Arguably Colvend is the centre of the Community area.  It has a Church, a shop, a cafe, a school and a Public Hall.


Colvend Parish Church is about half a mile along the road to Rockcliffe.  It is an attractive building built in 1911 and you can click here for a fuller description.


The shop and cafe are right at the heart of the community.  The shop is particularly well stocked and if you are a visitor to the area it is a great place for local information.


The school serves the villages of Colvend, Rockcliffe, Kippford, Sandyhills and Caulkerbush.  It was built in 1794 to replace the school at Barcloy.  It is now a modern go-ahead school and you can read more about it here.

In 1986  900 years after William the  Conquerer's original Domesday Book the BBC Published the Domesday Survey.  The information was supplied by Schools and community groups.  It was recorded on cutting-edge, for the time,  laser discs but as technology advanced it was no longer possible to readily access these.  However thay have now been recovered and you can read about how Colvend was seen in 1986 by clicking here. 


The Community Council meets in Colvend Public Hall and local groups such as the Badminton Club, a Yoga group and a ukulele workshop use the Hall regularly.  There is a Produce & Makers Market monthly from April to November.  The Hall has excellent acoustics and concerts ocasionally are held in the Hall.  The highlight being when it features as one of the venues of the Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival in May.  It is available to hire and suitable for a wide range of functions from wedding receptions to small meetings. 


There is a fascinating account of life in Colvend and the Colvend & Southwick Parish in the 50 years up to 1894 written by the local minister published on  You can go straight to it here. And there is yet another account of the Parish this time from 1848 which you can see by clicking here.