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The Galloway Members' Group has a programme of outings, talks and other events throughout the year. The programme for February to June 2017 is given below.

All talks take place at Threave Visitors Centre, Castle Douglas at 2pm. Tickets £3 for members, £5 for non-members; includes tea/coffee/biscuits.

( * ) indicates advance booking is necessary for these events.

Programme February to June 2017

Monday 13 February 2017
"John Maitland, Duke of Lauderdale" a talk by The Rev Canon David Bayne.
This sometimes overlooked but fascinating figure was at the centre of much of the political and religious mayhem of the 17th Century. He was Charles II's "fixer" in Scotland and the "L" of the Cabal. He was also associated with some of Scotland's great houses - Thirlstane and Lennoxlove, for example - and the NTS has at least one portrait of him.
David is well known locally as long-time Rector of St Ninianís Scottish Episcopal Church in Castle Douglas. He is an experienced speaker and has an enviable knowledge of Scottish history.
Monday 13 March 2017
"The Landscapes and Plants of Patagonia" a talk by Julian and Theodora Stanning.
Theodora and Julian Stanning both studied horticulture and subsequently pursued careers in landscape design and tropical agriculture respectively. They have lived and worked in diverse locations in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, but only recently had the opportunity to explore South America. This talk starts with a journey down the Carretera Austral, which ends in the southern icefields, in Chile, and continues with a further exploration of the diverse landscapes of Patagonia
Wednesday 31 May 2017 at 7.30pm (*)
Evening Talk & Walk "Threave Bats" by Karl Munday (NTS Senior Ranger, Dumfries & Galloway) at Lochbank House, Castle Douglas (hosted, with buffet supper, by Lesley and Richard Andrews).
Wednesday 7th June 2017 at 3.00pm (*)
Visit to the Gardens at Stockarton (hosted, with tea, by Carola and Richard Cliff).

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