Last Updated: 23/03/2017 04:31:21
Young People Elected to represent Galloway and West Dumfries in the Scottish Youth Parliament Elections 2017
Thursday, 23 March 2017 04:31 PM
The Scottish Youth Parliament Elections came to a close this week as two young people, Emma Currie and Neal McCulloch both from Stranraer, were elected to represent the Galloway and West Dumfries constituency within the Scottish Youth Parliament.
Anti-Poverty Funding Allocations Agreed At Area Committees
Thursday, 23 March 2017 02:44 PM
As part of its budget for the year, Dumfries and Galloway Council last month agreed to allocate over £350,000 to fund anti-poverty projects across the region.
Yesterday (Wed 22 March) Annandale and Eskdale Area Committee and Nithsdale Area...
The Sweetheart Breviary Coming To Dumfries Museum
Monday, 20 March 2017 04:18 PM
The “Sweetheart Breviary” is book of prayer which was made for the Cistercian or “white monks” of Sweetheart Abbey in the 14th century. It is being loaned to Dumfries Museum by the National Library of Scotland and it will be the...
DGRI Receive Eat Safe Accolade
Friday, 17 March 2017 02:02 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary (DGRI) has been recognised for its high standards of hygiene, cleanliness and food safety with an Eat Safe Award.
DGRI achieved this accolade as a result of their commitment to Food Hygiene and Food Safety Management...
Councils sets out proposal for new South of Scotland Enterprise Agency
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 03:08 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council in partnership with Scottish Borders Council have set out a detailed proposal to the Scottish Government for the shape of a proposed new South of Scotland Enterprise Agency.
At a meeting of the Council’s Economy,...
Non-Domestic Re-valuation 2017
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 03:02 PM
Non-domestic rates (Business rates) are a property-based tax charged to businesses and the public and third sectors, based on a property’s rateable value. The revenue from NDR helps fund local services, including services to business.
Dumfries and Galloway Council Signs Up to Earth Hour 2017
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 02:57 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council is once again proud to be taking part in WWF’s Earth Hour on Saturday 25th March.
Now in its tenth year, our Council will join thousands of people across Scotland and millions from around the world in switching off...
Let's Get The Environment Fair's 21st Birthday Party Started
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 02:35 PM
The 21st Environment Fair is being held this Saturday (18 March) in the Rutherford McGowan Building at the University of Glasgow's Dumfries Campus, and kicks off at 10am.
The Event has free entry and free activities too. Organisers are encouraging...
Nationally Renowned Poet Pens Hoard Support
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 09:42 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s ambition to secure the Galloway Viking Hoard for display in Kirkcudbright has received lyrical reinforcement from Hugh McMillan.
The Penpont poet put pen to paper after pondering the popular petition pressing for...
Palm Oil is Danger to Dogs
Monday, 13 March 2017 05:01 PM
Nuggets of palm oil being are being washed ashore on beaches in the Stranraer and Wig Bay areas.
A clean up has taken place around Stranraer but more palm oil is being deposited on the shore with the tide.
Palm oil is harmless to humans but can have...
Book Launch Tour In Our Libraries
Monday, 13 March 2017 02:25 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Library Service is delighted to host local author Kriss Nichol as she introduces her new novel Monsoons and Marigolds at Libraries across the region.
This tour will provide our communities with the opportunity to...
Comics Plus Hitting Library Shelves
Monday, 13 March 2017 02:24 PM
Our Council’s Library Service is delighted to launch Comics Plus: Library Edition, bringing unlimited access to thousands of digital graphic novels and comics to library members on any web-connected device.
Our Council aims to provide the best...
Book Group Collection Goes Digital
Monday, 13 March 2017 02:19 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council is launching a new Digital Book Group Collection.
Building on the success of the current Book Group Collection this new service uses the Borrowbox app to host a specific digital collection of eBooks. A launch event for...
Anti-Poverty Allocations To Be Decided By Area Committees
Monday, 13 March 2017 10:45 AM
“Totally committed to tackling poverty” – that’s the message from Council Leader Ronnie Nicholson.
As part of its budget for the year, Dumfries and Galloway Council last week agreed to allocate over £350,000 to fund...
Autism Employers Conference - Thursday 30 March
Thursday, 09 March 2017 03:31 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Autism Network
in conjunction with Dumfriesand Galloway Employability TAP invite you to
amorning Conference for businesses and
employers in Dumfriesand Galloway. The conference is to
promote the benefits that an
employee with autism...
Annan workshop to celebrate International Women's Day
Thursday, 09 March 2017 10:54 AM
The Sky's the Limit women's group is hosting a workshop led by Elaine Fitzpatrick of Realise Your Potential as part of events related to International Women's Day.
The aim of the workshop is to encourage women to take a positive approach to recognising...
Host your own Youth Beatz Fringe event
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 03:31 PM
The Youth Beatz Fringe is inviting youth groups, community groups, voluntary organisations and young people to apply for funding to enable them to host their own Youth Beatz Fringe event .
The event must be targeted at young people aged 12 to 25 and be...
A&E women celebrate International Women's Day
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 01:25 PM
Lockerbie Women Learning and The Sky’s the Limit, two women’s groups in Annandale and Eskdale, attended the Scottish Women’s Convention International Women’s Day event at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on Saturday 4 March...
Scottish Youth Parliament elections 2017
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 12:40 PM
Six young people across Gallowayand West Dumfries are campaigning for votes to become Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) with voting now open for the 2017 SYP elections.
The Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) is the democratically elected...
Partners sign Chapelcross Agreement
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 12:33 PM
Partners from Dumfries and Galloway Council, Scottish Enterprise and the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency held an event on 7th March to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), marking the progression to the next phase of the Chapelcross Development CX...
Borderlands initiative progresses
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 11:09 AM
The Borderland Initiative brings together the five cross-border local authorities of Carlisle City Council, Cumbria Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Northumberland County Council and Scottish Borders Council to promote the economic growth and...
Galloway Glens Projects taking shape
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 11:06 AM
The Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme is a Heritage Lottery Funded scheme taking place up and down the Ken and Dee river catchment, from Carsphairn in the North to Kirkcudbright in the South. £2.7million has been provisionally secured...
£1m Town Centre Living Fund
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 10:33 AM
Members of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Housing Sub Committee discussed proposals for a new £1m Town Centre Living Fund at their meeting on Monday (6 March).
The fund was a key part of the Administration’s budget agreed last week (28...
Latest Hoard Position Set Out
Tuesday, 07 March 2017 01:19 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Communities Committee today (Tuesday 7 March) heard of the latest position in regards to the Council’s ongoing attempts to bring the Galloway Viking Hoard home.
The Hoard has been at the centre of discussions...
Celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight
Tuesday, 07 March 2017 09:27 AM
Having the perfect cuppa or a snack is an important part of our daily routine, yet millions of farmers who produce the treats we enjoy during our breaks are struggling to make a living. However hard they work to provide the products we depend on, they...
Dumfries workshop celebrates women's day
Monday, 06 March 2017 05:33 PM
International Women's Day was celebrated at a free workshop at North West Resource in Dumfries.
International Women's Day [Wednesday 8 March 2017]is a globalcelebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This...
Youth Beatz Fringe seeks volunteers
Monday, 06 March 2017 04:43 PM
The Youth Beatz Fringe needs creative, fun, enthusiastic young people, aged 12 to 25, to get involved in the planning and delivery of its events.
The Youth Beatz Fringe is a series of events leading up to the main event Youth Beatz, now celebrating its...
Schools smash badminton
Monday, 06 March 2017 04:20 PM
40 pupils from Nithsdale primary schools took part in the Council's fourth annual Active Schoolsand Community Sport Badminton Competition at the David Keswick Athletic Centre [DKAC]recently.
The winners and runners up in each category will now progress...
Continuing Success of Scheme of Assistance
Monday, 06 March 2017 03:54 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Scheme of Assistance programmes continue to go from strength to strength. Members of the Council’s Housing Sub Committee heard of the continued progress at their meeting on 6th March 2017.
Members of Housing...
Council Agrees to Strategic Housing Investment Plan
Monday, 06 March 2017 03:50 PM
At the meeting of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Housing Sub Committee today (6 March), Members agreed to submit the final draft of the Council’s 2016/17 Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP) to the Scottish Government. The core purpose...
Council apprentices reach national final
Monday, 06 March 2017 03:35 PM
The Council's Enterprising DG was well represented at the Annual Scottish Apprentice of the year finals at Dunblane recently.
Enterprising DG Building and Construction Service had 3 apprentices representing Dumfries and Galloway:
1st Year Trade Category...
Communities Across Region To Be More Engaged
Monday, 06 March 2017 10:43 AM
The Council’s Communities Committee will convene on Tuesday 7 March and will be asked to agree the Community Participation and Engagement Strategy.
Councillors will receive a report detailing how national commitments and the recently introduced...
Changes to Developer Contributions Guidance
Thursday, 02 March 2017 03:47 PM
Following discussions at Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee on 19th January Members requested more information and guidance on proposed changes to Developer Contributions Supplementary Guidance.
Planning for Social and Community Transport
Thursday, 02 March 2017 01:42 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council provides grant funding to Community Transport operators through Discretionary Grants available to Area Committees. With this topic falling within the Economy, Environment and Infrastructure (EEI) Business Plan, a report on...
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 12:56 PM
Four Modern Apprentices from Dumfries and Galloway Council are heading for internships in Gifhorn, Dumfries' German twin town.
Ciaran Bell, Health and Safety Development Assistant; Alexander Irving, Engineering; Georgia Powers, Records Management...
Future Opportunities for Chapelcross site
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 10:37 AM
A Memorandum of Understanding to mark the start of the second stage of the CX project will be signed on 7th March by partners: Dumfries and Galloway Council, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Scottish Enterprise.
The document sets out how each of...
Funding Through £1Million For Festivals And Events
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 08:57 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Communities Committee will meet on Tuesday 7 March to consider recommendations for the Council’s Major Festival and Events Strategy (MFES) to fund 18 festivals and events across the region in 2017/18.
Dumfries Set For Big Spring Clean
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 08:51 AM
Dumfries is set to take part in a national British Spring Clean thanks to the good work of volunteers, The People’s Project and Dumfries and Galloway Council.
Dumfries has been undergoing a makeover over recent weeks, with volunteers setting to...
Agreed Council Budget Puts Investment To Support Local People at its Heart
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 01:11 PM
At today’s meeting of Dumfries and Galloway Council, the Administration’s budget proposal for 2017/18 was approved. Council Leader, Ronnie Nicholson, said that the budget clearly set out how the Administration will close the £16m...
A Celebration Of British Wildlife At Gracefield
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 12:48 PM
Gracefield Arts Centre is the only Scottish venue to host this panel-based exhibition which opens on Saturday 4 March in Dumfries. It’s being presented as part of the inaugural Wild Film Festival happening in Dumfries from the 24-26 March and you...
Community Asset Transfer Strategy Up For Discussion
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 10:29 AM
Members of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Communities Committee will meet on Tuesday 7 March and will be asked to agree a new Asset Transfer Strategy.
The Community Asset Transfer process for our Council was agreed in July 2014. The report that...
Visitors urged to take a bite out of Dumfries and Galloway
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 09:35 AM
Foodie people, businesses and organisations from across the region are being encouraged to share their passion for Dumfries & Galloway food and drink by contributing to a new website, launched this week by Dumfries and Galloway...
Weather postpones Mabie Mile
Friday, 24 February 2017 09:50 AM
This weekend's Mabie Mile has, unfortunately, had to be postponed due to forecast weather conditions: high winds and heavy rain.
We're sorry for any inconvenience caused by postponing the event but the health and safety of participants must obviously...
Newington nets basketball prize
Thursday, 23 February 2017 03:29 PM
Newington Wildcats defeated Langholm Jets to win the Annandale and Eskdale primary schools basketball competition.
The final and a third place play off followed round robin league fixtures. Newington Bulls and Brydekirk Hawks agreed to share third...
Youth Beatz and The Toon celebrate funding
Thursday, 23 February 2017 11:34 AM
Young people involved in organising Youth Beatz and The Toon were overjoyed at the recent announcement of two year funding, totalling £49,000, from Young Start Lottery Fund.
Cairn Langan, from the Oasis event team, said: “This is...
Moffat PS goes gold
Thursday, 23 February 2017 11:15 AM
Moffat Primary School has been awarded the sportscotland Gold School Sport Award.
At the presentation, invited guests heard from teachers and children about sport in the school and were treated to sporting displays.
The Gold School Sport Award is...
What’s Your Child’s Dream? Tell Us At The Library
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 02:01 PM
Libraries across Dumfries and Galloway are taking part in the ‘Future Me’ campaign which is all about encouraging children to write about their dreams for the future.
The campaign is part of the Read, Write, Count initiative and aims to...
Council is Prepared to face adverse weather
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 01:56 PM
Dumfries and Galloway is bracing itself for a very unsettled period of weather tomorrow (Thursday) following warnings issued by the Met Office.
The MET Office has issued an Amber ‘Be Prepared’ weather warning for snow and yellow warnings...
Godfather Of Rock Coming To The Ewart
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 01:53 PM
The Dumfries and Galloway Council run Ewart Library will host an evening with ‘The Godfather of Rock’ on Thursday 2 March at 7pm. The ex-paratrooper, record shop owner and rock radio host Tom Russell will be sharing his memories from 35 years...
Council Tax Changes Not Our Doing, Says Council Leader
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 02:27 PM
‘We’re only following orders’ – that is the message from Dumfries and Galloway Council Leader Ronnie Nicholson on council tax changes that will come into force in April this year.
Changes to the way council tax is applied across...
Community Learning Team celebrates Adult Learning Week winner
Monday, 20 February 2017 04:22 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Community Learning team is delighted to announce that one of its learners, Elaine Smith, was a winner in the Adult Learners’ Week Awards, a national competition which was held in Glasgow in February.
Our battle against Poverty
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 03:47 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council fights a continuing war against poverty. Through our Anti-Poverty Strategy work we are making a tangible difference to those who are in desperate need.
Tackling Poverty is not just about knee-jerk reactions and handing out...
Active Travel Awards For Schools Across The Region
Monday, 13 February 2017 03:34 PM
Schools throughout Dumfries and Galloway have been rewarded for their active travel efforts.
Walk to School Week is a national event which we encourage all of our schools to participate in and was undertaken from 16 to 20 May last year. This event along...
Council sports grants awarded
Friday, 10 February 2017 11:33 AM
Clubs andpeople involved in sportsin Annandale and Eskdale will benefit from hundreds of pounds of Council funding in recent weeks to support performance and club development.
Five awards for various amounts totalling £1,147 have been presented...
Newtington Primary School grabs gold
Friday, 10 February 2017 10:53 AM
Newington Primary School in Annan has been awarded the sportscotland Gold School Sport Award.
The Gold School Sport Award recognises the school’s achievements in putting sport at the heart of the school’s planning, practice and ethos. The...
Syncro-Iced Comp In Dumfries
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 04:30 PM
Preparations are well underway at Dumfries Ice Bowl as it welcomes the Trophy D’Ecosse Synchronised Skating Championships this weekend. The Council run facility is hosting the event for the sixth consecutive year, and work is taking place this week...
Dog Fouling Day Of Action – We Need Your Help!
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 04:24 PM
The Council’s Resilience and Community Safety Team is planning a dedicated Day of Action specifically relating to dog fouling in the Lochar Ward next week.
The dedicated day, which will take place between 13 and 17 February, will see Officers out...
Council does its fair share for care
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 04:16 PM
Today, Council leader Ronnie Nicholson was presented with a plaque recognising that Dumfries and Galloway Council has now become an ‘Established’ Carer Positive employer. This follows on from receiving ‘Engaged’ Carer Positive...
Chair welcomes commitment to local community presence
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 03:03 PM
On hearing the outcome of the Police Scotland consultation on the potential closure of eight local police stations, Police and Fire Rescue Sub Committee Chairman John Syme said:
“I welcome the announcement from Police Scotland that it is going to...
Addressing Child Poverty in our Region
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 02:52 PM
Our Council’s first Anti-Poverty Strategy, agreed in June 2015, has been recognised as good practice by the Scottish Human Rights Commission, COSLA and the Child Poverty Action Group, because it is not just about financial poverty or the provision...
"Lack of consultation" over police station plan is disappointing, says Council Leader
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 10:18 AM
Leader of Council has expressed disappointment at lack of consultation by Police Scotland with the council over the closure of a number of Police stations in the region - despite the fact the Police propose using council owned buildings as alternative...
Help us to help you help people in Poverty
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 09:26 AM
Does your organisation help people who are experiencing poverty or who are in danger of falling into poverty? If so, Dumfries and Galloway Council and Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway want to hear from you!
Building on the previous successful work of...
Catering takes wing at Wallace Hall Academy
Monday, 06 February 2017 11:17 AM
State of the art catering facilities at Wallace Hall Academy will provide pupils in Mid and Upper Nithsdale with outstanding opportunities to develop professional skills and secure jobs in the hospitality industries.
The first ‘Inspiring...
Autism Support and Information Sharing Event
Friday, 03 February 2017 10:14 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Autism Network invites youto be part of the Autism Support and Information Event.
This free event will take place on Tuesday 7 February at Castle Douglas Town Hall from 11.00am to 7.00pm.
This event isfor parents and Carers of...
Listen, Develop, Action – Tackling Poverty
Thursday, 02 February 2017 02:48 PM
Today, Council Leader Ronnie Nicholson, reaffirmed the Council’s commitment to tackling poverty in our region.
Council Leader, Ronnie Nicholson, said, “One of the first commitments I made as Leader was to tackling poverty in our region and I...
Oasis Youth Centre Gets Makeover
Thursday, 02 February 2017 02:42 PM
Young people from Oasis Youth Centre this week said a massive thank you to two local businesses who helped complete the recent refurbishment of the building.
Greg Harkness from Harkness Painting and Decorating and Colin Carlyle from Dulux Decorator...
Step Back In Time At Ewart Library
Thursday, 02 February 2017 02:26 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Library Service is delighted to be hosting a reminiscence afternoon which aims to support older people in our communities.
This open session will take place in the Ewart Library on Monday 6 February from 2pm...
Another Fine Mess You Could Get Yourself Into
Thursday, 02 February 2017 08:43 AM
How annoying is standing in a dog’s mess? Do you get irritated when you can’t find a parking space? Or does the site of litter lying in your street or around the town or village you live in drive you mad?
Our Council’s Community Safety...
£1 purchase of Langholm Day Centre proposed to Council
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 11:22 AM
Our Council has already demonstrated its commitment to work with communities to help them run their own facilities across the region. Various buildings and parcels of land have already been transferred into community ownership across the region.
Schools' Regional Gymnastics Champs 2017
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 12:20 PM
Children from primary and secondary schools across Dumfries and Galloway travelled to the David Keswick Centre in Dumfries on Saturday to compete in the Dumfries and Galloway Schools Regional Gymnastics Competition.
Nearly 350 children took part in the...
U16 Regional Rugby Conference Final
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 11:53 AM
The U16 Regional Rugby conference final was played between Castle Douglas High school and Dumfries School at Dumfries High School.
In an exciting game, both teams' defences were tight throughout the game, but a number of impressive and quick line...
Tour of Britain In Castle Douglas Economic Impact Revealed
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 08:59 AM
The Tour of Britain stage finish in Castle Douglas created an economic impact of nearly £250,000 for the regional economy, an official report has concluded.
The UK’s blue riband cycling race blazed into the Food Town under perfect blue skies...
Council's schools tackle energy costs and climate change
Monday, 30 January 2017 04:33 PM
The installation of new renewable energy and energy saving technologies in schools throughout the region aimed at cutting costs and contribute to tackling climate change will be considered by the Council’s Children, Young People and Lifelong...
Council plans for expanded Early Learning and Childcare
Monday, 30 January 2017 12:54 PM
The Council’s Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning Committee will hear on Friday (3 February 2017) that the Scottish Government’s requirement for 600 hours of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) a year will be met by the end of...
Bridge to the Future
Monday, 30 January 2017 12:44 PM
The Council’s Children Young People and Lifelong Learning Committee (3 February 2017) will be updated on progress in delivering the final project in the first phase of the Dumfries Learning Town, The Bridge, which is to be built on the site of the...