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Here’s a chance to listen again to Mark Smith’s special feature with Samaritan’s volunteer, Frank Ritchie, who lost his son to suicide in 2015. This moving interview, interspersed with music poignant to the story, tells of Frank’s experiences before and after the tragedy, as well as how he’s been coping since. First broadcast on Boxing […]

Artisan coffee is a big thing at the moment – even the national coffee chains are focussing on coffee connoisseurs these days. Local Dumfries town centre coffee shop, Kings Coffee and Books, are using the skills learned from their barista trainer, Dale Harris, to offer coffee barista training courses in the new year. Dale recently […]

With Christmas only a couple of weeks away, a major health campaign is encouraging people across Dumfries and Galloway to plan ahead if they depend on repeat prescriptions. The NHSScotland Be Health-Wise this Winter campaign is highlighting the possibility that some GP surgeries will be closed for up to four days because this year Christmas […]

Christmas is a great time for lots of people, but for some, it’s not so cheery; neighbours have gone away, lunch clubs are taking a break, coffee shops and libraries are closed and public transport is almost non-existent. It feels like everyone is building up for the ‘big day’ where they’ll be enjoying food and […]

The Young People’sChoices Fund is celebrating the Year of Young People 2018 in Dumfries and Galloway. During this December, young people in our region will be able to decide on where funding is spent on projects in our local area! Between Monday 11th and Monday 18th of December 2017, young people who have a Young […]

Samaritans is launching a national campaign with British Transport Police, Network Rail and the wider rail industry to give travellers the confidence to trust their instincts and act if they notice someone who may be at risk of suicide in or around a station. By highlighting that suicidal thoughts can be temporary and interrupted with […]

  Royal Bank of Scotland have announce branches in Annan , Langholm , Gretna and Lockerbie have all been ear marked for closure .A total of 62 branches will be shut, with the loss of about 158 jobs. The union Unite, which represents many of those affected by the closure programme, said senior figures at […]

Electro-instrumentalists Public Service Broadcasting will play their first ever Spiegeltent show with a unique set that will offer their fans and local audience, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Bay City Rollers make a triumphant return headlining the newly titled Tartan Sunday Sessions which is a festival-within-a-festival. They will play alongside Dumfries & Galloway legends ONR and rocket-fuelled […]

Water rescue charities have been awarded £1 million in funding for vital rescue equipment to help keep the UK’s rivers and seas safe. The money has been made available by the inshore and inland rescue boat grant fund and is the fourth round of funding under this 5-year, £5 million scheme. Charities across England, Scotland, […]

In response to the recommendations in the report on the statutory consultation for Ae, Garlieston and Kirkbean primary schools which will be considered by Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning [CYPLL] Committee on 30 November 2017, and to be published on Wednesday 8th Novemeber. South of Scotland MSP Colin Smyth said, […]

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