The Temple - Diary

Cally Voices Published

A new publication of selected poetry and writing from the project has been produced and will be officially launched at the Mill on the Fleet on 2nd October 2015 as part of the Wigtown Book Festival.

The Restoration of Cally Temple

A short film by Jim Logan recording the restoration of the Temple.

Celebrating Cally

There will be three illustrated talks on the Cally Temple project and the Designed Landscape of Cally in the Faed Gallery, Mill on the Fleet  at 2 pm on Thursday 25th June.  This will be followed by a visit to the Temple where there will be an opportunity to hear some of the poems which have been inspired by the Cally Temple project. 

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The Temple Project receives a big cheque from SWEAT

The Temple Project was delighted to receive a cheque for £10,000 from the South West Environmental Action Trust (SWEAT).  The cheque was presented at the Temple by SWEAT Chairman John Charteris and other trustees of SWEAT to Ken Smyth and Ron Forster representing the GDI.

Poetry at the Temple

The Temple Project took part in this year's Big Lit Festival held in Gatehouse 16 - 19 April. Many of the poets who have written work as part of the project - and whose work is available to read on the website here -  brought their poems along to the Temple itself to read to an enthusiastic audience.  Poets read their work from the newly restored steps on the side of the Temple.

Cally Voices at the Environment Fair

16 March 2015


Below are a selection of poems contributed by children to the Poem Postbox at the Temple Stall. 


Are you a house?

Do you have a mouse?

Are you lonely?

And a bit moany?

Is it cold?

Or covered with mould?

Is it snowy?

Or a bit blowy?

Do you like it being sunny?

And do you like bunnies?

By Moya Flanagan age 9

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Temple Project on Border TV

The Temple Project featured on Border TV on 12 February.  The clip can be viewed here.

Dumfries ramblers visit Cally Woods for their snowdrop walk

Dumfries Ramblers visited Cally Woods on Saturday 14th February for a walk from Gatehouse to Sandgreen.  Their walk took in the snowdrops, which are at their best, and some of the features of the Designed Landscape including the Old Schoolhouse.


New Stair Rail Installed

A final addition to the restored building is the new stair rail.  This simple but sympathetic design replaces the unsightly cage that previously surrounded the steps.

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The Restored Temple in the Snow

The Temple on 29th January 2015 after repointing - wraps off, scaffolding down, and with the site cleared.  Photos by Ron Forster.

Repointing is now complete

The hessian and tarpaulin which has been protecting the Temple for the last couple of months to allow the mortar to harden correctly were taken off the building yesterday and Temple architect Michael Leybourne was able to inspect the finished results with Andy and Ian from Luce Bay, who carried out the work. 

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Managing the historic environment

Managing the historic environment case studies.
The forests and woodlands of Scotland include an historic environment which needs to be understood and protected for the benefit of all. The Forestry Commission have produced two guides to promote the recognition of the historic environment and encourage its protection during forestry operations.

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