Glencairn Gazette

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TEL: 01848 330419 A76 Thornhill Dumfries Sanquhar Penpont Moniaive Tynron WE ARE HERE Secrets and Lies – Public Consultations I have always believed that people can make a difference – no more so than in their local community – so when the Post Office proposed closure public consultation documents arrived in the village I thought here’s a chance for us to put our views and retain a suitable service.

This was confirmed by an email I received from the PO Press Department . . It is still Post Office Ltd’s intention to provide services through an outreach model in the village.” However, my faith in the whole process has been severely shaken by what I now see was a total sham with ‘secret’deals and meetings by the PO. This makes me very, very angry despite the ‘good’news that Watson’s Grocers have agreed in principle (on 22nd September) to take a PO counter into their shop. This proposed deal and all talks leading to it have taken place under a veil of secrecy with no reference to community needs or wants.

Graham Watson explained: “We have had talks with the PO and agreed in principle to run a separate PO counter from the shop, unfortunately this will mean losing our cafe area. The details are still being finalised but we hope to offer a full service for approximately 30 hours a week. This is a one year contract and is based on a percentage of the sales. This could all happen as early as November.” I raised concerns that some who bank with the PO are worried that the current cash machine in the shop charges a fee for withdrawals. Graham confirmed that the PO are not offering a ‘fee free’ cash machine but that he is currently negotiating for such a machine with the banks.

So it seems that although we will lose a well loved and used business the PO will be retaining a service within Moniaive. Good news? Well yes, but the lack of clarity within the consultation exercise and the way the whole debacle has been handled leaves a lot to be desired. I know many of you have taken part in the consultation process, writing letters etc. Some of your responses were copied to myself, and here are some edited highlights of your letters: Re proposed closure of Moniaive PO... bitter experience has taught me that 'consultation' processes are very often nothing more than a sham, and an attempt to divide and rule and deliberately cause confusion.This would appear to fall into such a category.

That aside, I find it difficult to understand the process of selection regarding who stays and who goes, as there seems no logical thought behind some of the decisions. We potentially have a situation whereby both Dunscore and Moniaive PO's will close, leaving a large remote location without full time PO services, yet Penpont stays, little more than a couple of miles from another PO in Thornhill. It is no secret that Dunscore PO is under used, and there appears to be little opposition to its proposed closure, but surely the sensible thing would be to retain a full time PO service in Moniaive which has always been well used and supported by the local community.

This is just another example of erosion of services imposed by those who don't understand the fragile structure of rural communities, and care even less... And from another...

It is with dismay that I come back from holiday and find the whole village in turmoil over proposed changes to our lifeline post office service. Your proposal to give our community a far more restricted service with limited services and shorter hours is an absolute disgrace. Moniaive is a rather isolated community that depends heavily on services like public transport and the Post Office. Your proposal to replace the present office with an outreach service is grossly unfair on several counts: The proposal to cut services at Moniaive flies in the face of all fairness to customers. You propose to leave the service at Penpont branch unchanged when it is only 2 miles from the main branch at Thornhill.

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October/November 2008 Continued from cover... 8 miles over difficult terrain in winter from Thornhill and 16 miles from Dumfries. Hours of service are to be reduced and restrictions put on some mail posting services. Almost certainly it will mean a more limited service or having to travel over the hilly Clone route to Penpont or Thornhill with all its attendant travel problems in winter conditions. You mention a bus service to Penpont. There is one realistic return bus journey a day to Penpont and passengers would need to wait for an hour for the return at Penpont.

Where may I ask are these people to wait? All in all your proposals are ridiculous and ill thought through by people with no understanding of what this essential service means to a community like Moniaive. I for one urge that the kind of service we have just now be maintained in Moniaive without any of your ridiculous and ill thought out proposals being implemented.

and... We would just like to inform you of our disappointment of the proposed closure of the Moniaive Post Office. Our local PO has been the heart of our community for many years now. It is well used by the community by all generations. We feel that it is totally unacceptable to close this service. Small communities rely on the PO. As a small thriving village it seems pointless and unjust to take away our service and leave businesses, the elderly and the community at large no other option but to get in their cars ( if they have one! ) and travel to the next village. Where is the sense in that? Surely we should all be working towards lowering CO2 emissions not adding to them! It is of the utmost importance that our community is kept informed and given the opportunity to take part in a consultation in which they are made totally aware of the facts, I wonder if anyone has received answers to their questions rather than just the standard acknowledgement.

Graham signed the inprinciple agreement (to run the service) but understood this was for discussion purposes during the consultation period. “I was very surprised to see all the information on the consultation document,” he said, “as we had not actually had talks with the PO about this.” Was this to allay community fears and ensure they did nothing to try and save their PO? The reply I received on August 27th was: A Post Office Ltd spokesperson said: “Mr Watson has signed an inprinciple agreement with Post Office Ltd. We will be meeting with Mr Watson this week to discuss this matter further.

It is still Post Office Ltd's intention to provide services through an outreach model in the village.” No mention of taking the consultation replies into consideration, no mention of meeting with the community... I raised my concerns at the way this was being handled with Postwatch who replied... The comments you make are noted. Postwatch Scotland's focus will be on whether Post Office Ltd's proposals meet the minimum access criteria which aim to ensure communities are within a reasonable distance from a post office. We will also check that local factors have been properly considered. Postwatch Scotland does not have the power to overturn Post Office Ltd's final decision.

To those who make decisions we are just a small rural village but whilst sitting at my computer typing this up I came up with a list of 51 businesses in the Glencairn parish without even having to really think about it. By the time this Gazette comes out the consultation process will be over and we will have to wait and see what the outcome is. With all the confusion and misrepresentation of facts on the consultation document I know (and understand) that many did nothing believing that all would be OK as although the PO was to close the service would move up the road to Watson’s stores. The chance to fight to retain our PO, a community buy-out or to look at other ideas was not given as an option.

This kind of behaviour from Big Business, local and national governments and quasi-official bodies grinds people down and gives rise to (and credence to) the mind set that ‘it’s not worth doing anything as they’ve already made up their minds’which sadly seems true in this case. This leads to the decline of communities who will no longer try to help themselves but instead allow things to be imposed upon them... Well I say don’t let the b * grind us down.

I forwarded a draft version of this article together with some questions and a request for a public meeting to the PO Press Department and received the following... who still thinks they haven’t already made up their minds? I have read with interest you article and I can confirm that in any outreach service customers will be able to withdraw pensions and benefits via card accounts or basic bank accounts from our horizon system. This system is in place in all our branches including all our outreach options.

Personal views of subpostmasters are not taken into account in planning our proposals.

While we will be aware of personal circumstances of subpostmasters and are sympathetic towards these, this is a compulsory, compensated programme and it is Post Office Ltd's decision to close post office branches. The branch is loss making and an unsustainable branch. It was always down as a proposed closure, personal circumstances are not taken into account. All post office branches proposed and which go forward to closure in this programme are loss making and unsustainable branches for Post Office Ltd and serve very low customer numbers, which has been declining over a period of time. In cases where distances to nearest branches can make access difficult for our customers, we propose to outreach our services to maintain a service in villages, such as Moniave (sic).

It is still our intention to provide service in the village through an outreach. The consultation ends on September 29.

I emailed asking for figures showing the decline in the already low customer usuage, but to date have not received a reply. Since writing this article I see from the news that we have now lost Border TV news and will be amalgamated with the Newcastle area and have our ‘local’news reduced to a 15 minute slot. Anyone take part in the public consultation for that?Anyone aware there was a consultation? Like the PO, who could only speak to postmasters and ‘interested’ parties, Border TV were unable to highlight the threat to the service on TV. They made a valiant effort to make people aware via the web and newspapers.

On the news Ofcom said it had decided to approve the changeover as ‘it was in the best interest of all’. No mention of how many objections they received, actually no mention at all of the public’s concerns. Now there’s another ‘consultation process’in progress about our NHS and I quote ‘It is important for the NHS Board to hear your views and ideas and to explain the Board’s thinking in terms of the future services.’ They extend an invitation to a session at Thornhill Community Centre on Monday 27th October at 7pm. ‘Your input will influence the development of the future strategy and the final proposals will be put forward during a formal consultation period in early 2009.’ Let’s make sure our voices are heard this time! Sue Grant

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3 Silver certificate and cups galore! Photo courtesy of Beautiful Scotland Wednesday 17th September was a busy day for representatives of Glencairn Community Council and the Moniaive In Flower committee. Robin McIver, Sue Grant and Dot Irvine left early in the morning to attend the Beautiful Scotland award ceremony in Musselburgh, East Lothian. After depositing our portfolio we had time to look around before the meal and presentations. We were absolutely delighted to receive a Silver Award in the small village section, our best achievement ever in these awars – no small thanks to all in the community who have done their bit to make Moniaive cleaner and more colourful.

This is the last year that the community council will be involved as from now the challenge has been passed to the Moniaive in Flower committee.

After the presentations we hot footed it to Dumfries for the Nithsdale in Bloom awards where we were joined by William Glencorse and Jack Ewart. Here we cleared the board, winning the Small Village section, The Sir David Landale Trophy for Community Involvement (shared withAmisfield) and The Landale Trophy for Overall Winner. A great days achievement! Following are the points awarded and judges comments from Beautiful Scotland: A. Horticulture, seasonal and permanent planting, 26 out of 35. Judges were impressed by sponsorship of tubs, new bridge and safer routes to school walk. Suggestions: more trailing plants in containers and round cross.B.

Sustainable dev and biodiversity, 22 out of 30. Impressed by taxis dropping kids at car park then walked to school, play area at school designed/funded by pupils. Suggestions: re-use of plants and composting.C. Local environment quality, 12 out of 20. Subtraction for dog fouling -1 point. Impressed by cleanliness throughout. Suggestions: better maintenance of all barrels, tubs etc. D. Public participation 10 out of 15. Impressed by: huge support for campaign Suggestions: Flower committee to separate from the community council. This gave us a total 70 out of 100 points. Anyone interested in helping the new Moniaive in Flower committee, with ideas for improvements, help with watering tubs, sponsoring further tubs etc please watch for posters and come along to the next meeting.

Glencairn Community Council/Moniaive in Flower Robin, Dot and Sue receiving the Silver certificate from the Provost Sheena Richardson at the ceremony in Musselburgh Mrs Janet Isobel Patrick Mrs Patrick was taken into the hospital on September 23rd and sadly passed away that night. Mabel Forteath, on behalf of the Evergreens said: “She was a faithful member of the club and very good to it. She enjoyed all the outings and took a full part in the club’s activities. She was a keen and proficient whist player who won on a regular basis.” Other Evergreen members remember her as a good neighbour and as a person who knew who to contact to get things done.

Neighbour and good friend Kitty Wilson said: “As a neighbour she was helpful in every way, she was always there for you and nothing was too much trouble. It’s really sad she’ll no longer be there for us all.” Glencairn Community Council are deeply sadden by the news of Mrs Patrick’s death. Mrs Patrick, or ‘Mrs P’ as she was affectionately known, retired from the Community Council in May 2006, where she had served as Secretary for over 32 years, and even before that she had had much to do with the ‘administration’ of the village in capacities such as Registrar, a post she held when Charlie Chaplin’s son got married from the village about 50 years ago.

Even after she left the Community Council she always wanted to know what was going on, and keen to get a copy of the minutes from the meetings. Mrs: P fought hard and long for any project she thought would benefit the village, and while there were times she and David Grant may not have seen eye to eye, together they made a formidable team looking after Moniaive’s interests. Many, in the village today, will not realise how much we owe to her for her efforts over the years, constantly chasing the Council about whatever project was in hand. She had particular interest in the School, where she worked for some 20 years, and this interest continued after she retired.

She was responsible for getting Moniaive motivated to win the ‘Nithsdale in Bloom’ competition in the 1980’s, and getting her husband Hugh to make plant containers from waste wood, some of which are still in use now. It is good that she learnt of our successes this year in the Floral Competitions before she died. Moniaive has lost a great champion.

Glencairn & Tynron Amateurs Cottagers and Gardeners Horticultural Society’s 129th Moniaive Flower Show was held on Saturday 30th August 2008. The committee worked hard to ensure everything was in place for the crowds who always flock to this popular event.

Entries were of the usual high standard which was encouraging after the wet, wet summer we’ve had. This year there was an added attraction – two people getting stuck in the lift! The industrial section showed what a talented bunch of people live here in the parish with the children’s exhibits a highlight. A great afternoon out and topped off nicely with teas and homemade cakes in the Church.

Sue Grant Cup Winners 2008 James Little Memorial Trophy: Alan Belshaw. Miss Edwards Trophy: Peter Wilson. D.C.B Downie Memorial Challenge Trophy: Alan Belshaw. Glencrosh Trophy: Scott McMillan. James MacLeod Memorial Trophy: Jimmy Dempster. Society's Silver Cup: Jimmy Dempster. Martin Soelberg Trophy: Scott McMillan. 4
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October/November 2008 Moniaive Flower Spectacular Photos: Sue Grant Photo: Noleen Henry William McKerlie Memorial Trophy: D & B Callander. Craigdarroch Trophy: Jimmy Dempster. Agnes Logan Memorial Trophy: Eric Wilson. Welsh Trophy: Eric Wilson. Jessie McNaught Memorial Trophy: Noreen Bellshaw.

Robert Galloway Memorial Trophy: Noreen Bellshaw. James Scott Memorial Trophy: Owen Elliot. Society's Silver Trophy: Eric Wilson. Olive & John McNaught Trophy: Caitlin Palmer. Thomas Oliver Perpetual Challenge Trophy: Peter Wilson. Marchbank McLean Memorial Trophy: Peter Wilson. Special Prize donated by Mrs K McFarlane: Rory Kilgour. Corrie Trophy: Cilla Caldwell. James Robb Trophy: Scott McMillan. Fred Lockerbie Trophy: Beryl Halliday. Silver Cup: Betty Graham. Gourlay Silver Trophy: Molly McMillan. Miss Edwards Memorial Trophy: Jean Stewart. Jessie H Harley Memorial Trophy: Ian Walker. Bill Richardson Memorial Trophy: Diana Clements.

McMillan Fox Challenge Cup: Amelia Snape. Mrs Dubbs Challenge Cup: Isabelle Trower. Mrs Robb Open Challenge Cup: Isabelle Trower.

Golfers – Down but not Out Wearily golfers return from the Emerald Shores battered, bruised and distraught. We were done over like a pair of smoked kippers, even June's pole dancers were unable to save the day (new routine needed ladies). Gary and Greg saved our blushes and a whitewash, Well Done boys! Hospitality second to none, morale remained high thanks to company, Guinness and G&T. Rab Neill

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5 Photos: Sue Grant Striding Arches Launch After 6 years of planning the first multiple installation by Andy Goldsworthy in the Scottish landscape was launched on Sunday 28th September to a select audience of funders, supporters and partners.

We were taken up the glen to the Byre in a fleet of buses. The sun was shining and, after refreshments, we welcomed the fell runners, led by Andy Goldsworthy’s brother, who had completed the arches circuit. This was followed by the speeches set against the backdrop of the arch on Bail Hill. First Melville Brotherston welcomed everyone and the thanked all those who had been involved in the project.

Andy Goldsworthy took to the stage next and gave a brief speech on his love of the area, the friendliness and acceptance of the people, the extraordinary richness of the landscape and his hopes that this powerful piece in his home place would mesh with his others works across the world. Mike Russell, MSP, Minister for the Environment, then spoke and pointed out how individual efforts could make things happen in the landscape, which need not always be destructive. Jan Hogarth from DGAA then told of how the six years of planning had come to fruition and thanked Melville Brotherston and Molly Glencorse in particular for their vision and support.

She went on to say that the next stage was now being worked on – looking at functions for the bothy, educational needs, an arch route and the possibility of another two arches.

She added that anyone who did the walk would find it an unforgettable and slightly surreal event which everyone should do at least once. The nearest hill top arch from the Byre is on Colt Hill, nearly six miles away, A nine mile walk takes you the arch on Benbrack. Currently there is no defined route up to the Bail Hill arch. One of the guests was Sheila Austin, daughter of Jack Edgar, the last shepherd here. She recalled that her father had the job of removing all the stock when the Forestry Commission took over the land from Caitloch and started tree planting. “It has opened up the area to many more people,” she said.

Kitty Wilson, who was with Sheila, remembered her parents travelling from Inverness to visit Jack. “I have some wonderful memories of that time,” she said. Then it was back on the buses to Moniaive where a reception was held in the Memorial Institute. Here we were joined by some of Moniaive Primary School’s pupils and their parents. The children recited the renga ‘Hill of Streams’ written by Alex Finlay especially for the project. They were accompanied by Wendy Stewart and young Flo Trower on harps. Wendy then went on to play a new piece especially written for the occasion. The children did an excellent job of reciting some very difficult passages and their performance ensured that you could hear a pin drop in the crowded room.

Well done to all of them.

Excellent refreshments were provided by Catherine Braid of the Green Tea House and an army of helpers. Afterwards departing guests were presented with goody bags containing ‘arch’related materials by DGAA. Sue Grant Left: Zara Duncan, aged 10 from Penpont. Top right: Listening to the speeches. Bottom right: Andy Goldsworthy at the opening. Moniaive pupils reciting the renga.

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As well as local exhibitors people came from as far afield as north of Dundee and south of the Cumbria border. The Supreme Champion was Ann Jolly (Hunter) from Newton Stewart with Macey Grey ridden by Louise Maxwell. The Reserve was Gemma Mason from Ochiltree with riding pony Blithbury Snooty Fox. The Heavy Horse Champion was Nicholson Family from Brampton with Shetland Champion Berrymoor Bramble and the Reserve David McGill from Alloway with Clydesdale Champion Ingelston Grace. Moniaive Horse Show Committee would like to thank Robert Wilson (for the use of the fields), Stewards, Judges and Exhibitors and all who helped make the show so successful.

J. Ewart Cup winners on the day were: Silver Jubilee trophy (Best Turn-out): Ruth Copeland/Amigo M. RJE trophy (Clydesdales): D. McGill/Ingleston Grace. Marina trophy: J McNab/Kypehill Oucha Boy. Dumfries Tack Shop trophy: G. Mason/Blithbury Snooty Fox. Abbey Gold trophy: V. Harvey/Tara O’Hara. Glencairn trophy (Hunter): L. Maxwell/Masey Grey. Moniaive Horse Show trophy: B. Hylop/Maxwellton Miriad. Drumcork trophy: R. Smith/Easter Parade. Overall Shetland winner/Junior winner and Standard Doonhamer trophy: Nicholson Family/Berrymoor Bramble. Shetland Champion Foal: L. Jamieson/Lignite Louis.

Miniature, Doonhamer trophy: G. McIntosh/Willrose First Lady. Little Fenwick trophy (Highlands) and Robert Weir trophy (Natives): K. McMurray/Trailtrow Teanninich. Moniaive Horse Show Goblet (Coloureds): Mrs Sillitoe/Snowspot. Wynnjamer trophy (Palamino): L. Butler/Hector. Moniaive Horse Show Goblet (Natives): H. Hodgson/Locharmoss Blueberry. McQueen trophy (Arabs): H. Graeme/Damzel Fly. Cargenwater trophy (Fell): R. Relphbriggs/Townend Fern. Dalwhat trophy (Connemara): S. Smith/Milford Adventurer. McQueen Engravers trophy (Working Hunter): H. Sloan/Ferran Fantasy. Donavan Perpetual trophy (Veteran): K.

McMurray/Rummlegairie of Trailtrow. Anderson Trophy (family pony): M. Jolly/Legally Blonde. Dardarroch Trophy (handy horse/pony): K. Lowthian/Hartside Blue Rocket. Dog Show Shield: M. Chesney/Pip.

Supreme Champion Macey Grey ridden by Emma Maxwell. Owner Ann Jolly, Newton Stewart Photo courtesy of Chris Frear, Thornhill

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7 Moniaive Art Show Guitar Legends Visit Moniaive In February Martin Taylor performed a sell out concert at The Marquee. Hardly surprising considering he also sold out The Carnegie Hall in New York. People visiting the Craigdarroch could not believe that Martin was playing in a small place like Moniaive. In March and again in August we had American guitarist Preston Reed, whose playing has been described in the latest issue of Total Guitar Magazine as ‘impossible’.

The reviewer continues, ‘Something must rationalise how one middle aged man with ten human fingers can make his acoustic ( guitar) sound like the sum of a bluegrass convention and a drum off between rainforest tribes.’ Like Martin Taylor, Preston Reed is normally found playing in much larger towns and cities. But the real coup is a rare Scottish appearance of the World’s greatest living blues and ragtime guitarist, Stefan Grossman. Grossman studied guitar in New York with the legendary Rev Gary Davis and also met and played with most of the great American blues players. He moved to England in the early 1960’s and lived for a while with Eric Clapton, toured the folk clubs and hung about with people like Ralph McTell, John Renbourn, Bert Jansch and Davy Graham.

Then he returned to the USA and stopped touring. Although he started performing again in 2006 he only does a few concerts each year. This year he has just three gigs in Scotland. He’s already been at the Edinburgh Festival. He is top of the bill at Ullapool Guitar Festival and he is appearing in concert at The Marquee Club, Moniaive on Wednesday October 8th at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced £10 are available from the Craigdarroch. Listen to this performance on You Tube to get some idea of what the concert will be like. The clip is from 1981 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91u_0PccY4c . Dick Gaughan at Moniaive Arguably the greatest Folk Musician in Scotland today, Dick Gaughan is appearing in Moniaive during his tour of England and Wales.

Yes I did say England and Wales. I’ve known Dick for thirty five years ( the first time I booked him) he had a night off between concerts in Leeds and Windermere and agreed to come to Moniaive. This concert will be a sell out so get your tickets £10, from the Craigdarroch now. Saturday 8th November at 7.30pm. Here’s what the critics have said. "Relaxed and funnier than many comedians" Edinburgh Evening News. "proved, if proof were needed, that he is the guv'nor" Folk On Tap. "one of Britain's most innovative and contemporary voices." The Boston Globe. "how music from the gut really sounds." The Guardian.

the kind of voice that could stop a train in its tracks" The Independent.

Gaughan will be supported by Glasgow Due Doghouse Roses. Also coming up at The Marquee Club are German band Elbow Room supported by Paul McKenna who is making a rare solo appearance. Saturday 22nd November Tickets £7. Moniaive Gala AGM Thursday 9th October 7.00pm Memorial Institute, Moniaive All welcome Please come along and support your gala New members and ideas needed Wendy Wall 200719 Photo: Nan Tait A moment of quiet reflection on opening night. Again this year members excelled themselves in the variety and quality of the work on show in Moniaive's Art Show. A very merry and busy opening night delighted guests and the exhibition had many visitors over the next ten days.

Grateful thanks to all who assisted in mounting and manning the exhibition. Congratulations to local artist Mary Stuart Shields who this year won Gracefield's ‘Best Picture Vote’. M. Young Fairtrade Dunscore One of the Fairtrade movement's biggest advocates is to visit this area. Bruce Crowther, was the driving force behind Garstang becoming the first town in the world to be designated a Fairtrade Town in 2001. Now, 90% of the shops and cafes in the town now stock Fairtrade products and Garstang is twinned with the cocoa-farming community of New Koforidua in Ghana. Bruce is joining villagers from Dunscore and surrounding areas for a Fairtrade Coffee Morning on 7th October in the Glenriddel Hall in Dunscore.

This will be an chance to meet Bruce and to hear a short talk on his Fairtrade experiences.

In a small way, Dunscore is hoping to emulate Garstang's achievement by becoming a Fairtrade village by achieving five goals including support from the Community Council; having Fairtrade products stocked in shops and catering establishments; encouraging businesses and organisations to use Fairtrade products; gaining publicity for the bid and setting up a Fairtrade steering group. The goals are not too difficult to achieve and the meeting will be an opportunity to find out more about becoming a Fairtrade village or organisation.

Please come and meet Bruce and if you would like more information, please contact Alison Boyes on 01387 820263 or Matthew Aitken on 01387 820448.

T Dance in the Park On Saturday 27th September an alternative T Dance was held in Macara Park. This free event was put on by CNN Artists Collective with funding support from Awards for All. The collective have run similar T Dances in locations throught Dumfries and Galloway including Auchencairn and Creetown. The idea was to reinterpret the traditional T Dance in a fun way, running dance workshops in unexpected styles such as jive and disco with music powered by renewable energy. The CNN Collective ran workshops in the primary school before the event for P3 - 7. The children learnt jive and disco and then decorated hats with copious amounts of glitter, sequins and flowers.

They wore these fantastic hats to the T dance.

With a tent full of costumes and wigs for participants to dress up in, tables traditionally laid with tablecloths, china cups and saucers and tiered cake stands full of goodies this was a fun afternoon, even the sun peeked out for a look. After all the rain we’ve had the dancers movements caused the worms to rise up and carpet the dance floor - all giving a new meaning to wiggly worms! CNN run participatory arts events and are based in Dumfries and Galloway. More information can be found on www.collective-nonsense-network.com. Jo Hodges 8
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This was my first introduction to Bowen. Subsequent stories related about the effects of Bowen and my own personal encounter with it following surgery led me to train in this remarkable therapy myself. But – just what is Bowen? It is a dynamic healing therapy that realigns and rebalances the entire body through gentle but precise moves over muscles. It does not involve any bone manipulation. It promotes relaxation, pain relief and recovery of energy. Often only two or three sessions are BOWTECH® The Original Bowen Technique At the age of seven George saved up his pocket money for months to buy his first camera at the price of seven shillings and sixpence, his father would buy him a spool every now and then which was quickly used and then taken to the chemist in Thornhill for development.

It would take about a fortnight to get the finished photos back and although there was usually only a couple of pictures that were worth keeping, from then on he was hooked.

In 1981 he did his first wedding shoot as official photographer and worked part time to his music business until four years ago when he decided to make photography his main profession. Since then although wedding photography is foremost he has had photos published by the likes of About Britain, and the recent Glencairn Memorial book etc. His work in the photography field is best known from the popular range of local calendars featuring Moniaive, Penpont and introducing, last year, the Thornhill calendar. George C Richardson Freelance Photography George C Richardson Freelance Photography also offers other services like portraiture where he can come to your home, party, event or place of your choice to take you, your family or your pet's portrait using professional Nikon cameras, backdrops and studio lights, produce your photos to a size that will suit your environment and mount and frame them to your specification.

Another popular service is photo restoration where he can give new life to that cherished but tired and torn picture or perhaps there is a photo that you would like someone added to or removed, whether it is a photo, slide, negative or on disc (photos can also be taken from video tape or DVD). For further information or to arrange a visit please give George a call on 01848 200470 or visit his website www.georgecrichardsonphotogaphy.co.uk. required to alleviate the presenting condition. Because of the gentleness of Bowen, it is suitable for all ages. Treatment is generally performed on a couch, but if this is not suitable or comfortable it can be carried out seated.

Bowen is proving very effective in the sports world. Golfers, tennis players and various sports teams are now enlisting the help of Bowen therapists to enhance their performance. Sporting injuries and impaired mobility can be effectively treated and work related injuries, such as RSI, also respond well to Bowen. Registered Bowtech® practitioners carry the initials BTAA after their name. For further information, see www.bowen-technique.co.uk or www.bowtech.com or call Jenny Terras BA BTAA on 01848 330810 or 07761820334.

Jenny Terras

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October/November 2008 Hotchpotch By the time this Gazette is delivered I will be just six weeks away from the first anniversary of the shop opening so I want to say a big thank you first of all to everyone who has supported me by being very regular customers and for spreading the word to family and friends. Although a shop like mine would usually be hugely dependant on tourism and visitors I can honestly say that Hotchpotch sales in its first year have been largely due to the continued custom of local people and for that I am so very grateful - it's just one more indication of what a very supportive and friendly community we live in.

The fact that we have so many village events also helps enormously of course and visitors have been surprised and delighted at the range and quality of goods in such a small shop, in a little village where they thought they'd be lucky to find somewhere to buy a postcard! I would have to say that about the only 'complaint' I've had is that there is just so much to see that people need to spend more time than they'd have expected to try and take in the fabulous range of goods and for this reason I have also made it known that customers are welcome to have a cuppa while they browse. The arts and crafts on offer are still about 95% produced in Dumfries and Galloway but probably as much as 80% of that is within a twenty mile radius of Moniaive so it just goes to show what a wealth of talent we have on our very doorstep.

The locally produced range includes photography, jewellery, soaps, cushions and cot quilts, handbags, knitted toys, candles, miniature oils, silk painting, wood and metal work, handmade books and ceramics, as well as small antiques, goods from The Gambia, China, Indonesia and some Tearcraft products. So, having given you some idea of what there is on offer I'd like to say that if anyone who is beginning to think about Christmas wants to comes in and reserve goods, or order specific gifts (such as baskets of soaps in a particular scent etc) I have already started an order book and they are also welcome to pay for larger items in installments if they wish.

At the same time I will have my 'wish list' book on the go again where people can let me know of several items they particularly like and then friends and family can come in at a later date and look at the wish list knowing they can buy something that person really does want. It worked really well last year as quite a number of people had no idea what to buy and were delighted when they were given a choice of several items to consider. When I opened in November last year the response was overwhelming but I was also aware that it was a combination of curiosity and Christmas - most people having already done the bulk of their shopping.

This year I feel very confident that they may think seriously about checking out Hotchpotch first - I personally managed to do all of my own Christmas shopping last year right here under one roof - without having to stand in a queue, listening to piped music or being dealt with by grumpy and disinterested shop assistants!!

Opening hours are 11am - 4pm Tuesday - Sunday but these times are often extended and I will be having a late opening evening at least once a week throughout December. So thank you once again to all of the regulars and I look forward to helping take some of the headache out of Christmas for you this year. Jackie Goddard Geodiversity in Dumfries and Galloway I am currently working, in a voluntary capacity, with a number of partners to put Dumfries and Galloway on the ‘Geological Map’. Historically in the region there has been no formal Local Geodiversity Action Plan (LGAP). I am now identifying geological sites and working with the council to include an LGAP in the Local Biodiversity Action Plan.

My role as Project Leader is to co-ordinate activities in the Dumfries and Galloway region. It is a very exciting time now as we are identifying and recording sites, planning projects, developing new partners and volunteers.

What we need are people who are interested in geology who would like to share their knowledge and skills. This involves a great variety of activities eg. selecting key sites for protection; making audits of sites and features; photographing sites and recording information. Some of you may wonder what and where these places are? They are the rocks “beneath our feet” as a famous songwriter once said. There are fantastic beach walks with outcrops of conglomerates, sandstones and mudstones with fossils, intrusive igneous dykes and fault lines like those at Rockcliff. If you stand on one side of the fault, in 20,000,000 years time you might be level with Edinburgh!

There are amazing little and large quarries of limestone, shale, greywacke or Shinnel Glen's radiolarian chert, some full of fossils but also “nasties” like arsenic. Take a stroll up any valley or ridge and you will see the remains of our last Ice Age. Erratics, drumlins, glacial till, hanging valleys, like Moffat's Grey Mares Tail, are everywhere, as are Tynron's varves which were laid down by seasonal melt water in glacial lakes 15,000 years ago. If you would like to learn more about the geological treats in store as you explore Dumfries and Galloway, or you are interested in joining us now, to be part of this exciting time in Dumfries and Galloway’s geological future please contact me at: email moffatdmt@hotmail.com or call 01848330814 or 07821621366.

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October/November 2008
11 Photos: Sue Grant A Thank you message to all our family and friends in Moniaive As you all know Ken has been very ill and we would just like to say a big thank you to everyone for being so kind, concerned and supportive during this very difficult time. Hopefully he will make a good recovery thanks to all the staff in Casualty and the High Dependency Unit in Dumfries Royal and in the Coronary Care Unit in the Golden Jubilee Hospital, Glasgow. Aimee and Ken Hill, Braw Glen, Dunreggan, Moniaive Twinning Ceremony with Lubuto, Zambia Sunday 21st September saw the long awaited Twinning Ceremony between Glencairn, Moniaive and Dunscore church congregations with Lubuto in Zambia.

Although the Memorial Institute is often decorated for parties and events it’s not often as colourful as it was that afternoon. Zambian prints covered the walls in bright reds, greens and yellows, and mixed with the range of tartans on show were made all the more memorable by the sun streaming in through the windows.

The Church of Scotland believes that World Mission is for every congregation and member. With modern communications it is now possible to link directly with congregations across the world to develop and give mutual support and to share in each other’s joys and sorrows. After the introduction a there was a short slide show to set the scene showing how monies raised have been used to provide for Lubuto a minibus, water bore hole and water tower and a maize grinding facility. Slides also showed the study and bible class groups and the plaque commemorating the twinning, which is already in place in Lubuto, decked in the colours of Zambia and Scotland.

Charlie MacAllan then reiterated how welcome the visitors were and how it was hoped the two congregations would share their faith and face their problems together.

Tom Chibanga then thanked everyone for their hospitality on behalf of the Lubuto group. Hymns were sung accompanied by a small band of musicians and then the ‘Commitment’ from the Twinning Agreement was then read out. This included points on learning about each other by regular communications and visits; the exchange of ideas and fulfiling needs where possible and the sharing of talent and skills, all while seeking God’s guidance in developing this new relationship. Christine Sime then highlighted the importance everyone placed on the fact that this was a partnership and asked the Church Elders to form a horseshoe and give the right hand of fellowship to the Lubuto visitors.

The Agreement was then signed by Mr McFarlane, Mr MacAllan, Ms Chungu Kafwimbi and Mr Flywell Thole. Gavin Dykes then piped out the visitors in the closing procession. Sue Grant Autumn Fayre Glencairn Friends of Guiding are holding an ‘Autumn Fayre’ on Saturday 4th October in St Ninian’s Church, Moniaive, from 2pm to 4pm. Usual stalls, baking, tombola, bric-a-brac, plants and a Grand Raffle (all donations gratefully received). The usual refreshments of home made cream scones and jam with tea or coffee. Adults £1.50, children 50p. The friends have welcomed two new members to their committee, Kerry Greig and Samantha Borrows and thank them for agreeing to serve on this committee.

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October/November 2008 Glencairn History Group The History Group held a meeting in September following the traditional summer break. Attendance was large enough to have a group discussion, which is very encouraging. Group Talks Our season of guest speakers continues on October 2nd with the appearance of the Reverend David Bartholomew, minister of St. John's Town of Dalry. He has been a local historian for many years as well as an avid exponent of the metal-detector. His finds range from the mundane (rusty wire and gate hinges) to the sublime (jewellery and pilgrim badges now on display in Kirkudbright Museum).

He will be illustrating his fascinating talk with some of the objects he has uncovered over the years. Non-members £3. Refreshments. There will be other speakers at our meetings in December and February.

History of the Institute Our research into the history of the Memorial building moves on as we continue to transcribe the past Minutes of Committee from the Institute. We are also transcribing other documents relating to activities pertaining to the Institute. If anyone has any information connected to Moniaive Memorial Institute, we would be pleased to see it. The material will contribute to an exhibition to be held in the future. Millennium Book Since the successful launch of the Millennium Book, sales have been steady, if a little slow. It is now possible, however, to make the first cheque presentation from the funds generated.

A representative from the Erskine Hospital charity for ex-service personnel will be at St Ninian's Church on Saturday 8th November for the 1pm ceremony. Their will also be a free exhibition of original photographs used in the book from 11am to 2pm, when signed copies of the Millennium Book will be available (book price £15). This presentation is timed to coincide with Remembrance Day, a particularly poignant occasion for the armed forces. A separate ceremony will be arranged later in the year for a cheque presentation to the Memorial Institute.

Display Cabinet The History Group purchased a glass display cabinet some months ago and this has been placed in the Institute's new meeting room on the ground floor. This will be used to display items and artifacts from the Group's (small but growing) collection. If anyone has an object of local interest, that they would like to offer to loan to the Group for temporary display in the cabinet, we would be pleased to hear from you. Group meetings are listed in the Gazette Diary. For further information contact Bob Martin on 07772 877443 or write to Stables Cottage, Barjarg Tower, Auldgirth DG2 0TN.

Glencairn SWRI Welcome back ladies, it was lovely to see you all again and to welcome two new members.

We had an interesting evening with Mr David Graham giving us a recital of short stories and poetry, on his life encounters, and very amusing it was too. Our next meeting will be on the 15th October, with a demonstration by Lisa Johnstone on Arts and Crafts. The competition will be, the best decorated Halloween mask. Anyone wishing to join us, will be most welcome. Forthcoming events include: our 85th Birthday in November, possible theatre trips, a talk on Western Acupuncture, a tasting evening, and a trip to Kagyu Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Monastery – yet to be confirmed.

We are always looking for new members and fresh ideas, so if you would like to join us, we would be pleased to see you.

We meet in St. Ninian's Church, the third Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm. Look forward to seeing you. Linda Stott, Secretary 01848 200325 Book Reading Group Moniaive Book Reading Group held a summer party at the Youngs’ Craigview, North Street, on Thursday 28th August. Our thanks to Muriel and John Young for hosting the party. The book ‘Garbo Laughs’ was being discussed. It’s about a family and friends whose lives revolved around the discussion of films and their relationships with one another. Mixed feelings about this title, some managed to finish, soe gave up, however, that is the nature of the group.

The group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at Craigview at 7.30pm and since starting we have read books on a wide variety of topics, ranging from biographies, classics, hstorical nvels and a series of Rumer Godden’s work. Jane Murray-Flutter held a very interesting evening showing a videoof herself and her mother, Rumer Godden, retracing their early life in India. All members of the group have a month to read the same title and meet for about an hour to discuss their findings. These books are loaned from the Library so there is no expense. Anyone wishing to join the group, please contact Muriel Young on 01848 200318.

Nan Tait Rhona dent and Delcia Knowles at the book club. Photo: Nan Tait