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The Foundation organises major Fundraising events such as the annual Gala evening and the Women of Dumfries & Galloway Lunch which are coordinated through Event committees and run by enthusiastic volunteers. It also runs an annual programme of Crichton Conversations which attract inspiring speakers on topical issues and raise awareness of the Crichton to the local community.

 

 

If you would like a copy of the Crichton Conversation programme please contact the Foundation by completing the form on the 'Contact Us' page of this web site or by downloading from the link below.

 

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An Evening With Ann WiddecombeSpeaker at the Women of Dumfries and Galloway Lunch

News

09/10/14 - Dame Barbara Kelly Fellowship Read More

The Crichton Foundation is delighted to announce that Professor David Clark has been awarded the inaugural Dame Barbara Kelly Fellowship. This prestiguous award has been established in honour of Barbara's contributions at the Crichton. We are delighted at the interest shown in this new award and the high number of applications received. Thirteen applications, covering a wide range of topics, were received from the University of Glasgow, University of the West of Scotland and Scotland's Rural College. The selection panel invited four applicants to interview after which Professor Clark was selected as the recipient. A doctoral research student will be appointed to to investigate "Delivering supportive, palliative and end of life care to rural communities: the case of Dumfries and Galloway."
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01/07/14 - Elizabeth Crichton Founder's Day Lunch and Henry Duncan Lecture Read More

Around 100 guests attended the Elizabeth Crichton Founder's Day Lunch and Henry Duncan Lecture in June.
Founder’s Day this year was particularly significant as the Foundation announced the inception of the Dame Barbara Kelly Fellowship. This three-year post-graduate doctoral research scholarship has been created to acknowledge and celebrate the huge contribution that Barbara has made to the Campus and the work the Foundation does. 
This important new award means we will have further fundraising challenges to face. 
For the Henry Duncan Lecture Sir Kenneth Calman delivered a most interesting talk on happiness and left guests to ponder upon what makes them happy and whether they spend enough time on it. 
The Elizabeth Crichton Founder’s Day Lunch and Henry Duncan Lecture is predominantly a profile raising event as well as the Foundation’s way of thanking those who support us. We are delighted to say that in 2014 the event raised over £2000 in donations and £900 from a raffle on the day. This most generous support is certainly something that makes us happy and we are able, in turn, to share this happiness with students and academic partners on the Crichton Campus.
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01/07/14 - Gala Evening Read More

Once again the Foundation entertained guests at the glamorous Gala Evening event held on Friday 8th November 2013. Over 200 guests enjoyed fizz, fine food and fabulous music with a sophisticated black and white theme. Fraser Clark, a local pianist, played a selection of jazz pieces throughout dinner, this set the mood for the entertainment to follow. After a candle lit three course meal guests were entertained by the talents of the Seonaid Aitken Swingtet and Quattro MacJazz. Local boy, Roy Percy, played alongside Seonaid, Tom Watson and Tam Gallagher in the first set and returned to the stage with Alistair McDonald, Forrie Cairns and Lennie Hard after the interval. A raffle and auction added to the evening’s entertainment with prizes including fine dining experiences, artworks and a villa in Portugal to be won. The event was organised by the Committee of enthusiastic volunteers led by Stevie Norris. The evening was held at the Easterbrook Hall and proved to be a great success generating a fundraising profit of approximately £12,000. The Foundation is grateful to the many donors who supported the auction and raffle and who took advertising in the programme. Our thanks also go to Tommy Jardine who kindly acted as our Auctioneer.
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01/07/14 - The12th Women of Dumfries and Galloway Lunch Read More

Chairman Vicky Jardine-Paterson welcomed a capacity audience of 360 guests to the Women of Dumfries and Galloway Lunch on Friday 7th March 2013. This event is proving to be increasingly popular and tickets were sold out within a week of going on sale. For the first time at the Women’s lunch there was a man in our midst as the new Foundation Convenor, Andrew Walls, joined the guests. After a glass of fizz and a two course lunch the speaker was welcomed to the stage. The Countess of Carnarvon gave a fascinating account of the rich history of Highclere Castle. Her photographs and stories about Highclere and its occupants made up for the fact that the second speaker, the actress Diana Quick, was unfortunately unable to join us on the day. 
Bonham’s once again provided generous support as the main sponsor. The Foundation offers them its grateful thanks for their support. The many businesses that took advertising within the event programme and donations from businesses and individuals helped to ensure the success of the event which raised approximately £13,000.
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Events

09/12/14 Sir John Elvidge Read More

Date: Tuesday 09 December 2014
Time: 7:30PM
Speaker: Sir John Elvidge
Title: Family and Community Foundations for an Enabling State
Venue: The Crichton Foundation is delighted to welcome the return of Sir John Elvidge to the Crichton Conversations to talk on the work he has undertaken as a Fellow of the Carnegie UK Trust.   Led by Sir John, the Carnegie Trust in its recent report, The Enabling State: From Rhetoric to Reality is arguing that as economic, demographic and environmental challenges mount, governments are under increasing pressure to deliver high quality services with shrinking resources. It is more pressing than ever for governments to forge new relationships with individuals and communities. The Report argues that current models of public services fail to tap into the abilities that individuals and communities have to improve their lives and the lives of those around them. Sir John was Permanent Secretary of the Scottish Government from 2003 to 2010 having been Head of two post-devolution Departments, Education and Finance and Corporate Services. A graduate of St Catherine’s College Oxford, he joined the Civil service in 1973 and worked in the Cabinet Office and the Scottish Office Currently he works with several Governments in Europe advising them on the operation of government. His report Northern Exposure: lessons from the first twelve years of devolved government in Scotland was published by the Institute for Government. He is presently Chairman of Edinburgh Airport.
Tickets: £5 (£16 with supper included)
To book: Tel: 01387 702047
Email: mail@crichtonfoundation.com

13/01/15 Professor Sir Drummond Bone KBE FRSA MA Read More

Date: Tuesday 13 January 2015
Time: 12:30PM
Speaker: Professor Sir Drummond Bone KBE FRSA MA
Title: What do we mean by the term university?
Venue: Sir Drummond, a specialist in the works of romantic poet Lord Byron, has had a most distinguished academic career.  An Ayrshire man, he graduated from Glasgow University and won a Snell Exhibition to study at Balliol College. On leaving Oxford in 1972 he lectured at Warwick, then returned to Glasgow in 1980 becoming Dean of the Faculty of Arts and in 1995 became Vice Principal. He was then successively Principal at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London and Vice Chancellor of the University of Liverpool. In 2008 he was commissioned by the then UK Government to report on the Internationalization of Universities both in the UK and overseas. He was appointed Master of Balliol in 2011 The Crichton Foundation is keen that the Crichton forges strong links between the Campus and Balliol College, in order to celebrate the immense contribution made by the Lady Devorgilla of Galloway both within the region and abroad. She established a permanent endowment for Balliol College in 1282 in memory of her husband and was buried in Sweetheart Abbey beside her husband.  It is therefore with great pleasure that we welcome Sir Drummond who will explore with us the role and purpose of universities.
Tickets: £5 (£16 with lunch included)
To book: Tel: 01387 702047
Email: mail@crichtonfoundation.com

03/02/15 Kate Mavor Read More

Date: Tuesday 03 February 2015
Time: 7:30PM
Speaker: Kate Mavor
Title: Roots, Heritage and Identity: a human need in a crazy and turbulent world
Venue: Our speaker this evening is Kate Mavor, the Chief Executive of the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) based in Edinburgh. The NTS is Scotland’s biggest membership organization set up in 1931 for the preservation of natural and human heritage that is significant to Scotland and the world. Subject to occasional controversy, the Trust has a never ending struggle to fund conservation work. Responsible for buildings, coastlines, islands, 190,000 acres of countryside, 35 major gardens, battlefields and 10,000 archaeological sites and much more besides, Kate has a challenging role to play in managing such a vast portfolio. She studied at Oxford University and the London Business School and has worked in a number of management roles in book publishing and language school businesses. She set up her own market research company in the 1990s to promote links with the newly emerging Polish market. On her return to Scotland in 2005 she became Chief Executive of Project Scotland the pioneering youth volunteering programme. She was appointed NTS Chief Executive in 2009. Originally from Glasgow she now lives in Edinburgh with her husband and two sons.
Tickets: £5 (£16 with supper included)
To book: Tel: 01387 702047
Email: mail@crichtonfoundation.com

10/03/15 Sir Craig Reedie Read More

Date: Tuesday 10 March 2015
Time: 12:30PM
Speaker: Sir Craig Reedie
Title: Protecting the Clean Athlete
Venue: The Crichton Foundation is delighted to welcome Sir Craig Reedie a noted British sports administrator, well known as a former Chairman of the British Olympic Association and who is presently Vice President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).Given his background and experience there can be no one better to examine the most topical and challenging issue of the management and control of health and drug issues amongst the world’s athletes. In his early sporting life, Craig gained success playing badminton culminating in becoming a doubles champion. At the time, badminton was not recognized as an Olympic sport, a situation his influence was to remedy in 1985, leading to the first medals being awarded at the 1992 Summer Olympics.  In that same year he became the Chairman of the British Olympic Association and led the organization through the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Sydney and Athens and the Winter Games of Lillehammer, Nagano and Salt Lake City. He was a leading member of the London 2012 Bid team which won the right to host the event in the UK. He has served on many different IOC Commissions including Evaluation, Marketing and Ethics. He is also President of the World Anti-Doping Agency. Educated at Stirling High School he graduated in Law at Glasgow University and was for many years senior partner in the Glasgow firm of Financial Advisers D.L.Bloomer and Partners.
Tickets: £5 (£16 with lunch included)
To book: Tel: 01387 702047
Email: mail@crichtonfoundation.com