Welcome to the website of Colvend and Southwick Community Council

High tide at Portling

This is the website of the Colvend and Southwick Community Council.  On this page you will find upcoming events within the community.  Elsewhere on the site there is a wealth of local information.  

We try and feature items relevant to the local area. Any feedback on the site is welcome and if you have an event in the area served by the Community Council please send the information to 


and we would be happy to publish it.  We only feature events within the community area.  The Dalbeattie Matters website covers a wider area.





Our communities

Where the road from Kippford joins the A710 lies the hamlet of Barnbarroch. Barnbarroch just consists of a few houses but here you will find...
Southwick is the name of the parish and where the B793 from Dalbeattie meets the A710 is the hamlet of Caulkerbush thus the road sign states "...
Arguably Colvend is the centre of the Community area. It has a Church, a shop, a cafe, a school and a Public Hall. Colvend Church is about half a...
Kippford is attractively positioned on the eastern bank of the River Urr, near where it runs into the Solway Firth, and has extensive views across...
Mainsriddle is five and a half miles east of Colvend on the main road to Dumfries. It is little more than an attractive row of houses but once had...
The hamlet of Portling overlooks the Solway and incorporates a stony beach at Port O' Warren. The local coastguard base is in Portling. If you are...
The village is at the head of a sheltered bay on the shores of The Solway Firth. The village has an attractive sandy beach, interspersed by rocky...
Sandyhills has a large sandy beach which gently slopes so the water is always shallow.  It is a great favourite with families. The...

Coming up

Saturday, 25 January, 2020 - 11:30 to 13:30

Soup & Sandwiches

Tea / Coffee / Traybakes & Biscuits

Tickets available from Cheryl tel.  01556 620102

Mary tel. 01556 620211

Or Pay on the Door

Scottish Charity SCO37736

Sunday, 26 January, 2020 - 10:00

A warm welcome awaits you.

Join us for tea or coffee after the service.

There is some more information on the church here.

Sunday, 26 January, 2020 - 11:30

All welcome.

Join us for tea or coffee after the service

There is more information on the church here

Sunday, 26 January, 2020 - 16:00 to 17:30

Some of the greatest spectacles of nature take place at dusk.  Join our guide in the hide to enjoy an air show of starlings in murmuration or geese descending on the reserve to roost.  We'll have an infra-red camera and telescope on hand to help you spot the wild life too as the light drops.

Booking essential

Price: Adult member £3.00 / Adult non-member £4.00.  Child member £1.50 / non-member child £2.00.


Wednesday, 29 January, 2020 - 18:30 to 20:30

Even if you have never played badminton before you are welcome to come along and give it a go.

Adults £2.00 children £1.00

For more information contact Andrea on 0771 375 1987

Sunday, 2 February, 2020 - 10:00

All welcome.

Join us for tea or coffee after the service

There is more information on the church here

Sunday, 2 February, 2020 - 11:30

You are most welcome to join us..

Stay for tea or coffee with us after the service.

There is a description of the church here.

Wednesday, 5 February, 2020 - 18:30 to 20:30

Even if you have never played badminton before you are welcome to come along and give it a go with a good friendly crowd.

Sessions are only £2.00 for adults and £1.00 for school children.

For more information contact Andrea on 0771 375 1987

Thursday, 6 February, 2020 - 02:30

Speaker Fiona Blandford on the Bridge Wellnes Centre, Dalbeattie

All welcome

For more information contact Anne Millar Tel 01556 620253

Thursday, 6 February, 2020 - 11:00 to 13:00

Every fortnight to 20th February 2020.  Discover some of the amazing wildlife looked after on this farm.  As the season changes so do the habitats and special creatures found here - from trees and plants shutting down for the winter to birds flocking in their masses.  These walks will give you a chance to see it all close up and learn how we manage this important place for nature in our fields and on the wetlands.  

Price adults £4.00 children £2.00 (£3.00 and £1.50 for RSPB members).  Guided walk - booking essential - 01387 780579.

Car parking chages apply to non members.

Thursday, 6 February, 2020 - 19:00

All members of the community are welcome to attend - just come along.

There is more information on the Community Council including minutes of recent meetings under Community Council Information.  Follow the link below.

Sunday, 16 February, 2020 - 10:00 to 13:00

North Solway Bird Ringing Group demonstrations give people a rare chance to experience our songbirds up close.  You never know what you might see, from green finches or blue tits to rarer yellow hammers or tree sparrows.

With birdy activities for kids to complete the day.

Wednesday, 19 February, 2020 - 14:00

Progress on the maintenance of the Hall will be reviewed and future plans discussed.

Colvend Public Hall is owned by the local community and its day-to-day running is dependent on hall lets and various events organised by the Management Committee .

Everybody is welcome to attend these meetings observe, offer help or participate in how the Hall is being managed on your behalf.

Saturday, 28 March, 2020 - 10:00 to 14:00

Showcasing producers and makers from in and around Dumfries & Galloway.  

The first market of 2020 then the fourth Saturday of each month

Refreshments.  Free parking.