Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Monday Club

Another good morning at Monday Club. Kevin and Peter from PIRSAC came to speak about the work done by the inshore rescue.  They showed members the kit that they wear when out at sea and other lifesaving equipment. A life jacket was passed around so members could feel the weight and were surprised at how heavy it was.  Many questions were asked.

One member took a charity box to place in her grandson's ice cream parlour in Newton Stewart and the members gave a donation to PIRSAC who are celebrating 40 years this year.  

Members spoke of going to Port William to have coffee and a cake at The View coffee shop (profits from The View go to PIRSAC). 

Monday, 18 February 2019

Monday Club

At todays Monday Club, we had Jennifer Brodie who came along to give us a demonstration on how to make animals out of facecloths. We all had a go at making bunnies. We added tails,eyes and some ribbon to bring the facecloths to life, we then added a chocolate egg to its belly. Thank you Jennifer for a very interesting morning.

For more information please contact Building Healthy Communities  01671 404267


Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Isle of Whithorn Arts & Crafts

The first Wednesday of each month is used to demonstrate a new craft and this month it was to show the group how to work with FIMO modelling clays.  Lynn Wheatley showed the techniques needed to produce a number of different articles using this brightly coloured clay, which can then be baked in a conventional oven. Many of the members took the opportunity to model anything from fairies to buttons and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

The Arts and Crafts Group meets each Wednesday at 12.30pm to 3.00pm at St Ninians Hall in the Isle of Whithorn and new members and visitors are welcome to come along and see what happens. Next month’s new craft, on Wednesday 6th March, will be on Beadwork, but new members can try out painting, drawing and knitting at any time. For more details contact Building Healthy Communities on 01671 404267. The group is supported by Kilgallioch Wind Farm Community Fund.

Monday, 11 February 2019

Monday Club 4th February.

Monday Club 4th February another successful morning with Alison Burgess hosting “Let’s talk Bags”.

Alison Burgess gave an introduction into the concept of the Bags, the bags contained different objects to incite the four senses.  After the introduction, Alison passed around a bar of Wright’s Coal Tar Soap to smell also a box of Izal toilet tissue. In her school bag Alison produced a school bell, chalk and chalk board, ruler and the dreaded strap. These objects started conversations and memories of school days. Alison has various bags filled with objects associated with subjects such as sport and food and as we had seen school days. Alison had also brought in copies of the Galloway Gazette dating back to 1977 a time when the Gazette was a broad sheet.

Alison asked the group if they would like to do a Newton Stewart bag to contain photographs, words, traditions, music, drama etc that comes from people of Newton Stewart.  Alison played a recording of a gentleman who served in the WW2 and he spoke of German planes flying over and waving to British soldiers, the day was December 25th, of course everyone speaks of the trenches and Christmas Day, would anyone have known about the flyover? A lady also has been recorded talking about her time in the Home Guard and the taking over of Dalbeattie. 

All this has got the group wanting to do something towards the history of Newton Stewart.


Jack & Jills Community Shed

If there is sufficient demand, Building Healthy Communities, working with South Machars   Community Centre, intend  opening a Community Shed in Whithorn. This is like a Mens Shed but also for women and young people. There would be a variety of handicrafts and, importantly, a kettle andcoffee table. It is intended to open 5 days a week, with morning and afternoon sessions. There are many health benefits from attending this initiative, from increasing   physical fitness by walking   from   home to the Shed,becoming actively engaged in what is going on or simply combating loneliness by spending time with like minded people.

Please click on link below if you stay in the Machars Area.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Drumming & Rhythm Circles - NEW INITIATIVE

Today was the first taster session of a new initiative, Drumming & Rhythm Circles.

Seven people attended for this first taster session at the Newton Stewart Centre, sat in a circle and banged out a rhythm using African Drums. The session was led by experienced volunteer Ann and everyone had a great time!!

To view a short video of this activity, click here.

The Group will meet again next week at 10.30 am at the Newton Stewart Centre.

For further information, please contact Building Healthy Communities on 01671 404267

Friday, 1 February 2019

Pam Paterson

Sadly, Pam Paterson, our dear friend and volunteer for Building Healthy Communities, passed away on Sunday 20th January 2019 at the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary (DGRI).

Her funeral will be held on Monday 11th February 2019 at Roucan Loch Crematorium in Dumfries at 12noon.  Family Flowers only, donations in lieu to the I.C.U (Intensive Care Unit) DGRI please.
Afterwards, the family will be holding a Wake at the View in Port William at 2.30/3pm.  All friends are respectfully invited to attend either or both venues.
Everyone attending is requested to wear Bright Colours!

Pam was much loved and admired by all the many people she has inspired over the years with her popular dance and exercise classes.

She will be greatly missed, and her legacy will live on as at least 2 of her classes are aiming to continue, using her music kindly donated by her son Martin. 

We will all miss her energy, vibrancy and love for music and dance, but most of all her love for life!

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Whithorn Drop-In - Temporary Change of Venue

With the South Machars Community Centre being refurbished, the Whithorn Drop-In has moved to The Library in Whithorn. We are there every Monday from 9.30 - 12.30, so come along and see if we can assist you.

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Monday Club Poster February to March 2019

Monday Club

On Monday 21st January, Robert McQuistan delivered a talk on local places and how influences on naming from Gaelic, Scots, Norse and Northumbeland, river names have a big influence on naming too. The history of Gaelic in Dumfries and Galloway dates from circa the 9th century, the people spoke a Celtic language, similar to that which has survived in Wales today. A very interesting talk and sparked questions on why places were named.

At our next meeting on 4th February we are having "Let's Talk Bags" with Alison from Dumfries & Galloway Library Services.

For More information please contact Building Healthy Communities Machars on 01671 404267 or 07825111684.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Monday Club - Healthy Cooking

The activity for the session was Healthy Cooking, where Building Healthy Communities spoke about healthy sized portions of food and then all the participants had an opportunity to cook a simple, yet nutritious, one pan meal.

The meal was based around proteins in the form of Chicken and Nuts, cooked with vegetables and orange juice. To add flavour, chilli and soy sauce were used. The group then took this home and would have cooked some noodles or rice as the main carbohydrate for their meal.
A great time was had by all!

The Monday club is open to all adults and runs every 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at Penninghame Church Hall from 10.00 – 12.00. For further details, please contact:
Building Healthy Communities on 01671 404267

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Heartstart - Police Scotland Youth Volunteers Stranraer (PSYV)

This well attended group has been running for about 4 years at Stranraer Academy as an “after school club”. Members throughout the summer attend events across the region, assisting police with stewarding etc.; and tend to be long term members!   Several have joined Police Scotland on leaving school.
Heartstart (Newton Stewart) have been involved with their training over that 4 year period and, with the latest “batch” being trained on Tuesday 15th January, all members of the team are now proficient in Emergency Life Support. As an after school club, resources are very tight and there is no money for external instructors, such as ourselves to come in. We are all very grateful for the support of the NHS Endowment fund in paying for the travel expenses of our volunteers.