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Residents of Burnfoot have been awarded a £1.2million lottery grant to help them fund a new community centre.
The plan will see the the site of the old Roadhouse pub transformed into a meeting place for local residents.
The new centre will help to give locals access to a wider range of services than are already available.
Its hoped it will also offer formal volunteering and work placements.
Deputy Chief Constable Stuart Hyde is today receiving a Queens Policing Medal from Buckingham Palace which he was awarded in 2012.
He received the medal in the Birthday Honours list last year in recognition of his significant contribution to national policing, particularly issues in tackling student crime and Fraud through the use of IT.
He joined Avon and Somerset Constabulary in 1983 and in 2009 became DCC of Cumbria Constabulary, serving in a further two forces across the country during his career.
Earlier this year, DCC Hyde announced he will retire on 31 December 2013.
Plans to create a community hub in Burnfoot have received a massive boost as it was announced that they are to receive £1.2million in lottery funding.
The project aims to transform the site of the old Roadhouse pub and turn it into a place for the Burnfoot community to meet.
It will also give local residents access to a range of services as well as offering formal volunteering and work placements.
Thousands of people across the region are still without power after Thursday's storms.
Scottish Power confirmed that 2,000 people are without electricity in the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.
In Cumbria, 800 people are waiting for engineers to re-connect their homes after severe gales damaged power lines.
Electricity North West say it is mainly homes in coastal areas or on higher ground that are affected.
During the peak of the storms, 50,000 people in the south of Scotland and 3,000 people in Cumbria lost power.
South African flag flying at half-mast alongside the Saltire outside Scottish Government headquarters http://t.co/B3D7S5Ar4G
First Minister Alex Salmond said:
“The death of Nelson Mandela marks the passing of a great statesman and a global icon, so it is only appropriate that we here in Scotland, a land Mr Mandela had great affinity with, mark his passing appropriately.
“That is why I have today instructed that the South African national flag should fly at half-mast alongside the Saltire outside St Andrew's House in Edinburgh.
“The whole world is marking the loss of a great leader – all of Scotland feels that loss, and we join the people of South Africa in particular in marking Mr Mandela’s passing.”
Kendal Town Hall's flag is flying at half mast in respect for the death of Nelson Mandela, and South Lakeland District Council has also lowered the flag on Ulverston Town Hall.
Leader of South Lakeland District Council, Peter Thornton, said:
"I've asked for our flags to fly at half-mast to mark the passing of a statesman whose reach extended far beyond politics."
A 12-week consultation on proposed development plans for the Scottish Borders go on display from today.
The public have three months to put their views forward on the Scottish Borders Council's Local Development Plan.
The proposals include a variety of land uses as well as policies to influence decision-making on applications.
– Councillor Ron Smith, Planning and Development, SBC
"Members of the public have already been able to find out more information on the LDP at each of the Council's five area forums, with the last presentation being made at Berwickshire Area Forum on Thursday 5th December.
"Now there is a chance for Borderers to make their views known on this important document, which sets out the Council's policies on development and land use and will influence decisions on planning applications."