About Dalbeattie Community Initiative

Dalbeattie Community Initiative was formed in September 1997 in response to a number of local business closures and the subsequent negative impact on the local economy and the community.

The Initiative’s aims and objectives are:

To act as a catalyst within the community, to respond to local needs and effectively reflect local priorities in order to promote and encourage the economic, social and physical regeneration of Dalbeattie and the surrounding area.


Community Admin Services
Preloved Charity Shop
Visitor Information Point
Preloved Awards
Walking Festival
Hardrock Challenge
What's On Guide
Community PR with Dalbeattie High School
Kippford Pontoon and Slipway
Musical Minds
Solway Forest and Red Squirrels Project
Rocks and Wheels
Field of Hope
Christmas lights
Dalbeattie E-bike project


Normally, all meetings (apart from the AGM) are held in Dalbeattie Fire Station meeting room, on Tuesday evening from 7pm until 9pm.

However, during the current COVID-19 restrictions, meetings are held on line. If you wish to attend a meeting during this time, please contact Michelle using the contact details on this page to request a link to the meeting.

The meetings for 2021 will be on the following dates:

26th January
23rd February
30th March
27th April
25th May
29th June – Annual General Meeting
27th July
31st August
28th September
26th October
30th November

Meetings are not held during December.


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Dalbeattie Community Initiative office is open
Tuesdays, Wednesday and Fridays from 10am -1pm 

16 High Street
DG5 4AA 

Telephone:  01556 612752 

Email: info71.dci@gmail.com


  • Ian Wilbur - Chairperson/Director    
  • Betty Howard -  Vice Chairperson/Director
  • Susan Johnstone - Treasurer
  • Sian Tandy - Secretary
  • Jean Ennis - Director
  • Douglas Henderson  - Director
  • Mike Hollis - Director
  • Phil Howard - Director
  • Eric McCowan - Director
  • Ian McMickan - Director
  • John Winter - Director


The Initiative (DCI) currently employs the following people:

The Business Manager, Michelle McRobert, operates from our office at 71 High Street. She maintains the company's administration, and the development and management of our  projects and services. In doing so, she collaborates closely with DCI Directors, staff and volunteers as they take forward their work.

Visitor Information Point Co-ordinator, Jenni Kingan, based at 24 High Street. Jenni coordinates the Visitor Information point dealing with such matters as stock selection, presentation, and pricing policy, and supervises the group of volunteers who provide the essential staff which make the VIP work.

Project Development Officer, David McMillan, working on Rocks and Wheels. David is working with the volunteer community team to develop their ideas into a viable business model for the site property and ground space of the old Dalbeattie Primary School.

E-bike coordinator, Tom Marshall joined the team in January 2020. He will be developing the Dalbeattie E-bike project.

Dalbeattie Food Bank Coordinator Donna McKnight joined our team in November 2020. The Initiative have partnered with Castle Douglas Development Forum on their Stepping Stones project, and as a result the Initiative have created a part time employed position. Donna is the main contact for the food bank, and is working with a team of volunteers to open the foodbank 5 days a week for those in need. Contact Donna at donnamck.dci@gmail.com


The Initiative recognises and highly appreciates the commitment from all individuals who give up their time and expertise to assist with many of the projects. Without the dedication of volunteers we couldn’t fulfil any of our project aims. This level of commitment is recognised and highly praised by all Directors, members and staff of the organisation.

Individuals volunteer for a variety of different reasons, some like being part of a team, others like to meet new people and many feel a connection to a particular project. Whatever the reason for volunteering new faces are always welcomed and anyone wishing to offer their services can do so by contacting Michelle.


Page updated April 2021