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SB Connect Winter 2016


RECYCLING: We're aiming lower

Less waste is our goal read more

RECYCLING: Poster will be right up your street!

Primary school pupils across the Borders were invited to take part in an art competition to create an image for a poster to urge people to reduce or reuse their waste. read more

RECYCLING: How to trim your waste!

The ideal scenario for Scotland is a zero-waste society. It is not going to happen overnight but, if we all make informed decisions about how we live our daily lives, it will all add up. read more

RECYCLING: A new lease of life

There are few things more satisfying than a good clearout. And handing in clothes, books, accessories and household items to charity shops not only raises money for good works, it reduces waste sent t read more

RECYCLING: What happens to your recycling?

The Recycling Team is often asked what happens to kerbside recycling after it is collected. The past year has seen important changes at its destination, J&B Recycling in Hartlepool. read more

RECYCLING: It's easy to play your part

Composting is one of nature’s miracles – a heap of garden and food waste transforms itself into rich soil improver. read more

RECYCLING: Burrowing for garden gold

Believe it or not, there is a lot we can learn from worms, and primary pupils in the Borders have been taking lessons from them at first hand. read more

Dame Joan praises services in the Borders

Just a week before the Council approved the review of services for older people, broadcaster, writer and official UK Government ‘Voice of Older People’, Dame Joan Bakewell, was in Melrose. read more

Building a successful Borders

New plan to make life even better read more

RECYCLING: Simply good business

Recycling is not just something to do at home – many businesses across the Borders recycle as well. read more

RECYCLING: Sorting waste in advance is key

CRCs – or Community Recycling Centres – are useful places. read more

Back to school? Can't wait

Pupils, parents and communities celebrate as three stunning new schools are officially opened read more

A warm welcome back

Back to the Borders is moving into a second phase of development, following its launch in March. read more

We need your care

Foster carers required to keep brothers and sisters together read more


Borders pupils show true colours - green

The winners of the first Scottish Borders Schools Eco Challenge were presented with their prizes during a special ceremony at Old Gala House. read more

Planning for a better future

A major review of services for older people in the Scottish Borders has just been completed. read more

Read all about it!

Hawick youngsters are becoming real bookworms these days, thanks to the Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award. read more

Wired wins again

Wired, the radio show for young people by young people, has been named winner of the Best Radio Coverage of Young People for the second year in a row at the 2009 Positive Images Awards. read more

Helping business

The Council’s economic development team has joined forces with the Supplier Development Programme to provide free support for local businesses that are interested in tendering for public sector contra read more

One call does it all

It’s now easier than ever before to contact the Council read more

In harmony!

Primary children from Walkerburn Primary School, also known as The Walkerburnies, have released their own CD single called Everybody Get Up. read more

Who you gonna call?

Hawick contact centre earns a bronze gong read more

Tree full of precious memories

A very special sculpture has been created in the Council’s gardens at Old Gala House in Galashiels. read more

Leader funding helps local artists

Crossing Borders is one of 14 local rural development projects to benefit from £644,000 of LEADER funding awarded in the Scottish Borders. read more

Plan update is given green light

Scottish Ministers have approved the Council’s Structure Plan Alteration. read more

Engaging with our rich local history

The first annual Borders Heritage Week: Unlocking Our Heritage will take place from 19-27 September, with events across the region. read more

Packed programme of local attractions

A tourism initiative is inviting visitors to spend 48 hours in the Borders. read more

Tattoo Taster

The Borders is hosting one of four Taste of the Tattoo performances as part of Homecoming Scotland 2009. read more

Walking in the footsteps of the Border Reivers

The 15th Scottish Borders Walking Festival celebrates the lively and often colourful history of the Border Reivers. read more

It takes two…

On entering many Borders towns, it is clear from the ‘welcome’ signs that they have pride in their twinning relationships with communities in Europe. read more

Council is here to help the deaf

Hearing difficulties can affect the quality of your life – but the Council is on hand to provide help and support. read more

Local people needed!

Under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, all councils are obliged to set up community councils. These are legally recognised constituted bodies of local people with an interest in their communi read more

Don’t miss your chance to celebrate

Whether you’re a Scott, of Scott descent, or simply love the Borders, you are invited by the Duke of Buccleuch to the first ever Scott Gathering at Bowhill near Selkirk, the family’s ancestral home. read more

Learning pioneer

Meeting Professor Reuven Feuerstein was an unforgettable experience for Depute Head for Teaching and Learning, Anne-Theresa Lawrie. read more

The roadshows are returning

The Young Drivers Roadshows, organised by the Scottish Borders Road Safety Working Group, are returning to the Borders in the autumn. read more

Giving back to the community

Community service is a sentence issued by the courts as an alternative to prison – but what does it actually mean? read more

Strong beat of the heart

The £10 million Heart of Hawick regeneration project is one of the biggest and most ambitious regeneration projects in the Borders. read more

Design awards

The search is on again for the best designed buildings in the region, with the launch of the Scottish Borders Council Design Award Scheme 2009. read more

No ducking out for SB Local!

SB Local, the Council’s free rapid response unit, is going from strength to strength – including coming to the aid of a distressed family of ducks! read more

Help for women in distress

Women in the Borders who are experiencing domestic abuse can turn to Borders Women’s Aid (BWA) for support. read more

How to give yourself a sporting chance

Are you interested in sport? Do you want to find out about the latest news, developments and upcoming sporting events in the Borders? read more

Tour is wheely great for the Borders

Set to rival the Tour de France in scale, the Tour of Britain, the UK’s largest professional cycling event, will kick off its Scottish stage in the Borders this year. read more