Moniaive has a thriving social scene and a lot of that is down to the several community groups. Please see individual group pages for further details and check out the diary pages for up coming events.
Here you’ll find information about some of them with more being added when we can persuade the organisers to take some time away from getting on with their activities to writing about them!
Moniaive Flower show is truly ancient and it’s also great fun whether you want to join and get involved with the organising or just turn up on the day and enjoy the exhibits and the atmosphere.
Glencairn and St Ninian’s Church is at the centre of the community’s spiritual life but it’s much more than just a religious group. The church is an occasional venue for soup, sandwiches and lunches, sales of work, concerts and theatrical events. It’s also where Moniave people get christened, married and ultimately their funeral service.
Glencairn Memorial Institute serves the parish by providing a community hall, committee venue, snooker room and pool room. These are used by many groups and can be hired for meetings and events.
Moniaive and District Arts Association are responsible for everything from talks to musical recitals and an annual exhibition of paintings.
Moniaive Gala is a fun day out for all the family and not just from Moniaive. People turn up from the surrounding area, Dumfries and often from further afield. The evening dance is a Moniaive institution. The organising committee work very hard and are always on the lookout for new members.
Moniaive in Flower We are very successful in the various ‘… in Bloom’ competitions and this is down to a small but dedicated and hardworking team of people who make sure that Moniaive looks its best for the judges.In 2009 Moniaive won Silver Gilt in the Scotland in Bloom competition and came first, again, in Nithsdale in Bloom and won the Lansdale Trophy for community involvement.
Cairn Chorus is our community choir and has encouraged a lot of people with no musical background to get involved in signing with a group.
Cairnhead Forest Trust not only looks after our interests in the Community forest but are very active in getting local schoolchildren involved in a whole stack of entertaining and educational projects including planting broadleaf trees, stocking a new built lochan with fish and learning about den building. They’ve created a great picnic site by the lochan and run an annual barbecue but by far the greatest thing they have done is Striding Arches. You can read all about that elsewhere on the site but suffice to say that this is a World Class work of art and its here, in Moniaive and designed by a local who just happens to be one of the greatest artists of his generation.
Over the years the young girls of Moniaive have benefited from the presence of the Brownies and Guides having fun, making friends and learning new skills.
The Bells of St Ninian’s are a group of handbell ringers who practice hard and perform at many of the village functions and events.
Other groups include Craigdarroch Fishing Club, Golf Club, Bowling Club, Kilnhouse Carpet Bowling, Moniaive History Group, Toy Library, Playcare, Horse Show Society, SWRI, Dramatic club, Community Trust, Moniaive Action project, Memorial Institute,Walking group, Darts, Book Club, Yoga, Evergreen Club, Rock Solid, Toy Library, JaM (Jesus and Me) and Skitter Lane Youth Club.