NSI Community Shop is now Open

Community ShopNewton 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.


NEW FOR 2017 Newton Stewart Centre the perfect venue for children’s parties

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.

N.S.I. MayFayre Fundraising Day

Newton Stewart Initiative would like to thank everyone for coming along to our recent MayFayre Fundraising day which was held in McMillan Hall, Newton Stewart on May 21st.  With more than 200 visitors attending and 30 Stall Holders showing off their amazing array of crafts, baking and other goods it was once again a resounding success.

Our theme this time was ‘Jungle Book’ and we had our very own Elephant, Lion and Safari Guide who entertained young and old alike with their antics. The children were invited into the Safari Lodge where they created their own masks, watched videos, drew, coloured-in and stuck lots of ‘bits’ to their various creations.

Teas and coffees were on offer down stairs and with their array of tasty bites our visitors enjoyed a moment to put their feet up and be waited on and to review their various purchases.  Rotary Club Newton Stewart had their own stall to raise monies for their Diabetes Insulin Pump Therapy and Newton Stewart Museum were raising monies for renovations to the Museum.  For those lucky enough to select the correct ‘key’ then the opening of the wooden chest rewarded them with a selection of ‘bottles’ and ‘smells’.

We are now busy working on our Winter Fayre in November.



New Community Facility for Newton Stewart


Community Centre 17th 18th June 2016

The two day consultation held in June was well received and attended. School groups along with local people in the town took time out to give their views and thoughts on what they would like to see in a new Community Facility.  The feedback was varied and identified a lot of different activities and facilities that could be held and set-up within the premises, along with suggestions on the ‘ideal’ location and how to make this community owned facility self sufficient.

The results are still being analysed and further consultations will be held in the future which will outline the output of this first consultation.



Newton Stewart Centre

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:

Registered Charities & Not for Profit Groups
up to 25 people
£6.00/hr or part thereof
Registered Charities & Not for Profit Groups
26+ people
£8.00/hr or part thereof
All other Businesses & Groups up to 25 people £10.00/hr or part thereof
All other Businesses & Groups 26+ people £15.00/hr or part thereof
       Childrens Party Packs – 2 hrs worth of party
time + we’ll give you ½ hr for set up & tidy
£25.00/2 hrs
Office – Hot Desking in shared office space with Wi-Fi £20.00/hr
Office Printing & Copying A4 10p/sheet
A3 £1.00/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
or, via private message on our Facebook page