08 November 2023
Walkerburn and District Community Council
have been receiving briefs from Fred Olsen’s agents and other
Community Councils about the Scawd Law Windfarm proposal.
latest update (February 2023 is here
Information session on the Walkerburn pump track 24th November
In conjunction with SBC we are holding a small exhibition in the Public
Hall between 13.30 &
15.30 on Friday 24th November to
show the final design plans for the track & answer any questions. Staff
from SBC & hopefully some of our local Councillors will be there along
with representatives from WCDT.
There will be a short power point presentation & there will be plans on
the wall so everyone can see how the new facility will look when built.
Funding has been provided by Sports Scotland & Scottish Borders Council
with construction scheduled to commence in April 2024 with an estimated
build time of some 8 weeks.
The build project will be managed by Scottish Borders Council who will
also be responsible for long term maintenance of the track and park.
All are welcome to attend.
Walkerburn Community Bike Hire
You can hire e-bikes, a cargo bike, and a 2 seater bike in
Walkerburn and take advantage of the multi-use path to Innerleithen,
Peebles or for the adventurous, as far as Eddleston.
Click here for more information
Borders Art Collective - Exhibition and Celebration
25th November in the Public Hall from 10 am to 4 pm.
Find out more information here.
WALKERBURN RUGBY CLUB - Tartan touch hub
All residents are invited to join in an evening of fun and enjoy the
SRU ‘Tartan Touch Hub’ on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 8.30. All
ages welcome between 6 and 70! Children, Men and Women, let’s come
and have some fun and it may also open our eyes to the beginning of
a ladies’ team, depending on interest.
Tree, shrub and wildflower planting along the Tweed
BUGLIFE are looking for volunteers to help with planting wildflowers
and shrubs in Tweeddale. Please contact
Rachel.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information if you think you
Click here for more information
BC Community Engagement Officer in Walkerburn
Hannah Lacon is
based in the Public Hall once a month on Thursday afternoon from
about 1 pm to 4.30 pm. She is part of the Resilient
Communities team at SBC, and would be pleased to meet up with anyone
from the village who wants to have a chat or needs support with
Her email address is Hannah.lacon@scotborders,gov.uk
Tuesdays 1 - 4 pm Knitting
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 - 9 pm All handicrafts
Citizens Advice offers help with fuel and money
In addition to the information provide below, anyone is very welcome to
contact Peebles & District Citizens Advice Bureau on 01721 721722 for free,
impartial and confidential advice. They can also call Home Energy
Scotland on 0808 808 2282 for help with home energy
Data from across the Citizens Advice network suggests 1 in 10 people
seeking help with an energy issue also require food insecurity advice.
We want people who are worried about their energy bills to seek
wraparound advice that could see their incomes boosted through
additional grants or social security payments.Last year Peebles & District Citizens Advice Bureau unlocked £753,549 in
our area alone. Our aim with the campaign is to drive people towards www.cas.org.uk/besw.
From there people can get help in a variety of ways and select an option
that suits them best.
Map tool directs users to online help finding ways to make
the most of your money, decrease bills and help meet the costs of daily
living.People can access free
support online from the public advice site, including
information about grants
and benefits to help you pay energy bills.
CAB has a Money Talk Team helps people maximise their income, look at
options to reduce costs and offers specialist debt advice. Visit their
The Citizens Advice Scotland Council
Tax tool tells people quickly if they are
entitled to a discount, reduction or exemption.
For those thinking of claiming Universal Credit for the first time, Help
to Claim advisers are available by webchat or telephone
(0800 023 2581, Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm) and can guide people through
the process, whether they’re looking for answers to quick questions or
step-by-step support to make their claim.
A National Park in Scottish Borders?
The Scottish Government has committed to the
creation of at least one new National Park before 2026. A two-month
consultation is now underway, which will lead next year to the
evaluation of those proposals submitted - including one for a Scottish
Borders National Park (SBNP).
A Scottish Borders National Park group has been set
up and is aware of the need to plan
ahead for the sake of current and future generations, so feedback from
individuals will be invaluable. Here are links to more information about
the group is considering and a
recent newsletter with, on the back page, a map and succinct details
of the Scottish Borders proposal.
Galawheels needs volunteer drivers
In Walkerburn we sit between 2 community transport services, boith
operated by The Bridge. One based in Peebles (Tweed Wheels) and
one in Galshiels (Gala Wheels) Both rely on volunteer drivers to
offer a service to anyone needing transport for what ever reason who
cannot use other public transport for whatever reason.
to find out more about what is needed This can be very
rewarding and you can do as little or as much driving as you want.
See the short piece below from Tweedwheels to get an idea of what the
A pump track would be a great addition to the facilities available to
younger people (and others too) in the village. Your views are
important so that what you want is what is achieved
Do you know about Tweedwheels Community Car?
Tweedwheels is a community
transport service operated by The Bridge.
It provides accessible and affordable transport in the Tweeddale
area. It is supported by
local people raising funds through the Tweeddale Thrift Shop in
Innerleithen, public donations, a grant from SBC, Transport Scotland and
Awards for All Scotland.
The Community Car is based in
Peebles and it is a specially adapted vehicle with a passenger lift.
It can accommodate (along with the driver) 3 seated passengers or
up to 2 passengers travelling in their wheelchairs (depending on the
sizer of the wheelchairs.)
Who is it for?
The Community Car can be used by anyone living in Tweeddale who
has difficulty using public transport because of a disability, ill
health or age.
What can it be used for?
Shopping trips Visits to family and
friends Outings Getting to meetings
Transport to day
Centres and respite care
Appointments and hospital visits A link to other transport
In fact, anything you like
Please contact emme.mclennan@the bridge.scot
for more information
Maintenance of Jubilee Park - the area
next to the allotments
You may have seen people out cutting the grass on the area
The grass has now been cut about once a
fortnight for the past couple of years, some areas of wild flowers were left hoping that with time these plants will
help to keep the grass under control. The ongoing task is to
keep it looking the way it is. In all it's probably about 4 -
5 hours work to cut all the grass. If anyone wants to go out with
a strimmer or mower and cut some grass, please feel free to do a bit.
What is five hours for one person is only 1 hour for five. It's good
exercise for the whole body. Many hands make light work.
Please respect the area which is for everyone's use
and benefit. It is not a rubbish tip.
FoodHUGS lunch on Tuesdays in HB Club
FoodHUGS is again be offering a fortnightly
lunch club in the
HB Club from 12.30 to 2 pm on
Tuesdays.. The lunch will be followed by a crafts session
at about 2.00pm. You may attend both
lunch and craft session or just one or the other.
For those who do not want to come to the lunch, FoodHUGS will
continue to offer lunch either as a take away service or, for those who
cannot get to the hall, a delivery contact
for more information (01896 870200)
Ability Borders started its Community Connectors Project to help those
wishing to use a care alarm service but who had no-one who could act as
their first responders.
especially need volunteers as we are seeing a rise in referrals who
require 2 responders
We are now seeking volunteers, across all areas of the Scottish Borders,
who would be happy to offer their help to someone in their local
community who needs a point of contact for their care alarm provider.
Ukraine Crisis: Message from Walkerburn and
District Community Council
Walkerburn and District Community Council has
set up a small sub-committee, chaired by Colin Kerr, to act as an
Information and Help Exchange for anyone in the community offering
accommodation for Ukrainian refugees. For more information click
on this text
Walk It Walkerburn now takes place each
The leader of Walk It Walkerburn walks, Alice
Pringle, can be contacted on 07974 782016
start at 10.00 a.m. each Monday from Alexandra
Park beside the children’s playpark.
First Monday each month is a 'Walk away' somewhere out of
Walkerburn - contact for details
These will be gentle walks - all you need to bring is yourself with outdoor
clothing to suit the weather and sensible footwear for walking.
If you wish to discuss this, book in, or have
any questions, please get in touch.
Neighbourhood Foodmarket in Innerleithen and online
NeighbourFood market is opening in Innerleithen which acts like a
one-stop shop for local produce online. Thre will be collections
in Innerleithen every Thursday from 4 to 6pm at the memorial Hall, but there are also delivery options to
the surrounding area including Walkerburn. This will be a great resource
to those interested in shopping more locally but who also like the
convenience of shopping online.
This is not for
profit as we are part of the Food Foundation, so 10% of all that is
spent goes towards opening up catering training for young people with
learning or other disabilities and the Food and Friendship project
to the website is here.
Innerleithen, Traquair and Walkerburn Church of Scotland has a
service at 10.30am each Sunday in Innerleithen Church. All are
welcome to attend.
Services are also livestreamed every week on the church website
at http://itwcos.org/category/online-worship/ or you can call
01896 404505 to listen to the service at any time in the week.
St Andrew’s Church Innerleithen has Sunday services each week at
9.30 am. The services are as follows –
‘Service of the Word’ on 1st Sunday
in each month, ‘Communion
Service’ on 2nd Sunday,
'Teaching Service on 3rd Sunday and 'Communion from reserved
sacrament' on 4th Sunday, Fifth Sundays have a joint
service with St Peter's Peebles.
See these great videos of Walkerburn and
This 5 minute video made in November shows
just how beautiful the area is! Click on this notice.
And another one! Winter scenes
above the village click on this line to view.
Innerleithen and Walkerburn First Responders need volunteers
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
07808 767 299
10 minute video was taken by Air Cam Pro on 6th December 2015 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.