Our relaxing meditations, are designed to enable everyone to find their own peace, in whatever way is appropriate for them.  Experiences may be entirely different, for different people, and for the same people, on different occasions.  Remember, that you will always receive, whatever is appropriate for you, if you allow yourself.  All experiences are a gift and facilitate our personal growth.
So, No.15 wishes you success, and joy on your journey.  Be patient, persevere, and always look to your heart for guidance.  Most of all enjoy the gift you bestow upon yourself.  The gift of peace.  
Cost - Heartfelt £5:00
Tel: 01671 402 523 | Website: therapywithsusan.weebly.com/

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