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Joanna Lumley Launches £100,000 Peter Pan Windows Campaign

Actor’s Wigtown Book Festival appearance will support Peter Pan Moat
Brae Trust Windows Appeal to create a new children’s literature centre
A £100,000 appeal for vital restoration work at the house and garden which
inspired J M Barrie’s Peter Pan will be launched by Joanna Lumley at the
Wigtown Book Festival.

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September 2013

Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust in the News

January 2012

Dumfries Peter Pan house project secures £1 land deal

23 January - BBC Scotland reported the news that Dumfries and Galloway Council had approved the transfer to the PPMBT of an area of land between Dumfries Academy and Moat Brae house for £1.  The deal will restore to Moat Brae a former area of its garden in which JM Barrie played as a child and later claimed was the inspiration for his story 'Peter Pan'.

December 2012

T Graham and Son Appointed Contractors for Moat Brae Restoration Work

The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust has appointed building contractors T Graham and Son
of Langholm to begin work on the restoration of Moat Brae House, Dumfries.  Announcing the appointment, the Trust said that it expected work to start on 21st January and to
last approximately 9 months.  See attached press release for more information. 

October 2012 

Doors Open Days

The Trust's involvement in the Doors Open Days event was highlighted in a special feature in 'Dumfries and Galloway Standard' on 5 October 2012.

Heritage Lottery Fund Boost

The Trust secured a development phase grant from the HLF in early October, hot on the heels of the Creative Scotland grant, and this was reported by a number of the media including 'Dumfries & Galloway Standard', 'Dumfries Courier', BBC Radio Scotland, Border ITV and 'The Scotsman'.   

September 2012

Creative Scotland Grant

The news that the Trust had been awarded a grant by Creative Scotland to support the development phase of the Moat Brae project was greeted in the pages of the 'Dumfries Courier' on 28th September.

'Neverland Plans in Sight'

The proposal by Dumfries & Galloway Council to transfer ownership of land immediately adjacent to Moat Brae garden to the Trust for a nominal sum of £1 was the subject of an article in 'Dumfries & Galloway Standard' on 26th September.  The deal, which would restore an area that was formerly part of Moat Brae, has been agreed by the council's Education Committee but requires ratification by the full Council.

 

'Peter Pan Fires Enterprise'

The 'Dumfries & Galloway Standard' of 26th September carried a 2-page, full colour article on the UWS Enterprise Challenge 2012, held at Browne House, Dumfries Campus, and involving pupils from ten schools in the region.  The Challenge, held annually to give senior school pupils the chance to be coached in and then test out their business skills, this year asked the teams involved to come up with ideas for the future marketing of a centre for children's literature.

 

August 2012

'A Special Gift'

The September issue of 'D&G Life' (published 15th August) contained a special feature about children's author Beverley Mathias, formerly of Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway, who bequeathed a collection of children's books and toys to the Trust before she died earlier this year. The Trust intends to make the collection part of a children's library within Moat Brae, once it is developed.

July 2012

'Country Life Olympics'

The 11 July issue of 'Country Life' featured 'The Country Life Olympics' which awarded medals for "creativity, conservation and campaigning."  The magazine awarded the Moat Brae project a bronze medal within the 'Heritage / Arts Campaign' category in recognition of the energetic local campaign to save the house and garden.  The project was nominated for an award by Marcus Binney of SAVE Britain's Heritage.

'Dumfries & Galloway Life' Articles

The August issue of 'D&G Life' (published 18th July) included features on the launch of the UWS Enterprise Challenge hosted at Moat Brae and the JM Barrie Anniversary Cricket Match.  The article, 'Bowled Over', included several images of the day.

JM Barrie Anniversary Cricket Match

A full report of the JM Barrie Anniversary Cricket Match appeared in 'The Dumfries & Galloway Standard' on Friday 6th July.

Joanna Lumley on BBC One Show

The Trust's patron, Joanna Lumley, appeared on the BBC One Show on Friday 6th July at 7.30pm in a feature about the Moat Brae project.  To view a video clip go to our Videos Page.

June 2012

JM Barrie Anniversary Cricket Match

'The Dumfries & Galloway Standard' and 'The Dumfries Courier' carried stories about the cricketing events being held by the Trust in June.

'Dumfries & Galloway Life' Articles

The July issue of 'D&G Life' (published 13th June) included a feature on the 'Flights of Imagination with Peter Pan' event hosted by the Trust in St George's Church Hall, Dumfries on 2nd June.  See Recent Events for details.

Launch of UWS Challenge

The third University of the West of Scotland (UWS) Enterprise Challenge was launched in the gardens of Moat Brae on Thursday 7th June 2012.  The annual event aims to inspire creativity and entrepreneurial flair amongst local school pupils and this year’s theme will be Children’s Literature, with a focus on ideas to develop a Centre for Children’s Literature in Dumfries.   There was a surprise for organisers and pupils alike when they were joined by the Trust’s patron, Joanna Lumley, for the press photocall.   The story was carried in the ‘Dumfries Courier’ and ‘Dumfries & Galloway Standard’.

May 2012

Launch of Peter Pan Statuette

'Hello' magazine's edition of 28 May 2012 included a short article and images of the launch of Joanna Lumley's Peter Pan statuette at a private reception in London on 1st May.

'Dumfries & Galloway Life' Articles

The June issue of 'D&G Life' (published 16th May) featured a 2-page spread on the Trust's activities, leading with the launch of Joanna Lumley's Peter Pan statuette at a private reception in London on 1st May.  Also highlighted are the Trust's forthcoming cricket match on 28th June, the author's event the previous evening in Dumfries Academy and 'Flights of Imagination' on 2nd June.

Jacquie Brown is New Trustee

Both 'The Standard' and 'The Dumfries Courier' carried the story that Jacquie Brown has become the newest PPMBT trustee.

March and April 2012

'Dumfries & Galloway Life' Articles

Regional magazine 'D&G Life' featured the Trust's forthcoming cricket match in its May edition (published 18th April) as well as highlighting 'Flights of Imagination', part of the Dumfries Arts Festival.

In a 2-page article entitled 'Pan's People', in its April edition, 'D&G Life' focused on a range of Trust events and activities.

Tintin in Scotland

Former journalist and 'Tintinologist' Michael Farr gave a talk at the Crichton Campus on 'Tintin in Scotland' on 22nd March.  The event was promoted in 'D&G Life' and featured subsequently in a number of local papers such as this article from 'The Dumfries Courier'.

February 2012

Gentle Jazz Concert Helps Trust Raise £1700

The Trust hosted a jazz concert in Castle Douglas on 17 February with local jazz combo 'Gentle Jazz' and vocalist Terri Farley.  The evening raised £1700 and the story was carried in a number of local papers including the attached article from the 'Dumfries & Galloway Standard'.

London Theatre Group Raises Money from Special Production of Peter Pan

Dawn Lacey, the Director of the Teddington Theatre Club, came up to Dumfries to present trustees with a cheque for the funds raised by their production of 'Peter Pan' in December.  The story was carried by a number of local papers including the 'Dumfries Courier' as attached.

New Administrator Starts with Trust

'D&G Life' carried a feature of the Trust's new administrator, Iain Wilson, in their March edition.

University of Glasgow Crichton Campus Cheque Presentation

The Trust received £800 from a collection taken at the annual Advent Concert held by University of Glasgow Crichton Campus.  This article appeared in the 'Dumfries Courier' in February.

Nursing Days At Moat Brae

The February Edition of D&G Life included a feature on Betty Hunter, a nurse at Moat Brae during World War II.

January 2012

Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust's Celebration of Christmas

The event received good coverage in the January edition of 'Dumfries and Galloway Life'.

16 September 2011

Peter Pan’s festival fun at Scotland’s National Book Town
This year’s Children’s Festival at Wigtown Book Festival, from 23rd September to 2nd October, is sponsored by The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust.

The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust’s aim is to save and restore the ‘B listed’ Moat Brae house and garden in George Street, Dumfries, where J. M Barrie played as a child and was inspired to write one of the most famous children’s stories in the world.  More information here.

9 August 2011

Fiona Hyslop and PPMBT Chairman Roger Windsor - Photo G. Robertson

BBC News South Scotland - Dumfries Peter Pan house project secures repairs funds

www.historic-scotland.gov.uk - House that provided the inspiration for Peter Pan receives Scottish Government funding

4 August 2011

www.taipeitimes.com - Appeal launched for Scottish inspiration for Peter Pan

www.postchronicle.com - Joanna Lumley Backs Plans For J.M. Barrie Literature Center

3 August 2011

Joanna Lumley - Photo by G Robertson

Scotsman - First the Gurkhas, now Joanna Lumley battles for Peter Pan's home

www.express.co.uk - Joanna Lumley joins fight to save Peter Pan house

www.express.co.uk - Lumley backing plans for Barrie Literature Centre

Daily Mail - Return to Neverland: Joanna Lumley helps save the house that inspired Peter Pan

Daily Express - Joanna Lumley joins fight to save Peter Pan house

OK - Lumley backing plans for Barrie literature centre

International Business Times - Peter Pan's Neverland Project Unveiled

Dumfries and Galloway Standard - Actress supports Moat Brae plans

www.newsandstar.co.uk - Actress Joanna Lumley launches ‘Peter Pan’ centre bid

RTE (TV Network Ireland) - Joanna Lumley to help build 'Neverland'

2 August 2011

Joanna Lumley with a small garden fairy. Photo - Rob McDougallThe Guardian - Peter Pan's Neverland could become forever-land

BBC News South Scotland - Peter Pan house to be children's centre

BBC News South Scotland - Dumfries Peter Pan house project launched

www.scotland.org - Dumfries Peter Pan house project launched

www.stv.tv - Peter Pan's unofficial birthplace turned into literary centre

www.eastlothiannews.org.uk - New chapter for Peter Pan mansion

Carrick Gazette - New chapter for Peter Pan mansion

www.utvinternet.com/ - Peter Pan's Neverland could become forever-land

 

"I do believe in fairies! I do! I do!" Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie

 

Press enquiries to: Iain Wilson Tel: 07818 144766

Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust in the News

October 2012

Doors Open Days

The Trust's involvement in the Doors Open Days event was highlighted in a special feature in 'Dumfries and Galloway Standard' on 5 October 2012.

Heritage Lottery Fund Boost

The Trust secured a development phase grant from the HLF in early October, hot on the heels of the Creative Scotland grant, and this was reported by a number of the media including 'Dumfries & Galloway Standard', 'Dumfries Courier', BBC Radio Scotland, Border ITV and 'The Scotsman'.