Scottish Borders Council

Featured event

Meet the buyer and grow your business

Date: 30th Oct 14

Location: The City of Edinburgh Council, Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh EH8 8BG

Time: 17:00 - 19:30

Cost:Free

Learn more about successful tendering.

Are you a local business looking for new business opportunities? If so, this event will help you find out more about how public sector procurement operates.

What will be available?

You will get the opportunity to find out how the public sector purchases goods and services and how to be more effective in future tender opportunities. You will be able to:

  • meet professionals from local commercial and procurement teams
  • find out how the procurement process works and get free advice to help make your bids more effective
  • meet public sector organisations including NHS Lothian, East Lothian Council, Midlothian Council and Scottish Borders Council
  • meet and get advice from organisations including Business Gateway, Federation of Small Businesses and Supplier Development Programme
  • join in our two information breakout sessions on 'Effective bidding' and 'Community Benefits and sustainability-what does it mean'
  • find out how you can benefit from up to £3,500 by providing a work placement to a young unemployed person.

How do I book a place?

For more information or to register a place, visit the City of Edinburgh Council website. You can also call 0131 469 3543. Bookings should be made by 12.00 noon on Thursday 30 October.

More information

You can find out more about procurement at Scottish Borders Council by visiting our website

Happening Today, 25th October 2014

A Celebration of Scotland's Heritage, History and Culture - Scottish Felters

Date: 7th Sep 14 - 31st Jan 15

Location: Borders Textile Towerhouse, 1 Tower Knowe, Hawick

Cost: Free

Unique, hand-crafted felt panels illustrating aspects of Scotland.

Previously on display at the Scottish Parliament and now gaining world-wide recognition, this self-funded initiative was completed over two years by members of Scottish Felters.

For further information including opening times and contact details visit Borders Textile Towerhouse website.

A Common Wealth of Games

Date: 11th Oct 14 - 20th Dec 14

Location: Tweeddale Museum and Gallery, Chambers Institution, High Street, Peebles

Cost: Free

The iconic sports of the Borders, our people and achievements.

A celebratory look at the iconic sports of the Borders, the people and their achievements.

Tweeddale Museum and Gallery - Museum Room

Further information

For opening times and contact details visit Tweeddale Museum and Gallery webpage.

Arts event at The Haining

Date: 24th Oct 14 - 27th Oct 14

Location: The Haining, Selkirk TD7 5AA

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Cost: Free

Haining at Home is an exciting exhibition by renowned Borders artists, recognised for their craftsmanship in applied arts.

This three day exhibition is a chance to see the work of these artists in the beautifully restored setting of The Haining in Selkirk:

  • Ceramics: Kinsman Blake, Robert Sutherland, Clair Norris, Helen Kemp
  • Glass: Inge Panneels, Lindean Mill, Linstead Glass
  • Wood: Thomas Hawson, Rankin Kinsman Blake, Adrian McCurdy, Real Wood Studios
  • Stone: Natasha Smith
  • Textiles: Orwell & Goode, Sam Fenn-Johnston, Frances Teckkam

There will also be:

  • Screenprinting workshop and demonstration: Orwell & Goode, 25 October, 2.00-4.00pm
  • Walk and talk: Real Wood Studios, 26 October, 11.30am-12.30pm
  • Wooden spoon making workshop and demonstration: Tom Hawson, 26 October, 2.00-4.00pm
  • Stone letter carving workshop and demonstration: Natasha Smith, 27 October, 2.00-4.00pm

More information

To find out more, visit the following websites:

Beneath the Bark

Date: 8th Oct 14 - 31st Oct 14

Location: Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Cost: Free. Work available to purchase.

An exhibition of furniture from The Wood Neuk.

Scottish native hardwoods are some of the world’s most beautifully grained timbers.

The Wood Neuk

  • The Wood Neuk specialises in making hardwood furniture that shows the true beauty of the wood that lies beneath the bark.
  • Visit our Harestanes information page for details of visitor centre opening times and to download the Harestanes 2014 events brochure.

Felt Celebration

Date: 11th Oct 14 - 31st Jan 15

Location: Borders Textile Towerhouse, 1 Tower Knowe, Hawick

Cost: Free

Felt pictures, objects and clothing provide an exciting and vibrant exhibition of original artwork.

Showcasing the individual styles of a selection of felt artists, of both local and national reputation.  

For further information including opening times and contact details visit Borders Textile Towerhouse website.

First World War exhibition

Date: 4th Oct 14 - 15th Nov 14

Location: Duns Library Contact Centre, 49 Newtown Street, Duns

Cost: Free

Duns History Society and Scottish Borders Council Museum Service are joining forces to commemorate the impact of the First World War on Duns.

This exhibition will show what Duns was like immediately before the war and look at how shops and businesses were affected when staff signed up. 

It will also document:

  • how local people were sent out all over the world
  • the ways in which local newspapers covered the conflict
  • how some local houses were converted to convalescence hospitals or barracks
  • what the people of Duns and the surrounding area did to raise funds for the war effort

For further information, contact us online.

First World War in Galashiels

Date: 23rd Aug 14 - 31st Oct 14

Location: Old Gala House, Scott Crescent, Galashiels

Cost: Free

An exhibition and interpretation programme commemorating the centenary of the Great War which started in July 1914.

This exhibition includes audio visuals and interpretation showcasing artifacts from the Old Gala Club collection. There will be a series of formal education activities and associated talks. Further details are available by telephoning 01750 20096.

Old Gala House - Christopher Boyd Gallery

For further information including opening times and contact details visit Old Gala House webpage.

First World War in Selkirk

Date: 30th Aug 14 - 31st Oct 14

Location: Halliwell's House Museum, Market Place, Selkirk

Time: 11:00 - 16:00

Cost: Free

An exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the Great War which started in July 1914.

About the exhibition

  • This exhibition includes audio visuals and interpretation presenting artifacts from the Selkirk Museum collections and the local Selkirk Antiquarians.
  • Items relating to individual soldiers who went to war in 1914 will be on display and will focus on events leading up to the Great War, how local Selkirk people responded to this significant historical event and the impact of the Great War on the townspeople. 
  • Halliwell's House Museum - Robson Gallery
  • For further information including opening time and contact details visit Halliwell's House Museum webpage.

Generation

Date: 6th Sep 14 - 25th Oct 14

Location: Tweeddale Museum and Gallery, Chambers Institution, High Street, Peebles

Cost: Free

Coinciding with Glasgow’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games a once-in-a-generation opportunity to celebrate some of Scotland’s best contemporary art from the past 25 years.

About the exhibition

This ambitious project is the first ever to be held by one single country and will take place in over 50 galleries across the Nation from Orkney to the Scottish Borders, reinforcing Scotland’s position as an international centre for the visual arts. A particular focus will be to inspire young people to become the artists and audiences of the future.

About the artist

Toby Paterson, born Glasgow 1974, is the Associate artist selected to exhibit in  Peebles. His work, through painting, relief and sculptural intervention, deals with urban environments and modernist traditions in architecture and design. Internationally renowned, he has had numerous public commissions and exhibitions stretching across the globe from Warsaw to The Hague and San Francisco.

GENERATION has been developed as a partnership between the National Galleries of Scotland and Glasgow Life, supported by Creative Scotland.

Tweeddale Museum and Gallery - The Gallery

For further information including opening times and contact details visit Tweeddale Museum and Gallery webpage.

 

Hawick and the Great War

Date: 28th Sep 14 - 24th Dec 14

Location: Hawick Museum, Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick

Cost: Free

Revealing the individual experiences of Hawick men and women.

Revealing the individual experiences of Hawick men and women in WW1 through the fascinating items they or their families gave to Hawick Museum.

further information including opening times and contact details visit Hawick Museum website.

History of Peebleshire

Date: 6th Jan 14 - 20th Dec 14

Location: Tweeddale Museum and Gallery, Chambers Institution, High Street, Peebles

Time: 10:30 - 16:00

Cost: Free

The story of this historic burgh and county told through objects and images set against a background of the historic Alexander Frieze.

Tweeddale Museum and Gallery - Chambers Room

Further information

For including opening times and contact details visit Tweeddale Museum and Gallery webpage.

Innerleithen and the Great War

Date: 1st Aug 14 - 31st Oct 14

Location: St Ronan's Wells Visitor Centre, Wells Brae, Innerleithen

Cost: Free

A look at the town of Innerleithen in 1914 and how the outbreak of war in 1914 impacted on a close knit community.

More information

For opening hours please contact St Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre.

Jedburgh and the First World War

Date: 14th Jun 14 - 31st Oct 14

Location: Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum, Castlegate, Jedburgh

Cost: Free

The impact of the First World War on Jedburgh is explored through objects and photographs.

Many of these associated with those who served, and in some cases lost their lives, in the Great War.

Jedburgh and the World War I exhibition

Being held within the Bob Mason Room, it includes photographs kindly supplied by the Jedforest Historical Society, such as a picture of volunteers leaving Jedburgh Station in 1914 to go to serve in the War.

What you can see at the event

  • Reproductions of recruitment posters show the pressure on men to volunteer before conscription was introduced in 1916. 
  • Life at the front line is illustrated through objects, many of which are on loan from the Jedburgh branch of the Royal British Legion.  These include brass shell ends made into containers by soldiers in the trenches, a soldier’s water bottle and an officer’s knife and fork, as well as postcards sent to loved ones at home.
  • There is also a uniform and other memorabilia which belonged to local man Andrew Cairncross.  He survived the War, but sadly many did not, including Thomas Turnbull, who was killed in action in 1918.
  • Once the War finally ended, Jedburgh celebrated with a Victory Parade and a Peace Picnic, which are captured in photographs from the time.
    The exhibition ends with images of the town’s war memorial being unveiled in 1921 to commemorate the sacrifice made by so many local men.

The exhibition

  • The exhibition runs until 2 November (opening hours, Monday to Saturday 10am to 4.30pm; Sunday  1pm to 4pm) and admission is free. 
  • The Bob Mason Room is on the first floor, and is without wheelchair access.
  • For further information including opening times and contact details visit Jedburgh Castle Jail & Museum website.

 

Kelso Underground

Date: 26th Jun 14 - 5th Nov 14

Location: Kelso Library Contact Centre, Bowmont Street, Kelso

Cost: Free

Archaeological finds excavated in Kelso since the 1970s providing a glimpse at the rich history beneath the streets of the town.

Further information

For opening times contact Kelso Library Contact Centre.

Larger than Life

Date: 20th Sep 14 - 31st Oct 14

Location: Coldstream Museum, 12 Market Square, Coldstream

Cost: Free

A fun look at the natural life of the shoreline around the Coldingham Bay and St Abbs area.

A visual feast, engaging visitors of all ages, including:

  • giant models
  • colourful creatures
  • photograph

Find out more

For further information including opening times and contact details visit Coldstream Museum website.

 

Metamorphosis

Date: 5th Oct 14 - 14th Dec 14

Location: Hawick Museum, Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick

Cost: Free

Metamorphosis - a striking, magical change in appearance or character or circumstances.

New work designed and woven by the Scottish Members, based on the concept of change and transition.

For further information including opening times and contact details visit Hawick Museum website.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Scrapers and Tooters Weekend

Date: 25th Oct 14 - 26th Oct 14

Location: Earlston High School, East End, Earlston

Time: 9:30 - 17:00

Cost: £45(£25)

Join Scottish Chamber Orchestra musicians for a weekend of orchestral music making conducted by David Watkin in a relaxed setting in the heart of the Scottish Borders.

Join Scottish Chamber Orchestra musicians for a weekend of orchestral music making conducted by David Watkin in a relaxed setting in the heart of the Scottish Borders. 

Scrapers and Tooters weekends are a great opportunity for amateur musicians to enjoy non-pressurised music-making. Spend the weekend rehearsing as an orchestra, working with a conductor and receiving tips and coaching from SCO musicians.

Music will include Beethoven’s Egmont Overture plus movements from Haydn’s ‘ London ’ Symphony. The weekend will end with an opportunity to show off your hard work to friends and family with an informal performance. 

Booking

Visit SCO website to book your place.

If you have any questions, please contact the SCO Connect team on 0131 478 8353 or e-mail connect@sco.org.uk.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Vocal Weekend

Date: 25th Oct 14 - 26th Oct 14

Location: Earlston High School, East End, Earlston

Time: 09:30 - 17:00

Cost: £25 (£15)

Join the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s fun and exciting open choir weekend.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra Vocal Weekend is an opportunity to sing a range of choir pieces under the direction of Steve King, SCO viola player and Director of Music at Heriot-Watt University .

Improve your vocal skills in a relaxed environment and show them off to friends and family in an informal performance on the Sunday at 4pm.

The weekend is aimed at people who have sung in a choir before, however you don’t need to be able to read music – just bring your voice and enjoy a wonderful weekend of singing!

Booking

Visit SCO website to book your place.

If you have any questions, please contact the SCO Connect team on 0131 478 8353 or e-mail connect@sco.org.uk.

Shepherding the Tweed

Date: 1st Aug 14 - 31st Oct 14

Location: St Ronan's Wells Visitor Centre, Wells Brae, Innerleithen

Cost: Free

The story of the cloth that made the Borders famous from the sheep and shepherds on the hills to the factories that exported it across the world.

Find out more

For more information including opening hours please contact St Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre.

Shepherding the Tweed

Date: 30th Aug 14 - 31st Oct 14

Location: St Ronan's Wells Visitor Centre

Cost: Free

The story of the cloth that made the Borders famous from the sheep and shepherds on the hills to the factories that exported it across the world.

More information

For further information including opening hours please contact St Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre.

South by South East

Date: 27th Sep 14 - 31st Oct 14

Location: Old Gala House, Scott Crescent, Galashiels

Cost: Free

Catriona Taylor’s painting is inspired by the Scottish coastline and looks at landscape and coastal scape from Google Earth.

She builds her painting, using maps, collage materials, text and by pouring paint onto the surface. Catriona uses the words of the Shipping Forecast to suggest the powerful force of the sea and our attempt to try and chart it and make it safer.

Find out more

For further information including opening times and contact details visit Old Gala House webpage.

The 80’s are back!

Date: 16th Aug 14 - 31st Oct 14

Location: Old Gala House, Scott Crescent, Galashiels

Cost: Free

Sparked by a combination of nostalgia, curiosity and the thrill of the taboo, the 80s revival just keeps getting bigger as a new generation looks to the decade for inspiration.

But what were the 80s really like? Were they just one big party and an awful lot of big hair? Or was there a lot more going on? This exhibition takes you back to the music, the fashion, the parties, the politics and the people.

Old Gala House - Museum Room

For further information including opening times and contact details visit Old Gala House webpage.

The First World War

Date: 20th Sep 14 - 2nd Nov 14

Location: Hawick Museum, Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick

Cost: Free

An exhibition exploring the Great War of 1914-1918 with real objects from the war, and illustrated storyboards.

For further information including opening time and contact details visit Hawick Museum website.

The Great War

Date: 4th Oct 14 - 15th Nov 14

Location: Duns Library Contact Centre, 49 Newtown Street, Duns

Cost: Free

Although far from the trenches the First World War had a huge impact on Duns and its people.

Discover where and how people served their country and the impact of the war on the town itself.

More information

For opening times contact Duns Library Contact Centre.

Tweed Valley Forest Festival

Date: 24th Oct 14 - 2nd Nov 14

Location: Peebles and district

Cost: various

This packed full autumn festival returns with the Commonwealth Conker Championships (nee Scottish Conker Championships), Wood Market and Traquair's Halloween Activities.

Now Peebles Food Festival takes place on Tweed Green alongside old and new technologies that use wood in various ways. Join the ranger to build a bat box during the opening weekend on Tweed Green. What forest spirits will you meet here and there? For more information visit http://www.forest-festival.com/

World War I 100th anniversary

Date: 1st Aug 14 - 31st Oct 14

Location: Various

Cost: Free

Series of local events and commemorations.

As 2014 marks 100 years since the start of the 'Great War' or World War One (WWI). We have compiled a list of commemorative events happening across our region.

First World War in Selkirk

Do you have any memories and mementoes from World War I that you would like to see on display as part of an exhibition at Halliwell’s House Museum in Selkirk? 

The exhibition

  • Our museums team is holding an exhibition on the Great War and they are looking to borrow any objects, images or clothing related to the years between 1914-18. 
  • The exhibition will run for nine weeks from Saturday 30 August until Friday 31 October in the Robson Gallery. 
    To find out more, contact the team on 01750 20096 or visit their offices in the Municipal Buildings, High Street, Selkirk.

Jedburgh and the World War I exhibition

  • Jedburgh Castle Jail is currently hosting an exhibition looking at the local men who served in World War I and the impact on their lives.
  • Being held within the Bob Mason Room, it includes photographs kindly supplied by the Jedforest Historical Society, such as a picture of volunteers leaving Jedburgh Station in 1914 to go to serve in the War.
  • The exhibition runs until 2 November (opening hours, Monday to Saturday 10am to 4.30pm; Sunday  1pm to 4pm) and admission is free.  The Bob Mason Room is on the first floor, and is without wheelchair access.

Borders towns remember Great War

A series of other exhibitions are being held to mark the start of World War I exactly 100 years ago.

Innerleithen

From 1 August until 31 October, St Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre hosts a look at how the outbreak of the Great War in 1914 impacted on Innerleithen.

Coldstream

At Coldstream Museum, the World War I Experience is held from 2 August until 14 September, highlighting how the war affected townsfolk and their neighbouring villages.

Duns

At Duns Library Contact Centre, from Saturday 4th October until Saturday 15th November shows how World War I affected the townspeople of Duns.

WWI mobile recruitment drive in Galashiels, image courtesy Old Gala ClubGalashiels

  • From 23 August until 31 October, Old Gala House will host a World War I exhibition including audio visuals and artefacts from the Old Gala Club collection.
  • There will also be a series of formal education activities and associated talks.

Further details are available by phoning 01750 20096. 

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