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August 31, 2019

It was great to be at the SURF conference "Place-based Inclusive Growth" last week. 

I was one of many representatives from a whole host of agencies and organisations, the majority of which were ones like ours: third sector and community workers. It's not often that peo...

August 27, 2019

Working on a new project is exciting, overwhelming and full of lots of opportunities. 

We are currently investigating what we can do locally around digital skills. Digital skills mean different things to different people. It could be anything from the basics of getting...

July 24, 2019

It's that time of year again. 

We can't quite believe it but the end of July is upon us and with it, of course, the last Friday that means so much to our community. 

It's that palpable atmosphere of excitement that breeds in the air throughout July and reaches a feve...

July 1, 2019

Langholm Moor is a special place. 

Everyone has their own memory of our moor. Their first harrier skydance, a triumphant gaze beyond the back of the monument, a summer barbecue tucked away at the back of Tarras. It is the home of some of Scotland's rarest and most div...

March 4, 2019

You may have heard that the Langholm Initiative is involved in the feasibility of the Townfoot sport centre. 

The centre was previously managed by Edinburgh Woollen Mill who, upon leaving Langholm for their new offices in Carlisle, decided to close the facility a...

January 23, 2019

There's a very nice line on rural development by academic Christropher Ray: "Development must refer to a process of change... a creative unfolding."

This sums up quite nicely the at-times serendipitous nature of what we do at the Langholm Initiative. In fact, I liked...

December 6, 2018

I spent yesterday amongst Dumfries & Galloway's artists and creatives at the DG Unlimited Conference "Creative Routes". 

This being the Year of Young People, the focus was on young people and their role in Dumfries and Galloway's incredible arts scene. How do we build b...

October 23, 2018

Langholm is a community known for its resilience, but for many years we have prevented positive change by allowing ourselves to become entangled in issues of personality and grudge. 

Ours is a community of talented and ambitiou

s individuals, but this has sometimes fos...

August 17, 2018

The first time you see a Kestrel hover, the first time you see an otter play on a river bank, the first time you hear a Buzzard call…these are just a few of the things that got me interested in Wildlife. My name is Kevin Cumming and I am starting the Wild Eskdale proje...

August 7, 2018

You might know it as Bell's, Buccleuch Mill, or even Criterion Mill if you want to admit your age. 

The jagged-headed former mill has been an imposing site on the south end of the town since 1878, and until 2002 the whole complex was the site of Arthur Bell (Scotch Twee...

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