Provision of community transport for community groups and individuals. A Travel Club providing minibus trips to places of interest throughout the year (details of programme on website or contact the office to be added to the mailing list). Also provides hospital transport, community group hires and registered bus services to Carlisle and Peebles.
Open Studio in Moffat
Come and visit my studio, open to the public (by appointment only please). I have original watercolours, prints and greetings cards for sale.
Watercolour for Wellbeing Classes
Classes for beginners and improvers held locally ~ informal, fun, and fulfilling! Please contact me for more details
Do see my website for more details of previously held workshops ~ good fun with materials provided if need be and lunch included.
One to One Watercolour lessons in Moffat
Lessons can be tailored to suit you ~ one to one or two-to-one if you wish and come with a friend!
I make really yummy cakes and fresh coffee.
I am an elected member of Glasgow Society of Women Artists.
Contact: Jan Macbeth
Mob: 07748 852388
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Art and craft classes for adults and young people with artist Linda Lyons. Enjoy a range of art experiences as part of a small group or on an individual basis in one-off or regular sessions. Try out all sorts of materials to find what you enjoy and be inspired along the way. Learn how to draw and use colour. Also unique jewellery and artworks for sale.
Contact: Linda Lyons
Mob: 07864 788686
Venue: 20 High Street, Moffat. DG1O 9HL
A guild for promotion of knowledge and skills in wood turning and wood craft for the inhabitants of Beattock and the surrounding area. All welcome!
We meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7pm at Redbrae, Beattock.
Facebook: Beattock Guild of Woodturners & Woodcraft
Moffat and Beattock are the hub for travel, tourism and other businesses in central southern Scotland. All we need is a local station. Beattock, made famous by WH Auden’s poem The Night Mail, is sited on the West Coast Mainline on the longest stretch of line in Britain with no station – there are nearly 48 miles between Lockerbie to the south and Carstairs to the north. The local communities urgently need a station at Beattock to: give local people better work opportunities by enabling them to commute; increase tourism and benefit local businesses by making it easier for people to visit the area; enhance residents’ quality of life by making it easier for them to travel outside the area for employment, shopping and leisure; and improve the environment by reducing dependence on the car.
Lawn Bowling Club playing both Men’s and Ladies League matches, Open tournaments and club competitions plus plenty of social bowling. There is a new pavilion which offers comfortable surroundings for players and spectators. New members of any age are always welcome, whether experienced or novice and coaching and equipment is available to anyone wishing to try the game. To find out more, please get in touch via the links below
History of Clan Moffat
Our Clan’s origins are from one of the oldest families in Dumfriesshire and Moffats have played an important part of Scottish history, a Mufet being Bishop of Glasgow in 1268 and significant supporters of both William Wallace and Robert the Bruce.
Largely as a result of the murder of Clan Chief, Robert Moffat in 1557, the fortunes of the Clan declined and in the 17th Century their lands fell into the hands of other Clans and the Clan was ‘broken’ for over three centuries.
The Clan was revived and became one of the fastest growing clans in Scotland by Francis Moffat, who through 35 years of family history research was able to establish descent from the Moffat who was Feuar of Grantoun in 1342. He was recognised as hereditary Clan Chief and as Moffat of that Ilk by the Lord Lyon in 1983. On his death his daughter Madam Jean Moffat of that Ilk is now Clan Chief.
Many Moffats still remain in the Borders, whilst others sought to seek new lives elsewhere. Some achieved international renown. James Moffat, who translated the Bible into modern English, Robert Moffat, missionary, explorer and father-in-law of David Livingston. Martin Moffat who won the Victoria Cross for gallantry on the Western Front in 1918, Billie Jean Moffat (King) who won 20 titles at Wimbledon, Steven Moffat, comedy/drama writer and Scarlett Moffat, television personality/presenter.
We all live out our motto of “Spero Mellora” – ‘I hope for better things’!
Our Clan Gathering will take place on 11/12 August 2023.
For information about Clan Moffat and/or joining our Clan please go to our website and Facebook Page where we will be posting/updating any activities we will be able to have this year.
Craigielands is Moffat’s only curling club, formed in 1834. The club plays matches at Lockerbie Ice Rink, famous as the home of Olympic medallists and World Champions. The curling season runs from September to March – an ideal winter activity. Members play in day and evening competitions organised by the club and the Ice Rink. If you are interested in taking up curling as a sport, beginners lessons can be organised through Craigielands Curling Club or through the Ice Rink’s ‘Try Curling’ programme.
Curling is a very sociable sport which can be played at all levels and all ages. Craigielands Curling Club will give all new members a warm welcome.
Contact: Christine Stewart
Tel. 01683 220232
Venue: Lockerbie Ice Rink
Subscription: £5 for membership, cost of games £10 to £12
We offer a wide range of Dance Classes for children and adults in Moffat.
Primary 1-7 – Ballet, Highland and Tap and Modern classes
Senior 1-6 – Ballet, Highland and Tap and Modern classes
Adult Classical Ballet – great for core strength, balance and posture
Adult Line Dancing – a fantastic, fun way to burn those calories in this low-impact class dancing to some great music.
We also offer dance exams, summer schools, private lessons and the opportunity to perform at our dance shows.
You can find out more details about our classes and book your space at www.fionahendersondance.com
Yamakai Karate Moffat have enjoyed a fantastic year of competition success we are actively looking for new members to join and be part of our future development. All welcome minimum age 5 years. We currently have the British and Scottish Open champions in our class.
We are members of the Scottish Karate Governing Body and all coaches are SKGB registered, PVG approved and fully insured.
Be part of our success.
Contact: Philip McGarry
Mob: 07359 238908
Venue: The Proudfoot Institute
Day: Tuesday 6.30pm–8.30pm; Friday 6pm–7pm
Cost: Pay as you go class fees £5 per hour
Contact: Bill Wells Tel. 01683 221633
Venue: St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Church Place, Moffat
Day: 1st Thursday of each month, October to December and February to April
Installation: 2nd Saturday in January at 2.30pm
NB. Due to the refurbishment of St. Andrew’s Church, we will be holding our March and April meetings in The Masonic Hall, Main Street, Lockerbie.
The MAD Red Squirrel Group has been established under the auspices of Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels (SSRS). The Moffat and District Red Squirrel Group (MADRSG), covers an area around Moffat starting at the Devil’s Beef Tub, extending to Carrifran and circling around Craigieburn, Johnstonebridge and well into the woodland to the West of the M74. The volunteers of MADRSG carry out surveys of the squirrel population, both red and grey. We provide information to interested parties how to look after reds they have seen, and trap and humanely dispose of greys in order to protect our native red squirrels. We are obviously very dependent on members of the general public to inform us of any sightings of squirrels and would encourage your help and would welcome new volunteers.
Contact: Andy Stott
Facebook: Moffat And District Red Squirrel Group
Moffat and District Wildlife Club began life in 1961 as the Moffat Birdwatcher’s Club, adopting the broader wildlife name in 1975. We run a series of monthly illustrated talks during the winter months (although these have been curtailed during the pandemic) on a variety of wildlife topics, to which all are welcome.
Membership is just £12 per year, or £20 for two adults at the same address, and free for those aged under 16 – it is open to all, not just local residents. The club is responsible for looking after the nature reserve at Dyke Farm. The reserve features a wetland area, two smaller ponds, two hides, a network of paths, woodland area, orchard and newly planted hedges along part of our boundary. It is home to a growing number of bird species, as well as mammals, plants, insects and amphibians and occasional visits from rarer birds and wildfowl.
Volunteers are always welcome to help us with our work at the reserve – we meet on a Wednesday and a Saturday morning, between 10.00 and 1.00. No particular skills required!
Contacts: Iain Anderson (Chair) through the newsagent
Website: www. Moffatwildlife.co.uk
The group is made up of around 30 volunteers who plant up and maintain over 40 containers and flower beds in the town. Regular activities include the above plus litter picking sessions between March and November. New members welcome.
Moffat Community Woodlands (MCW) is a registered Scottish charity (SCIO) which exists to take on ownership and management of woodlands in the DG10 area. Membership is free, and people of all ages are welcome. Our volunteers help with tree planting and maintenance, and a range of other site management tasks. No particular skill is required, just enthusiasm! We manage Gallow Hill, which we purchased in December 2016, for the benefit of the local community and visitors to Moffat. We are replanting this former commercial conifer plantation as mixed broadleaf woodland, and expect to complete restocking during 2022. Our other plans for the site are based on the community consultation carried out prior to purchase and throughout 2017. Since 2018, for example, we have added natural play facilities, three picnic benches, a woodland shelter/forest classroom and some benches to rest on whilst walking up through the beechwood.
Chair: Miles Hargreaves
Moffat Crime Writers is a gathering of writers who are all published or aiming to be published. This is a discussion group about the business of crime writing: sharing information on agents, publishers, marketing, opportunities, techniques and ideas in a supportive and friendly setting. Please contact by email for more information.
Contact: Linda Wright
Mob: 07825 128362
Entry: By application/invitation only
Chamber concerts, mainly classical music. The season runs from August 2023 to March 2024.
Contact: Katharine Suslak
Tel: 01683 220079
Venue: Old Well Theatre, Moffat
Time: Evening concerts: 7.30pm, Sunday concerts: 2.30pm
Ticket price: Current ticket price is £12.
Membership: Current membership is £50. New members very welcome.
Tickets: Available at the door on the night or in advance by email.
All school children may attend FREE of charge.
We play Petanque! We play for fun, and we play competitions too. Whatever your ability, whatever your interest in the sport, if you have aspirations to play for your country, or want to meet people and make friends, come join us and jouer les boules! The piste is located in Hope Johnstone Park, so drop us a line if you fancy coming along.
Day: Monday evening, Tuesday evening, Saturday and Sunday mornings during the season.
Moffat Promotions Group exists to stimulate tourism, economic growth, and commercial activity in Moffat. The group puts on events through the year to bring visitors to our vibrant, friendly town.
We work with a number of partners, and are always interested in people who’d like to join us, as committee members, volunteers, business sponsors. So if you’d like to help make Moffat a ‘happening’ town, or get your business noticed, please get in touch with us.
Moffat Promotions Group is delighted to be supported by 17 Reasons, Well Street.
Moffat Writers welcomes writers of all levels, from absolute beginner to published writers. With a focus on creative fiction, all participants are encouraged to share and discuss their work, talk about ideas, opportunities and aims in a supportive and friendly setting. Visitors are always welcome.
Contact: Linda Wright
Mob: 07825 128362
Facebook: Groups – Moffat Writers
Moffat Mountain Rescue Team has been coming to the aid of walkers, climbers and members of the local community, from toddlers to the elderly since 1969. The team primarily covers the eastern area Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland, a large rural area which offers a wide variety of recreational fun and attracts outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and level of ability.
Now in his 52nd year as the Moffat Potter, Gerry Lyons, now 82, produces a range of hand-thrown stoneware studio pottery which is displayed in the shop at the top of Moffat High Street. Also known as the Singing Potter, Gerry has made eight gospel albums which are displayed alongside the pottery. He will play the piano and sing for customers and give throwing demonstrations in his workshop if requested.
Contact: Linda Lyons
Tel: 07864 788686
Address: 20 High Street, Moffat, DG1O 9HL
The Aim of the Club is to provide a regular meeting point for retired and semi-retired professional and business persons who would appreciate the value, in their retirement, of increased social contacts, and of opportunities to meet others in similar circumstances.
The regular meetings shall take place at the Proudfoot Sports and Social Club on 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 10.30am. We invite distinguished speakers from all scopes of life and specialities to share with us their life experiences, technologies and breakthroughs in technology, medicines, farming, health and current affairs.
Other events also include a Christmas Lunch, Coffee Morning, Club Outings and participation in an annual Regional Probus Clubs Gathering.
Current membership is 30 persons and we very much encourage other persons who reside in Moffat & District to join us.
Secretary: Chris Howard
Tel: 01683 220319
President: George Meades
Tel: 01683 221501
RAW aims to restore the River Annan Catchment to it’s natural state. There are opportunities to volunteer with citizen science, tree planting, river fly monitoring and stewardship of the river ecosystem.
Space to Grow, Moffat has space inside and out at our Annanside site that we are
managing for community and environmental benefit. We have ‘growing spaces’ to let
(raised beds, allotments and poly tunnel plots) and are improving this provision over
the next couple of years. We are also expanding our community fruit production.
We are developing plans for a refurbishment of the indoor spaces to provide modern
facilities for community use, for artisan craft makers, for remote office working and
for small local businesses. This should ensure the financial sustainability of the site
and enable us to make financial contributions to other environmental projects and
activities in the Moffat area.
We are always happy to welcome new volunteers to help with practical tasks or as
Contact: Trustees via 07824 692010
Location: Old Church Depot, Annanside
Social meeting point for parents, grandparents and carers with children from birth to under 5 years. Coffee and biscuits served.
Please check the noticeboard, find us on Facebook or contact us using the details below:
Contact: Alison Kirkwood
Tel: 01683 478149
Day: During term time Fridays 10 – 11.30am
Venue: St. Andrew’s Church Hall
Visit Moffat is a constituted voluntary group, originally known as the Moffat Initiative. Our purpose is to encourage more people to visit Moffat as the town’s economy, and 36% of our employment, is dependent on visitors. We run the VM website at www.visitmoffat.co.uk and the VM Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/visitmoffat which, at its peak in the summer of 2022, was reaching more than 120,000 people a month. Our only regular income comes from ads on the website.
We work with several local groups and promote, and in some cases initiate, new events, such as the Moffat Golden Eagle Festival. We will be campaigning again for Moffat to become a Business Improvement District: this was recommended in the Moffat Action Plan of 2016, and its aim would be for the businesses to work together on an agreed plan, funded by a small increase in business rates. We believe that Moffat can, once again, be the jewel in the crown of southern Scotland. We are fortunate to be a conservation town, conveniently situated midway between Carlisle, Edinburgh and Glasgow, are less than a mile from the A74(M), with motor fuel at non-motorway prices, 300sq kms of hills, more accommodation per head of population than Edinburgh, loads of shops, restaurants and cafes, and plenty of top-class sites for campers and caravanners.
We are always looking for volunteers, particularly on the VM Facebook page where we like to feature pictures and videos of this beautiful place, its hills, its wildlife, the many events and goings-on, and our unique heritage, which stretches back to the time of William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, our years as a major spa town, the birth of the railway – and Lord Dowding, born in Moffat and known as The Architect of Deliverance for his leadership during the Battle of Britain.