First aid course for Gatehouse volunteers

The car park at Gatehouse Community Centre was a sheet of ice when I arrived at 8.30 to help set up the planned one day first aid course for the Fleet Valley volunteers.  The caretaker was already at the centre and had got the heating on and showed me the grit box and grit was soon liberally spread across the access to the centre.

We were then joined by course giver George Fell, who had made it to Gatehouse from the Trossachs, sleeping in his car on a blocked M74 overnight.  Twelve volunteers were all in the centre by 9 am ready for the course and we were joined by Anna Johnson, Scenic Area officer.  We enjoyed an excellent full day emergency first aid course very much tailored to the needs of a voluntary group like ours out and about in the woods and hills around Gatehouse.

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Monument memories

Strapping round the Rutherford monument is keeping it safe as strong winds, heavy rain and, more recently frost and snow test the structure.  Here are a few recent images of the monument in winter.  We would like to show more images of the monument.  If you have have images or memories, whether old or more recent which you would like to share, please send them to

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Rutherford monument update: November 2017

With the strapping safely in place, restoration work on the Rutherford monument will begin in the spring when the weather is dry enough to take the scaffolding up to the monument and when the risk of high winds and frost has passed. In the meantime the Fleet Valley volunteers have continued to do excellent work clearing the paths to the monument. Research work is also ongoing for a trail leaflet and information boards for the Mill.

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