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Club members welcomed George Dickson as the new President of Castle Douglas Rotary Club at the Handover Meeting. Before handing over the "chain of office", outgoing President James Robertson detailed the achievements of the Club over the last 12 months and wished George every success in the "hot seat". George outlined his brief plans for the year and emphasised his commitment to work with the Convenors to ensure that Castle Douglas Rotary continued to serve the community in which we live.


34 riders enjoyed the Kirkcudbrightshire countryside during the annual Rotary Ride which started from the British Legion in Castle Douglas. With riders aged from 4 to 74, there was a diverse range of competitors and ability.  Most riders opted for the more challenging 45 mile circuit taking in Kirkcudbright, the Doon Bay and Twynholm before heading back to Castle Douglas.  With a warm welcome and refreshments back at the Legion an enjoyable Sunday morning was had by all the riders.

Riders kindly donated £410 to Prostate Scotland to help with the work which the charity does to prevent deaths from Prostate Cancer with 11000 men dying of the disease each year.

Prostate Scotland raises awareness of Prostate Cancer and promotes research into services and treatment both to help those who already have the cancer and to raise awareness so that men seek treatment earlier in the development of the disease. It is particularly supporting robot assisted surgery for men in Scotland.


Saturday night saw our Rotarians and friends enjoy the Annual Race Night in Castle Douglas Town Hall. We were able to bet on 6 races which had all been sponsored by local business folk and individuals. The seventh race saw individuals in the audience bid to sponsor and name the horse - the money raised from this race was donated to Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes. All other money raised on the night will go towards local Youth and Community projects. A huge thanks to everyone who sponsored a race or a horse and to our members for producing such great prizes and buffet. A great night.

Anyone who wishes to have information about Rotary is welcome to come along to any meeting on a Thursday evening at the King's Arms Hotel or contact us through this website.


Castle Douglas Rotary Club hosted the local round of the Young Musician of the Year 2018 at Castle Douglas High School on the 8th February.  There was an excellent turnout of 13 pupils from both Castle Douglas and Dalry High Schools competing for the prize of Young Musician and Young Singer of the Year.

First prize in the Musician category went to Marnie Clark who gave an excellent performance of Grieg's "Notturno" on the piano.  Second prize went to Alex McMenemy, who performed  "Clowns" by Kabalevsky also on the piano. Joint third were Huw Hodson and Zoe Burgoyne.  James Robertson, President of Castle Douglas Rotary Club, presented the awards to the prize winners.

In the Young Singer Competition, James Wallace was awarded first prize for his superb rendition of the traditional scottish song "Will Ye No Come Back Again".  Ya'el Du Toit-Burns came second with her performance of "You are the Reason" by Calum Scott and Tyler Gilmour was awarded third prize  with his rendition of "Second Hand White Baby Grand" by Marc Shaiman.

Finally, the judges decided that overall winner of the Young Musician of the Year should go to James Wallace.

The picture below shows James Wallace receiving the "Young Musician of the Year" trophy from Kenny Murray of the Rotary Club of Castle Douglas along with the other award winners.


Castle Douglas Rotary Club have now parked their sleigh for another year and allowed Santa a well deserved rest following their trips around the streets of the town in the lead up to Christmas.

George Dickson, Vice-President of the Club said "We are delighted to have raised £2155.41 from the Santa Sleigh Project and would like to thank everyone who donated to enable us to raise such a superb total.  The money will ensure that the Club continues to make a difference in our local community as well as being able to support international projects such as the work towards eradicating Polio worldwide among other vital work."

The Club would particularly like to thank the following people and organisations who very kindly gave up their time to help with the collection.  Staff and senior pupils from Castle Douglas High School, Staff from the Boots Pharmacy in the town and staff from the local branch of the Royal bank of Scotland.  Robert Wallace of Craigley Farm at Gelston, who supplied the tractors and drivers for the nights of the collection and enabled Santa to be transported around the town safely.

Anyone who wants information about Rotary is welcomer to come along to any of our meetings which are held in the King's Arms Hotel in Castle Douglas or can contact us through this website.

 KID'S OUT 2017:


During the last meeting of the Club in June, members welcomed James Robertson as the new President for the Rotary year 2017-18.  James is a well known face around Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright and also amongst the business community for managing Rancher, the decorative ironwork company situated in Castle Douglas.

Before handing over the President's jewel to James, outgoing President Kenny Murray reviewed the achievements of the Club during the past year, covering both the local and international good work which the Club had supported.  

The picture shows Kenny Murray, on the right, handing over to James Robertson, centre and with George Dickson, Vice-President, on the left.


As usual this event took place on Father's Day, June 18th and a collection of riders set off in warm sunny weather.  There was a choice of 15, 30 and 45 mile routes with most of the riders opting for the more challenging 45 mile route.

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Five lucky households that donated an Elf Bank to the 2016 Xmas Collection for Castle Douglas Rotary Club won a draw to nominate a local good cause of their choice, each of whom then received a £50 donation.  The good causes supported were: Golden Day Club, Friends of the Cottage Hospital, Dr Carson & Partners Surgery and two donations to Young Carers.

The picture shows George Dickson, Communities Convenor and Cliff Robertson who organised the Santa's Savers project with the chques for the winning good causes.

The club invites approaches from any local community good cause organisation, in the area roughly from Carsphairn to Castle Douglas to Crocketford, to apply for funds generously donated over the year by our local communities, businesses and through the efforts of club members. Each application is considered on its merits, needs, club priorities, areas of special interest and support. 


Castle Douglas Rotary Club supported the Children's Day at Threave Gardens this year to demonstrate its commitment to the community. The picture below shows Rotarian Cliff Robertson with a visitor from Prestwick who was enjoying the day with their family.


Members of the Rotary Club of Castle Douglas recently visited primary schools in their area to see the results of the planting of purple crocuses last October to highlight the ongoing international Rotary Purple4Polio project to eradicate polio from the world.  Carsphairn produced an excellent show in three tubs and members of Dalry primary school gardening club planted theirs along with other seasonal flowers.  The photos show pupils from Carsphairn and Dalry primary schools.

For more details about END POLIO NOW click HERE


Castle Douglas Rotary Club hosted the annual Young Musician Competition at Castle Douglas High School.  There were separate categories for Young Musician and Young Singer.

After the 13 competitors had each performed, the judges retired to decide who should be Young Musician and Singer for 2017.  Before announcing the winner in each category, the judges praised the quality of all the performances and gave helpful feedback to all the competitors.

Winner of the Young Musician and overall winner was Marnie Clark who performed "Strutting at the Waldorf" by Philip Lane. Winner of the Young Singer competition was  Alexander Young who performed "Music of the Night" by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Winner of the Young Singer was Alexander Young with Rachel Barr a close runner up.


The Tour of Britain 2016 visited Castle Douglas on Sunday, 4 September. The first stage of this year's Tour started in Glasgow and finished on King Street in Castle Douglas after 161 km of hard racing.

Castle Douglas Rotary Club supported the event by providing refreshments and food on the Market Hill Car Park.  

The team ready for action before the crowd arrived.

A short time later!  The Hog Roast was very popular.

The Rotary Challenge bike ready for action.

Castle Douglas Rotary Club Secretary Derek Crichton in action to record a personal best of 0.41 miles.


Ten pupils from Castle Douglas High School attended the recent Rotary Peace Conference which was held in the Easterbrook Hall.

Abbie Rough, one of the pupils who attended the Conference commented "In conclusion, the Rotary Peace Conference was extremely inspiring and taught us a lot about how we can solve and prevent conflict.  It was a very worthwhile day.  If the aim was to make us feel inspired and confident enough to help our world, then this was definitely achieved."


George Dickson, the International Convenor of Castle Douglas Rotary Club accepts the cheque for £440 from pupils of Castle Douglas Primary School.

In 2014, crocus bulbs were planted in raised beds by pupils at Castle Douglas Primary School as a symbol of the struggle to eradicate polio throughout the world.  Since then, the Primary 7 pupils have engaged in activities to raise funds to help fight the disease.  As a result of the considerable effort by all concerned with the school, a fantastic total of £440 has been raised and handed over to the Rotary Club of Castle Douglas.

George Dickson, the International Convenor with the Rotary Club of Castle Douglas said "The Club are delighted to receive such a positive reaction from the staff and pupils at the school.  I would like to thank everyone very much for this generous donation.  Everyone should be extremely proud of their achievement in the knowledge that they will help in the worldwide fight against polio."


As part of the project to support Young Carers in Castle Douglas, the Rotary Club have worked with the IT Centre in Castle Douglas to equip one of the Young Carers with the IT equipment necessary to complete their homework and for other needs.  Castle Douglas IT Centre have resourced a suitable laptop, printer and other items.

The picture shows the laptop and equipment being handed over to Cliff Robertson of Castle Douglas Rotary Club.  Also in the picture are Joy McLure from the Young Carers Project and Chris Fyles from Castle Douglas IT Centre.

Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Thursday 26th July 18.30

Speaker Meeting: Reception - Stephen Harman. Speaker - Gregor Purdie

Castle Douglas Civic Day

Saturday 28th July 07.00

Castle Douglas Civic Day

Thursday 9th August 18.30

Speaker Meeting: Reception - Liz Harper. Speaker - Robert Ramsay

Thursday 16th August 18.30

Speaker Meeting: Reception - Robin Hogg. Speaker - Trevor Reid

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KINGS ARMS HOTEL, ST ANDREW STREET, CASTLE DOUGLAS We meet on Thursdays at 1800 for 1830 hrs
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