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Last Updated: 17/10/2017 05:16:11

Challenge Poverty in Scotland? Aye, we can!

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 05:16 PM
Challenge Poverty Week is an annual, national campaign, co-ordinated by the Poverty Alliance to raise awareness of the issues surrounding poverty. Our Council constantly strives to alleviate the effects of Poverty on people in our region. As a Council we...

Lockerbie Squash Club accredited

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 04:49 PM
Lockerbie Squash Club became the latest sports club in Annandale and Eskdale to gain the Sports Club Accreditation Scheme. Sports clubs are an important part of local communities and provide an opportunity for people to enjoy a lifetime of involvement...

Councillors asked to commit to improving Gypsy/Traveller sites

Monday, 16 October 2017 04:10 PM
At the meeting of Communities committee on 19 October, Councillors will be asked to agree an Improvement Plan for the Council owned Gypsy/Traveller sites. The ambitious Plan has been created so to meet the Scottish Government’s Guidance on Minimum...

Homeless Service Delivers Significant Improvements

Monday, 16 October 2017 04:08 PM
Councillors atthis week’s Communities committee will be told about some big improvements that have been delivered by the Council’s Homeless Service. An Improvement Plan was created for the Homeless Service in May 2016 and progress on the plan...

Committee to approve new Homeless Prevention Fund

Monday, 16 October 2017 03:59 PM
At Communities committee later this week, Councillors will be asked to give the green light to a new fund being established to support some of the most vulnerable in the region. A new Homeless Prevention Fund is being proposed to provide support to...

Funding applications welcomed to Dumfries and Galloway Regional Arts Fund

Friday, 13 October 2017 03:41 PM
Up to £75,000 is being made available to support arts projects in Dumfries and Galloway through the Dumfries and Galloway Council Regional Arts Fund. The fund is aimed at extending and increasing the impact of the arts across the Dumfries and...

Community Safety Day of Action - Annandale North

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 03:14 PM
The Community Safety Team will be holding a day of action in Annandale on Wednesday 18 October. Dog fouling, littering and fly tipping are top of the agenda for the Community Safety Team’s “Day of Action” in Ward 11, focusingin the...

World Championship Ice Hockey returns to Dumfries

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 11:21 AM
Great Britain’s Men’s Under 20s Team to Play in Dumfries Based Ice Hockey World Championship World Championship Ice Hockey returns to Dumfries in December with a mouth-watering line up featuring the Great Britain Men’s Under 20s...

Women and Girls in Sport Week

Monday, 09 October 2017 10:42 AM
1 to 8 October was Women and Girls in Sport Week and Council Leader Elaine Murray, Provost Tracey Little and Councillor Ros Surtees, chair of the Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning committee, were keen to show their support. Dumfries Academy...

Sign of the Times for Wanlockhead

Friday, 06 October 2017 02:26 PM
People of Wanlockhead are being asked for their opinion on a unique project that will provide bespoke signage for the village. To allow local people to have their say, a drop in event has been arranged on the proposed designs. The Upper Nithsdale...

Council and local teams Show Racism the Red Card

Friday, 06 October 2017 01:07 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council is supporting Show Racism the Red Card. Friday 6 October 2017 is Show Racism the Red Card Day in Scotland. An anti-racism educational charity, SRtRC uses the high-profile status of football and football players to help...

Ministers confirm Public Local Inquiry for Whitesands

Thursday, 05 October 2017 12:29 PM
The decision on whether the Council’s preferred design for the Whitesands Project (Flood Protection Scheme and Public Realm Improvements) will go ahead will now be determined by the Scottish Ministers. The Council have received confirmation from...

A Stunning September of Festivals Brings Thousands of Visitors to Dumfries and Galloway

Tuesday, 03 October 2017 11:55 AM
A stunning series of festivals and events in September attracted thousands of visitors to Dumfries and Galloway. Electric Fields at Drumlanrig Castle, the inaugural Stranraer Oyster Festival, the Galloway Hills Rally and the Wigtown Book Festival all...

Council shows Racism the Red Card

Monday, 02 October 2017 05:12 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council is supporting Show Racism the Red Card. Friday 6 October 2017 is Show Racism the Red Card Day in Scotland. An anti-racism educational charity, SRtRC uses the high-profile status of football and football players to help...

PRODUCT RECALL

Thursday, 28 September 2017 04:38 PM
Our Environmental Health Team has become aware of an issue with three cheeses from Loch Arthur Creamery. These have been recalled by the company because they contain celery, despite this ingredient not being mentioned on the label. This means the...

Dumfries and Galloway plans for Year of Young People

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 04:28 PM
Re-focussing the Lens on Our Young People - the Dumfriesand Galloway plan for Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 has been approved by the Council’s Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning committee [19 September 2017]. The plan...

Primary Road Relay in Annandale & Eskdale

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 03:47 PM
Children from local primary schools gathered at the Everholm Running Track in Annan on Monday 27 September for the Annandale and Eskdale Primary Schools Road Relay Finals. The Road Relay is for pupils aged Primary 6 and Primary 7 and involves teams of...

Step into the Wild West at Oasis this Weekend!

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 09:08 AM
Oasis Youth Centre in Dumfries will re-open this weekend following a busy summer packed full of events, trips and the annual Youth Beatz music festival. The new Autumn and Winter Programme will kick off with a wild west themed fun day on Saturday 30...

Council commit to future of DG One

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 05:59 PM
Councillors today reconfirmed their commitment to providing a leisure facility, fit for the future in Dumfries. An updated report was presented to Councillors at the meeting of Dumfries and Galloway Council today (Tuesday 26 September) and Councillors...

A709, Dumfries – Lockerbie ,

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 05:02 PM
Our Council constantly monitors our roads throughout the region and repairs and upgrades them accordingly. Major road works are scheduled to take place on part of the A709, the road running from Torthorwald to Dumfries, from 9am on Saturday 14th October...

Stranraer ARC celebrates 30 years

Monday, 25 September 2017 01:21 PM
The 30th anniversary of StranraerARC was celebrated by service users, families, carers and staff. The celebrations included the opening of the garden developed over the summer with the aid of £12,000 won in the Tesco Bags of Help vote. The...

Welcome to Langholm: future champions awards 2018

Monday, 25 September 2017 12:01 PM
The Welcome to Langholm Future Champions Awards for the year 2018 were launched in Langholm last Monday. The fund was established in September 2016 to provide financial support to young athletes from Annandale and Eskdale with their ambitions of...

Magnox extends Council sports partnership

Monday, 25 September 2017 11:18 AM
Magnox Limited and the Council's Active Schools for Community Sport in Annandale and Eskdale are celebrating their on-going Sports Partnership Agreement, which is now into its tenth successive year. Sean Marshall, Magnox Limited Communications and...

Hacks Attack

Monday, 25 September 2017 10:41 AM
41 students from 14 secondary schools attended the launch of the region's School Sport Journalism programme at Dumfries Academy. Students attended from Stranraer Academy, Douglas Ewart High School, St Joseph's College, Sanquhar Academy, Wallace Hall...

New Art In The Gracefield Café

Thursday, 21 September 2017 07:59 AM
The Nithsdale Artists Group meets every Tuesday morning at Gracefield to draw, paint, discuss and critique their work. The group has evolved over time, and the group currently consists of 8 enthusiastic art lovers. For the next month in...

Council and Zero Waste Scotland Lead Fight Against Litter

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 04:11 PM
Organisations and businesses across Dumfries and Galloway are being invited to take part in a new initiative from Zero Waste Scotland to tackle litter at the source and reduce its impact on the community. The initiative supports organisations and...

Mini Triathlon: Stewartry Area

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 04:01 PM
Around 400 pupils from 17 local schools took part in the Stewartry Area Mini Triathlon on 15 September. Pupils completed a swim, bike/scooter ride, and a run, at Kirkcudbright Pool and in the grounds of Kirkcudbright Academy. Each participant was...

Mini Triathlon [Wigtown Area]

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 03:34 PM
More than 1,000 pupils from local schools and learning centres took part in the Wigtown Area Mini Triathlon on 11 and 12 September. Pupils from P5 to S2 completed a swim, bike/scooter ride, and a run, at Stranraer Academy on Monday and Douglas Ewart...

Dumfries and Galloway Councillor elected UK Chairman of APSE

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 11:31 AM
The Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) is a networking community that assists local authorities who are striving to improve their frontline services. Working with more than 250 local authorities across the UK they advise and share...

Help with sight or hearing available this week

Monday, 18 September 2017 05:28 PM
The Council's Sensory Support Team will be at the Bakers' Oven, High Street, Dumfries each day this week [to Friday 22 September], from 0930 to 1630 [9.30am to 4:30pm]. So, if sight or hearing impairment impacts on your day to day life, visitthe Bakers'...

Mini Triathlon Festival [Annandale & Eskdale]

Monday, 18 September 2017 05:02 PM
Around 700 school pupils from local primary and secondary schools participated in the Annandale and EskdaleMini-Triathlon Festival, held at Annan Swimming Pool on Wednesday 13 September. The event was organised as a partnership of the Council's Active...

Local Services, Local Suppliers, Local Growth

Monday, 18 September 2017 12:47 PM
The agenda for last week’s Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Policy and Resources Committeehighlighted recent successes within the Council’s Procurement team. Members on the committee convened on Thursday 14 September were presented with...

Dumfries Museum To Celebrate National Poetry Day

Friday, 15 September 2017 02:50 PM
Thursday the twenty eighth National Poetry Day Come on up to the Dumfries Museum It’s poems aw the way From half 6 there’s a party With local poets on standby to read Their wonderful work of many a year What more could you need? Come along...

Dementia Friendly Collection At Wigtown Library

Friday, 15 September 2017 09:28 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Library Service is delighted to launch a new collection of books, Reading Well, Books on Prescription for Dementia, at Wigtown Library, DG Customer Services - which is the first library in the region to be awarded...

Council’s CYPLL directorate heads up

Thursday, 14 September 2017 10:43 AM
The Council’s CYPLL* committee [19 September 2017] will consider the Director’s end of year assessment of how the directorate has performed on its business plan. The CYPLL business plan contains 58 key performance indicators and 9...

Expanding ELC offers opportunities for better start

Thursday, 14 September 2017 10:39 AM
The Council’s CYPLL* committee [19 September 2017] will consider national and local developments on expanding Early Learning and Childcare [ELC] to provide 1,140 hours of funded childcare for 3 to 4 year olds and entitled 2 year olds by...

It’s Climate Week: Monday 18th – Friday 22nd September

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 03:57 PM
Climate Week 2017 raises awareness of, and inspires action on, climate change. Our Council has signed up to help put a spotlight on climate change, and to remind us that, together, we have the power to make change happen. Changes to our behavior for a...

Records of War: Photography And Letters From WW1

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 02:43 PM
A revealing new exhibition, “Records of War: Photography and Letters from World War One”, opens at Annan Museum on Saturday 16 September. The exhibition asks what did men and women living through World War One find important to record?...

Ice Bowl celebrates 25 years

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 08:44 AM
Around 3,000 people visited Dumfries Ice Bowl to celebrate its 25th birthday on Saturday 9 September. Customers old and new had free access tocurling and skating sessions, whichwere very popular. Mascots Pecky the Penguin and Ailsa the Beltie joined...

People Feeling Safer, Says Survey

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 12:00 PM
Members of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Communities Committee met today (Tuesday 5 September) and received a report on the results of the 2016/17 Community Safety Survey. Members heard that, after they agreed to a refocusing of the Community...

Dumfries Museum Set To Be Over The Moon

Friday, 08 September 2017 10:40 AM
An exciting new exhibition opens at Dumfries Museum this month. “Space: Fact and Fiction” explores a brave new world of science facts and takes a giant leap into science fiction and opens on Saturday 9 September, running to Saturday 18...

Smile - You're On Camera At Gracefield!

Friday, 08 September 2017 10:27 AM
To celebrate its 70th successful year Dumfries Camera Club set out to photograph 1,000 residents of Dumfries and Galloway and have now comfortably exceeded this target. The resulting exhibition in the Gracefield Gallery 1, Edinburgh Road, Dumfries,...

Formula has all angles covered to deliver sum week

Thursday, 07 September 2017 04:10 PM
Next week is Maths Week Scotland [11 to 17 September] and primary and secondary schools across Dumfries and Galloway are gearing up for the challenge. Maths Week Scotland aims to enthuse people and make them realise that maths is a vital life skill and...

Celebration of Funding for Youth Beatz

Thursday, 07 September 2017 12:21 PM
Organisers of Youth Beatz are delighted this week as it was announced that they will receive a £50k grant from the Nithsdale Area Committee Discretionary Budget 2017/2018. Chair of the Nithsdale Area committee, Ronnie Nicholson, said “Youth...

Council Grants For Nithsdale Community Groups

Thursday, 07 September 2017 08:33 AM
Fifteen Community Groups throughout Nithsdale received a funding boost this week when they were awarded grant funding from Nithsdale Area Committee’s Discretionary Budget pot. The committee had grant funding of £60,000 available to support...

Council tax collecion success

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 10:34 PM
Members of the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee will be told at the meeting next week that council officers have been successful in collecting additional Council Tax income. With a particular focus on collecting monies in relation to bad...

Council continues to make investment for local people

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 10:24 PM
The Council’s Policy and Resources committee (14 September 2017) will consider progress on its capital investment strategy 2017/18 that will see just over £76m of investment across Dumfries and Galloway. At its budget setting meeting in...

Amended version: Made in Dumfries and Galloway

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 04:00 PM
Branding is all important in this ‘consumer age’. This is as important to a small local business as it is to a large, multi-national conglomerate. At Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee...

Extension of SSPCA Puppy Powers

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 02:00 PM
The scale of illegal puppy imports though ferry ports Dumfries and Galloway is a real problem. Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Trading Standards team, working under animal welfare legislation, have been in partnership with the SSPCA to combat this...

Business Week provides local SMES with a menu for success both on and offline

Tuesday, 05 September 2017 02:49 PM
Organisers of Dumfries and Galloway Business Week hope this year’s jam-packed timetable of events will attract even more people than last year. Using their expert knowledge and connections, Dumfries & Galloway Council, Business Gateway and...

Ready! Steady! Teach!

Monday, 04 September 2017 05:37 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council's Education Service welcomed its new cohort of probationer teachers for 2 days of induction training prior to the start of the new term. 97 new teachers joined Education Services, a record for the region. A key part of...

Magnificent 7 achieve Standard for Headship

Monday, 04 September 2017 05:04 PM
Seven of Dumfries and Galloway Council's senior school leaders were recognised for attaining the Standard for Headship at an awards ceremony this week. Councillor Jeff Leaver, chairman of the Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning [CYPLL]...

Proposed Replacement of Sparling Bridge, Newton Stewart

Friday, 01 September 2017 03:24 PM
As a result of recent discussions and correspondence received from the Community Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council are now developing the request for a new pedestrian bridge at Newton Stewart. The provision of a new bridge will, however, have time...

Beat the Street Launches in Dumfries

Thursday, 31 August 2017 10:52 AM
Thousandsof walkers, runners and cyclists have been pounding the streets of Dumfries as a new walking initiative has kicked off. In the first day alone, 4000 doonhamers were out, tapping boxes across the town. Beat the Street, which launched on...

Galloway Viking Hoard Latest Position

Thursday, 31 August 2017 08:35 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Communities Committee will meet on Tuesday 5 September, and will receive an update on the ongoing discussions between officers of our Council and National Museums Scotland (NMS) in relation to the Galloway Viking...

Inclusive Play Money Set To Be Allocated

Wednesday, 30 August 2017 11:43 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Communities Committee will convene on Tuesday 5 September at 10.30am, and one of the reports they will be asked to approve will detail how up to £500,000 of Inclusive Play Parks money is set to be spent. Agreed...

Young Sports Leadership Academy

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 04:00 PM
The Annandale and Eskdale Young Sports Leadership Academy took place over 3 days. The course was aimed at enhancing the skills of young people’s to further increase levels of physical activity and support the development of young sports people in...

Many happy returns for Ice Bowl at 25

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 01:05 PM
Dumfries Ice Bowl turns 25 this September and is celebrating with a free Open Day on Saturday 9 September 2017, from 11am to 3pm [1100 to 1500]. Everyone is invited to come along and see what the Ice Bowl has to offer, try ice sports for free, and meet...

Tackling Poverty Remains Key For Council

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 12:38 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Communities Committee will meet on Tuesday 5 September and will receive a report on the progress our Council is making in relation to tackling poverty in the region. Among the updates given to Councillors is a full...

Prevention Is Key – New Litter Action Plans

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 12:35 PM
Members of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Communities Committee will meet next week and be asked to agree arrangements for the preparation of our Council’s Litter Prevention Action Plan. The committee will receivea report on Tuesday 5...

Major Festivals And Events Update Tabled

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 12:27 PM
Members of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Communities Committee will meet on Tuesday 5 September, and will receive an update on major festivals and events in the region. Councillors will hear that the delivery of the overarching strategy that...

Minnigaff PS strong on partnership and transitions

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 11:43 AM
Education Scotland inspectors visited Minnigaff Primary in May 2017 and have now reported their findings. Education Scotland assessed Minnigaff Primary School as ‘Satisfactory’ for leadership of change; learning, teaching and assessment;...

“Referees! I could do better myself!”

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 11:27 AM
“He was the last man!”, “She got the ball!” and “If referees had actually played the game, they’d know what they were doing!” are just three of the favourite calls of the “experts” who are the highly...
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