Play football with world champions

The winning team holding up the saltire

Straiton is having a picnic on 25 August and as part of the entertainment you can join in a Walking Football session. You’ll be in illustrious company as no less than three members of the team which won the International Over 65s Walking Football World Cup are from Straiton! You don’t even have to be over 65 to have a go, just turn up on the day and play with some world-class talent.

You can read the full story of the team’s success by clicking here.

 

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Enjoy a warming Harvest Lunch

Bowl of soup

All are welcome to the Harvest Lunch on Sunday 1st October at 1pm in the McCandlish Hall, Straiton. Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for children.

The lunch is organised by Straiton Picnic Committee with all proceeds going towards the Bonfire and Firework display on 4th November and the Panto outing on 12th December.

Come along and enjoy a delicious lunch and some good company while supporting community events. You’ll also save on the cooking and washing up!

See ‘our’ Scott on Countryfile

Scott Watson and Marguerita sitting on back of pick-up eating radishesScott Watson gave a polished performance on BBC’s Countryfile this Sunday. Scott, raised at Baing, a few miles up the glen where his father Geordie was shepherd, moved down south early in his career as a farm manager. The programme focussed on the radish crop and Scott was a natural on TV. Perhaps a new career beckons?

Click here to view the programme.

Saturday is Fun Day!

runners

Straiton’s Fun Day and Hill Race starts at 1.30pm, Saturday 26 August. Come along to the play park early to see the runners set off for the Monument circuit, the winning time is usually well under 20 minutes!

Apart from the Hill Race there’ll be various stalls, the magician Fabulous Fraser, Cream Teas, Hurling Events, a Bouncy Castle, Beer Tent and Carousel. In addition there will be a Fancy Dress competition and the theme this year is Wonderful Wildlife.

A great day out in beautiful surroundings with something for everyone.

Afternoon Tea, all welcome

Afternoon Tea InvitationSave Straiton for Scotland are having an Afternoon Tea in the McCandlish Hall this Sunday, 23 July at 2pm. As well as teas, coffees and delicious baking there’ll be homemade lemonade, Pimms and some fizz. Of course there’ll be the usual superb raffle!

The event is to celebrate their recent success. Come along to find out about how their campaign is progressing. What they hope will be the final wind farm application is due to go to a Public Inquiry in October and there’ll be up to date information on this.

Both visitors to Straiton and residents are very welcome. Your attendance and support is appreciated.

3 eggs for the Ospreys at Loch Doon

Osprey on nest with 3 eggs

You can see these magnificent birds opposite the Roundhouse Café at Loch Doon. There’s a viewing screen in the café so you can see all the action at close quarters plus the new viewing room is now open.

Local school children named the Ospreys Angel and Cullen. Hopefully all the young will survive and return in a few year’s time to set up their own nest in the Galloway Hills. Last year only one survived, Solo, the other two were predated by a buzzard.