Welcome to the website of Colvend and Southwick Community Council

This is the website of the Colvend and Southwick Community Council.  On this page you will  find upcoming events within the community area   If you wish an event included on this page just send the details to enquiry@colvendcommunity.co.uk.

We try and feature items relevant to the local area. Any feedback on the site is welcome.  Email enquiry@colvendcommunity.co.uk




There has been a splendid interest in hosting Ukrainian refugees locally.  The Community Council is involve in providing information for those wishing to help.  Go to the Ukraine tab for a summary of the information distributed.



If you are concerned about potholes you encounter on local roads it is very easy to report them. Just ring Dumfries & Galloway Council on       030 33 33 3000.  You simply need to provide the location of the pothole. If you prefer you can go to the specific council website page where you can enter the details.  The Council will email you with the progress.




The Community Council operates three WhatsApp groups

  • Colvend Connect for residents in the area from Colvend to Southwick

  • Rockcliffe Connect for residents of Rockcliffe

  • Portling Contact for Portling and Port o' Warren

If you wish to join these groups, require assistance or want to volunteer please email colvendconnect@gmail.com


Our communities

Where the road from Kippford joins the A710 lies the hamlet of Barnbarroch. Barnbarroch just consists of a few houses but here you will find...
Southwick is the name of the parish and where the B793 from Dalbeattie meets the A710 is the hamlet of Caulkerbush thus the road sign states "...
Colvend is the centre of the Community area. It has a Church, a shop, a cafe, a school and a Public Hall and a tourist information centre. Colvend...
Kippford is attractively positioned on the eastern bank of the River Urr, near where it runs into the Solway Firth, and has extensive views across...
Mainsriddle is five and a half miles east of Colvend on the main road to Dumfries. It is little more than an attractive row of houses but once had...
The hamlet of Portling overlooks the Solway and incorporates a stony beach at Port O' Warren. The local coastguard base is in Portling. If you are...
The village is at the head of a sheltered bay on the shores of The Solway Firth. The village has an attractive sandy beach, interspersed by rocky...
Sandyhills has a large sandy beach which gently slopes so the water is always shallow.  It is a great favourite with families.  ...

Local Events

Wednesday, 1 June, 2022 - 18:30 to 20:30

Even if you have never played badminton before you are welcome to come along and give it a go with a good friendly crowd.

Sessions are only £2.00 for adults and £1.00 for school children.

There is room for more members including beginners

Just ring Andrea on 0771 375 1987 or simply come along.

Thursday, 2 June, 2022 - 10:30 to Sunday, 5 June, 2022 - 17:30

Philippa will being displaying finished framed work and unfinished paintings as well as prints and cards and wrapping paper.  She will demonstrate the process of producing a work of art ready for framing and  will explain how artists from the past influence the present. There will be a chance to have a go at simple printing too as well as trying her cakes


10% discount for Friends

Further information on Philippa's works here.

Saturday, 4 June, 2022 - 14:00

A grand day out for all the family.

Reserve the date.

More details to follow

Sunday, 5 June, 2022 - 11:30

A celebration of the Queen's Jubilee.

A joint service for Colvend and Southwick.

The service will be led by the Rev John A H Murdoch

All are welcome

There is more information about Colvend Church on the church website

Friday, 10 June, 2022 - 17:00 to 20:00

Special visit of the Pizza Wagon to coincide with the Frontier 300 cycling challenge.  The cyclists will be registering in the Hall and the Pizza Wagon will be in attendance but the Pizza Wagon is available for all with their usual  freshly wood-fired delicious pizzas. Check out the Pizza Wagon's Facebook page for the latest information.

Currently pre-orders are required by the Wednesday before.  Please contact for details

For more information telephone 07704 479902 or email:  thepizzawagon@hotmail.com

(The Frontier 300 Challenge starts leaving Rockcliffe at 4.30am on Saturday 11th to head to the North East coast of England.  You can find out more about the actual Challenge here)


Sunday, 12 June, 2022 - 10:00

The service will be led by Rev John A H Murdoch

All are welcome

There is some more information on Southwick Church on its website 

Sunday, 12 June, 2022 - 11:30

The service will be led by the Rev John A H Murdoch

All are welcome

There is more information about Colvend Church on the church website

Sunday, 19 June, 2022 - 10:00 to 16:00

Led by Kate Bentley SWA

Suitable for level and any media.

Do you have a drawer full of photographs you would love to paint?

Kate believes that by using photographs and sketchbooks selectively one can blossom as a budding artist and given time produce more for the wall and less for the bin!

This 2-day workshop is designed for those who need guidance to get them going on their own paintings and require encouragement and advice on decision making and ultimately guidance of producing ‘a painting’ rather than a copy of a photo!

Kate will initially discuss composition, colour, planning and research. You will be encouraged to use your own choice of media. Demonstrations and advice are also key elements in this workshop and will be offered throughout the weekend.

£185.00  includes  refreshments. Bring a packed lunch. Materials can be hired ..please enquire.

For queries, to book and for details of other courses click here

Saturday, 10 September, 2022 - 10:00 to Sunday, 11 September, 2022 - 16:00

A painting course led by Kate Bentley SWA 

Love Mountains?  - this is for you!

This 2-day workshop is designed for those who have some basic knowledge of acrylic painting but have a thirst to know more!

Kate will initially discuss important landscape elements such as composition, recession in the landscape and colour. ‘Follow me’  type exercises and experimentation to follow.  Demonstrations and advice are also key elements in this workshop and will be offered throughout the weekend.

 Kate will demonstrate how to build up a painting to create depth, texture and atmosphere and  a more professional finish through the use of glazes . Also plenty of tips and tricks on the way!

£185.  including  refreshments. Bring a packed  lunch.  Materials can be hired...please enquire.

For queries, to book and for details of other courses click here