Monday, 31 December 2012

Friday, 28 December 2012

New Pavement to Church

Whilst work was ongoing with the Power Cables, we also had workmen preparing and laying a new pavement to the Church! Kirkton was a busy place.

The new pavemement will make it safer for people to walk from the village to the church.

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Refuse Collection over New Year period

Hi All

Sunday the 30th Dec is next collection and then goes back to a Wednesday the 9th of January being the first Wednesday collection.

Seemingly it was put in the Standard to notify everyone....
Regards
Fiona

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Merry Christmas From Matthew

http://youtu.be/shfnj10hWWs

To listen to Matthew's  Christmas greetings click on the above link

Friday, 21 December 2012

NEW! A monthly brain teaser to test your knowledge of the area!

Hello Everyone.

 We have a new spot on the blog -'Kirkmahoe in Focus'.(courtesy of Alice Howdle)

On the 21st of every month, a different place in Kirkmahoe will be featured and you are invited to contact the blog on kirkmahoe@googlemail.com to tell us:-

1. What the place is called
2. Where is it located
3. Any interesting information about it.

There are no prizes, other than satisfaction at being right!
Your replies will help us to build up an interesting and useful resource of information about the featured places.

Everyone who accurately identifies the location will have their name published, uness they request otherwise.

Our First Brainteaser is to identify the photos below.



BT201201

Merry Christmas

http://www.care2.com/send/pickup/235/510/000/394/065/780

For your Christmas Greeting click on the above link.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Thank You


The carol singers would like to thank everyone in Kirkton who gave so generously on Sunday and for the goodwill as we went round, and also Kirkton Hall Committee who treated us to winter warmers afterwards.

We raised £121.75 which has been sent to the Sam Leask Memorial Fund which has been set up by Sam's family to improve the playground facilities in Kirkton.

Wishing you all a good Christmas and New Year

Jean Muir

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Our Carol Singers Dec 2012



  On Sunday,16th December, a small but enthusiastic group of singers, ably supported by cornet and euphonium set off to disturb the peace and quiet of Kirkton village. Hazards caused by potholes, piles of earth from the recent excavations and 'dead' streetlights were ignored. Three young collectors intrepidly rang every doorbell, tearing the occupants from their favourite television programmes.

We sang a variety of carols and songs, from 'Away in a manger' to 'White Christmas' and were delighted by the response of many who came out to listen and donated generously to the Sam Leask memorial fund. We were even treated to warming fruit teas by one kind resident!

Once the whole village had been visited, we retired to the village hall, where a spread of mulled wine, with a non-alcoholic option, soup and cakes and nibbles was provided by a band of supporters.

The total raised was over £121. Thanks to all who donated so generously.

We would be very happy to see more singers next year. All are welcome!





Alice Howdle

Kirkmahoe News would like to thank Alice Howdle for her article and photographs.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Icy Roads Please drive with EXTREME CARE

Just to let every-one know that the road from Duncow School up to Riddingwood (C3N) HAS NOT BEEN GRITTED! Very dangerous indeed especially at the bridge and the bad bend at Duncow Estate.
The C4N from Locharbriggs to Ae has not been gritted. The patch at St Blane’s Cemetery is treacherous.

 Thanks
Fiona Meikle-Latta
KCC Secretary

Friday, 30 November 2012

Carol Singing Sunday 16th December 2012



Hello Carol Singers and Supporters

We have fixed the carol singing in Kirkton for Sunday 16th December, meeting at the pump at 6.30pm

The Village Hall committee are again supporting us by allowing use of the hall afterwards, and they have also offered to organise refreshments

I would like to propose that the collection should be in aid of the Sam Leask Memorial Fund, which Katharine and Julian are setting up with the objective of improving the play park in Kirkton.

Please let me know if you can help in any way or have any questions, and also please tell your friends!

Thanks
Jean Muir

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Laying Power Cables Underground

We are all aware of the work being done in Kirkton at the moment.
Laying the power cables underground should help diminish the number of power cuts this area has experienced in the past. Power lines have been affected by high winds, and every few years Scottish Power has had to get trees lopped to prevent entanglement in power lines. Over time this proves to be expensive, so although, what is happening now is a major investment, it should save the power company money in the long term.

The lads who are working here, travel from many different parts of Scotland every day....... Glasgow, Livingston, The Borders, whilst some are from the local area. They have been working in some terrible weather conditions,.....teeming rain almost every day...now sub zero temperatures...... but all have remained cheerful throughout.

Here are some photos to record this. It has been requested that Kirkmahoe News informs all the ladies that the good looking one is called David!!!





 
This phase shows getting ready to link up the new cables to the main supply.
Jim & Selwyn preparing for cables to be linked to the main aupply.
 
                                         Attaching new cable to the main supply
 
 
Thanks to everyone for their patience whilst work is ongoing!
 

 

 

 

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Open invitation to view the latest improvements at Kirkmahoe Parish Hall in Kirkton



The latest improvements to Kirkton Village Hall have now been completed and the Hall is ‘open for business’. The work included the sanding and re-varnishing of the Hall floor, and the repair and repainting of all the wooden windows in the building. These improvements were funded by two awards, totaling over £8,000, received from Dumfries & Galloway Council’s Village Hall Improvement Scheme and Awards for All. The upstairs room has also been revamped making it more suitable for small meetings of up to 12 people.

 
There’s an open invitation to anyone to visit the Hall at one of the future events to see the improvements that have been made.
And there’s plenty going on in the Hall at the moment, with a wide variety of events to suit all tastes. New members are always welcome, so just come along and see for yourself what is going on in your local community Hall.
 
 
Mondays at 12:00pm       - Pilates with Annie.

Mondays from 7.30pm    - Badminton. Open to anyone above secondary school age.

Tuesdays from 7.30pm  - Bowling Club.

Wednesdays at 1.30pm - Tai Chi with Angela.

Thursdays at 7.30pm      - Old Time Dancing.
There is also a monthly daytime social club with the next meeting on Tuesday 18th December at 10:30, featuring a musical morning with plenty of sing-along favourites.
The hall is also available for booking as a tranquil rural setting for your own particular activities by contacting the Hall Lettings Secretary Mrs Terry Howat on 01387 710903 or e-mail lettings@howat.co.uk

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Road Closure due to Burying of Power Cables

Notification
DG First - Nithsdale, Wayside Depot, Annan Road, Dumfries, DG1 3JX Tel: 01387 271171
14 November 2012


TRAFFIC ORDERS : TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE
C2n CRAWFORDHALL
Application has been received for a temporary road closure of the above named road. Pertinent details of the
requested closure are as undernoted

Please let me know of any observations that you wish to make within five working days of receipt of this
notification.

Source Of Request Clancy Docrwa for Scottish Power

Location Between Crawfordhall and the C4n at Knowehead
ReasonThe following works are proposed on or near the road.Cable undergrounding works
Alternative RoutesThe alternative route is via the C2n, C11n, U19n, C4n and vice versa.

Pedestrian Access Pedestrian access will be maintained
Timing of Closure08:00 hours on 26/11/2012 to 18:00 hours

(Alternative route would be:- avoiding The Nick, going past the Cemetery, then down via Kirktonfield Farm)

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Warning!!!!!! Theft in the area! Be Vigilant


 
 
PLEASE, PLEASE. PLEASE BE VIGILANT AND LOCK THINGS AWAY – WE HAVE HAD ANOTHER THEFT IN KIRKMAHOE AND IF ANY-ONE SEES LIGHTS COMING UP A DRIVE AT IRREGULAR HOURS DO NOT APPOACH THEM – CALL 999. THIS IS NOT THE ADVICE OF THE POLICE BUT MINE – THAT IS MY PRACTICE!
Fiona Meikle-Latta
KCC Secretary

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

KCC AGM October 2012 Agenda November 2012

The next meeting of Kirkmahoe Community Council will be held in Dalswinton Village Hall on Wednesday 21st November 2012 at 7.30pm

KCC AGM October 2012

http://www.docstoc.com/docs/135519604/AGM-2
(There is a word missing in 6.0. It should be ....."is prepared to continue")

Agenda

1.    Apologies for absence

2.    Minutes of the last meeting

3.    Matters arising

4.    Co-option of additional members to Kirkmahoe Community Council

5.    Appointment of Events Committee

6.    Police Report

7.    Treasurer’s report

8.    Councillors’ report

9.    Planning matters

10. Kirkton enhancements - Village Green edging proposal, Longloch Drive

11. Windfarms - Harestanes, Loch Urr

12. Kirkton Waste Water Treatment Works

13. Events

14. Correspondence

15. Any other competent business

16. Date, time and place of next meeting

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Kirkmahoe Heritage Group/Nith Salmon Fisheries Talk



There will be a meeting on Friday 2nd November at 7.30pm in Kirkton Hall.

The speaker is Jim Henderson, Director of The Nith Salmon Fishery Board who will speak about their work. (Morag tells me he is a very good speaker)

Admission is free and there will be refreshments available.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Book Launch Kirkmahoe War Memorials


To be launched on
Remembrance Sunday 11th November 2012
at 3 p.m.
Kirkton Hall
Refreshments will be served
Admission Free
Published by Kirkmahoe Heritage Group
Price £15
Cheques payable to Morag Williams
(Contact Morag Williams 01387 710274)

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Sharon King and the Reckless Angels play Kirkmahoe Concerts 3 November 2012


 The next of the Kirkmahoe Concerts will feature Sharon King and the Reckless Angels – at Dalswinton Village Hall, on Saturday 3 November, 7.30pm.

 An award winning Scottish songwriter with a talent for spinning yarns, Sharon King continues to build a reputation for vibrant, funny, relaxed and intimate live shows. Her trio is made up by Amy Geddes (fiddle, viola, vocals) and Vera van Heeringen (guitar, mandolin, vocals). Edinburgh-based Sharon is a natural raconteur with an easy grace. Her astute observations on Scottish life come through in her contemporary song-writing style, wrapped in easy banter and peppered with tales of her travels. Colours and textures are woven through the narratives by the mandolin, fiddle, viola and voices of The Reckless Angels.

 The band will be featuring material from their latest album Nothing=Everything.  King’s song writing has developed to award winning standards and her vocals are captivating, pure and clear.  Another great Kirkmahoe Concert in the making and not to missed!
 
Tickets £8 from The Midesteeple in Dumfries, Thomas Tosh in Thornhill or call David Clark on 01387  740045.


Wednesday, 10 October 2012

KCC Minutes September 2012 Agenda October2012

http://www.docstoc.com/docs/132879431/KCC_Minutes_September_2012

The Annual General Meeting of Kirkmahoe Community Council will be held in Kirkton Village Hall on Wednesday 17th October 2012 at 7.30pm

 

BUSINESS

 

The Returning Officer will chair the meeting pending the appointment of the Chairman.

 

1.     SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

 

2.      CONSIDER THE APPOINTMENT OF THE CHAIRPERSON (OR EQUIVALENT)

 

3.      CONSIDER THE APPOINTMENT OF THE VICE-CHAIRPERSON (OR EQUIVALENT)

 

4.      CONSIDER THE APPOINTMENT OF THE SECRETARY

 

5.      CONSIDER THE APPOINTMENT OF THE TREASURER

 

6.      CONSIDER THE APPOINTMENT OF THE EXAMINER(S) OF ACCOUNTS

 

7.      CONSIDER THE APPOINTMENT OF THE RETURNING OFFICER

 

8.      CONSIDER THE APPOINTMENT OF ANY OTHER OFFICE BEARER OR EMPLOYEES

 

9.      CONSIDER THE CO-OPTION OF NON-VOTING MEMBERS IN TERMS OF PARAGRAPH 4.1 (C) OF THE SCHEME FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMUNITY COUNCILS IN DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

 

10.  CONSIDER THE APPOINTMENT OF ANY COMMITTEES

 

11.  CONSIDER THE PRODUCTION OF CERTIFIED STATEMENT OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES OF FORMER COMMUNITY COUNCIL

 

12.  CONSIDER PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE COVER

 

13.  CONSIDER REQUEST TO DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY COUNCIL FOR ADMINISTRATIVE GRANT FOR THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR ENDING 31 MARCH

 

14.  CONSIDER ARRANGEMENTS FOR DRAWING UP A CONSTITUTION IN TERMS OF PARAGRAPH 12.1 OF THE SCHEME FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMUNITY COUNCILS IN DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

 

15.  MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING OF 19TH SEPTEMBER 2012

 

16.  MATTERS ARISING

 

17.  POLICE REPORT

 

18.  COUNCILLOR’S REPORT

 

19.  PLANNING MATTERS

 

20.  KIRKTON ENHANCEMENTS - Village Green edging proposal, Longloch Drive

 

21.  WINDFARMS - Harestanes, Loch Urr

 

22.  KIRKTON WASTE WATER TREATMENT WORKS

 

23.  EVENTS

 

24.  CORRESPONDENCE

 

25.  ANY OTHER COMPETENT BUSINESS

 

26.  FIX DATE, TIME AND VENUE FOR NEXT MEETING

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Race Night Reminder 12th October 2012

Just a reminder about the Race Night which the Community Council is holding on Friday October 12th in Kirkton Hall
Doors open 7.00pm for racing beginning at 7.30pm
Licenced bar
This promises to be a fun night, all welcome
Hope to see you there

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Flight Tracker Site

 
How often have we looked up to see vapour trails in the sky? Even if it is overcast, we can usually hear the sound of planes overhead. Do we ever wonder where those planes have some from, and where they are going to?
Well now we can find out exactly what plane is above us, where it came from, and where it is going to. We can even get a view from the cockpit by using this fascinating site which tells us about every flight which is in the air all over the world!
If you know someone who is flying, you can track their flight and know the moment it has landed, which is useful if there are any flight delays.
Here are the details which you can save to your favourites and use either out of interest, or to track your friends and family when they are flying, or you might just want to have some fun using this wonderful site.
 

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Further improvements to Kirkton Village Hall



Following the extensive improvements completed in 2010, Kirkton Village Hall is now set to benefit from some further refurbishment after securing additional funding.

 
Two awards, totaling over £8,000, have been received from Dumfries & Galloway Council’s Village Hall Improvement Scheme and Awards for All.

 
The money will be used to sand and re-varnish the Hall floor, and to repair all the wooden windows in the building. Work has already started, and is expected to be completed by the end of September 2012.


Events are continuing as usual in the Hall, while the works are in progress.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

News from Matthew McAllister

Dear friends & colleagues,

I hope this email finds you all well and enjoying the last days of summer.

I have just arrived back in Scotland after a great summer tour with flautist Aisling Agnew. Our concerts took us from Switzerland to England with America and Germany in between. The tour featured performances at the 40th National Flute Association of America Convention in Las Vegas, the 21st Iserlohn Guitar Symposium in Germany and the 8th International British Flute Society Convention in Manchester alongside many other stops along the way.

Whilst in America we stopped off at Guitar Salon International in Los Angeles and made some videos on a selection of very interesting guitars including a 1968 Ignacio Fleta and a 1974 David Rubio 'PF'.

You can see those performances in the videos below which feature music by Sebastien Vachez and Antonio Lauro.


http://youtu.be/xL_8gQcb8mg

http://youtu.be/S05le_-JCl0

Dimitrious Douros from the South Bay Guitar Society attended our San Francisco concert and shot a video of Piazzolla's Libertango during the gig.

http://youtu.be/Q81lZqXqGIw


You can see a selection of photos from the tour at www.matthewmcallister.com



September 2012 - Agnew McAllister Duo Concerts

Saturday 8th September 7:30pm ~ Gitarrenkonzerte Im Stadtmuseum Siegburg - Germany
Stadtbetriebe Siegburg, Fachbereich Museum Markt 46 53721 Tel: 02241/96985-10

Saturday 15th September 1 - 3pm ~ Enterprise Music Scotland National Chamber Music Day - Scotland
Perth A.K.Bell Library 2-8 York Place Perth PH2 8EP

You can follow me on Facebook and Twitter at the links below.



Best wishes and hope to see you at a concert soon!

Matthew McAllister

Friday, 31 August 2012

Dates for your Diary Sept & Oct 2012

September (unless otherwise stated all begin at 7.30 pm)
Mondays - Pilates, Kirkton Hall 12 noon (weekly)
Wednesdays - Tai Chi, Kirkton Hall 1.30 (weekly)
Saturday 8th - Robin Williamson Concert, Dalswinton Hall
Wednesday 12th - SWRI Meeting, Kirkton Hall (monthly)
Thursday 13th - Old Tyme Dance Group, Kirkton Hall (weekly)
Wednesday 19th - Community Council Meeting, Dalswinton Hall. Topic for Discussion:Proposed low sandstone kerb (1-2cm) to define back edge of "Pump Village Green" Kirkton
Tuesday 25th - Daytime Social Club, Kirkton Hall, 10.30 am (monthly)
 
October
Monday 1st - Badminton, Kirkton Hall (weekly)
Thursday 4th - Community Council Election (see noticeboards and local newspapers for updates)
Friday 12th  - Race Night
Wednesday 17th - Community Council AGM Kirkton Hall
Tuesdays - Bowling, Kirkton Hall (weekly)
Thursdays - Bowling, Kirkton Hall (weekly)
Kirkcophony - contact J Muir for details (710216)
Friday 3rd November Kirkmahoe Heritage Group, Kirkton Hall
 
 



Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Kirkmahoe Community Council Elections


Do you think you could make a difference?
Would you like to get involved in local issues?
Could you be a member of the Community Council?

If your answer is YES to any of these questions.........then to stand as a candidate in the Election on Thursday 4th October 2012 contact the Returning Officer Ms Jackie Bodle on 01387 740 082 for a nomination form NOW and return it to her no later than 7th September. 2012

If you would like to discuss what is involved in being a community councillor, please contact one of the present members (some of whom will be standing again)

Derek Ivy 740455
Hugh Johnstone 710121
Peter Landale 740279
Fiona Meikle -Latta 710307
Jean Muir 710216
Neil Munro 711664
John Young 710434

Monday, 27 August 2012

Race Night 12th October 7.30 pm Kirkton Hall

Race Night

 Friday 12th October at 7.30 pm

Admission FREE

Licensed Bar

Race Card includes 1 FREE Drink!

Kirkton Hall

If you would like to sponsor a race (£20) or a horse (£2) please contact

Fiona Meikle-Latta 710307 or office@swlumber.co.uk

 

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Have you lost a grey cat?

 Has anyone lost a grey tom cat with a collar?
It is very friendly and it must belong to someone

Please contact K Ivy on 01387 740444 (if no one answers, please leave message)

The cat in the picture is not the actual cat!


Monday, 9 July 2012

KCC Minutes June 2012 Agenda August 2012

http://www.docstoc.com/docs/124221043/KCC_Minutes_June_2012

The next meeting of Kirkmahoe Community Council will be held in Kirkton Village Hall on Wednesday 15th August 2012 at 7.30pm

 Agenda
1.    Apologies for absence
2.    Minutes of the last meeting
3.    Matters arising
4.    Police Report
5.    Treasurer’s report
6.    Councillors’ report
7.    Kirkton enhancements
8.    Windfarms
9.    Kirkton Sewage Works
10. Planning matters
11. Events
12. Correspondence
13. Any other competent business
14. Date and place of next meeting

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Kirkmahoe Concerts Friday 6th July Jazz

JAZZ Evening at Kirkton Village Hall
Don't forget to join us at 7.30 this Friday evening for the Gentle Jazz fundraiser in aid of Hospice Africa Uganda. See Kirkton Village Hall transform into a New York jazz club - and also have a chance to win some great raffle prizes donated by local businesses. Please come and support this great cause and enjoy smooth jazz and refreshments in the process.

Friday 6 July 2012, 7.30pm, Kirkton Village Hall. All proceeds for Hospice
Africa Uganda


In Kirkmahoe by popular request, this Dumfries and Galloway-based combo bring you the best of jazz from the forties and fifties. Pianist, axophonist, singer and band leader Geoff Keating . Guitarist John Fenner.
Bass guitarist Howard Bradley. Drummer Fergus Henderson. Come along for a 'cabaret style' evening with fundraising auction/raffle and help support a fantastic cause at the same time. Price: £10 from Midsteeple, Thomas Tosh (Thornhill), on the door,
or telephone 01387 740045.