Saturday, 31 December 2011

Have a Great Hogmanay and a Happy New Year

Kirkmahoe News wishes all our readers at home and  overseas a very Happy New Year, with the words of our National poet Robert Burns.

Auld Lang Syne was written by Burns during his time farming at Ellisland (1788 to 1791)  just across the River Nith from Kirkmahoe. See,_Dumfries

Friday, 23 December 2011

Merry Christmas

Kirkmahoe News Wishes you All a Very Happy Christmas

Track Santa here 

(Christmas Eve only)

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Merry Christmas from Matthew McAllister

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

2011 is coming to an end, it has been a very busy year full of concerts, travels, festivals, recordings, masterclasses and great music making!
May I take this opportunity to wish you have a great time over the festive period and all the best in 2012.
I have taken time over the last few days to take stock of all the photos and videos from the last year and a few new videos really stand out.
The wonderful Lament by Neil Gow in a stylish new video from the Gitaarsalon.
A new soulful ballad by Scottish Composer Peter Stewart. There are many interesting blogs packed with photography covering all sorts of topics at my new website!
The topics include my visit to the Guitar Gems Festival, performing in the Kwakkel Jubilee Concert, performing the Concierto de Aranjuez and opening the season for the West Sussex Guitar Club.
Please visit my new website to have a read through the blogs and view the photographs.
You can follow me on Facebook and Twitter on the links below.!/McAllisterpluck
I hope you enjoy the videos, photography and blogs and I wish you all the best for 2012!
Matthew McAllister
P.S. Hope to see you at a concert!

Kirkmahoe Concerts The Halton Quartet 15th Jan 2012

Kirkmahoe Concerts .... a non-profit community endeavour. Featuring high quality live performance from across the spectrum of classical, jazz, folk, fusion and spoken word. In local venues and with an emphasis on modest tickets prices.
The Halton Quartet
Sunday 15th January 2012, 2.30pm, Kirkmahoe Parish Church, Kirkton
This astonishing Scottish quartet are hard to pigeon hole. Rooted in the folk tradition, they draw on many influences from around the globe and weave a rich and evocative world of sound from strings, bow and bellows. Influenced by Argentinean tango, the European classical school, New York jazz and Scottish traditional, expect stunning musicianship, high energy and an afternoon to blow away the January blues!
From Kirkmahoe they head off to feature at Celtic Connections in Glasgow.
Tickets: £8 from: The Midsteeple, Dumfries; Thomas Tosh, Thornhill ; the venue on the day; or call 01387 740045. CHILDREN FREE
Also - follow Kirkmahoe Concerts on Facebook!!!

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Carol Singing 18 12 11

There was a good turn out of Carol Singers this year, and in comparison to last year we had no snow. Instead it was a cold and frosty evening.The singers went around the area singing carols for the residents, and to warm themselves up afterwards all proceeded to the Hall where there was the usual hot mince pies and other seasonal goodies. The Old Geezers provided some indoor entertainment and the long months of practising since their inception is showing to advantage.
All in all £103 was raised, and the singers made this sum up to £130 which will be sent to the local branch of the Salvation Army.

Thanks to all involved and to all who donated so generously.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

More Flooding - Ice Forecast

More flooding in the area, and with the high winds everyone is being advised to stay at home unless journeys are ABSOLUTELY necessary.
The road into Dumfries is once more closed, with traffic being diverted via Locharbriggs.
The school was closed due to the storm.
Winds are expected to subside later tonight but tomorrow brings the threat of frost making the already wet roads treacherous.
Take care everyone!
If you have any pictures of the flooding send them in to:-

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Making better use of Kirkton Village Hall

Since the summer we have been asking people what event or activity they would come to the Hall for. The 10 most popular suggestions from this mini survey, in order of popularity, were:-

1 Produce Co-Op (Bring/Swap/Buy local produce)
2 Tai Chi
3 Social Club
4 Quiz Night
5 Pilates
6 Badminton
7 Old Time Dancing
8 First Aid
9 Whist Drive
10 Coffee Shop

Some of these events are now already taking place, or are being arranged for the near future:
Social Club/Coffee morning – Being arranged for Thursday mornings in the New Year
Quiz Nights – Held throughout the year, but more could be arranged
Pilates – held on Mondays at noon Contact Annie on 01387 730421 or 07815 655190 for details
Badminton – held on Monday evening at 7.30pm. Contact Trevor on 01387 711344 for details
Old Time Dancing – held on Thursday evening at 7.30pm. Contact John Caskie on 01387 710975/07711573071.

To get the other events up and running we need enthusiastic volunteers to work together with the Hall Committee to plan and organise them.

If you are interested in getting involved to organise any of these events, please contact Trevor Hayward on 01387 711344.

Carol Singing Kirkton 17th Dec 2011

Carol Singing
Sunday 18th December
6.30pm meeting at the pump
All welcome.

For further information
Contact Jean Muir 710216
(there will be a collection for a charity
to be chosen on the night)

Friday, 2 December 2011

Flooding Pictures

I do not think anyone will be playing in the park just now!

If you have any photos of the floods send them in to

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Flooding - Tide Times Link

Here is information re tide times for the next few days obtained from

Wed 30 Nov
02:44 09:03 15:01 21:41
7.8 m 8.0 m

Thu 1 Dec
03:33 09:52 15:52 22:34
7.4 m 7.6 m

Fri 2 Dec
04:26 10:49 16:49 23:34
6.9 m 7.2 m

Sat 3 Dec
05:27 11:54 17:52
6.6 m 7.0 m

Sun 4 Dec
00:38 06:35 13:04 18:58
6.5 m 6.9 m

Mon 5 Dec
01:43 07:44 14:12 20:02
6.6 m 7.0 m

Tue 6 Dec
02:41 08:43 15:05 20:57
6.9 m 7.2 m

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Flooding & Floodline

Floodline direct warning service is now live

The Floodline service has changed. We now have over 200 local Flood Warning areas across Scotland; which means that the Floodline quick dial codes have also changed. You can now sign up to receive free advance flood warning messages direct to your phone, so you'll know exactly when flooding has been forecast for your local area.
Due to the torrential rain of the past days many of us are affected by flooding.
Above is the link to SEPA flood line, flood warnings, updates and may other helpful services.

Friday, 18 November 2011


To raise funds for a publication on researches into the two parish war memorials.
(promoted by Kirkmahoe Parish Hall Committee and Kirkmahoe Heritage Group)
Sunday 20th November 2011
2.30pm - 4.30pm
baking , bric-a-brac, toy and bottle stalls
Admission £1.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

KCC AGM 10 11 Agenda Nov 11

The next meeting of Kirkmahoe Community Council will be held in Dalswinton Village Hall on Wednesday 16th November 2011 at 7.30pm
1. Apologies for absence
2. Minutes of the last meeting
3. Matters arising
4. Kirkton enhancements
5. Auchencairn Forest Windfarm Proposal
6. Police report
7. Councillor’s report
8. Planning matters
9. Events
10. Correspondence
11. Any other competent business
12. Date and place of next meeting
Claire Corlett

Clerk to the Committee

5th November 2011

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Laying the base for Heather & Sandy's Seat

 As a result of the questionnaire the site chosen for the position of Heather & Sandy's seat, by popular vote, is behind the pump, to the rear of the grass triangle.
It was a dreich day for doing the work of laying the base, and securing the seat. Rain ended up stopping completion of the job, but before the deluge, the beautiful sandstone slabs which will form the base for the bench were laid. The slabs were kindly donated by Stancliffe Stone Company who operate the Locharbriggs Sandstone Quarry, and we are extremely grateful to them for their generosity.

Thanks to Neil Munro, John Young, David Howdle, and Alexander Muir for their help, and much appreciation to Peter McMillan whose slab laying skills were invaluable.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Do you have a 4x4? Would you like to help?

Hello Everyone, Gordon Bisset received this message from Ae 4x4 Club, I am sending it on incase anyone with a 4x4 is interested
Regards Jean Muir
Contact email for John Goodwin is

It's nearly time to put the 'clocks back' an hour and 'the nights are fair drawing in' - as they say. The Ae 4x4 club members last year were busy at this time and throughout the winter months helping carers reach their clients whose homes were, in some cases isolated in exposed and remote areas. They were, in some cases bed ridden in homes that were cut off by snow and ice. We also play an important part within the Dumfries and Galloway Emergency planning and can provide much needed support to a range of individuals/organisations.
This is where you and your 4x4 comes into it's own!
This is your chance to do your bit, to help out like last year by delivering carers and/or vital supplies etc.
All you need to do is let our club secretary (John Goodwin) have your contact details, availability,type of 4x4, how many passengers and what area would be most practical for you. He'll coordinate the volunteers. Don't worry, it won't be dawn to dusk but just as little or as many hours a week as you are comfortable with. A couple of hours was the average last year
So go on, get your name on the Ae 4x4 response register and help somebody else have a great Christmas as well.........................

Thursday, 13 October 2011

KCC minutes Sept 2011 Agenda AGM Oct 2011

The Annual General Meeting of Kirkmahoe Community Council will be held in Kirkton Village Hall on Wednesday 19th October 2011 at 7.30pm
1. Chairman’s welcome
2. Apologies for absence
3. Chairman’s Annual Report
4. Treasurer’s Annual Report
5. Election of Office bearers
• Chairman
• Vice Chairman
• Treasurer
• Secretary
6. Minutes of the last meeting
7. Matters arising
8. Kirkton enhancements
9. Winter Events Seminar
10. Police report
11. Councillor’s report
12. Planning matters
13. Events
14. Correspondence
15. Any other competent business
16. Date and place of next meeting
Claire Corlett
Clerk to the Committee 12th October 2011

Monday, 10 October 2011

Shirley & James run Edinburgh 10k for Marie Curie Cancer Care


Shirley Kelting and James McMahon.


On Sunday 2/10/11 myself and James drove to Edinburgh in the pouring rain to run the Edinburgh 10k in aid of Marie Curie Nurses
Our day started at by the time we reached the start line we were like "droont rats" but our spirits were high and the atmosphere in the city was lively.By the time the race started the rain had stopped,it was a very scenic run through the streets although there was more hills than I expected. I managed to complete the race in 64 mins which I was pleased with as I'm no athlete! Afterwards we celebrated with a Chinese meal then drove home for a hot bath and a relaxing night on the couch.
(If anyone wishes to make a donation to Marie Curie Cancer Care they can contact Shirley direct or via



Thursday, 6 October 2011

Kirkmahoe Concerts Robin Williamson 11 11 11

Robin Williamson Friday 11th November 2011, 7.30pm, Dalswinton Village Hall

Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, story-teller, poet and founder member of the Incredible String Band - Robin returns to Kirkmahoe, by popular request. Come along for beautiful harp playing, songs new and old with guitar – and a few unexpected digressions along the way! An evening that will delight his many followers, old and new. Price: £8
All tickets from: The Midsteeple, Dumfries ; Thomas Tosh, Thornhill ; the venue on the day; or call David Clark on 01387 740045.

Booking strongly advised.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

KCC Minutes August 2011 & Agenda Sept 2011

Charity Marathon Motorbike journey into N Africa

Natasha Moss who stays at Netherholm Farm and is a 6th year student at Wallace Hall Academy has asked me to let you know that she is taking a marathon motorbike journey into North Africa, accompanied by her father, in aid of Children In Need.

If you wish to support her and for more information please see

New Windfarms

New Windfarms There are two windfarm proposals for hills relatively close to us and there are two separate public exhibitions for anyone to attend. Someone from the Community Council will try to attend them, but they are for everyone who is interested. Anyone can comment on planning proposals.
1) Auchencairn Forest - Acciona are having three open evenings - 19th Sept in Ae Village Hall, 21st Sept in Closeburn, 22nd in Thornhill
2) Blackwood Windfarm - Force9Energy are having an exhibition from 11am-8pm in Auldgirth Village Hall on Wed 28th September
Kirkmahoe Concerts (A quick reminder - more information on Kirkmahoe News )
Auriga Strings
Sunday 18th September 2.30pm, Kirkmahoe Parish Church, Kirkton
Price: £8
All tickets from: The Midsteeple, Dumfries ; Thomas Tosh, Thornhill ; the venue on the day; or call David Clark on 01387 740045.

Jean Muir

BBQ & Ceilidh

 The evening proved a great success. It seems word is spreading about our Commnity Events as there were people from further afield than Kirmahoe also coming to enjoy our BBQ & Ceilidh.

Entertainment was provided by The Gallovidians.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Next Edition of Grapevine

Hello Everyone,

We are looking for contributions to the next Grapevine which we hope to produce in October.
Please can you forward any articles or pictures of local interest to me ( or John Young ( by 12th September.

We would be particularly interested in any new groups which have formed, both news and dates and times, or if you are thinking of starting an activity and wish to get members.
If you have a calendar of events we can add it to the back page.


Jean Muir

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Kirkmahoe Concerts Auriga Strings 18th Sept 2011

Kirkmahoe Concerts

The Auriga Strings

Sunday 18th September 2.30pm, Kirkmahoe Parish Church, Kirkton

Led by Iona Hassan, this dynamic young team of string players from across the UK is building a strong following for their exciting chamber music concerts. Main features of the programme will be:

Johannes Brahms - String Sextet No.1 in Bb major

Richard Strauss - Capriccio for String Sextet

There will also be some lighter, popular pieces. Look out for the return of Feargus Hetherington – playing viola, who thrilled the Kirkmahoe audience back in January with the duo Maelasta.
Price: £8
All tickets from: The Midsteeple, Dumfries ; Thomas Tosh, Thornhill ; the venue on the day; or call David Clark on 01387 740045.

KCC Minutes June 2011, Agenda August 2011

A. The next meeting of Kirkmahoe Community Council will be held in Kirkton Village Hall on Wednesday 17th August, 2011 at 7.30pm
1. Apologies for absence
2. Minutes of the last meeting
3. Matters arising from the minutes
4. Kirkton Enhancements
5. Treasurer’s Report
6. Councillor’s Report
7. Police Report
8. Planning Matters
9. Events
10. Correspondence
11. Any other competent business
12. Date and Place of next meeting

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Community Barbeque 26th August

Kirkmahoe Community Council

Invite you to our

Community Barbecue


Friday, 26th August at 7.30pm

At Kirkton Hall

Delicious burgers

and sausages for sale

Licensed Bar

Musical entertainment by the



Entrance – Free of charge

Carnsalloch House Development

As previously discussed we are required by the Planning Authorities to give a Public Consultation presentation on our proposals to redevelop Carnsalloch House.

Please find attached the ‘Proposal of Application Notice’ for your information and circulation to Kirkmahoe Community Council. We have booked Kirkton Village Hall on Friday 12th August, 2011 at 7.30pm and will give a PowerPoint presentation explaining the Scheme. We will also forward a copy of the Submission Report to you when it is submitted to D&G Council Planners later in the year, after the consultation process. We would welcome any comments or suggestions you have on our proposals.
Best Regards, IAN

Ian Foster

Friday, 24 June 2011

Kirkmahoe Concerts presents The Geese 02 July

 Folk trio Alan and Michelle McLure and Harry Thomson play a variety of stringed instruments, write their own wry and perceptive songuaranteed to bring a Summer evening of enjoyment to Kirkmahoe. Price: £8 All tickets from:The Midsteeple, Dumfries, ; Thomas Tosh, Thornhill ; the venue on the day; or call 01387 and are

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Kirkmahoe Gala June 2011 - a sample of the day

Despite a poor forecast the weather stayed fine for our Gala which was opened with songs from local singer Caitlin Bell followed by jazz from the Scott Murphy Quartet.

Various Charities were represented including the School and the Church. This year's featured Charity was Greyhound Rescue.These beautiful graceful former racing dogs came along with their new owners or carers and we learned that a greyhounds can reach speeds of 0-45mph faster than a Ferrari....we were told, however, that they do not come in shades of red!
For the Dare Devils there was a climbing wall, a bouncy castle and Racing Karts.
                       There was a good variety of stalls.
The Ladies of the Rural served up drinks and wonderful home baking in the Refreshment Tent.

Neil Claire & Carla did a great job on the Barbeque
          And Travis thoroughly enjoyed Smashing Crockery.
Thornhill Pipe Band entertained us, and to hear a short medley of their tunes please click on the link below.
If you want to watch full page  click on title and 4 arrows at bottom of page.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

KCC Minutes May 2011 Agenda June 2011

Please take note that the meeting will start at 7.30 pm Wednesday, 15th June in Dalswinton Village Hall.

Pilates Class Kirkton Village Hall

Matthew McAllister's Concert Dates

Dear friends and colleagues,

Here are details of some upcoming concerts, including perfomances in Scotland, England & Switzerland.
Hope to see you at a concert!
Saturday 11th June, 4pm ~ Solo Recital
Colinsburgh Festival
Parish Church
Tickets: £6 (available at the door)

Friday 17th June, 8pm ~ Solo Recital
Kemnay Church Centre
Church Lane
Tickets: £10/8 (available at the door)

Sunday 19th June, 6pm ~ Agnew McAllister Duo
St Giles' Cathedral
Royal Mile
Tickets: free

Thursday 14th July, 8pm ~ Agnew McAllister Duo
St Salvator's Chapel
St Andrews
Tickets: £5/3,68687,en.html

Friday 29th July, 8pm ~ Solo Recital
Festival de guitare de Nendaz
Chapelle du Bleusy
Tickets: tbc

Tuesday 2nd August, 3.15pm ~ Agnew McAllister Duo
Southwark Cathedral
Tickets: £tbc (available at the door)

Matthew will also be appearing as a special guest in the Glasgow Amatuer Flute Ensemble Annual Charity Concert at the City Chambers in Glasgow on Friday 10th of June. The concert is in aid of Alzheimer Scotland.
For more information please visit:
Best wishes,

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Chris Stout and Catriona McKay

Kirkmahoe Concerts, Kirkton Church, 28 May 2011

Fresh from international touring and buoyant with the success of their latest album, ‘White Nights’, these fine purveyors of the fiddle and harp thrilled the packed audience at Kirkton Church on the final Saturday of the D&G Arts Festival.

From the prolonged applause as they came on stage to the cries for more at the end of the second set, the music was scintillating, varied and superbly delivered. Abstract improvisational pieces, jazz inflected and eastern influenced phrasing and diligent nods to the classical tradition made this a concert that had it all. But at its heart was the traditional music of the Shetland Islands, here given a contemporary twist and taken to new limits.

 The communication between the two performers was breath taking. The playing was fast but never furious, always inventive and at times heart rending with emotion. Highlights included Catriona’s haunting composition ‘Missing You’, Chris’s ‘Michaelswood’, as well as traditional reels and jigs and tunes from Wales and Ireland. Truly a ‘white night’ to remember.

The Kirkmahoe Concerts go from strength to strength and continue at Dalswinton Village Hall at 7.30pm on 2 July when ‘indie folk trio’ The Geese take to the stage. Tickets from Thomas Tosh and the Midsteeple or call David Clark on 01387 740045.

(to view full screen click on video title or square of arrows at bottom right)

Monday, 23 May 2011

Kirkmahoe Diary of up and coming Events

Hello Everyone
Dates for your diaries and a plea for help.
Gala Quiz Night is on Friday June 3rd at 7.30pm in Kirkton Hall –entrance £2 adults, 50p children.

Kirkmahoe Gala is on Sunday June 12th starting at 1pm in Duncow Playing Field. As usual entrance is free, but car parking is £2. Local singer Caitlin Bell will open the Gala. Additional attractions this year are a visit from Greyhound Rescue, and an obstacle course. Music will be provided by up and coming jazz musicians ‘the Scott Murphy Quartet’ and the Buccleuch and Queensberry Pipe band.

We would be grateful for donations of plants, books, bottles, baking, bric-a-brac, old crockery (for smashing) etc,
Also we need more people to help set up and clear up afterwards, and one or two extra volunteers on the stalls.
The proceeds from the Gala and Quiz night are shared between Duncow School Parents Support group, Kirkmahoe Church, Kirkton Hall and the Community Council Events Fund
If you can help with any of the above, please contact me by email or phone 710216.
Jean Muir

PS Reminder too of Concert on 28th May
Kirkmahoe Concerts 28th May  

Chris Stout and Catriona McKay
Saturday 28th May, 7.30-9.30pm, Kirkmahoe Parish Church, Kirkton
(See earlier post for further details)

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Bluebell Wood

Along the Glennel

* The Bluebell is a perennial herb that grows in spring from bulbs that stay in the soil over winter. The shoots emerge from early January, before trees’ leaves block a large proportion of the available sunlight. The bluebell sets seeds profusely and also multiplies by offshoots from its bulbs. As a result it can be a dominant species that carpets the woodland floor early in the spring. The drooping, blue bell shaped flowers, which give the plant its most common name, appear from April to June. Other local names, which mainly refer to the flowers, include Auld Man’s Bell, Calverkeys, Jacinth, Wilde Hyacint and Wood Bells. The flowers may be violet-blue, white or even pink on rare occasions.

Medicinal uses of the bulb include diuretic and styptic properties. Because the bulbs contain toxic substances, they were a popular source of glue for bookbinding – the toxins discouraged attack by silverfish. The toxicity may be the origin of the superstitious belief that anyone who wanders into a ring of bluebells will fall under fairy enchantment and soon after die. Other tales from a time when forests where forbidding places, people believed that bells rang out to summon fairies to their gatherings, unfortunately any human who heard a bluebell ring would soon die. However, not all the Bluebell’s folklore is quite so gloomy. Some believed that by wearing a wreath made of the flowers, the wearer would be compelled to speak only truth. Others believed that if you could turn one of the flowers inside out without tearing it, you would eventually win the one you love.

Kirkmahoe Bluebells
script from
Photos from Kirkmahoe

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Kirkmahoe Community Council Additional Meeting 10th May Kirkton

A meeting of Kirkmahoe Community Council will be held in Kirkton Village Hall on Tuesday 10 May 2011 at 7.30pm which will be followed by a meeting of the KCC Events Sub-Committee
1. Local Development Plan – Consider the terms of a response to the Council on the Main Issues Report
2. Any other competent business.


Events Sub-Committee meeting at the conclusion of the KCC meeting

1. Street Party Event on Friday 29 April 2011
2. Future Events – Gala, Quiz Night, BBQ etc.
3. Any other competent business

John Young
5 May, 2011

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Kirkmahoe Concerts 28th May Chris Stout and Catriona McKay

Chris Stout and Catriona McKay

Saturday 28th May, 7.30-9.30pm, Kirkmahoe Parish Church, Kirkton

Chris Stout is a hugely dynamic and charismatic fiddle player, composer and producer from Fair Isle. His diverse background, deeply rooted in both traditional and classical styles, has brought him to collaborate with musicians across the globe. Catriona McKay is a leading player of the Celtic harp and is widely recognised for her superlative musicianship and innovative style. Fresh from international touring and the successful release of their new CD, White Nights, these world- renowned traditional musicians play fiddle and harp with a contemporary twist, high energy and telepathic rapport. Don’t miss them! This is likely to be our biggest concert of the year - booking strongly recommended!

price: £8
All tickets from:The Midsteeple, Dumfries Thomas Tosh, Thornhill ; the venue on the day; or call David Clark on 01387 740045. In association with the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival –

Monday, 2 May 2011

Kirkmahoe Gala Countdown & Raffle Prizes

Hello Everyone

Following our successful 'Street Party' we are now counting down to Kirkmahoe Gala on Sunday June 12th at Duncow, with a Gala Quiz before it, on Friday June 3rd in Kirkton Hall - more details later.

To help pay for events we are again having a prize draw. Tickets are £1 each and there are 5 in a book.
If you could help us by selling tickets, please let me know and I will bring you some books.
This year's prizes are:-

Motor Yacht Trip from Kippford aboard Valhalla hosted by D and F Latta
2 x £25 vouchers from the Dalswinton Plant Centre
2 fishing tickets for the first week in September on the river Nith at Dalswinton
Meal for 2 at Casa Mia
1 case of 6 bottles of red wine
1 case of 6 bottles white wine
2 fishing tickets for one day on the Drum Loch Dalswinton
Two tickets for Moffat Classic Car Rally
Two Tickets for Badger Watching at Caerlaverock
And many other prizes
To be drawn at Kirkmahoe Gala on Sunday June 12th 2011

Jean Muir
(Tel 01387 710216)

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Royal Wedding Celebrations in Kirkmahoe

The bunting was out, the Hog Roast ready, the weather set fair, on the day Prince William & Catherine Middleton married. Kirkmahoe Community Council had great foresight in organising our local Celebrations. An absolutely FABULOUS evening was had by all, and everyone would like to thank KCC for putting on this wonderful event for us.
It was amazing to see everyone mingling from all parts of Kirkmahoe, lots of us meeting new folks from the area, with new friendships being formed.
Kirkmahoe Royal wedding Celebrations
 The Hog Roast proved a great success, as did the cupcakes, with the gentlemen treating themsleves to the delights of Sulwath Brewery (based in Castle Douglas), wine and soft drinks were available too.
The Gallovidians provided Scottish Dance Music for us in the Hall which was bedecked in our beautiful Saltire Flags, which form the blue and white background of the Union Jack.
Scottish Dancing in the Hall


Our school children contributed a carefully sculpted cake with pictures of the Bride & Groom on the top.
Wedding Cake made by our school children
Huge Thanks to all those involved in organising this event, and to all the Helpers who worked quietly in the background to ensure that everything went smoothly on the night.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Happy Easter and Spring Diary

After our harsh winter we are welcoming  Beautiful Spring with temperature higher than in some Mediterranean resorts.
To record our lovely countryside at this time of year, you are invited to send your Spring photographs in to for our Spring Diary. Flowers, blossoms, trees, birds, lambs and all things Springlike will be welcomed to our Blog. Our overseas readers are included in this.
Here are some to start us off

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Sponsored Walk

Jordan Tweedie is doing a Sponsored Walk in Mabie Forest, on May 2nd for Dumfries Town Band.

Jordan now plays the euphonium in the Band, and is also a member of our local group Kirkcophony.

He is currently looking for sponsors for the walk, and anyone wishing to sponsor Jordan can contact to get the details required. Please leave your tel no so Jordan can get in touch with you.

Further information about Dumfries Town Band can be found at:-

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Your Invitation to our Royal Wedding Celebrations

The Community Council would like to invite you to the

Kirkmahoe Street Party

To Celebrate the Royal Wedding
Friday 29th April


Kirkton Hall and Village Green

Hog Roast, Licenced Bar, Ceilidh, Raffle

All Welcome

Monday, 11 April 2011

Osprey Conservation in Dumfries & Galloway

 If you want to know anything about Raptors, Ciril Ostroznik, from Ae Village is the man to ask. With a lifelong interest in these beautiful Birds of Prey, Ciril is doing much to help with their conservation in Dumfries & Galloway. Look up in this area and you will see many Buzzards with the familiar wide wingspan, soaring above. But how many of us have ever seen a white buzzard? Ciril took this picture of an albino buzzard  in  an area to the west of Kirkmahoe.
Albino Buzzard
Whilst his interest is in all raptors Ciril has become increasingly involved with Osprey Conservation. I am sure most of us think of Ospreys as being at Loch Garten, and do not associate our area with them, but thanks to the endeavours of Ciril, in the whole of Dumfries & Galloway there are now 13 nesting pairs.

So just how has this come about? I was intrigued to find out that Ciril has built all the nesting platforms which attract the birds to the sites.
Ciril making the precarious traverse to the Osprey Platform

Once the birds have found the site the nests made of twigs can reach over 6' in height. There they rear the chicks and Ciril goes to the nest to ring the young birds. This enables the bird to be tracked throughout its life.

Ciril preparing to ring chicks

If you look at the top picture of this post you will see the parent osprey and young. The photo immediately below here is of the same chick in Brittany where it was photographed by a French photographer. This is the first stage of its migration to Senegal where the ospreys overwinter.

Below is a photo if the same bird in Brittany taken two weeks later, and you will see that it has been fishing. It is also looking more mature, and ready for the long flight to Senegal.

Kirkmahoe News would like to Thank Ciril for providing the photographs and for giving us an insight into the wonderful work he does for Osprey Conservation in our Region