Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Children Track Santa

Track Santa

Merry Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas Everyone

Click on above link for your card. If you have slow broadband speeds and card gets stuck you should click on skip to end, then replay to get it going again.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Flood Alert


Afternoon at the Movies

We had a great time with 16 children attending. All got popcorn, candy floss and juice and after singing We Wish you a Merry Christmas they all went home with a selection box..

We would like to thank Tesco at the Stoop for donating a £20 voucher to go towards the treats...

Thanks Vicki and Janice

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Money Raised for new Euphonium

The Church was full  for the evening of music and Carols in aid of Jordan Tweedie's new euphonium. Everyone enjoyed the event and afterwards refreshments were provided by the Guild and relatives of Jordan.
The total amount raised was over £700 which has astonished everyone and Jordan wishes to extend his thanks to everyone who attended and gave towards this fund.

A new Euphonium for Jordan to play at the highest level will cost around £5,000, and last night's fund raising has made a HUGE dent in this amount.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Jordan Tweedie needs a new euphonium

Jordan is having a fund-raising "Christmas Cracker" evening of music and carols in the Parish Church on Monday 15th December at 7.00pm. Refreshments will be available at the interval. There will be no charge for entry but donations towards the purchase of a new and better quality euphonium will be much appreciated so that he can enter high-ranking competitions.I believe that his willing contributions to the community of Kirkmahoe and as a musician, involved in the Town Band, is worthy of support. He should be encouraged.
(from Morag W)

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Children Write your letter to Santa here!

Children, if you want to write your letter to Santa click on this link
Letter to Santa

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Carol Singing 21st Dec

If you have any suggestions for a local charity, could you please let me know.  I'm thinking of the Coats for Kids appeal which is being featured on WestSound radio.  I think for legal reasons that it's important for the beneficiary to be a recognised and properly constituted charity.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Kirkmahoe online Shop

Kirkmahoe Shop

Our online shop is now up and running. Please click on the link above to browse around our shop.

Monday, 17 November 2014

If you felt the earthquake please help

Earthquake form
Please follow the above to provide your feedback as to what you heard and felt during the quake last week.
This information will be most useful to the seismologists.

Many Thanks to Davie Galloway of the Earthquake Seismology
British Geological Survey Team for sending us this actual graph of our quake.

Daytime Social Club

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Did you hear the bang and feel the earth move on Friday morning

If you were wondering what the bang and shaking was yesterday morning and could not find anything which had fallen down in your house - it was, in fact, an earthquake. You can obtain more information from this link Earthquake

Below is a graph from the Eskdalmuir seismic monitoring station which shows a graph of the earth movements.You can see where there is a change from the normal.

Carol Singing 21st Dec 6.30 Kirkton

Hello Everyone

It is time to tune up your vocal chords in aid of charity at Christmas.

The Kirkton Carol Sing will be on Sunday 21st December , meeting at 6.30pm at the village pump.
There will be a collection for charity, which is decided before we set off. Words are provided.

The actual singing takes about two hours and afterwards there will be refreshments in Kirkton Hall, kindly organised by members of the Hall Committee.

Please pass the  word to your friends - the more the merrier.


Friday, 7 November 2014

SEPA Flood warning

SEPA flood warning

Follow above link to see which areas are on flood alert.

Check that road into Dumfries is passable before setting out on your journey.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Friday, 10 October 2014

Kirkmahoe War Memorial WW2 Inscriptions Unveiling this Sunday 12th October 2014

Kirkmahoe Heritage Group is pleased to announce the unveiling of 
WW2 inscriptions at 2.00 pm Sunday 12th Oct 2014 at the War Memorial.
There will be a short service conducted by Rev Almond and the Sloan Pipers will be in attendance.
Parking is available in the field across the road at Conan's Knowe.

After the ceremony you can follow the British Legion Standard to 

Kirkton Village Hall for other happenings and refreshments

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Links for Matthew

Welcome to my Autumn Newsletter featuring new videos, blogs from my recent South America Tour and Upcoming Concerts.
View this email in your browser

Beethoven on Guitar

 Earlier this year I visited Siccas Guitars in Karlsruhe, 
and spent an afternoon recording upon a selection 
of beautiful guitars. A highlight from these recordings 
is this video of Beethoven's Adagio Cantabile
 from his Sonata Pathetique originally composed 
for the piano.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Security in Kirkmahoe + 4 Missing Traffic Cones

Smart Water

From Neil Munro
"I am sharing this Smart Water Technology with you as it is a well-known theft prevention system and acknowledged by the Police. Whilst it doesn't as such prevent theft, a notice showing that this system has been used in a property may be a deterrent and stolen goods can be traced since each purchase has a unique formulation. This note is for your interest only and whether you wish to purchase or use this product is a personal decision. 

Special Offer
Anybody who resides in Scotland will be able to purchase a Smart Water Home Security Pack for just £25.00.

Offer Code = your Post Code Simply enter your post code in the box (which looks like the one below) on the shop page of the Smart Water Website.

Click on the highlighted links above for further information.
4 missing traffic cones

More on the subject of security, Neil has asked me to let you know that four cones went missing from Kirkton Village Green at the weekend. If anybody sees them in a field or such like, please contact him on 01387 711664.

Please share this information, as you see fit, with anybody who does not have access to a computer.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Kirkton Carpet Bowling Club

Commences this season 1st Tuesday in October (7th)

Meet 7.30 pm at Kirkton Hall

All welcome

Further information from Dobie Davidson tel 710 587

Monday, 15 September 2014

Nature Ramble followed by refreshments. Sunday 21st Sept. 12.30

Discover Kirkmahoe
is walking again!
Please join us for a Nature
Ramble to the River
followed by
Everyone welcome, dogs on lead too
Wear stout shoes and bring a waterproof
Meet on Sunday, 21st September
12:30 at Kirkton Village Hall

Friday, 12 September 2014

Ditch the Dirt Campaign Local Survey 1 - Results

Picture 1

Both photographs were taken on Tuesday morning.  Pic 1 was taken near Carzield.

Picture 2

Pic 2  was taken in the park, where we found over 20 uncollected poos!  In fact, about as many in the park as in the rest of the Kirkton area!  Most of these are on the bank between the houses and the new play equipment. 

If people want to report this, they can get in touch with the Community Safety Team

Cargen Tower
Garroch Loaning

Tel: 030 33 33 3000

Monday, 8 September 2014

Macmillan Coffee Morning Reminder

Kirkton Village Hall
Saturday 13th Sept 
10.00am - noon
Donations for prizes etc to 
Janet Tweedie
7 Barrasgate

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Superfast Broadband

At the start of this year we were told to expect Superfast Broadband to reach us by June.June has come and gone, as have July and August. In a test this weekend of broadband speeds in random areas the results show:-

      Glasgow Saturday - 14.8 Mb/second
·         Darvel Ayrshire Saturday  - 12.7 Mb/second
·         Kirkton Saturday - 0.6 Mb/second

·         Kirkton Tuesday - 0.36 Mb/second

     We are hardly galloping forward in the 21st Century.   
     Apparently the engineer has informed us in an oblique way that there are
                      "A number of significant engineering challenges"

       Whatever that means!

if     If you feel this is an unsatisfactory answer to our question as to why we have still not  got our Superfast Broadband please send your comments to Neil Munro

  or leave a comment on this blog post

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Ditch The Dirt Campaign

Ditch the Dirt Campaign

Kirkmahoe Community Council is participating in the Ditch the Dirt campaign sponsored by Clean up Scotland, part of the Keep Scotland Beautiful charity.
As you know, Kirkmahoe parish is a pretty country area, with small villages and hamlets located in green and gently contoured surroundings. Walkers, cyclists, fishermen, and families all share the common experience of simple pleasure that can be enjoyed from such surroundings, and our children are able to play safely in local parks.
Many of us in the parish are dog owners, able to exercise our pets across a wide territory, and with the freedom to enjoy our local scenery and beauty spots. Most of us are usually well prepared for the necessary clean up exercise that comes with owning a dog, but a stroll round the villages and some of our lanes suggest we still have quite a problem with dog fouling. Some lanes in particular are heavily polluted with dog dirt, and even the countryside paths used by walkers have to be walked with care. In recent research into public attitudes to littering, almost 70% of people dog fouling as the item that bothered them most.
Please help keep our community clean and safe. Allowing our dogs to foul public areas is not only illegal, with penalties which can accumulate up to £500, but also presents a risk of disease to both humans and farm animals.
As part of the Ditch the Dirt campaign we will be surveying local areas to establish the extent of the problem. The Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003 aims to protect residents from the risks and dangers of abandoned dog faeces, and states it is an offence for the person in charge of a dog to leave its mess without removing it.
We are therefore asking all dog owners to ‘grab it, bag it, and bin it’, to ensure we are all able to walk our pavements, pathways, roads and fields, without fear of dragging dog dirt home on our shoes. Please help by encouraging other dog owners to pick up after their pets, and take it home.
Dog wardens are currently patrolling the area to try and help deal with the problem, and it is of course acceptable to report someone we see regularly leaving their dog mess. Both the police and local authority can issue a fixed penalty notice to those they suspect of committing an offence under the Act.
Hopefully as a community, and as responsible residents, we’ll be able to deal with this unsightly problem.

Remember – Grab it, bag it, bin it!

Date of MacMillan Coffee Morning 13th Sept

Coffee Morning Details
Saturday 23rd Sept Kirkton Hall
Donations to Janet Tweedie 7 Barrasgate
For those who cannot make the coffee morning, there will be a street BBQ in Barrasgate in the evening.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Macmillan Coffee Morning - your chance to donate

Janet will be having another Macmillan Coffee Morning this September (date to be announced later)

She is looking for donations for raffle prizes and items to sell on the day.

If you wish to make a donation please take it along to Janet at 7 Barrasgate preferrably evenings and weekends.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Charities, Utilities and VAT

It has come to our attention that the utility companies, so dear to all our hearts, are managing to charge VAT at 20% on premises which are registered as a Charity.

The correct rate of VAT for registered Charities is 5%.
If you have dealings with such premises it might be worth checking your bills to make sure you have not been caught out, and are paying too much.
If you are, in fact, paying too much it is possible to claim back four years of overpayment.

Click here for the website to get more advice on the subject.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Polecat sighting

I was out with my camera late one evening last week and I heard a rustling sound.  I aimed at where the sound came from and took a photo even though I couldn't see in the dark.
This is the culprit.  It has been confirmed by the Vincent Wildlife Trust who are currently carrying out a survey as a real polecat (not a ferret or a ferret cross).  They and SNH are pretty excited as it's the first in our area!
It looks so pretty but is apparently really vicious.  If anyone else sees it, could they let me know where and when and I'll pass the information on.

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(from Alice Howdle)