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New trust for Shambellie House

A new trust has been set up in Dumfries and Galloway in a bid to secure the long term future of one of the region's museums.

Shambellie House in New Abbey, was formally a national museum of costume, but was closed in 2013 due to high running costs and funding cuts.

Now, the trust is hoping to recruit members and begin fundraising for the house. Lori Carnochan reports:

Decision day for Dumfriesshire costume museum

A board meeting is taking place to decide the fate of a costume museum in Dumfries and Galloway.

National Museums Scotland says high running costs and reduced funding means Shambellie House in New Abbey may have to close.

A decision on its fate was expected in November, but museum bosses agreed to delay for three months to allow for further public consultation.

There has been cross party concern from MSPs in the area about the impact closing the tourist attraction would have on the area.


Beeswing farm wins 'Dairy farm of the Year'

The firm of Andrew Harvey of Drum Farm, in Beeswing near Dumfries, has been awarded 'Scottish Dairy Farm of the Year' at the annual AgriScot awards.

Margaret and her two sons, John and Stuart, work in different areas of the company to ensure the highest quality of milk is produced from their 274 Holstein cows.

Calves are given the VIP treatment from birth, with their weight and size monitored to ensure they are ready to calve at just over two years of age.

J and A Nelson of Redcroft farm in Castle Douglas were one of the top four finalists.

"‘I was really impressed with all of the top four farms who were all highly efficient with fantastic animal welfare and it was a very tight call to make but the Drum farm team have superb management ability, great animal welfare, have reinvested in carefully thought out expansion and are producing the results to satisfy market demand."

– Heather Wildman, Senior Extension Officer for DairyCo