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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 collect
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 a
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.
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 an
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
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
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
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 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 Niths
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 Ar
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
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. The
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 d
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
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.
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
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.
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 Mi
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 f
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
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 internationall
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
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 wor
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 PT
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
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 Dumfri
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 select
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
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
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 – thes
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 ma
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.
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 Gallowa
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’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 mai
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
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
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
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
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
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 d
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 Governmen
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 Spring
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 dri
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
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
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. Abo
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.
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.
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 f
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.
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 susta
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.
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 a
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 Gl
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
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 Bel
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 co
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 rep
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
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.
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 suppo
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 spor
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.
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 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 spectato
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 Commit
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
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 d
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 £
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 co
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 Hargr
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
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
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.
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 we
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
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
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. Inst
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 t
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
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
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.
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
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 t
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
“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 Insp
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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 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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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,
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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’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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 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
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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
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 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
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 “
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
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:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 proce
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 partner
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
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.
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
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 W
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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 Sh
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 a
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
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
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 ce
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, 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 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
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
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
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
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, 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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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&
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
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 Stewart
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.
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
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 £489,70
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, 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 Lan
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 T
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
£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.
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 un
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 i
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
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.
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
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 present
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
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.
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
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
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.
Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000