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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

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10/02/15 - Crichton Conversations Read More

****** CHANGE TO CRICHTON CONVERSATION SPEAKER ******

Please note that it has become necessary to make a change from the published speaker for the next of the 2014/2015 Crichton Conversation Series on Tuesday 10th March. Professor Ted Cowan will talk about the Enlightenment in Dumfries and Galloway from 1680 to 1832.

Further details will follow as soon as they become available. We are hopeful that Sir Craig Reedie will instead return for the 2015/2016 series.


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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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