Author: Andy

To the rescue

ON A COLD winter’s evening in November 1975, a collection of individuals were bound together by a burning desire to help others. The setting was a police station in Newton Stewart. Their goal was to form a functioning search and rescue group, made up entirely of willing volunteers. The reasons were simple; the authorities were struggling to deal with the number of incidents occurring in the Galloway Hills and local people felt it was their responsibility to lend a helping hand. Fast forward to the present day and some of those selfless souls, along with a new generation of...

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Pictures with passion

THE birth of her son five years ago convinced Holly Burns to pick up a camera for the first time. She, like any mum, wanted to record the memories but it was a desire to capture his striking green eyes that was to change her life for ever. A simple point and shoot just wasn’t capturing the reality in front of her. So, with an expensive upgrade in her hand, she pressed the button. The 30-year-old said: “I have always thought his eyes are the most beautiful I’ve ever seen but whenever I had tried to capture them, the...

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Ride to freedom

ON THE outskirts of Stranraer is a club that helps to change lives. You perhaps wouldn’t know it at first glance but Happy Hooves is called that for a very good reason. The local disabled riding group provides disadvantaged people with opportunities they would otherwise never have. From a stable situated just outside the town at Planting End Farm in Dunragit, volunteers help make a difference on a weekly basis – with a little help from their four-legged friends. The positives for riders are endless, ranging from physical benefits such as building muscle tone to improving social skills by...

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Carving out a future

SOMETIMES nature has its way of sending you messages.  To most people a plank of wood is just that – plain, boring and lifeless. For Glentrool craftsman Gabriel Vindt, it’s a source of inspiration as he sculpts and moulds designs. Chopping boards, clocks, Gabriel can make a bench in as little as two days, all featuring intricate artwork. “Sometimes the wood tells you what it should be,” he said.  “When you look at it there might be a knot on one side, or the patterns on it might look nice. “So you start to look at it and think...

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