Category Archives: Culture

Proposed Closure of RBS Branches

I have started a Petition calling for a halt to the proposed Closure of RBS branches in Clydesdale, Scottish Borders and Midlothian South at Biggar, Carnwath, Douglas, Duns, Eyemouth, Hawick, Jedburgh, Lesmahagow, Melrose, North Berwick, Penicuik, Selkirk and Strathaven. The … Continue reading

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The John Hastie Museum

During the summer I had the pleasure of visiting the John Hastie Museum in Strathaven.  The museum has relocated from its original home in Strathaven Park to the Old Mill Studios. This move has created a number of challenges in … Continue reading

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Sneak peak at the new Biggar Museum

 On Monday night I had a sneak preview of the new Biggar Museum which opened to the public on Tuesday. What an achievement and I would encourage everyone to visit.  I first saw the ambitious blue prints and vision for … Continue reading

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The Great Tapestry comes to New Lanark

I was delighted last week to visit the Great Tapestry of Scotland which is on display, free of charge, at New Lanark until 23 November. The Tapestry, which is 143 meters long and is made up of 160 panels, is a … Continue reading

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Carluke Jam and Ham Festival

I was delighted to get the chance to head along to this year’s Carluke Jam and Ham Festival. The annual event, now in its second year, is a celebration of the town’s food production heritage with a programme of music, … Continue reading

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Celebrating Lanark’s links with Yvetôt

If you drive through communities across the country you may have noticed, on the signs that welcome you, the names of twin towns in foreign countries. The notion of twin towns became established following the second world war. It was … Continue reading

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Backing for Biggar Museum Trust

Last month I visited the Biggar Museum Trust to hear about their plans to develop a new museum in the town. The proposed project would see the renovation and redevelopment of the Stephens Garage site on Biggar High Street to … Continue reading

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20 Years of the Douglas Heritage Museum

Over the weekend I was in Douglas to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Douglas Heritage Museum and I have lodged a motion in Parliament welcoming the landmark. The museum, run by a team of volunteers, showcases exhibitions charting the … Continue reading

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Better broadcast deal for South Scotland

Earlier this week the UK’s broadcasting regulator Ofcom set out the terms to apply to new broadcasting licenses for ITV. The announcement brings good news for viewers in the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway with a requirement for enhanced coverage of … Continue reading

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Rethinking Wellbeing

Earlier this month, I sat on a panel for the last of a Rethinking Wellbeing seminar series. The programme was run by Scotland’s Futures Forum, along with SEPA, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Government, and started in September. Entitled ‘Different … Continue reading

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