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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 S

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 pavil

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.

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 internationall

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

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

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

Gracefield Art: new Kids' Club and Artist Rooms

Monday, 08 September 2014 10:33 AM
and ARTIST ROOMS Dan Flavin
Saturday 16 August to Saturday 15 November 2014
The new season of Kids Club gets underway at Gracefield on Satu

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

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 wor

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 PT

Suicide Prevention Week: 8 to 12 September 2014

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 12:59 PM

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 program

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 proact

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

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

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

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 Dumfri

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

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 enthus

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 Do

Poll cards start to hit the door mats

Monday, 25 August 2014 02:24 PM

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, c

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 select

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 pupi

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

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.

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

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

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 – thes

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 Sc

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 Le

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, St

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 ma

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, commu

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,

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, pa

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 fil

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


On Saturday 16 August 2014, G

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 Dumfrie

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.


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

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

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 Gallowa

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 D

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

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

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 mai

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

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 ov

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

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.

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.

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 com

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

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

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!


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

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

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, Scene1Take

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,

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 d

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.

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.

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

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 wil

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
• Clo

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

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 Governmen

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 Spring

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

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 pe

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 a

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&

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 m

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 fu

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 Conferen

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 SWest

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 dri

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).

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 Saf

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). <</div>

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

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 contacte

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 t

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

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 D

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. Abo

Exhibition: The Glasgow Girls 1920 to 1960

Monday, 09 June 2014 10:53 AM
The Glasgow Girls 1920-1960
 Kirkcudbright Town Hall
28 June-25 August 2014 
Preparations for this year’s Kirkcudbright Summer Art Exhibition are well und

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 (commu

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 Legac

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.

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 cou

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.

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 li

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 peopl

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 wi

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 Caf

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 f

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 Stew

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 memorie

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.

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:

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 t

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 Gallowa

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

Education Committee - Item 8, Learning Town Update

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 11:36 AM

Statement issued by Dumfries and Galloway Council

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.

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.

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:

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 d

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

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 susta

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 sec

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 partne

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.

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 a

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 Gl

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 acro

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 t

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, t

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

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

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)

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 respons

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 electio

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

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 Scotl

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 commun

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 Educat

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 di

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.

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 Sc

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 Counci

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 Ap

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 Bel

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 co

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, ope

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 rep

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

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 A

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.

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

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 suppo

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

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, Heat

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 Conventio

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

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 bene

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 spor

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 sh

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, st

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 c

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

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 de

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.

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 o

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 spectato

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 Commit

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 unpr

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 co

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

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 d

£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

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 a

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 &pound

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 Centre

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.

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 co

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 Hargr

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 Even

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

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 In

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.

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 we

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

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 energ

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

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. Inst

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 l

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

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 desi

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 t

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 w

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.


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

Dumfries welcomes the world at Commonwealth Youth Summit

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 12:30 PM

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.

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 fro

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

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

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 t

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

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 Insp

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, Wigto

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 th

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 ho

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,

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


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

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, L

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 phys

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

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 proce

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 partner

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 loo

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,

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 L

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

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,

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

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 W

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 act

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 understan

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

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

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 Sh

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 consis

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 o

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

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

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 in

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 G

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

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 fr

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 a

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.

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

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

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 recognis

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 ce

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 del

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

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

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

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 Eua

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

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 n

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 T

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 b

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

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

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 dom

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.


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 Tuesda

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

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&nbs

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.


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 descri

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

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.

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 Ch

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

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 Stewart

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

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 £489,70

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 the

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 a

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

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 f

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 Du

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

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)

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 caree

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 build

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)

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 b

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 op

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 talke

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

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

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 wil

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

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 c

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 Lan

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

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 y

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&nbsp

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 w

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 La

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

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 Battal

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

Exhibition: Irene Gall, Beyond the Sea: Colour & Inspiration

Wednesday, 05 June 2013 10:41 AM



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 Refl

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 as

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 numb

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

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 s

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 T

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 &

Open for Business

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 05:31 PM

Open for Business event

Thursday 30 May 2013, 4.30pm to 8pm

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

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

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.

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.

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 un

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 o

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 d

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

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 Mu

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.

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


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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

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

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 i

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

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 vi

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 exchang

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

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.


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

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 present

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:


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 G

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

SWestrans meeting (15 March 2013): highlight note

Tuesday, 23 April 2013 03:40 PM
Meeting of Friday 15 March 2013
in the Town Hall, Water Street, Dalbeattie, DG5 4JX

Seventeen items of business were considered, including:

Item 3: DRA

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 member

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

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 member

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

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 c

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

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 S

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 si

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

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 Ve

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 fantast

'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

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.

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