Connecting In Communities

 Events for All across the Glenkens 

Glenkens Writers Workshops
First Wednesday of the month  |  3.15pm - 5.15pm |
£15 per 2 hour session

Have you always wanted to write?


Have you a story to tell?


These are the workshops to get you started, whether you want to write fiction, poetry or a personal memoir.


The workshops are led by Margaret Elphinstone, a local author who has published nine novels as well as poetry and non-fiction. For 16 years she taught literature and writing at the University of Strathclyde.


The workshops are currently fully subscribed but if you are interested please contact Brian Jones for further information.

Digital Photography Group
First Tuesday of the Month
10am - 1pm £3 per session

Are you interested in photography? then this could be for you, no matter what your knowledge or level of photography is currently. 
You would be welcome to join this group if you are looking to:-
  • Have regular photography trips out
  • Meet socially with like minded folks
  • Improve your photography skills and knowledge
  • Take part in exhibitions, produce such things as calendars or photo books
  • Have demonstrations and talks from professional photographers


To find out more please contact Brian Jones on

01644 420374 or e-mail

Glenkens Men's Shed 
Mon (9.30am - 1pm & 6.30 -8.30pm) 
Wed (9.30am - 4pm)*
Fri (9.30am - 12am) |
£2 per week  and £15 Annual Membership
The Glenkens Men’s Shed, based behind the Old Smiddy in Balmaclellan, is primarily a social space where men can meet, chat and pursue a wide variety of hobbies and interests. The first of its kind in Dumfries & Galloway “the shed” is both accessible* and inclusive, and welcomes both men and woman (over 18). The shed is normally wheelchair accessible but currently there are access restrictions due to building work at the Old Smiddy.
* See below for details of the Wednesday Woodcarving classes.
For more details contact Chris Jowsey on 01644 420374 or email 

Wood Carving
Every Wednesday | 2pm - 4pm | £2 per session

Fancy Wood Carving?

A class for beginners and improvers at the Glenkens Men's Shed in Balmaclellan. Join local Artist and master Woodcarver Bill Wiseman who will provide tuition and guidance. Limited spaces are available so early booking recommended.

Membership of the Men's Shed is required for these sessions.


Gentle Tai Chi 
Wednesdays  |  10.30am-11.30am  |    £2 per session

A gentle weekly exercise class designed for the over 60’s as well as those people with a long term condition. Tai Chi strengthens and mobilizes joints and muscles, improving fitness and mental relaxation. This form of Tai Chi can also be done seated.


Beginners welcome and places limited to 15 people so book early to avoid disappointment. Please wear loose clothing and thin soled shoes/trainers.

Tai Chi
Wednesdays  |  2pm-3pm   |   £3 per session 
A Tai Chi course run from a projected video.


The process of learning Tai Chi is very simple. Week by week we lay the foundations. Learning a new movement and adding it to the last and building on and on, until we have the whole of the form together. As we practice we will continually work with balance, posture and stance.


Tai Chi is practiced very slowly to get the greatest health benefits. Once the full form is learned it becomes one flowing movement and one of self-expression.


You could create your own visualisation, where Tai Chi could become a dance, or the movement of the waves in the sea, maybe the trees flowing in the wind, or a positive way to push negativity from your life. It is a moving meditation, which becomes your own Tai Chi which feels right within for yourself, to enjoy and  express the experience, for perfect Body, Mind and Spirit.

Adult Dance/Movement Sessions
Margaret Morris Movement
Mondays  | 2.30pm-3.30pm | FREE (50+)

This class is ideal for individuals interested in health and fitness. This holistic dance style allows you to explore your creative side at the same time as caring for your body. The dance/movement “Colours” improve spinal mobility, increase flexibility, improve balance, circulation and co-ordination and enhance your general feeling of wellbeing.

Ukulele Group
First and Third Thursday of Every Month |  1pm - 3.30pm
 £2 per session
Come and join CatStrand Ukes for practice sessions, concerts, and fun!  All abilities welcome.
NB! Third Thursday gathering is at Glentrool Village Hall
Can't play a note?
Join us at 11am on a Monday here at CatStrand for Beginners Ukes under the expert tutelage of music teacher Nicola Black. Places are limited so please call CatStrand on 01644 420374 to book a slot.
IT Drop-In Sessions
Fridays  am (30min slots) commencing June 
Trouble with your Tablet, flummoxed by your Phone, labouring with your Laptop? We can help!

Following a highly successful trial, Connecting in Communities in partnership with “theitcentre”, will be running another series of 1-2-1 drop-in sessions here at CatStrand starting in June. Sessions are free but booking is required to avoid congestion.


Simply book one of our 30 minute slots for a chance to discuss your issues face to face with the real experts.

For more information please contact Brian Jones on 01644 420374 or email 

The Good Old Days
Film - 14 minutes

The Good Old Days

A film made by some of the folks who were part of the Connecting in Retirement project. It is their stories and memories of childhood during WW2

For enquiries or to book places please contact Brian Jones
Tel: 01644 420374

CatStrand            Opening Hours
High Street                  Mon - Fri
New Galloway          10am - 5pm
Castle Douglas       Sat        Sun
DG7 3RN               10 - 4     11 - 4

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