Monday, 11 June 2012

KCC Minutes May 2012/ Agenda June 2012

The next meeting of Kirkmahoe Community Council will be held in Dalswinton Village Hall on Wednesday 20th June 2012 at 7.30pm


1.    Apologies for absence

2.    Minutes of the last meeting

3.    Matters arising

4.    Returning Officer

5.    Windfarms - Community Benefit

6.    Kirkton enhancements

7.    Police Report

8.    Treasurer’s report

9.    Councillors’ report

10. Planning matters

11. Events

12. Correspondence

13. Any other competent business

14. Date and place of next meeting

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Break ins

The local Police attend our meetings and are always urging us to be vigilant and to keep things secure.
Someone who lives in Kirkmahoe has just sent me a message to say she has heard there were a couple of break-ins to garden sheds in Amisfield earlier this week. Garden furniture stolen and some garden implements.

If you see any suspicious vehicles or people, the police do like to know and they do check number plates etc

You can phone the Dumfries call centre on 0845 600 5701 or anonymously if you wish to Crimestoppers

Kirkmahoe Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

The rain held off for our Celebrations, although it was a cold day after the lovely hot spell we had experienced the previous week. With the Village Green looking so Festive adorned in bunting and tents, it was a shame that the entertainment had to be moved to inside Kirkton Village Hall, the barbeques and the drinks tent remaining outdoors.
Despite the cold there was an excellent turnout, and the evening, once again, proved to be a great success.

The evening started with the Children's Fancy Dress Parade the children being led by the Soan Pipers. Peter Landale welcomed everyone.
For such a tiny area it is surprising to see how much Talent turned out for the Kirkton's Got Talent Show.
School Children played tin Whistles
Jordan played the euphonium
Joan Stroud read a selection of her poems which she has had published
Heidi sang Lady Gaga
The Old Geezers played for us
Sam Solley played Boogie Woogie
Ken Meek sang songs for us
The Old Geezers rounded off the evening in their own way.

Everyone went home happy, with some being well refreshed, and all having been much entertained by the extremely talented people from our small area.
Volunteers soon cleared up, the bunting came down, the new barbeque pits were scrubbed.
Many Thanks to the Community Council, to all the volunteers and performers who made it a Day to Remember

Friday, 1 June 2012

80 for 80

Dobie & Connie's Retirement

Kirkton Parish Hall Committee held a surprise 80th  birthday /appreciation party for their recently retired secretary & treasurer – Dobie Davidson.   On Saturday 26th May, 80 folk: including family, friends and local supporters gathered in the festive and decorative Kirkton Village Hall as part of the surprise – and what a surprise Dobie and his wife got! Stuart Martin compered the musical based evening and entertained everybody with his hilarious stories. The Gallovidians began the musical programme and performances from local talent including: the Howdles, the Muirs and Jean Gemmell provided wonderful entertainment to a very special evening.  The Gallovidians wrote a special polka dedicated to Dobie and his wife Connie.  Their daughter, Janette, did a “This is Your Life” – presentation incorporating pictures from long ago, which brought back wonderful memories, to young and old.  A handcrafted supper buffet was greatly appreciated by all.

Alice Howdle

Alice & David Howdle

Presentation Mary Harkness and reply from Dobie

Music composed by the Gallovidians for Dobie & Connie

Jean Gemmel

Jean Gemmel

David Muir

David & Jean Muir

David & Jean Muir

Dobie Davidson gave 50 years of service (1962 – 2012) to Kirkmahoe Parish Hall Committee, most of that time in the capacity of both secretary and treasurer. When he first became treasurer, the hall finances were in a sorry state. He strove hard in the early years to build up funds in the bank account to earn sufficient interest to cover running costs. Dobie, for decades unfailingly set up and cleared the hall for events, painted doors, sanded and varnished the main floor many times, installed roof insulation, called in tradesmen and served unstintingly as general handyman. In 1964, his wife Connie joined him and together they have been devoted caretakers, Connie retired with Dobie.
The Davidsons on many occasions spearheaded funding-raising ventures.  They held coffee mornings, whist drives, silent auctions and Burns Suppers to name a few. Their community involvement even spread out from the hall to helping improve facilities on the children's play park in Kirkton village. Dobie used his own vehicle to make purchases and he even ferried people to and from meetings and events.

Ex-provost Ernie Gibson, a former trustee and chairman (1967-2003), described him as "self-effacing, altruistic, dedicated." He continued: "I believe that people like Dobie who willingly devote a large part of their life doing public work without material reward, often in the background, for the good of their fellows, are much more worthy of public recognition and acclaim than many of the so-called 'celebrities'."

Dobie recently was a finalist in the Nithsdale Community Achievement Awards.

A local collection for Dobie, for his services to the community, resulted in a gift of a card and a cheque, which was presented to him by senior hall trustee, Mary Harkness during the party. The successful and most memorable evening finished with music from the Gallovidians and a very sincere and heart warming vote of thanks from Morag Williams.

(Kirkmahoe News would like to state that this post is not up to usual standards due to technical problems beyond our control)