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Oct 312017
 October 31, 2017

“Follow ‘The Fireworks Code’ is the message from Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service as we move towards November 5th“explains Community Sergeant Graeme Still in Dumfries.  It is well recognised that October and November are the busiest time of the year when it comes to dealing with the misuse of fireworks.  We are currently working with Community Safety Officers across the Division to deal with increase in calls we experience at this time of year due to anti-social behaviour involving fireworks. Our aim is simply to keep people safe in order that they can enjoy what should be a memorable experience, for all the right reasons.  The misuse of fireworks will not be tolerated and apart from the anti-social and nuisance element, it can be outright dangerous. Some of the basic rules have not changed over the years and include:-
  • Do follow ‘The Fireworks Code and the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Keep fireworks in a closed metal box and take them out one at a time.
  • Keep pets indoors and warn neighbours if you intend to hold a fireworks display.
  • Use only designated sites for your bonfire.
Designated bonfire sites have been identified and should be used wherever possible.  Details of the sites can be obtained through DGFirst on 03033 333 000.
“Extra patrols will be out and about over the coming nights and on bonfire night itself, on the 5th,” said Sergeant Stitt.  “Make no mistake, we aim to make our presence visible and will deal robustly with anyone who is out to spoil the fun for others by their anti-social and often reckless behaviour.”
The Scottish Fire & Rescue Service would like reiterate Sergeant Stitt’s message and encourage everybody to attend organised approved bonfire events only.
“At this time of year we traditionally receive a heightened number of call outs, and we’ll be working closely with Police Scotland and other community partners over the weekend to ensure a safe and enjoyable Bonfire Night for everyone.”
Oct 182017
 October 18, 2017

Alive at FiveListen again to Mark Smith’s Wednesday Drivetime ‘Alive at Five’ feature, which in ‘Challenge Poverty’ week, looks at issues of local poverty. We visit the Tackling Poverty Conference in the Easterbrook Hall and Nadim Cameron from Dumfries Community Shop joins Mark live in the studio.

We have contributions from Cllr. Elaine Murray (Leader of D&G Council), Cllr. Rob Davidson (deputy leader), Gavin Stevenson (Chief Exec D&G Council), Cllr. Andy Ferguson, John McCormick – Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Angela Roberts from Alcohol & Drugs Service, SW Scotland.


Oct 122017
 October 12, 2017

South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has welcomed a survey that reveals Dumfries as the “happiest place to live” in Scotland.


More than 17,000 people across the UK were asked how happy they are with aspects of where they live as part of the annual Rightmove Happy Home index survey. Community spirit, feeling safe, the friendliness of locals, the amenities and local services available and earning enough to live comfortably were all taken into account, with Dumfries topping the poll in Scotland.


Colin Smyth said, “As a doonhamer who has lived in Dumfries all my life, it’s great to see our town getting some positive publicity. Of course Dumfries isn’t without its massive challenges but that’s no different from any market town of a similar size in Scotland. If you take a step back and look at some of the recent improvements like the Dock Park, the Theatre Royal, the development of the Crichton site, the soon to be open Moat Brae, the Usual Place and the fantastic Learning Town project, there is a lot happening in Dumfries we should be proud of. Add this to the community spirit and the people and you can see why we have topped the poll in Scotland. Sometimes it takes a survey like this for people to appreciate a bit more the positives on our doorstep. Hopefully the poll acts as an incentive to redouble our efforts when it comes to taking on the big challenges Dumfries faces, so we can make our town even better”.

Oct 112017
 October 11, 2017

Alive at FiveListen again to Mark Smith’s Wednesday Drivetime ‘Alive at Five’ feature, which this week revisits the issue of local rural schools threatened with closure.  Live in the studio was Alison Lindsay from Kirkbean Primary School Parent Council and John Magill representing parents at Ae Village Primary School and a recorded contribution from Jo Wallace Chair of Garlieston Primary School Parents’ Council.

This was a follow up discussion, with statements from D&G Council and Colin Smyth MSP, following the decision the Council to ‘pause’ the consultation process over the proposed closure of the three schools.


Sep 272017
 September 27, 2017

Alive at FiveHere’s a chance to listen again to this afternoon’s Alive at Five feature, with Mark Smith and Graham Anderson, joined live in the studio by Alison Lindsay from Kirkbean Primary School Parent Council and John Magill representing parents at Ae Village Primary School. The discussion was over current consultation on proposals by Dumfries & Galloway Council to close three rural schools, including Ae and Kirkbean. Local politicians; Alister Jack MP, Joan McAlpine MSP and Finlay Carson MSP joined in the debate, plus a written statement from the Council.

The Council are inviting responses to their proposals by 5pm 3rd October via [email protected]

Read the Consultation documents on



Sep 262017
 September 26, 2017

Alive at FiveThree primary schools in Dumfries & Galloway are currently threatened with closure. Join Mark Smith for Alive at Five, investigating the issues involved, joined live in the studio by campaigners from Ae Village and Kirkbean; two of the threatened schools.

Wednesday 27th September, from 5pm.

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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.