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The 2-minute Clean

Look out for the "2 minute clean" station at the recycling area in the  Car Park. It is created by The 2 Minute Foundation whose vision is to "live in a world without litter and plastic pollution where nature thrives". Their mission is to "encourage everyone to clean up our planet, 2 minutes at a time". I saw one of these stations outside a Community Centre in Oban last summer and thought it would be a great idea for Gatehouse.

Local Independent takeover of Gatehouse Pharmacy

Gatehouse has a new independent pharmacy, taking over from Boots. Soenaid our new pharmasist says, "The local community have been so supportive and kind to the whole team. We are excited to create a local health hub for Gatehouse and the surrounding area. I have been a community pharmacist in the area for over 20 years and have now qualified as an Independent Prescriber.  This allows us to offer a wider range of treatments and we have a keen interest in creating more of a local health hub environment and a point of call for anyone needing advice with their medications or ailments. I  personally have a keen interest in diabetes and we aim to become a diabetes advice health hub. The original staff are all still here and we want to inform you all of some important points going forward. 

The World’s best cyclists return to Gatehouse for The Gralloch

Gatehouse of Fleet will once again host The Gralloch gravel cycling event this Spring. Held on Saturday 18th May, the event will be a qualifier for the gravel cycling World Championships, which will be held in Belgium later this year. As such it will attract some of the biggest names in the professional sport as well as amateur cyclists racing in their age groups, all competing on the trails of the Galloway Forest Park and the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere.

Last year’s inaugural event put the town and Dumfries and Galloway area on the gravel cycling map and created a unique atmosphere around the town. As part of the 2024 race weekend there will be a programme of free to attend community events, and after the success of last year’s event the kids’ racing will also return.

New Community Housing plan for Gatehouse

The Gatehouse Development Initiative are working with South of Scotland Community Housing (SOSCH) to develop new houses for rent at Woodside Terrace (the old garage site). It is likely that the site will accommodate six or seven one or two bedroom houses and the houses will be available to local families or those working within the community, and to those with a Gatehouse connection and looking to return to Gatehouse.

Seven Years of Wheels of Fleet

To mark 7 years on the go with all things bikes, Wheels of Fleet hosted a happy event of food, film, picture gallery, presentations, bike raffle and music. Recognising the support this project has received from so many in the community, the project wanted to thank those who help Wheels of Fleet to reach so many of their goals.

Keeping traditional skills alive

Six Forestry and Land Scotland apprentices have completed a five-day dyking course in Cally Woods, sponsored by the Gatehouse Development Initiative.  Under the guidance of qualified instructor Kevin Butters, the apprentices, from as far afield as Innerleithen and ranging in ages from school leaver to over 50, learned to take down and rebuild a substantial section of the old wall which snakes through the woods by the horse track.  On the fourth day they learned to build cheek ends and on the last day their challenge was to repair two gaps on the Deer Park wall on the road to Sandgreen.  As well as learning dyking skills the course also encouraged teamwork and helping each other. The apprentices were very positive about the course which will allow them to use their new skills as part of their forestry work.