Openreach have been extending their fibre broadband network around the Borgue area in 2023 and fibre broadband via Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) is now available throughout most of the Borgue peninsula. Click here for more information about the available services.
The Cream o’ Galloway ice cream business has been taken over by Paul Hodgson, the owner of Brymor Ice Cream in North Yorkshire. The Visitor Centre will re-open on 14th October.
Paul made the following comments on the Cream o’ Galloway Facebook page:
“We are delighted to be collaborating with the team at Cream of Galloway, and I’m pleased that re-opening the visitor centre secures the jobs of the current members of staff. Many people have had wonderful and happy times at Cream o’ Galloway Visitor Centre over the years, and long may this continue.
Cream o’ Galloway is a fabulous, cherished, and loved ice cream, and we are looking forward to increasing the stockists for it. Production of ice cream on-site has already increased, and the visitor centre will re-open on Saturday 14th October.
There are numerous synergies and similarities to Brymor in North Yorkshire, which is also a quality farm-made ice cream. We are looking forward to building upon the excellent legacy created by David and Wilma Finlay. On a personal note, it is particularly exciting to come back home to Galloway.”
Cream o’ Galloway ice cream will continue to be made to the same recipe and range of flavours, such as the hugely popular flavours of Gooseberry & Elderflower and Caramel Shortbread.
Brymor, based at High Jervaulx Farm, Masham, has been manufacturing award winning premium dairy ice cream on the farm for 40 years. The new ownership has been agreed in principle pending completion later this year.
Brymor shares much in common with Cream o’ Galloway, including a farm-based ice cream parlour, café and visitor attraction alongside ice cream and sorbet manufacturing, of a wide range of flavours.
The company is also recognised for the high quality of its ice cream. Brymor won awards at the Great Yorkshire Show earlier this year for their Madagascan Vanilla and Amarena Black Cherry Whim Wham ice cream, and has previously secured prestigious 3-star accolades at the Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards.
The Borgue Field Names exhibition is on display at the Stewartry Museum in Kirkcudbright until January 2024. There will also be a talk about the Borgue Field names by Michael Ansell in Kirkcudbright Parish Church Hall on Wednesday 25 October, from 7 to 9p.m.
Today is the last day of opening for the Cream o’ Galloway visitor centre. The ice-cream making business has been sold to a new operator so hopefully we will be able to continue to enjoy their excellent ice creams. The Ethical Dairy will continue to make artisan cheeses which will be available in local outlets. The Ethical Dairy farm tours will continue and the nature trails will remain open to visitors.
A big thank you to Wilma and David Finlay who have grown the business over the last 30 years, pioneering the development of organing and regenerative farming practices.
The Borgue Annual Open Flower Show will take place in Borgue Public Hall on Saturday 12th August 2023. Click on the image below to read the guide to entering the show.
James Finlay from Rainton Farm (Cream o’ Galloway) celebrated his 100th birthday on May 16th. Here’s the gathering at the Tuesday Coffee Morning singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to him.
The roads around Borgue are now looking a lot cleaner since the inaugural outing of the Borgue Litter Pickers on 14th April. 15 people turned out for the session and made good use of the hi-vis vests, pickers, gloves and bags provided by Dumfries & Galloway Council.
21 bags of rubbish were collected and hauled back to Borgue for collection by the council. There will be other opportunities for getting involved so keep an eye on the Borgue Commnnity Facebook page for more information.
There will be a chance to find out about electric bicycles from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 20th at Cream o’ Galloway. The event is sponsored by Borgue Community Council and the Cycling UK Shift programme. Local bicycle businesses will be on hand to answer questions about e-bikes and, weather permitting, you will be able to try out different styles of e-bike. Click on the image below for more information.
The iconic building of Borgue Church has recently been purchased by Borgue Resident Tigger MacGregor. She has set up a web site with more information and a request for ideas about how the church could be used in the Borgue community. Click here to visit the web site.