Dumfries & Galloway News
The latest news from the Dumfries & Galloway branch of Food Train.
We had fun filming this week with our partners from Carnegie Trust UK following the 'Friendly Dumfries' test of theory that there is kindness in our Dumfries community prior to their final report being published soon. Thanks to all who attended and spoke on camera - there were a few nervous people in the room, but they were all stars!
Our Stranraer 'Friends' members enjoyed a super trip to Logan Botanic Gardens this month and enjoyed a lovely lunch in The Potting Shed cafe. We then had a short trip to the village of Port Logan, scene of BBC TV's '2000 Acres of Sky' just a few years ago. A great day was had by all with a sing-a-long on the bus...and the weather was just right too!
Graham Anderson (right) presented a cheque for £1000 to Scott for Food Train Friends recently following the Dumfries Charity Choir events in 2016 when they met at another local charity event.
Dumfries members of Food Train Friends enjoyed a wonderful afternoon out in the sunshine at the Guid Nychburris Parade 2017 and were delighted to win 2nd prize in the advertising category too! Thanks as always to Gobert for driving and to our volunteers for helping out on the day and for making the bunting (Aliceann) in Food Train colours.
Our Dumfries Friends members enjoyed a fantastic intergenerational event hosted by Maxwelltown High School in Dumfries on 14 June 2017 to celebrate our Guid Nychburris (Good Neighbours) event with a Tea Party, dancing and games. Our good friends from Summerhill Community Centre joined us to to make it a truly wonderful event. A HUGE well done to the pupils at Max High for their hard work and warm welcome - we will be back!
Bill McCafferty from the Esh Charitable Trust popped into our Head Office on 1 June in Volunteers' Weeks 2017 to make a donation of £500 to help us purchase equipment for our day activities programme for local older people in D&G. Bill is pictured with Scott and Jane and local volunteers Colin, Mary, Rhianne and Aliceanne who popped in for a chat, a cuppa...and a cake!
A few of our Stranraer Friends members enjoyed a wonderful trip in the sunshine to Ballantrae Garden Centre recently and got a free mini-train trip thrown in for good measure after lunch and shopping.If you live in the Stranraer area and would like to learn more or even join us, please give us a call, we can help more older people in this area right now!
We recently had a wee trip into Ayrshire with Dumfries and Sanquhar Friends. It was so popular we plan to go back again soon.
Two full buses is always nice to see too,along with happy faces.
Our wonderful Dumfries 'Friends' customers and volunteers attended a super Christmas Party in mid-December at the Crichton Golf Club Restaurant and were entertained by the Brownhall Primary School 'Glee Club' members plus we had a visit from Mr Claus too!
Best wishes to all of our customers and volunteers for 2017
Dumfries Rotary Club recently donated £1,600 from the annual AM-AM Golf Day held in Dumfries. Rotary President Arthur Murphy and Secretary Tom Marchbank made the presentation to Regional Manager Helen McAnespie. Also pictured is Willie Linton from Dumfries Care Trust and Karen McMeeken from Dumfries Cardiac Unit who also received donations.
Dumfries and Galloway Council Leader Ronnie Nicholson joined local volunteers Patrick and John on deliveries today as a VIP volunteer. Ronnie saw first hand the fabulous job our volunteers do on a daily basis supporting our local older community. Thanks for your time Ronnie we hope you enjoyed the experience and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
New van for Dumfries
We are delighted to have taken delivery of an additional delivery van for our Nithsdale branch courtesy of funding support from Annandale & Nithsdale Community Benefit Company. This support is very much appreciated by everyone at Food Train.
We are currently looking for volunteer drivers in our Dumfries branch, if you would like more details please call 01387 270800.
Food Train Friends in the Machars self-proclaimed ‘Apple Pie Brigade’ visited Logan Botanic Garden on Thursday 9th April. Situated at the south-western tip of Scotland and warmed by the Gulf Stream, it offered a day full of sunshine, exotic plants and good company. The garden was glorious, with peaceful ponds, plants from ‘the age of the dinosaur’ and thought-provoking sculptures. The cameras were clicking all day to capture the beauty of the garden. Special thanks to the staff who were fantastic, and the apple pie was declared superb! The finishing touch was celebrating volunteer Davina’s birthday with an amazing chocolate cake. She very kindly brought some back to the office to share, so happy faces all round!
Food Train Friends customers and volunteers in Annandale and Eskdale and Dumfries enjoyed a pre-Easter evening outing to Thornton's at Gretna Gateway on Tuesday 24th March. In all, Twenty Six enjoyed tasting various chocolates with a cup of tea, a demonstration in gift-wrapping, making flowers out of ribbon and all had a go at decorating our own Easter egg. A great time was had by all and there was even a wee birthday surprise for Lillian who was 91-years-young!
Food Train Friends customers enjoyed a trip out on Thursday 19th March to the 200 year old Savings bank Museum at Ruthwell, finding out about the first savings bank in Scotland. A trip was also made to the nearby famous 7th century Ruthwell Cross with a lunch stop being made at Hetland Garden centre.
On Friday the 13th of February, Food Train Friends had a trip to Caerlaverock Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (WWT). It was a return trip by popular demand. Two minibuses took customers for a spot of lunch and a talk was held by Brian Morrell on the work of the centre plus there was a viewing of the birds being fed at 2pm. Overall the trip was a great success and it is now set to become an annual trip.
Food Train Dumfries and Galloway has recently taken delivery of a new van. This was made possible with a grant from SSE Clyde (Dumfries and Galloway) community fund administered by Foundation Scotland. (‘Funded from the SSE Clyde (Dumfries & Galloway) Community Fund’). This has enabled us to replace one of our older vans with a newer, bigger and more efficient van allowing us to continue to provide the vital and much needed service to our customers.
With so much in the press recently highlighting loneliness among older people, it was a great chance for our Food Train Friends service to show how easy it can be to bring friendhip, happiness and improved social contact to isolated older people. Border TV News filmed volunteer Ronald and Food Train member Edna at their weekly social visit where Ronald is also helping Edna learn to skype so she can keep in touch with friends and family living elsewhere. Click the link to watch our TV stars in action http://tinyurl.com/o2wfqfk