Regular Events Diary
Lunches: every Tuesday, starting at 11am with coffee and biscuits, lunches are served approximately between 12.30 and 2.00. Pausing on decision to restart 7th September, because of increase in Covid in D&G. More news soon. Prices held at £5.00 for now. More detail below.
Sports evenings: Tuesday evenings 7.00 to 9.00 pm, carpet bowls and table tennis at £3 a head. Restarting 24th August. Just drop in. 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.
Crafty Group: Hoping this new opportunity may start up very soon. Lots of local interest and John Johnes raised funds for the group with his sewing machine repairs.
Free supported computer drop in service: (not yet restarted)Tuesday afternoons 2.30 – 4.30pm run by the Castle Douglas IT Centre offering friendly, confidential advice on applying for benefits, job search, creating a CV, or just learning to get online and see how it can help you. And from January 2020, these sessions will be followed from 4,30 to 6.30 pm by a chance to learn to get more from your phone, tablet or laptop.
Zumba Sessions: These used to run on Wednesday evenings from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at £4 a head. awaiting a decision on these. Contact Samantha Rushton for information. Phone number: 01644 420679
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 soon.
Glenkens Art Workshop: Awaiting news on this. Monday afternoons 2.00 – 4.00 pm.
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.
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,
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.
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.
‘The New Galloway Story’ Exhibition
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.