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 screens 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
Burn Street Box
Dalbeattie Food Bank


Meetings (apart from the AGM) will be held at the Birchvale Theatre, Maxwell Street on Tuesday evenings from 7pm until 9pm.

If you wish to attend a meeting, please contact Michelle.

The meetings for 2022 will be on the following dates:

25th January
22nd February
29th March
26th April
31st May
28th June – Annual General Meeting
26th July
30th August
27th September
25th October
29th 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
  • John Winter - Director
  • Neill Robson - Director


The Initiative (DCI) currently employs the following people:

Michelle McRobert
Business Manager

 Michelle operates from our office at 16 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.

Jenni Kingan
Initiative Shop and Visitor Information Point Co-ordinator

Based at our shop at 16 High Street, Jenni coordinates the Initiative Shop, 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 Initiative Shop work for the community.

Maria Rawlings
Project Development Officer, working on Rocks and Wheels.

Maria 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.

Tom Marshall
E-bike coordinator

Tom joined the team in January 2020. He coordinates the Dalbeattie E-bike project, offering confidence building and led rides on our fleet of e-bikes. He is supported by a team of local volunteers.

Donna McKnight
Dalbeattie Food Bank

Donna  joined our team in November 2020. The Initiative has partnered with Castle Douglas Development Forum on their Stepping Stones project, and as a result has 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 on five evenings a week (from 6pm to 7pm, at 71 High Street) 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 February 2022