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We’re very grateful to the hundreds of people who have used their skills, talents and creativity over the last few years to help us rebuild Moat Brae. We’ve seen people from all walks of life come together to help out: from children inspired by the stories of Peter Pan, to workplaces holding fundraising days, we can’t thank our funders enough.

Below are a few stories from the last few years.

Valentine’s Supper Raises £1433

Anne and Ian Bennett raise further funds for Moat Brae, Feburary 2018

Huge thanks to Anne Bennett (JM Barrie’s Great, Great Niece) and her family who have raised over £1430 at their recent Neverland Valentine’s Supper at Clonyard Hotel which they are donating to the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust.  Thanks to everyone who supported Moat Brae through this event.

Amount raised: ££1,433

Gretna’s Enchanted Gateway to Neverland


There’s nothing more exciting than an imaginative, joint collaboration to bring synergy to a project, so when Gretna Gateway Outlet Village approached us with a fantastic idea to raise funds and tell thousands of families about Moat Brae we couldn’t wait to get started.

Gretna is one of the main gateways into Dumfries & Galloway and our volunteers (many dressed as pirates, fairies, Tiger Lilys and Peters) have met so many new faces throughout July 2016 who are now signed up to keep in touch and be amongst the first to hear when the National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling opens to the public in 2018.

Gretna Gateway Outlet Village flew celebrated street artist Julian Beever in to create a magical, 3D chalk drawing of an enchanted bridge over Neverland and invited shoppers to walk the bridge and take photos which were uploaded to Facebook in their hundreds.

Lisa McNab, Gretna Gateway’s Marketing Manager, said :“We were delighted to be able to get involved with the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust, and to help them to raise awareness of and funds for their fantastic project, which will be a great attraction for Dumfries and the region once ready.

Everyone who visited our 3D “Neverland” pavement-art display was impressed by the artwork, and delighted to get their photo taken as part of it –and some of the best photos won prizes donated by Gretna Gateway or the Moat Brae Trust.

Many or most of the visitors also learned something about JM Barrie and the links between Peter Pan, Moat Brae House, and Dumfries. We wish the Trust every success, and hope to be able to do something with them again in the future.”

A HUGE thank you to Lisa, Peter, Hugo and Beth at Gretna Gateway for helping us and making this a very special event indeed – the final fundraising total will be announced soon.



Obstacle Course Designed By Children Raises Over £2k for Moat Brae

Bookwell School, 7th July 2016

Can you do the Fairy Slalom? The children at Bookwell School can – in fact they’ve designed a whole Neverland-themed obstacle course and used it to raise over £2,100 for Moat Brae!!!!

With over 200 children taking part – that’s some school sports day!

“Bookwell hope to have helped Moat Brae get to its target so children can go and enjoy the garden just like J.M.Barrie used to go and play with his friends.”

Mark, our Creative Learning Officer had a great time at Bookwell Primary school, Cumbria yesterday. He met pupils and staff, and picked up a generous sponsorship cheque raised by their Neverland-themed sports day. Mrs Fawcett’s Y5 class designed a brilliant Peter Pan themed obstacle course; it’s such a creative idea to combine literature with a sports challenge. Here at the PPMBT we are very grateful for their support and inspired by the sports day idea. Learning Officer Mark, gave a short talk at assembly and then got some feedback from the children on some of our exciting Neverland Garden designs. Huge thanks to Mr Hardy, Mrs Fawcett and her class.

Some of the children had visited Moat Brae earlier in the month and then reported back to the whole school.  See their presentation by clicking here and their sports reports on the Obstacle Course in the gallery below.

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Amount raised: £2,100

Pantastic Fundraising

Drigg Young Farmers raise over £16k for Moat Brae, 2nd July 2016

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESOne of the most wonderful events of Summer 2016 was the visit from Drigg Young Farmers who travelled from near Egremont in Cumbria, stopping off at Gretna Gateway to walk the enchanted bridge and then came to see the enchanted land at Moat Brae for which they have raised over £16,000.  This extraordinary group of people have staged a Peter Panto, a Fancy Dress Sponsored Walk and many, many other initiatives to raise a staggering amount of money.  This is all in support of the Fawcett family in memory of little Jake who was a huge fan of Peter Pan.

Don’t they make the house and garden light up with colour?  Thank you all so much for helping to make Moat Brae such a magical place.

Amount raised: £16,005

Neverland Supper 2016 raises over £1,350

Anne Bennett and Family at Colvend, 18th June 2016

Pirates, fairies and crocodiles all headed to Colvend Hall on Saturday for the annual Neverland Supper organised by Anne Bennett (Great, Great Niece of JM Barrie). This year they raised £1357 for The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust with a fantastic event including supper prepared by Chef Grieg, Silent Auction, Raffle with delicious food, mad pirates and happy well fed folk.

Thanks Anne, to you and your amazing family and to everyone who contributed puddings, raffle prizes and generous donations to the Trust.



Amount raised: £1,357

Cumbrian Connections

Bookwell Primary Visits Moat Brae, 09/06/2016

We were delighted to host a visit from Bookwell School in Cumbria today. Moat Brae opened its doors and welcomed an enthusiastic and knowledgable group of children who had a great time learning about JM Barrie and imagining what the house would have been like when he played there with his friends, the Gordon brothers.
The children were fascinated by discovering details of the beautiful Georgian house and wondering if these may have crept into the story of Peter Pan…
The children were most surprised to learn that the house was built without bathrooms and explored the stores and outhouses through the basement.
Have you seen the secret cave under the stairs yet? Perhaps you would like to visit and find the link between horses and the walls at Moat Brae? Would you like to arrange a visit for your school? Find out more about us here:
These inventive and creative children are heading back to Cumbria now where they are designing a Peter Pan/Neverland inspired obstacle course to raise funds for The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust later this month. Watch this space for more information 🙂


Caravanners Visit Moat Brae

Avondale Caravans Club, 8th June 2016

Our volunteers are in great demand at the moment as they welcome many visitors who are requesting to see Moat Brae – where Peter Pan began…
Yesterday we had a visit from a lovely group of 30 caravan clubbers with Primrose Morrison, membership secretary, from Dalbeattie. They come from as far South as Winchester; as far North as D & G; as far West as St Dogmaels in Wales; and as far East as Scunthorpe and they even brought along a Lassie-look-a-like. They also told us they are very eager to revisit when we open the new National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling.


Art Students Transform Moat Brae

Dumfries & Galloway College Art Students,

The HND Art Students from Dumfries & Galloway College took over the historic house at Moat Brae for their final year exhibition. This is the second year running when the partially-renovated Georgian building has been able to provide inspiration and challenges to the students who have excelled in using the bare walls and hidden spaces to interpret their work.

The event is running for three days, following a private view on Friday 3rd June 2016 and is open to anyone to drop in between 10am – 4pm. The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust is delighted to see this exciting work displayed at Moat Brae and it’s always fascinating to see the conversation between the work and the building when young, enthusiastic and creative imagination is given the freedom to express itself.

Well done to all the students and their supportive team of lecturers and staff. Also credit to Galina Walls Photography for some great images and to Purple Box Productions for the video archive.


Broadcaster Debbie Muir is donating a percentage of her book sales to The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust.


12990961_10154126400789532_8338990135068192550_nWe Are Scotland” goes deeper into the lives of Scots. … It has been said that everyone has a book in them, I’m not sure that’s true but I do believe that everyone has a story in them. Life happens, it brings challenges and triumphs to us all, nobody escapes. This book is all about the experiences Scots, and those who have adopted Scotland as their home country, have had or are going through, it’s a snapshot in time. The book is intended as a non-judgemental platform, with no news agenda, just a way of letting the story breathe on its own. Find Out More and Pledge Your Support…

The Author

Deborah is a broadcast journalist with 20 years’ experience. She began in commercial radio as a reporter before moving on to flagship news programmes at BBC Scotland. Deborah has covered a wide range of stories from terrorist attacks, murder trials and elections to music festivals and live marriage proposals. She has wanted to be an author since the age of 10 but thought journalism was a more realistic way of earning a living from telling stories. Deborah loves travelling and has volunteered in Zambia, visited the Galapagos Islands and hiked the Machu Picchu trail. She lives with her partner, their young daughter and rescue dog in Southern Scotland. Panic grips her if a book is outwith her reach.


Newington Primary Raises Funds for Moat Brae

and an artefact for our collection!, 29/03/2016

Thanks to all the teachers and pupils at Newington Primary in Annan, who, for the third year, have run projects about JM Barrie and a tour to Moat Brae followed with enterprising fundraising by the pupils at the school.

This year we were delighted to receive the proceeds from their Bake Sale which was presented to PPMBT Trustee Flora Burns and PPMBT Volunteer Christine Wharram.

During a previous talk to the children, Mrs Burns had mentioned the literary connection between JM Barrie and some of her favourite sweeties – Quality Street.  In the 1930’s an early example of modern marketing  changed the way sweeties were sold –MacKintosh of Halifax named an exotic new collection of chocolates after one of the most popular plays of the day – JM Barrie’s Quality Street.  The packaging included characters from the play, which was set in Napoleonic Times, on the colourful tins.  The play ran in London and was a hit, having 459 performances.  It also made it onto the silver screen twice, including the 1937 version starring Katharine Hepburn.

Mrs Burns was therefore delighted when one of the children – Cammy –  realised he had just the thing holding his stamp collection. He brought his Quality Tin in to school and was more than happy to hand it over to Moat Brae for our collection of artefacts. It takes pride of place alongside our signed copy of the play.

Amount raised: £73

Cumbrians in Costume Walk for Moat Brae

Taking the Neverland Express to Walk for Moat Brae, 9th April 2016

Well done to Annie, aged six, from Cumbria for dreaming up the brilliant and imaginative Fancy Dress Sponsored Walk to support Moat Brae and to remember her brother in the enchanted land where Peter Pan began.

Annie’s mum Sarah wrote:

When my daughter Annie, aged 6, first suggested a sponsored walk for Moat Brae to create a special place to remember her brother who sadly lost his life last year, we never expected 92 adults and 52 children (13 of them under 5) to join us on the 5.5 miles over Muncaster Fell in the West Cumbria. We were overwhelmed with how many crazy Cumbrian people dressed up to join us some of them travelling as far as Dundee, Newcastle, Leicestershire, to walk over Muncaster Fell.

A HUGE THANK YOU must also go to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway who provided transport to our start point and the ladies of the Turntable Cafe for doing a great job in providing refreshments. Thanks also to Muncaster Guest House for making our journey safer.

I think the array of animals, Wallies, pirates, Tinkerbells, Peter Pans, Smees, 118s, crag rats, minions, superheroes, cowboys and whoever else I’ve missed made some Saturday Cumbrian fell walkers smile. In Annie’s words today was “EPIC”

We look forward to welcoming everyone who took part to Moat Brae when we open in 2018.
The pictures are great – looks like you had lots of fun.
Photos courtesy of Sarah Fawcett and Fiona Fawcett

Amount raised: £tbc


Gordon Robertson, 08/12/2015

Thanks to Gordon Robertson who, just under two months before his 80th birthday, exhibited his charcoal drawing of Moat Brae at the recent Welcome to Winter event at the Birthplace of Peter Pan.

Gordon is a member of The Stove and The Dumfries & Galloway Fine Arts Society.  He is a great supporter of the Moat Brae project and has been working on sketches of the house for some time – the Welcome to Winter event was a great focus to complete this work and we were delighted that his family from Dundee, Linlithgow and  New Zealand happened to be visiting Dumfries and were able to see his pictures on display within the building that inspired them. Gordon’s niece Catriona Robertson-Bennett works for the Wellington Government in NZ, she and her family were fascinated by the house. Gordon’s nephew Andrew is an architect and was particularly interested to see Moat Brae at this stage in its restoration.

Thank you Gordon – it’s good to see that the place where Peter Pan began is still inspiring artists more than 140 years since playwright JM Barrie first played there in 1873.
Gordon is exhibiting again at Gracefield Arts Centre in August 2016 and the Moat Brae pieces may appear amongst his work.



Peter Pan Flies Down-Under

Evie Kyle, 03/12/2015

It’s always wonderful to hear from people who love our project and are sharing our stories.  We were delighted to hear recently about Evie Kyle, an 8 year old who lives in Australia and has family connections to Dumfries.  Moat Brae supporters Margaret and David Johnston had sent the new graphic novel of Peter Pan by Stref and Fin Cramb to Evie and here’s what happened next…

“Recently I sent this book and information about the Moatbrae project to my friend’s 8 year old daughter, Evie Kyle, in Perth, Australia.   I thought  this excerpt from a recent e-mail might interest you!!

“Evie presented her Peter Pan and explained all about Moatbrae for her oral presentation at school. You would have been proud!  I helped her prepare a speech and she explained what the people of Dumfries are doing to rebuild the house.   She was given an A!!!

I thought you would like to know that news of your project has reached the other side of the world!”

Evie’s mum later wrote to us:

“Evie completed her oral presentation last term and she enthusiastically shared our connections with Dumfries and Moat Brae. Evie highlighted all the beautiful illustrations in her Peter Pan book and read from the Trust’s news letter. We were very lucky to receive such a lovely gift from our dear friends Margaret and David Johnston. We will be returning to Dumfries in 2016 for a family holiday and look forward to seeing the progress with Moat Brae. We are very proud to be supporting your cause!”

Thank you Evie!


… and the story continues –

“My dear friend Margaret sent both Euan and Evie updates, news clippings from Dumfries Standard and a signed postcard, they are thrilled!!!”

Mr Holmes and Evie’s class teacher were thrilled to be part of the Peter Pan legacy, thank you so very much!”

Here is Evie with her school teacher Mrs Campbell and her school Principal Andrew Holmes, also with her brother Euan as they receive their second parcel of news from Moat Brae.



A Wreath For Our Door

Carol and James Coutts, 01/12/2015

A huge thank you to James and Carol Coutts from Newtonairds Hostas and Gardens for making this beautiful Christmas Wreath for the front door of Moat Brae.  This is the third year they have donated a wreath and we are always delighted by the beautiful items, some collected in their special garden, which adorn our doorway.



Welcome to Winter Lights Up Enchanted Land

Sullivan Michael organises a creative community event, 30/11/2015


Thanks to Sullivan for organising a super event at Moat Brae for the switching on of the Christmas Lights in Dumfries on St Andrew’s Day.  More information to come, but in the meantime here are some of the photos 🙂








Midsteeple Box Office

Midsteeple Box Office, 01/12/2015

Thanks to all the team at Midsteeple Box Office who help our staff and spread the word about Moat Brae every day by selling tickets to our events, stocking our Christmas Cards, sorting our mail and selling our pamphlets and books!  Particular thanks to Belinda, Alex, Hollie and Danni 🙂

Image: illustration by Ian Andrew showing Midsteeple from Sixteen String Jack and the Garden of Adventure 


Georgetown Primary’s Neverland Models

Georgetown Primary School, Dumfries, November 2015

Georgetown Primary in Dumfries have been extra busy creating their own Neverland models this month (November 2015).  The Primary 4S class have been learning about the author of Peter Pan in their JM Barrie project and they hope to visit Moat Brae in Spring 2016 and we are delighted that they are cheering up this dull winter with their wonderful and imaginative models.

See the full story here


International Students Discover Pan

Glasgow University Heritage Management Studies, 25/11/2015

Ten students braved the cold Scottish winter to discover Moat Brae – where Peter Pan began.  Before their visit only two of them knew the tale of Peter Pan, but hopefully they will now be spreading the story far and wide as well as taking with them a unique insight into the complexities of a dynamic heritage development project like ours. The international students from Glasgow University’s Heritage Management Studiens course are originally from Japan, China, Vietnam, Malawi, Poland, Cyprus, Portugal, Kazakhstan and USA.  They were given a full tour of the house and garden by Trustee Flora Burns and hopefully go off now, better informed about our local heritage project and Peter Pan. Dr Lizanne Henderson, lecturer in Scottish History from Glasgow University accompanied the group.


Sharing a Love of Gardens & Travel

Val, 20/10/2015

We are extremely grateful to Val who shares her expertise and love of gardens and plants to spread the word about Moat Brae and to raise funds for the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust.

“For the last few years, I have been giving presentations to Local Groups, featuring my many travels abroad.  Although my main interest is in Gardens and Plants, I also investigate the variety of cultural traditions and history of each country.  I amass an enormous quantity of photographs on my small Canon Ixus camera  and have to edit them ruthlessly, before the transfer to Power Point.  Recent talks to Garden Clubs,  Rotary,  Rurals and Retirement Groups have featured Chile, Argentina,  Ethiopia,  The Seychelles, Uzbekistan and Islands of the Caribbean.  I already have two bookings for 2016! 

 As I do not request a fee, donations to the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust are gratefully accepted.  I am proud to be associated with the Trust, and will continue my support for this challenging venture in Dumfries.”

Val gives a fascinating insight into her love of the Peter Pan story, click here to read ‘Peter Pan and Me’

Here are some of the beautiful images that illustrate Val’s talks, they include San Rafael Glacier in Chile, Macaroni Penguin in Argentina, St George’s Church in Ethiopia, The Registan in Samarkand,  Uzbekistan, A Tobago beach  in The Caribbean, An Exotic Flower in The Seychelles.


Pan is not just for children!

Fundraising Lunch, 15/10/2015

Wow! Thanks to all the people across D&G holding fundraising lunches to raise funds for Moat Brae – already you have raised over £700 and counting….
Here are some friends having a bit of fun at a fund raising lunch hosted by Lizzie Birkett – they want to show that Peter Pan isnt just for children! From Left to Right…. Lizzie Birkett as Peter Pan, Pauline Johnstone as Captain Hook, and Pat Pickering as Tiger Lily!
If you would like to find out more about hosting a fundraising lunch please email

Amount raised: £700

Anne Bennett 2015

and her Portling Crew , 30th August 2015

A crew of fundraisers from Portling in Dumfries & Galloway handed over a cheque for £1,000 to the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust this week in support of the Appeal to create a National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling at Moat Brae – the Birthplace of Peter Pan.

See the full story here.


Amount raised: £1,000

James & Carol Coutts

Newtonairds Hostas and Garden, Summer 2015

A huge thank you to Newtonairds Hostas and Gardens who have opened their beautiful grounds throughout the summer of 2015 and on many other occasions under the Scotlands Garden Scheme with PPMBT being the chosen charity of owners James and Carol Coutts.

Read the full story here



Enchanted Trees

Phil Howard, 04/08/2015

This beautiful, limited edition bowl, made from wood salvaged from a fallen tree at Moat Brae, will soon go on sale in aid of PPMBT. Thanks to Phil Howard who had the foresight to keep some of the discarded branches back in 2009, they’ve been drying out and seasoning since and now he’s making some lovely things for us to sell, including pens, plates, mushrooms, bowls etc.

After visiting Moat Brae’s Neverland, Phil Howard was struck by an idea. He could use his woodturning skills to make magical items using wood from Neverland, which could be sold to raise money for Moat Brae!

In August 2015 two of our volunteers visited Phil in his workshop to find out how he made the Neverland wood into pens. Volunteer Ben said ‘It was a fascinating glimpse in to the world of a woodturner. There were so many different tools laid out, piles of wood, and woodcarved items stacked high on shelves.’ Look out for the full write up soon to appear on our website.

Phil has made a number of bowls, dishes and pens for Moat Brae, which you can buy via our online shop


Sue Palmer Jones

Young Iron Ages Warrier Charges in to Support Moat Brae,

Young Iron Age Warrior Charges in to Support Moat Brae


A young Iron Age warrior has joined our campaign to raise the final £1.5 million needed to create a national centre for children’s literature and storytelling at Moat Brae – where Peter Pan began.

Moniaive-based author Susan Palmer-Jones has been so inspired by the project that she is donating the proceeds from her new children’s book The Adventures of Seabrave to help make it happen.

See the full story here


Troqueer Cake Sale

Ashley, Tess and Rosie, 01/02/2015

Ashley,Tess and Rosie from Troqueer School made fairy cakes to support Moat Brae and sold them around Beck Avenue. They raised £9! Thank you girls

Amount raised: £9

Heathhall Primary

Heathhall Primary School, 27 January 2015

Thanks to the incredibly imaginative children of Heathhall Primary who have just handed us a cheque for £40. They had a sponsored ‘Creatures of Neverland ‘ Book Mark event and made some amazing shadow art, Peter Pan hats and treasure maps. They visited Moat Brae in December and have written about their trip.

Peter Pan’s shadow left him and had an adventure in Wendy’s house. We imagined our shadows sneaked off when we were sleeping and had an adventure. Come read all about it…..” Thanks Mrs Woods and P2 Heathhall Primary School (and to Grace for finding the extra 3p that didn’t make it on to the cheque!)



Amount raised: £40.03

Peter Pan Panto 2014

SW Audio, 28/12/2014

Thanks to Raging Gibbon Collective and South West Audio who, inspired by PPMBT, staged their first pantomime for Christmas 2014 and chose Peter Pan as their story!  Together with Dumfries School of Dance and Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries the Panto was delivered to sell out audiences and PPMBT volunteers were invited to sell merchandise and bring an information stand.  Proceeds from the programme sales were also donated to PPMBT.  Thanks in particular to Sandy Sweetman, Grant Dinwoodie and Rik Thorpe.



Images PurpleBox Productions

Amount raised: £503

Canadian Visitors

Anne and Alan Bauer, 04/11/2014

Thank you to Anne and Alan Bauer from Canada who have just been in touch with us.
10430458_10152884024969532_5096473017815821981_n“We were in Dumfries a short while ago. We wanted to find a way down to the river to have a picnic as we waited for our train departure. We had our suitcases with us.
 As it happened, we were invited to go to the river via the gardens of this wonderful house. What an amazing experience this was for us.
Magical experience. Peter Pan was a huge part of our lives as young people. I still look at the photos we took of the house. In my imagination, I can see Peter Pan flying out of that window.
So, now we are back home in Canada.

This is Alan with Peter Pan in Hyde Park – taken at the beginning of our UK trip.

 It was especially interesting to us that we had the Peter Pan connection unexpectedly in Dumfries, also.” Anne Bauer


Students Visit Moat Brae

HNC Early Education and Childcare groups from Dumfries & Galloway College, 04/10/2014

Great to welcome the HNC Early Education and Childcare groups from Dumfries & Galloway College.  We hope that Moat Brae will become a valuable resource for these future play leaders as they develop their careers.



Dumfries Male Voice Choir Raise Funds for PPMBT

Dumf, 03/10/2014

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers and to the fabulous singers of Dumfries Male Voice Choir who made this concert at St George’s Church Dumfries such a special event – you raised almost £500 for the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust. Thanks also to St George’s Church who provided the venues for both the concert and the drinks reception afterwards.

Amount raised: £500

Visitors from Alberta, Canada

Bob and Vaughan Coupland , 20/09/2014

Our valiant volunteers have enjoyed a great day at Moat Brae today, showing lots of people around. Here are Bob and Vaughan Coupland from Lethbridge, Alberta in Canada with our Trustee Flora Burns.


Cabinet Secretary Visits Moat Brae

Michael Russell MSP, 14/08/2014

Michael Russell MSP visited Moat Brae last week and was very impressed by what has been achieved since his last visit. The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning last saw the house a number of years ago when it was in a severely dilapidated state – he admitted that, at the time, he couldn’t see how it would be saved. Having stepped inside again and seen what has been achieved he is very positive about the project and the plans to turn Moat Brae into an International Visitor Attraction and Centre for Children’s Literature.


Scottish Pre-School Play Association visits Moat Brae

Jean Carwood-Edwards and Clare Carson, 07/08/2014

Really interesting to meet Scottish Pre-school Play Association CEO Jean Carwood-Edwards and D&G regional officer Clare Carson today and to show them around our wonderful building and its enchanted garden. Great to hear about how inter-generational play, literacy and language are so strongly at the heart of their work – JM Barrie would be sure to approve!


Robert Burns visits Moat Brae

Burns Pageant, 21/07/2014

‘O would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as others see us
Robert Burns (25 Jan 1759 – 21 July 1796)

Not only has Dumfries provided inspiration for the iconic story of Peter Pan, we must also claim some responsibility for another, rather well known literary figure… one Robert Burns, who died on this day in 1796, in Dumfries aged just 37 years. He thought of Dumfries as his ‘song shop’. This was the place where he wrote more than 100 songs and brought us many of his most famous and enduring works, including For A’ That and A’ That, Tam O’ Shanter and A Red, Red Rose.

The great Bard and Jean Armour called in to Moat Brae in the run up to ‘Life, Love and Liberty’ – the Burns Pageant by John Cairney is performed every two years in the streets of Dumfries courtesy of Dumfries & Galloway Arts Association.


Anne Bennett 2014

Anne Bennett, 31st July 2014

Anne Bennett’s Peter Pan Supper (with surprises!) at Colvend Public Hall was a great success last night, raising about £1,000 for the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust. Here she is (stripy pirate) with some of her amazing family (she just happens to be JM Barrie’s great, great niece). Thank you Anne – ‘Dreams do come true if you only wish hard enough’ JM Barrie.







Amount raised: £1000

Summer Serenade in aid of PPMBT

Solway Sinfonietta, 22/06/2014

Thanks to Solway Sinfonia who gave a beautiful concert in aid of PPMBT at Minerva Hall, Dumfries Academy in June. The audience and performers gathered first at Moat Brae for drinks, strawberries and shortbread while a string quartet played and their music drifted throughout the house.  Then all moved across to JM Barrie’s old school for a concert by the Solway Sinfonietta. The event raised £800 for the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust

Amount raised: £800

Winner of Wedding Cake

Dotty Designs Cakes, 07/06/2014

What a lucky bride! This is the cake that was made by Dotty Designs for a lady who bid for it at the Christmas Auction hosted by Thomson Roddick Scottish Auctions in aid of Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust. The wedding was yesterday, and Niomi (Dotty Designs) drove it to Biggar to set it up for the wedding. The bride- as you can imagine- was thrilled.


Newington Primary School visits Moat Brae

Newington Primary School, Annan., 06/05/2014

What a great visit we had today from the children at Newington Primary School in Annan.


Catriona MacMillan

The Adventure Begins,

547796_10152023883759532_1843316673_nCatriona joined the team at Moat Brae for a number of months during a gap year between degree courses.  She truly rolled up her sleeves and got involved in all sorts of events and tasks.  We are indebted to Catriona for researching, writing and compiling our pamphlet “J.M. Barrie in Dumfries – The Adventure Begins” which is available to buy in aid of the Trust.


Kinderhouse Nursery Visits Moat Brae

Kinderhouse Nursery , 13/04/2014

1957702_814297078585276_382176874_oAll smiles after discovering the secret space under the stairs in the basement at Moat Brae.


Forgotten Carols for Christmas

Ali Burns and the Feral Choir, 10/12/2013

Thanks to Ali Burns and the Feral Choir who performed a wonderful Christmas Concert in aid of Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust at St George’s Church, Dumfries/ These beautiful and atmospheric concerts of carols woven together with readings of contemporary poetry and prose have become an essential part of Galloway’s winter celebrations. They featured “forgotten” carols originating from Britain’s rich folk traditions. This year the soloist was  Kate Howard, and making a special appearance is the wonderful Tom Pow who will be reading for the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust event

Amount raised: £1,189

John Henderson

First Charity Christmas Card for PPMBT, 12/12/2013

The card has been specially made for us by local painter John Henderson who donated his work and time to produce a beautiful A5 card in gloss finish and raised a lot of money for the Trust with every single card being sold!


Amount raised: £700

The People’s Project




Scottish Fiddle Orchestra raises funds for PPMBT

Scottish Fiddle Orchestra, 15/11/2013

Can you spot a mischievous visitor who flew into the background of our photo this week?

Thanks to The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra and their wonderful audience for raising £465 each for The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support South Scotland at their recent sell-out concert at DG One.

The cheques were handed over in the Peter Pan Moat Brae office by musicians from the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra and dancers from The Myra Shuttleworth School of Dance.

Dancers: (Left to Right) Solana Johnstone, Marnie Clark and Catriona Clark. Fiddle Players: Catriona Paterson-Love, Myra Shuttleworth and Anne Turnbull. For Macmillan Cancer Support: Eric Barbour. For The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust: Cathy Agnew and Simon James
Amount raised: £465

Astrid Jaekel

Peter Pan Windows at Wigtown Book Festival 2013, September 2013

Artist Astrid Jaekel’s practice  encompasses a variety of techniques and disciplines such as drawing, painting and paper-cutting and ranges from illustration commissions and exhibition work to public installations.

Some of her clients include:  Barrington Stoke, City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature, Essential Edinburgh, Floris Books, Hodder Children’s Books, The National Gallery of Scotland, Mason Institute, One Little Indian Records, Routledge Books, The Prince’s Foundation, Scottish Power, The University of Edinburgh, Wigtown Book Festival.

Astrid created a series of beautiful window designs celebrating the story of Peter Pan, featuring Moat Brae and celebrating the launch of our Windows Appeal with Joanna Lumley which successfully raised the funds to refurbish and install all the windows of the house within the Phase A Works.

Images by Colin Tennant


Gentle Jazz Raises Funds for PPMBT

Geoff Keating with Terri Farley, 06/09/2013

Amount raised: £1,312

Newtonairds Hostas and Garden

James and Carol Coutts, 26/06/2013

The gentle evening sunlight cast light and shade enhancing this very special garden on Sunday. Newtonairds in Irongray was opened to the public as part of Scottish Gardens’ to raise funds for Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust. The 120 enthusiasts who attended included some of the county’s renowned gardeners who were fulsome in their praise and admiration for Carol and James Coutts achievement in transforming a nondescript field into such beauty, and a veritable plantsman’s treasure trove, in less than a decade

The PPMBT are greatly indebted to Carol, James and their wonderful support team for all the hard work which made Newtonaird’s Garden Opening so memorable and for once again generously benefitting the Trust from the proceeds which are estimated at over £368.

Amount raised: £368

JM Barrie’s relations raise funds

, 12/06/2013

Three Generations of JM Barrie’s descendants raise funds for Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust.

Do you believe in Fairies?…
Anne Bennett does and she has raised over £400 at her Peter Pan Neverland Tea at Kippford Village Hall

Come and enjoy a fun afternoon tea by the sea with home baking. Organised by Anne Bennett, JM Barrie’s Great, Great Niece in aid of Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust.

Anne remembers fond family conversations when she was a little girl about: “‘Uncle James’ and the rooms of her grandmother’s house seemed to be thronged with fairies. Just before a birthday or Christmas the fairies all made clothes for Mrs Bennett’s dolls out of material that magically seemed to come floating down the chimney – a wonderful experience for a child” an extract taken from Moat Brae Memories, a new publication sold in aid of The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust

Amount raised: £400

Tree Planting in Enchanted Land

Key Communities Supports, 06/06/2013

Sprinkling Fairy Dust in Moat Brae Garden…

A very special tree planting event took place at Moat Brae Garden this week to mark the first birthday of Key Communities Dumfries & Galloway’s ‘The Advisory Group’ (TAG). Part of a national celebration of TAG, the Dumfries group chose to plant their tree in the ‘enchanted land’ that inspired JM Barrie to write the classic story of Peter Pan. Members of TAG, their support workers and Peter Pan Moat Brae Trustees gathered in the garden to plant an apple tree which was sprinkled with ‘fairy dust’ in the spirit of Peter Pan.