News

Work gets underway on Rutherford monument

 The spell of find weather has created the perfect conditions to get the scaffolding up to the Rutherford monument.  The scaffolding arrived on 4th June and was immediatley taken up to the monument.   Work should be completed by the end of the week allowing Luce Bay construction to start work on taking down and rebuilding the top sections of the monument.

European project to meet in Gatehouse

Representatives from 5 different  countries will gather in Gatehouse on 5th and 6th June to discuss progress on a European project.  The Gatehouse Development Initiative is part of the Erasmus+ project Eco-management, yesterday's knowledge, tomorrow's know-how.

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Cally Gardens to open under new ownership

Cally gardens will open again on 17th April and entry will be free.The gardens, which were put on the market in the New Year have been bought by Kevin Hughes, who ran a specialist nursery, Kevin Hughes Plants, in Wiltshire.  Kevin stresses that there is a lot of work to do to get the gardens looking at their best but he has brought a good selection of plants with him from Wiltshire and there is still stock at Cally, so he is keen to get the gardens up and running and welcome visitors as soon as possible.

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New Cooking for Old at the Drop-In

During the autumn of last year, the Drop-In’s kitchen area was refurbished with a new cooker and a much-expanded working area.  The old kitchen was tiny and very limiting in what could be cooked in it.  Now the space feels like a café cum deli!

Around 20-25 young people use the Drop-In facilities during an evening session and take part in various activities - pool, darts, quizzes, camera club, maths club, gym evenings, and DJaying are very popular.  There is great enthusiasm to participate in the kitchen and the young people, assisted by our volunteers, have had great fun baking and cooking.

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European project gets under way

Gatehouse Development Initiative has teamed up with five other groups from across Europe to develop a project designed to bring together older people, younger people and the wider community to share knowledge and help protect the local environment. The project will see older members of the community passing on traditional skills to young people and the community undertaking landscape management projects.

As Local Authorities withdraw from providing services across Europe, volunteer groups must step in, if key features of the local landscape such as core paths or, here at Gatehouse, the town hall garden, for example, are to be maintained.

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Riverbank Play Park Campaign

The residents of Riverbank in Gatehouse are currently fundraising for a new play park for the young people as the current installation is over 25 years old and no longer fit for purpose.  The Dumfries and Galloway Council are no longer able to provide new play parks and it is up to the residents to fundraise, to design, and to procure their own playpark.  So far the intitial research has been carried out into what is needed, possible suppliers contacted and tenders received from the preferred suppliers.  A supplier has now been chosen and a range of equipment selected which the children would like to see in their new park. 

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Gatehouse Horticultural Show 2017

Gatehouse Horticultural Society 2017 Annual Show held on Saturday 26th August at Gatehouse Community Centre

Well what a show, a great turnout with lots of entries and new, and not so new, faces who came along with a great collection of exhibits.

The show was opened by the President Joe Proudlock who introduced Sara-Leigh Cain in his usual entertaining way, Sara-Leigh presented the trophies to the winners and thanked everyone for coming along and taking part.  A strong emphasis on working together as a community was made by Sara-Leigh to keep the vibrancy of Gatehouse going.

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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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Special Places

Dundrennan Abbey


Dundrennan Abbey
12th century Cistercian Abbey.  Beautiful fragments of a fine building in a pituresque location. Historic Scotland: Read more.  

The River Fleet


The River Fleet
There are pretty walks alongside the Fleet as it meanders down through the valley.  Bankside trees shade many favoured fishing pools. More.  

The Mill on the Fleet


The Mill on the Fleet is a restored Mill, once part of Gatehouse's main mill complex.  It is now a visitor and exhibition centre with a varied programme of temporary exhibitions throughout the year, as well as displays on the history and heritage of Gatehouse and the Fleet Valley.  The Mill also houses the Tourist Information Centre, the Riverside Café, a shop, and a bookshop. More.  

Clints


The Clints of Dromore
The Clints are a striking granite escarpment at the top of the valley, best visited from Scottish Natural Heritage's visitor centre at Dromore.  The Big Water of Fleet Viaduct is close by. More.  

Cairnholy


Cairnholy
There are two burial sites at Cairnholy dating from Neolithic times, both very well preserved and commanding fine views over Wigtown Bay.  Cairnholy I is notable for the impressive facade, in front of which, archaeological evidence suggests, ceremonies took place.  More.  

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