Imagination flying high

Wigtownshire has a growing number of children’s authors delighting young fans with their tales. In Issue 5, we caught up with six of them  leading the way. Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin. This is a story of chances, challenges and successes with,...

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Out of this world

The night sky is now firmly established as one of Wigtownshire’s top tourism attractions. In Issue 5 we met the Dark Sky Rangers mapping the stars for visitors. INVISIBLE during the day but truly spectacular at night – the stars are one of Wigtownshire’s  top tourist...

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Artist in the Frame – Emily Nash

From a young age, Emily Nash designed her own animal themed Christmas cards, making sure to personalise each one. Being a farmer’s daughter, she had plenty of inspiration living around her every day. “I find animals easier and more fun to draw, paint and create, as I...

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Producing a True hit

FROM Wigtownshire to the bright lights of Hollywood, Richard Brown has come a long way. The 44-year-old is the toast of the TV elite as an executive  producer of hit series True Detective. From a childhood in Newton Stewart, Richard now mixes with film stars Matthew...

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Life with a silver lining

A SUM of just £20 was used to create a band, which has been a musical fixture in Wigtownshire for the last 137 years. John Barr and Rob Elliot joined forces in 1880 to purchase 20 instruments and so Creetown Silver Band was born. Along with them were 18 bandsmen, who...

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Walking festival steps into focus

Next week sees the start of the 15th Newton Stewart Walking Festival, for what promises to be another excellent week of walking. The popular annual event, which this year runs from May 5-11 is offering a programme of over 30 guided walks and other events exploring the...

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Summer competition for Crook of Baldoon

A competition is being run for a Summer Exhibition in association with the RSPB reserve at the Crook of Baldoon, Bladnoch. The entire exhibition between July and September at Unit Three Gallery in Bladnoch will have a wildlife theme and will highlight the work done at...

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Fighting for future champions

A BOXING ring squeezed into the corner of a former corner shop is not the most likely of breeding ground for champions. But then again Millennium Boxing Club have always been punching above their weight. James Hilton started the Stranraer group when he moved to the...

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Just part of the job

SAVING lives can be extraordinary but for lifeboat crews it’s just part of the job – well, as much as a voluntary commitment can be considered a job. The thrill Portpatrick crew members get from being on the boat and part of the RNLI makes up for losing any spare...

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War games

ANYONE who has ever pulled down a paintballing mask and picked up a ‘marker’ will know the thrill that leaping around like a pretend soldier can evoke. The first ever paintball match was held back in the early 80s but time has moved on since then and so has the...

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Garrocher Market Garden

THE President of the United States, Barrack Obama, quietly supping on a cup of tea borne from the hills of Wigtownshire. It might seem like a fantasy but with the arrival of Garrocher Grey this picture may well have become a reality in the Oval Office. Earlier this...

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Galloway to host major Dark Sky conference

Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere, which covers over 5,000 square miles, is to be the location for the first ever Dark Sky Park conference to be held in Europe. The event, being held 20th to 22 Sept 2017, will bring together some of the world’s top dark sky...

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Join the board of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival

Scotland’s largest rural performing arts festival is looking for talented individuals to join its board. Now in its 38th year, the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival has built a reputation of excellence in bringing world-class theatre, music, dance, comedy and the...

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Bohemian Bladnoch

By Sid Ambrose A former creamery in the heart of the Machars, seems an unlikely setting for a bohemian style arts collective. However this is exactly what you will find if you make your way along to the jumble of red brick industrial units known as Bladnoch Bridge...

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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...

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