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  • ‘Voice of an Angel’ Treat at Gatehouse of Fleet Burns Supper

    The Gatehouse of Fleet Burns Club has scooped Stranraer’s Robyn Stapleton as the top-of-the-bill entertainment for its Annual Burns Supper in the Murray Arms Hotel on Friday 6th February 2015. Not only was Robyn the 2014 Scottish Young Traditional Singer of the Year but she also recently won the coveted Dumfries and Galloway Life magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ award which described her as having the ‘voice of an angel.’ The songs of Robert Burns are dear to her heart so those attending the Burns Supper are in for a real treat.

  • Ron Forster, Rural Champion

    Gatehouse of Fleet community Councillor and Development Initiative member Ron Forster has become a well deserved Community Champion.

  • Dry Stone Walling at the School

    Incredible Edible Gatehouse has been back in action - this time at the Primary School creating more raised beds ready for the Spring.

  • Gatehouse of Fleet in the Dark Ages

    The Gatehouse Development Initiative is one of the first groups in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) All Our Stories grant, it was announced today. This exciting project, Gatehouse of Fleet in the Dark Ages, led by the Gatehouse Development Initiative, has been given £7,900 to make the most of the exciting discoveries made by the Galloway Picts Project at Trusty’s Hill. 

  • Creative Places Shortlisting for Gatehouse

    Gatehouse of Fleet is delighted to have been shortlisted for a Creative Scotland Creative Places Award.  Now in its second year, the Awards were established to celebrate and recognise the hard work and imagination that contributes to the rich cultural life of a community, as well as its social and economic well-being.

  • Green Energy for Gatehouse Library

    New air source heating units have been installed at Gatehouse library.

  • Church Services over the Christmas period

    For details of church services in Gatehouse over the Christmas period, visit the Gatehouse Churches Together page for a full list of services and other events at the four churches in Gatehouse. More.

  • Welcome to the Cally Woods

    GDI member Ron Forster presents the new information board highlighting the best places for seeing snowdrops in Cally woods. 

    To assist visitors to Cally Woods during the snowdrop festival the Gatehouse Development Initiative in partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland and the Fleet Valley Scenic Area Project, have produced a new interpretation board. Sited at the Murray Centre car park in Cally woods, it gives general information about snowdrops and a map highlighting where they can be seen as you walk through the woods on one of the way marked trails.

    Snow drops can also be seen at local gardens that are open to the public including; Kirkdale,  which is open on February 14th from 2-5pm and Broughton House, Kirkcudbright which is open on February 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th February.

  • Garries Wood Report

    A report by Solway Heritage on the condition of Garries Wood and recommendations for its future management has been produced.

    Solway Heritage was asked by the Gatehouse Development Initiative to carry out an assessment of Garries Wood with a view to making recommendations for improving the site for biodiversity, habitat enhancement and future management.

    Summary of Recommendations

    1 Remove invasive alien and garden species from within Garries Wood.

    2 Raise awareness of the need to prevent dumping of garden waste within the woodland.

    3 Raise awareness of the biodiversity value of lowland burns and ditches.

    4 Map the distribution of snowdrops throughout the wood.

    5 Increase the coverage of native ground cover species such as snowdrops by transplanting.

    6 Upgrade sections of footpath that are in poor condition.

    7 Create habitat piles from the dead wood lying throughout the wood.

    8 Introduce thinning in the sections of woodland where saplings have become dense.

    9 Introduce a cycle of coppice rotation throughout selected areas of dense, immature woodland to open up the woodland canopy.

    10 Plant appropriate native trees/shrubs in selected areas.

    11 Cut back undergrowth in 1m strip each side of path.

    12 Construct path link between woodland path and feature seat and links to create a circular path around the woods.

    13 Thin out the immature trees and saplings from along the length of the
    streamside to open up the waterway.

    14 Promote the woodland, including the historic features, to the wider public.

    It is unlikely that resources will be available to undertake all of the above recommendations and a rolling programme of works will need to be established
    with the continuing input and support from the interested parties.

    Download the full report.

    Garries Wood Assessment and Management Proposals
    (Report 2010) (pdf)

  • French volunteers assist with the Cally Walls Project

    For two weeks of July 2010 a group of French volunteers have been helping out with the Cally Walls Project at Gatehouse of Fleet. The project, funded by Leader and the Heritage Lottery Fund, is working to renovate some of the drystone walls at Cally with the help of local volunteers and professional dykers.
    Nic Coombey of Solway Heritage, who has arranged a number of placements of foreign volunteers with projects in Dumfries and Galloway, organised this group through the French organisation APARE, which specialises in international volunteer work camps.

    The 6 men and 2 women volunteers came from different parts of France - the Pas de Calais region, Paris, Lyons, Marseilles and the Auvergne. They had no previous experience of drystone walling but received on-site training by local dyker Jimmy Scott from Ae who praised their enthusiasm, hard work and keenness to learn the techniques involved.

    Local resident and French speaker Cecilia Franklin helped to look after the group during their stay in Gatehouse and, as well as rebuilding a substantial section of deer dyke at Cally, the volunteers have visited a number of historic sites in the area such as Threave Castle and Sweetheart Abbey. They have also taken part in local activities such as the weekly quiz night at the Masonic and enjoyed an evening with the Gatehouse bowlers.

    The volunteers were really touched by the friendship of the people of Gatehouse and had enjoyed their stay but they could have done without the large numbers of cleg flies where they were working.

    Nic Coombey of Solway Heritage who organised the visit:
    “It’s brilliant to see volunteers from France coming here to restore our drystane heritage”

    Cecilia Franklin who helped host the stay:
    “It’s been a great pleasure to work with local people to make the group welcome in this region. To all those who helped many many thanks.”

    The group of 8 took full advantage of spending two weeks in the region. They ate haggis, drank whisky, and enjoyed vegetables grown in Gatehouse, wild fish from Wigtown Bay, locally made sausages and locally baked bread. It did not take long for them to develop a taste for porridge for breakfast.

    On their days off they visited Sweetheart Abbey, the Wickerman site, Dalbeattie and Castle Douglas including Threave Castle. They also went to the Mull and Port Logan Gardens and another day to Wigtown and Whithorn.
    On Wednesday 14th July after much practicing around the breakfast table on how exactly royalty should be addressed some of the group were delighted to see the queen at Kirkcudbright Harbour Square on her recent visit.

    There were tears when they left.

  • Drystane Dyking Training

    Last call for drystane dyking courses provided by the Cally Boundaries Project.

    There will be some last chance dyking training days during the week of the 15th November. These days give people the hands on opportunity to demolish and rebuild a section of the historic Cally Walls under expert tuition of qualified trainers. These sessions are for people who haven’t yet attended a training course. Places are limited so please contact me as soon as possible to book your place.

    However if you have already attended a training course and are looking for the opportunity to brush up your skills, then you can go along and help the professional dykers during the week of the 15th November rebuilding the final sections. Don’t worry you will still be under the watchful eye of the professionals, but will not be given as much supervision as on the previous courses, you will be working as a dyker! Please book your place with Ian Brown, NSA Ranger, mobile 07824708110 or Ian.Brown2@dumgal.gov.uk

  • Re-opening of the Community Centre

    Community Centre reopens after months of hard work to restore the building and make it energy efficient.

    To the accompaniment of the Gatehouse Festival Group, Gatehouse residents were able to see for themselves all the hard work that has transformed the Community Centre into a freshly painted, double glazed, energy efficient space for the use and enjoyment of the people of Gatehouse.  Opening the Centre again David Steel praised the management committee led by Graham Wright for the tremendous effort that has been put in to make good the damage caused by the last winter's severe weather and create a new look Community Centre.  David thanked all the funders for helping to make the transformation possible and said it was now up to the people of Gatehouse to make a success of the refurbished facility.

    Photograph from left to right Councillor Tommy Jacques, Councillor Jane Maitland, David Steel, Councillor Patsy Gilroy, Graham Wright.

  • New Energy Saving measures for the Kiosk

    Thanks to the generous support of a number of funders, the Gatehouse Development Initiative has been able to achieve its target of turning a former summer only Tourist Information Centre into an energy efficient all year round social enterprise.

  • Community Tree Planting - New Dates

    New dates have been organised for the tree planting postponed from December. Planting will now take place on 23rd and 26th February.  The meeting place on the 23rd will be in the main car park outside the Kiosk.

Special Places

Bluebells


Bluebells
During the early summer the woodlands around Gatehouse are carpeted with bluebells.  Both Castramont and Cally Woods are particularly popular for viewing them. More.  

The Bakehouse


The Bakehouse
Formerly a bakery, and still featuring the original oven, the Bakehouse in the High Street is an arts venue promoting the literary arts live.  Poetry readings and associated events take place most months.  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.  

Caerlaverock


Caerlaverock Castle
One of Scotland's greatest medieval castles - about an hour away, south of Dumfries.  Can be combined with a visit to Sweetheart Abbey, the New Abbey Cornmill, (both also Historic Scotland), Caerlaverock Bird Reserve, or The National Museum of Costume at New Abbey. Historic Scotland:read 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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