Scottish Borders Council

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Selkirk CARS - Old property maintenance

Date: 4th Nov 14

Location: Victoria Hall, Selkirk, TD7 4LN

Time: 17:30 - 19:30

Cost:FREE

Does your property need some TLC?

Find out more about repair and ongoing maintenance for your property.

Vital information will be provided to help you:

  • Find out the condition of your property
  • Find out the process required to repair and maintain your property
  • Learn what funding options are available to you
  • Get tips on getting your neighbours together to carry out the works
  • Speak with knowledgeable professionals who can start you off on the right track
  • Pick up information/leaflets to help

Presentations

  • Jo Parry, Hypostyle Architects
    The importance of repairing properties and advice on how to get started.
  • Colin Gilmour, Selkirk Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme
    Grant eligible repairs in Selkirk town centre
  • Dorothy Hoskins, Historic Scotland
    Advice on appropriate repair and maintenance of your building
  • John McKinney, NFRC
    Traditional roof repair best practice
  • Emily Tracey, British Geological Survey
    Identifying defective stonework & the process of its repair
  • Simon Roberts, Scottish Government
    The Tenement Act & encouraging owners to work together with their neighbours.

Following the presentations there will be demonstrations and help desks available to
get further information/leaflets.

These will include:

  • Stone Federation: Stone carving demonstration
  • Edinburgh College: Sash and Case Window demonstration
  • NFRC: Slate samples, information on roofling and leadwork
  • BGS: Stone samples and information on sourcing and repair
  • Historic Scotland: Information stand & leaflet distribution
  • Hypostyle Architects: Information stand and advice on property repairs
  • Scottish Government: Information stand advice on Legal issues

Happening Today, 31st 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.

Bookbug sessions - Coldstream Library Contact Centre

Date: 5th Sep 14 - 12th Dec 14

Every fortnight

Location: Coldstream Library Contact Centre, Gateway Centre, Coldstream

Time: 11:15 - 11:45

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 Coldstream Library Contact Centre for a fun session of rhymes, stories and songs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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