Talk : The Halo Trust

14th September 2017

On the 14th of September we shall be welcoming James Cowan to Gatehouse. He is the CEO of the HALO Trust whose Head Office is at Carronfoot, Thornhill. He will be giving a talk about the work of the HALO Trust.

The Halo Trust was founded in 1988 with the purpose of clearing the unmarked minefields in Afghanistan left behind after the Soviet withdrawal. Since then the Trust has grown to now employ 7,500 people in 19 Countries and Territories across the globe, where mines of all sorts cause injuries to children and adults alike. The Trust is also engaged in the destruction of munitions and weapons when these have been left behind after conflicts.


James Cowan served in the Black Watch. He commanded the Battalion in Iraq and later commanded the Helmand Brigade. His final appointment in the Army was as General Officer Commanding the 3rd Division. Apart from being a distinguished soldier he is also a noted Historian.

We can commend him as an excellent speaker and his talk about Scotland’s largest charity will be of interest to a broad spectrum of people. Donations on the night will all go the HALO Trust.

Entry to the talk is free but by ticket only as space is limited. Tickets are available from Mike Ashmore. Phone 01557 814884 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. FIRST COME FIRST SERVED!

Wine and soft drinks will be available from 7.00pm before the talk.