Looking downstream on the River Cree
Looking upstream on the River Bladnoch
Felling of commercial forestry in Galloway Forest Park
Looking upstream on the River Luce
North American Signal Crayfish
The sandy beach at Loch Grannoch
Belted Galloway Cattle, or 'Belties'
Fly fishing on the River Cree
A small upland burn
The High Cree, looking towards Cairnsmore of Fleet
A small waterfall on the Buchan Burn
A salmon from the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee
The Galloway Fisheries Trust, in conjunction with Marie Curie Cancer Care and Combat Stress, held their biennial, highly popular and extremely well supported fund-raising Dinner Auction at Lochinch Castle on the evening of the 7th September. Over 220 people attended the evening event which included a 3 course dinner provided by the local Caroline’s Catering followed by a live auction. Auctioneer Tom Lofts (of Southern Livestock Enterprises) entertained everybody and successfully sold all 39 of the live lots, donated by many local individuals and enterprises keen to show their support for objectives and work of the Trust and the other Charities involved. Endeavouring to keep up with the furious pace of the auctioneer, GFT staff were kept busy identifying the successful bidders from the packed floor, ensuring that they knew they had to pay up! In all, an impressive 138 lots were kindly given for both the Live and Silent Auctions including art work, a trip in a lifeboat, sausage making, holidays, cooked lobsters, dog training and even a pair of live piglets.
As always, the money raised will be shared between three charities; Galloway Fisheries Trust, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Combat Stress. Dougal Evans (Chairman and GFT and the Auction Committee) said ‘I would like to thank everyone who helped to make the evening such a huge success. Once again the generosity of so many people, both those who give such great lots and those who buy them, will help at a time when funding is increasingly difficult to secure. I would also like to thank Turcan Connell Solicitors for sponsoring the evening.’ The final figure raised is still to be confirmed but is anticipated to be in excess of £18,000 will be shared between the Charities to help fund their important work.
All three Charities would like to thank all involved in hosting, sponsoring, organising and supporting the very successful event.