Welcome to the website for New Galloway Town Hall and Local Initiatives in New Galloway (LING).

November Update

Hello All,

As I write, scaffolding is going up at the Town Hall! This week, work on roof repairs and guttering will be happening. Internally, we have reached completion stage with the upstairs toilets. After a slow start, it does seem as if all the work and planning is beginning to come together.

Having taken ownership in August, we have been working hard to recruit potential contractors to provide quotes and potential starting dates for the different works that need to be undertaken. It’s not an easy time for this, as you will probably be aware, but Ronnie Bradford, our Project officer, has been persisting and his work is now bearing fruit.

Alongside our activities, D&G Council have been getting things in place for tackling the dry-rot and that work is due to commence on 21st November.

LING Lunches, as many of you will be aware, have moved in the interim to Kitty’s, courtesy of Sylvia, who has been wonderfully supportive in allowing us to use her premises. Angie, our Inclusion Manager, has managed a seamless transition (with a great deal of hard work) and has got the place buzzing. It seems as if lots of people have been delighted to have the chance to be in Kitty’s once more and we’ve had great support from the community.

The Town Hall itself has remained open for some events and activities – Sports evenings still welcome anyone for indoor bowls and table tennis and there’s Tai Chi, Martial Arts, and Zumba – see events page for more detail. We held our annual Cheese and Wine evening on 29th October, as a thank you to our Friends of the Town Hall and LING volunteers and had a very good turnout. The £50 prize draw was won this time by Sean Gannon.

Christmas is hoving into view and planning is afoot. The usual programme of events is under development and there will be further news soon.

Ann Glaister – LING Secretary.

The Town Hall is situated in the heart of New Galloway in the beautiful Glenkens area of Dumfries and Galloway. It is still owned by Dumfries and Galloway Council, but is managed by LING (Local Initiatives in New Galloway). The Town Hall has a new lease of life and is proving its value to the local community by providing a venue for a wide range of community activities, from lunches to sports evenings, pot luck suppers, family bingo and concerts. Click Events to find out more about forthcoming and regular events.

Two halls are available for hire and there is a fully equipped kitchen. See Facilities, Cost of Hire, or contact us for more details. You will find booking forms and terms and conditions of hire there as well as a risk assessment for reference.

LING also manages two local outdoor spaces – the wonderful network of woodland paths around and beyond New Galloway golf course, and the old Garroch Estate Walled Garden.

If you want to get out and about in and around New Galloway, there are some wonderful walks of different lengths and degrees of challenge. From the main car park itself, there is a lovely three mile walk and just out beyond the golf course, there are lovely pathways to wander up, through the golf course woodlands. Great views from some higher vantage points. You can take a car along and there is parking available in a layby, or you can walk there from the golf course club house. Stay close to the lower edge, if you are skirting it, until you reach the little gate into the woodland.

There is now a path from there that links, via a brand new and rather beautiful bridge over the Knocknairling Burn, with Core Path number 177. More details including photographs coming soon.

A little further afield, you can find your way to the Garroch Estate.  Again, there are beautiful walks through acres of grounds though please note that some are out of use due to the damage done by gales earlier this year. Some are on farm vehicle tracks and others on woodland trails. The owner of the estate is pleased for people to enjoy the walks there, but please do be aware that this is a working farm and take great care not to alarm any animals. A group of volunteers is working to keep these pathways clear and well signposted. If you go on a Saturday morning, you might find a few of them at work. And, if you can offer a helping hand at all, they’ll be your friends for life.

On the Garroch Estate, there’s also a delightful old walled garden. It is in the process of restoration and you are welcome to browse and relax. Balm for the soul. It is being lovingly restored by volunteers from local communities. It’s open to the public to enjoy, so come and see the new rose walk, the flourishing vegetable plots, the fruit trees and enjoy the birdsong. There are sometimes events held there, like apple-pressing, so do look out for notices to see what you might be able to take part in. There is shelter available on wet days in the bothy, and there is now even a compost toilet for your convenience!

You can follow us on Facebook at Local Initiatives in New Galloway. Our purpose is to promote health and wellbeing in New Galloway and Kells Parish and the wider Glenkens. The initial focus was on saving the Town Hall from closure and resurrecting it to its central role in village life and it has been wonderful to see people using and enjoying the venue again. Click Events to find out more. If you would like to become a member of LING (which is free) please email newgallowaytownhall@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you. Membership means we can keep you in touch with what is happening from time to time and, if you are interested in finding out more, perhaps even helping in someway occasionally, then it’s a good way of making contact.

Bob Glaister, Treasurer, presents the latest prize draw winner, with her £50 note.
Bob Glaister, Treasurer, presents the latest prize draw winner, with her £50 note.

As well as building a membership of LING, we invite our supporters to become ‘Friends of the Town Hall’ by signing up to pay £5 per month (£8 for a couple) by standing order. It helps enormously with our running costs and enables us to keep making small step-by-step improvements. Friends are invited to a summer wine and cheese event with an opportunity to review progress and are entered in a twice-yearly prize draw with a prize of £50. If you’d like to be a Friend of New Galloway Town Hall, again please contact us of newgallowaytownhall@gmail.com.

LING is a Scottish Charity (SC047553), based at Rathan House, High Street, New Galloway, DG7 3RL. You can find our formal LING documents – our trustees, constitution, annual reports, accounts, AGM minutes and our Board meeting minutes here.

LING has been supported by Dumfries and Galloway, The Glasgow Galloway Association, Glenkens Charity Shop, Architectural Heritage Foundation, Resilient Heritage, Awards for All, the Blackcraig Windfarm Community Trust Fund , the Hugh Fraser Foundation and Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership.