CARSPHAIRN COMMUNITY NEWS

The results of the recent Woodland Community Survey, distributed by Carsphairn Community Trust, is now on a document, accessed via the Trust's page on this website.

 

The SWRI full Syllabus for the year is now on the SWRI page.  Take a look - some interesting evenings ahead!   

 

The board of directors of CREFL met recently and decided to offer grants to Carsphairn residents interested in pursuing vocational training.  Have a look at the guidelines via the CREFL page for further information.   Applications are welcome.

 

Please note that the Holy Communion Church service, planned for the 19th March, has been postponed to Sunday April 2nd at 10.15am.

 

 

The next meeting of the Community Council will be Monday 27th March 2017 at 7pm.  The Agenda for the meeting, and minutes of the February meeting are now available via the CC page on this website.

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TWO LOCAL BUSINESS UP FOR AWARDS!
 
Next Thursday 24th November 2016, The Knowe B&B will attend the Regional Finals of the Scottish Thistle Awards in Glasgow. This is the second year running that The Knowe have been nominated for 'Most Hospitable B&B/Guest House' in the Western Region of Scotland. If they are lucky enough to win they will then go on to represent our region in the National Finals in Edinburgh next March.
 
The very same evening, Carsphairn Shop & Tearoom are to attend another glitzy award ceremony at Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries, having been nominated for 'Cafe of the Year' by Dumfries & Galloway Life Magazine.
 
Karen, Harry, Lindsay and Paul and extremely proud and very excited to attend these separate award ceremonies, both on the same night....and are hoping that they can bring both of these extremely prestigious awards back to Carsphairn, so fingers crossed!
 
GOOD LUCK TO THE KNOWE B&B and CARSPHAIRN VILLAGE SHOP AND CAFE!
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To all Carsphairn residents

 
We wish to draw your attention to a meeting in Lagwyne Hall next Wednesday 12 October where Natural Power will give a presentation on the proposed energy storage scheme which could mean cheaper electricity for residents.
 
There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions about this proposed scheme at the meeting after the presentation. 
 
All residents would be eligible, both those residing in the village and those in the outlying areas.
 
Carsphairn Community Council fully support this scheme as it would bring benefits in terms of cheaper energy costs for everyone who joins the scheme.
 
Please attend if at all possible as a good level of support for this scheme is needed for it to go ahead, and you will be able to find out full details at the meeting.
 
Regards,
 
Liz Holmes
Chair
Carsphairn Community Council

YOGA

 

Lagwyne Hall, Carsphairn

 

Mondays

10am - 11.15am

Starting Monday 5th

September for 6 weeks

 

 

For more information please email gail_challis@hotmail.com

CRAFT AND COFFEE GROUP - please note this regular group has changed its meeting time to FRIDAY mornings.

CARSPHAIRN COMMUNITY RESILIENCE GROUP

PUBLIC MEETING in the Hall at 7pm on Thursday 14th July

 

Find out if you are prepared for emergencies

Find out more about Emergency Planning

How you can build your own personal resilience 

Working together to develop Community Resilience

 

Steven Wylie, Community Resilience Advisor from D & G Council will give an insight into emergency planning and personal/community resilience to assist communties in planning and responding to incidents and emergencies they may face.

 

We shall look at where and why Community Resilience started, outline personal and community resilience, developing a community resilience plan and discuss how to work together as a community in developing robust arrangements for dealing with incidents, should they happen.

 

PLEASE COME ALONG TO FIND OUT MORE, THERE WILL BE A QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION AT THE END.

Emma Harper, MSP will be making an informal visit to Carsphairn on the morning of the 19th of July.

 

"I would like to come along and say hello, and hope to meet as many people as possible. I am very aware, as a new MSP who lives in the region, of the issues Carsphairn has faced in recent times with severe flooding and I am very keen to assist wherever and however I can"

CARSPHAIRN COMMUNITY TRUST now has a page on this Community Website.   Please see the page list on the left to access information about the trust, Constitution etc.

By now, each household situated within the Carsphairn Community boundary and listed on the current Electoral Role, should have received a copy of 'Carsphairn Community Future Plan. If this is not the case and anyone would like a copy either posting or emailing to them, please feel free to get in touch with the Secretary of Carsphairn Community Trust at the following addresses:- carsphairn.trust@btinternet.com or The Knowe, Carsphairn, DG7 3TQ 

FLOOD DROP IN SURGERY -  Please note that Paul Hendy will now only attend Surgeries at the Hall in Carsphairn by appointment.  This can be arranged by contacting Paul in the following ways:  Mobile - 07747 702299, or email - paul@scottishfloodforum.org.    The website address is www.scottishfloodforum.org and the SFF enquiry line is 01698 839021.

KAYA CONSULTING - Lagwyne Hall on Monday 29th February 6pm -8pm.    This will be a drop in session for anyone who would like to discuss the recent floods with them.

Burns Supper 2016

The 2016 Carsphairn Burns Supper was well supported and provided an excellent evening of food, drink and entertainment for all.   Thanks are due to the Lagwyne Hall Committee of Management for the organisation.   Funds raised are used for the upkeep of Lagwyne Hall.

EMERGENCY PUBLIC MEETING 

"There will be an Emergency Public Meeting, as above, to discuss the recent flood.

Finlay Carson and other D & G Officers concerned with flooding will be attending.

Carsphairn Community Council have facilitated this meeting as we believe that members of the community will have questions for D & G Officers which we hope will be answered.   Once we have some more information, we will issue an Agenda". 

Monday 11th January 2016, at 6pm in The Hall (Please note change of start time)

Flooding returned to Carsphairn with a vengeance at the end of 2015.

 

Many houses on the main street were flooded, and water damage was reported in farmhouses and buildings in the parish.  Several occupants of the village houses have had to be rehoused, after the contaminated water flowed through their homes.  There were reports of some livestock loss, but considering the amount of rain which fell, this could have been a lot worse.  It will only be later that the full extent of the damage can be identified - in pastures, house foundations and the state of the road tarmac.

 

The Church, School and Hall were all unaffected, but sadly the Village Shop and Tearoom were badly damaged and have had to close.  The Community Committee which owns the building are looking for alternative accommodation to run the shop from, and Lindsay and Paul have found a house to stay in meantime.

 

The Village Hall became a rest centre, and many kind folks and business brought food along.   The kitchen was made use of for cooking meals for householders who had lost access to power, or their cooking and heating facilities.

 

The Community Council will be holding an Emergency Meeting soon which will be open for public attendance.  More details to follow.

NEW COMMUNITY NOTICE BOARD

"Carsphairn Community Trust (CCT) are delighted to announce the installation of ‘Carsphairn Community Noticeboard’.
 
The noticeboard is situated close to the Heritage Centre and Lagwyne Village Hall and is designed to provide an information point for all members of the community plus a handy Ordnance Survey Map to assist visitors to the area.
 
All constituted community groups located within the Carsphairn community boundary will shortly receive a key and ‘Notice Display Guidelines’.  The Trust hopes that these groups will support this new facility by displaying any relevant, up-to-date community information and notices relating to forthcoming events.
 
 
This project was generously funded by Carsphairn Renewable Energy Fund Ltd (CREFL) and Dumfries & Galloway Council, Stewartry Area Committee. The Trust would like to thank all those involved in providing this exciting new facility."
 

Glenkens Transport Initiative (Community Bus) have organised some trips and there is a monthly Saturday service to Ayr, picking up at Carsphairn.  For further details, and the full posters, click here.

CARSPHAIRN SHOW - Showfield Results and Sports Results now on 'Show' Page.

CARSPHAIRN PARISH CHURCH - THE FUTURE:

Extract from the March 2015 Church Newsletter - 


"Our local congregations have been entrusted with the care and upkeep of the parish church buildings of the Glenkens. In reality these are community buildings that have an importance and value to many more people in our communities and beyond. Past generations have lovingly cared for them and they have been a focus for community life for christenings, weddings and funerals as well as for regular Sunday worship. They provide a focus in our villages that we would be sorry to lose and they are part of our local heritage. Responsibility for them now rests with us, the current generation, but we would hope that future generations would continue to have the opportunity to treasure and enjoy these fine buildings.

 

Our own congregation is responsible for the upkeep of Carsphairn Parish Church and the harsh reality is that the current church members are struggling to provide the resources for this task."

 

For more information on how anyone can help with this situation, please click the link here to "FRIENDS OF CARSPHAIRN PARISH CHURCH".

CARSPHAIRN COMMUNITY
RESILIENCE PLAN

There was a public meeting at Lagwyne Hall, Carsphairn on
Monday 9th February 2015 at 7pm.

The meeting aimed to pull together like minded members of Carsphairn Community who have an interest in developing
a much needed 'Resilience Plan'. The meeting included discussion on how people can assist during major incidents
e.g. floods, power cuts etc.
 
The 'Resilience Plan' aims to formalise the generous help and assistance that members of this community
already offer in times of need. 
Snowy Carsphairn

Carsphairn received a good covering of snow in January, as well as severe flooding in the village twice in 6 months.  While the main road was kept open, travel on the 'B' roads were treacherous.

CARSPHAIRN ANNUAL BURNS SUPPER

FRIDAY 16TH JANUARY

 

Despite blizzard conditions there was a good turnout on Friday night for Carsphairn's Annual Burns Supper.  Artists came from as far as Twynholm and Castle Douglas, and visitors braved the snow to have a good night out.

 

ARTISTS were:

Robert McTurk (Chairman), Finlay Carson (Proposer of Immortal Memory), Rev. D Bartholomew 'Address to The Haggis',  Robin Jardine (Toasting "The Lassies"), and Mrs Pauline Brown who ably replied to the Toast to The Lassies.  Robert McTurk gave us a brilliant rendition of 'Tam o'Shanter', and James Wallace sang 'Ye Banks and Braes'.

 

There was a good hot meal of haggis, neeps and tatties, cheese and tattie scones, and trifle to finish, with excellent entertainment following.

 

     
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This group would help people in the parish, especially those who are vulnerable,
in times of events like power cuts and floods.

We already have an outline plan for this group and we now need volunteers,
especially from the village, to take this forward.

If you are interested please email carsphairncc@gmail.com or contact
any of the Carsphairn Community Council members (contact details on
notice board at side of shop).
--
Tony Challis

Correspondence Secretary
Carsphairn Community Council 
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LATEST INFORMATION FROM CARSPHAIRN COMMUNITY TRUST:

 

"It is with regret that Carsphairn Community Trust will not be taking ownership of the old 'Greystones' building situated in Carsphairn Village, due to circumstances beyond its control.

 

Carsphairn Community Trust is currently moving forward with other projects and will ensure that the Community Website is updated as and when developments occur.

 

Should any member of the Community have any questions these should be directed to the Trust via our Trustee & Secretary, Karen Hall; email: hall.karen@btinternet.com.  For information, other Trustees include: Steve Cowley (Convenor), Andrew Metcalf (Vice Convenor) and David McMillan (Treasurer)".