Thursday, 31 January 2013

Looking for Sponsorship for Sky Dive

Shirley Kelting is doing a Sky Dive in aid of Marie Curie Nurses.

Marie Curie Nurses give people with cancer and all terminal illnesses the choice to die at home providing patients and their families with 24hour nursing care and support.

Shirley would like to raise as much money for this excellent cause as possible.

Please help her to do this!

You can contact her at 10 Barrasgate, Kirkton,
tel 07931 156 279


Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Duncow/Nethermill Football Team- League Champions

I don't know if you've heard but we are the current league champions, winning the league for the 2nd time (1st time was approx 25years ago).
We also won the cup and this is the 1st time we have ever done the double. This Saturday we had the Carlisle sand indoor competition. For the past 6/7 years that I have been coaching the team we have done well, getting through to the semi and quarter finals 5 times. The competition comprises 40 schools from South Scotland and all of Cumbria and for the 1st time ever we won it!

The games were as follows:
group stages we won 3-2, 7-0, 9-0, 3-0,
quarter final we won 1-0
semi final we won 3-2
final we won 4-1

We also entered probably the youngest squad ever as we were so low on numbers and the team consisted of 1/p4 1/p5 3/p6's and 1/p7,
They were exceptionally well behaved and played out of their skins, doing our local community proud!

competition team included: Irvine Maxwell (captain)
Lewis Cheetham
Scot Clancey
Finley Thompson
Tod Wilson
Frazer Glen

Thanks Stuart (coach)

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Snow! Send us your photos.

Kirkmahoe is looking like a Christmas card today.
To record this snowfall, please send your photos to
If you have created a snowman or any other snow sculpture we would love to see it.
(photo above is from a previous year)

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Bingo 25th Jan Kirkton Hall

Prize Bingo at Kirkton Hall Friday 25th Jan 2013
Doors open 6.30pm
All proceeds to Kirkton Village Hall Fund.

Wear Tartan for Burns'Night
Prize for best outfit!

All Ages Welcome
Promoter Mrs T Howat 710903

Monday, 21 January 2013

Brain Teaser 1301

On the 21st of every month, a different place in Kirkmahoe will be featured and you are invited to contact the blog on 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 of 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.

Brain Teaser 1301 is to identify the photos below.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Answers to Brain Teaser 201201

The first brainteaser resulted in accurate and interesting responses from Niamh Wallace and Morag and John Williams.  The location is Parkburn Bridge and cottages, near to Riddingwood.  

Google earth co-ordinates
From Amisfield facing towards Riddingwood

There were cottages on both sides of the burn and it is unclear which cottages were occupied by which families.  The two ruined cottages on the north side of the burn were once a joiner's shop and blacksmiths which closed in the 1870s.  There is a suggestion that the smith may have been called * Robin Thompson.

The parish boundary seems to alter its line, sometimes being in the centre of the burn and sometimes on the west side.  Apparently at one time the rooms of these cottages which faced the burn were in Tinwald parish and the others rooms in Kirkmahoe parish. The registrar needed to know in which room a baby was born in order to record the birth accurately.   

Families living in one of the cottages include the Irvine and the Thornhill families before World War II and the Toppings during the war. After the war, the last occupants were the Conchies. Another house at Parkburn was owned by Agnes McGeorge, spinster, of Motherwell. It was occupied by Charles Bell an estate labourer at Amisfield Tower. 

Thanks to Niamh, Morag and John for this information. ( I will keep it as the beginning of what could become a very interesting archive.  If anyone has more, please e-mail me at Alice Howdle)

*Robin Tamson’s Smiddy song link copy and paste this into your browser to listen to the song;jsessionid=0B77EEAA64F4B8EE6BD5CC3183545EEA

Robin Tamson's Smiddy song lyrics

Next Brain Teaser will be on Kirkmahoe News tomorrow. Meanwhile any further info will be most welcome. e.g does anyone have any old photographs of this site for our archives?                           

Friday, 18 January 2013

Brain Teaser

A reminder that our first Brain Teaser (see post of 20th December 2012) will end on Monday. We have already had some very interesting answers to this and if you have any more information please email it to us on before Monday.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

A request for help from Katherine Leask

A request from Katherine Leask,
Sam Leask’s Mum, for help from the Community for their project to improve the Children's Playground in memory of Sam.

“In order to maximise our funding possibilities I would like to explore the possibility that any generous local folk might be willing to offer their skills in improving the playground facility. For example, it may certainly prove advantageous to consider incorporating a bit of drainage to the site so that the area can be used in the wetter months. Additionally it would be nice to improve access by shifting some earth and doing a bit of levelling. “ – Katherine Leask

If any-one can assist the Leask Family, please contact them either by telephone or by e-mail -

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Theft of quad bike in the area

Dear All
Just to make you aware that a quad bike chained was stolen from Newmains last night. Please take necessary action to lock away all items, please also can you look out for a quad bike as it may have been dumped.

(the picture is not of the actual bike which was stolen)

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Kirkmahoe Concerts 27th Jan 2013

Winter’s Journey
Winter’s Journey play Kirkmahoe Concerts
Sunday 27 January 2013

 Kirkton Church, 2.30pm.  Refreshments available.
‘Kirkmahoe Concerts gets 2013 off to a brilliant start with Edinburgh-based trio, Winter’s Journey. Many will know Malcolm MacFarlane for his work in the Scottish Guitar Quartet and here he is joined by sax and bass for a varied set of music. Not to be missed!’

Original compositions, jazz, folk, popular tunes, and sound-scapes to explore the Winter season.  Superlative players.  Music for all ages and tastes. Children free.

 Malcolm  MacFarlane—guitars

John Burgess – saxophone and clarinet

Kenny Ellis – bass
Tickets £8 from The Midesteeple in Dumfries, Thomas Tosh in Thornhill or call David Clark on 01387  740045.   Follow Kirkmahoe Concerts on Facebook -

Friday, 11 January 2013

KCC Minutes Nov 2012 Agenda Jan 2013
The next meeting of Kirkmahoe Community Council will be held in Kirkton Village Hall on Wednesday 16th January 2013 at 7.30pm

1.    Apologies for absence

2.    Minutes of the last meeting

3.    Matters arising

4.    Police Report

5  Treasurer’s report

6.    Councillors’ report

7.    Planning matters

8.    Kirkton Enhancements - Village Green edging proposal, Longloch Drive

9.    Windfarms - Harestanes, Loch Urr

10. Kirkton Waste Water Treatment Works

11. Events in 2013

12. Day of the Region 2013

13. Correspondence

14. Any other competent business

15. Date, time and place of next meeting



Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Kleeneze you can order online now

For those who use Kleeneze products, I believe that the distributor servicing this area has left.

You can now order products online using the above link. Please keep a note of the link for your reference.

The benefit to you is that your order will arrive faster.