Home | News | Hold the front page! We’re up for an award: E&L Advertiser is on shortlist for a rural resilience accolade
News | 5th September 2019

Hold the front page! We’re up for an award: E&L Advertiser is on shortlist for a rural resilience accolade


THE E&L Advertiser’s Hold the Front Page! project has been shortlisted for a Dumfries & Galloway LEADER rural award.
The project entered the rural resilience category and was shortlisted along with two other schemes.
Muckle Toon Media, the community interest company which owns the newspaper, secured funding from LEADER in early 2017, together with private donations, after it was put up for sale by CN Group in Carlisle.
The E&L office was visited last week by judge Artur Steiner and Nicola Hill, LEADER programme manager in Dumfries and Galloway.
Staff and board members outlined the project’s ambitions and achievements and answered questions. They were supported by two members of the community, Alison Hutton and John Galloway.
The newspaper is up against The Whithorn Trust Iron Age Roundhouse and Connecting in Communities, New Galloway.
Mairi Telford Jammeh, project manager, said: “We’re a community interest company so it’s essential that we continually engage with our communities and do things to promote and support them.
“The nature of our business requires regular and continuous community engagement and our communities are very varied.
“We’ve had school pupils for
work experience, we’ve held a young writers’ competition and are setting up a young reporters’ club at Langholm Academy.
“Our advertising section gives businesses an opportunity to profile their products, support our newspaper and support events such as agricultural shows.”
Rachel Norris, editor, added: “When the paper was put up for sale in December 2016, no publisher could be expected to invest in such a weak publication so its main hope was a future as a community paper.
“This was successful and two years and four months after its sale to MTM, the paper is doing well. The transformation began straight away with the expansion of the editorial pages.
“We could not produce the paper we do today without the many contributions we receive from individuals and groups.
“It has been a real confidence boost that we’re succeeding. The sale to the community has breathed new life into the E&L and brought a fresh perspective to covering the area.
“It gives hope to other struggling local papers that there is life away from being tied to a larger enterprise.”
There are five categories in total and in the rural entrepreneurship category The Walled Garden at Arkleton is in contention against Senwick Alpacas in Borgue and Crafty Galloway in Newton Stewart.

Turn to Page 2

Would you like to support us?

The Eskdale and Liddesdale Advertiser is our community owned local newspaper and even in today’s troubled times, we aim to bring you local news and articles in an impartial, responsible and factual way.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this free article but we need your support so we can keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent and keeps you up to date with what is happening in Eskdale and Liddesdale.

Every reader’s contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to us.
‘Owned by the Community...Published for the Community’
Do you have a story?

Please get in touch if you have a story or article you would like to see published.

Related Articles

Flood Scheme Forum

RESIDENTS living in riverside properties in Langholm have voiced their…


Langholm Loves Local launched

LANGHOLM is bouncing back with a new initiative to make…


New coronavirus rules will not help industry

Hotel owner criticises Scottish government for unclear message


Pandemic infects iconic retail brand

More unemployment as Day puts EWM Group in administration


Villagers welcome a 20mph limit trial

Newcastleton’s streets will be safer for pedestrians and drivers



24,000 Jobs are at risk


Village sewage works due to open next spring

Canonbie and the River Esk will benefit from better treatment


Housing developer is ready to move onto site

Plan put in for initial works, including improved A7 junction


Rescued mill has new name and big plans

Drove Weavers in Langholm earns praise and admiration from MSP


Digital skills project is launched in Langholm

Older people, young people and low-income families targeted


Flood protection order delayed by fresh study

Environmental impact assessment will take six months to do


Team appointed to regenerate Copshaw

Development officer to lead transformation of Buccleuch House


Four more defibrillators go live

FOUR more defibrillators have been installed as part of a…


Centre design rethink after public response

And council calls for extra study after identifying flood risk


Village completes historic land buy-out

Newcastleton trust buys 750 acres of Holm Hill from Buccleuch


Scottish actor appeals for donations to moor

Gregor has good memories of raising his family in Langholm


Dyehouse cuts ten jobs as orders dry up

COVID-19 pandemic hits successful company’s customers


Plan launched to make south a greater place

Enterprise body to make area centre for opportunity, innovation and…


Volunteers needed to drive community car

New Caddy will be used to transport residents to appointments


Another million given to moorland buyout

South of Scotland Enterprise give huge boost to venture


Centre bids for funding to survive the long term

Langholm’s popular performing arts venue is vital to economy


Academy’s head pupils

LANGHOLM and Canonbie Schools Cluster is delighted to announce the…


Church reopens for worship

By the Rev Dr. Robert Pickles



Artists impression of how proposed flood defences may look


£500k boost for moor

Family foundation breathes new life into bid for nature reserve


Langholm’s last mill has a brighter future

Well-known designer will create jobs and establish new brand


Nicol’s enterprising role to regenerate town

Former Langholm man will deliver Langholm’s action plan


Dance scholar rewarded

A PERFORMING arts student from Langholm has won a coveted…


Centre announces an August reopening

Coffees and lunches are back on the menu – at…


Canonbie surgery

A CONFIDENTIAL online consultation service giving patients another way to…


Town is a high priority

Langholm does not rank the lowest in an index based…



IT WAS dark when three horsemen were greeted by a…


Neighbourly celebrations

MOODLAW Point and Henry Street South neighbours gathered on Jennety’s…


Neighbourly celebrations

THE neighbours in Academy Place and Douglas Terrace could not…


Partnership secures £2.1m for the south

Scottish government awards funding to 28 innovative projects


Jobless warning

JUNE’S unemployment figures are just the ‘tip of the iceberg’…


Weaving company’s future in the balance

Management buy-out team seeks to progress talks with owner


Defibs are going live

Life-saving equipment will come with full instructions on use


Helping to ease the burden

By the Rev Scott McCarthy, minister of Garthamlock and Craigend…


Mill’s billionaire owner crippling suppliers, claim

But EWM says it has reached agreements with nearly all…

Surgery Tour 2020
requires mailchimp logins and wired up to a list
Join our mailing list
Keep up to date with all that’s going on at the E&L
This site uses cookies.
Read our privacy policy

This site uses cookies for marketing, personalisation, and analysis purposes. You can opt out of this at any time or view our full privacy policy for more information.