Welcome to Scotland’s Towns Partnership’s latest roundup bulletin. 

Please see below for: (i) town photo of the month; (ii) upcoming events; (iii) latest news.

In you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. If you are not already, you can also sign up to our newsletter, and become a member to receive free & discounted entry to events, among other benefits.

You can also view upcoming events at our events page, and catch up with the latest news at our news page.

Town Photo of the Month

March 2018: Linlithgow

The month's photo is from Ron Smith, Convenor of Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow, who also reports that Linlithgow will be representing Scotland this year in the ‘towns’ category of the UK Britain in Bloom finals - congratulations and good luck! 

We'd love to receive your pictures of your favourite town in Scotland! Each month we'll feature a different one via our bulletin and social media. Send in your photos to Ewan Robertson, [email protected], or tag us on Twitter at @ScotlandsTowns.


 Linlithgow Burgh Halls. Photo Credit: Ron Smith


Upcoming Events 

STP Workshop: Creating Health, Wealth and Happiness in Your Town

1.30pm - 4.30pm, Wednesday 25th April 2018. Architectire & Design Scotland, 9 Bakehouse Close, Edinburgh


Join Scotland’s Towns Partnership on 25th April to discuss the importance of creating and promoting spaces for active and healthy communities; encouraging people to engage with the places they live in; and the potential for added-value for the local economy.

Features of this interactive workshop include:

- Key speakers from Scottish Government, the Improvement Service, PAS and STP on national support and advice to promote health, wellbeing and added-value in towns and communities.
- Practical planning toolkit exercise.
- Town surgery sessions - seek out solutions and ideas for your town.
- Exchange news and ideas with Scotland’s towns community of practitioners.

Attendance is free for STP members, and £50+VAT for non-members. Not a member? Join now and enjoy all-year-round access to free learning events; being part of a community of practitioners; and a range of toolkits and funding supports!

STP Members – please reserve your place here.
Non-members – please book your ticket here or join STP for free attendance.

See provisional agenda.


More Upcoming Events 

On our events webpage you can find information about a range of upcoming events which support towns and city districts from our partners. During the next month, these include: 

  • CDAS Conference 2018: Development, Democracy and Dark Matter - Tuesday 17th April, Glasgow. Read more.
  • Keeping Church Buildings Alive: Workshop - Monday 23rd April, Glasgow (£15). Read more
  • Your Festival, Your Community: Celebrating Local Film Festivals - Friday 27th - Saturday 28th April, Stirling. Read more
  • SURF Awards Learning Workshop: Successful Approaches to Regenerating Scotland’s Places - Thursday 31st May, Irvine (Free). Read more.



Tartan Cents Crowd-Granting Platform Launched!


Tartan Cents is a pilot programme which aims to mobilise Scotland’s diaspora through an innovative grant funding platform supporting iconic Scottish regeneration projects.

Three pilot projects, ‘The Forbes Legacy, Pittencrieff House Project,’, the ‘Adam Smith Birthplace Initiative’ and the ‘Spirit of Scotland’ project based in Ayrshire, have now been launched alongside the twentieth anniversary of New York Tartan Week

Working with Scotland’s Towns Partnership, and US-based Patronicity, the platform supports community crowd-granting for towns and cities across Scotland. The programme will seek contributions to link up the Scottish diaspora around the world to strengthen community links in the homeland by building bridges and sharing stories.

Phil Prentice of Scotland’s Towns Partnership said: “This year is the twentieth anniversary of New York Tartan Week, a week of celebrations of all things Scottish. Scotland’s story is one of invention, migration and immigration and the cultural identity linked to strong social values. The Tartan Cents concept is an innovative first, looking at global connections to support the Scottish homeland.”

The Tartan Cents Pilot project is open from Friday 6 April to Friday 4 May and is available to view at  https://www.patronicity.com/tartancents @TartanCents #TartanCents

Read full story here. 


Registration Open for the Beautiful Scotland Competition


Calling all town centres, city centres and Business Improvement Districts! Registration is now open for the Beautiful Scotland competition, organised by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful. This year a new category for Business Improvement Districts, Town Centres and City Centres has been created.

Beautiful Scotland provides the Scottish entrants to the UK-wide Britain in Bloom competition, which is run by the Royal Horticultural Society. The Scottish winners from any given year are automatically entered into the UK-wide event for the following year.

Registration for the 2018 Beautiful Scotland campaign is now open - register here.

Read full competition information.


Towns Heritage Feature Published in Scotsman's Vision Scotland Magazine


An STP media feature on efforts to support heritage in Scotland's towns has been published in the Scotsman's Vision Scotland magazine and is now available to be read online. The feature includes articles on work and funding by Historic Environment Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund to promote regeneration and the value of heritage across the country. 

Please see below for links to read the features. All of STP's media features can be read at our webpage here. 

March 2018: Heritage and Scotland's Towns (e-reader, p18 &19)

The Historic Environment Scotland feature can be viewed on the Scotsman website here

The Heritage Lottery Fund column can be viewed on the Scotsman website here


Read all towns news on the STP website here

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