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Crocketford or Nine Mile Bar as the village is also known, as it is mid way between Dumfries and Castle Douglas, boasts a first class hotel, The Galloway Arms, a shop/post office, an antiques and upholstery business, Brass Tacks, a plumbing and heating business, W. Johnstone and Sons, as well as the village hall.
The history of the village goes back many years but it did not really exist as a village before the arrival of the strange sect known as the Buchanites in 1787. It was simply a meeting of drove roads some coming down from Ayr and Girvan and some from Portpatrick and beyond. In these early days the only roads were tracks created and used by cattle, pigs and sheep being driven to market, or by the occasional rider on horse back and sometimes smugglers looking for a quick and easy way to their hideouts in the hills safe from the excise men such as Robbie Burns. More pictures
Day of the Region
Please follow this LINK to see a report on the Day of the Region.
A few short Walks
There are lots of excellent walks around the Crocketford area, we hope to bring a few to this site as time goes by.........more
We are hoping to establish a film club. Any ideas for next showing gratefully accepted. Please contact us via the "Contact Us" link.
The Big Idea Update
Planning meeting 23 November 2012
A meeting was held on the 23rd Nov with Robert Duncan Area Planning Manager regarding Meikle Larg, present were Ann Botel, Graeme Wallace, Bob Lee, Robert Duncan. Follow this LINK for a copy of their report.
An Extra Ordinary meeting of the CCI was held on the 18th October, This meeting was requested by Ann Botel (Chairperson CCI) and George Rutherford (Director CCI) in order that as many directors and members of the Initiative as possible could hear details of and give their thoughts on an exciting but very demanding project – henceforth referred to as “The Big Idea”. The minutes of the meeting can be viewed HERE
The Crocketford Calendar
The Crocketford calendar for 2013 is in the process of being printed. This year it won't have a set price but we will ask for a donation for hall funds. The photos in the calendar were chosen form a selection of photographs that were entered for the 2012 photo ocmpetition. The standard of entries was high and thankfully there was an independent judge choosing the photos for the calendar. The adult winner of the competition was George Rutherford with his photograph of Davie and the horses at Barfil and Jodie Smith's Cowlick was the children's winner.
BBC Radio Scotland at Newhouse
A small production team were at Newhouse on Saturday 3rd November to record part of a BBC Radio Scotland Programme about Elspeth Buchan called "Women with a Past" this LINK takes you to a WAV File of the program.
Pictured from left to right: producer Louise Yeoman, Hamish MacDonald playwright and author of "The Heretics Tale", a play about Elspeth Buchan, Presenter Susan Morrison, comedian and organiser of the History Festival, and archaeologists David and Maggie Connolly. Maggie seems a bit camera shy....she can just be seen ducking behind Susan!
Why not try your hand at Geocaching just follow the link below by clicking on the Geocaching Logo.
This cache has been placed to encourage users to explore communities participating in the Day of the Region project (visit www.dayoftheregion.co.uk) The aim of this project is to encourage us to explore our community through the various groups and organisations but also through its heritage, landscape and places of interest!
This cache is sited a few miles from Crocketford on the banks of the Glenkiln resevoir. It is placed at one of the 6 Glenkiln Sculptures.
A Little Orchard for the Village!
Last year Mrs. Maggie Herries of Brooklands gave a generous donation to the village to purchase a selection of fruit trees to be planted in a public place so that everyone would be able to share in the resulting crop.
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