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Aug 242017
 August 24, 2017
Local community radio station Alive 107.3 has reason for celebration this week!
Presenter and well known Moniaive resident Hugh Taylor has been shortlisted for a national radio award.  Hugh has been nominated in the ‘Sage Person of the Year’ category at the Community Radio Awards 2017 .
The awards received 350 entries from 70 community stations across the UK and culminates in a conference and awards ceremony in Bristol next month.
Hugh presents his show ‘Folk’n’Stuff’ every Tuesday night on the station. As well as serving up a wide cross-section of modern and contemporary folk music, his show has a growing reputation for its live music sessions with some of the finest musicians from across the globe.
Station Manager Adrian Leslie said  “Congratulations to Hugh for being shortlisted. We are delighted for Hugh who is an example of the great presenters we have at Alive 107.3, and is also a wonderful birthday present for the station as we are about to celebrate our 8th Birthday next month.”
Jul 282017
 July 28, 2017


Ian Greig is back on his bike after suffering 52 broken bones.

Dumfries biker who broke 52 bones in a horror smash will ride across the country for charity next week.

Ian Greig was involved in a collision near Ae village in 2014 and will mark the third anniversary of the crash by raising money for the intensive care unit at DGRI.

The lorry driver had the largest number of fractures ever recorded by one person at the hospital, as well as a punctured lung, but was back on his bike less than six months later.

The 45-year-old said: “I’ve always wanted to do something for the ICU unit because they saved my life.

“I want to pay them back and this is my way of thanking them. They basically put me back together again.

“The staff were fantastic even though I wasn’t the best patient at times.

“They always need help there so whatever I raise I will give to the unit and they can hopefully get things they really need.”

Dumfries biker who broke 52 bones in a horror smash will ride across the country for charity next week.


Jul 282017
 July 28, 2017

Electric Fields Festival – due to take place in the grounds of the stunning Drumlanrig Castle in September – has received a funding boost.

It is among 14 events taking place across the country which are benefitting from a share of £145,500 in the latest awards round of EventScotland’s National Funding Programme.

The Electric Fields Festival returns for its fourth year on September 1st and 2nd, with Dizzee Rascal included in the line-up of more than 100 artists across the four stages in the stunning grounds of Drumlanrig Castle.

As well as the exciting music on offer, there is plenty of entertainment for children with games, face painting, crafts and dedicated kids discos.

The event has been awarded £11,500 from EventScotland, a team within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, to support social media and marketing costs.

Festival organiser Nick Roberts said: “We are delighted to have received funding from EventScotland which will help us ensure that this year’s Electric Fields Festival is our best ever. We hope as many people as possible will be able to come along to enjoy all of the great entertainments we have planned at our beautiful venue.”

VisitScotland Regional Director Paula Ward said: “This year’s Electric Fields Festival promises to be a real highlight of our regional calendar, with some fantastic music and entertainment on offer for all of the family, so I’m delighted it was selected as a funding award recipient.”

Jul 222017
 July 22, 2017

WIN! One of three family passes to Galloway Country Fair 2017

Galloway Country Fair, one of the Scottish rural calendar’s biggest events, returns to the beautiful Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate on 19 and 20 August 2017.

And to celebrate, we’ve joined forces with the team from Drumlanrig to offer readers the chance to win one of three family passes for the event.

The 2017 Fair has an action packed programme of entertainment with a headline performance from Atkinson Action Horses as well as event favourites the Dog and Duck Show, Sheep Show, Horse Whisperer Grant Bazin, Owl Magic and Terrier Racing.

Visit for tickets and further information.

You can enter competition for FREE using the form below


Additional T&Cs

A family pass entitles one family of four (two adults and two children) entry to the Fair on either 19 or 20 August.

Three winners will each receive a family pass worth £30 redeemable on either day of the event.

Prize is non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash alternative.

Jul 212017
 July 21, 2017

Firefly Festival competition winner James Queen picking up his prize from Tim O Sullivan(right) from the Craigdarroch Arms and our own Hugh Taylor (left) . Well Done James

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Photo Credit Bryn Thorburn

Jul 032017
 July 3, 2017

Scotland’s most southerly whisky distillery – and one of its oldest – is coming back into production in time to celebrate its 200th anniversary.Bladnoch Distillery near Wigtown was bought out of administration by Australian entrepreneur David Prior.He made a fortune out of organic yoghurt and decided to invest about £25m of it in the facility.

It is hoped it will eventually lead to production of more than a million litres a year from the site.Mr Prior has been back in Scotland for the first time since refurbishment started.It has cost £5m on top of the near £20m spent acquiring the run-down facility and, importantly, the valuable casks of ageing malt in its large complex of bonded warehouses.

Back in 2015, after years of under-investment, Bladnoch’s potential was not universally apparent.However, Mr Prior saw scope to combine hard-headed business with the romance of a product close to his heart.”The Scotch whisky category is a very great opportunity from a business perspective but it is also a huge passion of mine,” he said.”It’s something that I have been involved in since I was 18 years old, my father and I used to have a drink together at the end of every week and download and share stories about the week.”So I have grown up in a Scotch-drinking household.”

He said the Bladnoch site was “steeped in history” and something he had fallen in love with.

The Australian yoghurt millionaire is an unlikely saviour for a facility economically important to rural Galloway.So far nine jobs have been created on site and more will follow with the development of a visitor centre and the possible need for extra shifts to meet a production target of one-and-a-half million litres a year. He may be largely an absentee owner, but Mr Prior said his actions and hard cash underlined his commitment to the local community.

David Prior

photo BBC

Jul 032017
 July 3, 2017


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THE scale of the problems facing councillors over the condition of DGOne have been revealed in a report to be considered by Dumfries and Galloway Council last Tuesday.

It is estimated that it will take millions more to bring the building back into use on the back of a £10 million repair project which is currently going on.

And other buildings in Dumfries and Galloway – the Ice Bowl at Dumfries and the Ryan Centre at Stranraer – are now being examined and  at the Ice Bowl a number of issues have already been uncovered.

Structural engineers are being or have been brought in to make full investigations into the condition of the buildings.

The report prepared by council director Colin Grant says that in addition to these buildings a review of Dumfries and Galloway Schools constructed under PPP, had already commenced prior to the Edinburgh Inquiry report as a result of the emerging findings, and established no similar concerns in relation to wall ties and safety of construction as experienced in Edinburgh.

Dealing with the DGOne building, Mr Grant says that during the initial period of the remediation project at DGOne, a full strip back, survey and breakout of the building have established that previous action to identify and rectify issues with the facility and bring DGOne back into operation had not exposed the scale and extent of building safety issues.

The work on site found the defects were much more pervasive than was originally advised and reflected in the contract for remediation works, and that the building was in a significantly worse condition than had been reasonably assumed.

He said the most significant issues found were blockwork wall defects (the same defects found at Edinburgh schools on brick and blockwork due to missing head ties and wall restraints), incorrectly installed ductwork, issues with fire protection of steelwork, and corrosion to steel columns. Mr Grant’s report goes on: “Due to the extent of these new issues and their significance, in addition to the defects we were previously advised of, and the emerging potential for significant additional works at DGOne to address these safety concerns,