Events

Freelance ‘Welcome Back’ Community Events Manager

Are you passionate about developing and organising events and activities to help connect people of all ages? You do! Well, we have a very exciting freelance position availble to help us do just that – See poster below for further detail.

CLICK HERE to view and download a copy of the job description

Deadlines for application in writing by 31st October 2021, interviews are being held 5th November.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact us at newgallowaytownhall@gmail.com

Regular Events Diary

Lunches: Will restart from 11th January, every Tuesday, starting at 11am with coffee and biscuits, lunches are served approximately between 12.30 and 2.00.  Prices under review. Two more home deliveries in the meantime – 26th October and 23rd November.

Sports evenings: Tuesday evenings 7.00 to 9.00 pm, carpet bowls in lesser hall and table tennis upstairs. £3 a head. Restarted on 24th August. Just drop in and ask for Ray. More detail below.

Martial Arts: Thursday evenings from 7.00pm for 2 hours. Younger children for the first hour. Option to stay for two hours. Mainly karate focussed. Just turn up or contact Brian Hilton for details (brianhilton237@gmail.com)

Crafty Group: This will run on Monday afternoon 2-4pm, starting on 1st Novemeber. Expected to be £3 a head including tea and biscuits.  Lots of local interest and John Johnes raised funds for the group with his sewing machine repairs.

Free IT advice: Starting again on October 27th for five Thursday afternoon sessions, 2-4 pm, run by Jackie and Allan from the Castle Douglas IT Centre offering friendly support to help you with all your IT issues.  Confidential advice on applying for benefits, job search, creating a CV, or just learning to get online and see how it can help you. You can also book a half hour session in advance.

Zumba Sessions: Two sessions now available on a Wednesday evening, such was the demand when they restarted. Booking essential – contact Samantha Rushton for information and to book. Phone number: 07544 700566

Yoga: A gentle end-of-the-week meditative yoga experience with Cath. 5.30 – 6.30 on Fridays starting from 22nd October. More details to follow.

Crafty Corner: Due to start on Mondays 2-4pm from 1st November. Just come along and ask for Christina – £3 a head including tea and biscuits.

Circuit Training: Used to happen on Saturday mornings 8.00 to 9.00 am and Tuesday evenings 5.30 to 6.30 pm with John Fagan, who can be contacted via the Catstrand, Connecting in Communities. May restart in January.

Family Bingo Fun: Six Bingo fun evenings have been run so far and we hope to make this a regular event, maybe four times a year, depending on demand. The most recent one, held in the Lesser Hall, was particularly well-attended and lot of fun. Free entry and £1 a sheet for adults, 50p for children. Tea, coffee, cakes and prizes. Free orange juice and biscuits for children. There may well be another session or two this autumn.

Cheese and Wine Fundraisers: Next one planned for Saturday 25th September with cheese as our focus this time, but plenty of wine on offer too. Our last annual fundraiser happened in September 2019 and coincided with the Glenkens Food month run by Sam Rushton. Her funding allowed us to offer a wine-tasting evening which was excellent. It’s all still free to ‘Friends of New Galloway Town Hall’, but open to all for £10 per head. Entry can be paid at the door.

More Details

Look In, Linger and Lunch

On Tuesdays, the lower hall opens between 11am and 2pm for LING Lunches at £5 a head for a choice of two delicious soups, home made breads and a choice of sweets,

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A Christmas lunch

provided by Dawn of ‘Love to Eat’. Coffee and biscuits are also an option, as an alternative to a lunch, at £1.50 a head. Since opening in May 2016, this has been a great success. When we last counted, about 180 different people had lunched with us! Last year about 450 lunches were served. Some people are regulars; others are just passing through and pop in to have a chat over lunch. It’s open to anyone to drop in, no need to book. All ages are welcome (there’s even a high chair available) whether locals or visitors to the area. A friendly welcome awaits and a chance to chat with old friends, meet new people and perhaps play some table-top games or add a piece to the on-going jigsaw.

The times fit in well with the buses to and from Carsphairn, Dalry and Balmaclellan, but if other transport is needed, please contact us.

Sports Night

On Tuesday evenings, carpet bowls take place in the lower hall and two smart new table tennis tables are available in the upper hall. Entry is £3 a head. The bowls were kindly donated by a Kilmarnock church group which no longer needed them.

The first successful Sports Night season culminated in Tom Carlyle being presented with a silver cup as winner of the Town Hall Indoor Bowling League! The cup was last used by the New Galloway Bowling Club many moons ago.

This is all great fun and very informal – a chance to meet up for a chat and some gentle activity. If a Tuesday evening doesn’t suit you, but you’d like to give it a try, just get a small group together and contact us to book the hall.

Previous Events

‘The New Galloway Story’ Exhibition

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The New Galloway Story

This exhibition opened for the first time at weekends from mid-July until the end of September in 2016 and welcomed visitors from near and far. It provides fascinating information, including photographs, videos and other mementos, about New Galloway’s history and the place of the Town Hall within that history. It’s open again this summer, again at weekends, except for the weekend of the Alternative Games in New Galloway (5th and 6th August), when LING will have a stall there.

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The Town Park by Thomas Faed Jr

The large mural, a painting of the nearby Kenmure Castle estate called ‘The Town Park’, which was gifted to the Town Hall by Faed Junior, is on display in the hall while the exhibition is open. At other times it is protected and hidden from view behind large wooden shutters. You would never know it was there!

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Antiques Roadshow

An Antiques Roadshow was held very successfully last Autumn and we anticipate another in the Autumn of 2018.

Marie Curie Fundraiser

The hall was beautifully decorated for this event in 2017 and wonderful selections of sandwiches and cakes were available.

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Creative catering for the Marie Curie fundraiser

Christmas Celebration Concert

On 4th December 2017 a celebratory concert took place attended by at least 150 people. (There were 150 seats and some people were standing!) The event had been planned by a group representing all the different organisations, groups and businesses in New Galloway as a mark of the great strides that had been made in the course of the past year. Children from Kells school sang for us and the cubs and beavers group also performed. The Catstrand children’s drama group gave us a preview of their Pantomime and the adult singers also did us proud.

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The Cubs and beavers entertain a full hall

It was a wonderful evening and the weather held to allow everyone to make their way down the High Street, led by a piper, to The Smithy, where mulled wine was available for us all to enjoy as we watched the switching on of Christmas lights. So many people helped to make this a success. We hoped that the event might be repeated in some form the next year and it was indeed. And the following year too!!

The same planning group have since formed themselves as a Celebratory Events Committee operating as a sub-committee of LING. They ran a successful Picnic in the Park, to be repeated again this year, and they plough their funds raised back into the community.

Love Food: Hate Waste

A very enjoyable workshop was run for us in the spring of 2018 by Zero Waste Scotland and we hope to repeat this later in the year.