Peebles celebrates creative status

The creative community in Peebles are celebrating after coming top in a competition to find Scotland's most creative places.

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Peebles teacher wins book award

A school teacher from Peebles has won the 2013 Scottish Children's Book Awards.

Debut author Claire McFall, won the Older Readers Category for 12 to 16-year-olds for her novel Ferryman.

A record 38,000 children voted for their favourite books across three different age categories

School greenhouse vandalised in Peebles

An eco-greenhouse which was built out of plastic bottles by schoolchildren in the Scottish Borders has allegedly been vandalised.

The structure, which belongs to Priorsford Primary School, is understood to have had holes kicked in it and a wheelbarrow was pushed through the window ledge.

PC Mark Halliday, from Police Scotland said:

"This was a really upsetting crime for the children who had put a lot of time and effort into creating the greenhouse in an eco-friendly way."

– PC Mark Halliday, from Police Scotland

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Creative cash to be spent on Peebles art

A cash prize for a creativity award for Peebles will be spend on a series of monthly art festivals in the town.

Peebles has won an award for being the most creative place of its size in Scotland, along with £100,000.

Those behind the bid plan to spend it on a creative action plan running from March to December.

Each month will concentrate on a particular theme, such as music, literature or crafts.

The programme will also work with festivals already held in the town, such as the Arts Festival and the TweedLove biking festival.

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Peebles wins £100k creative competition

The Scottish Borders town of Peebles has won £100,000 in a national creativity competition.

The Creative Places awards invites small communities in Scotland to bid for cash awards towards creative projects.

Peebles has won the award for places with under 10,000 residents.

The money will be spent on art installations and events, including a festival programme.

New £8m Peebles housing project

A new eight million pound housing project designed to help older people live as independently as possible for as long as possible opened in Peebles today.

It features 59 two-bedroom flats, 37 of which form the Scottish Borders' first extra care housing facility, Dovecot Court.

The homes have also been designed with people who have dementia in mind so they too can live on their own.

Specialist housing complex to open in Peebles

A new form of sheltered housing will be officially opened in Peebles later. (Monday 27th January)

Dovecot Court is part of an £8million housing complex and is the first development of its kind in the Scottish Borders.

Thirty seven homes have been designed to allow older people to live as independently as possible.

They will be opened by the Scottish Housing Minister Margaret Burgess.

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