Gatehouse Community

Gatehouse of Fleet has a thriving community with a wealth of activities and events throughout the year to suit most interests.

Gatehouse Community Council

Meetings of the Community Council take place on the second Tuesday of the month at 7pm in the Gatehouse Community Centre (unless otherwise stated).  Meetings are open to the public.  The minutes of past meetings are available on the Community Council page along with details of current Councillors and information on projects which the Council are currently engaged on.

The Gatehouse Development Initiative

The GDI meets on the last Wednesday of every other month in the Community Centre, at 7.30pm.  The Gatehouse Development Initiative exists for the benefit of the Gatehouse Community and provides a framework for the development of projects within the community.

The Mill on the Fleet

The Mill is a visitor and exhibition centre in the heart of the town based in one of the former Mill buildings.  As well as providing displays describing the history and heritage of Gatehouse and the Fleet Valley, the Mill runs a full programme of temporary exhibitions, provides the town's tourist information service in partnership with Visit Scotland, and hosts many events and activities throughout the year.

The Community Centre

The Community Centre has recently benefited from a major refurbishment programme and is used by many groups and clubs within the town.  It provides a venue for large events and rooms which can be booked for meetings and other activities.  The building included kitchen facilities.

The Gatehouse Gala

The Gala takes place every year at the end of July/beginning of August. (Gala Day, at the end of the week always falls on the first Saturday of August).

Clubs and Societies

The town has many sporting and social clubs to cater for most interests.

Churches

The Churches Together page provides full details of church service times and planned events.

Recent News

Rutherford monument funding appeal

Will you help save the Rutherford monument?

The Rutherford monument at Gatehouse of Fleet is in urgent need of repair.  The top of the monument has become dislodged and if it is not restored soon it will collapse.  Erected by public subscription in 1842 the Rutherford monument commemorates the life and work of Samuel Rutherford the leading Scottish divine who was Minister at Anwoth between 1627 and 1639 before going on to become Professor of Divinity at St Andrews University and later Principal of St Mary’s College at the University. 

Rutherford’s great work Lex Rex was an attack on absolute monarchy, demanding that rulers should be subject to the law.  His work had a significant influence on the framers of the constitution of the United States of America.

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Big hearted gardeners brave the rain

Heavy rain did not worry Gatehouse's Nurture in Nature group, who came well prepared to plant out begonias at the Town Hall garden.  A group of five small children and their parents, later joined by others eagerly set to work and planted out two big boxes of begonias, which had been kindly donated by Dumfries and Galloway council.  

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Restoring the Town Hall garden

A grant of £200 awarded to the Gatehouse Development Initiative will help restore the Town Hall garden, which the Local Authority is no longer able to maintain.  With the Council’s agreement volunteers have already begun to restore this garden which is much loved by visitors and locals alike.  This activity is part of the Volunteering Matters Action Earth campaign which is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage.

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Tesco Bags of Help - Fun Outdoors needs your support

Fun Outdoors is an inspirational after-school group for children of primary school age in Gatehouse of Fleet in which children learn many basic skills like starting fires, campfire cooking, building shelters, whittling, safe tool use, using maps, arts and crafts, whilst playing games and having fun. Many (if not most) of the primary school aged children in Gatehouse have benefited from this group over the last 4 years.

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Newton Stewart Walking Festival kicks off with walk through Cally Woods

A beautiful  sunny day greeted  festival walkers as they set off for a walk through a thousand years of history.  With the scent of bluebells strong in the air, the walkers visited the Cally Motte before going onto the Temple and then heading for Cally via the sunken dyke.  The walkers made their way to the Mill on the Fleet by way of the old school, where they were able to enjoy a welcome drink before heading back to Newton Stewart on the bus.

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Contact Us

If you have an event or activity taking place which you would like listed on the website contact us at contact@gatehouse-of-fleet.co.uk.

The website is managed by the Gatehouse Development Initiative.  Contact us at GDI@gatehouse-of-fleet.co.uk or phone 01557 814458.


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