Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas

This is the first Christmas for Kirkmahoe News, and our readership is building very well indeed. Here is our Christmas Greeting (with a difference)

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Carol Singing Kirkton 2010

It was a cold, snowy and frosty night, but our faithful Carol Singers turned out to sing for the Village, which was looking very festive. The amount raised and the Charity to gain will be announced shortly.

Snow Diary 2 Send in your Snow Photos

We have been hit with more snow this December. Kirkmahoe News has started another Snow Diary. Once more you are invited to send your Snow Photos to

The Geese are here! You can watch a clip of them coming in to land in a field on the outskirts of Kirkton.

Clip of geese below

This looks VERY COLD indeed

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Race to Infinity Update

I have taken some info off this site which I think you will agree, means that we have been a teensy bit tardy in this area, regarding our Broadband. However we can make this up with a massive surge in voting over the next week or so. So everyone tell your friends about it and get everyone voting!


Dumfries and Galloway

Percentage of votes

.36 votes have been cast out of a total of 1,156

'VOTE NOW' and your area could be next to enjoy superfast broadband

This also came off the BT site which starts to explain what the Race to Infinity is all about.

Race to InfinityVote now and your area could get BT Infinity next
WelcomeLoginHTML VersionHomeThe Race ExplainedExperience BT InfinityCampaign for BT Infinity.BT What is The Race to Infinity?
Over the next five years BT is rolling out superfast fibre optic broadband across the UK. If you're not on the announced roll out plan The Race to Infinity gives you the opportunity to fast track your area to get BT Infinity next.

The five areas with the largest percentage of votes by December 31st 2010 will win the chance to bring superfast broadband to their area. BT will also donate £5,000 of computer equipment to a local community project.

Whether you're big on social networking, gaming, streaming, uploading or downloading, prepare to have your life transformed with superfast speeds.

To vote simply go to 'VOTE NOW' and enter your details. Don't forget to pass it on to your friends on Facebook and Twitter to get your area to the top of the scoreboard.

Visit our FAQs page if you have further questions about the race.

1 Top speeds affected by various factors including distance from the cabinet and internal wiring.
- Winning exchanges will be enabled in early 2012 subject to availability, survey, terms and conditions
- Exchanges need 1,000 premises votes to be eligible to be one of the winning exchanges
- One vote per address
- Race ends midnight 31st December 2010

Go to this site TODAY to register your vote!

If anyone wishes to volunteer to campaign for Faster Broadband in the area, the BT site has a Campaign Pack which can be downloaded, with info on how to campaign in your local area.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Broadband URGENT Message

I have received this email from Lucy Mair who reminds us that if we would like an improved Broadband service we need to petition for it, and that the chance runs out at the end of the month.

Another reminder - Carol Singing on Sunday. 6.30pm at the pump in Kirkton. All welcome.

On behalf of the Community Council, I would like to take this opportunity for thanking you for your support during the year and to wish you a Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year

Jean Muir

Please use this link to register our case for faster Broadband in the area

"Just wondered if you had heard or were interested in trying to promote getting involved in the Race for Infinity where anyone that is in the area votes to have our broadband service improved. I know ours is very slow and I am sure we are not alone so was just to provide above BT website where you go on enter your postcode and vote for our area. The more people that vote the higher you move up the list to get upgraded.

This has been going on for a while now but finishes at the end of the month so if interested maybe worth posting around to get people involved, or pass to schools in area etc."

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Kirkmahoe Concerts 23rd January 2011


Feargus Hetherington – Violin
Matthew McAllister – Guitar
Kirkton Church, 2.30 pm 23 January 2011; tickets £8 (from the Midsteeple, Dumfries; Thomas Tosh, Thornhill; at the door; or tel 01387 740 045)

The violin and guitar duo Maelasta has appeared in major concert halls across the country including the Sage, Gateshead, the Harty Rooms in Belfast and the National Galleries in Edinburgh. They have performed and given workshops as far afield as Denmark and Abu Dhabi and recorded a debut album Maelasta for Natural Studio Records. The duo performs a wide range of music from classical works to traditional Scottish music. Their concert will include the virtuosic elegance of Paganini, through to the contemporary traditional music of Shetland’s Chris Stout.

... telepathic, dance-like interaction between the two musicians ... (The Scotsman)

Feargus Hetherington is one of Scotland’s most talented young violinists. He is also a highly accomplished viola player. Feargus studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the Cleveland Institute of Music, USA, where his teachers were Jerre Gibson, Angus Ramsay, Elizabeth Layton and David Russell. He has been guest leader of orchestras and chamber ensembles in Scotland and the USA and has participated in performances by many orchestras including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He is a former leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra.

Matthew McAllister is one of the most exciting and talented classical guitarists in Europe. After an extremely busy start to his professional career, he has been delighting audiences across Europe and beyond with his thoughtful performances and effortless presentation, from renaissance miniatures to contemporary masterpieces. Matthew studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, with Allan Neave. During his studies he toured with Scottish Ballet and performed at the 5th & 7th Simon Bolivar Guitar Festivals in London. Since graduating in 2003, Matthew has become a regular performer and educator at classical guitar festivals and concert series worldwide.

Nocturne: Andante & Rondo – Francesco Molino
Cantabile – Nicolò Paganini
Suite no.2 – Leo Brouwer
Sonata no.6 op.27 – Eugène Ysaÿe
Sonata no.2 op.8 - Filippo Gragnani
A’e Gowden Lyric – Ronald Stevenson
Farewell to Stromness – Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
Hamnataing – Chris Stout (Trad. Shetland)
Libertango – Astor Piazzolla
Refreshments will be served after the performance

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Carol Singing

We would like to invite you to come

Carol Singing
Sunday 19th December
6.30pm Meeting at the Pump

(There will be a collection for a charity agreed
by the singers on the night)

For further information
Contact Jean Muir 710216

Snow Diary December 2010 Send in your Snow Pictures

We have been fortunate not to have had the volume of snow in our area as other parts of the country have been enduring. It is very pretty to look at so I am starting a Snow Diary so that we can record how our area looked in December 2010.

You are invited therefore to send in your snow photos to
Here are some to start us off.

11 12 2010 With the snow now melted we shall close the Snow Diary until next time. Many Many Thanks to those who sent in their pictures.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Race Night Results

You will all be pleased to know that our extremely successful Race Night earned us around £550. The money will be used to fund future events for our Community.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Robin Williamson at the Barony Church Nov 2010

Over 70 people came to the Barony Church, Dalswinton, on the afternoon of 13 November for the second Kirkmahoe Concert. The featured artist was Robin Williamson. With dozens of albums in his back catalogue and an impressive array of books and sheet music collections to his name, Robin is a man with a mission.

A legend of the folk and world music scene, Robin was a founder in the 1960s of the widely- admired Incredible String Band. They went on to play at venues all around the world including the Woodstock Festival in 1969. Their fans still include Robert Plant, Billy Connolly and the Archbishop of Canterbury. A song-writer, poet, story teller and multi-instrumentalist, Robin is renowned for his enthralling solo performances. Currently touring the UK, he stopped off at Dalswinton en route to a show in Glasgow.

The Barony set began with a fine old harp tune, after which Robin went into the twists and turns of the epic story of the ‘Tune Twig’. Songs with harp followed including the old Incredible String Band favourite, Painting Box, and a stirring version of Bob Dylan’s Like a Rolling Stone. There were several songs with guitar, including two new pieces of his own which saw Robin in reflective mode, looking back on past wars and generations.

There was humour too – all for the Loan of a Glass of Beer and the gloriously unctuous country song – You Keep Me Stoned on Your Love all the Time.

For old fans it was a wonderful reminder of great gigs and albums in days gone by. And there were several new fans that afternoon too who were catching a Robin Williamson gig for the first time ‘unplugged’ in the perfect setting of the Barony Church. Delicious refreshments –kindly donated - were served afterwards and rounded off the afternoon beautifully.

And there is more good news – Robin is coming back. Make an entry in the diary now for 2pm on Saturday 12 November 2011- at the Barony Church!

The Incredible String Band performing Painting Box below.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Presentation to Heather & Sandy on Race Night

It was a full house on Saturday 19th Nov 2010 for the above events in Kirkton.

Jean Muir spoke about Heather & Sandy McNay's 30 years in Kirkton Stores where they brought up their three young daughters, who now all have families of their own. They opened the shop from 6.30 a.m. until 8.00 pm selling everything one could think of.....from buttons to buns, fuses, batteries, cakes, threads .....the list is endless. The Post Office, now sadly closed, was also of great benefit to the locality, and laterally you could use banking facilities for both sterling and foreign currencies. If people were looking for someone's house in the area, you could always rely on Heather to direct them. And for those wanting their prescriptions, you could rest assured that Sandy would have it ready to pick up at the shop. Everyone wished them a Happy Retirement, and they were presented with a bouquet of flowers.

People had donated cash for their retirement gift, and instead of choosing something for themselves they generously asked for a seat for the village so that people could sit and watch the world go by.... The seat was handmade locally and will be in situ when an appropriate site has been chosen. Pictures of this will follow.

Sandy replied with a very amusing speech carefully letting us know that he would not take as long as Jean did !

After this everyone welcomed Lynn, who has now taken over the shop, and wished her well, with the hope that she will stay with us for another 30 years.

Next came the Horse Racing. Everyone was cheering on their chosen horse, and the Village Hall erupted with cheers when the lucky winners came in. The evening was a great success, and drew in many people from farms and homes away from the village. It was great to see so many folks there, fostering a wonderful Community Spirit.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Gritting Salt Bins and Road Closures


We have been offered the chance to apply for more salt/grit bins and other equipment in case of severe weather, but we would need to use the salt/grit ourselves.

As the main road through Kirkton, Duncow and Dalswinton is already gritted we are looking at the hills on side roads and pavements in the villages.

We need people living near the hill or pavement to volunteer to actually spead the salt/grit if conditions are bad, and need to know if you would need equipment such as snow shovel? push along pavement gritter? high visibility tabard?

We are suggesting (but need volunteers for)

Duncow School
The hill beyond Duncow School towards the windmill stump
Riddingwood Crossroads
Auchencairn Hill ( I think beyond Castlehill Cottages)
The junction of Quarry Road with the road to Kirktonfield

In Kirkton we understand there are already grit boxes in John Crabbe Crescent and Wellington Crescent but think there should be one at Barrasgate.

Please could you let us know if there is already a grit box near you, or if you think there should be one near you and if you would be willing to keep an eye on it and put grit on a particular stretch of road or pavement.

We have been notified that:-
the road through Gallaberry to Carzield Farm will be closed for resurfacing on 6/7th December
the road through Quarrelwood to Newlands, Whitehall and Carrickrigg will be closed for resurfacing on 8th/9th
Access will be restricted on these days.

I hope we will see some of you at the Racenight when we will be making a presentation to Sandyand Heather McNay to mark their retirement from Kirkton Stores

Please contact John Young or myself for more information on any of the above


Jean Muir
(tel: 710216)

Friday, 12 November 2010

October AGM & Nov Agenda 2010


1. Apologies for absence

2. Minutes of the last meeting

3. Matters arising from the minutes

4. Presentation by Representative of the Leader Project

5. Treasurer’s Report

6. Councillor’s Report

7. Police Report

8. Planning Matters

9. Winter Maintenance – Locations for Grit Bins

10. Flood Relief Measures – Council Subsidy Scheme

11. Community Resilience Measures

12. Christmas Lights

13. Events

14. Correspondence

15. Any other competent business

16. Date and Place of next meeting

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Coming Events

Kirkmahoe Coming Events:

Grand Kirkmahoe Derby Race Night

Friday 19th November 7.30pm, Kirkton Hall

Come and place your bets for a fun evening out.

Bar and Refreshments

In aid of community funds.

At the beginning of the evening, the Community Council will make a

Presentation to Heather and Sandy McNay on their retirement from Kirkton Stores

after more than 30 years serving the community.

For further details or information on how to make a donation please email Jean Muir

Kirkmahoe Concerts

Robin Williamson of the Incredible String Band

Poet, singer, story teller

Barony Church, Dalswinton

THIS SATURDAY 13th November at 2p.m

Tickets £8 (one child free with each paying adult)

Contact 01387 702043

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Kirkton Village Hall Refurbishment Celebrations

On Saturday October 30th 2010 the Village Hall was formally re-opened for business. The event was well supported, and those who attended had a lovely evening, hearing about the history of the Hall, from Mary Harkness, as well as being told about the refurbishment.

The Village Hall Committee provided everyone with refreshments as well as musical entertainment from our talented local musicians and compere John Caskie.

Hall Committee Ernie Gibson, Connie & Dobie Davidson, Morag Williams, Trevor Hayward

A plaque commerating the refurbishment was unveiled by Ernie Gibson. And a cheque from S.W.E.A.T was presented. This highlighted the support of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Village Halls Improvement Scheme for the year 2010/11

John Caskie compered the evening

Below The Sloan Pipers

Below John Caskie

The Old Geezers played the Six Twenty Two Step.

Kirkcophony sang The House of the Rising Sun

Monday, 18 October 2010

Kirkton Village Hall

Major refurbishments to the village hall in Kirkton are now complete, and to celebrate, an opening ceremony is planned for Saturday 30th October 2010 from 7:30pm. All are welcome to attend, to see what has been achieved and to be treated to some local musical entertainment.

The village hall has been in use by the people of Kirkmahoe parish for more than 100 years. In April 1903 a grand concert and ball was arranged to celebrate the opening, and since then the hall has seen many diverse activities, from christenings, birthdays, wedding parties and funeral teas, to Burns Suppers, Keep Fit, Youth Clubs and Political Meetings. During World War II it was commandeered for use as a food store. In recent times the hall regularly hosts Badminton, Bowling and Old Tyme Dancing, as well as many other community group meetings, including those for the SWRI, Heritage Group and Community Council.

For some time the members of the committee, managing Kirkmahoe Parish Hall, have been exploring ways of improving the hall facilities. Since the last major improvements in 1992, little, other than essential repairs, had been carried out, and it was felt that a refurbishment was overdue. In late 2009 a programme of seeking funding was initiated at the same time as involving local builders to quote for the proposed work.

The funding required for the refurbishment was confirmed in July 2010, with Robert Hastings, the main building contractor, starting work soon after. Completed in early October at a cost of £42,000 the ambitious improvements will keep the one hundred year old hall at the forefront of the community and, by maintaining its attractiveness to Kirkmahoe parish and outside users, ensure its future sustainability.

Funding for this impressive community project has come from Dumfries & Galloway - Village Halls Improvement Scheme, Awards for All – Scotland, SWEAT (South West Environmental Action Trust), Airtricity (SSE Renewables), Hugh Fraser Foundation and Robertson Trust.

The refurbishment has provided improvements to all areas of the hall and includes a new well-appointed kitchen to support functions and events, access to allow use by wheelchair users, new flooring and decoration, new lighting and a disabled toilet. New emergency lighting and fire alarm systems complete the biggest refurbishment to the hall for many years.

New Kitchen
The Hall Management Committee hope that these refurbishments will encourage the continued use of the hall to not only bring together the community, but also to offer it as a friendly, intimate and versatile event venue for hire.
Trevor Hayward, village hall management committee chairman, said “Our village hall team has worked hard to make these refurbishments to our popular village hall and we’re most grateful to all our funders, and building contractors, that have made these improvements possible”. “We’re confident that the current users of the hall who have put up with the inevitable disruption of building works, will benefit from these improvements with even more being attracted to our newly ‘revitalised’ hall and anyone interested in hiring the hall should contact Dobie Davidson on 01387 710587”. “I should also like to take this opportunity to apologise to any of the hall neighbours who may have been inconvenienced by the building works”.
For more information on Kirkmahoe Parish Hall contact Trevor Hayward (Chairman) on 01387 711344 or Dobie Davidson (Secretary) on 01387 710587.

Lovely New Kitchen!

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Kirkmahoe Concerts Robin Williamson

Robin Williamson, founder member of the Incredible String Band, will be at the Barony Church Dalswinton for an afternoon of music and story telling, on Saturday 13th November 2010 at 2.00 pm

Tickets £8.00 plus one child free with each paying adult, available from:-

Thomas Tosh, Thornhill.

The Midsteeple, Dumfries.

At the door on the day.
Or phone 01387 740 045

Not to be missed!

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Kirkmahoe Concerts

The first in a new venture of Kirkmahoe Concerts got off to a brilliant start on 2 September when more than 90 people made their way to the Barony Church, Dalswinton for an evening of poetry, traditional music and jazz.

Tom Pow got the proceedings underway with a selection of poems from his considerable back catalogue. His ‘Galloway Cow’ thrilled the audience, as did his wonderful account of trains and train sets in years gone by.

Nick Spencer and Derek Spence (fiddles) and Lionel McLelland (guitar and vocals) then took to the stage for a driving set of tunes and Lionel’s self penned songs. His provocative ode on the Westminster expenses scandal was well received and the audience were bowled over by brilliant fiddle harmonies and virtuoso playing including a set of tunes from Shetland, the heart-rending Slockit Lights, a Scott Skinner piece as well a tunes from Ireland and North America.

The beautiful autumn night and the excellent efforts of the Kirkmahoe Community Council allowed refreshments to be served by candlelight outdoors before Cumbria-based jazz trio Chameleon (pictured) played a set of superbly executed modern jazz compositions. Stuart Johnson (saxophones), Avril Greenhow Parker (keyboards) and Joel Allison (bass) were totally at home with the works of Miles Davis, Chick Corea and Pat Metheney and made excellent use of the church’s wonderful acoustics. Cumbria fans who travelled to see them were not disappointed and the band won over a lot of new interest by the end of the set.

The sense of enjoyment and pleasure was palpable as the audience spilled out into the moonlit evening, where they were ably assisted by a small team of volunteer car parking stewards.

David Clark, who organised the non-profit event with help from a a willing group of other enthusiasts, said: “The concert has exceeded expectations. The Community Council really got behind it and helped in several ways. Dumfries and Galloway Arts and Gaelforce supported us. The performers were brilliant. And the audience seemed to love it.”

He added: “the next concert in the Barony Church will be at 2pm on the afternoon of 13 November and will feature the great Robin Williamson, founder member of the Incredible String Band, multi-instrumentalist and a true genius of storytelling”.Tickets are £8, with one child going free with each paying adult. For more details and to reserve a ticket call David Clark on 01387 740045.
Photos Courtesy of Carla Corlett-Svensson

Thursday, 26 August 2010

August 28th Barbecue at Dalswinton Cancelled

Barbeque Cancelled

At the last meeting of the Kirkmahoe Community Council we decided for a number of reasons to cancel the barbecue on August 28th at Dalswinton

I am sorry if you intended to be there, and hope you will not be too disappointed, but we have pencilled it in for August 2011 in Kirkton

I look forward to seeing some of you at the concert in Dalswinton Church on Thursday 2nd September

For more details please see Kikrmahoe Blog or my last email

Best Wishes
Jean Muir
Chairperson KCC

Kirkmahoe Concert and Kircophany

Kirkmahoe Concerts presents
Chameleon - an atmospheric jazz trio from Cumbria

Nick Spencer and Lionale McLelland - sublime local folk duo

Tom Pow - celebrated poet and story teller

At the Barony Church, Dalswinton on Thursday 2nd September at 7.30 pm

Tickets £6.50 or £4 concessions available on the door or from Thomas Tosh (Thornhill), Midsteeple (Dumfries)

For further details please contact David Clark 01387 702043 or email me (Jean Muir)

(David Clark stays in Dalswinton and is promoting this concert with a view to raising awareness of the local area and providing entertainment for the community. He is being assisted by Kirkmahoe Community Council. If this concert is a success, hopefully more will follow)

Kircophony -

Your very own music group, has its first meeting of the session on Tuesday August 31st at 7.30pm at Carzield House. So far we have some singers plus a mixture of brass, fiddle, drums, piano and guitar and we have been trying out a number of songs that most people know. It has been a great laugh and we aim to meet every fortnight. EVERYONE IS WELCOME.

Contact Alice Howdle ( or me (Jean Muir)

KCC Minutes July 2010 & Agenda August 2010

KCC Minutes July 2010

KCC Agenda August 2010

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Kirkmahoe Gala and Next Event

Kirkmahoe Gala and Next Event

With Thanks to all who helped to make the Gala such a sucess.

After all bills are paid we expect the 'profit' to be about £789
At our Community Council meeting on Wednesday we agreed to distribute this as follows

Duncow school Fundraising Group - £500
Kirkmahoe Church - £160
Kirkton Hall - £120

Next Event: Barbecue at Dalswinton Hall on Saturday 28th August at 7.30pm with entertainment by the Gallovidians

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Kirkmahoe Gala June 2010

Kirkmahoe Gala June 2010

The Great Day dawned amid dark skies and rain, but all was well for the start of the Gala, the rain stopped, and the sun even put in a brief appearance during the afternoon.

Entertainment was provided by, in order of appearance, Thornhill Pipe Band, Koda, and Dumfries Town Band, who gave us excellent music in varying styles.

There was a variety of stalls, catering and adventure facilities.

Many Thanks to all who, organised, contributed, and helped to make this a Great Day out for all the family.

Here are some memories of the day. General overview of the Gala Field
Catering Tent
Dumfries Town Band
Various Stalls


Koda again

Thornhill Pipe Band

Bouncy Castle

Scaling the heights
Future F1 Drivers in training.

Wellie Throwing.
(If you do not wish your photo to appear on this Blog please email letting us know which one it is, and it will be removed)

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

KCC Minutes June 2010

KCC Minutes June 2010

(Due to technical difficulties with the Docstoc site it has not been possible to provide a link for these minutes.)

Minutes of the Kirkmahoe Community Council Meeting of the 19th May, in Kirkton Village Hall.
Present – Jean Muir, John Young, Hugh Johnstone, Peter Landale, Neil Munro Claire Corlett
In Attendance –Steven Herriot, Alan Johnstone, PC Graham and nine members of the public.
1 – Apologies –, Derek Ivy, Pam Taylor, Jeff Leaver, John Charteris, Lorna McGowan
2 – Update on proposals for investigation into Whitesands Flood Mitigation –
2.1 – Steven Herriot reported that the Council wrote to landowners on 25th March, asking for access to land to do surveying. On 22nd April, Council held a meeting giving landowners more information re situation.
2.2 – Jan 2009 the engineering solution for the Council’s preferred scheme of a 1.4m high embankment and small demountable barrier on the Whitesands and flood storage areas between Dalscone and Friars Carse was approved. Council cannot leave any property worse off as a result of the latter option.
2.3 – Mouchel, the Consulting Engineers are to look at data taken during survey. Environmental survey work to be done to ascertain impact of flood storage on protected species.
2.4 – Whitesands hydraulic modelling drainage to be looked at.
2.5 – Second phase or statutory phase of work, will be done at the end of 2010.
2.6 – There was a period of discussion and questions. The main points were:
• January flood was higher than the November flood. This was caused by a combination of rainfall and melting snow
• SEPA recorded the January flood as a 1/10 year flood event
• Flood warning scheme does not currently extend up to Kirkmahoe area
• Surface water drainage system from town centre needs to be looked at and improved
• Lack of consultation with and consideration to landowners.
• No consideration given to residences in Kirkton area in studies re Flood Mitigation Scheme
• Proper consultation necessary in order to progress situation
• PL, JM and JY to have a meeting with SH and AJ to show photographs and information collected.
3 – Minutes of the last meeting
Approval of the minutes was moved by PL and seconded by JY.

4 – Matters arising from the minutes –
4.1 – Re Point 7 – The Council Emergency Planning Team are taking information from other community councils. Planner, David Gurney would like to have a cascading telephone scheme in the event of future flooding.
4.2 – Re Point 11.3 – The Gala Disco will be held on Friday, 4th June and not Saturday, 5th June.
4.3 – Re Point 13.1 – Scottish Power to look at the dangerous wooden pole and will subsequently report to JY.
4.4 – Re Point 14.4 – Damage to the culvert barrier at Auchencrieff corner is to be repaired.
5 – Treasurer’s report
5.1 – Dumfries & Galloway Council Events Support. We have received £502 (a 0.4% increase) for the 2010 Gala and £250 (the same as before) for the 2011 Senior Citizens’ Social event.
5.2 – Quarterly Management Accounts up to 31st March 2010 were circulated to Council Members and some copies were available at the Meeting.
5.3 – Hall, Garden and Garage Sale held on 12 Mar 10. This event almost broke even, so that was very good.
5.4 – Insurance arranged for the Family Disco (Fri 4th June) and the KCC Gala (Sun 13th June)

6 – Councillors’ Report – No report available as Councillors not present.
7 – Police Report
7.1 - Car crashed avoiding a deer on Kirkton – Duncow road. Theft of a garden hose in Dalswinton.
7.2 –There are bogus callers in the area offering gardening services. The police recommend that the public look out for each other and if possible, get car registration numbers.
7.3 – The police want to start a “Farmwatch” system whereby all farmers in the area fill in a slip with their mobile phone numbers and send in to the police in order that a group text can be sent out if there is an upsurge in quad bike or diesel thefts. This is a quick and efficient method of contacting all concerned of any such dangers. Forms will be sent out with Gala info.
7.4 – Police with help of school children have been monitoring driving speeds in Glencaple, Collin and Kirkton. Children asked motorists own questions. Idea is to shame speeding motorists. (Article in Standard)
7.5 – JM asked police to investigate rubbish in a lay by near Broomdykes Farm.
8 – Co-option of new Committee member – Fiona Latta was co-opted as a full member of Kirkmahoe Community Council, having been proposed by JM and seconded by JY.
9 – Future Local Development Plan
9.1 – JM has edited the KCC response to the Council, which has to be submitted by 4th June. JM to amend the Carnsalloch development details.
9.2 – PL said that any new development has to include 20% low cost housing.
9.3 – KCC believes that “any further quarrying development should only be permitted if a bond has been put in place to re-instate the area affected by any proposed quarrying”.
10 – Planning Matters – none
11 – Update on Village Green Enhancement (NM)
11.1 – Scottish Power have agreed to pay for energy used at the new village green outlet.
11.2 –Painting of the new street lights to start in June. Pitch pine poles available to those who want them.
11.3 – Funding of £2000 for Village Green Enhancement available. Money can be obtained within 6 weeks. A flyer re barbecue and Village Green Enhancement to be distributed.
11.4 – Future options for Enhancement of Kirkton and public opinion on how to proceed, will be considered at KCC September meeting.
11.5 – Possibility of entering Village in Bloom competition to be given early consideration. NM to write a thank you letter. KCC to get back to them at a later date.
11.6 – NM to contact the Council to ascertain how they can assist with tubs and hanging baskets etc.
12 – Events
12.1 – Gala Disco, Friday 4th June
12.2 – Gala, Sunday 13th June – KODA to entertain; games and activities for all ages. Leaflet to be distributed.
12.3 – It would be appreciated if Jill Corlett would take photos of Gala and Disco for the Kirkmahoe Blog -
13 – Correspondence
13.1 – The Council has sent an invitation to attend a meeting about the Winter Service Review re snow clearing, salting etc.
13.2 – Solway Heritage had forwarded the latest criteria for the distribution of Wind Farm Funding.
13.3 – Scottish Natural Heritage magazine sent to JM. D & G mentioned at last.
14 – Any other business –
14.1 – PL attended the meeting of Nithsdale Confederation of Community Councils where D & G housing trust gave a presentation of affordable housing. The presentation gave good ideas and ways to get affordable housing. It was suggested that KCC could invite this group to one of its meetings.
14.2 – Loreburn CC and Kirkmahoe CC have conflicting ideas re the Whitesands.
14.3 – The Music Group, which is now called “Kirkcophony” is to meet on Tuesday 1st June.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday, 16th June, 2010 in Dalswinton Village Hall at 7.30 pm.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Amendment to Disco! Date is now Friday June 4th

We made a small blunder when announcing the Gala Disco as being on Saturday 5th June - the hall was already booked for something else! so please could you amend your calendars to show that the Gala Family disco is on Friday June 4th at 7pm.

Sorry if this causes any inconvenience.

Monday, 10 May 2010

KCC Minutes May 2010 and Local Plan

KCC Minutes May 2010 & Local Plan

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Sunday, 9 May 2010

Up and coming Kirkmahoe Events

A quick update of what is happening locally:

Duncow Playing Field Committee AGM is in Kirkton Hall on Thursday 13/5 at 7.30 pm. All welcome

Dalswinton Estate are hosting a Garden Open day on Sunday May 16th in aid of Kirkmahoe Church and Scotland's Garden Scheme.

Kirkmahoe Gala - we are busy getting the Gala organised, a flier will be going out to everybody shortly, there will be a family disco on Friday June 4th when the Gala Shepherd and their attendants will be inaugurated

Kirkmahoe Gala is on Sunday June 13th - please can you help?
- we need people to help set up on Saturday 12th
- to serve at stalls/stands
- as stewards
- to help take everything down

We also need donations - baking, bottles, books, plants, bric a brac. This is a community effort, Community Coucil will share proceeds with local organisations that are taking part - Duncow School PFA, Kirkmahoe Church, Kirkton Hall

There is a bottle of Champagne on offer to the person who sells the most Prize Draw tickets!

Please let me know if you can help with any of the above


Jean Muir (tel 710216)

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

London Marathon 2010 Completed Next is Ben Nevis

London Marathon

Kirkmahoe's Gordon Bissett pictured here after completing the London Marathon in 6 hours 15 minutes.

Gordon ran the London Marathon in aid of the Maggie's Cancer Care Centres.

To make a donation log on to

There is also a facility at Kirkton Stores where you can donate.

Ben Nevis
Gordon's next challenge is to climb Ben Nevis which he plans to do this weekend.

Ben Nevis

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

London Marathon 2010

London Marathon Sunday 25th April 2010

Kirkmahoe's Gordon Bissett is running!

Gordon Bissett entry number 53896
Gordon completed the marathon in 6 hours 15 minutes! Well Done Gordon!

Kirkmahoe's own Gordon Bissett will run in the London Marathon on Sunday 25th April.

Gordon has said that he would like everyone to know that you can track his progress throughout the marathon.

Tracking Gordon's London Marathon Progress (25 04 It seems the tracking device is not working on the day!)


If you want to track Gordon's progress you can do so by texting the word RUN to 83040* and you will be sent a link to the mobile tracking service.

Next ENTER Gordon's Race Number 53896 and the system will do the rest. Gordon will be tracked by the timing chip in his shoe as he passes 5k markers along the route.

You can also follow his London Marathon progress on

where you can download the addidas waptracker app
How to donate to Gordon's Charity

Gordon is running the London Marathon to raise funds for the Maggie's Cancer Centres

To make a donation you can log on to

There is also a form in Kirkton Stores where you can sponsor him.