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Carlisle museum wins top national award

Family-friendly exhibition at Tullie House Credit: ITV Border

A Carlisle museum has scooped a top national prize.

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery beat off competition from more than 850 other venues across Britain to win the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award.

Over the summer six shortlisted museums were road-tested by undercover families against the 20 points on the Kids in Museums Manifesto and Tullie House came out on top to claim the prize.

Tullie House Credit: ITV Border

“We are delighted to have won this prestigious national award - it's a fantastic accolade for the hard work and commitment of the whole team at the museum.

"Families are one of our main audiences and the team works extremely hard to develop innovative, exciting and engaging family friendly activities and exhibitions that have broad appeal.

"The current Eye for Colour exhibition is specifically aimed at family audiences and it is very popular because it is interactive, fun and educational. The museum works hard to create diverse programmes for all audiences so it is extra special to be able to receive recognition from our visitors for our family friendly programme."

– Hilary Wade, Director of Tullie House

NHS Borders wins its 2nd CHKS Top 40 Hospitals award

Representatives from NHS Borders at Tuesday night’s annual awards ceremony in London, picking up the award on behalf of the health board Credit: NHS Borders

NHS Borders is one of the CHKS Top Hospitals for second consecutive year.

The accolade has been awarded to the top performing CHKS client trusts over 2015.

It's based on the evaluation of over 20 key performance indicators covering safety, clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care.

“This is a tremendous and well deserved achievement for NHS Borders. To be highlighted as one the 40 Top trusts and boards in the UK for a second year running is outstanding.”

– John Raine, NHS Borders Chair

The CHKS Top Hospitals programme awards were held in London on 19 May and were attended by over 200 guests, including representatives from NHS Borders.


Cleanliness award for Cumbrian beaches

St Bees beach Credit: PA

Three beaches in west Cumbria have been ranked among the best in the North West.

St Bees, Silecroft and Haverigg beaches have received the Seaside Award – Keep Britain Tidy’s prize for beaches that meet the very highest standards for cleanliness and facilities.

The west Cumbrian trio are three of only 14 beaches in North West England to scoop the award.

Borders' businesses could win big at food and drink awards

Kaye Adams will present the award ceremony Credit: PA

Three food and drink businesses from the Borders have been shortlisted for the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards.

With a record breaking 239 entries this year across 19 different categories, the finalists from the Borders represent a broad spectrum:

  • Peelham Charcuterie (Berwickshire) in the Meat category
  • Born in the Borders (Jedburgh) in the Scottish Sourcing category
  • John P Campbell OBE of Glenrath Farms (Peebleshire) in the Scottish Food & Drink Entrepreneur category

Broadcaster Kaye Adams, from ITV's Loose Woman, will announce the winners of the awards at a ceremony at the Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland on 27 May. Tickets for the event have already sold out.

“The Excellence Awards recognise the incredible quality that Scotland’s food and drink industry has to offer, the outstanding achievements of individuals and businesses as well as the high standard of our products and the level of innovation we're seeing across the sector."

– James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink


Nominations needed for community awards

The achievements of community groups and individuals in Nithsdale are being celebrated at an awards ceremony.

Nominations are now needed for the Nithsdale Community Achievement Awards 2015 taking place at Dumfries' Easterbrook Hall on 28 March.

The awards recognise and celebrate the positive role played by a host of people and groups in the Nithsdale area from adult learners to community volunteers.

There are nine award categories, with each award having three finalists

The award categories for 2015 are:

  • Adult Learner of the Year
  • Young Person of the Year
  • School and Learning community Award
  • Adult Volunteer of the Year
  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Community Group of the Year
  • Parent/Carer Participation Award
  • Health and Wellbeing Award
  • Innovative Practice Award

Nominations can be made online through Dumfries and Galloway Council’s website at:

The closing date for nominations is: 5pm Friday 28 February 2015.

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