Monthly Archives: December 2014

A Vets Life

A Vets Life. Our member Mr Norman Ritchie gave a very informative and humorous talk on life as a vet in Africa. Thankfully it was not wild animals like lions and giraffe but domesticated animals. Many questions were asked from the heat to the language difficulties.


Lochside & Locharbriggs

Lochside and Locharbriggs clubs have both come along to the Coronation Day Centre this year, members thoroughly enjoy the company of these groups gives them new topics of conversation and a chance to catch up on friendships formed from before and to make new friends who have come along for the first time.

Summer Activities

Our activity co-ordinator, Marion, organised an afternoon of Hawaiian fun and cocktails

There was a vast array of drinks to choose from. There was Snowball, Gin Sling, Sangria, Orange Bomb, Blue Sherbet, Green Goddess, Pimms’, Fi’s Fave and also available were the, not at all alcoholic, various Mocktails. All called by their colours red, blue & green etc. They all were very much enjoyed.

Marion has also arranged, throughout the year, visits to Stranraer Museum, Stranraer Academy, The Court, Stair Park Football Club and the Fire Station our members were thrilled to be seeing the inside of these buildings which, apart from the museum, are normally only open to the people who work or study there. Thank you to all involved in helping make this possible for us.



Queens Baton Relay

The Queens Baton relay travelled around the whole Commonwealth. It started off in New Delhi, India, in October 2013 and finished in Glasgow, Scotland where the games were held in July this year. Travelling 190,000 km almost 67,730 miles and through 70 nations in 288 days was no mean feat but we were honoured to have it pass right by the Day Centre, on the 19th of June. The day centre stayed open late that day so members could be part of the atmosphere and exciting buzz of the event. Teas, coffee and a few nibbles were served to the members of public who had gathered to watch. This was the culmination of weeks of work by our members. Who avidly joined in to make dressings for the shops and business window competition which was held within the town. A celebratory Tea Dance was also held in the Ryan Centre for members from Thorneycroft and the Day Centre it was very well attended by both groups.

While the sporting fever was high and momentum was going, we held our sports day. With Balloon Race, Javelin, Wheelchair Race, Shot Putt then Egg and Spoon Race with a break at half time for a choc ice each. It is a great day for the members and they all joined in, each receiving a rosette for participating. Our sportsperson of the year this year is Mr Neil McRobert.

Michael from Soleburn Garden Centre

Michael Cronie from Soleburn Garden Centre came along for the afternoon and brought with him some lovely plants and flowers to give demonstrations of how to plant up your window boxes, hanging baskets and tubs. Members were very interested and asked numerous questions which Michael answered with ease. The plants were then sold to anyone who wished to buy them.

Young Musician entertains

Stranraers very own Robyn Stapleton was awarded this years BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. Robyn took some time out of her schedule to come along and entertain us. The members were entranced by her beautiful voice and also enjoyed their little sing-a-long.