Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Come and join the Jills!

The Jills of all Trades are a group of volunteers who continue to improve their DIY Skills when they attend the Training Workshop, based in Whithorn. The Initiative, which is run by Building Healthy Communities, has expanded over the years and the Jills have been offering their services to individuals and groups in the local community.
At present, they are helping the South Machars Community Centre with various little DIY jobs like painting a cupboard, fixing or putting up shelves, etc...They have also made and donated a couple of planters to the Centre.

Next Tuesday, 17th September 2019, they are planning to do some tiling.

If you are interested, over the next few weeks, in lending a hand or learning a new skill, why not come along and join the Jills at the South Machars Community Centre from 10am to 12pm.  You will also get a chance to meet the volunteers and ask any questions over a free cup of coffee/tea.   Anyone is welcome.

If you require any further information, please contact the centre on 01988 500364 or Building Healthy Communities on 01671 404267

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Monday Club 2nd September

On Monday 2nd September, the Monday Club members had invited Charlie Bennett, from Macular Society, to came along and talk about Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Charlie's talk was very interesting, informative and interactive.

At our next meeting on 16th September, we will have Karen Trott talking to us about Personalisation and Self Directed Support. For more information please contact Building Healthy Communities on 01671 404267

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Dancercise - Isle of Whithorn

The group continues to thrive with an average of 12 people attending each week. The dance routines improve on a consistent basis and new routines are sourced as and when necessary.

To watch a short video of the latest routines, click HERE (sideways at present)

Dancercise runs every Tuesday at St Ninian's Hall in the Isle of Whithorn from 10.30am - 11.30am.

For more information, please contact the office on 01671 404267

Jills in the Community - Planters

Today saw the completion of the planters for the South Machars Community Centre.

The young plants, although a little small, were planted in the workshop before being transported to their permanent home!!


The planters look perfect on the window sills of the centre and will become stunning later in the year.

Planters of various sizes are available from the Jills for a small donation. Please contact the office on 01671 404267 for more details.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Jills in the Community

As part of the community and with the re-opening of South Machars Community Centre, the Jills thought it would be a good idea to make a couple of planters to sit by the entrance of the centre to make it feel welcoming.

These simple planters were cut and made in a single session and will be filled next week. Another small but significant input into the community by the Jills of all Trades.

 For further information about joining or being assisted by the Jills, contact the office on

 01671 404267

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Machars Area Partnership Officers

Last week, the officers of the Machars Area Partnership for Building Healthy Communities were hard at work preparing for an important meeting of all the Area Partnerships within BHC.

We thank them for all their hard work and dedication in assisting the local community to improve their Health and Wellbeing.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Jills of All trades - Compost Bin

Out of a few scraps of wood left over from a member's project, it was decided to make a small compost bin for the garden.

There was insufficient wood to make a totally enclosed version, so a design was used to include stapling material on the inside to enhance the decomposition. During the first session, all wood was cut to length and strapped, shown by Maggie.

During the next session, The material was stapled on the inside, a sliding door for access to the bottom was created and a lid was formed from more off cuts of wood. Maggie will now stain the item when she has it placed in her garden.

A great way to recycle items that we would have once thrown away!!  Next session is to complete some planter boxes to give to the local community. For further information about the Jills, contact BHC on 01671 404267

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Monday Club

On Monday 17th June, the Monday Club Members visited the Roundhouse in Whithorn, for our last outing until September, the members were given a guided tour of the Roundhouse.

 Our next meeting is on 2nd September where we will have Charlie Bennet who is coming along to talk about Macular Degeneration.