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Local Amenities

Local Amenities and Services

Local amenities, services and sports facilities, with links to further information, are shown:

  • in this map here and
  • in this table here, which includes emergency services, and contact details in the event utility failures (power, water, etc)

This website here has information on preparing for and dealing with emergencies

If you’re looking for local trades people (plumbers, builders, painters, etc) and other services, try here

Duns Community Recycling Centre (summerand winter opening days/times): HERE

  • Rubbish Recycling: SBC reports that 70% of materials in our grey general waste bins could have been recycled
    • Up to date information on recycling is available HERE
    • Watch this short video to find out what goes in which bin
  • Missed bin collection: HERE

SBC has an excellent interactive map of features and facilities in the Borders: boundaries, planning, schools, hospitals, wind farms, and much more. Well worth a look

Citizens Advice Bureau

This website has full details of services available in Roxburgh and Berwickshire, summarised in this leaflet.  In Berwickshire, there are CAB offices in Duns (contact details and map) and Eyemouth

Bus Services

Visit the Borders Buses website for current timetables, maps and updates for all services, including No 60  between Galashiels and Berwick‑Upon‑Tweed
Select your route and date, and update for the timetable on that day

Rail Services

Use this website to plan and buy tickets for your train journeys
Find lines to explore in GB on this website.
Visit this website to plan train journeys in Europe and beyond

Road Works and Closures

Visit this website for information on road works and closures in the Scottish Borders and beyond
Road works on all roads in the Scottish Borders, including trunk roads, are listed on the Scottish Road Works Register which allows you to search a route you plan to use and see if any road works are planned

University of the Third Age (U3A)

University of the Third Age is a UK branch of an international movement of retired and semi-retired people who come together to continue their educational, social and creative interests in a friendly and informal environment

The Duns and District U3A presently has 27 groups covering topics ranging from local history to tap-dancing.  Smaller groups meet in members’ homes, while larger groups use a variety of local venues in Duns and surrounding villages
Keep up to date with local activities and events on their FaceBook page

Sport and Fitness

  • Swimming: Duns Swimming Pool is run by an independent charitable trust for the benefit of the community. Pool opening is organised in ‘sessions’ so that, for example, an adult trying to build stamina be distance swimming is not in the pool at the same time as a mother trying to introduce a toddler to the pleasures of swimming.
    Full details of the sessions offered can be found on the Duns Swimming Pool website
  • Yoga: Gill Gibbens is a fully qualified yoga teacher offering classes at a number of venues in Berwickshire.
    Full details are available from Gill’s website

Other Local Communities

  • Duns: Gavinton’s nearest neighbour to the north-east is the town of Duns. Further information is available here
  • Kelso: The town of Kelso, 15 miles to the south-west offers a wide range of shops from long-established local businesses to branches of national chains. Further information is available here

Useful Links

Some of the following links may be of interest:
Duns – information
Berwick-upon-Tweed – information
Live Borders – events in the Borders
Scotland Internet
Scottish Borders Tourist Board
Scottish Borders Website Design
Scottish Seabird Centre
Travel Scotland
Undiscovered Scotland
Scottish Borders Disability Forum
Convention of Scottish Local Authorities
Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland
Radio Borders
Scottish Trade International

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