Welcome to the website for New Galloway Town Hall.
WE ARE DELIGHTED TO SAY THAT IT IS NOW POSSIBLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF MANY LOCAL WALKS AND TO VISIT THE WALLED GARDEN AGAIN. HAVE A LOOK UNDER ‘EXPLORING NEW GALLOWAY’ FOR INFORMATION AND KEEP AN EYE ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR ANY UPDATES. PLEASE NOTE, HOWEVER, THAT, DUE TO THE ONGOING CORONOVIRUS PANDEMIC, WE ARE NOT YET ABLE TO RE-OPEN THE TOWN HALL FOR ANY OF OUR USUAL EVENTS.
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.
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, or you can walk there along the road (maybe half a mile). There are plans to make this easier by clearing a pathway up on the verge off the road, but, at the moment, just stay close to the edge and don’t forget to walk on the right to face oncoming traffic.
A little further afield, you can find your way to the Garroch Estate. Again, there are beautiful walks through acres of grounds. Some of these are on farm vehicle tracks and others on woodland trails. 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 the 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 very soon there will even be a compost toilet for your convenience!
You can follow us on Facebook at Local Initiatives in New Galloway. Our purpose is to promote regeneration in New Galloway and Kells Parish quite broadly. 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. LING additionally secured funding, in conjunction with the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership, to rescue and develop the old Walled Garden and renovate the pathways in The Garroch Estate and to improve the network of paths in the New Galloway Golf Club woodlands. (More information on this amazing work will be provided on the website soon.)
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. If you would like to become a member (which is free) or a Friend of New Galloway Town Hall, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you. 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.
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 Council, 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.