Scottish Borders Council

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Reading Group Day

Date: 14th Sep 14

Location: Galashiels Library, Lawyers Brae, Galashiels

Time: 11:00 - 15:00

Cost:Free but booking essential

As part of the Scottish Borders Libraries Reader In Residency this event will celebrate reading and reading groups. With guest author Mark Douglas - Home

Throughout the day you will be given the opportunity to:

  • Meet enthusiastic members from other groups throughout the Borders who share your love of reading. 
  • Discuss or read if you wish from your favourite books both current and past. It could be your favourite childhood reading or the book that you read over and over again.  
  • Discuss books read within your group with other groups. Maybe even recommend or discover a book to read at future meetings!
  • Chat with SBLibraries Reader in Residence Tom Murray
  • Meet and discuss with our guest author Mark Douglas-Home his writing and reading.

For further Information on the event please contact;

Galashiels Library or call 01750 726400

Happening Today, 2nd September 2014

52 Journeys

Date: 23rd Aug 14 - 4th Oct 14

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

Time: 0:00 - 0:00

Cost: Free

In 2012 Frieda set herself the challenge to make one small journal quilt each week, inspired by what came her way during that time, be it a thought, a photograph or an event.

This exhibition shows the results.

Tweeddale Museum and Gallery - Museum Room

Further information

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

 

 

Art Glass

Date: 12th Jul 14 - 6th Sep 14

Location: Borders Textile Towerhouse, 1 Tower Knowe, Hawick

Cost: Free

Art Glass creations - traditional and abstract – demonstrate the glassmaking skills of Scottish Borders Art Glass.

Peter and Andrew Holmes have a combined history of sixty years crafting glass at their studio on the outskirts of Hawick.

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

Award to honour new Borders businesses

Date: 12th Aug 14 - 3rd Oct 14

Location: Council Headquarters, Newtown St Boswells

Cost: n/a

We are looking for nominations for the start-up/new business of the year business excellence award for 2014.

We are pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the start-up/new business of the year business excellence award for 2014, which will celebrate new Scottish Borders businesses that can demonstrate entrepreneurial flair and a clear vision for achieving future success.  This award will be presented as part of the Scottish Borders Business Week, which is taking place between Monday 29th September and Friday 3rd October at venues throughout the region.

Nominations are invited from any business or enterprise based in the Scottish Borders, which has commenced trading since 1st October 2011. The closing date for applications is Thursday 18th September. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday 3rd October at Council Headquarters in Newtown St Boswells.

Nominations can be made by completing the nomination form  and following the instructions to email.

Alternatively, complete and send the form to:

Stuart Kinross,
Economic Development,
Chief Executive’s Department,
Council Headquarters,
Newtown St Boswells, TD6 0SA

If you have any further questions, please contact our Economic Development team online.

Before the Fall

Date: 30th Aug 14 - 2nd Oct 14

Location: Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Cost: Free. Work available to purchase.

An exhibition of unique knitted pieces from Frances Teckkam.

Inspired by the seasons and natural surroundings of the Scottish Borders, Frances Teckkam's work is a contemporary Western take on traditional Eastern ceremonial robes. She makes her pieces on domestic hand-knitting frames using the classic woollen yarns of the local textile industry.

Visit our Harestanes information page for details of visitor centre opening times and to download the Harestanes 2014 events brochure.

Bookbug Session - Peebles

Date: 26th Aug 14 - 9th Dec 14

Every week

Location: Peebles Burgh Hall, High Street, Peebles

Time: 10:00 - 10:30

Cost: Free

Bookbug Sessions for adults and children under 5 years old. A mixture of song, story and rhyme to help interaction and child development.

Working with NHS Borders and Early Years our Libraries help encourage a lifelong love of books and reading through Bookbug, the Early Years Literacy Programme.   

Bookbug helps encourage a love of books through a range of fun activities, including:

  • Bookbug's Library Challenge
  • Free book packs are given to children at around six weeks, 18 months and three years old along with guidance materials for parents and carers
  • Free Bookbug Sessions for babies, toddlers and their families to enjoy together.

Join us at Peebles Burgh Hall for a fun session of rhymes, stories and songs, run by Peebles Library.

Autumn break

Please note there will be no session on 14th October.

Caught in Clay

Date: 10th Aug 14 - 21st Sep 14

Location: Hawick Museum, Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick

Cost: Free

Colourful ceramics from this Borders-based artist who will also be working with community groups to produce tile work on local themes.

Clair Norris exhibition in the Waterfall Gallery

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

Disorder

Date: 16th Aug 14 - 20th Sep 14

Location: Old Gala House, Scott Crescent, Galashiels

Cost: Free

A showcase exhibition for a talented young local Borders artist, Rozee Colton who is studying photography at Edinburgh College of Art.

Her photographic portraiture and fashion images are intuitive and reflect influences as diverse as Robert Mapplethorpe, Salvador Dali and Cecil Beaton. Using a variety of formats, this exhibition presents light and dark aspects of inner emotions, body image and attitudes. The exhibition includes some challenging images.

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

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.

Harestanes Ancrum Circuit

Date: 2nd Sep 14

Location: Thistle Club Rooms, Lothian Park, Jedburgh TD8 6JH

Time: 09:45 - 12:45

Cost: £4

One of the council's rangers will lead an archaeology walk into the old village of Ancrum.

Also joined by the council's archaeologist the route is relatively flat with several sites of interest in this ancient settlement.

For more information and booking visit the Borders walking 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 - 6th 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.

Scottish Borders Festival of Walking

Date: 31st Aug 14 - 6th Sep 14

Location: Jedburgh and Denholm

Cost: various

This is the 20th Scottish Borders Festival of Walking which is based this year in the historic town of Jedburgh and the elegant nearby settlement of Denholm.

The programme of guided walks cover the southern area of the region including routes starting from Jedburgh, Denholm, Towford and Ancrum - from abbeys to Roman Camps and towers to rivers.

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.

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.

Smorgasborders II

Date: 9th Aug 14 - 28th Sep 14

Location: Hawick Museum, Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick

Cost: Free

Anthony Cawthorne, Tom Davidson, Lida Hatrick, Geof Hickey, Brunton Hunter, Anna King, Colin Philip, Mooie Scott and Rob Sutherland.

Invited artists present a veritable feast in this second mixed media show of art and craft from the Scottish Borders.

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

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.

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. 

World War One Experience

Date: 2nd Aug 14 - 14th Sep 14

Location: Coldstream Museum, 12 Market Square, Coldstream

Cost: Free

Experience the Great War of 1914-1918 through the lives of individuals.

Learn about how the war affected Coldstream, its people and the neighbouring villages.

Find out more

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

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