Gatehouse Development Initiative

Rural Heritage Promoter

Rural Heritage Promoter encourages and empowers citizens from rural areas to realise the potential of their local heritage. Many European territories, especially in rural areas, are pursuing projects to promote their local heritage. In many cases however, the local population is not effectively involved in the development of these projects which is important if they are to be sustainable. One way to do this is to encourage local people to become ambassadors for their local heritage. In Gatehouse we have been doing this as part of the Trusty's Hill project where training days have been organised for volunteer guides who have been provided with information and guidance by the archaeologists who carried out the excavation.  The Cally Walls project which saw the restoration of large sections of the historic boundary walls of Cally estate also involved training for locals who learned the skills of the dykers. Environmental projects being run with school children are aimed at helping them to learn about the natural world around them and through this knowledge and experience to care for it. Most recently we have been encouraging community engagement activities through The Temple project, working with writers groups, school children, and volunteers. 
Rural Heritage Promoter is an EU funded project bringing together communities which are already engaged in significant community projects and in involving their local communities.  The project aims to create a framework for exchange between European communities and the dissemination of good local practices.

The project has its own website here: www.ruralheritagepromoter.org

Map showing the distribution of the project partners.

 

Memoria

As part of the Memoria project each group has to draw up an inventory of local non material heritage in order to highlight areas which are most relevant for assisting the creation a more sustainable tourist industry.  Once the inventory has been prepared then thre will be a workshop where there will be more opportunity to finalise the areas of greatest interest.  The photograph shows the group about to consider themes for the inventory.

Gatehouse Country Market

Country Market

The Country Market is held weekly on Saturday mornings throughout the year. The market sells mainly regional produce and takes place in the main car park next to the Kiosk. It runs from 9.00am - 1.00pm. Stalls can vary from market to market but regular stalls provide meat, eggs, bread and cakes, pies and savoury flans, smoked produce,and fruit and vegetables.


Regular Producers attending include:

Wigwam Bakery
www.wigwambakery.co.uk

Solway Smokehouse
www.solwaysmokehouse.co.uk

William Lindsay Family Butcher

McGhees Fruit and Veg

Glenkens Eggs


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Minutes and other documents of the GDI

Next meeting:27 November 2013, 7.30pm in the Community Centre.

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The Gatehouse Development Initiative

The Gatehouse Development Initiative exists for the benefit of the Gatehouse Community and provides a framework for the development of projects within the community.


Originally formed by the Community Council as a fundraising arm, it was converted to a charitable company which brought additional benefits in fundraising powers and legal protection for members.  The Initiative continues to work closely with the Community Council.


Amongst a range of benefits, the GDI can save smaller projects the need to be formally established in their own right, can provide support with fundraising, provide insurance, indemnity cover and public liability cover, and provide book-keeping/accountancy services.


Meetings are open to all and membership of the GDI to all Gatehouse residents.  New members and suggestions for new projects are always welcome - meetings are friendly and informal.


Many community groups are represented at meetings which provide for a useful exchange of ideas, and for reporting on the progress of current projects. Most projects are run by project managers who are often the initiator of an idea and who may have their own project team.

Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of every other month in the Community Centre at 7.30pm: January, March, May, July, September and November.

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