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1000th Customer Service Professional award joy for Nikki

Thursday, 30 July 2015 11:51 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council Customer Services Advisor Nikki Steel has become the 1000th local government worker to gain their Customer Service Professional (CSP) certificate. Nikki has worked for the Council since 2007, based in Newton Stewart and

Unique World War One Nostalgia Festival for Eastriggs and Gretna

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 11:48 AM
A unique, one-off feel good Festival – the ‘Pack Up Your Troubles Festival’, is set to take place in Gretna and Eastriggs from 28-31 August this year. Planned by the local communities in which Pack Up Your Troubles will take place, t

Three major festivals will see visitors flock to Annandale and Eskdale this Autumn

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 11:48 AM
Three superb festivals and events that take place within a month of each other are certain to attract thousands of visitors to Annandale and Eskdale this Autumn. The three festivals and events will be of huge appeal to local people, and by virtue of t

New Skills for Learners in Langholm

Friday, 24 July 2015 02:41 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council is continuing to meet a need identified through a local community survey by organising computing courses for adult learners in Langholm. Learners have been meeting weekly at Langholm Academy to learn how to send emails, c

Education Scotland praises Education Services in D&G

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 12:01 PM
Education Scotland praises Education Services in Dumfries and Galloway Education Scotland published its report on the quality of Education Services in Dumfries and Galloway today (21 July 2015). Although Audit Scotland gave the green light to the

Pirates and Princesses Fun Day at Dock Park

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 09:27 AM
Come and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon in Dock Park on Sunday 26 July from 12noon to 2pm with various activities on offer for children to enjoy. The event is being organised by Dumfries and Galloway Council and has a Pirates and Princesses theme to gi

Your chance to become a Community Councillor

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 03:32 PM
In October 2015 communities in Dumfries and Galloway will have the opportunity to elect new members for their Community Council. Community Councillors are local people elected by members of their community to represent their views on a wide variety of

Local curlers gain national titles and international caps

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 03:15 PM
Dumfries Curler Sophie Jackson had to wait until the last event in the season to claim her first Scottish Championship title and will now head to Switzerland in September to represent Scotland at the World Championships. She will be joined by Bobby Lammie

Calling all Young Musicians in Dumfries and Galloway

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 09:44 AM
The Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women Partnership (DAVAWP) has launched its 5th Song Writing Competition for Young People. The Competition has been running since 2010 and its aim is to raise community awareness of the impact of the various forms

DG Customer Services Castle Douglas – We’re Open on Monday 13 July!

Wednesday, 08 July 2015 05:48 PM
Following an 11 week close down and extensive capital works of the existing library in Castle Douglas, the fully refurbished DG Customers Services, Castle Douglas will open its doors on Monday 13 July at 9am. From this date all three services will be deli

Tourism Numbers on the Rise in Dumfries and Galloway

Wednesday, 08 July 2015 10:06 AM
The latest annual tourism trend report for Dumfries and Galloway shows an encouraging increase in visitor numbers and tourism spend. The figures show an economic impact of £302.6 million from visitor spend in Dumfries and Galloway, the first tim

Pupils Celebrate Parent and Volunteer Achievements

Tuesday, 07 July 2015 04:31 PM
Penninghame Primary School pupils celebrated the achievements of their parents, volunteers and community partners at an assembly last week. Pupils thanked many of the adults that contribute to the school’s Wider Experiences programme. Each Frida

Dock Park Summer Programme

Tuesday, 07 July 2015 02:38 PM
An exciting new summer programme of free activities, events and music for Dock Park is now available. The programme includes new events like the Pirates and Princesses Fun Day and activities such as messy play and crafts, as well as Heritage Walks with th

Council Activities to keep the kids entertained this summer

Monday, 06 July 2015 01:07 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council have a range of activities planned for this Summer, with something available to keep children from 1-16 years old entertained. We’ve got area based Leisure and Sport activities taking place in Wigtownshire, Stewartry,

Laura’s Mad Notion leads to a lively new business

Monday, 06 July 2015 09:29 AM
Walking into Mad Notions in Lady Street, Annan is a crafter’s delight.  Laura McMurdo contacted Business Gateway Plus last year when planning her new business and was referred to the CX Project and Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Young En

Council accredited with Living Wage

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 12:34 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council was accredited with becoming a Living Wage Employer today (30 June 2015). Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance, presented the award to the Council Leader. A number of Council employees who have benefitted from the li

Old Provost robes to be part of Dumfries town exhibition

Monday, 29 June 2015 04:27 PM
This year at the Guid Nychburris celebrations, Councillor Ted Thompson, Provost of Dumfries and Chairman of Nithsdale Area Committee, donned new ceremonial robes recently purchased by Dumfries and Galloway Council. The previous robes dates back to 195

Stranraer regeneration quay

Monday, 29 June 2015 11:25 AM
Stranraer regeneration quay Wigtown Area Committee (1 July 2015) will consider 4 options for expanding Stranraer marina as part of the Stranraer waterfront regeneration strategy. Expanding Stranraer marina is central to the vision of regenerating

Council agrees new anti-poverty strategy

Friday, 26 June 2015 03:40 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council (25 June 2015) approved the new Dumfries and Galloway Anti-Poverty Strategy. The strategy sets out what the Council will do to improve the lives of people in our region experiencing poverty, in all its forms. There is

Raspberry Pi™ on the menu for S2 and S3 pupils

Friday, 26 June 2015 12:08 PM
Raspberry Pi™ on the menu for S2 and S3 pupils Raspberry Pi™ is a new initiative set up by Dumfries and Galloway Council in partnership with the University of the West of Scotland, benefitting every S2 and S3 pupil in Dumfries and Galloway

Social Work under budget

Friday, 26 June 2015 11:56 AM
Social Work under budget Social Work Services has achieved a £19,000 underspend on its 2014/15 budget. This is in spite of facing a number of significant budget pressures and indications in June that the projected overspend could be £4

Council events funding supports pipe bands pageant at Annan Riding of the Marches

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 02:36 PM
The sight of the massed pipe bands at Annan Riding of the Marches is one of the finest spectacles in Scotland. That is the proud proclamation of all those involved in the historic event, which takes place on Saturday 4 July this year. The Riding of

Council calls for urgent meeting over National Centre for Resilience

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 04:43 PM
Members of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Policy and Resources Committee today (23 June) agreed to call for an urgent meeting with the Scottish Government Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Aileen McLeod MSP to discuss concer

Castle Douglas Primary retain Paul Jones Football Festival title

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 09:28 AM
The Paul Jones Football Festival took place on Saturday 20 June and saw over 140 children compete in the tournament, organised by the Council’s Active Schools and Community Sport Team. The festival was open to all Stewartry Primary schools and attra

Tourism and Arts to be discussed at Community Meeting

Monday, 22 June 2015 09:19 AM
As part of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s commitment to Public Involvement, a Wigtown Area Committee (Community) Meeting has been arranged to update the Community on Tourism and Arts in the Wigtown area. Officers from the Council’s Econom

Council offers Money, Safety and Wellbeing Advice

Friday, 19 June 2015 09:48 AM
Are you sure you’re getting the best energy deal?  Do you know how Welfare Reform will affect you?  How safe do you feel in your home and community?  Dumfries and Galloway Council, in partnership with a range of other agencies

Annandale and Eskdale Gymnastics Competition

Thursday, 18 June 2015 01:48 PM
Active Schools and Community Sport for Dumfries and Galloway Council held their annual Annandale and Eskdale Gymnastics Competition last Sunday at The Eskdale Centre in Langholm. The event was sponsored by Magnox Limited as part of their partnership

Council gets positive feedback from care inspectors

Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:53 AM
Council gets positive feedback from care inspectors Dumfries and Galloway Council (25 June 2015) will hear that a team of inspectors from the Care Inspectorate, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland delivered

Council to improve how it ‘makes its voice heard’

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 05:08 PM
Councillors on the Policy and Resources committee will be asked next week (23 June) to agree a new Advocacy and Lobbying Strategy for the Council.  By agreeing the new strategy, it will mean letting the people who make decisions know exactly what our

Local Libraries offer free online Driving Theory Test practice for new drivers

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 03:31 PM
Dumfries and Galloway residents who are learning to drive can now practice for the Driving Theory Test through their local library. Dumfries and Galloway Libraries, Information and Archives has just added Theory Test Pro to its growing list of interne

Graduate Programme Review

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 02:08 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Policy and Resources Committee will meet on 23 June 2015 and will hear the successes of the 2014/2015 Graduate Employment Experience Programme. Councillors will be presented with a report which will highlight the

Council invests £40 million in capital projects

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 01:56 PM
At Policy and Resources committee next week (23 June), Councillors will be informed that our council has invested nearly £40m over the past financial year in capital projects across the region. In March 2014, our Council agreed a Capital Investment

Annandale and Askdale Schools 'Netball' Success

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 04:35 PM
12 teams from Annandale and Eskdale Primary Schools attended the 10th annual Annandale and Eskdale Netball Festival held at Hecklegirth Primary School last Thursday night.  The event forms part of the annual PEPAS calendar kindly sponsored by Magnox

Unacceptable Actions

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 04:22 PM
At Policy and Resources committee next week (Tuesday 23 June), Councillors will be asked to approve the refreshed Unacceptable Actions Policy for the Council. The Unacceptable Actions Policy was introduced by Councillors in July 2014. It was introduce

Relay good turnout at school’s team event

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 02:36 PM
Over 220 Primary School pupils from Nithsdale took part in the second annual 4x100m sprint relay competition at the David Keswick Athletic Centre running track on Monday 8 June 2015, bringing the school competition calendar to an explosive and exciting en

Community and Customer Services Business Plan Approved

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 01:00 PM
Members of the Council’s Community and Customer Services Committee today approved the Business Plan for the service.  Members heard that of the 61 key performance indicators contained within the business plan, over 72% of activities are on

Annandale and Eskdale Sports Grants

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 11:40 AM
Sporting individuals and sports clubs in Annandale and Eskdale have benefited through thousands of pounds of funding in recent weeks to support sporting performance and club development. Nine awards totalling £3544 have been presented for variou

Learning for Life brochure launched by Council's CLD Service

Friday, 12 June 2015 11:12 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Community Learning and Development (CLD) Service and partner agencies in Annandale and Eskdale are delighted to announce the launch of our “Learning For Life “ brochure, which outlines a range of free comm

Council continues to improve the way it handles complaints

Friday, 12 June 2015 09:27 AM
On Thursday 18 June, Councillors will be told that the way complaints are handled across the council has improved.  Councillors on the Audit and Risk committee will receive a report on Complaints Handling during 2014-15. During the year 2014-15,

Children get set for a Record Breaking Summer at the library

Thursday, 11 June 2015 01:43 PM
Libraries across the Dumfries and Galloway are getting ready for children to explore some of the astonishing Guinness World Records Books and take part in a setting a new world record as part of the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland 2015. Dur

Dumfries Town Centre Summer entertainment plans revealed

Thursday, 11 June 2015 01:33 PM
Dumfries town centre will be surprisingly inspiring this Summer. That is the clear and confident message from Dumfries and Galloway Council and the Dumfries Retailers Association as they launched the Summer Entertainment and Events Programme for Dumfr

Dumfries Learning Town designs on show

Thursday, 11 June 2015 01:38 PM
Dumfries Learning Town designs on show    Saturday 13 June, 0900 to 1800 (9am to 6pm): The Stove, High Street Monday 15 June, 0900 to 2100 (9am to 9pm): Maxwelltown High School Tuesday 16 June, 0900 to 2100 (9am to 9pm): St Joseph’s

Annan Riding of the Marches Swimming Gala

Thursday, 11 June 2015 01:38 PM
The Annan Riding of the Marches Swimming Gala sponsored by Magnox Limited took place at Annan Swimming Pool on Saturday 6 June 2015. The ROM Gala, organised by Active Schools and Community Sport for Dumfries and Galloway Council attracted a full

Top Acts coming to town thanks to Council run Youth Beatz Fringe

Thursday, 11 June 2015 01:33 PM
6 days of activities and entertainment for young people will be taking place across Nithsdale later this summer. Thanks to Youth Beatz Fringe, organised by the Council’s Community Learning and Development Service, there will be different events runn

Disability Sports Festival fun in Stranraer

Monday, 08 June 2015 11:27 AM
On Wednesday 27 May, 43 participants from the West of the region attended a Multisports Talent ID Festival at Stranraer Academy for people with a physical disability, learning disability or sensory impairment.   The festival was organised b

Whisky, Wine and Wherry Boats at Annan Museum

Monday, 08 June 2015 08:53 AM
This exhibition tells story of the secretive trade in smuggled goods that took place on the mudflats and shingle shores of the Annandale coast. The Isle of Man was largely independent during the 18th century. Its merchants imported luxury goods such as al

Archive Centre for Dumfries still on cards despite HLF setback

Friday, 05 June 2015 03:45 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council is looking into funding options for its new Archive Centre after the Stage One funding bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) was unsuccessful.  The Council had bid for £2.7million from the HLF, but this bid was no

Council improving services for the people of Langholm

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 02:12 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council is improving our services to the public by bringing together the Customer Service Centre, Library and Registration office in Langholm.  In order to enable us to do this we are completing works within Langholm Town Ha

Fantastic Fostering Services throughout Dumfries and Galloway

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 12:49 PM
Yesterday saw the start of fostering fortnight. Research carried out by The Fostering Network highlighted yesterday some of the issues that children and young people can face.  According to the research, teenagers in foster care in the UK are being

Football Challenge Festival Fun for Nithsdale Primary School Children

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 12:17 PM
Thursday 28 May saw more than 100 children from eight primary schools from across Nithsdale take part in the Tesco Bank Football Challenge Festival, organised by Dumfries and Galloway Council, in partnership with the Scottish FA and Tesco Bank. Pupils

Stranraer is striving to be even more eventful with help from the Council

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 11:08 AM
The emergence of Stranraer Music Town, the Business Improvement District Initiative and cultural projects such as the Grainstore promises to make the town’s future more eventful. Dumfries and Galloway Council are supporting Stranraer town centre

Gifhorn Delegation to visit region

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 10:11 AM
Following the successful October 2014  visit to Germany to our Twin Town Gifhorn, plans have been developed to receive a Gifhorn Delegation to jointly commemorate the 200th  Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and to continue to strengthen lin

Presentation by Dumfries and Galloway Council to Langholm Town Band to Mark 200 Years

Monday, 01 June 2015 02:38 PM
On Saturday 30 May, at a concert in the Buccleuch Centre, Councillor Ted Thompson, Civic Head of Dumfries and Galloway Councillor made a presentation to Langholm Town Band to mark their Bicentenary. Dumfries and Galloway Council appreciates the long his

Dumfries and Galloway to grow our own teachers

Monday, 01 June 2015 02:26 PM
Dumfries and Galloway to grow our own teachers Dumfries and Galloway Council has now received the go ahead to introduce a unique, ground breaking scheme offering existing education staff the opportunity to retrain as teachers, and the scheme has recen

Dumfries children take part in Give Everyone Cycle Space campaign

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 04:57 PM
Pupils from primary schools in the Maxwelltown area in Dumfries were out in force for a bike ride to highlight Cycling Scotland’s national Give Everyone Cycle Space campaign. The campaign, funded by Transport Scotland, asks people

Positive feedback from care inspectors

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 04:23 PM
A team of inspectors from the Care Inspectorate, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland carried out a follow-up inspection of services for children and young people in Dumfries and Galloway in December 2014. T

Stranraer flower beds - we need your help

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 03:45 PM
As part of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s savings measures for this year, it has been agreed to reduce the number of flower bedding areas that the Council maintains across the region.   The following beds in the Stranraer area&nb

Annandale and Eskdale Sprint Finals prove to be a relay big success

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 10:24 AM
Relay runners from primary schools across Annandale and Eskdale gathered at the Everholm Running Track in Annan on Monday 25 May for the Annandale and Eskdale Primary Schools Sprint Relay Finals  organised by Dumfries and Galloway Council. The ev

Council brings generations closer together

Monday, 25 May 2015 02:50 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council is bringing generations closer together through technology. As part of the Upper Nithsdale Big Picture Project, sixteen Primary 6 pupils from Kelloholm Primary School recently interviewed members of the Nith Valley Day Ce

Thornhill Hospital receives an Eat Safe award

Thursday, 21 May 2015 11:11 AM
Thornhill Hospital has been recognised for their high standards of hygiene, cleanliness and food safety with an Eat safe award. Thornhill Hospital achieved this accolade as a result of their commitment to food hygiene and food safety management standa

Dock Park Rocks To The Beatz

Thursday, 21 May 2015 09:40 AM
This August sees the return of Youth Beatz to Dock Park, Dumfries.  Dumfries and Galloway Council are proud to announce the three acts that will headline the main stage at Youth Beatz are Union J, Scouting for Girls and Neon Jungle. Thousands of you

Waste collection: Springfield & Gretna Green (Fri 22 May 15)

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 01:08 PM
To avoid disruption of the centenary commemorations of the Quintinshill Rail Disaster on Friday 22 May 2015, residents in Springfield, Gretna Green and adjacent areas are asked to ensure that their bins are in their normal collection position before

Council Leases Dumfries Town Centre Building to Artists' Collective

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 04:51 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council today (Tuesday 19 May) signed a 25 year lease handing over a 3-storey building on the High Street, Dumfries to the artists’ collective Stove Network Ltd. The lease signing was undertaken by Alex Haswell (Director Com

Lockerbie Golf Club Primary School Competition 02/05/2015 - Results

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 04:43 PM
The Primary School Golf Primary School Competition for children in Primary 5 was held at Lockerbie Golf Club on Saturday 2nd May, 2015. The competition which was organised by Annandale and Eskdale Active Schools and Community Sport for Dumfries &

'Without Fear or Favour' - The History of the Royal Burgh of Dumfries Police 1788 - 1932

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 03:57 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Libraries are delighted to host a launch event for ‘Without Fear or Favour - The History of the Royal Burgh of Dumfries Police 1788-1932’ a new history book by Dumfries author, John Maxwell. Researched over fifteen years

Local electronics expert plugs in to competitive rallying

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 09:18 AM
Ruthwell Station resident, Tony Buckley, has come full circle from his first job when leaving school. Brought up in Keswick, Tony started at 16 as an apprentice at nearby M-sport, Malcolm Wilson’ s well-known rallying company. Tony trained as a

Scottish Apprenticeship Week - 18 to 22 May

Monday, 18 May 2015 02:57 PM
Scottish Apprenticeship week showcases the successes of apprentices who have chosen to develop their careers by learning while they work to gain nationally recognised qualifications. In 2012, Dumfries and Galloway Council committed £1 million to p

Have your say on proposals for taxi and private drivers

Friday, 15 May 2015 04:44 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council is holding a consultation on new proposals for improved taxi and private hire licensing across the region. The proposals, which were formed from a recent review of taxi and private hire consultation, include: Introd

Domestic Abuse Survey shows Public Awareness of Gender Violence Issues

Friday, 15 May 2015 04:44 PM
A survey designed to gather the views of Dumfries and Galloway residents on domestic abuse and other forms of gender-based violence has produced encouraging findings about levels of public understanding on this serious issue. The survey, which was unde

Bookbug Week in our Libraries - 18 to 24 May

Thursday, 14 May 2015 11:59 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Libraries are preparing for their biggest ever celebration of Bedtime Stories.  Bookbug Week will take place between 18 and 24 May, theme this year is Bookbug’s Big Bedtime Story and 11 events are taking place at libraries

"The Toon" coming to life through Council's Youth Enquiry Service

Thursday, 14 May 2015 11:12 AM
The Toon is an issue based drama production taking a look into some of the real life issues faced by today’s young people.  Based within Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Youth Enquiry Service on Buccleuch Street, The Toon as a hard hitting

Council offers help with school transport

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 02:37 PM
Council offers help with school transport The Council’s Education Committee (19 May 2015) will be asked to agree proposals for allocating a School Transport Contingency Fund. The School Transport Contingency Fund will form part of Council ac

Dumfries Learning Town makes progress

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 02:31 PM
Dumfries Learning Town makes progress The Council’s Education Committee (19 May 2015) will be updated on the progress of the Dumfries Learning Town project. In December 2013, the Council agreed on the delivery option for Dumfries Learning To

Over £200K to promote region as a tourist destination

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 04:24 PM
At today's Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee, Councillors agreed to allocate over £200K to promote the region in the UK and abroad. The funding will be used by VisitScotland to market the region from 1 June 2015 to 30 April 2016. The

Council agrees to join local authority loan fund

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 01:19 PM
At today's Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee Councillors agreed to join the Scottish Local Authority Loan Fund. The fund will make it much easier and more flexible for micro and small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) across Dumfries an

En Garde! Olympic Fencing Comes to Langholm

Monday, 11 May 2015 12:05 PM
The Olympic sport of fencing will be coming to Langholm during the summer months when Andy Alderman, Coach for the Scotland Team at the last two Commonwealth Championships comes to Langholm to coach the sport. Organised in partnership by the David Ste

Vikings travelling from afar for Dumfries Museum exhibition

Wednesday, 06 May 2015 10:08 AM
The Viking Raiders and Traders events at Dumfries Museum on the 16 May are proving popular with Vikings from near and far. As well as local Viking re-enactors, Viking Njal u Niall is travelling from Manchester, the Jarl of the Volsung Vikings from Jorvik

Rhins Primary Schools Sprint Relay Results

Tuesday, 05 May 2015 03:34 PM
The Rhins primary schools sprint relays took part on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 April. Each of the 13 local schools entered up to two relay teams consisting of 1 girl and boy from P5,6 and 7. Each child in the team ran 10x 10m and the team were timed as a w

Dizzy Heights for Lockerbie Dreamers

Tuesday, 05 May 2015 10:36 AM
A dozen young women from the region have recently completed Dreams2Reality8. Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Community Learning and Development Service in Annandale and Eskdale have been working in partnership with Lockerbie Academy t

Great Britain’s World Championship Ice Hockey success made in Dumfries

Tuesday, 05 May 2015 09:54 AM
Great Britain’s Under 18s Ice Hockey team returned recently from the World Championship in Tallinn, Estonia, with a coveted Bronze Medal, and their success was made in Dumfries. The national team was coached by Martin Grubb, who acts as Dumfries

Community Resilience Milestone Marked in Monreith Village

Friday, 01 May 2015 03:05 PM
The communities of Dumfries and Galloway have reached and surpassed an important milestone as part of our efforts to become a more resilient region. The 50th, 51st and 52nd Community Resilience Plans have all recently been completed, by Monreith, Crossmic

Make your vote count - return your postal vote

Friday, 01 May 2015 10:59 AM
Over 20,000 postal votes have already been returned for the UK General Election on the 7 May and the Returning Officer for Dumfries and Galloway Alex Haswell is urging all other postal voters to return their vote as quickly as possible. Alex Haswell comm

Machars Primary Cross Country Results - Friday 24 April 2015

Thursday, 30 April 2015 04:35 PM
Over 280 pupils took part in the 2015 Machars Primary’s Cross Country Event at Bladnoch Park on Friday 24th April. The overall winners of the 2015 Cross Country were Penninghame Primary school, with Port William coming in 2ndplace and Kirkcowan fini

Latest Anti-Poverty Event Demonstrates Business Benefits

Thursday, 30 April 2015 04:10 PM
Businesses in Dumfries and Galloway were the latest to benefit from a tackling in-work poverty workshop ran by Scottish Business in the Community when they held an event in Dumfries on Thursday 29 April.  Speakers from Dumfries and Galloway Coun

Council improves financial assessment

Thursday, 30 April 2015 12:57 PM
Council improves financial assessment The Council’s Social Work Services Committee (28 April 2015) noted that care packages will now be financially assessed on their anniversary. Financial assessments are carried out by the Council’s F

Council Graduate Scheme for 2015/16 launches

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 04:20 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council will launch its 2015/16 Graduate Scheme tomorrow (Thursday 30 April).  The scheme is now in its fourth year and has gone from strength to strength, with over 100 graduates applying for last year’s scheme. There

Region's roads to benefit from surface training

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 03:19 PM
Region’s roads to benefit from surface dressing The Council is about to embark on a programme of surface dressing, starting on Wednesday 6 May. As roads authority, Dumfries and Galloway Council is responsible for keeping roads safe to use. R

Annandale and Eskdale Sports Academy receive funding boost

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 03:26 PM
EnergySolutions have again added their support to Dumfries and Galloway Council’s award winning Annandale and Eskdale Sports Academy for an eighth year in a row. Dave Wilson, Senior Vice President, Project Delivery for EnergySolutions recently made

"Fabric Fibre Thread: The Textiles Triennial" Exhibition at Gracefield Arts Centre

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 10:43 AM
Last weekend saw the opening day of ‘Fabric, Fibre Thread’ at Gracefield Gallery 1 and 2. It’s the hotly anticipated textiles exhibition presented every three years by members of the Dumfries Embroiderers, Solway Quilters and Spinners We

Free Computer Course for Adults held in Langholm

Monday, 27 April 2015 04:40 PM
Adults from Langholm and surrounding areas who would like to learn how use a Computer can attend a free “Computers for Beginner’s Course” which is being held in the computer suite at Langholm Academy. The course starts on Tuesday 28

Fly Tipping: why go the extra mile?

Monday, 27 April 2015 12:31 PM
Fly Tipping: why go the extra mile? Why drive miles out into the countryside to illegally dispose of your rubbish when you could more easily take it to a nearby recycling centre? There are 12 household waste recycling centres (HWRC) in Dumfries an

Supporting the region's farmers

Monday, 27 April 2015 11:36 AM
Our Council is working with partners to highlight the work of the RSABI (formally known as the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution). The RSABI is a unique Scottish charity which provides financial assistance, support and advice to people wh

Tackling Problem Gulls - Egg and Nest Removal

Monday, 27 April 2015 10:32 AM
The Council's Gull egg and nest removal service will be available to all residential & commercial premises in Dumfries and Heathhall, from the beginning of May although nest and egg removals might not take place until the middle of May onwards.

Council help recruit for new hospital build

Monday, 27 April 2015 09:31 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Employability and Skills Team is working with NHS Dumfries & Galloway to recruit and train staff to work on the delivery of the new acute district general hospital for the region. Dumfries & Galloway Total

Improving Community and Customer Services in Castle Douglas

Friday, 24 April 2015 09:24 AM
We are improving our services to the public by bringing together the Customer Service Centre, Library and Registration office in Castle Douglas. In order to enable us to do this Dumfries and Galloway Council require to complete refurbishment works on

Community enjoys an afternoon of sunshine, packed full of fun

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 02:24 PM
Sunshine brought youngsters, families and friends out to enjoy a free community event at North West Resource Centre, Lincluden on Saturday 18 April.   The afternoon was a roaring success, made possible by partnership working with Dumfries a

Eat safe award for wanlockhead museum

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 10:12 AM
The Museum of Lead Mining, Wanlockhead has been recognised for their high standards of hygiene, cleanliness and food safety with an Eat Safe award.  The Museum achieved this accolade as a result of their commitment to food safety management

Press Call - Citizenship Ceremony - 15 April

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 03:36 PM
A Citizenship Ceremony will take place in Municipal Chambers, Buccleuch Street, Dumfries at 11.00am on Wednesday 15 April 2015.                     &n

Celebrate World Book Night region-wide with the library

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 03:31 PM
World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books which takes place on 23 April. It sees passionate volunteers give hundreds of thousands of books away in their communities to share their love of reading with people who, for whatever reason,

Wigtownshire Primary Schools Indoor Netball League goes to Rephad

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 03:02 PM
The first Indoor netball league for the primary schools within Stranraer came to an exciting close on Monday 30 March in the Ryan Centre. This was the first time the primary schools have competed in an indoor league and after 3 weeks of training sessi

Rhins Primary Schools Cross Country Results

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 02:19 PM
Tuesday 31 March saw over 300 pupils take part in the Rhins Active Schools X-Country festival which was held in the beautiful surroundings of Castle Kennedy Gardens. The event was open to pupils in the upper primaries and three courses were mapped out

Tackling the region’s flooding – Have your say

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 12:03 PM
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and our Council will be working on plans to deal with flooding in the region. To have your say on the proposed actions visit https://frm-scotland.org.uk/   There are also drop-in sessions taking pl

Commemorating the Quintinshill rail disaster

Friday, 10 April 2015 04:12 PM
Commemorating the Quintinshill rail disaster Dumfries and Galloway will commemorate the centenary of the Quintinshill rail disaster on 22 May 2015. The Quintinshill rail disaster on 22 May 1915 claimed 227 lives, including 216 servicemen of The Ro

People feeling safer in homes and at nights according to Community Safety Survey

Friday, 10 April 2015 03:55 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Community and Customer Services (CCS) Committee will hear that the region’s people feel safer in their communities at the CCS meeting next week. Councillors will convene on Tuesday 14 April and will be prese

Dumfries Rotary Club adopts a mile

Friday, 10 April 2015 02:35 PM
Photo Call: Sunday 19 April 2015, 1400 to 1600 (2pm to 4pm) Path: Nunholm Road to Hardthorn Road, Dumfries The Rotary Club of Dumfries is launching a new community initiative. The Rotary Club of Dumfries is adopting a mile of path, between Nun

Notices of Poll and Election Agents for UK Parliamentary Election

Thursday, 09 April 2015 05:04 PM
The UK Parliamentary Election takes place on Thursday 7 May 2015 to elect a Member of Parliament for Dumfries and Galloway County Constituency and Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale County Constituency. The names of those standing for the 2015 el

King George V Complex latest partnership agreement made by Council

Thursday, 09 April 2015 12:23 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council continued its commitment to empower communities and sports clubs in our region this week by agreeing a partnership agreement with Queen of the South FC for the King George V (KGV) Complex in Dumfries. The creation of the

NHS To Attend Community Meeting

Thursday, 09 April 2015 11:17 AM
As part of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s commitment to Public Involvement, a Wigtown Area Committee (Community) Meeting has been arranged to allow NHS representatives to attend. The representatives will provide updates on the action being tak

Pupils Get Creative With BBC Music Initiative

Tuesday, 07 April 2015 03:59 PM
Pupils at Applegarth and Hutton Primary School have been showing off their creative talents online as part of the BBC ‘Ten Pieces’ initiative. Their work which has been inspired by ten different musical compositions was filmed and has been

Warning - Rogue traders working in Dumfries and Galloway

Tuesday, 07 April 2015 01:54 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council Trading Standards is warning householders against giving driveway and other building repair work to people who call at the door. The warning follows intelligence they received about rogue workmen working across Dumfries and G

Easter Eggstravaganza Success

Tuesday, 07 April 2015 12:05 PM
Over 300 children took part in the annual Egg Hunt at Castledykes Park on Easter Sunday. The family-friendly  Easter Eggstravaganza proved more popular than ever as Dumfries and Galloway Council teamed up with Event vision, the Youth for Lourdes t

World Championship Ice Hockey Wows Fans and Businesses Alike

Tuesday, 07 April 2015 10:00 AM
The International Ice Hockey Federation’s Women’s World Championship Ice Hockey tournament (Division 2A), finished at Dumfries Ice Bowl on Sunday 5 April. Great Britain Women’s team played off against top seeds Kazakhstan, Korea, Po

Blairmount Park Works Continuing

Wednesday, 01 April 2015 09:03 AM
Blairmount Park in Newton Stewart will be subject of further works this week in an effort to bring to an end the flooding problems at the 3G facility. Due to community concerns, the Chair and Vice Chair of the Council’s Community and Customer Servic

Celebrating Self-Directed Support

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 05:45 PM
Celebrating Self-Directed Support The first national Self-Directed Support Week is taking place from 30 March to 3 April 2015. Self-Directed Support (SDS) is the way that individuals and families can have informed choices about the way that suppor

World Championship Ice Hockey Underway at Dumfries Ice Bowl

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 12:18 PM
The Women’s World Championship Ice Hockey tournament has started at Dumfries Ice Bowl. In their first match, Great Britain triumphed 8-1 against a New Zealand team that were on the back foot from the first period onwards. GB played with real pac

Writs for the General Election are delivered

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 10:59 AM
Returning Officer, Alex Haswell, has received official notification of the general election on Tuesday 31 March. The parliamentary writs were hand delivered by Royal Mail this morning (Tuesday 31 March) for the Dumfries and Galloway and Dumfriesshire, Cly

D&G has Social Work’s Practice Teacher of the Year

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 10:13 AM
D&G has Social Work’s Practice Teacher of the Year Moira Harris of Dumfries and Galloway Council has won the title Practice Teacher of the Year in the SASW (Scottish Association of Social Workers) Awards 2015. This is the first year that

Council champions looked after young people and care leavers

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 10:03 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council is Champion for looked after young people and care leavers At the first ever meeting of the Champions’ Board for Looked After and Young People and Care Leavers, they will meet with councillors, the Council chief exe

McMillan Hall Official Re-Opening

Monday, 30 March 2015 12:41 PM
The McMillan Hall in Newton Stewart was officially reopened on Friday 27 March after extensive refurbishment works thanks to Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Capital Works Programme.  Chairman of the Council’s Community and Customer Servic

Annandale and Eskdale Sports Award

Monday, 30 March 2015 10:13 AM
The Annandale and Eskdale Sports Awards Ceremony for 2014, organised by Active Schools and Community Sport for Dumfries and Galloway Council, was held at the Corner House Hotel, Annan on Friday 27 March. Eight awards were presented to local spor

Improving Community and Customer Services in Kirkconnel

Thursday, 26 March 2015 04:07 PM
We are improving our services to the public by bringing together the Customer Service Centre, Library and Registration office to the heart of the local community in Kirkconnel.  We have created an interview room which can be used for Registration

Adult Learners Shoot for the Stars

Thursday, 26 March 2015 03:30 PM
Seventeen adult learners who have taken part in courses provided by Dumfries and Galloway Council recently had the opportunity to meet cross party Scottish political representatives and key decision makers.  Together with other learners from acr

Funding Success for Green Fingered Young Volunteers

Thursday, 26 March 2015 02:25 PM
A group of young people who volunteer their time to help with the development and maintenance of their community gardens in Leswalt applied to D&G Youthbank for £152.92 to purchase their own tools and equipment to upkeep Aldouran Wetland Gardens

Fit Mad Group go Mad for Fitness

Thursday, 26 March 2015 02:09 PM
The Fit Mad mother, relative and daughters group tried their hand at curling last week to go with all the other activities they have tried over the past 8 weeks. The group, which includes mum and daughters from across the Nithsdale area have already

Kirkgunzeon PS very good at meeting learners' needs

Thursday, 26 March 2015 12:38 PM
Kirkgunzeon Primary School was inspected recently by Education Scotland. The school received a positive inspection report with an evaluation of ‘very good’ for meeting learners’ needs and ‘good’ for all other quality indicato

Primary Schools Regional Badminton Finals

Thursday, 26 March 2015 09:24 AM
The Dumfries and Galloway Regional Primary School Badminton Finals for children aged Primary 6 and 7 was held at The David Keswick Centre on Sunday 22 March. The competition which is organised by Active Schools and Community Sport for Dumfri

Local events to tackle poverty problems

Thursday, 26 March 2015 08:49 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council have taken steps to address the poverty problems in the region by hosting 2 events in the past fortnight. On 16 March an event was held in Kirkcudbright, and on 23 March a similar event was held in Dumfries. Representative

Dumfries and Galloway Council celebrate Earth Hour

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 05:20 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council is helping to build a brighter future by supporting WWF’s Earth Hour, a spectacular and symbolic lights out event that focuses the world’s attention on our planet, and the need to protect it. On 28th March, at

Olympic Curler to visit schools to promote women in sport

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 04:46 PM
Eve Muirhead has taken time out of her busy curling schedule to visit Dalbeattie and Maxwelltown High School to speak with girls about their participation in sport. The visits will give the girls a chance to hear about Eve’s experiences from when sh

Scottish Youth Parliament - The Results Are In!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 10:04 AM
The Scottish Youth Parliament Elections closed on 13 March.  On Saturday 14 March, the four successful MSYP’s were announced at an event at Robert Burns Film Centre. This was an opportunity to celebrate all of the young people’s commitmen

Council information events for Autism Awareness Week

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 09:32 AM
World Autism Awareness Week is 27 March to 2 April.  Dumfries and Galloway Council in conjunction with Turning Point Scotland have organised three events in the region. On 1 April, at Burns House in Stranraer between 2pm and 6pm, there will be an

Get Creative at Gracefield this Spring

Monday, 23 March 2015 12:45 PM
A series of new and exciting adult creative workshop come to Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries this spring, so if you fancy refreshing your art skills or trying something completely new then we might have just the course for you! On Saturday 11 April

Easter Eggstravaganza 2015

Friday, 20 March 2015 03:40 PM
You will be in for a treat at the annual Easter Eggstravaganza, taking place in Castledykes Park in Dumfries on Sunday 5 April. There will be family-friendly activities including Easter Egg hunts with 8 golden eggs hidden around the park to be found

Youth Beatz - Is it your time to Shine?

Friday, 20 March 2015 03:11 PM
This year, Scotland’s biggest Free Youth Music Event, Youth Beatz, is offering local performers the chance to perform in front of 12,000 people on their main stages at both Youth Beatz and the Youth Beatz Fringe this Summer. Youth Beatz, now in

Dumfries and Galloway Environment Fair Success

Thursday, 19 March 2015 01:36 PM
The 2015 Dumfries and Galloway Environment Fair has been hailed as a great success as nearly 1000 people attended the event at the Crichton Campus on Saturday 14 March. The Fair, is now into its 19th year and is the Regions annual celebration of local

Council Leader commends D&G CAS achievement

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 10:34 PM
Council leader Ronnie Nicholson has congratulated Dumfries and Galloway Citizens Advice Service (D&G CAS) on the news that the Fraser of Allander Institute estimates that they have generated over £11 million for the economy of Dumfries and Gallo

Business Bus Success

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 12:28 PM
The 'Business Bus' was in the region earlier this month to encourage existing and potential businesses in Dumfries and Galloway to get some expert business advice. 64 businesses took the opportunity to meet with advisors to discuss a range o

Tech systems enable better Council service

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 11:19 AM
The Council’s DGFirst Management Committee (24 March 2015) will hear that DGFirst has invested in and developed systems that streamline the way services are delivered to provide a better and faster service for customers and other service users.

Council Tax Notice Success

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 09:10 AM
Last week Dumfries and Galloway Council sent out Council Tax Notices totalling almost £87 million.  73,818 Notices were issued on 10 March and have been reaching letterboxes throughout the region over the past few days.  On top of this, 12

Official Re-Opening of the Refurbished McMillan Hall

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 11:13 AM
The McMillan Hall, Newton Stewart first opened its doors to the public in late December 1884 and was referred to in a newspaper article of that time as follows: A building that the people of Newton Stewart may well be proud, as it was unquestionably

Stranraer rail franchise - Ministerial discussions

Monday, 16 March 2015 05:00 PM
Councillors this week secured some assurances about the future of rail services in the region. Following a meeting with Derek MacKay MSP, Minister for Transport and the Isles, Councillor Colin Smyth, Chair of the Council’s Economy, Environment and I

Jobs fair success

Monday, 16 March 2015 04:11 PM
Around 240 young job seekers from the region attended a Jobs Fair at Dumfries and Galloway College last week. 21 employers from sectors including Hospitality, Engineering, Manufacturing and Retail were on hand to recruit for existing opportunities and to

Legacy Week – Active Places fund leads to new equipment for local School and Sports Hub

Friday, 13 March 2015 11:17 AM
The Legacy of Glasgow 2014 is on show at Maxwelltown High school thanks to new equipment in their gym.  A funding application via the Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund to the value of £22,000 was granted to allow a 20 station gym to be created wit

Legacy Week - Recreation Club doing Ace thanks to Legacy funding

Thursday, 12 March 2015 02:32 PM
A new tennis facility has been created thanks to the Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund as part of Legacy 2014.  Ruthwell Recreation Club put together a funding application to the Active Places Fund and the club were awarded £27,400.&nbsp

Stranraer Half Marathon 2015

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 09:14 AM
The 13th Annual Stranraer Half Marathon plus Junior Runs took place on Saturday 7 March. A total of nine races including fun runs were held throughout the day with over 300 entries. The winner of the Half Marathon, which is measured at a distance of 1

Legacy Week - Communities get active and travel smart

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 03:45 PM
People across the region are still benefitting from the ‘sustainable’ projects developed and delivered in response to the challenge from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to provide a legacy beyond 2014 for everyone.    There

Region's Trusted Trader Scheme Launched

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 01:07 PM
Our Council has launched its new Trusted Trader Scheme. Initially focusing on the home improvement sector, the initiative will be run by the Council’s Trading Standards Team, and may be expanded to incorporate other business sectors. It’s hope

Forthcoming Women’s World Championship Ice Hockey set to be Truly Global

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 10:24 AM
The forthcoming Women’s World Championship Ice Hockey tournament, to be held at Dumfries Ice Bowl from March 30 to April 5, will be a truly global event. The Great Britain Women’s team will compete against top seeds Kazakhstan, plus Korea,

Annandale and Eskdale Primary Basketball Competition

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 10:16 AM
The Annandale and Eskdale Primary Schools Basketball Competition took place at Lockerbie Academy last Tuesday night . The event which is part of the primary schools PEPAS sporting calendar attracted ten teams to the competition. After two hours o

Legacy of 2014 providing jobs in local businesses for local people

Monday, 09 March 2015 04:02 PM
In support of the 2014 Commonwealth Games there were a limited number of Employer Recruitment Incentive (ERI) placements available to employers who wanted to recruit Modern Apprentices (MAs).  Skills Development Scotland (SDS) delivered a &pound

Park Primary School motivates and engages pupils

Monday, 09 March 2015 02:59 PM
Education Scotland inspectors visited Park Primary School in January 2015 to find out how well children are achieving and learning. They found children in the nursery, learning centre and across the primary stages who are confident, happy and engage w

Legacy Week demonstrates Dumfries and Galloway is globally Connected

Monday, 09 March 2015 02:56 PM
The Commonwealth Games in 2014 was a spectacular display of world-class sporting success. But it wasn't just about the elite athletes. It involved people young and old across Scotland celebrating, learning, creating, enjoying and appreciating through a sp

Are you an adult over 55? Are you caring for an older adult?

Monday, 09 March 2015 02:20 PM
Are you an adult over 55? Are you caring for an older adult? The Council is hosting an information event to increase people's awareness of local groups and organisations that can offer support to individuals or families. Are you getting the correc

Nithsdale Area Profile Launched

Monday, 09 March 2015 10:59 AM
The Crichton Institute presented the Area Profile for Nithsdale on 4 March 2015 in Municipal Chamber to an audience of 26 local partners including Elected Members, Community Councils and representatives of a wide range of community and voluntary organisat

Council led 'Let's Motivate' improving Care Home residents' health and wellbeing

Thursday, 05 March 2015 03:33 PM
Let’s Motivate will be re-launched in Dumfries and Galloway in early 2015 led by the Council’s Leisure and Sport Service in partnership with NHS Dumfries and Galloway Falls Prevention team and DG Health and Wellbeing and Paths for All.  L

Council scores highly on techno music tuition

Thursday, 05 March 2015 12:31 PM
Instrumental Music Tuition in Scotland Report by the Scottish Government’s Instrumental Music Implementation Group (February 2015) Dumfries and Galloway Council’s innovative and pioneering work on using technology to deliver instrumental

Have fun and learn at this year's Dumfries and Galloway Environment Fair at the Crichton Campus

Thursday, 05 March 2015 08:49 AM
Crichton Campus will play host to hundreds of visitors as it celebrates our local wildlife and natural environment at the 2015 Dumfries and Galloway Environment Fair. The event, which is supported by the University of Glasgow and the University of Sou

International Women’s Day 2015

Thursday, 05 March 2015 08:47 AM
International Women’s Day (IWD) is marked across the world 8 March and celebrates the progress made on gender equality. International Woman's Day was first celebrated in the early 1900s and since then it has grown in strength to the point that n

Regional Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships

Thursday, 05 March 2015 08:47 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Regional Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships took place at Bladnoch Showground at Wigtown on Thursday 26 February 2015. With wet and muddy conditions underfoot the course proved a challenging test for the runners. 425 S

Council launch taxicard scheme

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 03:30 PM
Our Council has provided a “Taxicard” scheme for less able members of the community since 1989. This provides £100 annual credit to those eligible for the scheme, which can be used to buy taxi service from participating operators. It

Superfast Shelby Brings Moffat Up To Speed with Fibre Broadband

Monday, 02 March 2015 11:26 AM
Moffat sporting star and superfast wheelchair racer Shelby Watson has helped celebrate the arrival of high-speed fibre broadband in her Dumfries and Galloway hometown. Moffat Academy pupil Shelby (17), one of Scotland's most outstanding young wheelch

Work starts to regenerate Gretna Green and Springfield

Thursday, 26 February 2015 03:18 PM
Work is underway on a programme of improvement works designed to transform parts of Gretna Green and Springfield. Work should take around four months to complete and includes:- Enhancing community seating area at Headless Cross Creatin

All aboard the business bus for your ticket to business success

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 04:46 PM
Small to medium sized businesses throughout Dumfries & Galloway will be able to access FREE specialist business advice as a new project goes on tour. Running from Monday March 2nd until Friday 6th, the Business Gateway Plus bus will visit 14 towns

Producers and Food Market

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 04:04 PM
Students from Kirkcudbright Academy have organised a Producers and Food market in Castle Douglas Town Hall on Friday 27 February between 10.00am and 2.30pm. The market will see around 20 local food, craft and vintage stall holders come together in thi

Region's Hospitals Eat Safe

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 12:26 PM
Galloway Community Hospital and Newton Stewart Hospital have been recognised for their high standards of hygiene, cleanliness and food safety with an Eat Safe award. Eat Safe is designed to promote excellence in food hygiene in catering businesses acro

Individual Electoral Registration – Don’t Miss Out!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 11:01 AM
Electoral registration changed recently, the new system is called Individual Electoral Registration .  You are now responsible for registering yourself to vote. Any new applications to register must be made by Monday 20 April 2015 to ensure the

UK Data Control - Business Scam

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:01 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Trading Standards team is warning local businesses about a scam that is currently doing the rounds. Local businesses have contacted the service expressing concern about a letter they have received headed “UK

Dumfries and Galloway Schools Gymnastics Champs - Results

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:59 AM
The Dumfries and Galloway Schools Gymnastics Championships were held at the David Keswick Athletic Centre on Saturday 21 February with our highest ever entry of around 290 Primary and Secondary school aged children from the all over the region taking part

Scottish Youth Parliament Elections set to start

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 12:09 PM
The Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) is the democratically elected voice of Scotland's young people. It represents young people all over Scotland, and gives young people a national platform to voice their issues, turn them into positive actions, and influe

Who Dares Win exhibition at Georgetown Library

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 12:04 PM
Captain Cecil Leyland Riding MC was a local man who was parachuted behind enemy lines into Nazi-occupied France. His story is told in a set of display panels and browse books currently on loan from Dumfries Museum to Georgetown Library. These will be on d

Review of Business support to the creative industries

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 12:04 PM
On 23rd February national and local business support providers will gather to hear Dr Stephen Connolly of DC Research present the findings of “A Review of the Support Needs of the Creative Industries Sector in Dumfries and Galloway”. The C

Archie in Oil - Spring Fling Young Artists

Thursday, 19 February 2015 03:27 PM
A host of new exhibitions comes to Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries featuring new faces and old. Opening on Saturday 28 February is a major retrospective exhibition of the unseen work in oil painting of one Dumfries and Galloway’s best known local

Photo Op: Scot Parliament's Presiding Officer visits D&G schools

Thursday, 19 February 2015 12:32 PM
Monday 23 February 2015 1400 (2pm): Mouswald  Primary School 1435 (2.35pm): Maxwelltown High School The Scottish Parliament's Presiding Officer, Tricia Marwick MSP, will visit  Mouswald Primary School and Maxwelltown High School on Mon

Improved teaching and learning at Hecklegirth Primary School

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 03:21 PM
Inspectors see improved teaching and learning  at Hecklegirth Primary School Recently, Education Scotland's inspectors paid a return visit to Hecklegirth Primary School. During the visit, the inspectors considered the areas that had been identifie

Pothole repairs across Dumfries and Galloway

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:12 PM
Pothole repairs programme across Dumfries and Galloway The condition of our roads is highly dependent on prevailing weather conditions. Dumfries and Galloway has recently experienced extreme weather with high winds, prolonged periods of heavy rain, an

Council’s Fostering and Adoption services are ‘very good’

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 11:18 AM
Council’s Fostering and Adoption services are ‘very good’ The Social Work Services Committee (24 February 2015) will hear that the Council’s Fostering and Adoption services both scored ‘very good’ in every quality c

Supporting older people in their communities

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 06:11 PM
Supporting older people in their communities The Council’s Social Work Committee (24 February 2015) is being recommended to continue funding day centres for financial year 2015/16. The committee will also be updated on a full review of provi

Region’s Festivals and Events Hailed as the Best in Rural Scotland as the Council Announces £339,000 of Funding Awards

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 12:00 PM
Dumfries and Galloway is home to the best, most eclectic programme of festivals and events in rural Scotland.   That is the bold claim of the Council and the regional events sector after the Local Authority announced £339,000 of fun

Nithsdale School Badminton competition serving up a treat

Friday, 13 February 2015 02:36 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council held the Nithsdale Primary Badminton Competition on Sunday 8 February. The day of badminton was held at the David Keswick Athletics Centre in Dumfries. The event saw pupils from across Nithsdale compete as part of the physica

Community Safety Fund Open for Applications

Thursday, 12 February 2015 02:18 PM
The second round of the Community Safety Fund is open for applications from organisations, community groups and agencies across Dumfries and Galloway. Funding is available to support small scale projects and initiatives that aim to make people feel sa

February half term fun at Dumfries Museum

Thursday, 12 February 2015 10:05 AM
Dumfries Museum has lined up some fun activities for families to keep children entertained during the February half term break. This year the break coincides with the lead up to Chinese New Year and the planned activities have taken on this theme.

World Class Ice Bowl Action - The Women’s World Championship comes to Dumfries

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 01:57 PM
The countdown is on to the Women’s World Championship Ice Hockey tournament at Dumfries Ice Bowl, which is being held from Monday March 30 to Sunday April 5 this year. The Great Britain Ladies team will compete against top seeds Kazakhstan, plus

6 D&G schools successfully bid to Access to Education Fund

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 10:35 AM
6 Dumfries and Galloway schools have been successful with bids to Education Scotland's Access to Education Fund. Auchencairn and Borgue Primary Schools £8,460 Belmont Primary School £4,640 Lochside Primary School £1,600 Maxwelltown

Commemorating the Quintinshill rail disaster

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 10:25 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Policy and Resources Committee (17 February 2015) will consider a report on proposals to commemorate the centenary of the Quintinshill rail disaster. The Quintinshill rail disaster on 22 May 1915 claimed 227 lives

Funding of £250,000 to suppor events in Dumfries and Galloway

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 07:21 AM
A wide variety of events and festivals in Dumfries and Galloway are set to benefit from £250,000 of events funding.  At the Council’s Policy and Resources committee next week (17 February), Councillors will be asked to approve funding

Are you an adult over 55? Are you caring for an older adult?

Monday, 09 February 2015 03:39 PM
Are you an adult over 55?  Are you caring for an older adult?  The Council is hosting 2 information events to increase people's awareness of local groups and organisations that can offer support to individuals or families. Are you gettin

Teacup Travels

Monday, 09 February 2015 12:31 PM
Are you looking for something different to do at the weekend? Then a visit to Dumfries Museum could be the answer! Drop in to Dumfries Museum this weekend to see up close the real artefacts that inspired Charlotte and Elliot’s adventures in &ldq

National Voter Registration Day

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 04:33 PM
With the General Election taking place on 7 May, Dumfries and Galloway Council is urging voters to make sure they are registered to vote in time. Bite the Ballot created National Voter Registration Day and this year it is being held on Thursday 5 Feb

Rallies revving up benefits for region

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 02:23 PM
Dumfries and Galloway’s three Scottish Championship Car Rallies created £591,112 of net benefit to the regional economy in 2014. That is one of the key findings from a Council commissioned Study into the Rallies. The study was undertaken t

Funding secured to transform Agnew Park

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 11:37 AM
Agnew Park in Stranraer is set to be transformed thanks to investment from the Council and the Big Lottery Coastal Communities Fund (CCF). Over £800k will be used to rejuvenate the park with a new cafe, play equipment, lighting and environmental imp

Smashing turnout at Annandale and Eskdale School Badminton Tournament

Monday, 02 February 2015 11:19 AM
The Annandale and Eskdale Primary School Badminton Competition for children aged Primary 5 – 7 were held at Lockerbie Academy on Saturday 31 January. The competition organised by Dumfries and Galloway Council and sponsored by Magnox Limited at

Pothole repairs programme in Dumfries and Galloway

Friday, 30 January 2015 03:42 PM
Dumfries and Galloway has the third longest roads network in Scotland, with 4,151km of roads to maintain.  The condition of our roads is highly dependent on prevailing weather conditions. Dumfries and Galloway has recently experienced extreme weat

Become a Trusted Trader

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 04:41 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council is encouraging businesses in the region to sign up to its new trusted trader initiative. The Council’s Trading Standards Service who operate the scheme, hope that the initiative will help support local businesses and pr

Dumfries and Galloway's Education praised by Audit Scotland

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 04:24 PM
Dumfries and Galloway’s Education praised by Audit Scotland The Council’s Education Committee (27 January 2015) received a presentation from Audit Scotland on its report into School Education, which was published in June 2014. This nat

Film for Thought at RBCFT

Monday, 26 January 2015 03:22 PM
In February the Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre will welcome the first Film for Thought academic film festival in association with the University of Glasgow’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies. The festival will run for 5 days, from 24 t

Thistle card to help region's bus passengers

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 12:03 PM
A new scheme to improve communication between less able bus passengers and drivers will be launched in Dumfries and Galloway from 19th January. The Thistle Card will enable card holders to quickly and easily advise bus drivers of any difficulties they

Solway Skaters strike Gold in UK Champs

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 11:43 AM
A team of skaters from Dumfries are celebrating after scooping Gold at last weekend’s British Synchronized Skating Championships in Nottingham. The Solway Stars won the top prize in the ‘Junior ‘section of the 2 day event, and Solwa

Investment in D&G Museums by National Development Body

Thursday, 15 January 2015 12:33 PM
Twenty Recognition and Capital projects in Museums throughout Scotland have received funding Scotland’s National Development Body, and some of it will be coming to museums in Dumfries and Galloway. The Council’s Arts and Museums Service has be

Council CLD Service continue to deliver high quality learning

Thursday, 15 January 2015 09:51 AM
Learners supported by the Council’s Community Learning and Development Service enjoyed great success last year, achieving open learning certificates in Mathematics  and computing modules amongst others. With January being the time of New Y

New operator for Scotrail franchise

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 04:58 PM
At the Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday (14 January), Councillors heard details concerning the new Scotrail franchise operator who will run train services in the region from 2015-2025. Abellio Ltd will implement changes suc

Young Entrepreneur start-up grant helps Lochmaben business flourish

Monday, 12 January 2015 03:05 PM
Steven Boyd has turned a hobby into a full time business with the help of a start-up grant from the Young Entrepreneur Project. Open this year, Syndicate Tattoo operates from the fully licensed Wee Studio in Queen Street, Lochmaben. Steven said, &

Youthbank funding success in Annandale and Eskdale

Thursday, 08 January 2015 11:25 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Community Learning and Development Team in Annan has identified a gap in provision of youth work services for young people aged 12 – 25 years with autism spectrum conditions and/or a disability.  Assisted b

Local People Encouraged to Have Their Say on the Budget

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 05:21 PM
The Leader of the Council, Ronnie Nicholson, is encouraging local people to have their say on the Administration’s budget proposals.  The proposals were published at the end of December and detail the Administration’s plans for meeting th

CX Project helps James Ewart Racing produce more winners

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 01:29 PM
Located in a stunning setting in a bowl of the Langholm Hills, James Ewart Racing is a fine example of a successful local business. James and Briony Ewart converted part of the family cattle and sheep farm into a racehorse training business in 2004 an

Gretna Green Public Space Improvements - Exhibition

Monday, 29 December 2014 09:53 AM
Do you live in Gretna Green or Springfield? If so, you are invited to come along and see the plans for a range of environmental improvement works due to start soon. The Gretna Regeneration Steering group is holding an information event in The Stormont

Council budget consultation: have your say

Wednesday, 24 December 2014 12:07 PM
Consultation on draft budgets submitted by the Council's political groups has started.   Proposals are on the Council's website www.dumgal.gov.uk/budget and there is a survey that the public is invited to complete online or by visiting a Counc

Reshaping of council services agreed

Thursday, 18 December 2014 03:41 PM
To make sure that our Council is best placed to deliver our Council’s Priorities and achieve the required level of savings (£32 Million over the next 3 financial years), Councillors today (18 December) agreed to ‘re-shape’ Council

Commemorating Private James Mackenzie VC

Thursday, 18 December 2014 11:33 AM
Commemorating Private James Mackenzie VC Maxwelltown War Memorial, Dumfries on Friday 19 December 2014 Commencing at 10.45am A commemorative paving stone will be unveiled and a wreath laying ceremony held at Maxwelltown War Memorial, Dumfries at 10.45

Slam dunk day of basketball development

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 02:48 PM
On Wednesday 10 December saw 7 senior basketball teams (3 girls and 4 boys) from 5 different schools across the region attend a skills development day. The day saw some fabulous talent and skills being performed. The day was organised and ran in conj

Santa and Friends coming to Stranraer

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 10:57 AM
Someone very special is arriving in Stranraer this Saturday and he is bringing his Reindeer with him! From 12noon until 3pm this Saturday (20 December) everyone can come along to meet Santa’s Reindeer who will be waiting on Santa arriv

‘Lie of the Land’ Schools Project receives Commendation at RSPB Awards

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 10:52 AM
A local schools project designed to encourage children to explore the outdoors has received a certificate of commendation from the RSPB – Nature of Scotland Awards. “Lie of the Land” was a multi-agency educational project carried out

Tackling food poisoning over the festive season

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 10:47 AM
Environmental health officers are reminding people not to wash raw Turkey, Chicken or indeed any poultry over the festive period.  Washing raw poultry can spread campylobacter food poisoning as water droplets splash germs ont

Secondary School Table Tennis Festival

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 10:52 AM
Thursday 11 December saw the first ever regional secondary Inter school Table Tennis competition which saw 9 schools being represented in 7 different categories. The level of performance across the board was brilliant and the level of enthusiasm was incre

Whitesands meeting - Commitment to more public engagement

Thursday, 11 December 2014 01:23 PM
A large turnout at Nithsdale Area Committee Community meeting to discuss the proposed Whitesands regeneration project has led to a commitment to continue the public engagement on the plans in the New Year. Around a 100 people attended the event at St

Community Safety Survey – Have Your Say

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 09:21 AM
The annual Community Safety Survey in Dumfries and Galloway closes on 23 December 2014 and local people are being encouraged to complete the short questionnaire and have their say. The Community Safety Partnership wants your views on what issues affec

Glasgow 2014 - Celebrating Achievement and Contribution

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 12:20 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council hosted a civic event on Saturday evening in the Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries to celebrate individuals and organisations from Dumfries and Galloway who had made a contribution to the outstanding success of the Glasgow 2014 Commo

Libraries add SCRAN to their growing collection

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 10:20 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Libraries have added a wonderful new site to their collection of Online Resources. Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network (SCRAN) hosts 390,000 images, movies and sounds from museums, galleries, archives and the media. Images su

Primary School Table Tennis Festival - Results

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 09:36 AM
Over 60 P5 pupils attended the 2nd Annual Table Tennis Festival at Dumfries Table Tennis Club last week. The Festival, organised by Dumfries and Galloway Council in partnership with Dumfries Table Tennis Club, rounded off a full term of table tennis ac

Rainbow Swim Scheme Gala 2014

Monday, 08 December 2014 03:18 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Rainbow Swimming Scheme Gala 2014 was held at The FUN Pool in Sanquhar on Saturday 6 December. Once again, this annual event which sees participants of the Rainbow Swimming Scheme from across the region come together

A New Art Gallery for Stranraer Museum

Friday, 05 December 2014 03:29 PM
The Ross Gallery, named after one of Stranraer’s pioneering sons, Sir John Ross, opens to the public from 11th December. The Ross Gallery is on the first floor of the Stranraer Museum and is available for local artists to exhibit their work duri

Naturally D&G highlights food provenance

Thursday, 04 December 2014 01:09 PM
Across our region, DGFirst provides high quality food with produce sourced from local suppliers wherever possible. This shows that our Council is committed to our local food and drink industry. The Council’s DGFirst provides catering for schools

Inspiring Entrepreneurs networking boosts Danz Designz

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 05:35 PM
Danz Designz is the new business venture of young Moffat graphic designer Daniel Warwick. Daniel is one of a number of businesses in Annandale and Eskdale taking advantage of the networking opportunity provided by Dumfries and Galloway Council’s I

Latest Local Development Plan timetable out now

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 02:00 PM
With the completion of our Council’s new style Local Development Plan LDP1, work will begin next year on the next plan. More details and a timetable for preparing LDP2 are set out in the latest Development Plan Scheme which is now available. The

Funding Success for Local Basketball Group

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 10:38 AM
A group of young people who have set up their own after school basketball team have been successful in their bid to Dumfries and Galloway’s ‘Youthbank’. The enthusiastic group applied to the Council run Youthbank for £747.60 t

Regional Scottish Schools qualifying event

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 09:30 AM
The Regional Scottish School's qualifying event took place over two dates this year. The first was held at the Merrick Leisure Centre on 3 November where pupils from the West of the region competed and the second was held at Annan Swimming Pool on 20 Nove

Community Payback delivers

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 03:47 PM
The Council’s Social Work Services Committee (5 December 2014) will receive a report on Community Payback Orders (CPO). Councillor Jim Dempster, chairman of the Social Work Services Committee, said, “Protecting the most vulnerable people i

Tourism's Vital Statistics

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 03:34 PM
Specialists will be working with Dumfries and Galloway Council to help gather vital statistics in an effort to boost visitor numbers in the region. Information gaps were identified when developing the regional tourism strategy, so LJ Research and Coig

New mobile flood trailer

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 03:13 PM
A new mobile 'Flood Trailer' will be based at Barnkirk Depot, Newton Stewart to help tackle flooding in the town and elsewhere in the region. The Flood Trailer is a container unit filled with absorbent style sandbags and a number of expandable flo

Dumfries Switch On hailed a big success

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 09:56 AM
Dumfries held its Christmas Lights Switch On event on Thursday 27 November.  Large crowds gathered progressively throughout the day and soaked up the festive atmosphere.  The Christmas Market in Bank Street was a new addition to the Switch On ev

Digital Champions

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 09:20 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Community Learning and Development Service in partnership with Moffat Academy’s S3 pupils have been working with adults in the community to assist them get to grips with new technology. Over a period of four wee

DG Employment TAP launches new premises

Monday, 01 December 2014 09:37 AM
On Thursday 27 November DG Employment Total Access Point (TAP), a Dumfries and Galloway Employability Partnership initiative to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for employers, held an event to promote the opening of their new premises at 24 Nith P

It's the most wonderful time of the year...for scammers

Friday, 28 November 2014 11:38 AM
Record numbers are expected to log-on for Christmas shopping this year creating opportunities for retailers and bargain hunters, but also presenting opportunities for fraudsters. Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Trading Standards Service has some imp

Teaming Up to Tackle Domestic Abuse

Thursday, 27 November 2014 11:18 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council, Queen of the south FC, White Ribbon Scotland and the Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women Partnership (DAVAWP) are collaborating on a new local campaign to tackle domestic abuse and other forms of violence that mainly a

Dumfries Global Education Group back from Oz trip

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 04:08 PM
The Dumfries Global Education Group is a group of 11 Nithsdale young people aged 15-20 who volunteer in their local community on a weekly basis, from working with young people with additional support needs and disabilities to working with the Ca

Potting Pupils Cue up to try Snooker

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 11:18 AM
  Over 30 Primary School pupils from St Michael’s and Troqueer have been learning how to play snooker at the Sands Snooker Club as part of a weekly pilot programme linked to numeracy and literacy.     The partnership programme

Council Agree to Family Engagement over Supporting Learners Service Review

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 04:55 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Education Committee today (25 November) agreed to begin the process of engaging with families over the future shape of Supporting Learning Services. Following a rigorous eight month service review, members of the

sportscotland - Young Volunteer Of The Year

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 02:09 PM
The Dumfries and Galloway Coaching Awards, in partnership with sportscotland, provided the opportunity to thank coaches for their dedication to their chosen sport and recognise their achievements. The aim of the awards was to celebrate and raise the profi

Creachmore Golf Club donates £2951 to Stranraer ARC

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 02:01 PM
Creachmore Golf Club have made a donation of £2,951.86 to Stranraer ARC’s service-users’ Comforts Fund for the third time in as many years. The Comfort Fund enables ARC service users to buy extras that are out-with the normal budget prov

Stranraer Christmas Events – Programme

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 11:30 AM
Stranraer Christmas Lights Switch On takes place this Saturday, 29 November. It marks the first day of events for the Stranraer Christmas Events and there is a fun packed programme which will hopefully appeal to people of all ages. The Frozen Sing

Regional Secondary School Rugby 7's - Results

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 10:26 AM
On Friday 21 November the Regional Secondary School Rugby 7's festival took place at Park Farm (home of Dumfries Saints RFC). Results were as follows; S1/2 - Castle Douglas High School Under 15 Boys - Douglas Ewart High School Under 15 Girls - A

Dumfries gets ready for the big Switch On

Friday, 21 November 2014 09:26 AM
The Dumfries Christmas Lights Switch On takes place on Thursday 27 November.  The event, switched to a Thursday for the first time last year, attracted large crowds who enjoyed new entertainment and activities including an Ice Rink and Ski Slope.

Dumfries and Galloway Community Safety Survey 2014/15

Thursday, 20 November 2014 11:12 AM
Our Council wants Dumfries and Galloway to be the safest place in which to live and along with our many partners we are committed to reducing or eliminating the threats to safety within our communities. The Community Safety Partnership wants your view

Zoolab at Annan Museum

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 11:45 AM
The popular Zoolab will be at Annan Museum on Friday 28 November during the St Andrews school break. Sessions start at 10am, 11am, 12noon, 2pm and 3pm. The event is free and open to everyone but prebooking is advised as numbers are limited. People can cal

St Andrew’s Day activities at Dumfries Museum

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 11:35 AM
Dumfries Museum has organised some exciting activities to celebrate St Andrews Day and provide a fun place to visit for children on their school break The current exhibition “Strandlines” is all about the local coast and the unusual thing

Council agrees to sell Dalbeattie theatre to Birchvale Players

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 06:12 PM
The Council’s Policy and Resources Committee (18 November 2014) has agreed to dispose of Birchvale Theatre in Dalbeattie to the Birchvale Players for £1. The Birchvale Players have leased the building since 1980 and have carried out a cons

Council approves Men's Shed

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 06:07 PM
The Council’s Policy and Resources Committee (18 November 2014) has agreed to lease the Moffat Memorial Centre in Noblehill Park, Dumfries, to use as a Men’s Shed. Dumfries Men’s Shed will be a place where men of all ages can spend t

Exhibition changeover at Gracefield Arts Centre

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 04:26 PM
It’s all go this week with a changeover of exhibitions at Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries.  While we say ‘goodbye’ to Dan Flavin as the artwork heads back to the Tate and National Gallery of Scotland, we say ‘hello&rsq

Love letters to your local library

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 04:17 PM
As part of the national Book Week Scotland celebrations (24 – 30 November) library customers and local authors have been writing Love Letters to show what libraries mean to them. Attached are extracts from some of the letters, Nithsdal

Council Mobility Scooter Scheme launches today

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 02:22 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council today launched its Mobility Scooter Service.  The new service will be run from the Midsteeple Box Office in Dumfries High Street and will operate Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. Council staff will handle bo

Tackling loan sharks

Monday, 17 November 2014 05:24 PM
Illegal money lending, or loansharking is a silent and often invisible crime which can have devastating effects on victims. Loan sharks operate in various ways; on the street, from a house, within a pub or a doorstep collection scheme. Loan sharks ten

'Lie of the Land' Schools Project Shortlisted for RSPB Award

Monday, 17 November 2014 12:41 PM
A local schools project has made the shortlist for the prestigious RSPB – Nature of Scotland Awards. The project entitled ‘Lie of the Land’ has been nominated under the Youth and Education awards category at the ceremony which takes plac

Tales from the Baseline - A History of Dumfries Lawn Tennis Club

Thursday, 13 November 2014 11:52 AM
David Dutton’s new book, Tales from the Baseline: A History of Dumfries Lawn Tennis Club, will be launched at the Ewart Library in Dumfries at 7pm on Tuesday, 18 November. The book traces the fortunes of the club from its foundation in 1880 (ma

Dumfries and Galloway Council to attend Borderlands Summit in Carlisle

Thursday, 13 November 2014 09:34 AM
Senior members of five cross border councils are to meet this Friday (14 November) to look at economic opportunities for borderland areas. The Association of North East Councils will also be represented at the meeting. Councillor Ronnie Nicholson, Cou

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims - Sunday 16 November

Thursday, 13 November 2014 09:32 AM
Sunday 16 November 2014 marks the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. The day focuses on both the overall scale and the individual devastation caused by road deaths and injuries and the impact upon families and communities around the world.

Celebrate Book Week Scotland in your local library

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 02:31 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Library Service is taking part in the national celebration of reading.   Book Week Scotland (24 – 30 Nov) was created to highlight Scotland’s exceptional culture, creative and literary talent, and to remind ever

Play, Talk and Read Roadshows come to region

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 11:14 AM
An interactive play bus is returning to Dumfries and Galloway next week, so that parents and carers of young children can climb aboard with their child and find out how to Play, Talk and Read with their youngsters and get them off to a great start. &l

Stranraer Gateway Project - And the winner is?

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 04:06 PM
Two designs have been chosen by the public to be progressed as part of the Stranraer Gateway project. The project, which aims to improve approaches to the town was the subject of a consultation in August to see which designs were favoured by the public. T

Revamp for Gretna's Central Avenue

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 03:23 PM
At today's Planning, Environment and Infrastructure Committee, Councillors agreed £1.1 million to fund a project to transform Central Avenue in Gretna. The Gretna Masterplan which was adopted in 2008 following extensive consultation, identified

Visit by The Royal Norwegian Consul General to Dumfries 14-16 November 2014

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 11:57 AM
Provost of Dumfries and Chair of Nithsdale Area Committee Ted Thompson will host a flag raising ceremony in the presence of The Royal Norwegian Consul General at the Midsteeple Dumfries on Friday, 14 November 2014 from 10.15am.   The Norwegian f

Facebook Q&A on Council Budget with Council Leader

Monday, 10 November 2014 01:57 PM
On Tuesday 11 November, Dumfries and Galloway Council will hold a Q&A Session on their Facebook page in relation to the Budget development process.  The session will be the first of 3 Social Media sessions taking place in November, with Twitter p

Allanbank Loss of Power

Monday, 10 November 2014 11:11 AM
Allanbank Care Home in Dumfries provides personalised nursing care for older people and also provides support for adults with mental health problems, and physical and sensory impairment. It is operated by the Embrace Group and there are currently around 5

Work starts to expand parking at Lockerbie station

Monday, 10 November 2014 09:51 AM
On behalf of SWestrans Work on an extension to car parking facilities at Lockerbie Station gets underway on Monday 10 November. The works, commissioned by the South West of Scotland Transport Partnership, SWestrans, and managed by the Council&rsqu

Films made to celebrate National Youth Work week

Friday, 07 November 2014 11:31 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council in partnership with Scene 1 Take 1 have been working with young people and adults over the last few months to make two short  films called “Psycho Santa“ and “The Last Of Us(zombie film)” from Com

Douglas Ewart pupils raising funds and opening shops

Friday, 07 November 2014 10:11 AM
Pupils from the Douglas Ewart High School fundraised £700 for Yorkhill Hospital’s Schiehallion Unit during their lunch break after hearing of a local child who is currently receiving treatment for leukaemia in the ward.  A range of activi

Private James Mackenzie VC

Thursday, 06 November 2014 10:45 AM
Private James Mackenzie VC The Council’s Nithsdale Area Committee (5 November 2014) agreed proposals to commemorate local recipients of the Victoria Cross in World War 1 and the arrangements in place to commemorate Private James Mackenzie VC.

Council's Youth Beatz makes a positive impact

Thursday, 06 November 2014 10:25 AM
The Council’s Nithsdale Area Committee (5 November 2014) agreed to: • Positive evaluation of Youth Beatz 2014, including the World of Wonka, Youth Beatz Fringe, and the Summer Youth Work Programme in Nithsdale; • Allocate in principle

Council to deliver Shopmobility in Dumfries

Thursday, 06 November 2014 09:55 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Nithsdale Area Committee agreed on Wednesday 5 November that the Council should continue to deliver a mobility scooter service in Dumfries.  Councillors were informed that Dumfries and Galloway Care

Come along to Convent book signing - 8 November

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 04:57 PM
Come along to the Ewart Library this Saturday (8 November) to take a trip back to old school days at the Maxwellton Benedictine Convent School with local author, Elizabeth West. Elizabeth will be on hand to sign her new book and will be accompan

Gracefield Arts Centre hosting Tate Gallery collection

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 04:03 PM
There’s just two weeks left to get along to Gracefield in Dumfries to catch Dan Flavin, exhibition which is currently on loan from the Tate Gallery and National Gallery of Scotland Artist Rooms Collection.  Alongside Flavin’s minimal

Stranraer 10k Road Race Results

Tuesday, 04 November 2014 03:03 PM
This year’s Stranraer 10k road race took place on Saturday 1 November 2014 with 174 runners from all over the country lining up at the start at 12 noon. Runners aging from 15 – 70 years old dusted down the trainers to take part. The 10k ro

Leader urges local firms to join anti-poverty crusade by backing the Living Wage

Tuesday, 04 November 2014 10:38 AM
Council Leader Ronnie Nicholson is urging local companies to follow the Council’s example by considering paying staff the Living Wage. The Leader was speaking after it was announced yesterday (3 November) that the national Living Wage is to increas

Region's tourism numbers on the rise

Monday, 03 November 2014 04:40 PM
The latest six month tourism trend report for Dumfries & Galloway shows an encouraging increase in visitor numbers and tourism spend. Visitor numbers for the region rose by 3.8% in the 6 months to June, while tourists spent 4.7% more over the peri

Dumfries and Galloway Coaching Awards

Monday, 03 November 2014 04:33 PM
The Dumfries and Galloway Coaching Awards, in partnership with sportscotland, provide the opportunity to thank coaches for their dedication to their chosen sport and recognise their achievements. The aim of the awards is to celebrate and raise the profile

Gull ringing in Stranraer

Monday, 03 November 2014 11:22 AM
Members of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) will be carrying out Gull ring activities over the winter in some of Stranraer's car parks. The ringers will be using established best practise techniques to ensure minimal distress to the birds.

Machers Community Sports Hub in full swing

Friday, 31 October 2014 09:32 AM
SportsSotland’s legacy programme to the Commonwealth Games of 2014 is the Community Sports Hub programme.   In the Machars, sports clubs are coming together to benefit from this programme and form their own Community Sports Hub. &nbsp

Winter Services Workshop Prepares Dumfries and Galloway for Winter

Thursday, 30 October 2014 11:00 AM
Our Council hosted the fifth annual “Winter Day” on Monday 27th October entitled “Climate Change – Impacts & Implications”. The main aim of the event was to raise awareness amongst Local Responders and Stakeholders wi

Anti-Poverty Event a big success

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 12:09 PM
On Tuesday 28 October, Dumfries and Galloway Council hosted an Anti-Poverty event at the Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries.  The event brought together representatives from third sector organisations such as DAGCAS, Shelter, DGHP and Glasgow Caledoni

October cycling trip to Emirates Arena for Nithsdale children

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:33 AM
Pupils from across Nithsdale have been enjoying taking part in many holiday activities organised by Dumfries and Galloway Council. The Nithsdale Sports Academy has seen a good number of pupils participating in activities such as balance bikes, archery

First Ever Event aimed at Tackling Poverty in Dumfries and Galloway

Monday, 27 October 2014 05:43 PM
On Tuesday 28 October, a significant conference aimed at tackling poverty in Dumfries and Galloway will be happening. This is the first ever event aimed at addressing poverty in our region.  The conference will bring together over 100 representat

Response to Scottish Police Authority On Armed Policing

Monday, 27 October 2014 09:48 AM
The council has today responded to Police Scotland as part of the Scottish Police Authority’s scrutiny enquiry into deploying armed police throughout the region. Police Scotland has allowed its complement of trained Armed Response Vehicle (ARV) poli

Coaching Awards 2014 - Wigtownshire Winner

Friday, 24 October 2014 03:47 PM
The Dumfries and Galloway Coaching Awards in partnership with sportscotland provide the opportunity to thank coaches for their dedication to their chosen sport and recognise their achievements. The aim of the awards is to celebrate and raise the profile o

Tackling rogue landlords

Thursday, 23 October 2014 03:14 PM
Our Council has been working with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to root out irresponsible landlords. A recent example of this is a property in Annan which failed to meet the recognised fire safety standards and was in a poor condition. Action was t

Stewartry woodland management - Have your say

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 05:08 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council is asking for public opinion on the management of local woodlands in both Gatehouse of Fleet and Kirkcudbright. Barhill Wood in Kirkcudbright is a small area of woodland and in Gatehouse of Fleet there are two areas, know

Annual Reading Awards for Kids at Georgetown Library

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 09:45 AM
Georgetown Library in Dumfries recently held its annual Medal and Certificate Awards Ceremony for the Summer Reading Scheme, this year being entitled Mythical Maze. The participating children had to read a total of 6 books over 3 visits during the sum

Conserving the Historic Heritage of Stranraer

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 09:17 AM
The conservation area in Stranraer has been updated to include Agnew Park and the Waterfront to the north and Hanover Street to the east. This new designation means that more of Stranraer’s historic character will be protected for future generat

Business Week in Wigtownshire

Monday, 20 October 2014 03:57 PM
Our region's first ever Business Week takes place from Monday 27 October to Friday 31 October across the region. A wide variety of events is taking place across the week including a specialist retail workshop, Inspiring Entrepreneurs event aimed at 18

Business Week in Dumfries

Monday, 20 October 2014 03:55 PM
Our region's first ever Business Week takes place from Monday 27 October to Friday 31 October across the region. A wide variety of events is taking place across the week including a specialist retail workshop, Inspiring Entrepreneurs event aimed

Business Week in Annandale and Eskdale

Monday, 20 October 2014 03:52 PM
Our region's first ever Business Week takes place from Monday 27 October to Friday 31 October across the region. A wide variety of events is taking place across the week including a specialist retail workshop, Inspiring Entrepreneurs event aimed at 18

Galloway Hills Rally Goes International

Monday, 20 October 2014 02:41 PM
The Galloway Hills Rally, the final ranking round of the Scottish Rally Championship 2014, takes place on Sunday 26 October. The 41st Galloway Hills Rally has attracted an entry of nearly 70, which this year includes a healthy entry from Northern Ire

Fresh start, clean sweep

Monday, 20 October 2014 01:44 PM
Are you in Annandale and Eskdale and looking for a change of career? Help and support is available to you in taking those first steps. John Legg from Summergate Road in Annan had to consider his options for a new career when leaving Chapelcross after

Free Learning Opportunities for Adults in Lockerbie

Monday, 20 October 2014 09:37 AM
Adults who are interested in taking up a new learning opportunity in Lockerbie are being encouraged to pick up a flyer which is being distributed in the local area. Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Community Learning and Development Service offer

Free Learning Opportunities for Adults in Lockerbie

Friday, 17 October 2014 03:22 PM
Adults who are interested in taking up a new learning opportunity in Lockerbie are being encouraged to pick up a flier which is being distributed in the local area. Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Community Learning and Development Service offer

Dock Park is Scotland’s best park

Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:17 PM
Public vote success for Dumfries green space The environment charity Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB) has confirmed the results of a UK-wide public vote seeking to identify the country’s favourite open spaces. They revealed the top three Scottish as

Get your skates on to volunteer at the Ice Hockey Women’s World Championships

Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:39 AM
The organising committee of the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships, being held at Dumfries Ice Bowl, is looking for enthusiastic people who can help as off-ice officials for various roles throughout the tournament. The forthcoming Cha

Live music for silent film at RBCFT: workshop + screening

Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:11 AM
The Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre will have a day of music, film and fun with the Jane Gardner Trio on Saturday 18 October 2014 as part of the South West Picture Show. At 3pm, the trio will lead a workshop for young musicians, ages 12 and

'South West Picture Show' Film Festival Now Underway

Thursday, 16 October 2014 09:58 AM
The region-wide Film Festival for Dumfries and Galloway, the South West Picture Show, now in its third year, has rolled out across the region. It offers a number of free screenings, events, and filmmaking workshops during October. The festival is uniq

FUNDING APPLICATIONS WELCOMED TO DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY REGIONAL ARTS FUND

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 02:08 PM
Dumfries & Galloway Council and DG Unlimited (Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of the Arts) invite funding applications from organisations, community groups and individuals to the Dumfries & Galloway Regional Arts Fund, which opens today.  The

Collin Primary Improvements Praised

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 11:27 AM
Significant improvements were noted by Education Scotland inspectors on their recent return visit to Collin Primary School. Inspectors reported positively on the quality and consistency of learning and teaching and the way in which children’s le

Temporary Facilities progress relayed to Members

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 09:54 AM
On Tuesday 21 October, members of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Community and Customer Services Committee will be asked to note the position update on the development of the new and enhanced temporary facilities at the Loreburn Hall and Temporary

Commonwealth Youth Summit hailed a success

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 09:29 AM
Members of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Community and Customer Committee will be asked to consider the end of project evaluation for the Commonwealth Youth Summit, and also note the significant contribution made by local volunteers and participan

Council electrician 2nd in APSE Apprentice of the Year 2014

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 05:45 PM
Council apprentice second in APSE Apprentice of the Year competition An apprentice electrician with the Council’s DGFirst is runner-up in the APSE Apprentice of the Year 2014 competition. Shane Steenson, from the South Port O’Spittal F

World Mental Health Day events (10/10/14) and Mental Health Workshop (07/10/14)

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 04:13 PM
As part of World Mental Health Day on Friday 10 October, a Mental Health Week has been taking place in Dumfries in order to help raise awareness of the issue. Mental health concerns affect 1 in 4 throughout Scotland, and in Dumfries and Galloway an estima

CX Project helps Annan Travel celebrate first birthday as a top ten travel agent

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 11:02 AM
From a standing start to one of Haven Holidays’ top ten travel agents within a year. That’s the amazing achievement of Helen Byers of Annan Travel. Helen Byers started up her travel agency in Annan High Street in September 2013. Helen had

Dumfries and Galloway Coaching Awards - Annandale and Eskdale Winners

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 09:15 AM
The Dumfries and Galloway Coaching Awards in partnership with SportScotland provide the opportunity to thank coaches for their dedication to their chosen sport and recognise their achievements. The aim of the awards is to celebrate and raise the profile o

Council to hold talks on plans to improve Stranraer Town Centre

Monday, 13 October 2014 05:21 PM
The Council is meeting with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) this Friday to discuss its application to the HLF's Townscape Heritage Initiative as part of an ambitious £3.5 m plan to improve Stranraer Town centre. If the bid is successful, the fun

Award for our museums and galleries

Friday, 10 October 2014 03:43 PM
Council run museums and galleries across the region are celebrating the decision by the Arts Council to award them full Accreditation status for meeting the UK industry standard. The Accreditation scheme looks at how the service meets the needs of visitor

D&G da Vinci Decathlon winner announced

Friday, 10 October 2014 11:41 AM
A team from St Joseph's College in Dumfries has won the first Dumfries and Galloway da Vinci Decathlon.  Teams from 9 Dumfries and Galloway secondary schools competed in the da Vinci Decathlon from 7 to 9 October 2014. St Joseph's College wil

Annandale and Eskdale Road Relay Finals

Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:31 AM
Children from primary schools across Annandale and Eskdale gathered at the Everholm Running Track in Annan on Tuesday 7 October for the Annandale and Eskdale Primary Schools Road Relay Finals  organised by Dumfries and Galloway Council. The Road

Dumfries and Galloway Coaching Awards - Nithsdale Winners

Wednesday, 08 October 2014 12:53 PM
The Dumfries and Galloway Coaching Awards in partnership with SportScotland provide the opportunity to thank coaches for their dedication to their chosen sport and recognise their achievements. The aim of the awards is to celebrate and raise the profile o

Council adopts Local Development Plan

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 01:10 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council adopted the Local Development Plan on 29 September 2014 following clearance to do so by Scottish ministers. The Local Development Plan provides a positive planning framework aimed at promoting the right development in the

RBC Film Theatre has a Shot at Glory

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 10:37 AM
The South West Picture Show Presents: A Shot at Glory On Friday 10 October the RBCFT will be kicking off this year’s South West Picture show with a football blast from the past.  Footballer Ally McCoist, Michael 'Batman' Keaton, and Osca

Lillian Cringles, Chief Social Worker

Monday, 06 October 2014 11:30 AM
Lillian Cringles has taken up the position of Chief Social Worker/Head of Children, Families and Criminal Justice Services with Dumfries and Galloway Council. Lillian is committed to developing the social work profession and is recognised nationally f

Female Ice Hockey taster sessions on offer this weekend

Monday, 06 October 2014 09:31 AM
Women and girls of all ages are being encouraged to give Ice Hockey a try this weekend (11-12 October). Dumfries and Galloway Council's Ice Bowl facility in King Street, Dumfries will host a number of events to promote the sport, in partnership

Consultation on the Dumfries and Galloway Draft Autism Strategy 2014-2017

Friday, 03 October 2014 09:36 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council is conducting a consultation based on the five priority areas identified by a recent draft strategy. This will help in the provision of care and support for people affected by autism. The consultation relates to a recent

D&G Social Work facilities rated excellent, very good and good

Thursday, 02 October 2014 09:36 AM
A report to the Council’s Social Work Services committee (9 October 2014) will highlight inspections by the Care Inspectorate that have found a range of Council-run facilities to be ‘excellent’, ‘very good’, or ‘good&rs

D&G schools take on da Vinci challenge

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 12:37 PM
Teams from 9 Dumfries and Galloway secondary schools will be competing in the da Vinci Decathlon from 7 to 9 October 2014. The winners will represent Dumfries and Galloway in an international da Vinci Decathlon in Milan. In a residential event, held o

Council nominated for major sports award

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 11:27 AM
The Champagne is on ice for Dumfries and Galloway Council as it waits to hear if it has won a top sports award. The Council, together with partner organisation Ice Hockey UK, has been shortlisted for best Sports Event, in the Scottish Events Awards 20

£200,000 of Events funding announced by Council

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 02:41 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council is to make available more than £200,000 of funding for major festivals and events in the region in 2015. The funding forms part of the regional Major Festivals and Events Strategy, 2014-2017, which aims to promote D

Potential £490k boost for Stranraer regeneration projects

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 10:40 AM
Regeneration projects in Stranraer could benefit from a £493,060 cash injection. Councillors at Thursday's Economy, Environment and Infrastructure (EEI) committee will be asked to agree that this money can be used to fund regeneration projects in St

Council agree new priorities

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 10:03 AM
At the meeting of Dumfries and Galloway Council (Thursday 25 September) Councillors agreed to a new set of Priorities. The four new Council Priorities target the most important areas of council services; on improving the region economically and also ensur

Pool Facility ready to make a Splash

Monday, 29 September 2014 08:57 AM
Work on “DG One @ Ice Bowl” is very near to completion ahead of the opening of the Swimming Pool on Monday 6 October. The pool, opening whilst remedial works are carried out at DG One Leisure Complex, is situated on the site of the Ice Bowl in

Newton Stewart ARC scores top marks

Monday, 22 September 2014 01:30 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Activity & Resource Centre (ARC) in Newton Stewart has been awarded excellent grades across all aspects of its work by the Care Inspectorate in a recent inspection. The service, which provides personal develop

Outstanding success for unique Young Entrepreneurs programme

Monday, 22 September 2014 01:17 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Young Entrepreneurs programme and grant scheme is unique amongst Scottish Councils. The scheme is available to young people aged 18 to 25 years and is region wide. In Annandale and Eskdale, the scheme is supported

Langholm Community Sports Hub Meeting - 09/10/14

Monday, 22 September 2014 12:20 PM
Ambitious plans to establish a Community Sports Hub in Langholm are underway. Sports clubs in the town are being encouraged to get involved in the new hub. Following on from the success of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, plans are being progresse

One jag flu over for schools' best

Thursday, 18 September 2014 12:51 PM
All of Dumfries and Galloway Council's Education Services staff are being offered seasonal flu immunisation.  There was a very high uptake of the offer last year with more than 1,100 staff in Education Services being immunised at work.  The

Council agree to lease ground to Abbeyvale Amateur Football Club

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 04:14 PM
The Council’s Policy and Resources Committee has agreed to lease the grounds at Maryfield Park to Abbeyvale Amateur Football Club for a further 25 years. The lease of the land for the Club’s pavilion which commenced on 30 August 1991 has e

Councillors reinforced their support to the Kirkcudbright Charter

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 02:14 PM
At today’s meeting of Policy and Resources committee (16 September), Councillors reinforced their support to the Kirkcudbright Charter. The Kirkcudbright Charter guarantees the future use of the community buildings within the town and addressing co

Visit Scotland secures Council funding for 2014-2015

Thursday, 11 September 2014 02:16 PM
At Tuesday's Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee, Councillors approved the allocation of £240,000 to Visit Scotland ensuring that they will continue to market our region both nationally and internationally. Tourism is recognised as

Council aim to tackle long term empty properties

Tuesday, 09 September 2014 05:00 PM
A Council policy that aims to help address the housing problem in the region by bringing empty properties back into the housing stock will be presented to Councillors next week.

The Scottish Government brought forward regulations to allow

Identifying a suitable site for Stranraer sports centre

Tuesday, 09 September 2014 02:23 PM
At today's Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee Councillors agreed to continue to support investigations for a new Wigtownshire Community Sports Centre sited in Stranraer. The new facility would provide additional activities that are not curr

Dumfries youth group raises £46k to represent D&G in Oz

Monday, 08 September 2014 11:51 AM
The Dumfries Global Education Group will represent the United Kingdom at a United Nations World Volunteer Conference in Australia this month. The group comprises 11 young people from Nithsdale, aged 15 to 20, who volunteer in their local communit

Primary Pupils Par Course

Monday, 08 September 2014 10:51 AM
140 Primary 5 pupils from 8 Nithsdale Primary Schools congregated at the Crichton Golf Club on Wednesday 3 September 2014 to take part in the annual tri-golf festival. The event, which ran over a morning and afternoon session, allowed the pupils

Gracefield Art: new Kids' Club and Artist Rooms

Monday, 08 September 2014 10:33 AM
NEW KIDS' CLUB SEASON STARTS and ARTIST ROOMS Dan Flavin Saturday 16 August to Saturday 15 November 2014     The new season of Kids Club gets underway at Gracefield on Saturday 13 September 2014, giving a chance to enjoy a range of a

Mountain Biking Opportunity for secondary aged children

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 02:44 PM
History will be made on 14 September. For the first time in Dumfries and Galloway, The 7 Stanes at Dalbeattie will be hosting the regional mountain biking competition. Mountain biking is delivered in a number of different ways in our secondary schools

Work on Loreburn Hall fitness facility on track

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 02:41 PM
The work to upgrade the Loreburn Hall into the temporary home of DG One Leisure Complex’s ‘Dry-Side’ is well underway. The Hall is due to open for business on 6 October, whilst DG One undergoes remedial works. A huge amount of work h

Caterers asked to review egg suppliers

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 03:03 PM
Following an outbreak of Salmonella in England, caterers in Scotland are being asked to review their egg suppliers and to ensure they are handling eggs safely when preparing foods. Over 240 cases of Salmonella enteritidis PT14b have been recorded with str

Suicide Prevention Week: 8 to 12 September 2014

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 12:59 PM
You can save lives if you can read between the lines. That's the message from Choose Life in national Suicide Prevention Week (8 to 12 September 2014).   Despite a 19% reduction in the suicide rate since the 2000/2002 period, around 2 l

Region's successful Leader Programme could be extended

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 10:59 AM
At the Economy, Environment and Infrastructure committee on 9 September, Councillors will be asked to agree an application to the Scottish Government to extend the LEADER programme. The current LEADER programme will come to an end in December 2014, bu

Proposals to get tough on derelict buildings

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 09:51 AM
On the 9 September, Councillors will be asked to agree proposals which would ensure a proactive approach by our Council in dealing with derelict buildings across the region. If agreed, our Council will proactively target buildings and / or sites which

German treasure unearthed in Dumfries and Galloway

Monday, 01 September 2014 06:48 PM
A recent geocache find in the Mull of Galloway can be tracked all the way back to Gifhorn, the German twin town of Dumfries. The ‘treasure’ started out in Gifhorn, with the person hiding it aiming for it to reach Dumfries and Galloway. It

Renewed interest in East pier

Friday, 29 August 2014 04:18 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council and Stena Line have revealed that there have been over 20 enquiries to date from interested parties to develop the East Pier in Stranraer. The Council has met with a number of interested parties to assist them with their enqu

Port William PS: very good on Curriculum for Excellence

Friday, 29 August 2014 02:50 PM
Education Scotland's inspection of Port William Primary School found that children achieve well across the school and are happy and well motivated by their learning experiences. Inspectors noted that children were able to use information and communica

A Facebook first for our Council

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 12:07 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council will be holding its first ever official Question and Answer session on Facebook tomorrow (Thursday 28 August). The session will take place between 12noon and 1pm tomorrow on the Dumfries and Galloway Council Faceboo

St Michael's PS: learning experiences of the highest quality

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 12:37 PM
The outstanding achievements of St Michael’s Primary School in Dumfries have been recorded by Education Scotland in the most recent round of school inspection reports. The school was awarded evaluations of excellent for learners’ experienc

Penpont PS inspection: motivated & actively involved children

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 12:30 PM
Penpont Primary School was visited in June by Education Scotland inspectors to find out how well children are learning and achieving.   They found children who are proud of their school and who talk enthusiastically about their opportunities to tak

Programme to Support Kirkcudbright town centre independent retailers.

Monday, 25 August 2014 03:01 PM
Independent retailers in Kirkcudbright town centre are being encouraged to enrol in the “Let’s Talk Shop” programme, a free course of specialised Shop Doctor support. Bill Smith, the Shop Doctor, will be delivering his informative an

Poll cards start to hit the door mats

Monday, 25 August 2014 02:24 PM
People across the region will be arriving home to Poll Cards through their letter boxes. Over 119 thousand poll cards have been sent to residents across the region for the Scottish Independence Referendum on the 18 September. Poll cards have

Scottish Independence Referendum Voting Guides Hitting the Doormats

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 04:31 PM
The Electoral Commission has launched its voter information campaign for the referendum by sending an impartial guide to voting at the referendum to every household in Scotland. The voting guide, being sent to over 68 thousand households, contains fact

Ewart selected as New Archive Centre Site

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 04:14 PM
The Community and Customer Services Committee agreed earlier today (Tuesday 19 August) that the Ewart Library will be the site for the Council’s new Archive Centre. The Ewart, in Catherine Street in Dumfries was selected ahead of 3 other sites on th

Happy New Academic Year

Monday, 18 August 2014 06:17 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Education Services is eagerly anticipating the start of a new academic year. New P1s Schools across Dumfries and Galloway will welcome more than 1,500 new P1 pupils this week. It’s a busy week but the scho

New Food Waste Recycling Service to Launch in Wigtownshire

Monday, 18 August 2014 03:50 PM
A new weekly food waste recycling service for residents in the Wigtownshire area will launch at the end of the month. This heralds the introduction of a comprehensive new kerbside recycling service soon to launch across the region which will allow residen

Council Leader speaks out against more job losses following Dumfries Fire Control Room closure confirmation

Friday, 15 August 2014 04:39 PM
Council Leader Ronnie Nicholson delivered a strong message following a meeting with Fire Chiefs today. Pat Watters (Chair of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service) and Alasdair Hay (Chief Fire Officer) met with the Council Leader today (Friday 15 Augus

Taxi Consultation launched

Friday, 15 August 2014 03:08 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council has launched a consultation asking the public for their opinions on taxis in their local area. The Council has agreed to a detailed review of how the local Taxi and Private Hire Service is licensed by them. The review is

Revenues and Benefits keeping up the good work

Friday, 15 August 2014 10:55 AM
The 19 August meeting of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Community and Customer Services Committee will hear of the progress made by the Benefits and Revenues teams during the last financial year. As well as this, the committee will be asked to note

New Archive Centre site set for selection

Friday, 15 August 2014 10:50 AM
The Community and Customer Services Committee on Tuesday 19 August are expected to agree a site for a new Archive and Local Studies Centre in Dumfries. The committee will be presented with 4 options for the site – these are; • Buccleuch Str

Council Leader welcomes Announcement of New Scottish Resilience Centre

Thursday, 14 August 2014 02:52 PM
Scotland’s resilience capabilities will be boosted by a new national centre in Dumfries that will help improve responses to issues such as flooding. Today (Thursday 14 August) the Scottish Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelh

Referendum Roadshow

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 04:56 PM
A roadshow is being run in eight towns across Dumfries and Galloway to educate young people about the Scottish Referendum. The roadshow is being organised by Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Community Learning and Development Service and electora

Youth Beatz 2014 rocks The Dock

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 01:00 PM
A capacity crowd of 12,000 descended on the Dock Park in Dumfries last Saturday for the largest free youth music event in Scotland. The audience was thrilled by evening performances from Nicholas McDonald, Stooshe and Conor Maynard alongside a whole h

Glasgow 2014 - Celebrating Local Successes and Contributions

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 12:40 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council will be organising an official event to recognise the successes and contributions from all those who were involved in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games from our region. We need your help to make this happen. Whether you wer

New Community Safety Fund Launched

Friday, 08 August 2014 04:22 PM
A new Community Safety Fund has opened and is welcoming applications from organisations across Dumfries and Galloway. Dumfries and Galloway Council's Community Safety Fund is available to organisations, community groups and agencies to support small s

Dumfries ARC benefits from bowlers' generosity

Thursday, 07 August 2014 05:47 PM
Dumfries Activity and Resource Centre (ARC) has been presented with a cheque for £150 by Dumfries Bowling Club. The money was raised through donations from Dumfries Bowling Club's members and visitors, with the aim of purchasing equipment for AR

New group opportunity for young people with autism

Thursday, 07 August 2014 04:33 PM
There is a new group for young people with autism spectrum conditions and/or disabilities in Annandale and Eskdale. Young people taking part will be supported to build relationships, socialise with others, participate in a variety of activities, gain

RBCFT & Mostly Ghostly explore crime & punishment

Wednesday, 06 August 2014 02:54 PM
On Friday 5 September 2014, the Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre in Dumfries will present The Execution of Mary Timney, the harrowing story of the last woman to be publicly executed in Scotland. This filmed performance of the play marks the 25th

Artist Rooms on tour

Tuesday, 05 August 2014 04:46 PM
Artist Rooms: Dan Flavin Saturday 16 August to Saturday 15 November 2014 Gracefield Art Centre, Edinburgh Road, Dumfries ARTIST ROOMS On Tour On Saturday 16 August 2014, Gracefield will open a new exhibition as part of the national programme AR

10 year Higher high for Dumfries and Galloway

Tuesday, 05 August 2014 10:52 AM
Early interpretation of exam results released today indicates that candidates in Dumfries and Galloway have performed well and that the region has again demonstrated sustained improvement. Results for Dumfries and Galloway show that:  In S4, 8

Glasgow Girls attract 12,000 visitors

Tuesday, 05 August 2014 10:30 AM
Kirkcudbright's Summer Art exhibition, The Glasgow Girls 1920-1960, has just welcomed its 12,000th visitor, marking this as one of the most popular exhibitions arranged by the Kirkcudbright 2000 group. Surveys are showing that visitors rate the conten

Sky's the Limit for Big Book Giveway hospital fund

Monday, 04 August 2014 02:48 PM
A Big Book Giveaway held in Annan during Book Week Scotland raised £127.50 for Annan Hospital. The event was organised by the Sky’s the Limit women’s group, with support from the Council’s Community Learning and Development

Community Learning and Development team achieve Bronze Award

Monday, 04 August 2014 11:15 AM
The Councils Community Learning and Development team in Annandale and Eskdale have recently achieved a Bronze Level LGBT Charter Mark Award. The Service is the first locally to achieve the Bronze level of the acclaimed LGBT Charter Mark, undertaking s

Commemorating the start of World War I: Drumhead Service, Edinburgh 10 August 2014

Thursday, 31 July 2014 04:12 PM
On 10 August, a unique and moving Drumhead Service is going to be held at Edinburgh Castle to commemorate the start of the First World War 100 years ago. Over 50 people will represent Dumfries and Galloway at this service including a number of young peopl

Lockerbie Station Liaison Group

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 04:38 PM
Sent on behalf of SWestrans There will be a public meeting of the Lockerbie Station Liaison Group next Thursday (7 August) at 7.30pm in Lockerbie Town Hall. The main purpose of the meeting is to consider the Department for Transport’s consultatio

Dumfries and Galloway Scheme for Community Councils Amended

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 11:04 AM
Over the last year and a half, work has been going on to amend the document that sets out the guidelines and regulations used to establish and manage Community Councils in the region. It is known as the Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils i

Dumfries and Galloway Commemorates the Start of World War 1

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 05:09 PM
Communities across Dumfries and Galloway will be commemorating the start of World War 1 on Monday 4 August by holding candlit vigils at their local war memorials or services. World War 1 was declared on 4 August 1914 and many women and men from this regio

Council encourages people to fall back in love with their local park

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 04:30 PM
If you do anything this week, visit your local park. This week is national Love Parks Week. The Council are encouraging people to get on the grass and visit your local park. Parks in Dumfries and Galloway are not just grass and paths. You can get so m

Poster competition for young people

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 01:02 PM
Dumfries and Galloway’s Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women Partnership (DAVAWP) has launched a poster competition for young people to raise awareness of domestic abuse and other forms of violence that affect mainly women and children.  &

Ambitious young people celebrated at first Scotland House showcase

Monday, 28 July 2014 11:23 AM
The inaugural event at Scotland House on Sunday, 20th July showcased the ambition of young people in Scotland through an art exhibition. The afternoon celebrated over 800 young people who participated in Commonwealth Games projects run by The Duke of Edin

Youth Beatz Announces Third Act

Thursday, 24 July 2014 05:03 PM
For the first time, the organisers of Youth Beatz are pleased to confirm a third act for the evening performances at this years’ event. Stooshe will join the exciting line-up of Conor Maynard and Nicholas McDonald, a line up already proving pop

Fiji Athletes welcomed to Dumfries for pre-games training camp

Thursday, 17 July 2014 11:35 AM
On Wednesday 16 July Dumfries and Galloway Council welcomed athletes from the Fiji Commonwealth Games team to a Pre-Games Training Camp in Dumfries.  Over seventy countries will be arriving in Scotland over the next week with most opting to go str

Improved Broadband Arrives in the Stewartry

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 09:24 AM
Superfast broadband is coming to households and businesses across the Stewartry. This rollout will improve broadband speeds right across the Stewartry – not just the main towns. Residents will have the opportunity to come along and find out more inf

More superfast broadband coverage in Dumfries and Galloway

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 04:14 PM
More than 14,000 homes and businesses in Dumfries and Galloway will be next to benefit from fibre broadband in the latest phase of the £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme. Annan, Eastriggs, Ecclefechan, Gretna, Leswalt, L

Council Tax and Non Domestic collection rates reach highest ever

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 09:45 AM
A report outlining the amount of Council Tax and rates collected by the Council will be reported to Councillors this week. At the Policy and Resources committee on Friday (18 July) Councillors will be told that the Council has achieved its highest e

Council to approve new Unacceptable Action Policy

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 09:38 AM
At the meeting of Policy and Resources committee on Friday (18 July) Members will be asked to approve a new Unacceptable Action Policy for the Council. Dumfries and Galloway Council is committed to dealing fairly, consistently and appropriately with a

Trust Housing Association funding agreed

Friday, 11 July 2014 03:20 PM
The Council’s Housing Sub Committee today (11 July) agreed to increase the funding to Trust Housing Association so that much needed sheltered, and very sheltered, housing provision can continue to be delivered across our region. This decision was re

Libraries launch 'Wealth of Reading' summer promotion

Thursday, 10 July 2014 02:55 PM
All our regional libraries are hosting a special summer reading promotion for adults to coincide with the Commonwealth Games. The ‘Wealth of Reading’ promotion, which will run in all libraries until the 30 September, has been designed to cel

Changes to bus services in Wigtownshire & Stewartry

Thursday, 10 July 2014 01:02 PM
Sent on behalf of Swestrans Bus services in Wigtownshire / Stewartry James King Coaches/ABC Travel (Castle Douglas) Ltd - Update on licences On 11 June 2014, the companies lodged an appeal on the decision to revoke their Operators licence’s fro

Stewarty active schools summer of sport

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 08:48 AM
With Scotland’s biggest ever sporting event coming to Glasgow this year, the 2014 commonwealth games has the power to inspire a generation! Stewartry Active schools have a range of sporting activities throughout the summer holidays. Could y

Social Work Services controls overspend

Tuesday, 08 July 2014 05:13 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Social Work Services committee (10 July 2014) will be asked to note that Social Work Services returned a net overspend of £49,000 (0.06%) of the Social Work Services budget 2013/14. The last reported positio

She's Having a Baby and The Graduate at RBC Film Theatre

Tuesday, 08 July 2014 11:55 AM
A new Film Theatre Officer has been appointed to cover the temporary maternity leave post for The Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre.   Though, "new" may not be the most appropriate term to use as Susan Kenny has worked at the Film Theatre

RBC Film Theatre runs summer film school

Tuesday, 08 July 2014 11:20 AM
The Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre will be opening its doors to two week-long summer film schools for 9 to 18 year olds over the school holidays. During the one-week video production course, Scene1Take1 Summer School, students will learn the wh

Programme to Support Wigtown town centre independent retailers.

Monday, 07 July 2014 01:32 PM
Independent retailers in Wigtown town centre are being encouraged to enrol in the “Let’s Talk Shop” programme, a free course of specialised Shop Doctor support. Bill Smith, the Shop Doctor, will be delivering his informative and moti

New harbour information directory launched

Monday, 07 July 2014 10:04 AM
A new directory has just been launched which gives key information on all Council operated harbours in the region. This is the first directory of its kind in Dumfries and Galloway and has useful details such as depths, tides, currents and other

Come back to the classroom

Friday, 04 July 2014 03:22 PM
There's a shortage of supply teachers to cover teacher absences in schools in Dumfries and Galloway. So, we’re aiming to increase recruit supply teachers for primary and secondary schools. Dumfries and Galloway Council wants to hear from qua

Ancient Egyptians at Stranraer Museum

Friday, 04 July 2014 03:04 PM
A brilliant hands-on exhibition has arrived at Stranraer Museum.  With spectacular set pieces, great activities and fun facts it’s an exhibition for all the family. What is it about this ancient civilisation that really captures our imagina

The Art of the Silversmith by Michael Lloyd

Friday, 04 July 2014 03:03 PM
Don’t miss your chance to see some amazing artisan made works of art. Opening this week at the Tolbooth Art Centre is a wonderful and unique exhibition of the work of silversmith Michael Lloyd. Much of the work shows Michael’s speciality;

600 hours of early learning and childcare

Friday, 04 July 2014 11:33 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Education committee (10 July 2014) is being recommended to agree measures to implement the requirements of the Children and Young People Scotland Act (2014). A report will update the committee on progress made tow

Autism Strategy for Dumfries and Galloway

Thursday, 03 July 2014 10:11 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Education committee (10 July 2014) is being asked to agree recommendations in an autism strategy business case, including: • A staff development programme • Closer working between education phases to bet

Education chairman celebrates success in D&G schools

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 05:20 PM
As the school year draws to a close, Councillor Jeff Leaver, chairman of the Education Committee, has sent the following message to schools:  "We're very proud of our young people in Dumfries and Galloway and what they achieve. Pupils a

New electric charging points for region

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 02:39 PM
Zero-carbon travel in Dumfries and Galloway has been boosted with the installation of three new publicly accessible charging points for electric vehicles (EVs). The charging points, which are funded by the Scottish Government through Transport Scotland, w

Plans to revitalise Gretna Green and Springfield

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 10:15 AM
At the economy, environment and infrastructure committee on the 8 of July, Councillors will hear about the recent work of the Gretna Regeneration Steering Group to completely transform public areas in Gretna Green and Springfield creating an improved comm

Heat is on for School Cooks of the Year

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 01:35 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council's DGFirst has held its School Cooks of the Year competition with winners from the east and west of the region being announced.  Participants were asked to plan and cook a 2 course menu (main and sweet courses) that c

Wrap: installation and performance by Denise Zygadlo

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 12:41 PM
Wrap: A new art installation and performance by Denise Zygadlo It has been a long time since Gracefield in Dumfries has presented performance art but, in July 2014, Gallery 2 will host a collaborative performance piece led by Auldgirth-based arti

Dumfries and Galloway success at European Sustainable Energy Week

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 09:26 AM
At an award ceremony in Brussels on 25th June 2014 the Region of Dumfries and Galloway was recognised as a leader in sustainable energy. Community Energy Scotland’s Simon McKinney said ‘Dumfries and Galloway Council and Highland Council ar

Libraries sorted for e-mags

Monday, 30 June 2014 11:46 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council's libraries are introducing a new free e-magazine service for library members. Library members can now download the latest issue of 40 top magazine titles including Hello, Woman’s Own, Woman and Home, National Geogr

Statement from Leader of the Council: grass cutting

Thursday, 26 June 2014 10:16 AM
Statement from Councillor Ronnie  Nicholson, Leader, Dumfries and Galloway Council: As part of the Council’s budget development process for financial year 2015/16 all Members agreed unanimously to make a saving of £260,000 in the grass

Funding Roadshow in Stranraer (30 June 2014)

Tuesday, 24 June 2014 01:18 PM
Dumfries & Galloway Council and Third Sector Dumfries & Galloway will hold a Joint Funding Roadshow on Monday 30 June 2014, from 2pm to 8pm, in the Ryan Centre Theatre, Stranraer. More than 25 funders will be  at the roadshow and ava

Biosphere conference success

Tuesday, 24 June 2014 11:51 AM
The sun shone on a perfect day as 90 S2 pupils from Doon Academy and Sanquhar Academy took part in an action-packed event celebrating the environment, at Dumfries House, Cumnock The Biosphere Reserve Conference, with many hands-on activities in the be

James King Coaches and ABC Travel Ltd - PSV operator licence revoked

Thursday, 19 June 2014 02:48 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council and SWestrans have released the following joint statement on the potential withdrawal of operator’s licences for James King Coaches and ABC Travel Ltd: The Council and SWestrans were advised on 19 May that, following

Response to Common Agriculture Policy announcement

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 09:47 AM
The Scottish Government has announced its Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) which will reduce the amount of money paid to farmers in direct farm payments. The new system which will be introduced from 2015 to 2019 has been driven by the EU and means that on

Food Safety Week (16-22 June)

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 02:50 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council is supporting this year's Food Safety Week (16-22 June). Do you remember the London 2012 opening ceremony and the Olympic stadium filled to bursting point with spectators? Now, try to envisage that huge crowd multiplied by

Child Safety Week (23 to 29 June 2014): blinds

Monday, 16 June 2014 11:31 AM
It can take only 20 seconds for a toddler to be strangled by a blind cord if they get tangled in one. Dumfries and Galloway Council's Trading Standards service is highlighting this issue during Child Safety week 2014 (23 to 29 June).  

Child Safety Week (23 to 29 June 2014): sweet temptation

Monday, 16 June 2014 11:21 AM
Some of the most serious accidents involving children happen at home. Dumfries and Galloway Council's Trading Standards service is highlighting this issue during Child Safety week 2014 (23 to 29 June). Liquitabs of detergent may loo

Local licensed premises face countdown to chaos

Monday, 16 June 2014 10:45 AM
Failure of local Personal Licence Holders to undertake refresher training and tell the Board when they have done so could have a significant impact on licensed premises. It could mean that premises will have to stop selling alcohol and may result in premi

Postal vote rejections

Monday, 16 June 2014 10:23 AM
Electoral Registration Officers across Scotland act to ensure all postal votes count Voters who made a mistake on their postal voting statements in the recent European Parliamentary Elections will be contacted by their local Electoral Registration Off

Social Work Services performance

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 02:27 PM
The Council’s Social Work Services committee (10 June 2014) received a report on business plan performance. The Social Work Services business plan contains 29 key performance indicators and 5 projects that Social Work Services is delivering.

Agricultural policy could impact on region

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 10:20 AM
Our Council has written to the Scottish Government in advance of their forthcoming announcement on changes to the Common Agricultural Policy which could have an impact on our region. The most recent consultation highlighted that Dumfries and Galloway is s

Supporting Independent Retailers in Castle Douglas

Monday, 09 June 2014 01:32 PM
Independent retailers in Castle Douglas town centre are being encouraged to enrol in the “Let’s Talk Shop” programme, a free course of specialised Shop Doctor support. Bill Smith, the Shop Doctor, will be delivering his informative a

Whitesands Flood Protection Scheme

Monday, 09 June 2014 01:25 PM
Over the coming weeks and months, you may see people surveying in and around the Whitesands in Dumfries. The site is being investigated to record underground features such as utilities, services, archaeology and geology. Above ground, the team will look a

Exhibition: The Glasgow Girls 1920 to 1960

Monday, 09 June 2014 10:53 AM
Exhibition: The Glasgow Girls 1920-1960  Kirkcudbright Town Hall 28 June-25 August 2014    Preparations for this year’s Kirkcudbright Summer Art Exhibition are well under way. This year’s exhibition features the work of

Wigtown Area Committee: Dark Skies and the Biosphere

Friday, 06 June 2014 10:07 AM
Dark Skies and the Biosphere Wigtown Area Committee (community) meeting Wednesday 18 June 2014, 7pm (1900) Glentrool Community Facility, Glentrool The Wigtown Area Committee (community) meeting will enable officers from the Council's Countryside a

Commonwealth Youth Summit 2014

Thursday, 05 June 2014 01:25 PM
This weekend, the Commonwealth Youth Summit will take place in Dumfries.  The Youth Summit will be the largest youth work event of Legacy 2014.  The event, hosted by Dumfries and Galloway Council in partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Carers' Emergency Card Scheme launched

Wednesday, 04 June 2014 11:21 AM
Carers in Dumfries and Galloway now have access to a new free emergency card scheme, designed to ensure that no-one receiving care is left unsupported if their carer falls ill, has an accident, or faces an emergency. This scheme is aimed at all unpaid

Public consultation on councillor numbers

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 05:42 PM
Public consultation on the number of councillors proposed for each council is underway.  The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland's public consultation on its proposals for the number of councillors on each council stafted on 29 May

Tackling gender violence in D&G

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 05:42 PM
Queen of the South FC, White Ribbon Scotland, and the Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women Partnership (DAVAWP) joined forces in an event aimed at raising awareness of issues relating to violence against women. The three organisations held an eve

Dumfries Museum's D-Day commemoration on BBC's One Show

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 05:42 PM
A short documentary about local man Cecil Riding will be aired on the One Show this Friday evening as part of the 70 year commemoration of D-Day. Captain Cecil Leyland Riding MC was parachuted behind enemy lines into Nazi-occupied France shortly after

Spring skills swap in Lockerbie

Monday, 02 June 2014 12:12 PM
Adult Learners week was celebrated by Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Community Learning and Development service with a busy Spring Skills Swap event in Lockerbie library. Attended by more than 40 people, the Skills Swap involved knitting, card

ARC art exhibition in CD

Monday, 02 June 2014 11:45 AM
Castle Douglas ARC (Activity and Resource Centre) is having an Arts and Crafts Exhibition. The exhibition wil be at Castle Douglas Art Gallery, near the library, from Wednesday 4 June to Sat 7 June 2014 and will be open from 10am to 3pm (1000 to 1500)&

TFi Youth Cafe

Friday, 30 May 2014 03:39 PM
TFi Youth Café is a lunch time drop in project in the Victorial Halls in Annan, which allows young people to socialise, chill with their pals, and listen to current music.    The Cafe reopens on Friday 6 June 2014, from 1pm t

Lockerbie Junior Pool Club tables successful Youthbank bid

Friday, 30 May 2014 11:46 AM
D & G Youthbank has awarded Lockerbie Junior Pool Club £750 to help with the purchase of a competition size pool table and set of competition pool balls.  These will enable club members to improve their game for national events . The yo

Ryan Centre, Stranraer: closing for essential maintenance

Thursday, 29 May 2014 01:20 PM
Due to essential maintenance work, the Ryan Centre, Stranraer, will be closed from:- Saturday 7 June to Monday 9 June 2014 (inclusive) Free transport to the Merrick Leisure Centre, Newton Stewart will be available at particular times during this c

Belfast Active Games – Support 2nd Team Legacy Success

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 02:40 PM
Thirty nine of the region’s most talented young sporting children and winners from the 2013 Active Games returned from the Belfast Active Games with memories that will inspire and drive them on to aspire to compete in a major games of their own one

ASB poster competition for schools

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 11:32 AM
A poster competition was run in conjunction with Police Scotland, the Community Safety Team and all primary schools & 1st years to design a poster about ASB. The winning entry from each school got a W H Smith voucher. A poster competition run by P

European Parliamentary Election Results

Sunday, 25 May 2014 11:42 PM
Following the count at the Easterbrook Hall, local returning officer Alex Haswell announced the resuls of the European Parliamentary election in Dumfries and Galloway. The results of the European Parliamentary Election are as follows: Britain First&

Scottish Apprenticeship Week - 19 to 23 May

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 04:58 PM
This week is Scottish Apprenticeship Week - 19 to 23 May. Scottish Apprenticeship week showcases the successes of apprentices who have chosen to develop their careers by learning while they work to gain nationally recognised qualifications. This is the pe

Dumfries Learning Town

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 04:56 PM
The Council’s Education Committee (27 May 2014) is being recommended to note proposals for developing Dumfries Learning Town and to agree a preferred site for the Learning Hub. Dumfries and Galloway Council (19 December 2013) agreed on a de

Schools for the Future

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 02:07 PM
The Council’s Education Committee (27 May 2014) is being recommended to agree capital funding to support the Dalbeattie Learning Campus and the Dumfries Learning Town projects. The required funding will be met from capital allocations approved b

Education Committee - Item 8, Learning Town Update

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 11:36 AM
Statement issued by Dumfries and Galloway Council The next meeting of the Education Committee on 27 May 2014 will receive an update report on the Dumfries Learning Town.  Included in this report is a shortlist of site option for the preferred site l

Young People from Dumfries and Galloway Head to Belfast Games

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 04:47 PM
Thirty nine of the regions most talented children in eight Commonwealth sports will this week travel to Northern Ireland to represent Dumfries & Galloway in the Belfast Active Games.   The games in Belfast are part of the Support 2nd Team imita

Region's Royal Visitors

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 11:01 AM
The newly regenerated Dock Park was opened by His Grace The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO and Her Grace The Countess of Wessex GCVO as part of a royal visit to Dumfries and Galloway on Monday. The Earl and Countess were greeted by the Maxwellton High School

Public meeting to discuss NHS services in Wigtown Area

Monday, 19 May 2014 11:25 AM
Thursday 5 June 2014, 7pm (1900) Belmont Primary School, Galloway Avenue, Stranraer Wigtown Area Committee's community meeting will receive an update from the NHS on services provided in the local area: Galloway Community Hospital, Stranraer

Council seeks views on Dumfries community council proposal

Thursday, 15 May 2014 12:55 PM
Loreburn Community Council has proposed to Dumfries and Galloway Council changes in the Dumfries and Maxwelltown areas abd Dumfries and Galloway Council is now seeking community views through drop-in sessions and an online survey The changes prop

Youth Beatz 2014 Maynia

Thursday, 15 May 2014 11:09 AM
Youth Beatz returns to its original home of Dock Park, Dumfries in 2014 and we're proud to announce that Conor Maynard will headline. Following the successes we have had on the past five years in running the event with our partners, we expect thou

Hungary to save energy

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 02:36 PM
Last week our Council welcomed 12 people from south west Hungary for a second knowledge exchange study tour, as part of ‘100% RES (Renewable Energy Source) Communities’ - a European Union funded region-wide sustainable energy project which is

Young Recruits Programme Success

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 02:14 PM
Local businesses are benefitting from European and Scottish Government funding to help deliver new jobs for our young people in Dumfries and Galloway. Dumfries and Galloway Council worked with partners to secure £400,000 worth of funding to help

Strengthening our renewable energy links

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 02:51 PM
At today's Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee, Councillors nominated Councillor Jim McClung to join the Dumfries and Galloway Renewable Energy Partnership Group. The aim of the partnership group is to maximise the economic and

Consultation on Stranraer Conservation Area

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 01:41 PM
At today's Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee, Councillors agreed that the draft supplementary guidance on the Stranraer conservation area character appraisal should go out for public consultation. The character appraisal seeks to ident

New cycle routes for region

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 01:37 PM
At today's Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee Councillors heard that 3 out of the 9 bids made to the Sustrans for Community Links fund 2014-15 were successful, and will therefore now progress detailed design and implementation proposals.

Queen's Baton Relay - Local Routes announced

Monday, 12 May 2014 04:17 PM
On Saturday 14 June the Queen’s Baton arrives in Scotland, offering everyone the chance to be a part of the excitement, celebrations and countdown to Scotland’s biggest-ever sporting and cultural festival, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

D&G learners meet learning minister

Monday, 12 May 2014 02:33 PM
13 adult learners from courses organised by Dumfries and Galloway Council recently met with Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Mike Russell MSP. Together with other learners from across Scotland, the Dumfries representatives a

Dalbeattie's Got the Lot

Monday, 12 May 2014 12:21 PM
Dalbeattie is a place that has a lot going on. Dalbeattie's Got the Lot is a chance for you to let people know what is happening as well as find out about new initiatives.  On Tuesday 20th May, 2pm to 7pm, drop in for a cuppa in Dalbeatt

Dog fouling and littering enforced in Kirkcudbright

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 12:19 PM
The Council's Community Safety Team was out in force last week in Kirkcudbright, broadcasting the message about complaints of environmental issues that have been received in the town. As part of its duties, the team deals with dog fouling and litterin

Funding success for Annan youth group

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 11:31 AM
A Monday night drop in Youth Group, supported by the Council's Annan Community Learning & Development team, has recently been funded by D & G Youthbank to the sum of £720.00 to help with purchasing equipment to help them run their Nerf Proje

DAVAWP's 4th song writing competition for young people

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 11:01 AM
The Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women Partnership (DAVAWP) has launched its 4th song writing competition for young people.   The aim of the song writing competition is to raise awareness of domestic abuse and other forms of gende

Folk 'n' Blues Club supports song writing competition

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 10:48 AM
The Domestic Abuse song writing competition for young people has been boosted by a donation from the former Dumfries Baw-bee Folk 'n' Blues Club.  The former Baw-bee Folk 'n' Blues Club (BbFBC) has donated its closing balance of funds,

Dumfries and Galloway Council Graduate Scheme 2014 – Application Process Underway

Tuesday, 06 May 2014 02:05 PM
To illustrate our commitment to creating employment opportunities for young people, Dumfries and Galloway Council are rolling our ten graduate placements starting in June. The programme will give each Graduate the chance to take on responsibility for

Postal voting packs start to hit the doormats

Tuesday, 06 May 2014 01:55 PM
Ballot papers for postal voters for the European Parliamentary election have started arriving on doormats .  The European Parliamentary election will take place on Thursday 22 May. Over 22,000 postal voting packs will be sent out to homes across D

Stranraer Museum exhibition: Toons in Oor Toon

Tuesday, 06 May 2014 02:05 PM
The Art of Drawing is a fantastic exhibition of cartoon drawings from local children and national artists now showing at Stranraer museum Stranraer Museum challenged the local community and primary schools to design and draw cartoon characters and com

New free phone number for NHS24: dial 111

Tuesday, 06 May 2014 02:00 PM
A new free and easy to remember number for NHS 24 in Scotland is now up and running. People looking for medical help and advice can now contact NHS 24 by calling 111. It means callers in Scotland will no longer be charged when calling NHS 24 from

Meeting to discuss dental services in Newton Stewart

Tuesday, 06 May 2014 02:00 PM
Meeting to discuss dental services in Newton Stewart Tuesday 13 May 2014, 7pm (1900 hrs) Assembly Hall, Douglas Ewart High School, Newton Stewart Wigtown Area Committee Members will hold a community meeting to receive an update from the NHS on the cu

Stranraer Academy: committed to caring and supporting young people

Tuesday, 06 May 2014 01:55 PM
Inspectors praise school for commitment to caring and supporting young people Young people across the school have been praised for being supportive and respectful of each other and their teachers in an Education Scotland’s inspection report for

CURLING: World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2014 - Day 5 Roundup

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 10:38 AM
CURLING: World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2014 - Day 5 Roundup (28 April 2014)   DUMFRIES, Scotland – Norway's Kristin Moen Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten became the first team to qualify directly for the quarter-finals of the World

Inspectors satisfied with improvements at Elmbank

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 10:37 AM
Today, HM Inspectors of Education (HMIE) published details of their findings following a visit to Elmbank Special School in Dumfries. HMIE originally inspected the school in April 2013.  They recently visited the school again to see what progre

Funding secured for new golf tourism initiative in region

Monday, 28 April 2014 11:28 AM
A new initiative to attract more golf tourists to Dumfries & Galloway has been launched. The Dumfries & Galloway golf partnership includes; all of the region’s golf courses under the South of Scotland Golfer’s Association, Dumfries

Sports Academy – Fuelled by Energy Solutions

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:23 AM
EnergySolutions, parent body organisation of Magnox Ltd, Chapelcross in Annan, has again added their support to Dumfries and Galloway Council’s award winning Annandale and Eskdale Sports Academy for a seventh year. President of EnergySolut

Newton Stewart Recycling Centre

Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:46 AM
A new household waste and recycling centre is currently being built at Barnkirk, Newton Stewart.    The opening date of the centre has been reviewed as it was originally planned to be open in early April and work is continuing to ensure the ce

Glasgow 2014 - 100 Days to go

Monday, 14 April 2014 02:07 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council today celebrated 100 days to go to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow by announcing the team that will travel to Northern Ireland to represent Dumfries and Galloway in the Belfast Active Games. With 100 days to go until th

One stop for social housing

Friday, 11 April 2014 09:38 AM
The common allocations policy for social rented housing has now been signed off by the main registered social landlords (RSL's) in our region and by our Council. Councillors at yesterday's Housing Sub Committee received a copy of the new policy which will

Council Legacy Plan Update

Thursday, 10 April 2014 10:33 AM
Members of the Council’s Community and Customer Services Committee will hear on 15 April of the progress of our Council’s Legacy Plan – Dumfries and Galloway Welcomes 2014. The plan, operating under four main themes (Active, Connected, F

Community Facilities Review Process shows savings of £200k

Thursday, 10 April 2014 10:28 AM
The Community and Customer Services on 15 April is asked to agree the engagement and communication process for the Community Facilities Review. The Committee is also asked to agree to receive progress reports for specific properties where a Management Agr

Integration Update for Libraries, Registration and Customer Service Centres

Thursday, 10 April 2014 10:28 AM
The Community and Customer Services (CCS) Committee of 15 April is being recommended to consider the business cases presented requesting an increase to the proposed opening hours and agree to increases in opening hours of these facilities in relation to t

Council Welcomes DG Health and Wellbeing Progress

Thursday, 10 April 2014 10:27 AM
The Community and Customer Services Committee of Dumfries and Galloway Council will hear on 15 April of the continued success of the DG Health and Wellbeing Team. The Team was created in April 2011 and has been at the forefront of the planning and del

12 days of events at the dock park

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 04:29 PM
12 days of activities kicked off at the Dock Park in Dumfries at the weekend. The events are to mark the imminent completion of work to revitalise the much loved park and to coincide with start of the school Easter holidays. Around 500 people braved t

Free film screening: The Bro Code

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 12:37 PM
Free community screening of The Bro Code + discussion + White Ribbon event (featuring samples from Unmasked exhibition) Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre, Dumfries Tuesday 27 May 2014 tea/coffee available from 5.30pm (1730) film screening at 6pm

Helping People in Whithorn Reduce Their Energy Bills

Monday, 07 April 2014 11:30 AM
An energy saving event held in Whithorn on Saturday 29th of March has been hailed a success with many local people receiving specialist advice on how to reduce energy bills in older stone wall properties. The event was supported by the Whithorn and Distri

Key cross-border opportunities discussed at first Borderlands Initiative summit

Monday, 07 April 2014 09:33 AM
Improved transport and communications links, economic growth and employment were all discussed at the first Borderlands Initiative summit today (Friday 4 April). The cross-border meeting saw senior members of five councils - Scottish Borders, Dumfries

Pupils top 4,000 pedal powered journeys

Friday, 04 April 2014 04:13 PM
Pupils at 9 I Bike schools across Dumfries made more than 4,900 journeys by bike and scooter over the past fortnight as part of the UK wide cycle challenge The Big Pedal. Pupils from Calside, Georgetown, Heathhall, Cargenbridge, Lochside, St Ninian&rs

Lockerbie Women celebrate at Parliament

Friday, 04 April 2014 04:13 PM
The Lockerbie Women Learning group travelled to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh to celebrate International Women's Day.   The inspirarational event was organised by the Scottish Women's Convention, with women from all over Scotland partic

Fun celebration of space pioneer Yuri

Friday, 04 April 2014 04:13 PM
Dumfries Musuem will host  lots of free family friendly space fun to mark Yuri’s night on Saturday 12 April 2014. This annual event celebrates Yuri Gagarin’s ?rst space ?ight and promotes space exploration. Hosted by Dumfries

Council grants boost for Nithsdale community groups

Thursday, 03 April 2014 12:23 PM
Community groups throughout Nithsdale received a boost this week when the Council’s Nithsdale Area Committee (2 April 2014) more than £328k in grants to a range of local projects. Projects to benefit include: • Wanlockhead Museum Tr

Annandale and Eskdale Annual Sports Awards

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 10:36 AM
The Annandale and Eskdale Annual Sports Awards Ceremony, organised by Dumfries and Galloway Council, was held at the Corner House Hotel, Annan on Friday 28 March. Eight awards were presented to local sports people who had excelled in their chosen sport du

Fixed penalties increased for littering and fly-tipping

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 04:38 PM
With effect from 1 April 2014, the Scottish Government has increased fixed penalty notices payable for littering (now £80, formerly £50), fly-tipping (£200, formerly £50). The public should be aware that dropping cigarette butts

A755 Kirkcudbright Bridge works postponed

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 02:27 PM
The closure of Kirkcudbright Bridge has been postponed until the end of September 2014, following discussions with community groups.  It was planned that the bridge would be shut for 11 days, starting on Monday 7 April 2014.  

Local Batonbearers announced for Queen's Baton Relay

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 10:06 AM
Thousands of people across Scotland learned on Monday 31 March that they will carry the Queen's Baton as part of the Queen’s Baton Relay coming to the region on Thursday 19 June. The newly elected cornet for this year’s Langholm Common Riding

World Championship Ice Hockey Concludes in Dumfries

Monday, 31 March 2014 11:33 AM
The week long International Ice Hockey Federation’s Group IIA Under 18s World Championship concluded in Dumfries on Sunday 30 March. The World Championship brought countries from as far afield Romania and Korea to Dumfries, to battle for promoti

Council supports independent retailers in Newton Stewart

Friday, 28 March 2014 04:05 PM
Independent retailers in Newton Stewart town centre are being encouraged to enrol in the Let’s Talk Shop programme, a free course of specialised shop doctor support. Shop doctor Bill Smith, will deliver his informative and motivational Let'

Council and University secure funding success

Friday, 28 March 2014 12:25 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council and the University of Glasgow have been awarded £170,000 from the Scottish Government to employ specialist staff to improve teacher training and development in the region. The funds will enable the Council to employ

D&G woman is social work student of the year

Friday, 28 March 2014 12:09 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Marion Susie Allison has been named Student Social Worker of the Year by the Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW). The award recognises her outstanding work while on placement with Social Work Services in Du

Funding approved for Schools for the Future

Thursday, 27 March 2014 03:46 PM
At today’s meeting of Dumfries and Galloway Council (27 March) Councillors agreed to capital allocations of over £700k to support taking the Dumfries Learning Town programme and the Dalbeattie Learning Campus forward.

The fundi

Goal-fest in opening games of Ice Hockey World Championships

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 03:56 PM
The first two days of World Championship Ice Hockey have seen an avalanche of goals at the Ice Bowl. More than 40 goals have been scored as attacking play has swept aside porous defences to leave spectators delighted. Great Britain have dominated for

Reduced choice of materials will result in reduced costs

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 01:30 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s DGFirst Management Committee is being recommended to note new working practices for treating footway surfaces and agree to recommend to the Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee that these are adopted for

Review presents Additional Support for Learning opportunities

Monday, 24 March 2014 03:54 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Education Committee (25 March 2014) is being recommended to agree the scope and desired outcomes of a review of the Supported Learners Service. The Council is facing unprecedented reductions in its financial resou

Helping people live independently

Thursday, 20 March 2014 01:54 PM
At today's Housing Sub Committee, Councillors agreed to allocate just over 75k to support the region's Handy Van and Food Train service. £37,400 will be used to allow the continuation of the Food Train service which provi

Home Improvement - Trusted Trader Scheme

Thursday, 20 March 2014 01:50 PM
At today's Housing Sub Committee, Councillors agreed to the roll out of a Home Improvement Trusted Trader Scheme for the region. The new initiative is set to provide assurance to householders who are employing contractors to carry out work to their homes.

Improving the region's living conditions

Thursday, 20 March 2014 01:40 PM
At today's Housing Sub Committee, Councillors agreed to expand the qualifying criteria for the Below Tolerable Standard (BTS) policy in order to improve more properties in our region. The BTS sets out a list of criteria to determine whether a property is

£90k for Dumfries Regeneration Area

Thursday, 20 March 2014 01:35 PM
Over £90k of funding has been allocated to support the Dumfries Town Centre Pilot Housing Regeneration Area (HRA) Action Plan. The decision was made at today's Housing Sub Committee. The pilot scheme to replace cast iron railings and masonry fen

DGOne update

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 02:51 PM
The Council’s Policy and Resources Committee (18 March 2014) agreed to capital development of the Loreburn Hall to provide fitness facilities during the closure of the dry side of DGOne. The committee also agreed to transfer the building to the

Little used grounds offer budget saving

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 10:16 AM
The DGFirst Management Committee (25 March 2014) is being recommended to agree reduced maintenance arrangements for little used cemeteries and open spaces across the region in order to make necessary budget savings of £200k. An assessment of the

Sport Relief Events galore in Wigtownshire this weekend

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 09:45 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council are hosting various events for Sport Relief 2014. Events will take place throughout the whole weekend in aid of the charity. Children from the Learning Centres in Park Primary, Belmont Primary and Stranraer Academy have b

Council acts on blacklisting

Thursday, 13 March 2014 08:39 AM
The Council’s Policy and Resources Committee (18 March 14) is being recommended to adopt the Scottish Government’s guidance on excluding from public contracts companies that engage in blacklisting. In 2009, the Information Commissioner&rsq

Work Starts on Annan Station Gateway

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 03:12 PM
Work has now started to revitalise the Annan Station Gateway. The Annan Master plan was produced in 2010 and identified the train station was an important gateway to the town. The Master plan, which was based on extensive consultation and engagement with

Restoration offers opportunities and funds to Upper Nithsdale

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 10:20 AM
A report to the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee (18 March 2014) recommends that the Council participates in a partnership with the Scottish Mining Restoration Trust, Glenmuckloch Restoration Company, and Hargreaves Mining Services plc to pr

Major Festivals and Events Funding

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 10:17 AM
The Council’s Policy and Resources Committee (18 March 2014) is being recommended to approve: • A 3-year funding package of £45,000 a year for the Big Burns Supper as a beacon event in the Major Events Strategy 2014-2017; • Major

Watch out for rogue traders

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 03:47 PM
It has come to the attention of Dumfries and Galloway Council's trading standards team that unscrupulous traders are distributing leaflets claiming to be from well-known Companies that work in the Home Improvement sector eg roofline products. By

Nithsdale Community Achievement Awards 2014

Thursday, 06 March 2014 03:02 PM
Community members and groups from throughout Nithsdale were rewarded and recognised for their achievements at this year's Nithsdale Community Achievement Awards, held in DG One Leisure Complex.

The Nithsdale Community Achievement Awards 20

Adoption Service joins Fostering and Kinship Service with a Very Good report from inspectors

Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:56 AM
Hard on the heels of a complimentary report from the Care Inspectorate, Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Adoption Service has also received a very good grading in all categories. The inspection was completed in January 2014. The Care Inspectorate gav

Marking International Women's Day 8 March 2014

Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:40 AM
International Women’s Day has been celebrated for more than 100 years.

To mark International Women’s Day 2014, the Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women Partnership (DAVAWP) would like to invite all the Dumfries and Gallowa

World Championship Ice Hockey Can Create Stars of the Future

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 03:56 PM
World Championship Ice Hockey returns to the Ice Bowl at the end of this month, and can inspire a new generation of young people to take up the sport. The Ice Bowl will play host to the International Ice Hockey Federation’s Men’s Under 18s

Key project funding to be discussed by Council committee

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 11:47 AM
The allocation of funds for the region’s infrastructure , including major investment in local road improvements are to be discussed at the Council’s Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee next Tuesday. Over £13 million has bee

New tourist trails for South West Scotland

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 11:27 AM
Three new visitor trails have been created to take tourists on a journey to discover more about Robert Burns and his poetry while also enjoying the visitor attractions and beautiful landscapes of south west Scotland that inspired him. The trails, brou

Flood prevention in Newton Stewart

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 09:25 AM
Flood protection in Newton Stewart will be on the agenda at the Council's Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee next Tuesday. This is in reaction to flooding particularly in November 2012 which saw the River Cree with the highest flow since re

Helping communities reduce their energy bills

Monday, 03 March 2014 11:40 AM
A series of drop in events are running in the region as part of the 100% RES (Renewable Energy Source) project. At each event, energy experts will give communities advice on saving on energy bills and reducing their carbon footprint. Th

Social Work contact centre expands services

Thursday, 27 February 2014 03:30 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Social Work contact centre is expanding its services.

Following a successful move to introduce a Social Work specialism to the Council’s contact centre, the trained call handlers will now be deal

Annandale and Eskdale Primary Schools Basketball Competition

Thursday, 27 February 2014 03:06 PM
The Annandale and Eskdale Primary Schools Basketball Competition took place at Lockerbie Academy on Tuesday night. Eleven school teams compete in an event which was refereed by Sports Leaders from Lockerbie Academy. As a natural progression from

Academy Awards Party at the RBC Film Theatre

Thursday, 27 February 2014 02:31 PM
Get out your glam rags with a ‘70s twist for the 2nd annual RBC Academy Awards! The RBC Film Theatre is celebrating Hollywood in style on Sunday 2 March. While film stars glide up the red carpet in Los Angeles, glamorous Doonhamers are invited to a

Free Library Membership in an instant

Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:49 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council Libraries are celebrating World Book Day on 6 March by launching their re-designed customer friendly membership forms which now includes a new Instant Membership option. Instant Membership allows you to borrow two books or au

Kavli Trust awards £20,360 to Castle Douglas ARC

Thursday, 27 February 2014 09:49 AM
On Wednesday 26 February, a representative from Castle MacLellan Foods presented Castle Douglas Activity and Resource Centre (ARC) with a cheque for £20,360.

Castle McLellan is part of the Kavli Group. Kavli is owned by the Kavli

Councillor Andy Ferguson signs for Men United

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:57 AM
Andy Ferguson, Chair of Social Work Committee and a councillor in North West Dumfries Ward, has become the latest big name signing for Men United.

The local politician has backed Prostate Cancer UK’s ‘Men United v Prostate Canc

Local business to benefit from energy action plan

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 09:59 AM
A new energy action plan for our region has been launched by the Dumfries and Galloway Renewable Energy Partnership Group and our Council. One of the main purposes of the action plan, is to support local businesses as they develop capacity an

We’ve got reading all wrapped up at Lockerbie Library

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 03:46 PM
Preparing for the cold weather is a must in this weather and even the books at Lockerbie library are getting wrapped up.  To celebrate World Book Day on 6th March, the books will be putting on new, woolly jackets so that they can get out and about ar

Rogue Traders Beware

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 02:15 PM
A new hard hitting campaign from Scotland’s Councils and Police Scotland aims to firmly shut the door on rogue traders Councils and Police Scotland have today joined forces to launch a new campaign designed to rid Scotland of the blight that is

Manga Forum holds open session to celebrate World Book Day

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:49 AM
If you are curious about Manga and comic books, you can find out more at Lockerbie Library on Wednesday 5 March.

The Comic Book and Manga Forum will be holding an open session between 3.30pm and 5pm to celebrate World Book Day. This is

Climate Change – Answering your questions

Monday, 24 February 2014 03:51 PM
Staff from Dumfries and Galloway Council will be on hand during Climate week to answer any environmental questions you may have. Climate week runs from Monday 3 March – Friday 7 March and during that week, staff from the Council’s sustainable

Social Work Services Committee outcomes

Monday, 24 February 2014 11:52 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council is planning for the implementation of The Social Care (Self-Directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013. Councillors at today’s Social Work Services Committee heard about the plans for the further shifts in practices and the

Council leaders congratulate D&G curlers on Olympic success

Friday, 21 February 2014 03:44 PM
Council Leaders congratulate Dumfries and Galloway curlers on Olympic success Dumfries and Galloway is celebrating the achievements of its curlers at the Winter Olympics, with silver and bronze medals being won. David Murdoch of Lockerbie skipped

Council agrees to 600 hours of early learning and childcare

Friday, 21 February 2014 10:33 AM
The Council’s Education Committee (19 February 2014) agreed proposals to meet the Council’s duty to provide 600 hours of early learning and childcare for each eligible child from August 2014. This will be achieved by: • Increasing t

People in social housing encouraged to apply for Discretionary Housing Payment

Thursday, 20 February 2014 02:51 PM
In January 2014 the Government announced that Social Sector Size Criteria ‘bedroom tax’ cuts to housing benefit should not have been applied to some people. The loophole applies to people who have been claiming housing benefit continuously for

Region's Tourism Sector Grows in Confidence

Thursday, 20 February 2014 02:30 PM
Tourism businesses across the region are feeling optimistic which is one of the key findings from our Council's third annual Tourism Business Confidence Monitor. The 2013 survey revealed that over 80% of the businesses contacted said their business pe

Dumfries welcomes the world at Commonwealth Youth Summit

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 12:30 PM
Scotland is delighted to welcome over 250 young people from across the Commonwealth to the historic town of Dumfries for the Commonwealth Youth Summit being held 6 – 9 June 2014. The summit, hosted by a partnership between Dumfries and Galloway

Winter Warmth for Older People

Monday, 17 February 2014 03:36 PM
The popular ‘Winter Warmth for Older People’ scheme is running again in Dumfries and Galloway with the help of funding from the Big Lottery obtained through local community action centre The Hub in Friar's Vennel, Dumfries.
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Another very good report for Fostering and Kinship Service

Friday, 14 February 2014 04:52 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council continues to provide a very good service to foster carers and children living in foster care according to the latest report from the Care Inspectorate. The Fostering and Kinship Service inspection was completed on 9 January

Victim Support receives £750 from Unpaid Work sale

Friday, 14 February 2014 04:01 PM
A cheque for £750 was handed over to the charity Victim Support on Thursday 13 February at the Community Payback Unit, King Street, Dumfries. Chair of Social Work Services Committee, Councillor Andy Ferguson is Chair of Social Work Services

Road Works on A708, Moffat-Selkirk

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 02:31 PM
The A708 Moffat-Selkirk road in Dumfries and Galloway will benefit from an investment of £552k from Dumfries and Galloway's strategic capital funding, enabling an extensive programme of renewal and strengthening. This includes resurfacing the carria

Improving Annan - Key Projects

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 12:26 PM
A 10 week project to transform the riverside gateway in Annan has just started. The regeneration works are set to improve the Western entrance to the town and will see two new sandstone gateways installed, the pavements on the bridge widened, new lighting

Balance Bike launch at DG One

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 11:21 AM
Balancing, steering and pedalling at the same time can be tricky, but not for the youngsters in Dumfries as they now have a Balance Bike class they can attend at DG One.

Balance bikes are a relatively new concept in the UK and more an

Mrs Green's Cake Club at Dumfries Museum

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 03:01 PM
Love was the theme and cakes were on the menu for Mrs Green’s Cake Club when it met at Dumfries Museum on Sunday 2 February.

In preparation for Valentine’s Day the theme was love and cake flavours ranged from passion fruit, rhu

Burns Statue - Work to start next week

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 12:14 PM
Work will start next Monday (17 February) to transform the area around the Burns Statue in Dumfries town centre. The 16 week project which will be completed on the 9 of June, involves the laying of a new granite surface which will be hard wearing, long li

Brydekirk Primary School: inspection

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:15 AM
“Children who are courteous, respectful and have positive attitudes to learning” is one statement used to describe the strengths of Brydekirk Primary School in its recent inspection by Education Scotland. HM Inspectors also highlighted the sch

Enforcement campaign for dog fouling and litter

Monday, 10 February 2014 02:15 PM
The Community Safety Team has been out in force recently, raising awareness of blights in our communities of dog fouling and litter. The team has run high-profile campaigns in Stranraer, Newton Stewart, Wigtown, Whithorn and the Isle of Whithorn, with

Zoolab Animal Athletes

Monday, 10 February 2014 02:06 PM
On Tuesday 18 February Zoolab will be at Dumfries Museum with their Animal Athletes workshop. Free activity sessions are available for children accompanied by adults. The sessions start at 10am, 11am, 12noon, 2pm and 3pm. Numbers are limited so to avoid d

Free creative writing workshop in Annan

Monday, 10 February 2014 11:36 AM
FREE Creative Writing Workshop
Victoria Halls Meeting Room
Tuesday 25th February 2014
10.30 – 12.30

Since March 2013, Glasgow Women’s Library and the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow have invited women a

Funding success for local Duke of Edinburgh Award group

Monday, 10 February 2014 11:35 AM
A group of young people currently completing their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award has recently been successful in its bid to Dumfries & Galloway’s Youthbank. The Stranraer Academy pupils applied to the region’s Youthbank to help with cos

Stranraer Community Council info session

Monday, 10 February 2014 11:25 AM
Are you interested in helping to shape the  Do you want your community to have a formal body in place to help represent the views of the public to the local authority? Dumfries and Galloway Council is holding an information session on how a Stran

Festival of Museums Funding for Dumfries Museum

Thursday, 06 February 2014 10:44 AM
Dumfries Museum has been awarded funding from the Festival of Museums organisers to host a 'Meet the Vikings' event at Dumfries Museum on 17 May this year.

Dumfries Museum is working in partnership with the Dumfries and Galloway branch of

Council Leader and Depute Leader speak out against Police Control Room closures

Thursday, 06 February 2014 10:41 AM
At today's meeting of Dumfries and Galloway Council (Thursday 6 February), Council Leader Ronnie Nicholson gave a strong statement on his views about the closure of the Police Control Room in Dumfries. The closure by Police Scotland was approved at la

Dumfries, Sanquhar and Annan Museums commemorate World War One

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 10:16 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council Museums are working with a range of partners to create a programme of exhibitions and events to commemorate the centenary of WWI over the next five years. The first year of the programme is taking shape. The WWI collectio

Education Committee (28 January 2014)

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 09:39 AM
The Council’s Education Committee (Tuesday 28 January 2014) will consider reports outlining progress on projects in the schools capital programme, projected breakeven on the 2013/14 budget, progress with agreed savings in the 2013/14 budget, amended

Meeting with Cabinet Secretary for Justice on Police Scotland - closure of Control Room, Dumfries

Monday, 27 January 2014 04:58 PM
Ronnie Nicholson, Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, expressed the Council’s concerns regarding the lack of consultation about the proposed closure of the Police Scotland Control Room in Dumfries to Kenny MacAskill, Cabinet Secretary for Justi

Supporting independent retailers in Upper Nithsdale

Monday, 27 January 2014 03:55 PM
Independent retailers in Sanquhar, Kirkconnel and Kelloholm are being encouraged to enrol in the “Let’s Talk Shop” programme, a free course of specialised Shop Doctor support. Bill Smith, the Shop Doctor, will be delivering his infor

Cash boost for Gretna Badminton Club

Monday, 27 January 2014 02:43 PM
Young members from Gretna Badminton Club received a welcome funding boost of £528.53 this month to help them purchase new equipment for their club: racquets, shuttle cocks, nets and bags. The new equipment will help members improve their game an

DGFirst builds local economy

Monday, 27 January 2014 10:44 AM
The Council’s DGFirst Management Committee will hear on Tuesday (28 January 2014) that DGFirst’s revenue and trading operations budgets are on target, with a small underspend (£3,591, 0.01% of budget) and small surplus (£70,626, 0.

Dog fouling - Community Safety Officers patrolling Troqueer

Thursday, 23 January 2014 05:01 PM
Council Community Safety Officers are asking for the public’s help to catch those responsible for dog fouling in Troqueer. Chair of the DGFirst Management Committee said, “The dog fouling in Troqueer Cemetery and near the primary school is

Private Landlords - Are you registered?

Thursday, 23 January 2014 02:54 PM
At today's Housing Sub Committee, councillors were given an update on the number of private landlords and properties currently registered with the Council. The Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004, introduced on 30 April 2006, requires pr

Council and RSLs discuss impact of Welfare Reform

Thursday, 23 January 2014 01:20 PM
Dumfries and Galloway councillors and officers and representatives of major Registered Social Landlords came together in Dumfries today. They held a very positive meeting to discuss the impact of Welfare Reform on social housing tenants. Dumfries and

Road works in Dumfries ahead of schedule

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 02:30 PM
Temporary Traffic Management Order 2014: A781 Nith Street/Whitesands, B725 St Michael Street/NithPlace, U783n Irish Street (Dumfries) The Council is currently carrying out major resurfacing works at the Shakespeare Street/Nith Place/Irish Street/St Mi

Gold • Silver • Bronze

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 11:44 AM
Gold • Silver • Bronze is a new Dumfries Museum foyer exhibition opening on 8 February. Inspired by the medals of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games the new foyer exhibition features three iconic items, one made from gold, one with silver a

Nominations open for Annandale and Eskdale Annual Sports Awards

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 02:24 PM
Nominations are now open for the Annandale and Eskdale Annual Sports Awards Ceremony for the sporting year 2013. 2014 is a huge year in Scottish Sport with Glasgow hosting the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup coming to Gleneagles. Sport is in the

End of Who Dares Wins exhibition

Friday, 17 January 2014 02:20 PM
Over the past year Dumfries Museum has been very proud to share the story of local man Captain Cecil Riding and his role in the SAS during WWII. The exhibition Who Dares Wins, featuring Cecil Riding’s story and the war memorabilia he collected, fini

Dumfries Museums celebrate Robert Burns

Thursday, 16 January 2014 11:31 AM
Dumfries Museum, the Robert Burns Centre and Burns House are all gearing up for special events to celebrate the birthday of the national bard. All three venues are part of the free fun “Wee Beasties Trail” which is available now. Start at

Superfast broadband for thousands of Dumfries and Galloway premises

Thursday, 16 January 2014 10:07 AM
More than 3,600 homes and businesses in Dumfries and Galloway will get fibre broadband as part of the £410 million Digital Scotland partnership, it was announced today. More than 3,100 premises in Amisfield and Castle Douglas will receive high s

Waste Management Contract gets Additional Funding

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 04:28 PM
At today's Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee, councillors agreed to make an additional £600k a year payment to ensure the continuation of our Council's existing waste management / recycling PFI contract. It has been estimated tha

Council agrees action for Drummore Harbour

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 03:39 PM
At today's Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee, Councillors agreed that subject to obtaining the necessary funding, the Council should progress the acquisition of Drummore Harbour. Constructed by the Earl of Stair in the early part of the

Local Business to Benefit from Energy Action Plan

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 03:32 PM
At today's Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee, Councillors agreed a Renewable Energy Action Plan for our region. One of the main purposes of the action plan, which should be launched in February 2014, is to support local businesses as th

Joint Inspection of Children’s Services in Dumfries and Galloway, January 2014

Monday, 13 January 2014 02:29 PM
On 20 January a team of inspectors will arrive in Dumfries and Galloway to carry out a Joint Inspection of Children’s Services. Previous joint inspections focused on child protection, but the new system of inspection is much wider. The inspector

Nithsdale Community Achievement Awards 2014 launch

Friday, 10 January 2014 12:13 PM
Nominations for the Nithsdale Community Achievement Awards 2014 are now open. These awards recognise and celebrate voluntary commitment; achievements and learning for a great many community groups and individuals from across Nithsdale. Councillor T

Contemporary photography in Scotland 11 January to 8 March 2014

Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:23 AM
The New Year at Gracefield begins with an exciting programme of contemporary photography exhibitions across Gracefield Galleries 1 and 2. We are delighted to be able to show works on loan specially from the National Galleries of Scotland alongside wor

Council seeks funding for new railway stations

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 09:42 AM
The Scottish Government has announced a £30 million fund which will be used to build new train stations throughout the country. The fund can also be used to refurbish existing train stations and associated facilities. At next Tuesday's Economy,

Putting employment in the spotlight

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 09:31 AM
At the Council's Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee next Tuesday, Councillors will look to introduce policies to tackle unemployment in the region. The new administration plan to invest £1.5m over the next 3 years to create 400 job op

Seeing Stars

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 05:16 PM
For Stargazing Live 2014 Dumfries Astronomy Society are organising a fun filled night of astronomy activities at Dumfries Museum on Saturday 11 January, 7 - 9.30pm. Suitable for all ages, everyone is invited to come along. BBC Stargazing Live 2014, ho

Boost for rural transport project

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 12:43 PM
Scottish Government Transport Minister Keith Brown announced last week that the South West of Scotland Transport Partnership has been successful in its funding bid to the Bus Investment Fund. The funding, totalling £67,000, will support the

Budget Consultation: building the local economy

Friday, 20 December 2013 03:43 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council (19 December 2013) agreed to release the Administration’s draft 2014/15 budget proposals for consultation. Councillor Ronnie Nicholson, Leader of the Council, said, “I am happy to consult with the people of Du

Community Payback annual Christmas Sale

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 04:11 PM
There will be a sale of arts and crafts from 10am to 2pm on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 December at the former Baker's Oven shop, High Street, Dumfries. The proceeds of the sale will go to local charities. All the goods in this annual sale have been p

Major road works planned for Dumfries

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 11:56 AM
The Council will carry out major works at the Shakespeare Street/Nith Place/Irish Street/St Michael Street junction in Dumfries early in the new year. Temporary traffic signals will be in place to control traffic in the area. Unfortunately, this is

Lament for the pipes written specially for Lockerbie memorial events

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:47 AM
Two pipers from Dumfries and Galloway will play at the Lockerbie memorial event at Arlington National Cemetery, USA on Saturday 21 December 2013. The pipers are Alan Maltman and policeman Sgt Mark Jackson from the local branch of Police Scotland Pipe

South of Scotland Alliance meet with Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary in Hawick

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 10:56 AM
The South of Scotland Alliance met with the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth John Swinney MSP yesterday (Monday 16 December) to discuss a series of important issues for the region. The gather

Scope, Sleigh Bells & Santa – Christmas is nearly here!

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 10:00 AM
Providing an action packed start to this week’s activities in Stranraer is the Road Runner Christmas Party from 6pm – 8pm on Thursday night (19th December) at the Castle Square. The perfect way for the kids to begin the final countdown to Chri

Rainbow Swim Scheme Gala 2013

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 04:02 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Rainbow Swimming Scheme Gala 2013 was held at DG One on Saturday 7th December. This annual event, which sees participants of the Rainbow Swimming Scheme from across the region come together to compete in a relaxed

Positive primary school results in reading and mathematics

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 01:40 PM
Dumfries and Galloway primary pupils' mental arithmetic has improved significantly according to recent assessments. Last month, all Primary 3 and Primary 5 pupils in Dumfries and Galloway completed standardised assessments in reading, mathematics and m

Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women Song Writing Competition winners announced

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 10:37 AM
The 2013 Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women Partnership (DAVAWP) Song Writing Competition concluded on Thursday 5th December in an Anti-Violence Concert at Oasis Youth Centre where the five Competition finalists played live to an enthusiastic and v

Last chance to comment on Community Safety

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 09:37 AM
The Community Safety Survey closes on 20 December 2013 and people across Dumfries and Galloway are being encouraged to take a couple of minutes to complete it and help inform the work of the region’s Community Safety Partnership. Available onlin

The Search for the Region’s New ‘Beacon Events’ Begins

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 04:02 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council has launched its search for new Beacon Events for the region. The Council will work in partnership with EventScotland, the national events agency, and with the support of VisitScotland, the regional Chambers of Commerce,

2014/15 Area Committee funding applications closing date extended

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 11:05 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council has extended the closing date for funding applications to area committees in 2014/15 to 5pm on Friday 13 December 2013. This is because of the many premises that lost power due to the high winds at the end of last week.

Action packed weekend in Stranraer

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 10:46 AM
This weekend promises a huge range of entertainment in for all the family centred around Stranraer's Castle Square. Lil Red n the Rooster Band kick off a Rhythm and Blues weekend from 2 to 4pm on Friday 13 December in the Castle Square. One of F

Social Work Services to discuss possible new structure

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 10:34 AM
Members of Social Work Services Committee will be discussing a brand new structure for the service at their meeting on Thursday. Chair of Social Work Services, Councillor Andy Ferguson, said, “Our main aim for any new structure must be to make s

Watch out for vulnerable neighbours

Friday, 06 December 2013 10:50 AM
Following yesterday’s gales, there are still a number of homes across the region without electricity. Please watch out for vulnerable neighbours. If you come across any problems, please contact our Council on 030 33 33 3000. If you believe a vul

Dumfries Learners tell their stories

Thursday, 05 December 2013 02:54 PM
Councillors heard about the impact of learning on people’s lives at a full meeting of Dumfries and Galloway Council on Thursday 28 November. A group of learners from Dumfries each told their stories, some of which were about overcoming some diff

Youthbank assessors gain national accreditation

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:03 PM
In January this year, Dumfries and Galloway YouthBank received a huge cash boost of £30,000 from the Holywood Trust. YouthBank is a special bank run by young people to help turn other young people’s good ideas into action. The money will be us

Book Week Big Book Bash in Annan

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:53 AM
Come along to the 'Big Book Bash' this Friday, 6 December, from 12 noon to 2pm in the Victoria Halls, Annan. The event is part of the Book Week Scotland fun. Women's group 'Sky's the Limit' is organising the book giveaway with the support of our Coun

Children at St Ninian's keen and motivated to learn

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:22 AM
Children’s attitude, behaviour and polite manners received praise from members of their local community and in Education Scotland’s inspection report for St Ninian’s Primary School. In the recent inspection of the school carried out at t

Academy's very good achievements recognised by inspectors

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:18 AM
Education Scotland Inspectors recently paid a visit to Dumfries Academy and found it to be a place where young people feel “safe, supported, encouraged and well cared for.” The school was praised for the positive relationships it developed wit

Kirkpatrick Fleming - delivering high quality learning

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:47 AM
The achievements of Kirkpatrick Fleming Primary School, near Annan, were praised in the most recent round of school inspection reports. The school was inspected in early October 2013 and Education Scotland inspectors commended the children’s excepti

Timetable for our Local Development Plan

Tuesday, 03 December 2013 03:35 PM
The final stages in the adoption of the region's new Local Development Plan (LDP) are underway. This includes the timetable for examination of the LDP, which sets out new planning policies and development opportunities for the whole region. After thre

Official opening of Hardthorn Road residential children's centre

Tuesday, 03 December 2013 02:30 PM
Councillor Andy Ferguson, Chair of Social Work Services Committee, opened the new residential childcare centre, 38 Hardthorn Road, Dumfries, today, 3 December. He said, “Our Residential Childcare Strategy was designed in 2008 to provide the best

More Christmas fun for Stranraer

Tuesday, 03 December 2013 10:44 AM
Come to Stranraer this Saturday, 7 December for more Christmas events for adults and children alike. Following on from last Saturday’s successful Christmas Lights Switch On, Castle Square, Stranraer will be the focus of the entertainment organise

Empty homes champion recognised

Tuesday, 03 December 2013 10:41 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council's Empty Homes Officer Fiona Todd picked up an award at the Scottish Empty Homes Conference on Tuesday 26th November. Fiona was named 'outstanding individual' because of her commitment to sharing best practice as well as her

Extension for festivities

Monday, 02 December 2013 01:21 PM
The Annandale and Eskdale Licensing Board has granted a general extension of licensed hours, the first Board in Dumfries and Galloway to use this power under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005. The general extension means that over the festive period o

Council officer 'doorsteps' Cabinet Minister with offer of Border Tablet

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 04:36 PM
The CX Project recently attended an International Nuclear Supply Chain event in Manchester, hosted by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Over 1,300 delegates attended the event, many from overseas. The CX Project, which is celebrating its secon

School meals uptake continues to rise in Dumfries and Galloway

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 02:42 PM
Today (26 November 2013), the Council’s Education committee heard that the uptake of school meals has continued to increase in Dumfries and Galloway. The uptake in primary schools has grown by 1.4%. The uptake in secondary schools has grown by 3

Christmas magic comes to Stranraer

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 01:44 PM
A local actor is to begin the Countdown to Christmas in Stranraer. This Saturday sees the launch of this 2013’s Christmas Events in Stranraer Town Centre. Actor Michael McClorey, who has stared in a range of soaps and theatrical productins, will

Primary school Tag Rugby in Wigtownshire

Monday, 25 November 2013 03:06 PM
There was a lot of skill shown on Wednesday 6 November as over 200 pupils took part in the primary school Tag Rugby festival, which was held at London Road Playing field, Stranraer. This event was open to all local primary schools. A total of 21

Comic book and Manga forum starts at Lockerbie Library

Monday, 25 November 2013 02:19 PM
POW!! ZAPP! OOF! A comic book and Manga forum is starting in Lockerbie library on Wednesday 4th December from 4.00pm to 6.00pm. The forum will provide chance to talk with other fans, share knowledge, and find out more. A selection of comic books and M

Plans for Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Lockerbie Air Disaster

Monday, 25 November 2013 02:19 PM
Preparations for the commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Lockerbie Air Disaster are underway and a group, comprising of local clergy, community representatives and Dumfries and Galloway Council officers, has been set up to co-ordinat

Council celebrates excellence in social work

Monday, 25 November 2013 02:02 PM
On the afternoon of Tuesday 19 November, our Council’s Social Work Services celebrated excellence at a short ceremony at Cargen Tower, Cargenbridge, Dumfries. The category winners were warmly welcomed by Chief Executive Gavin Stevenson and Inter

New exhibitions at Gracefield Art Centre Craft Shop

Monday, 25 November 2013 10:29 AM
The Gracefield Craft Shop presents a brand new collection of hand-made crafts with a special Christmas focus this year on original prints and fine porcelain. The featured artists are printmaker Pamela Grace and Sarah Keast. Beautiful porcelain from Andy P

16 days of Action Against Gender Violence

Friday, 22 November 2013 03:46 PM
Dumfries and Galloway's Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women Partnership – DAVAWP – has arranged a series of actions and free events to support locally the 16 Days of Action Against Gender Violence Campaign. “16 Days of Action&r

Comment on Community Safety

Thursday, 21 November 2013 03:18 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Community Safety Partnership has launched its annual Community Safety survey which will be used to help understand the concerns that you have about your safety and the safety of others in your community. Available online at www.d

Festive Fun hits Dumfries – The Big Switch On!

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 04:19 PM
It’s time to put on your Christmas jumpers and Santa hats and head down to Dumfries Town Centre on Thursday 28 November to experience this year’s revamped Christmas lights Switch On event. The fun starts at 12noon with entertainment progra

On-line vote open for song writing competition

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 11:52 AM
The Dumfries and Galloway Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women Partnership (DAVAWP) Song Writing Competition for young people has reached its final stage; five finalists have been selected and now a community on-line vote will be running until 04th D

Minister launches electric bus service

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 02:48 PM
Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Transport and Veterans was in Cairnryan and Stranraer today to launch a new electric bus service and help cut the ribbon at the newly refurbished West pier. The new bus service links the ferry ports at Cairnryan, to the r

Is the Public Sector for You?

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 12:58 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council means business! That is the message the Local Authority is sending out to businesses and companies through its partnership with the National Supplier Development Programme. Dumfries and Galloway Council works extensively

D&G Employment TAP supports new store

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 11:50 AM
The newly created D&G Employment TAP (Total Access Point) helped 'The Range' with its recruitment process for their new store in Dumfries. As part of the TAP, staff from the Council's Employability & Skills Service and Jobcentre Plus were on h

Dumfries and Galloway Coaching Awards 2013 - Nithsdale winners

Monday, 18 November 2013 04:43 PM
The Dumfries and Galloway Coaching Awards are a partnership between our Council and sportscotland. The awards recognise the contribution achievements of coaches and volunteers and their dedication to their chosen sport. The awards celebrate and raise

Results of Annan Cluster Tag Rugby Festival

Monday, 18 November 2013 10:43 AM
The Annan Primary Cluster Tag Rugby Festival took place at Violetbank, the home of Annan Rugby Club on Saturday. The event was organised by our Council's Active Schools and Community Sport team in partnership with the club. Over 110 children competed in

Ready for winter on trunk roads across Dumfries & Galloway

Friday, 15 November 2013 06:11 PM
A partnership between the Council’s DGFirst and Scotland TranServ is ready to deliver winter services for people travelling on trunk roads across Dumfries and Galloway. The partnership between DGFirst and Scotland Transerve means winter maintena

Council and NHS celebrate STARS success

Friday, 15 November 2013 05:56 PM
In Dumfries and Galloway, the Council and NHS are celebrating the achievements of 12 of their team of Health and Social Care support workers, who have gained a National Progression Award in Health and Social Care: Promoting Reablement. The team is the

Council employee helps to develop commended professional development award

Friday, 15 November 2013 09:29 AM
A Dumfries and Galloway Council employee is part of the highly commended team that has developed Scotland’s first national professional development award (PDA) in commissioning, procurement and contracting for care services. Angela McGeoch, the

Working towards a litter- free Scotland

Thursday, 14 November 2013 09:19 AM
The Scottish Government is keen to tackle litter at a National level and has sent a survey to local authorities so that it can put together a strategy to address the issue. The results of the consultation will inform the strategy which is due out at the e

World Championship Hockey will create wow factor at the Ice Bowl

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 03:52 PM
Dumfries Ice Bowl will stage the biggest event in its 21 year history when it hosts World Championship Ice Hockey in December. The Great Britain Under 20s Men’s Team will compete in the International Ice Hockey Federation’s Group 1 B tourn

A DAY OF DANCE

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 03:48 PM
On Sunday 17th November from 2pm-8pm there will be a Day of Dance celebration at St Ninian’s Church Hall in Castle Douglas. Anyone over the age of 16 can come along and try out different types of dance such as Biodanza, Margaret Morris Movement, Zum

Libraries' biggest ever celebration of Book Week Scotland

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 03:37 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Libraries are celebrating Book Week Scotland, Monday 25 November – Sunday 1 December, with a fantastic free programme of top author events and giveaways across the region. Book Week Scotland is about celebrating whatever it

Bid to transform empty property in Dumfries

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 03:13 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council has submitted a bid for £460k to the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Housing Fund. If successful, the cash injection would see 7 empty flats and 4 shops being brought back into use in Dumfries Town Centre. T

Expansion plans for successful rural transport project

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 02:39 PM
Our Council will expand its successful Wigtownshire Rural Transport Solutions initiative across the rest of the region. The project allows community operators providing a service to the Council or Health Board to make use of Council buses when they ar

Road closure: Cassalands, Dumfries

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 01:45 PM
Scottish Water has been carrying out repairs to the sewer at Cassalands (Dumfries - Castle Douglas route) in Dumfries. Unfortunately, during this work, a void under the road has been discovered. To enable this to be further investigated and repairs carr

Dumfries and Galloway Council implements pay deal for staff

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 01:39 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council is to implement the pay increase for its staff that has been agreed nationally through CoSLA. Council staff will receive a 1% increase in their December salary. This is a 2 year deal in which a further 1% will apply in Ap

Crime! What do you think?

Monday, 11 November 2013 01:22 PM
Crime What do you think? Even though incidences of crime are decreasing, the public are still worried about crime. Do you know what’s being done to tackle crime in your community? Have you suffered from anti-social behaviour?

Dumfries and Galloway S4 results

Monday, 11 November 2013 10:22 AM
Dumfries and Galloway is one of the top attaining education authorities in Scotland by the end of S4 as measured by average total tariff scores. Tariff scores are a means of allocating points to compare qualifications used for entry to higher and further

Council reaffirms its commitment to Broadband

Monday, 11 November 2013 09:38 AM
At Policy and Resources committee today (Tuesday 5 November), Councillors were provided with an update on the South of Scotland Next Generation Broadband Programme. The government funded national programme hopes to deliver superfast Broadband to 75% o

Dumfries and Galloway's writers and publishers get down to business

Friday, 08 November 2013 04:21 PM
Dumfries and Galloway’s Creative Arts Business Network (CABN) is pleased to announce a one day conference for the region’s writers. Free to attend, but with places limited to 25, the conference will take place on Saturday 30 November 2013, fro

Starting out in the Creative Industries

Friday, 08 November 2013 04:17 PM
Making a living as a creative arts business can be challenging, especially in the current economic climate. To help you get off to a good start CABN (the Creative Arts Business Network) has commissioned the Cultural Enterprise Office to run their “

The RBC goes wild

Thursday, 07 November 2013 04:56 PM
On Saturday 23rd November the Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre will be embracing the great outdoors and welcoming Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods to give a talk of foraging in Dumfries and Galloway followed by a live cooking demonstration. On the sam

Photo Call: Remembrance Sunday 2013 around the region

Thursday, 07 November 2013 02:46 PM
The Royal British Legion Scotland (RBLS) arranges acts of remembrance at war memorials throughout Dumfries and Galloway. For contact details of RBLS branches in Dumfries and Galloway see: http://www.rblscotland.com/about-us/find-your-local-branch

Progress on integrating health and social care

Thursday, 07 November 2013 11:35 AM
At their meeting today (7 November), members of the Community Health and Social Care Partnership Board(CHSCPB) received a report on the new national Learning Disabilities Strategy known as ‘The Keys to Life’. The report set out proposals to ta

Council launches new number for adult social work referrals

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 05:12 PM
Today, 6 November, Dumfries and Galloway Council launches a new number to take adult social work referrals through the Customer Contact Centre at Monreith House, The Crichton, Dumfries. By phoning 030 33 33 3001, customers will be answered by speciali

Annan story writing competition winners

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 12:23 PM
Story-writing competition winners Winners of the story-writing competition run by the Council's Community Learning and Development Service in Annan were presented with certificates last week at Kate’s Kitchen. The chairperson of Annan Commun

Holiday fun had at Annan Museum

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 05:35 PM
Over the school holidays lots of fun activities took place at Annan Museum. Artist Hugh Bryden led drop in art and craft workshops inspired by The Great Moss exhibition. During the first week of the holidays the natural diversity of the nearby Lochar

Council awarded silver by Healthy Working Lives

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 04:58 PM
An awards ceremony for Healthy Working Lives took place in our Council's DGFirst Headquarters on Friday 1st November 2013. The Healthy Working Lives team organised the event to recognise the achievements of eleven public and private organisations acro

DG Coaching Awards 2013 Annandale and Eskdale winners

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 04:58 PM
The Dumfries and Galloway Coaching Awards are a partnership between our Council and sportscotland. The awards recognise the contribution achievements of coaches and volunteers and their dedication to their chosen sport. The awards celebrate and r

Sports Stars out in force in October break Sports Academy programme

Thursday, 31 October 2013 11:02 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Annandale and Eskdale Sports Academy rolled out a host of sporting opportunities over the two week October holiday period for children in the area. Scottish Number One Gymnast Amy Regan and former Commonwealth Games T

Young Leadership Academy success in Annandale and Eskdale

Thursday, 31 October 2013 09:41 AM
Last week, a three day Young Sports Leadership Academy was delivered in Annandale and Eskdale by Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Active School and Community Sport team. Six young people from Langholm, Lockerbie, Moffat and Annan, (24 in total)&n

Connections remembered and made at SAS War Diary event

Thursday, 31 October 2013 09:32 AM
Brigadier Howard Ham of the SAS Regimental Association travelled to Dumfries Museum on Saturday 26 October to give a talk about how the Special Air Service formed and developed during World War Two. He also described how records of these events

Trading Standards issue fireworks warning

Thursday, 31 October 2013 09:09 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Trading Standards service is warning consumers to check fireworks before they purchase them in case they are damaged.

Councillor Colin Smyth, Chair of Planning Housing and Environment Committee, s

Exhibition of paintings by Ian Gascoyne

Wednesday, 30 October 2013 03:59 PM

An exhibition of paintings by the Dalry artist, Ian Gascoyne , has just opened in the studio in the Tolbooth Art Centre, Kirkcudbright.

Ian has painted for most of his life and has lived in our area for the last 15 years. He traine

Extra cash proposed for road repairs

Wednesday, 30 October 2013 09:48 AM
A Council committee is being recommended to allocate extra cash for road repairs A report to the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee (5 November 2013) provides an overview of the financial and physical progress of the agreed Capital Investm

Councillors to discuss draft Fair Treatment at Work policy

Wednesday, 30 October 2013 09:30 AM
Councillors at next Tuesday’s Policy and Resources Committee will be asked to approve a draft Fair Treatment at Work Policy for Dumfries and Galloway Council. The single policy is expected to replace two previous policies on Bullying and Dignity at

Mexican business scam reaches Dumfries and Galloway

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 12:00 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Trading Standards service is aware that local businesses are being targeted by Expo-Guide, a business directory scam. Expo-Guide is an online business directory based in Mexico, which appears to target businesses

New appointment to help our Food and Drink sector

Monday, 28 October 2013 04:30 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council has awarded its commission of ‘services to support the development of the Food and Drink Sector in Dumfries and Galloway’ to Indigo Words, following an open procurement process. Lorna Young of Indigo Words has

Helping our businesses get competitive

Monday, 28 October 2013 11:33 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council has made a successful application to the European Regional Development fund (ERDF) to extend the South of Scotland Business Competitiveness Project to March 2015, which is run in partnership with neighbouring Scottish Borders

Social Work Services committee (24 October 2013)

Friday, 25 October 2013 10:15 AM
Social Work Services Committee (24 October 2013) Looked After Children    The Council’s Social Work Services committee received a report on looked after children. A child becomes ‘looked after’ when they are in the c

Supporting independent retailers in Langholm town centre

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:57 AM
Independent retailers in Langholm town centre are being encouraged to enrol in the “Let’s Talk Shop” programme, a free course of specialised Shop Doctor support. Bill Smith, the Shop Doctor, will be delivering his informative and mot

Stranraer date for Telecare event

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 03:21 PM
Come and find out about telecare in Dumfries and Galloway.

As a special event for Scottish Telecare and Telehealth Week, our Council’s contact centre will have a stand at the Ryan Centre.

Come along to the Ryan C

Find out about Telecare in Dumfries and Galloway

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 10:39 AM
Come and find out about telecare in Dumfries and Galloway. As a special event for Scottish Telecare and Telehealth Week, our Council’s contact centre will have a stand in the foyer of DG One. Come along to the DG One Leisure Centre in Dumfrie

Providing food parcels in Dumfries and Galloway

Monday, 21 October 2013 09:34 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council is considering how best to provide food parcels to customers who need assistance from the Scottish Welfare Fund because of a crisis.

John Lynch, Head of Strategic Housing, Welfare Reform, Revenues and Benefits

Improving Community and Customer Services in Newton Stewart

Monday, 21 October 2013 09:22 AM
We are improving Customer Services in Newton Stewart.  Chair of Wigtown Area Committee, Councillor Jim McClung, said, "We have created a new facility at the existing library premises on Church Street, Newton Stewart which will provide a modern and

Improving Community and Customer Services in Stranraer

Friday, 18 October 2013 02:16 PM
Our Council is improving our services to the public by bringing together Customer Service Centres, Libraries and Registration to the heart of the local community in Stranraer. Chair of Wigtown Area Committee, Councillor Jim McClung, said, "We have cre

The RBCFT opens its doors to wee ones for spooky Halloween specials

Friday, 18 October 2013 11:13 AM
The Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre will be showing two Halloween specials with the film ‘Room on the Broom’ followed by a frightfully delightful workshop, and ‘Shorts for Wee Ones’, a collection of short films for your littl

New local member of Scottish Youth Parliament announced

Thursday, 17 October 2013 04:26 PM
Young people have made their vote count by taking part in the recent Scottish Youth Parliament by-election for Galloway and West Dumfries.

Voters had their pick of four local candidates; David Blain, 17, from Stranraer, David White, 1

Girls' Brigade fashion night at Annan Museum

Thursday, 17 October 2013 11:43 AM
The members of the Junior Section of the First Annan Girls Brigade are all studying for their fashion badge. As one of their activities they visited Annan Museum to find out more about the history of fashion and especially how Victorian ladies dressed.

Talking Toys Tour for wee ones visiting Annan Museum

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 10:09 AM
Annan Museum volunteers have been preparing a new activity for the youngest museum visitors. A collection of Talking Toys takes young children on a fun discovery tour in the museum’s local history gallery, encouraging them to look at the objects on

Dock Park Play Area Re-Opens to public

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 04:46 PM
The Dock Park play area re-opened to the public on Friday 11 October following major renovation works. The Park has been the subject of a £2 million renovation programme of works since May this year. The opening of the play area marks the first stag

Council's Sports Academy welcomes Scotland's top gymnast

Monday, 14 October 2013 03:48 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Annandale and Eskdale Sports Academy welcomed Scottish Number One Gymnast Amy Regan and Team Scotland Commonwealth Games Coach Sandy Richardson to the Lochmaben Centre for a Gymnastics Workshop on Monday 14 October,&n

John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum opens its doors for October holidays

Friday, 11 October 2013 02:45 PM
John Paul Jones Museum, birthplace of the American hero known as ‘the father of the American Navy’, has extended its season to offer a special chance for families to visit the museum during the October holidays.

This is a chanc

Search for community champs to star in Dumfries and Galloway leg of Queen's Baton Relay

Thursday, 10 October 2013 10:34 AM
It will travel across the globe through the 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth carrying a special message from Her Majesty the Queen, but the final lap of the Queen’s Baton Relay will be its last 40 days travelling the length and breadth

FW Champion OBE IFS, Galloway’s Tigerman

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 11:17 AM
Pioneering the use of tripwires and camera traps, Frederick Walter Champion produced some amazing photographs of Indian wildlife in the 1920s and 30s and these are the centre piece of an exhibition called “Tiger, Tiger” currently at Dumfries M

Arts and Crafts exhibition by Stranraer ARC

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 10:55 AM
Please come along to Stranraer Library and view the arts and crafts created by people who use the Activity and Resource Centre in Stranraer.

The exhibition is open during normal library hours from Wednesday 30 October to Thursday 7 Nov

Business Gateway launches business training courses in Annan

Monday, 07 October 2013 04:53 PM
Help is at hand for people in Annandale & Eskdale who are thinking of working for themselves. Business Gateway is to deliver business start-up training in Annan.

The FREE business start up courses will be held at Annan Town Hall. The fi

Stranraer 10K road race 2013

Wednesday, 02 October 2013 11:45 AM
This year’s 10k Stranraer road race will take place on Saturday 2 November at 12noon. Entries are open to participants 15 years and over on the day of the race. Online, telephone and postal entries close Wednesday 30 October. However, entries will b

Visual Arts Scotland Collective Exhibition – Gallery 1 Gracefield Arts Centre.

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 01:47 PM
Gracefield is delighted to be working with Visual Arts Scotland, one of Scotland’s leading art groups, to show a selection of their members' work. The exhibition will be in Gallery 1 from 5 October to 9 November 2013.

VAS has bee

Area Committees and Sports Councils invite funding applications for 2014/15

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 12:20 PM
Dumfries & Galloway Council invites funding applications from voluntary/community organisations to Area Committees and Sports Councils for 2014/15.   Applications will be considered for projects or activities that fit closely with the criteria

Demystifying Intellectual Property

Monday, 30 September 2013 10:38 AM
(On behalf of CABN) CABN (the Creative Arts Business Network) and Scottish Enterprise are holding workshops across the region for creative individuals and businesses that want a better understanding of how to protect what they create, an

Funding applications to Area Committees and Sports Councils welcomed for 2014/2015

Monday, 30 September 2013 10:35 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council invites funding applications from voluntary/community organisations to Area Committees and Sports Councils. Applications will be considered for projects or activities that fit closely with the criteria set by the local A

Programme to Support Thornhill independent retailers

Monday, 30 September 2013 10:15 AM
Independent retailers in Thornhill town centre are being encouraged to enrol in the “Let’s Talk Shop” programme, a free course of specialised Shop Doctor support. Bill Smith, the Shop Doctor will be delivering his informative and mot

Young candidates up for election

Thursday, 26 September 2013 03:20 PM
Four young people are hoping votes will be coming their way in the forthcoming Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) local by-election. The candidates are David Blain, 17 from Stranraer, David White, 16 from Shawhead, Rhiannon Gerrard, 14 from Dalbeattie and Sa

Blairmount Park Community Sport Hub Needs You

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 03:54 PM
A sports and physical activity partnership is being formed to look at the opportunities to develop the facilities at Blairmount Park. The steering group of Blairmount Park Community Sport Hub currently consists of representatives from the Galloway Thi

SAS War Diary 1941-1945

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 03:24 PM
The SAS Regimental Association has loaned a rare copy of the SAS War Diary 1941 – 1945 to Dumfries Museum. With disbandment looming, producing a record of SAS wartime activities began in the last days of World War Two. A project known by few eve

Are you getting a Council Tax discount as the only person in a property?

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 12:00 PM
Council Tax Review gets underway Residents across Dumfries and Galloway are being asked to make sure they are getting the discount they are entitled to as part of a Council Tax review. Households with only one person over the age of 18 are eligible

The Moo Man at RBC Film Theatre in Dumfries

Monday, 23 September 2013 11:48 AM
RBC Film Theatre Screening of ‘The Moo Man’ • The RBC Film Theatre is screening ‘The Moo Man’, a sweet and quirky film about a passionate farmer and his cow Ida, on Wednesday 25th September 2013 at 7.30pm plus a discussion

Support 2nd Team – Dumfries and Galloway Team up with Northern Ireland

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 03:53 PM
Dumfries and Galloway last week welcomed a delegation from the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council (NICGC) to the Active Games, the region’s major sporting event for young children. They were invited as part of the Support a 2nd Team ini

Dumfries to host British Ice Hockey centenary celebrations

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 02:40 PM
The International ice hockey world will descend on Dumfries in December 2013 to celebrate the centenary of ice hockey in Great Britain.  Ice Hockey UK, the national governing body for ice hockey in Great Britain, has reached its 100th anniver

New Electric Bus Service for Stranraer

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 01:29 PM
Sent on behalf of SWestrans This week sees the start of a new electric bus service linking the ferry ports at Cairnryan, to the railway station in Stranraer.  This is the first fully electric bus to be used for a local bus service in Sco

Helping Local Businesses

Monday, 16 September 2013 05:12 PM
The Dumfries and Galloway Shop Front Improvement Initiative is targeted at independent retail properties in small town centres and district centres across our region. The initiative encourages applications from owners and tenants of retail properties,

Personal stories illustrate the progress of the Putting You First project in its latest update report

Thursday, 12 September 2013 12:54 PM
Chair of the Community Health and Social Care Partnership Board, Councillor Andy Ferguson, said, “There are currently 72 Putting You First projects underway, ranging from very small trials, to larger changes. This is an impressive range of work.

Best ever Tour of Britain to roll into Dumfries and Galloway this Sunday

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 03:31 PM
The Tour of Britain arrives in Dumfries and Galloway on Sunday. The UK’s biggest live sports event will roll through Gretna, Annan and Dumfries Whitesands before heading to Drumlanrig Castle. Interest in the event is expected to be huge, wit

Boost for Cycling in Dumfries

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 03:09 PM
Our Council has received around £290k in funding from the Sustrans Community Links Programme. Just under £200k of the grant will be used to fund phase 2 of a cyclepath running from Dumfries to Mabie Forest. This is match funded by the Council,

Investment for Stranraer's West Quay

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 04:33 PM
Further investment for Stranraer was announced at today's Planning, Housing and Environment Services Committee. £350k will be used to fix the partially collapsed Stranraer Harbour Quay Wall. Significant movement in the wall was first reported earlie

Award for Council's Revenue and Benefits team

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 11:45 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Revenue and Benefits team has won a prestigious award from the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation (IRRV). The IRRV Scottish Council Award for Excellence recognises work done in revenue services and is awa

Active Games – A Games for Dumfries and Galloway

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:31 AM
Over 500 children representing 16 countries of the Commonwealth converged on Dumfries on Saturday 7 September for a fantastic day of sporting competition. The event included its own opening and closing ceremonies, reflecting the events of London 2012 and

Support for independent retailers in Dalbeattie

Thursday, 05 September 2013 03:23 PM
Independent retailers in Dalbeattie town centre are being encouraged to enrol in the Let’s Talk Shop programme, a free course of specialised Shop Doctor support. Bill Smith, the Shop Doctor, will be delivering his informative and motivational re

Council Adopts Ground-Breaking Major Festivals and Events Strategy

Thursday, 05 September 2013 02:09 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council has adopted a ground-breaking Major Festivals and Events Strategy. The Strategy, created after months of consultation, will focus Council resources on developing the sustainable growth of Dumfries and Galloway events that

Magnox Limited, Chapelcross Supports Live World Class Cycling

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:39 AM
Magnox Limited, Chapelcross has been announced as the Regional Sponsors of the Tour of Britain in Scotland. Their sponsorship will enhance the delivery of this prestigious national cycling event and help promote Dumfries and Galloway across the Globe

Give your views on the Common Allocations Policy for social housing

Tuesday, 03 September 2013 01:39 PM
Are you a social housing tenant or applicant in Dumfries and Galloway? We would like your views on how social housing will be allocated in future.

The next roadshow on the Common Allocations Policy will be on Wednesday 4 September from 2 t

The Great Moss exhibition moves to Annan

Monday, 02 September 2013 10:10 AM
A fascinating touring exhibition opens at Annan Museum on Saturday 7 September. The Great Moss reveals the story of one of the largest areas of raised bog in Europe - the internationally important Lochar Moss. The exhibition investigates the human and nat

Clyde tour scores winning performance at Kirkcudbright Academy

Friday, 30 August 2013 11:29 AM
Clyde, the Commonwealth Games Mascot and tour, attended Kirkcudbright Primary School on the morning of Thursday 22 August. Clyde entertained, excited and inspired all the children to look forward to the Glasgow games next year.

The Tour wi

Tour Ride Tourism Creates Additional Boost for Regional Economy

Wednesday, 28 August 2013 04:18 PM
The Tour of Britain kicks off its 2013 schedule in Scotland and will put Dumfries and Galloway firmly in the international sporting spotlight. Day One of the 2013 Tour is the annual Scottish Stage, on Sunday 15 September, which takes place between Pee

Photography advice for artists and craft makers

Tuesday, 27 August 2013 11:11 AM
Photography advice sessions are being offered to artists and craft makers by the Creative Arts Business Network (CABN), in association with Gracefield Arts Centre and Spring Fling.  Shannon Tofts and Euan Adamson will be at Gracefield Arts Centre

Food and Drink Business Development Programme

Monday, 26 August 2013 02:38 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council through the South of Scotland Business Competitiveness Project has commissioned a new free to attend Business Development Programme. The programme has been specifically designed to give new and emerging businesses in Sout

Dalbeattie Community invited to hear about exciting new learning environments for schools

Monday, 26 August 2013 01:28 PM
Parents and members of the local community are being invited to attend an exciting event focussed on the latest developments in school designs and how these might be considered for the new schools in Dalbeattie. The event is being held on Wednesday 4th

Banks are warning people to keep their PIN to themselves after more scams

Friday, 23 August 2013 02:01 PM
The scam: Customers answer the telephone to someone who pretends to be bank staff and asks for their bank details. Some of these customers might have been the victims of fraud already. The caller asks the customer to phone the number on the back of their

Increased need for kinship care adds to pressures on Social Work budgets

Thursday, 22 August 2013 04:31 PM
Members of Social Work Committee heard today that a number of areas of the budget are under pressure because of an increase in local need.

Kinship care and care at home for children with disabilities are two of the pressures highlighted th

Meet Your Maker with Craft Scotland

Thursday, 22 August 2013 01:11 PM
Gracefield Arts Centre to host Craft Scotland ‘Meet your Maker’ weekend 7 - 8 September.

Craft enthusiasts will be given a fantastic opportunity to see makers in action as the popular ‘Meet Your Maker’ weekend comes

Tigers in the town

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 11:01 AM
Pioneering the use of tripwires and camera traps, Frederick Walter Champion produced some amazing photographs of Indian wildlife in the 1920s and 30s. These are the centre piece of a new exhibition called “Tiger, Tiger” opening at Dumfrie

Tour of Britain Puts Dumfries and Galloway in Sporting Spotlight

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 10:52 AM
The Tour of Britain kicks off its 2013 schedule in Scotland and will put Dumfries and Galloway firmly in the international sporting spotlight. On Sunday 15 September, Day One of the 2013 Tour (the annual Scottish Stage) takes place between Peebles and

Opportunity for local young people to stand for Scottish Youth Parliament

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 03:17 PM
Now is the time for local young people to stand up for what they believe in and make a difference by standing as a candidate in the forthcoming Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) local by-election.

The by-election is being held to elect the&n

Loreburn Housing opens new bungalows for supported housing

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 01:59 PM
Loreburn Housing Association has recently completed a major refurbishment project at the four bungalows at Wellgreen, Dumfries. This project was funded by Loreburn Housing Association and carried out in partnership with the NHS and Dumfries and Galloway C

CXProject provides business grant for Border Tablet

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 09:36 AM
Entrepreneurs Michael & Susan Robertson have been able to accelerate the growth of Langholm firm Border Tablet with advice and grant funding from the CXProject. When Michael and Susan bought the confectionary company 10 mon

Ghost Croft Archive - A Walk to Work Charmian Pollok

Monday, 19 August 2013 01:55 PM
A new exhibition by Scottish artist Charmian Pollok opens at the end of August at Gracefield Gallery 2.

All Charmian Pollok’s work derives from the experience of a place, some moments in time, as the artist walks a particular landsca

Local people contribute to national review of human rights for people with disabilities

Monday, 19 August 2013 11:52 AM
Local people are getting involved in a national project on human rights for people with disabilities. Donna Anderson from Dumfries is contributing to a review of the implementation of the rights within the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Pe

Regeneration Exhibition Lockerbie Library

Monday, 19 August 2013 10:56 AM
A regeneration exhibition at Lockerbie library starts this Thurdsay. The display shows how the town centre will look when the current work to revitalise it is finished. The exhibition also highlights the design for the new sheep sculptures which are

Dr Who - Who's Who library competition

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 09:28 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Library Service is celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who with a fantastic competition.

How well do you know your time lords?  Do you know if Tom Baker was before or after Colin Baker? Then time travel to your local

Youth Beatz rocks to Prof Green

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 05:02 PM
A capacity crowd of 12000 people descended on the David Keswick Centre, Dumfries last Saturday for the largest free youth music event in Scotland.

The huge audience was thrilled by headline performances from Professor Green and Amelia Lily

Third song writing competition for young people launched

Monday, 12 August 2013 02:33 PM
Following on from the success of previous years, the Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women Partnership (DAVAWP) has launched their third song writing competition for young people. The aim of the competition is to raise awareness of domestic abuse

Dumfries and Galloway Council gardeners win silver

Monday, 12 August 2013 10:56 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council's gardeners have brought home a silver award for their entry in the 2013 National Flowerbed competition at the RHS Tatton Park Show in Cheshire.

This year our Council’s horticulture team chose ‘Doc

Stranraer Millenium Amateur Boxing Club receives accreditation

Monday, 12 August 2013 10:35 AM
Congratulations to Stranraer’s Millennium Amateur Boxing Club, which has been presented with the Dumfries and Galloway Sports Club Accreditation Award.

Everyone taking part in sport has the right to be safe. Our Council’s Sport

Minister visits successful Dumfries and Galloway Youth Justice Service

Friday, 09 August 2013 11:29 AM
Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Children and Young People, will visit Dumfries and Galloway on the 14 August to see and hear about the practice of the Youth Justice Service. The visit will have a particular focus on the successful implementation of our

Visitors to Newbie can make the most of a clean beach

Friday, 09 August 2013 09:33 AM
Visitors to Newbie, Annan can enjoy a nice clean stretch of beach thanks to people who take part in activities at Annan Activity and Resource Centre (ARC).  The ARC hosts day services for adults with learning disabilities. Community Part

The Peat Bog and the Dragonfly

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 02:07 PM
An exciting new free event has been added to the summer Countryside Ranger workshops accompanying The Great Moss exhibition at Dumfries Museum. Previous events have been have been fully booked throughout the summer. On Tuesday 13 August Terramundi T

The Big Lunch comes to Agnew Park Stranraer

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 10:08 AM
Agnew Park Stranraer will be the venue for a ‘Big Lunch’ event on 7 August from 11.45am to 3pm hosted by our Council Services including Leisure and Sport, Arts, Community Learning and Development and Active Schools in association with YPlay. T

Big Lunch at the Merrick Centre launches pre-2014 Games activities

Friday, 02 August 2013 04:19 PM
The Merrick Centre, Newton Stewart will host a family friendly fun day, The Big Lunch, on Thursday 8 August, 12 noon to 3pm. 

This will be the launch event for a host of activities at the centre in the run  up to the 2014 Glasgow

Region's commitment to renewable energy recognised

Thursday, 01 August 2013 11:14 AM
Our region has been included in the Renewable Energy Sources (RES) Champion League Table for the first time.  This is recognition of Dumfries and Galloway's commitment to using renewable forms of energy. Dumfries and Gall

Dalbeattie Library, Customer Service Centre and Registration Service

Thursday, 01 August 2013 10:12 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council is integrating Libraries, Customer Service Centres and Registration Services across the region.

In Dalbeattie the Library, Customer Service Centre and Registration Service is scheduled to integrate into the cu

Young Recruits Programme helps young people into work

Thursday, 01 August 2013 09:31 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council is committed to tackling youth unemployment and has worked with partners to secure £192,000 of European Social Fund and Scottish Government funding to help us deliver new jobs for our young people. This i

Sizzling summer activities at Annan Museum

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 03:26 PM
Families visiting the Dress to Impress exhibition at Annan Museum have been having great fun trying out a selection of Victorian optical toys and even dressing up as Victorians to create their very own historical family portrait.

Spec

World of Wonka at Youth Beatz 2013

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 05:08 PM
The Interactive Youth Information Zone returns to Youth Beatz on Saturday 10 August 2013. For the previous three years, The Wonderland Experience has been getting young people involved in what has been described as “a brilliant way of educating

Youth Beatz tickets all gone to D&G

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 05:04 PM
Although the schools in Dumfries and Galloway don’t return for a couple of weeks yet, Saturday 10 August will see Dumfries schooled by PROFESSOR GREEN as Youth Beatz 2013, Scotland’s Largest Free Youth Music Event, arrives at the David Ke

Grant makers train

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 04:15 PM
Fourteen young people from across Dumfries & Galloway recently gathered at Wiston Lodge, near Biggar, to take part in an accredited training residential on 6th & 7th July. The residential, organised by Community Learning & Development in p

Children's Panel members wanted

Monday, 29 July 2013 02:51 PM
Children’s panels comprise dedicated local people who work in the best interests of vulnerable and young people. Across Scotland, 22 Area Support Teams (ASTs) have replaced the 30 Children’s Panel Advisory Committees following the Children

Launch of a project to transform Dumfries Town Centre

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 02:39 PM
Residents and business owners are being encouraged to come along to a Street Design project launch about Queen Street, Dumfries.

People living on Queen Street, Mclellan Street, Cumberland Street and Brooke Street in Dumfries, are bein

DGC rangers get ready to Tweet on World Ranger Day 31 July 2013

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 02:27 PM
World Ranger Day on 31 July celebrates the amazing work done by rangers around the world.   Rangers in other parts of the world have been killed by ivory poachers and by the elephants that they try to protect, by wildfires and falls from mo

Adult Protection Committee Biennial Report 2010 to 2012

Monday, 22 July 2013 03:49 PM
The multi-agency Adult Protection Committee's role is to ensure the development and delivery of robust systems for the safeguarding of adults at risk in Dumfries and Galloway. The Committee has recently published its second biennial report. This

Council taking steps to improve Libraries regionwide

Monday, 22 July 2013 02:59 PM
Libraries in the East and West of the region are undergoing changes to improve their various functions. The East The Ewart library in Dumfries is updating the Reference section to bring together various materials to meet users’ needs. Ch

Wigtownshire is ready for winter

Monday, 22 July 2013 02:58 PM
For the past two years, Wigtownshire’s community councils and community groups have been very interested in the concept of community resilience. Steven Wylie, Community Resilience Adviser based within the Safety and Resilience Team, has carried out&

Dumfries and Galloway Youth Summit

Monday, 22 July 2013 10:51 AM
Organisers of the 2013 D&G Youth Fest are excited to announce that the Youth Summit is fast approaching. The Summit, which is supported by agencies including Skills Development Scotland, NHS Scotland and others, will be held on 3 August in the Big Top

Viewpoint Voices

Friday, 19 July 2013 03:28 PM
Local groups gathered at the Mill on the Fleet in Gatehouse recently to celebrate a project where they visited and then wrote about the fantastic views from the National Scenic Areas. Members of the Dumfries and Stewartry branches of The University o

Vintage cars return to Arrol-Johnston factory to celebrate the centenary

Friday, 19 July 2013 03:16 PM
The Arrol-Johnston factory on the Edinburgh Road in Heathhall is 100 years old this month. At 1.00pm on Sunday July 28th proud owners of cars made in the factory will be celebrating the centenary when several vehicles return for a photo shoot.

End of Year Report 2012/13

Friday, 19 July 2013 02:19 PM
At today’s meeting of the full Council, Chief Executive Gavin Stevenson presented a report on the progress in meeting our Council’s priorities in the year since they were agreed. The priorities are: Priority 1 We will provide a good start

Council Awarded European Funding For New Business Support Project

Friday, 19 July 2013 12:32 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council has made a successful application to the Lowlands and Uplands Scotland European Regional Development fund (ERDF) to deliver a Business support project with a total project value of £489,708. The project will be deli

Calling all sporting achievers in the Stewartry

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 01:35 PM
From 27 July The Stewartry Museum is running an exhibition celebrating sporting achievements in our area called 'Sporting Prowess in the Stewartry'. We are keen for the local community to be part of the exhibition by displaying some of their own award

Contact room at Social Work Services HQ gets a makeover

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 02:03 PM
The contact room at Social Work Services’ offices at Irish Street Dumfries has been given a makeover thank to those carrying out Unpaid Work.

The female art group from the Community Payback Unit at King Street worked on the murals tw

RBC runs week long summer film school

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 01:37 PM
The Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre will be opening its doors to a summer film club for 10 – 18 year olds next week.

During the one-week video production course students will learn the whole process of video production from the init

Enhancing Dumfries and Galloway Waste Services

Monday, 15 July 2013 01:28 PM
New waste and recycling collections to be phased in from 2014. A new waste and recycling collection service for householders will be coming to Dumfries and Galloway during 2014 and 2015. The new Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 require the Council to

Thornhill Library closed for refurbishment

Monday, 15 July 2013 11:56 AM
Thornhill library is closed for refurbishment until 24 July.  During this period a mobile library van will be available at the following times: Tuesday 16th July 10am— 3pm Thursday 18th July 2pm—4pm The library will reopen on Wed

Calling artists interesting in exhibiting at Tolbooth Arts Centre, Kirkcudbright

Monday, 15 July 2013 11:53 AM
Applications are invited from artists who would like a two or three week exhibition in the Tolbooth Art Centre (TAC).

The TAC has two small galleries with visitor numbers in excess of 22,000 per annum. Applications are welcome from profess

Council’s Annandale and Eskdale Sports Academy shortlisted for national award

Wednesday, 10 July 2013 10:48 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Annandale and Eskdale Sports Academy organised has been shortlisted in the Beyond Sport Awards, a major awards programme for sporting initiatives. The Academy is one of four shortlisted projects (alongside Tottenh

Dumfries and Galloway Council welcomes news that even more premises to benefit from Broadband

Wednesday, 10 July 2013 09:51 AM
The good news about Superfast Broadband keeps on coming.  Hundreds more households and businesses across Dumfries and Galloway are set to benefit from the roll out of Broadband technology in our region. The Broadband project took a major step fo

Council response to fire at Southerness leisure complex

Tuesday, 09 July 2013 11:42 AM
At around 0100 today, the Council’s Safety and Resilience team was notified of an incident at the leisure complex at Southerness. The Council’s emergency centre was activated and a small team was assembled to support the emergency response

Health and Social Care integration in Dumfries and Galloway

Thursday, 04 July 2013 04:37 PM
The Community Health and Social Care Partnership Board (CHSCPB) considered the latest legislation on public bodies working together at its meeting today. The Public Bodies (Joint Working) Scotland Bill published on 28 May 2013 will affect how Dumfries

Engineering Fair Success

Thursday, 04 July 2013 09:31 AM
An Engineering Recruitment Fair held at the Cairndale Hotel Dumfries toward the end of June has been hailed as a success.  The event was to introduce young people to careers in engineering and attracted over 140 attendees. The

Youth Beatz announces daytime appearance of Frankie Essex

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 03:35 PM
Fans of hit TV show TOWIE are in for a treat as Youth Beatz announces a daytime appearance by FRANKIE ESSEX. Frankie, who plays the sister of Joey Essex in the ITV2 show which regularly attracts over 2 million viewers, will appear on stage mid afternoon b

John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum marks 60th anniversary of plaque unveiling

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 03:05 PM
John Paul Jones, known in the USA as ‘the father of the American Navy’ and in Britain as a notorious pirate, was born on 6th July 1747 and on 6th July 1953 a commemorative plaque was placed on the cottage at Arbigland, Kirkbean where he was bo

Region gets £9.7m towards affordable housing

Tuesday, 02 July 2013 03:56 PM
The Scottish Government has announced additional funding for our Council's Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP).  The announcement means that £9.7million will be spent between 2015-2018 on building new affordable homes i

High response to social landlord survey

Tuesday, 02 July 2013 03:55 PM
Around 2,000 people responded to a recent Registered Social Landlord (RSL) Survey.  The postal survey undertaken in May 2013 is to assist the set up of a Common Housing Register (CHR) The purpose of the regi

Transforming Neighbourhoods

Tuesday, 02 July 2013 03:48 PM
At today's housing sub committee, councillors were given an update on the Dumfries Housing Regeneration Area (HRA) pilot project. The project not only encourages the repair of individual properties but looks to improve the wide

Community Safety Team tackles Stewartry dog fouling

Monday, 01 July 2013 11:10 AM
Community Safety Officers were out in strength in the Stewartry last week, giving out free dog waste bags and advice to try and prevent dog fouling, which blights streets, pavements, and open spaces. The 3-day campaign in Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright

Dumfries and Galloway Youth Summit

Monday, 01 July 2013 10:49 AM
Organisers of the 2013 D&G Youth Fest are excited to announce that the Youth Summit is fast approaching. The Summit, which is supported by agencies including Skills Development Scotland, NHS Scotland and others, will be held on 3 August in the Bi

Youth Beatz announces a host of local acts

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 02:51 PM
Organisers of the free Youth Beatz event have announced that FINDING ALBERT will perform alongside headliner Professor Green and Amelia Lily at The David Keswick Centre, Dumfries on Saturday 10 August. Now regarded as one of the most talked about emer

National Roads and Tranport Survey

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 10:41 AM
The public’s views on Dumfries and Galloway roads and transport services will soon be compared with others across Scotland and England, thanks to the National Highways and Transport Public Satisfaction survey.

The questionnaire will

Treasures: an introduction to creative writing

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 10:15 AM
If you have ever thought about writing 'something', but weren’t sure where to start, then this free four week course is for you.

Starting on Thursday 4 July 11.30am in Lockerbie Library, the course provides a good place to start for

Shakespeare bonanza in Dumfries this summer

Tuesday, 25 June 2013 03:57 PM
Dumfries will be host to performances of Shakespeare plays live and in the cinema in July and August.

There will be chance to see ‘King Lear’ performed on an Elizabethan-style stage by The Globe Theatre On Tour at The Crichton,

Funding success for Carsphairn martial arts group

Monday, 24 June 2013 03:57 PM
Young people of Carsphairn have recently been successful in their bid to Dumfries and Galloway’s Youthbank to support their Tai Jitsu Martial Arts project.

The project was established by a local resident and martial arts instruc

End of an era for Children's Panel Advisory Committee

Monday, 24 June 2013 02:57 PM
It was the end of an era for Dumfries and Galloway’s Children’s Panel Advisory Committee (CPAC) last week following implementation of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act.  This removed from local authorities all duties and respon

Tam O'Shanter in Kirkcudbright

Friday, 21 June 2013 11:57 AM
‘Tam O’Shanter in Kirkcudbright - Paintings by Alexander Goudie inspired by Robert Burns’ runs in Kirkcudbright Town Hall from 29 June to 26 August 2013. Kirkcudbright 2000’s summer exhibitions at Kirkcudbright Town Hall have b

Update on Social Work's Way Forward action plan

Thursday, 20 June 2013 12:55 PM
Councillors on Social Work Committee reviewed and noted Social Work progress against the Way Forward plan.

Chair of Social Work Services Committee, Councillor Andy Ferguson said, “Allocating Social Work resources to the areas of most

Social Work Committee examines progress on balancing budget

Thursday, 20 June 2013 12:46 PM
Councillors on Social Work Committee have examined the progress being made to bring Social Work department’s revenue budget into balance.

They looked at:
• The measures required to address the potential shortfall against

I Am Breathing – mass screening event

Wednesday, 19 June 2013 05:01 PM
The Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre is proud to be participating in a global mass screening of documentary film I AM BREATHING. The award-winning feature documentary I AM BREATHING is playing a major role in a unique global event that will take place

Operation Pinch

Wednesday, 19 June 2013 01:23 PM

Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Trading Standard Service recently joined forces with Police Scotland , the SSPCA and Trading Standards Scotland to monitor Animal Transportation and Consumer Goods at the Stena and P&O ports in Cairnryan.

Children's Film Workshop this summer

Wednesday, 19 June 2013 09:17 AM
Scene1Take1, the filmmaking club based in Dumfries, is running a filmmaking summer school for children aged 10 to 18 in July. The summer school will take place at the Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre on Mill Road, Dumfries on  Monday 22 to Friday

Dress to Impress at Annan Musuem

Wednesday, 19 June 2013 09:00 AM
A stylish new exhibition will open at Annan Museum this Saturday.  Dress to Impress looks at the way men and women have chosen to wear clothes that make an impact, particularly when posing for a camera, providing a glamorous glimpse into the past. A

Neil Armstrong commemorated in Langholm

Monday, 17 June 2013 04:10 PM
Langholm’s first and only Freeman, Astronaut Neil Armstrong has been commemorated in the town with a series of space and science events which culminated at the weekend. Visitors from across the UK joined local people on Friday evening in Langholm

Friend Like Us

Monday, 17 June 2013 02:49 PM
Last week Primary 7 pupils from the Maxwelltown High Cluster took part in an interactive transition event called ‘Friends Like Us’ at St Ninian’s Primary School. The event, run by Youth Alive in partnerships with our Council's L

Social Work Services Committee meeting on 20 June 2013

Thursday, 13 June 2013 05:06 PM
Social Work Services Committee will meet on 20 June with an agenda that will help to determine its way forward. Councillors will discuss a variety of topics including:- • Social Work Services’ performance over the past year • The f

Successful Nithsdale school sports week

Thursday, 13 June 2013 03:43 PM
Over 1000 school children in Nithsdale have been treated to a week of sporting events by students from Dumfries and Galloway College. The students, supported by Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Leisure and Sport Department, organised a week of events

Step into the Creepy House at your local library

Thursday, 13 June 2013 02:51 PM
Libraries across Dumfries and Galloway are getting ready to introduce children to the Creepy House. Step into the Creepy House and children are off on an imaginative adventure that will keep them reading throughout the school summer holiday

Scottish Disability Sport National Junior Athletics at Grangemouth - local athletes bring home medals

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 04:47 PM
Talented athletes from the region represented Dumfries and Galloway at the Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) National Junior Athletics Championships on Wednesday 5 June at Grangemouth Stadium.   The team was pulled together by Dumfries

The Great Moss

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 02:37 PM
A fascinating new exhibition opens at Dumfries Museum on Saturday 15 June. The Great Moss reveals the story of one of the largest areas of raised bog in Europe - the internationally important Lochar Moss. The exhibition investigates the human and natural

Story writing competition for Adult Learners' Week in Annan

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 11:56 AM
Adult Learners’ Week in Annan is being celebrated by the Dumfries and Galloway Council with the launch of a story-writing competition. Open to Annan residents aged 16 years and over, people of all abilities are invited to write a short

NHS to attend Wigtown Area Committee meeting

Monday, 10 June 2013 05:11 PM
NHS Dumfries and Galloway will be in attendance at the next scheduled meeting of Wigtown Area Committee at 7pm on Thursday 20 June 2013, Main Hall, Stranraer Academy to provide an update on Anaesthetics, Accident & Emergency and Maternity Service

Neil Armstrong exhibition has student in his element

Monday, 10 June 2013 11:13 AM
Langholm student Hayden Goodfellow is in his element working with volunteers staffing the ‘From the Moon to the Muckle Toon’ exhibition in Langholm Town Hall. Inspired by Neil Armstrong to study astrophysics, Hayden, a student at St Andrew

Youth Beatz announces second act

Thursday, 06 June 2013 04:05 PM
Organisers of the free Youth Beatz event have announced that 'AMELIA LILY' will perform alongside headliner Professor Green at The David Keswick Centre, Dumfries on Saturday 10th August. Amelia has enjoyed phenomenal recent chart success following her 201

Make a noise in your library

Thursday, 06 June 2013 03:01 PM
Local libraries are celebrating ‘Make a Noise in Libraries Fortnight’ (MANIL). MANIL runs from the 3rd to the 14th June and the theme this year is "Signposting" - making it easier for blind and partially sighted people to get hold of book

Education Committee agrees next steps for Dumfries Learning Town Project

Thursday, 06 June 2013 02:44 PM
Following a thorough debate, Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Education Committee agreed today (Thursday 6th June) to progress with developing full details on both options before referring any decision to Full Council at a later date. Councillors v

Royal Scots Borderers coming home

Thursday, 06 June 2013 10:18 AM
Dumfries will host a spectacular Homecoming Parade for local regiment The Royal Scots Borderers (1 SCOTS) on Monday 17 June 2013, marking the Battalion’s return from an operational tour of Afghanistan.  In September 2012, 1 SCOTS deployed to

Inaugural Twilight Stroll success in Dumfries

Wednesday, 05 June 2013 03:01 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council, in partnership with West Sound’s Cash for Kids appeal staged the first Twilight 10k Stroll on the evening of Saturday 1 June. Two hundred walkers took part in the challenge. The event attracted both men and women

Exhibition: Irene Gall, Beyond the Sea: Colour & Inspiration

Wednesday, 05 June 2013 10:41 AM
TOLBOOTH ART CENTRE, Kirkcudbright Irene Gall : Beyond the Sea: Colour and Inspiration This exciting new exhibition from Thornhill artist Irene Gall is all about colour; colour which changes with the light and with the seasons, changing from indoo

Time for Reflection Before Council Meeting

Monday, 03 June 2013 12:15 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council welcomed Naysun Alae-Carew of the Baha’i community at the Time for Reflection before the meeting of the Full Council on 30 May 2013. In leading the Reflection, Naysun referred to the visit to Scotland of the Baha&rs

Langholm celebrates First Man on Moon

Monday, 03 June 2013 10:59 AM
David Stevenson, Freeman of Dumfries and Galloway, opened an exhibition in Langholm Town Hall on Sunday 2 June 2013, commemorating the life of astronaut and Freeman of Langholm Neil Armstrong.   ‘From the Moon to the Muckle Toon’ showca

Full Council agrees to the implementation of the Cluster Working Review for Education

Monday, 03 June 2013 10:00 AM
Following a rigorous and in depth debate, Full Council agreed today (Thursday 30th May) to commencing with a three year implementation programme for partnership Headteachers within our small schools across the region. In response to a number of issue

Princess Royal to visit Dumfries

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 03:41 PM
The Princess Royal will unveil a sculpture commissioned by the People’s Project for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at St Michael’s Church in Dumfries on Tuesday 9 July 2013.  The sculpture will portray elements of poems and songs by

New Graduate opportunities available now!

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 02:17 PM
To illustrate its commitment to creating employment opportunities for young people, Dumfries and Galloway Council are rolling our further graduate placements.  On the back of last year’s successful Graduate programme, the Council is planning to

Annandale and Eskdale Summer Sports Academy programme launches

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 01:32 PM
Our Council's Annandale and Eskdale Sports Academy has launched one of its biggest summer sports academy programmes in the run up to Glasgow 2014. The Academy is celebrating its 10th year. Sponsored by EnergySolutions and funded by Annandale and Eskdale A

Council joins National Taskforce to address coal industry challenge

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 11:46 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council reaffirmed its commitment to supporting local people last week by joining a national taskforce in Cumnock last week. Scottish Government Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Fergus Ewing MSP chaired a meeting of the S

Looked After young people find their voice

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 10:03 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council is one of only 5 councils across Scotland to introduce a Champions Board for looked after children and young people.

Young people from our Council’s Listen2Us project took part in a major national event

Moffat Town Hall renovations and temporary closure of Moffat Library

Thursday, 23 May 2013 11:43 AM
Moffat Town Hall is undergoing a programme of repairs and refurbishment.

To enable essential work to be completed on the roof and ceiling, it is necessary to close Moffat Library on Tuesday 4 June.
 
The library wil

Roads maintenance in Dumfries and Galloway

Thursday, 23 May 2013 10:38 AM
Our Council is working to improve and maintain the quality of roads in Dumfries and Galloway; one of our commitments (agreed June 2012) is to ‘spend at least £50m over the next 5 years on our roads’.   DGFirst carries out roa

Open for Business

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 05:31 PM
Open for Business event Thursday 30 May 2013, 4.30pm to 8pm Duncan Suite, Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries   Dumfries and Galloway Council is hosting an Open for Business event on Monday 30 May, from 4.30pm to 8pm, at Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries.&nbs

Fèis an Iar-Dheas Castel Douglas Festival of the South West 16 June 2013

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 04:42 PM
Fèis an Iar-Dheas means Festival of the South West;  it is a day of Gaelic music and culture and will be held in Castle Douglas from 10am to 5pm on 16 June 2013.

This is the second Fèis in Dumfries and Galloway; the first

RBC Film Theatre opens its doors to wee ones

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 04:35 PM
The RBC Film Theatre is bringing back the magic of a morning at the movies with its brand new idea, The Wee Film Club. The Wee Film Club will show children's films on the first Saturday of each month at 10.30am, beginning on Saturday 1 June.   Memb

Stewartry Sport engagement event

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 02:40 PM
Calling all clubs, organisations and individuals with an interest in sport in the Stewartry…

Dumfries and Galloway Council, in partnership with Stewartry Sports Council, is hosting a Stewartry Sport Engagement Event on Monday 2

New Emotional Abuse Leaflet Launched

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 02:39 PM
The Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women Partnership (DAVAWP) has launched a new leaflet that focuses on Emotional Abuse. The new leaflet was developed by the Domestic Abuse Team after receiving feedback from a group of Domestic Abuse survivors s

Funding boost to celebrate Neil Armstrong

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 12:00 PM
£5000 of funding from the Scottish Government’s Taking Science Fund has been awarded to Langholm to celebrate astronaut Neil Armstrong’s life through a series of space and astronomy focussed events for young people and adults.

Council Commits to £12.6 Million to Delivering Broadband

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 05:45 PM
At Policy and Resources committee this morning (21 May 2013) Councillors committed to a £12.6M investment to take forward superfast Broadband for households and businesses across the region. The government funded national programme hopes to

Langholm Celebrates Neil Armstrong’s Life

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 03:53 PM
Langholm is preparing to celebrate Neil Armstrong’s life through a series of special events in early June.

Langholm, an Armstrong stronghold, claimed astronaut Neil Armstrong as one of its own and made him a Freeman in 1972 following

River Nith Harbour Authority: volunteers wanted

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 12:37 PM
River Nith Harbour Authority: volunteers wanted The River Nith Harbour Authority is seeking volunteer members. The new harbour authority will be responsible for laying moorings, navigation markers, controlling vessels on the river and estuary, and ch

Dumfries Ice Bowl awarded International Ice Hockey Championships

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:15 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council is delighted to announce that Dumfries Ice Bowl has been selected to stage the prestigious International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Ice Hockey World Championships in Men under 20, and Men’s under 18 events for the 201

Spring exhibitions at Stranraer Musuem

Monday, 20 May 2013 11:29 AM
West Fest: Kinetic Landscapes Celebrating the best of local artists, Westfest and Stranraer Museum  again offers a new take on the world around us.  Kinetic landscapes was the title offered as inspiration to a selection of local artists, who

GoSmart Dumfries Objectives Exceeded says Independent Report

Thursday, 16 May 2013 04:53 PM
A newly released independent report on the GoSmart Dumfries project concludes that the initiative has exceeded its targets.  There has been a 7.4 % reduction in car driver trips and a similar increase in levels of walking.  The Objective of GoSm

Joan Eardley - a life in painting With photographs by Audrey Walker

Thursday, 16 May 2013 02:02 PM
Gracefield Art Centre’s summer exhibition is by the renowned artist Joan Eardley RSA and her friend and photographer Audrey Walker. The artworks and photographs have been selected from our own permanent collection with additional loans from The Nati

Council prepares to celebrate Apprenticeship Week by Creating 45 New Apprenticeships

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 04:38 PM
Next week is Scottish Apprenticeship Week - 20 to 24 May. The week that showcases employer’s commitment to young people as well as the emerging talent that young people bring. As such, this is the perfect time for Dumfries and Galloway Council&

Winners of Annandale and Eskdale Sports Awards

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 10:25 AM
The Annandale and Eskdale Annual Sports Awards Ceremony was held at the Corner House Hotel, Annan on Friday 10 May. The event was organised by Dumfries and Galloway Council's Leisure and Sport Team. Eight awards were presented to local sports people who h

Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women Partnership (DAVAWP) Community Survey prize draw winner

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 03:40 PM
Suzanne Wishart was the lucky winner of the £100 cash draw which closed the DAVAWP 2012-13 Community Survey at the end of March. The draw was done using a random number selector.

The consultation gathered the views of nearly 400 peop

Devil's Porridge grant welcomed

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 03:49 PM
Council's Armed Forces Champion welcomes Devil's Porridge grant The Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Community Covenant has awarded £53,000 to The Devil’s Porridge Museum in Eastriggs.  The Devil’s Porridge museum, oper

Council's Rising Stars reach final

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 10:46 AM
Two staff from Dumfries and Galloway Council’s DGFirst have reached the finals of the APSE* Rising Star Awards. The Awards recognise the excellent work of individuals who are delivering in new leadership roles in front line services. The Awards a

Programme to Support Lockerbie town centre independent retailers.

Tuesday, 07 May 2013 04:17 PM
Independent retailers in Lockerbie town centre are being encouraged to enrol in the “Let’s Talk Shop” programme, a free course of specialised Shop Doctor support.

Bill Smith, the Shop Doctor, will be delivering his inform

Social Work staff graduate as National Dementia Champions

Tuesday, 07 May 2013 03:12 PM
Four members of staff from Dumfries and Galloway Council's Social Work Services and a staff member from Stewartry Care recently studied on the National Dementia Champions course. The graduation ceremony was held on 2nd May at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburg

Whithorn & District Community Council: election result

Friday, 03 May 2013 03:09 PM
NOTICE OF COMMUNITY COUNCILLORS ELECTED AS RESULT OF POLL HELD ON 2 MAY 2013   THE ROYAL BURGH OF WHITHORN AND DISTRICT COMMUNITY COUNCIL Electorate: 812  Total Ballot Papers Received: 182  Percentage Poll: 22.41%   &nbsp

More pupils eligible for free school meals

Thursday, 02 May 2013 04:07 PM
Parents or pupils who receive Child Tax Credit (CTC) and have an annual income under £15,910 are eligible for free school meals. This is a rise from the previous threshold of £15,860, meaning that more pupils in Dumfries and Galloway will be e

Bookbug drops in

Thursday, 02 May 2013 04:00 PM
A surprise visitor dropped in to see the babies and toddlers at libraries across Dumfries and Galloway. Bookbug flew in all the way from Edinburgh to join in Bookbug sessions at Stranraer, Wigtown, Newton Stewart, Lochmaben, Lockerbie, Gretna and the Ewar

Curling championships: volunteer info day

Thursday, 02 May 2013 11:58 AM
The organising committee for the 2014 World Mixed Doubles and World Senior Curling Championships is hosting a volunteer open day at Dumfries Ice Bowl on the Saturday 11 May 2013, at 11am. The committee invites any potential volunteers who

Annan Broadband Project update

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 12:16 PM
The Annan Broadband Project is taking its next steps in a time-limited trial funded mainly by Scottish Government. The trial is using the emerging technology of White Space radio. White space radio is in its infancy. The system seeks out unused wireless

Rugby girls bound for Scotstoun

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 11:28 AM
Following on from the success of the Active Schools Nithsdale Primary Schools Rugby Festival, 12 girls from Cargenbridge Primary will be heading to Scotstoun, Glasgow to play for the Dumfries and Galloway U12 girls team. The organisers are Dumfr

Councillors visit Lockerbie Youth Centre

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 10:13 AM
Local councillors got a taste for the activities experienced by young people at Lockerbie Youth Centre this week. The Centre members can study for the Duke of Edinburgh's awards, take part in a variety of workshops and tak

Annandale North Ward Forum Lochmaben Community Centre

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 04:58 PM
The next Annandale North Elected Member Ward Forum will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 14 May 2013 at Lochmaben Community Centre. The purpose of a Ward Forum is to enable all residents or representatives of community groups to exchange views and informa

Annandale East and Eskdale Ward Forum Eaglesfield Village Hall

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 04:53 PM
The next Annandale East and Eskdale Elected Member Ward Forum will take place at 7pm on Thursday 23 May 2013 at Eaglesfield Village Hall.

The purpose of a Ward Forum is to enable all residents or representatives of community groups to exch

Annandale South Ward Forum Carrutherstown Village Hall

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 04:46 PM
The next Annandale South Elected Member Ward Forum will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 8 May 2013 at Carrutherstown Village Hall. The purpose of a Ward Forum is to enable all residents or representatives of community groups to exchange views and

Potted History at Dumfries Museum

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 10:23 AM
Following on from his fantastic workshops at Annan Museum last year, Master Potter GrahamTaylor will be at Dumfries Museum on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 May offering children and adults the opportunity to make pots from the past.

He will be de

Galloping Forward with Support from the CX Project

Monday, 29 April 2013 12:44 PM
Sent on behalf of CX Project With help from the CX Project, the young and ambitious team at James Ewart Racing Ltd are determined to bring more top racing results back to Annandale & Eskdale. Based near Langholm and run by husband & wife team B

Inspiring Entrepreneur wins iPad

Monday, 29 April 2013 10:36 AM
At the recent Inspiring Entrepreneurs event at DG One in Dumfries, up and coming entrepreneur Mandy Kelly beat the competition to win an iPad.
Mandy and friend Joshua Johnson set up fashion design business ‘Insanity Is My Vanity’ in 20

A708 opens after remedial work

Thursday, 25 April 2013 04:03 PM
Following major scour damage from the adjacent watercourse, the A708 Moffat to Selkirk Road will open today at 4pm.  Chair of DGFirst Management Committee, Councillor Patsy Gilroy, said, "I am impressed with the energy and efficiency of our Council'

Team's delight as pitch unveiled

Wednesday, 24 April 2013 02:17 PM
Greystone Rovers Youth Football Club is celebrating after the new 3G pitch at Marchmount in Dumfries was officially opened on Saturday 13 April. The facility, which is also suitable for rugby and will be used by Dumfries Saints for training and matches,

New paintings by Jenny Finch

Wednesday, 24 April 2013 11:37 AM
A new exhibition opens this week at Café Hubbub at Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries.   Jenny Finch, who has long been established in Dumfries and Galloway with her ceramic work at Dalton Pottery, has now been painting again and presents h

Ministerial engagement - Friday 19 April

Tuesday, 23 April 2013 05:24 PM
This is a courtesy e-mail to make you aware that Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture & External Affairs will be undertaking engagements within your constituency area. The Cabinet Secretary’s programme of events is: 11.00 Clatter

Ministerial engagement 19 April Minister for Youth Employment

Tuesday, 23 April 2013 05:24 PM
This is a courtesy email to inform you that Angela Constance MSP, Minister for Youth Employment, will be undertaking a Ministerial engagement in your constituency area on Friday 19 April 2013. Ms Constance will be visiting the Dumfries and Galloway Coll

Hungarians get sustainable in our region

Tuesday, 23 April 2013 05:23 PM
You are invited to send a photographer and reporter to Council Headquarters in Dumfries at 13:30 on Friday 26 April to welcome visitors from Hungary as part of ‘100% RES (Renewable Energy Source) Communities’ project. Please note the delegates are travel

Summerhill art project gets underway

Tuesday, 23 April 2013 05:23 PM
Sent on behalf of Summerhill Community Centre An amazing work of art is being developed for Summerhill, in Dumfries. The land art project will form a unique shape big enough that people can even see it by satellite. There will be elements which encour

SWestrans meeting (15 March 2013): highlight note

Tuesday, 23 April 2013 03:40 PM
SOUTH WEST OF SCOTLAND TRANSPORT PARTNERSHIP Meeting of Friday 15 March 2013 in the Town Hall, Water Street, Dalbeattie, DG5 4JX HIGHLIGHT NOTE Seventeen items of business were considered, including: Item 3: DRAFT REVENUE BUDGET 2013/14 Members agreed t

Roadshow strengthens support for veterans in D&G

Tuesday, 23 April 2013 03:34 PM
A Veterans’ Roadshow was held in Dumfries today, organised by Veterans Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council, with support from DG First Contact. The aim of the Roadshow was to strengthen and integrate support networks for former members of the arm

Stalking Awareness Day 18 April 2013 - ‘Know the Law, Use the Law’

Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:50 AM
The Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women Partnership (DAVAWP) endorses the national stalking 2013 awareness campaign “Know the Law, Use the Law”. The DAVAWP is responsible for the development of a local strategy to tackle domestic abuse and other fo

Roadshow strengthens support for veterans in D&G

Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:49 AM
A Veterans’ Roadshow was held in Dumfries today, organised by Veterans Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council, with support from DG First Contact. The aim of the Roadshow was to strengthen and integrate support networks for former members of the arm

Press call: Annandale and Eskdale Sports Awards

Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:47 AM
You are invited to send a photographer to the Annandale and Eskdale Sports Awards on Friday 10 May at the Corner House Hotel, Annan. Photographs will be at approximately 8.45pm – 9.00pm. The press release will follow after the event. The original eve

Council's BT Olympic Storyteller visits Eaglesfield School

Thursday, 28 February 2013 04:33 PM
Last Friday Eaglesfield Primary School received a visit from Sports Development Officer for Dumfries & Galloway Council and chosen BT Storyteller for the London 2012 Olympics. Calum was invited by Ms Williamson, head teacher, to talk to the children abou

Olympic Storytelling Competition launched

Thursday, 28 February 2013 04:28 PM
The greatest show on earth deserves the greatest storytellers and Dumfries & Galloway Council is searching for the best Olympic Storytellers in the region. The competition has been launched in Annandale & Eskdale and schools have been asked to work with

Benefit fraudster jailed for 6 months

Thursday, 21 February 2013 01:41 PM
On 14th February 2012, the Sheriff at Stranraer sentenced a man to 6 months imprisonment following a joint investigation by Dumfries and Galloway Council and the Department of Work and Pensions.

Brian Allan, aged 50, of Antrim Avenue, Str

Correction to budget savings job reduction figures - Planning and Environment

Wednesday, 12 December 2012 07:19 PM
The item on the front page of the Dumfries and Galloway Standard regarding supposed job losses is incorrect. Corrections for Planning and Environment Services: This iwill be a total of £3000 Planning and Environment Services It refers t

Scotland's rich folk culture at the Station Hotel, Dumfries

Thursday, 29 November 2012 07:42 PM
Come along to the Station Hotel at 7.30pm on Friday 2nd March to hear Margaret Bennett exploring Scottish folklore, culture and tradition through a delightful blend of Gaelic, Scots, stories and songs. "There can be few scholars on either side of the At

Underwater photography exhibition by Jim McMichael

Thursday, 29 November 2012 07:41 PM
A new Gracefield Arts Centre Café Gallery exhibition opened on 14 February. The exhibition features brightly coloured photographs of exotic sea creatures by local photographer Jim McMichael. Jim lives in Auldgirth in Dumfries and Galloway. An enthusiasti

Horse trapped, Sanquhar

Thursday, 29 November 2012 07:41 PM
On Tuesday 14 February 2012, at approximately 1700 hours, Dumfries and Galloway Fire and Rescue Service were called to reports of a horse trapped under a fallen tree at a farm in Sanquhar. One fire appliance from Sanquhar, the Major Rescue Vehicle from D

Sports Academy offers professional football coaching

Thursday, 29 November 2012 07:40 PM
89 children from Dumfries and Galloway boarded buses and headed to Murray Park, training ground of Rangers Football Club as part of our Council's Sports Academy for Annandale and Eskdale. This exclusive fully supervised trip offered a fantastic opportuni

'Carching the Light' Photographs by Robert Dabner

Thursday, 29 November 2012 07:40 PM
The Tolbooth Art Centre in Kirkcudbright continues its 2012 exhibition programme with an exhibition in the main gallery of photographs by Robert Dabner, from Stranraer. Since 2005 he has been able to turn a photographic hobby into a profession, as he reco

Press call: Citizenship Ceremony

Thursday, 29 November 2012 07:39 PM
A Citizenship Ceremony will take place in Municipal Chambers, Buccleuch Street, Dumfries at 11.00am on Tuesday 28 February 2012. The ceremony will be conducted by Isabel Davidson, Area Registrar. HM Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Dumfries, Sir Neil McIntos

Easter Sports Academy in Annandale and Eskdale

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 01:25 PM
Two weeks of high quality sporting opportunities have been organised as part of Dumfries & Galloway Council’s Annandale & Eskdale Sports Academy during the two week school Easter holiday period. Supported by main sponsors, Energy Solutions, the programme

A Big Boost For Local Business

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 01:18 PM
Businesses across the Stewartry are invited to attend a number of Road shows being held across the region this month. The events will provide information on funding and advice to support businesses that are starting up or are looking to grow. The road s
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