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Last updated on 07 September 2017

What's happening in and around Walkerburn


Walkerburn Community Development Trust AGM

The Trust AGM will be held in the Public Hall on Tuesday 26th September at 7pm.
All are welcome to attend and to take the opportunity to join the Trust and support its work.
Alex Wilson from You can cook will give a presentation at the meeting about the work which they are doing in the village.

Notice of Meeting to discuss proposed tree planting in Jubilee Park

Following the suggestion by Walkerburn Community Development Trust to use money from the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ scheme to plant trees to commemorate the village’s former residents who died in the First World War, it has been decided that the Community Council should hold an open meeting to enable residents (especially those in Tweedholm Avenue) to put forward their views on this important matter.

A Public Meeting will therefore be held at 6.30pm on Wednesday 18th October in the Walkerburn Village Hall. 

The meeting will be chaired by Dr Henderson and all Walkerburn residents are welcome to attend and put forward their suggestions and points of view before any decision is made regarding the matter.

Trivia Night at the H B Club

Friday 29th September 7.00pm for 7.30pm start. Teams of up to 4 - £10 per team. Cash prizes.

You can cook comes to Walkerburn

Hello Walkerburn!

We are You Can Cook and we have been working on the ‘ Food For Life’  Climate Challenge Funded project since April to support growing food at home and at Walkerburn Primary School. We are also going to be running some FREE cooking sessions at the community hall from 10.00 to 12.00 on 16th and 23rd of September so please get in touch for more details and to book a place.

 

All our activities are funded to support a reduction in carbon footprints in your community by reducing food miles and food waste.

 

We look forward to hearing from you

Alex Wilson 07722 808830 / alex@youcancook.org.uk/

 

Village Clean-Up Volunteers Needed

A Village Clean Up has not taken place for a couple of years and the Community Council has been asked to organise one for this summer. 

At first glance, our village does not appear as untidy as some others, but there is always a surprising amount of litter lying around and needing collection. 

It will be held on Saturday 7th October starting at the Village Hall at 10am.  We are asking in advance for volunteers (all welcome!) to put their name forward.  Please contact Lesley on 01896 870251, or leave your contact details at the Post Office, so we can organise everything.

As in past years, we will start from the village hall and there will be gloves, plastic bags and safety vests available.  Jason Hedley of SB Local will arrange for the bags of litter to be collected and disposed of.

The path repairs on Jubilee Park are now complete - have a walk!

Work to repair the damaged surface on the paths on Jubilee Park between Galashiels Road and Tweedholm Avenue was completed last month.  You can now take an easy walk around the park area and rest on the benches at the top to take in the excellent views over the valley.   The money to allow the Development Trust to carry out this work comes from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme thanks to the voting which took place during November last year in Peebles.  There is also a small amount from Paths for All to help with the repairs. 

The trees which were planted by the Trust a few years ago are now flourishing and the grass has been cut three times this year so far.  If there is any one who wants to help with cutting the grass on the field, please get in touch via mail@walkerburn.com

Tesco bags of help logo                        paths for all logo

Walkerburn to Innerleithen Multi-use Pathway


Work has now restarted on the construction of the Walkerburn to Innerleithen path.  A complete section in Innerleithen behind Montgomery Street, and linking up with the existing hard surface leading to the old railway bridge, was completed last year. 
Work has now started again at the Walkerburn end having been delayed by the rains and damage to the river bank last winter.  The bridge by the Caberston Fishing lodge is being replaced by a much stronger structure and then work will continue to link up the two ends and create a surface which will allow off road walking and cycling and horse riding all the way from Walkerburn to Peebles.  The existing Innerleithen to Peebles section has had many more users than were predicted initially. 
There is also work being done to investigate the feasibilty of extending the path as far as Clovenfords.  This would not happen for a few years if it is found to be workable.

Five star dining and accommodation in Walkerburn

Congratulations to John and Sylvia Matthews, owners of Windlestraw, on becoming one of only 9 restaurants with rooms to be recognised by VisitScotland as deserving of a five star rating.  Go to www.windlestraw.co.uk to find out more.

Innerleithen and Walkerburn First Responders need volunteers

In March Innerleithen & Walkerburn Community First Responders covered 20% of hours available.  We attended 2 call outs with an average response time of 7min 30sec; one call out was 7 miles away which took us quite a bit longer than usual to arrive on scene. Monthly average of hours covered for the year so far is 24%.

We need more volunteers to join us to become active responders. The more of us there are, the more coverage we can supply, more incidents we can attend and more lives we can help save. If you are interested, or want to find out more, then please get in touch and we can answer all your questions.

Facebook.com/iwcfr
07808 767 299
heartstart@iwcfr.org

Watch a video of the floods in December 2015

This 10 minute video was taken by Air Cam Pro on 6th December last year and shows the extent of the flooding around the village. Click on the headline to see the video. You may find it interesting to compare this with some of the images from 1926 in the Old Walkerburn section of the photo gallery.