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    Day of the Region 2017 dates announced!

    Day of the Region returns this September with another lively programme of free events and activities organised by communities across Dumfries & Galloway. Communities participating in this year’s Day of the Region programme are Upper Nithsdale, Newton Stewart, Annan, Lincluden & Lochside, Dumfries & Galloway LGBT Plus and Gatehouse of Fleet.

    Day of the Region is a strategic project by Dumfries and Galloway LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) and has been delivered in the region every year since 2011. Day of the Region provides an important opportunity to celebrate and animate rural communities in Dumfries and Galloway and gives vital support to local ‘grassroots’ and community-led initiatives.

    Day of the Region activities are organised by working groups of local volunteers in each participating community, and everyone is encouraged to get involved – dance groups, choirs, musicians, fitness classes, sports clubs, individuals, organisations and businesses – to showcase what’s on offer in the community, celebrate local talent, and strengthen links across the area during a concentrated weekend of events.

    Each community organises a launch event, followed by a full day of activities (2017 dates below). These events are free to attend and participate in, so everyone can get involved in their local celebrations or take an opportunity to visit a neighbouring community.

    WEEKEND ONE
    Upper Nithsdale (Crawick Multiverse) – Fri 1 & Sat 2 September
    WEEKEND TWO
    Newton Stewart – Fri 8 & Sat 9 September
    WEEKEND THREE
    Annan – Fri 15 & Sat 16 September
    WEEKEND FOUR
    Lincluden & Lochside (North West Dumfries) – Fri 22 & Sat 23 September
    Dumfries and Galloway LGBT Plus (Dumfries) – Sat 23 & Sun 24 September
    WEEKEND FIVE
    Gatehouse of Fleet – Fri 29 & Sat 30 September

     

    Day of the Region aims to encourage all of us to get to know those in our community better, explore what’s on our doorstep and create a greater sense of pride in our own regional identity. Whether you are interested in walking, cycling, photography, crafts or music – or have a love of the countryside, food or history – this is your opportunity to find out more about what is going on in your community and to be part of it!

    In this local celebration of rural community life, community volunteers develop a varied programme of events with activities that cater for all ages, abilities and interests. This is your chance to get involved in your community or to explore a neighbouring town or village!

     

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    Day of the Region events will no longer go ahead as planned in Canonbie this year. Organisers in Canonbie have been faced with a number of issues and therefore have reluctantly decided to withdraw from the 2017 Day of the Region programme.

    Communities participating in this year’s Day of the Region programme are Upper Nithsdale, Newton Stewart, Annan, Lincluden & Lochside, Dumfries & Galloway LGBT Plus and Gatehouse of Fleet:

    Day of the Region 2017
    WEEKEND ONE
    Upper Nithsdale (Crawick Multiverse) – Fri 1 & Sat 2 September
    WEEKEND TWO
    Newton Stewart – Fri 8 & Sat 9 September
    WEEKEND THREE
    Annan – Fri 15 & Sat 16 September
    WEEKEND FOUR
    Lincluden & Lochside (North West Dumfries) – Fri 22 & Sat 23 September
    Dumfries and Galloway LGBT Plus (Dumfries) – Sat 23 & Sun 24 September
    WEEKEND FIVE
    Gatehouse of Fleet – Fri 29 & Sat 30 September

    An opportunity exists to tender for services in connection with the ‘Day of the Region’ community capacity-building project in Dumfries and Galloway.

    Dumfries & Galloway LEADER Local Action Group seek to commission research to demonstrate Social Return on Investment (SROI) of ‘Day of the Region’ activities.

    Activities assessed for social value will be part of the Dumfries and Galloway ‘Day of the Region’ programmes running in September 2017, 2018 and 2019 (subject to funding).

    To register your interest and obtain research brief documents, contact Lesley Ross, Day of the Region Project Officer, 01387 260028, Lesley.Ross2@dumgal.gov.uk.

    NOTE: The deadline for tender returns is 12 noon on Tuesday 16th May 2017.

    Dumfries and Galloway LEADER Programme wants to hear from communities in D&G interested in being part of Day of the Region 2017 (subject to project funding).

    Day of the Region provides support for community groups, organisations and individuals to come together and promote what’s available in their area during a weekend of events celebrating rural community life.

    Interest from ‘geographic communities’ AND ‘communities of interest’ will be considered in any new Day of the Region programme.

    If you think YOUR community could host Day of the Region, please message Lesley.Ross2@dumgal.gov.uk.

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    Day of the Region update – Stranraer ARC

    Please update your diaries! Stranraer ARC (Activity and Resource Centre) will now host their Day of the Region celebrations on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th September.

    The ARC will launch their Day of the Region events with a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on Friday 9th, which will be followed by a full day of free activities on Saturday 10th to include art and craft workshops in the Centre’s new dedicated art room.

    The Activity and Resource Centre in Stranraer was selected to take part in the Day of the Region initiative this year as part of an exciting pilot project.

    In previous years, Day of the Region events have typically been organised by communities in a given geographical area (in a town or village).

    This year will be the first time the Day of the Region platform is used to celebrate a ‘community of interest’ in an area – namely the people who use Stranraer Activity and Resource Centre, their families and the wider community.

    Annan, Glentrool & Bargrennan, Kirkconnel & Kelloholm, Lochmaben and Sanquhar join Stranraer ARC as Day of the Region hosts in 2016.

    Now in its sixth year in Dumfries & Galloway, the annual Day of the Region celebrations provide an opportunity for community groups, organisations and individuals with an interest or skill to come together and promote what is available in their area during a concentrated weekend of FREE activities celebrating rural community life.

    Dates For Your Diary

    Weekend 1

    SANQUHAR
    Launch event – Friday 2nd September
    ‘Day of the Region’ – Saturday 3rd September
    Church Service & Vintage Cars – Sunday 4th September

    GLENTROOL & BARGRENNAN
    Launch Event – Saturday 3rd September
    ‘Day of the Region’ – Sunday 4th September

    Weekend 2

    STRANRAER ARC
    Launch Event – Friday 9th September
    ‘Day of the Region’ – Saturday 10th September

    KIRKCONNEL & KELLOHOLM
    Launch Event – Saturday 10th September
    ‘Day of the Region’ – Sunday 11th September

    Weekend 3

    ANNAN
    Launch Event – Friday 16th September
    ‘Day of the Region’ – Saturday 17th September

    Weekend 4

    LOCHMABEN
    Launch Event & ‘Day of the Region’ – Saturday 24th September

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    Day of the Region 2016

    Dates are confirmed for Day of the Region 2016 celebrations across Dumfries & Galloway in September.

    Now in its sixth year, Day of the Region provides an opportunity for community groups, organisations and individuals with an interest or skill to come together and promote what is available in their area during a concentrated weekend of FREE activities celebrating rural community life.

    Local volunteer working groups in Annan, Glentrool & Bargrennan, Kirkconnel & Kelloholm, Lochmaben, Sanquhar and the ARC (Adult Activity and Resource Centre) in Stranraer are busy finalising plans for their special Day of the Region events.

    These include pony rides, craft workshops, face-painting, sailing and tennis sessions, cycling courses, cooking demos, town bands, local dancers, school choirs, guided walks, heritage displays, BBQs and even a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!

    Dates For Your Diary

    Weekend 1

    SANQUHAR
    Launch event – Friday 2nd September
    ‘Day of the Region’ – Saturday 3rd September
    Church Service & Vintage Cars – Sunday 4th September

    GLENTROOL & BARGRENNAN
    Launch Event – Saturday 3rd September
    ‘Day of the Region’ – Sunday 4th September

    Weekend 2

    KIRKCONNEL & KELLOHOLM
    Launch Event – Saturday 10th September
    ‘Day of the Region’ – Sunday 11th September

    Weekend 3

    STRANRAER ARC
    Launch Event – Friday 16th September
    ‘Day of the Region’ – Saturday 17th September

    ANNAN
    Launch Event – Friday 16th September
    ‘Day of the Region’ – Saturday 17th September

    Weekend 4

    LOCHMABEN
    Launch Event   & ‘Day of the Region’ – Saturday 24th September

    Our website is in the process of being updated and will be the best source for the most up-to-date information about Day of the Region 2016 – www.dayoftheregion.co.uk

    You can also find Day of the Region on Twitter – @DayoftheRegion – and Facebook – Dgdayoftheregion

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    Dumfries and Galloway LEADER Team are delighted to announce the launch of ‘Day of the Region 2016’ which will see free events and activities delivered across five communities throughout September 2016!

    Now in its sixth year, Day of the Region is an opportunity for community groups, organisations and individuals with an interest or skill to come together and promote what is available right on our own doorsteps; to attract new members and encourage more people to get involved, feel better connected and more aware of the variety of activity that takes place in our communities!

    Local volunteer working groups are busy planning the special celebration events that will see over 150 FREE events and activities delivered for all ages, abilities and interests.

    Annan, Glentrool, Kirkconnel & Kelloholm, Lochmaben and Sanquhar will all open their doors and invite everyone to come along and be part of it!

    From cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, sports and fitness to pony rides, emergency service displays, football, music and BBQ’s local working groups are ensuring there will be something for everyone.

    If you are involved in a community group, local organisation, business have an interest or hobby that you would like to promote then please get in touch as soon as possible.

    Specific dates are yet to be confirmed but these events will be taking place on the weekends during September. Our website is in the process of being updated and will be the best source for the most up-to-date information about Day of the Region 2016 and beyond!

    2017 Day of the Region Events

    UPPER NITHSDALE (1-2 September) at Crawick Multiverse
    Launch – Friday 1st September, 4.30-7pm
    Free family BBQ at the Multiverse supported by Brown Brothers – all welcome!
    Day of the Region – Saturday 2nd September, 11am-3pm
    Performances by Upper Nithsdale Pipe Band, Sanquhar Silver Band, Lynette Turner’s Dancers, Sanquhar Primary school Burns speakers and local bands. Horse-drawn logging and grass-cutting display. Guided history walk. Nithsdale Active Schools kids games and orienteering challenge.
    Stalls by Canine Rescue, MS Society, A’ The Airts, Kirkconnel Parish Heritage Scoiety and Walking Group, Book Swap and Happy Hooves.
    FREE SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE FROM SANQUHAR AND KIRKCONNEL!
    NEWTON STEWART (8-9 September)
    Launch – Friday 8th September, from 7.30pm
    Local musicians LIVE at the Bruce Hotel, hosted by Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival – all welcome!
    Day of the Region – Saturday 9th September, 11am-3pm
    Performances, activities, displays and demonstrations at Dashwood Square and McMillan Hall INCLUDING outdoor stalls and official opening of Newton Stewart Initiative Community Shop! PLUS visit Galloway Mountain Rescue Base + Newton Stewart Centre.
    ANNAN (15-16 September)
    Launch – Friday 15th September, 6-8pm
    Civic reception at Annan Town Hall with piper and Scottish dancers.
    Day of the Region – Saturday 16th September, 10am-2pm
    Events based in and around Annan Academy playing fields, with displays and activities from local groups and clubs, plus free family BBQ. Try rugby, cycling, tennis, bowling and swimming!
    LINCLUDEN & LOCHSIDE (22-23 September)
    Launch – Friday 22nd September, 4.30-7pm
    Volunteer Celebration at Lochside Club with food and music.
    Day of the Region – Saturday 23rd September
    The Big Urban Legend Rhino Clean, 12-3pm, at Rhino bus stop, Glasgow Road – buckets and sponges provided!
    Abbey Antics at Lincluden Abbey, 12-1pm, with Treasure Hunt, Time-Travelling Tours and Geocaching!
    Film time at Lochside Community Centre, 1.30-2.30pm.
    Lochside Glentrool Park fun, 3-4pm, including Sensory Garden experience, YMCA activities, music, food and build your own mini-community garden, plus lots more family fun!
    DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY LGBT PLUS (23-24 September)
    Launch – Saturday 23rd September, 5-8pm
    PRIDE In Our Community launch at Oasis Centre, Newall Terrace, Dumfries. Welcome drinks, live music and DJ.
    Day of the Region – Sunday 24th September, 12-4pm
    PRIDE In Our Community Day, inside and outside the Oasis Centre, with stalls and displays, games and activities, taster sessions and family fun.
    GATEHOUSE OF FLEET (29-30 September)
    Launch – Friday 29th September, 7-9pm
    Launch evening with music and refreshments at Galloway Cricket Club’s new pavilion – all welcome!
    Day of the Region – Saturday 30th September, 11am-3pm
    Free event with cricket, netball, tennis, Soccerena, Forest school, kids activities, music and refreshments, plus music from piper and ukulele group, Musicality!

    2017 Communities

    Dumfries and Galloway LEADER is delighted to work with these communities as part of Day of the Region 2017:

    Upper Nithsdale (Crawick Multiverse)

    Newton Stewart

    Annan

    Lincluden & Lochside (North West Dumfries)

    Dumfries and Galloway LGBT Plus (Dumfries)

    Gatehouse of Fleet