About Dalbeattie Community Initiative

The 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 remain the same:
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
Dalbeattie Primary School site redevelopment
Community Outdoor space maintenance
Support for Dalbeattie Playgroup
Dalbeattie Family Hub
Field of Hope
Christmas lights


  • Ian Wilbur - Chairperson/Director    
  • Betty Howard -  Vice Chairperson/Director
  • Susan Johnstone - Treasurer
  • Sian Tandy - Secretary
  • Mike Hollis - Director
  • John Winter - Director
  • Eric McCowan - Director
  • Helen Bell - Director (co-opted)
  • Ian McMickan - Director (co-opted)
  • Phil Howard - Director


The Initiative (DCI) currently employs three members of staff: 

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 redevolpment project for the old Primary School site.  David is working with the volunteer community team to develop their ideas into a viable business model for the site property and ground space.


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.


All meetings (apart from the AGM) are held in Dalbeattie Fire Station meeting room, on Tuesday evening from 7pm until 9pm on the following dates:

29th January
26th February
26th March
23rd April
28th May: Annual General Meeting
25th June
30th July
27th August
24th September
29th October
26th November

Meetings are not held during December.


Dalbeattie Community Initiative office is open

 Tuesdays, Wednesday and Fridays from 10am -1pm 

71 High Street 


DG5 4HA 

Telephone:  01556 612518 

Email: info71.dci@gmail.com