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  • Day of the Region - Be Part Of It! Celebrating rural life and community and showcasing our region's talent, Day of the Region provides an exciting opportunity to strengthen community ties and increase community spirit. Events across Dumfries and Galloway during September. Find out how you can get involved here!
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    Day of the Region 2019 – it is just around the corner!

    Once again events celebrating rural life and community through Day of the Region will showcase a range of our region’s talent this year!

    This year four communities are participating in this exciting opportunity to strengthen community ties and increase community spirit. From North West Dumfries and LGBT Plus to Palnackie and Newton Stewart – variety, diversity and sharing are at the heart of each event. Watch this space as well as social media to find out about the details for each event.

    As in previous years Day of the Region ventures are organised by working groups of local volunteers. Each participating community and everyone is encouraged to get involved. Much planning and organizing has been going on, so please support the communities. Events are FREE to attend and participate in!

    Day of the Region has been 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. It gives vital support to local ‘grassroots’ and community-led initiatives. However, this is the last year that Day of the Region will be delivered in this format with the programme coming to an end in 2020.

     

    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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    North West’s Got Talent and the Fashion Fusion Festival provide the colourful final of another fun-packed summer programme across North West Dumfries!

    Join the festivities this Friday, 27 September at the Lincluden Community Centre in the evening, followed by an afternoon of more creativity at the YMCA Hub on Saturday, 28 September.

    Over four months hundreds of events ranging from lunchtime clubs to BBQs. from sculpture workshops to sports actiitvies ran across North West Dumfries. This final weekend is an opportunity to celebrate what this community has to offer, say thank you to the many volunteers and of course the participants of all ages, shapes and sizes!

    Dumfries can be proud to have hosted such a successful Pride in the Park event!

    Well done to Pride D&G for organising this great event, It was a family friendly community based pride! Following the launch at The Stove cafe on Friday evening, Saturday saw the parade through the town centre of Dumfries down into Dock Park. There was live music, community stalls and information. A friendly bunch of community volunteers to welcome everybody around the bandstand.

    It was fantastic to see that Pride D&G had been able to secure the 15 mts long trans flag for the procession through the town.There was a party/festival atmosphere from the word go with a number of shops and cafes sporting the rainbow colours.

    Over twenty groups and organisations had set up stalls in Dock Park. These provided information and activities during the afternoon. Plus there music from artists including Devine Tension, The Cherry Pinks, Tams Twin Sister, Willow Doherty and Daz McCormick as well as Dumfries Community Radio.

    100% replied they felt ‘Happy‘ (according to survey taken on Saturday)! There was an overwhelming sense of community in which people felt safe. This quote from one of the partners sums up the event: “One of my favourite Prides I’ve ever been to, Put the focus on the community & celebrating queer identities & individuals instead of money and corporations. Also very accessible.”

    Please look at the Day of the Region Facebook page to access photos and the video of the event.

    Join the festivities around the Bandstand in Dock Park, Dumfries, on Saturday, 14 September!

    The procession will leave Burns Statute at 1200 hrs on Saturday and make its way down the High Street, Bank Street and then the Whitesands to Dock Park.

    The main event will be in Dock Park from 1300 hrs to 1800 hrs – join us for a sort of mini-festival! Live music, a youth zone for 12 to 25 year old’s led by LGBT Youth Scotland and Youth Work Dumfries & Galloway, the Pride village and market stalls.
    Come and Join us!

    The 2019 Day of the Region season kicked off with Palnackie’s The Homecoming event.

    There was a fantastic atmosphere across the village already leading up to the Homecoming weekend, with people descending from far and wide and also close-by to join the many events and activities. There was so much going on over the weekend from a visit to the primary school, meeting current pupils and teachers, to a tug-of-war and the crowning of the Lass and Lad of Palnackie.

    Have a look at the video to get a feel of what the event was like and what you have missed!

     

    Calling everybody who has lived in Palnackie!

    At last year’s successful Day of the Region event in Palnackie many visitors had traveled to join the activities from far and wide. With that the idea was born to theme this year’s event ‘The Homecoming’.

    The community would like invite anybody who was born or grew up in Palnackie before moving away to come back to the village for the celebrations. Details of the event are available on social media

    If you are a ‘Homecomer’ the organising committee would love to hear from you. Please bring stories you are happy to share, photos and other memories and memorabilia to show and talk about.

    Activities include a pub quiz, a boat naming ceremony, the Palnackie Pageant etc. The weekend kicks off with the official launch party in the Village Hall on Friday, 30 August (tickets available from the Palnackie village shop).

     

    Once again events celebrating rural life and community through Day of the Region will showcase a range of our region’s talent this year!

    This year four communities are participating in this exciting opportunity to strengthen community ties and increase community spirit. From North West Dumfries and LGBT Plus to Palnackie and Newton Stewart – variety, diversity and sharing are at the heart of each event. Watch this space as well as social media to find out about the details for each event.

    As in previous years Day of the Region ventures are organised by working groups of local volunteers. Each participating community and everyone is encouraged to get involved. Much planning and organizing has been going on, so please support the communities. Events are FREE to attend and participate in!

    Day of the Region has been 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. It gives vital support to local ‘grassroots’ and community-led initiatives. However, this is the last year that Day of the Region will be delivered in this format with the programme coming to an end in 2020.

    Day of the Region returns this September with another exciting and varied programme of free events and activities organised by communities across Dumfries & Galloway.

    This year’s activities include a fun run, a village tug-of-war, a huge outdoor film screening, an LGBT Pride celebration, community BBQs, circus skills workshops, crafting demonstrations and loads of live music.

    There will also be a big increase in activities for young people this year, with D&G LEADER providing additional funding and support for dedicated youth zones, activities and games at Day of the Region events to celebrate ‘2018 Year of Young People’.

    In addition, a number of youth theatre groups will take part in Day of the Region to create links across the region and showcase their talents.

    Communities participating in this year’s Day of the Region programme will be Palnackie, Annan, Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway LGBT Plus, Lincluden & Lochside (NW Dumfries) and Newton Stewart – PLUS youth theatre groups in Moffat, Stranraer, New Galloway and Thornhill.

    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.

    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.

    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 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!

    2019 Day of the Region dates

    • PALNACKIE — Friday 30th August & Saturday 31st August
    • LGBT Plus (Dumfries) — Friday 13th September & Saturday 14th September
    • LINCLUDEN & LOCHSIDE (NW DUMFRIES) — Friday 27th September & Saturday 28th September
    • NEWTON STEWART —  Friday 27th September & Saturday 28th September

    Get involved in Day of the Region 2019 – be part of it!

    1. Save the dates! There are a number of events over a number of weekends. Note the date of any celebrations you’re interested in and check back for details of local programmes in the coming weeks.
    2. Find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and/or Instagram to keep up-to-date! Working groups in communities are finalising their event programmes now and we will post updates on local events across social media and at our official website – www.dayoftheregion.co.uk.
    3. Add your name to our mailing list! You can choose to receive updates about Day of the Region via SMS text message, email or post – just send your details to dayoftheregion@dumgal.gov.uk.
    4. Get in touch with local organisers! Everyone can get involved in their community’s celebrations – contact local working groups and offer to help – you can do as little or as much as you like.
    5. Participate! Support Day of the Region by going along to your nearest celebration or attend the free events in a neighbouring community.