Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Happy New Year

Wishing you Good Health and a Happy and Prosperous New Year

Here are the words to this song along with a translation into English for those who cannot understand every word.

Friday, 20 December 2019

Bin Collections over Christmas

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Waste collections

The waste collection service will be operating as normal over the festive season in Nithsdale, Stewartry and Annandale and Eskdale, apart from households and commercial premises whose waste is uplifted on a Wednesday and Thursday.
Normal collection dayAmended collection day
Wednesday 25 DecemberSaturday 28 December
Thursday 26 DecemberSunday 29 December
Wednesday 1 JanuaryWednesday 8 January (normal service resumes)*
Thursday 2 JanuaryThursday 9 January (normal service resumes)*
Please make sure your wheeled bin or Council supplied refuse sacks are out for collection by 7.30am on your collection day.

*On this occasion, residents are permitted to present up to 3 refuse sacks on their next scheduled collection day.  Free sacks are no longer issued to all residents in December.

Carol Singing

Just a wee reminder that our Carol Singing event is on Sunday 22nd December. Come and join us - meet at the pump on the village green Kirkton at 6.30pm. Usually takes about 2 hours to get round the village with mulled wine, tea and mince pies in the hall afterwards.Please bring a light of some kind - don't want you getting lost down some dark alleyways.
Hope to see you there.

Kirkmahoe News believes that the Carol Singers are keen to invite people who can go round with collection  tins. If you wish to help here turn up with the singers on the night.

Monday, 9 December 2019

Daytime Social Club Venue change

Hello Everyone

Please note that the Daytime Social Club will meet in the Church this time. This is because voting for the election is in the Village Hall'

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Fun Quiz Night Kirkton Hall 22nd Nov19

NB Doors open 7.00 for 7.30 pm start

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

KCC Minutes & Agenda

Agenda Oct 19

Minutes Sept 19

The next Kirkmahoe Community Council meeting is at 7.30pm on Wednesday 16th October in Kirkton Hall. All welcome.
This is the first meeting of the new community council following the uncontested election and will be chaired by someone form Dumfries and Galloway Council until a new chairperson is elected.
Please find attached a copy of the agenda and minutes of last meeting.
Jean Muir

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Dates for your diary

There are a few things starting up again  -
First a very late reminder - The Tuesday Social Group is meeting this morning at 10.30am in Kirkton Hall when Rev Holland will speak about The Dumfries Closes. All welcome, entrance cost £1.They meet the last Tuesday of every month

 Harvest Festival celebration  at 10am on 29th September at the Barony Church, Dalswinton. All welcome to join us for this happy service. Tea and coffee (and perhaps a piece of cake!) will be available in the Village Hall after the service.

Badminton in Kirkton Hall starts next Monday 30th September at 7.30pm in Kirkton Hall

Jean Muir

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

KCC Agenda, Minutes, Open Day Meeting

Open Day Meeting 6th Aug 2019

Minutes Aug 2019

Agenda Sept 2019
The next meeting of Kirkmahoe Community Council will be at 7.30pm on Wednesday 18th September at Dalswinton Hall (after the fish and chips)
Please find attached a copy of the agenda and draft minutes from the last meeting and two working group meetings.
This is an open meeting and everyone is welcome to attend
Jean Muir

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Open Day

Hello Everyone
You're all welcome to Kirkmahoe Open Day -2pm-5pm today. Kirkton Village Hall and Green.
Refreshments in Church
Still aiming to have an inflatable fun 'Gladiator' Game if it is dry in the afternoon
Hope to see you there 
Jean Muir

Monday, 19 August 2019


The Community Council elections are held every 3 or 4 years and the next one will be on October 3rd.

As a community councillor you get the chance  to make things happen for the community, to liaise with Dumfries and Galloway Council over local issues, to have your say on what is proposed for Kirkmahoe by local and national government and to be involved in decisions to spend the income from the windfarms  (approximately £4000 each year).

The number of members has been increased to 11 from 7, so there is plenty of room for new members with new ideas even if all the existing members decide to put themselves up for election. If only 11 people or fewer volunteer there will not be an election - they will automatically become the next Community .Council. Anyone over 16 who reisdes in the area and is on the electoral roll for our area is eligible - and it would be great to have some young members.

Up until now the Community Council has met at 7.30pm on the third Wednesday in the month, alternately in Kirkton and Dalswinton Halls, except in July and December,but a new Community Council could change that.

For more information and application forms which can be completed online or printed please visit https://www.dumgal.gov.uk/communitycouncils. Closing date for application is 3rd September

Jean Muir
Secretary Kirkmahoe Community Council

Friday, 9 August 2019

KCC Minutes June 19, Agenda Aug19, Recruitment Poster, Community Open Day

KCC Agenda August 2019

KCC Minutes June 2019

KCC Recruitment poster

The next meeting of Kirkmahoe Community Council will be on Wednesday 21st August at 7.30pm in Kirkton Hall.
Paperwork is attached. All welcome.

Elections to the community council will be on 3rd October, we still need at least two more people as number of community councillors is increasing from 7 to11. To find out more please contact  any member of the community council or phone Jean Muir 01387 710216

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY - Saturday 31st August - Community Open Day - something for everyone

Jean Muir
Secretary Kirkmahoe Community Council
Community Council Elections
There will be community council elections in October. The number of community councillors has been increased from 7 to 11 to reduce the individual commitment but still ensure the community council functions. If 11 people stand we will have a full community council without an election, if more than 11 there will be a ballot. At present we meet for about 2 hours on the third Wednesday of the month except in July and December. Everyone over 16 who is on the electoral role for our area is eligible. Please contact any existing member to find out more or reply to this email address (see attached poster)
Gala Concerts at Dalswinton
This week the Friends of Ellisland Farm are hosting two Gala Concerts at Dalswinton House to raise funds for Ellisland. They say 'We would love you to join us for two fantastic concerts to be held in Dalswinton House. We are so grateful to the Landale family for giving us permission to use this venue for two wonderful nights of music. On Thursday 25 July we host Robyn Stapleton and Mike Vass with folk songs in Scots, English and Gaelic inspired by female Scottish writers. On Friday 26 July we welcome David Douglas and Esther Swift for an evening of traditional, classical and contemporary songs for harp and voice. Both concerts start at 7pm with drinks and canapes. This is a unique opportunity with limited places, so booking is essential. Supporters are being offered tickets at a discounted rate of £25 for one concert or £40 if you book for both. Please reserve your place by contacting friends@ellislandfarm.co.uk or phoning 01387 740426.'
Kirkmahoe Open Day coming soon - Save the date - Saturday 31st August- afternoon events, evening Ceilidh
Jean Muir
Secretary Kikrmahoe Community Council

Monday, 3 June 2019

KCC Agenda June 2019 Minutes May 2019

KCC Minutes May 2019

KCC Agenda June 2019

Hello Everyone
The next meeting of Kirkmahoe Community Council will be on Wednesday19th June at 7.30pmin Dalswinton Hall. Please find attached the agenda and minutes of the last meeting.

We have had notice that a short section of the C11n (Heathhall - Auldgirth Road) will be closed for resurfacing between Auldgirth and Nith Cottage one day next week,depending on the weather,so people can use the road as far as Nith Cottage. There will be road closed notices at Heathhall and I have asked for another to be put at Duncow to remind people from Kirkton. A diversion will be signposted - A701/A75/A76

Jean Muir

Friday, 8 March 2019

KCC Minutes Feb 2019 Agenda March 2019 & Diary Dates

KCC Minutes Feb 2019

KCC Agenda March 2019

Wednesday 20th March -  The next meeting of Kirkmahoe Community Council will be held on Wednesday 20th March at 7.30pm, in Kirkton Hall.
Fiona Muir from Digital Scotland will explain about Broadband in our area and after her talk will take questions. If you know of people with poor broadband speeds please encourage them to come along.
The normal meeting will continue after her talk and you are welcome to stay for it.

Friday 22nd March - Kirkmahoe Parish Hall Committee Annual General Meeting. The annual general meeting of the committee which runs Kirkton Village Hall will be held on Friday 22nd March 2019 at 7.30pm in the Hall. This is a public meeting, open to all. Nominations for new committee members would be very welcome.

Tuesday 26th March - Tuesday daytime social club. 10.30am - 1230pm. Kirkton Hall. Talk by Dr Stephanie Johnstone on Scotland's red squirrels. Light refreshments, entrance £1, all welcome.

Jean Muir
Secretary Kirkmahoe Community Council

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Kirkmahoe Heritage Group Kirkton Hall 1st March 2019

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Robert the Bruce

Kirkmahoe Heritage Group. Open meeting in Kirkton Hall on Friday 1st March at 7.30pm. An illustrated talk by Graham Roberts, archivist for D&G Council, on the subject of Dumfries in the time of Bruce.
Light refreshments served afterwards. Donations box provided. All welcome. Contact 01387 710274.

Friday, 1 February 2019

Grapevine and Clean up.

Hello Everyone
The  next edition of Grapevine is scheduled to come out in April, you are all welcome to contribute.
Please can you submit any reports, articles, photographs or comments to the editors via this email address or grapevine@gmail.com before the 11th March.
Advertisements from local businesses also welcome for a small charge.
Jean Muir
Secretary, Kirkmahoe Community Council
PS Reminder - Community Clean up, 2.00pm, Sunday 10th February, meet at the pump. Refreshments in Hall afterwards. Equipment provided

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Ciril's Osprey update for last year2018

Dumfries & Galloway’s Ospreys
Dumfries & Galloway has such a healthy Osprey population that the youngsters are now moving to different locations in Scotland to breed. Out of eighteen active nests, not all breeding, and, providing conditions in a good year are favourable, one could anticipate that they could produce up to thirty chicks in a breeding season. Thus the need for the chicks to move elsewhere to find mates and nest.
Last year the region saw fifteen chicks successfully bred. This lower number was due to the extreme heat during the breeding season, which made it difficult for the adult to sit on the nest to hatch the chicks.
Loch Doon Ospreys
 One chick from Threave ended up in Perthshire, and had a successful brood of three chicks. Another young bird for Dumfries & Galloway area successfully bred in Kielder Forest.
We know these locations, because the birds are ringed and so can  be traced by their ring details wherever they go.
Interestingly when a bird is ringed in a specific area, it is the responsibility of that particular ringing group. However if it moves to another area it then becomes the responsibility of the local ringing group of the new area.
Ciril Ringing Osprey Chicks
It has to be pointed out that without Ciril Ostroznik’s dedication to building Osprey Nests there would not be an Osprey population in Dumfries & Galloway. Ciril has amassed a huge knowledge of Ospreys over the years. He has observed them first hand and knows their habits. He is the unsung hero of the Osprey World.

Not only has Ciril built nests in SW Scotland, he has also built them all over the Highlands, the Borders, Ireland and more recently in N England where he is aiming to build eight nests. He has never had any nest he has built fail. Ciril is delighted to be working with an enthusiastic group of local farmers there. This latest project is the brainchild of Brian Little, a well known ornithologist, who is overseeing and co-ordinating everything.
Brian Little

The nests are built on live trees, and require maintenance every couple of years to keep them accessible. If this is not done by Ciril they become non viable nests.

Ciril enjoys the pleasure of seeing the birds use his nests, and breed successfully. If any landowner wishes to have a nest built on his land, Ciril is always happy to travel and do this for them. People often ask him why the birds do not build their own nests, and he always replies with great mirth, ”Because I can build them better than they can. “

(Kirkmahoe News is happy to pass on any enquiries to Ciril.
email your enquiry to kirkmahoe@gmail.com)