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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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.

Get your boots on

waterfall

Newton Stewart Walking Festival starts on 5 May for a week. Click here to view their website and to book a place. They range from easy peasy to pretty strenuous and it’s great way to explore a new area without getting lost as all the walks are led by experienced guides. The waterfall pictured is from walk 5-1, a strenuous walk of 13.5 miles around the Clachan of Dalry.
The trail explores the attractive Glenkens landscape around St. John’s Town of Dalry. It’s a new route which combines some attractions visited on previous WalkFests but also includes a host of new additions which makes it an interesting mix of changing landscape, history and natural elements. The walk is led by  Bob Peace, a member of Galloway Mountain Rescue and a local resident who will illustrate the walk with interesting facts, figures and myths!
A finish at the Clachan Inn rounds off the day, with an opportunity for a refreshment or two!

Walkers meet at Newton Stewart, about a 40 minute drive from Straiton, before being taken to the walk start and are returned there after an enjoyable and sociable day out in the countryside.

Whist in the Hall

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Grab 3 friends, some sandwiches and cakes and come along to enjoy a fun evening at the McCandlish Hall this Saturday 4th March at 7.30pm. Tables cost £12 (for 4). The object is to win as many antique flags as possible, I think they still have Abyssinia and Southern Rhodesia!

Prizes for those with the most flags, and the least. Get a few tickets for more chances to win in one of Straiton’s famous raffles.

New volunteer for Straiton Stores

Smiling Sanjeev in Straiton Stores

Back behind the counter, Sanjeev in Straiton Stores

Actor, writer and broadcaster, Sanjeev Singh Kohli, was in Straiton recently undertaking research for a new Radio 4 programme which he will be presenting. The show will feature the village’s reaction to Mr Zhou Jing Liang buying Blairquhan Castle.

They discovered that reaction was all positive; Blairquhan was voted one of Britain’s best wedding venues and the new owners have expanded and improved on this foundation established by Sir Patrick and Lady Marguerite Hunter Blair. Their continued and growing success as a wedding and business venue brings benefits to the village, provides employment and support for local businesses. Thousands of visitors come to Blairquhan each year and discover the beautiful scenery, great walks and cycling, Straiton has to offer and plan their return visit.

Sanjeev as Navid in Still Game

Sanjeev as Navid in Still Game

Viewers of Still Game will know Sanjeev as Navid, the droll corner shop keeper in Glasgow. He is now taken on his first serious acting role in River City. Filming takes place a few months in advance and Sanjeev has had to learn several verses of Tam O’ Shanter; ever the professional Sanjeev learnt the whole poem, and proceeded to reel off lines in a perfect Burns dialect. He has also recently learnt Gaelic for a new BBC Alba documentary.

The radio programme will be broadcast in December, keep an eye out for future posts on this site over the coming weeks when we’ll let you know the title, date and time.