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Last Updated: 22/06/2017 06:15:29

Council welcomes South of Scotland Agency

Thursday, 22 June 2017 06:15 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council has welcomed today’s announcement that a new South of Scotland Agency as a result of the Government’s Enterprise and Skills Review. Scottish Minister, Keith Brown, made the announcement when visiting Kellwood...

The Sword In The Story

Thursday, 22 June 2017 10:10 AM
“The Sword in the Story” exhibition opens at Annan Museum on Saturday 24 Jun. It has been inspired by a mystery sword that may have belonged to the infamous 16th century border reiver Kinmont Willie Armstrong. Museum staff are working with...

The Sweetheart Breviary Comes Home

Thursday, 22 June 2017 09:37 AM
Seven hundred years ago medieval monks carefully wrote, by hand, 400 pages of text onto 200 vellum sheets to create the Sweetheart breviary. Very few complete manuscripts survive from this period in Scotland making the Sweetheart breviary even more...

Parks Funding In Full Swing

Thursday, 22 June 2017 09:16 AM
Our Council has £500,000 of funding available to make parks in Annan, Dumfries and Stranraer more accessible, but we need to hear from you! We want to know which Parks in Annan, Dumfries and Stranraer you think this money should be spent on. The...

Annandale and Eskdale Gymnastics Competition

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 04:08 PM
The Council held its annual Annandale and Eskdale Gymnastics Competition at Eskdale Sports Centre in Langholm. Children from five gymnastics clubs including Annan, Lochmaben, Moffat, Eastriggs and Langholm travelled to Langholm to take part in an event...

Stewartry's Paul Jones Football Fest is 36

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 03:40 PM
The Paul Jones Football Festival has run in the Stewartry for 36 years and this year the tournament had representatives from every primary school in the Stewartry, either as a individual team or as a partnership team. 190 children played in the festival,...

Council secure funding for road improvements

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 12:27 PM
Earlier this year Dumfries & Galloway Council put together an ambitious bid to the Strategic Timber Transport Fund to improve 11 public road schemes across Dumfriesand Galloway. Of the 11 schemes submitted, 10 were successful and Dumfriesand Galloway...

Fun5z Netball Festival

Monday, 19 June 2017 04:08 PM
16 teams from Primary Schools across Nithsdale took part in the Active Schools and Community Sport Fun5z Netball Festival at Maxwelltown High School. More than110 girls participated in the 4th annual netball tournament. Due to the increased numbers...

Successful Regional Arts Fund Projects Unveiled

Monday, 19 June 2017 10:36 AM
Seven regional arts projects are set to share just under £27,500 from the second round of the 2017/18 Regional Arts Fund. Applications for over £33,500 were made to the fund, which is financed by Dumfries and Galloway Council. Allocations...

£1m Town Centre Living Fund

Monday, 19 June 2017 10:32 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council has allocated £1million from Council Tax on second homes to create a new Town Centre Living Fund. The fund aims to increase the supply of affordable housing in town centres and settlements by bringing empty properties...

Who cares?

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 03:33 PM
Do you know that 3 out of 5 of us will become carers at some stage in our lives? Or that 1 in 10 of us currently combines work with caring for a dependant? This is Carers’ Week 2017, which provides a great opportunity to raise awareness of the...

Improving Parking in Scotland

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 01:35 PM
Transport Scotland is undertaking a consultation on Improving Parking in Scotland. This forms part of a Bill which is looking at consolidating and clarifying current laws surrounding pavement parking, parking adjacent to dropped kerbs and double parking....

Changes to Developer Contributions

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 09:17 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council have proposed changes to Developer Contribution Supplementary Guidance; Developer Contributions. Having been reported at Economy, Environment and Infrastructure in January and March of this year, Members required further...

Bike 2 Go

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 09:11 AM
Proposals for a pilot scheme to utilise surplus bikes left over from the Bike2Go Scheme will be heard at the Council’s Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee (20th June). A number of options have been looked at, but the most viable of...

Galloway Young Musicians perform in Penninghame

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 12:56 PM
Monday 19 June 2017 5.30pm to 6.30pm [1730 to 1830] Penninghame Primary School The Galloway Young Musicians gives young people the opportunity to perform together. The ensemble is led by Christine Job, Pauline Roe and Susan Smyth. This concert is...

Sanquhar Public Improvement Plans To Go On Show

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 12:52 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council is holding a Drop-In Session at A’ the Airts, Sanquhar on Tuesday 20 June, for members of the public to view and comment on the design proposals for the Sanquhar Environmental Improvements Project. The session will run...

Youth Beatz leads by Example

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 12:25 PM
Youth Beatz 2017 has announced its main stage headline acts asExample and Ben Haenow. Now, thousands of young people are expected to flock to Dock Park, Dumfries on Saturday 12 August to attend Scotland’s largest free youth music event. Last...

Children Get Set For Mysterious Summer At The Library

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 09:40 AM
Libraries across the Dumfries and Galloway are getting ready for children to explore some mysterious goings on at their local library as part of the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland 2017. From solving the case of the graffiti writing to the...

Armed Forces Week 2017

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 09:35 AM
Flag Raising Ceremonies – Monday, 19 June 2017 On Monday 19 June 2017 the following flag raising events will take place across our region to show appreciate for the work of the Armed Forces. Time ...

Festival Set for Weekend of Adventure

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 09:26 AM
The line-up for this year’s Muckle Toon Adventure Festival (MTAF) has now been confirmed with celebrity speakers and multi-event activities topping the bill. The annual festival will be held in Langholm from 16 to 18 June 2017 and is now in its...

Hoard Partnership Agreement On The Cards

Monday, 12 June 2017 02:03 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Communities Committee will convene on Tuesday 13 June, and will receive an update on the position in relation to the Galloway Viking Hoard. Members will be advised that a meeting with the Cabinet Secretary for...

General Election 2017 - Result

Friday, 09 June 2017 06:04 AM
The results of the UK Parliamentary Election to elect a Member of Parliament for Dumfries and Galloway County Constituency and Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale County Constituency are as follows: Dumfries and Galloway County Constituency: ...

Construction awards ceremony at Dalbeattie High School

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 06:06 PM
Dalbeattie High School will host an Award Ceremony for S2 Construction Students in the school at 7pm on Wednesday 14 June 2017. This event will serve as a ‘graduation’ for those young people who have earned themselves a CREST Bronze Award...

Gypsy/Traveller Service Provision Improved

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 04:07 PM
The first meeting of the council’s Communities Committee will take place on Tuesday 13 June, and will hear of the actions our Council has taken to improve service delivery and the physical condition on the Council’s Gypsy/Traveller...

Land Asset Funding Set To Be Agreed

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 08:10 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Communities Committee will meet on Tuesday 13 June and will be asked to agree investment spending of up to £1.4 million for the Land Asset Class Capital Programme for 2017-18. At the Full Council meeting on 28...

Communities Directorate Report Underspend

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 08:04 AM
The Council’s Communities Committee will meet on Tuesday 13 June and receive a report that will detail an underspend of over half a million pounds. The £524,000 underspend will be reported to Councillors, who will be asked to note that all...

Top award for Wigtown Area volunteers

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 07:52 AM
Two voluntary groups in Wigtown Area are to receive the highest possible award for voluntary groups. The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service [QAVS], the equivalent of the MBE, will go to: The Furniture Project [Stranraer] Ltd - for providing...

D&G Youth Jazz Orchestra performs in Kirkcudbright

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 07:52 AM
Friday 9 June 2017, 12.30pm to 1.15pm [1230 to 1315] Cochran Hall, Kirkcudbright The Dumfries and Galloway Youth Jazz Orchestra provides young people with the opportunity to perform together. The ensemble was founded 3 years ago. It is led by Richard...

Powers of Attorney: have you got the power?

Monday, 05 June 2017 04:10 PM
Powers of Attorney could be vital for your family! Have you got the power? Whether young or old, if your husband, wife, partner, relative, or someone else close to you loses the capacity to take decisions due to illness or an accident, without Powers...

Colourful lunches at Gretna PS

Monday, 05 June 2017 10:55 AM
Gretna Primary School pupils recently took part in a colouring competition organised by the service providing the Council's school meals. Catering manager Rachel Rae devised the competition to raise make pupils more aware of the school lunches on offer...

President visits Dumfries and Galloway

Monday, 05 June 2017 10:54 AM
The President of the Royal Town Planning Institute [RTPI] Stephen Wilkinson visited Dumfries and Galloway recently to find out more about the work of local planners. Stephen Wilkinson, RTPI President, said: “The skills of planners have been put...

Newton Stewart ARC stars in Learning Disability Week

Monday, 05 June 2017 10:54 AM
Learning Disability Week was celebrated in style at Newton Stewart ARC (Activity & Resource Centre) where a programme of events was held, including an awards ceremony, information event, nature walk, sports competitions, extra opening at The Merrick...

Labour-SNP partnership leads in Dumfries and Galloway

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 04:13 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council [23.05.2017] agreed to a Labour-SNP administration with Councillor Elaine Murray as Leader and Councillor Rob Davidson as Depute Leader. In a joint statement, Councillor Elaine Murray, Leader, and Councillor Rob Davidson,...

It’s not rocket science, but just about everything else

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 12:29 PM
It’s not rocket science – but there’s just about everything else Around 3,000 secondary [S3, S4, S5 and S6] school pupils across Dumfries and Galloway are currently sitting at least one National 5, Higher or Advanced Higher...

P4 to S4? Want to play a musical instrument?

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 11:54 AM
If you're a school pupil in classes P4 to S4 and thinking about learning to play a musical instrument, an open evening at Dumfries High School on Tuesday 16 May 2017, 6pm to 7.30pm [1800 to 1900] will let you see what's on offer. The Council's school...

Construction work experience opportunities available

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 11:54 AM
Graham Construction is offering work experience opportunities in Dumfries and Dalbeattie. These are part of the ongoing community benefits related to Dumfries Learning Town and the Dalbeattie Learning Campus. Work experience opportunities are...

Dumfries Learning Town: active travel

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 11:53 AM
TheCouncil isdeveloping an Active Travel Strategy for Dumfries Learning Town to gauge opinion on the existing active travel (walking and cycling) network around Dumfries. A key part of the process is to engage with schools, the local community, and...

Treasure Trove Finds Day At Dumfries Museum

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 02:55 PM
Dumfries Museum is hosting a Treasure Trove Unit Finds event this Saturday 13 May from 11am to 3pm. If you have found an artefact whilst farming, gardening or even through hobbies such as metal detecting bring it along. Stuart Campbell of the TTU...

World War One Stories - Exhibition At Dumfries Museum

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 02:51 PM
An exhibition detailing how five brothers from Gatehouse of Fleet fought in the First World War is now available for viewing at Dumfries Museum. Of five Gatehouse of Fleet brothers who signed up to fight in World War One, only one survived. The other...

Building Bridges

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 09:35 AM
Pupils from around the region have been visiting St Andrew’s RC Primary School in Dumfries with a view to building bridges. The ‘Bridges to Schools’ event , organised byDumfries and Galloway Council withsupport and equipment fromthe...

New Exhibition At Gracefield

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 08:36 AM
An exciting new exhibition opens at Gracefield in Dumfries on 20 May, taking over both the gallery spaces in an ambitious mixture of painting, print and installation. Artist Patricia Cain is based in Tynron near Thronhill. For this exhibition she has...

Countdown to Election day begins

Thursday, 04 May 2017 05:40 PM
The Countdown to the June 6 General Election has begun as two Writs were served to Returning Officer, Gavin Stevenson, by Royal Mail this morning (Thursday). Gavin received the Writs on an already busy day for the Returning Officer as across the...

Sports Club Accreditation – Annan Youth Cycling Club

Tuesday, 02 May 2017 03:17 PM
Annan Youth Cycling Club became the latest sports club in Annandale and Eskdale to gain the Sports Club Accreditation Scheme which is administered by the Active Schools and Community Sport Team for Dumfries and Galloway Council. Sports clubs are an...

Annandale and Eskdale Sports Grants 2017

Tuesday, 02 May 2017 03:06 PM
Sporting individuals, schools and sports clubs in Annandale and Eskdale have benefited through hundreds of pounds of funding in recent weeks to support sporting performance, sports specific and club development. Six awards for various amounts totalling...

Graduate Programme 2017/18 – Open For Business

Tuesday, 02 May 2017 09:49 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council has launched it’s 2017/18 Graduate Experience Programme. The programme is offering up ten placement opportunities this year, to graduates who have links to Dumfries and Galloway. The programme, now in its sixth year...
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