Newton Stewart Initiative has been working away quietly in the background for many months with Dumfries and Galloway Council to secure a long term “community shop” for the town. We are delighted to confirm that having navigated and solved numerous obstacles to getting the shop started, our doors are now open and everyone is very welcome. The shop is situated within the building that was the former Tourist Information Office at Dashwood Square car park. The official opening ceremony of the shop will take place on Saturday September 9th with local MSP Finlay Carson doing the honours as part of the “Day of the Region event.” The shop will be open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
Your community shop will be selling unwanted donated new and pre-loved good quality clothes and items from a wide range. The proceeds will go back into the Newton Stewart and Minnigaff community, in the form of funding local projects and events. Every item donated and every item bought will help the local community directly. We aim to keep everyone fully up to date with amounts raised, what we have helped to fund, where, when and how.
As the shop is situated within the former Tourist Information Office, which closed several years ago, as a courtesy service to visitors we will also do our very best to offer local information and generally try to tell visitors why they should stay and spend time in Newton Stewart and Minnigaff. A selection of maps and flyers will be available to visitors.
A long term plan in the community shop is also to present an area (space permitting) for local crafters and artists to display their work to visitors with a percentage of any sales also going to fund local community projects and events.
It is good to see what was a long term empty closed building now re-opened as a community shop with the aim of helping our town and community to the best of our ability, in both funds raised and as a point of contact. Please come along and support this new NSI project. The shop also has it’s own Facebook page which is well worth checking for updates and promotions.
Facebook:- Just follow the link and “like” page to follow for all the updates and Community Shop News.
Newton Stewart Initiative are most grateful to our local Sainsbury’s store, and of course their customers, for selecting us as their local charity for 2017/18. This selection adds to the prestige of NSI and is a deeply appreciated vote of confidence from the local community, with NSI being one of several worthy charities to choose from. We have already been able to host a stand inside the entrance presenting a demonstration of what NSI is doing at the moment, with the likes of The Newton Stewart Centre, the new community shop launch and also convey physical plans for future projects such as the proposed BMX track at Douglas Park to name but one. We were delighted to sign up many new members over the two days. Sainsbury’s also kindly hosted a car boot sale for us last month and there are many more events upcoming. Please keep an eye out for posters in Sainsbury’s for our upcoming events. Thank you to everyone who kindly voted for us.
Newton Stewart Initiative is pleased to confirm the appointment of Mr David Mitchinson as the new project coordinator.
Newcastle born Dave has been a member of NSI for a while, also serving as a director, and now brings a wide skills range to the role of project coordinator.
Mr Mitchinson has been a local resident since 2014 having holidayed here since 2006 and has a passion for the community and area.
Full details from the recent feature in The Galloway Gazette
Newton Stewart Initiative have recently appointed a new project coordinator who says his “passion” for the town can drive the group’s major plans forward.
David Mitchison’s appointment comes at a crucial time for the Initiative as they focus on opening a new community shop, secure funding for a BMX track at Douglas Park and identify a suitable site for a new community centre. Fifty-three-year-old Newcastle-born Mr Mitchinson has been involved with the NSI for some time as a director, having moved permanently to the town in 2014, after having a holiday home here since 2006.
He said: “The aim of the initiative is basically the regeneration of the town. We are duty bound to develop a couple of projects in the town – the Douglas Park BMX track and a new community centre – the original one was thriving when it closed. “We have already got the Newton Stewart Centre up and running and it is more than breaking even and now we are well on the way to opening a community shop in the old tourist information building in Dashwood Square where every £1 spent will stay in Newton Stewart and Minnigaff. It will be a charity shop with local crafts and have a tourist information section as many people still assume that is where it is! We would hope to open on September 1st.”
The Initiative has had a great boost recently when they became Sainsbury’s charity of the year. David continued: “I am passionate about Newton Stewart and Minnigaff and it probably helps that I’m an outsider! I want to make things happen and I have a lot of experience. We can change people attitudes by giving them something tangible. We have already put on four craft fairs and all the proceeds go to our projects.
Finding funding is key and we are very grateful for the support we have already received from the Cree Valley Community Council. “Our two longer term projects are the Douglas Park which we are looking to re-develop and build a BMX track, car parking, fencing, football pitch and play equipment, our other project is to provide the town with a much needed community centre. The original centre was closed due to austerity measures and we are well underway with feasibility studies and consultations.
The people of Newton and Minnigaff are, to me, passionate, friendly and hopeful for the future, and we are confident our projects and aims will be achieved and we will all see the town prosper.” NSI chairman David Inglis added: “NSI are pleased to have Dave on board and we are looking forward to working with him on the development of our major projects.”
Calling all photographers, budding photographers and owners of phones with cameras.
The Newton Stewart Initiative are launching their first Photography Competition, free to enter, and the prize is to be your photograph on the cover of our 2018 calendar and to be used on the month of your choice inside the calendar.
The rules are simple, send us a photo or photos’ to info@newtonstewartinitiati
1st September 2017.
All photos will be judged by the NSI Fundraising team and the overall winner and winners notified, the overall winner will be asked what Month of the 2018 calendar they would like their photo to be used on. All other winningphotos will be allocated a given month in the calendar.
All photos must be of of Newton Stewart or Minnigaff, or from Newton Stewart or Minnigaff. This can include events, activities etc that take place in Newton/Minnigaff and is not limited solely to ‘Views Of’ type photographs.
The photographs will be collated into a Calendar and printed at cost to the NSI and then sold in order to raise funds for our ongoing project work.
Dig out your portfolios, check your memory sticks and have a look on your saved folders as this is a chance to publicise your work free of charge and have it distributed in over 250 calendars that are to be sold at our Winterfayre in November.
No effort required just get your photos in to us as soon as you can.
All funds to go towards our upkeep of the Newton Stewart Centre
NSI Fundraising Team
Friday July 14th 5.30pm to 7.30pm and Saturday July 15th 10am to 12 noon.
Newton Stewart Initiative are delighted to present two free sessions to let you see how The Newton Stewart Centre can be the perfect venue for children’s parties. If you are thinking about organising a children’s party or similar event now is an ideal time to come along and see all that we can offer as a package. There will also be local children’s entertainers, balloon modellers, cake makers and face painters etc in attendance at both sessions who will be delighted to discuss with you what they can offer, prices, free dates and more.
After months of work by local builders, plumbers & electricians, along with donations from across the county, the old ‘Hut’ premises have been completely renovated and now ready once again for all groups and businesses to use.
We initially opened the doors to welcome our local Riverside Care Group who’s own premises were devastated by December’s flooding. Riverside Care and now back ‘home’ and so we are ready to welcome all groups and businesses who need to have somewhere in Newton Stewart for an hour or more to hold their own events.
We’re delighted that the Newton Stewart Youth Club have once again returned to use the premises on Monday & Wednesday evenings. And we have also secured 8 other groups who will be using the Centre over the coming months. So, if you have an event in the town, but don’t have a venue yet, then please get in touch and we’ll be delighted to show you around.
We are located opposite The Library on Church Street here in Newton Stewart and the Centre is set up to take no more than 50 people with two main rooms to hold your event, plus there is a small kitchen area for you to make teas/coffees. We have also installed a disabled toilet along with appropriate ramping into the building and level flooring throughout.
External security lighting will guide you in and out of the Centre should your booking be an evening event.
So, please get in touch and come and have a look around. If you already know the Centre and want to make a booking, then you can do that in one of two ways. You can email us or private message us on Facebook.
Newton Stewart Centre – Charge Out Rates:
|Non-constituted Community Groups||£6.00/hr or part thereof|
|Constituted Groups and Charities||£8.00/hr or part thereof|
|All other Businesses||£12.00/hr or part thereof|
|Children’s Party Packs – 2 hrs worth of party
time + we’ll give you ½ hr for set up & tidy
|Office Printing & Copying||A4 10p/sheet
|Cancellations – less than 24 hrs notice||100% charge|
|You can also review our available dates & times on our on-line calendar: http://bookings.newtonstewartinitiative.net|
|All enquiries should be directed to our email account firstname.lastname@example.org|
|or, via private message on our Facebook page
The first AGM of Newton Stewart Initiative is on Monday 9th November, at 7.30pm, in Creebridge House Hotel.
The AGM is a chance for the Executive Committee to update all members on the work we have been carrying out over the last year. We also aim to fill the vacancies that have arisen on the Executive Committee, and to approve the adoption of extra clauses to the constitution.
All members are invited to attend.
Enquiries to email@example.com
It is hoped that The Hut can be used as a temporary home for Youth Work and others until there is a more permanent solution
- Awaiting a decision on a funding bid that will bring the building up to a standard for use
- Community Pay Back scheme are assisting in tidying up the grounds as well as carrying out decorative works on the interior
- Local businesses have provided quotes for the work needed to bring the building to useable standard.