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SB Connect Winter 2016


A vision for the future

How planning years ahead is vital for everyone in the Borders read more

On the case

The recycling team at the council doesn't sit still for long. read more

EDUCATION: Drive for a worthy cause

School courier service Associated Parcels is giving schools a helping hand with their recycling campaigns. read more

EDUCATION: Children more aware

A primary school with a roll of only 11 children has “outgrown” the competition from nearly 10,000 other pupils by winning the Royal Highland Education Trust’s (RHET) 2008 Count and Grow project. read more


The Royal Highland Education Trust is an educational charity that helps children in Scotland learn about the countryside, food and farming. read more

EDUCATION: The key to a beter education

There were plenty of smiling faces in Denholm when the new village school opened in October. It replaced the former school, destroyed by a fire in 2006. read more

EDUCATION : Bookstart Rhymetimes

Libraries across the Borders held special Bookstart Rhymetimes to celebrate National Bookstart Day. read more

EDUCATION: Get your free worms!

Local schools are being encouraged to compost as much biodegradable waste as possible. read more

EDUCATION: Bollards make their point

The Council has been looking at ways to make getting to and from school safer for children. read more

What YOU say about life in your area

Sixty-three per cent of residents think Scottish Borders Council is ‘good’ and four per cent rate it as ‘excellent’. read more

Making the difference

SBcContracts is a trading organisation of the Council and specialises in engineering, roads construction and groundworks. read more

Grab benefit of insulation grants

One of the best ways to make your home more energy efficient and reduce fuel bills is by installing cavity wall and loft insulation. read more

Equal rights

Public bodies, including councils, are covered by the Disability Equality Duty (DED), which came into force in December 2006. read more

Top tips from trading standards experts

The consumer advice team – part of the Council’s trading standards unit – deals with all sorts of queries from people who are struggling to resolve issues with suppliers. read more



Borders first to go digital read more

A budget like no other

Council Leader warns of tough decisions ahead read more

Riding through history

Call to locals to take part in Homecoming event read more

Wardens taking the lead

Dog wardens have been on a mission for the last year with a hard-hitting campaign to tackle dog fouling. read more

Festival of light

The Land, The Light, The Locals – the Scottish Borders New Year Festival – will run from 29 December to 2 January. read more

Glad all over

TV stars give a keep-fit message to going digital read more

New law protects adults

A new law gives adults who are unable to safeguard themselves the same priority as child protection. read more

A blooming great idea

An officer has been appointed to offer support to schools as part of Marks and Spencer’s new partnership with the Council. read more

Sorted! Problems solved

SB Local, the Council’s free rapid response service, has been sorting out some of the public’s problems with roads, parks and cleansing for more than four years now. read more

More help for those in need

From 27 October this year, maintenance payments made for children are no longer taken into account as income in calculating housing and council tax benefits. read more

A friendly £600,000

A Borders charity has raised more than £600,000 to fund its befriending services. read more

Services meet local needs

You may have heard about the Concordat signed by the Scottish Government and councils earlier this year. read more

Say it with flowers

Many visitors comment on how beautiful the Borders region is. read more

Keeping kids safe

An awareness-raising campaign is spreading the message about keeping children safe. read more

Get fit for winter driving

Winter in the Borders can be unpredictable and bad weather can strike suddenly – so the best advice when severe weather hits is to stay off the road. read more

Aim to change rape attitute

Thirty two per cent of people surveyed say there should be some burden of responsibility for rape if the woman is flirting. read more

Winners all !

The winners of the Scottish Borders Awards 2008 were announced in October at a gala dinner and awards ceremony in Kelso, attended by more than 400 guests. read more

Could you be a carer?

Adoption has changed greatly in recent years with few babies being adopted. read more

Athletes honoured

The Council has honoured local athletes who took part in this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing. read more

Sports site will help you develop skills

The Scottish Borders now has a central website for all areas of sport in the region. read more

Youngsters jump to it!

The 2008 Scottish Borders Sports Academy was held recently at the National Sports Centre in Largs. read more