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Last updated on 08 November 2018

What's happening in and around Walkerburn

Art work for Walkerburn Mill?

Some time ago, a survey of views in Walkerburn showed that the appearance of the village was one of the biggest concerns for residents.  The empty and dilapidated buildings were seen as making the village look uninviting.  Although things are a bit better now there is still some way to go.

Now imagine the windows in the mill transformed into art works!  This is an idea which the Development Trust is looking at.

Rathburn Chemicals, the owners of the building, have agreed that the idea can be investigated.


The window panels could be views into the inside of the mill to represent the history of the village.

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Or views of the valley and its wildlife showing the beauty and diversity of the area. 


Something like these provided by mural artists we have talked to.  Or a mixture of the two.

Of course we have to find money for the project, and to get backing from funders we need the support of you, the village residents.  We are very interested to hear what you think.  Please send any comments to mail@walkerburn.com or drop a note into the village hall, where there is a display about the idea



Walkerburn Public Hall Trustees

There were just 5 applicants for the position of Trustee for the Public Hall and so there an election wil not need to take place as there were 5 vacancies.

Walkerburn Act of Remembrance

The annual Walkerburn Act of Remembrance will be held at the War Memorial on Sunday 11th November, commencing at 10.45 am.   Afterwards, free refreshments will be served in the Public Hall for all Walkerburn residents, young and old.   Even if you are unable to be present at the Service of Remembrance at the War Memorial, please come along to the hall when the service has ended.   This year it will be a very special anniversary, as it will fall exactly 100 years after the final day of World War I.   As is our custom, the Public Hall will be open before the Parade from 10am for warmth and shelter, and seats will be provided at the War Memorial for those who may find it difficult to march to or stand for the ceremony.   Service and Ex-Service personnel are invited to gather at the Public Hall to march to the Memorial, stepping off at 10.35hrs for the Act of Remembrance.   There will again be a display of photographs of 100 years of Walkerburn men and women in Uniform. Photographic Archive: The village archive of Walkerburn men and women in uniform, which John Purves is compiling, now has about 500 photographs.   If you would like your family’s, yours or any of your old friends’ military contribution included in the Remembrance Sunday exhibition and the village archive, please contact John Purves on 870447 and he will personally collect, copy and return your precious photographs safely, within 48 hours.   Everyone welcome

Multi award winning hotel and restaurant:
Windlestraw wins another awardInterior of Windlestraw

Having been successful in the Scottish Hotel Awards earlier in the year, taking the first place in the Most Romantic Hotel category Windlestraw has now gained a five star gold quality assurance award from VisitScotland.  The hotel was named as most hospitable hotel in the Lothan and Borders by VisitScotland.  Alongside this the hotel was runner up in the AA Bed and Breakfast Awards in the Restaurant with rooms category.  Congratulations to owners John and Sylvia Matthews and all their team on these achievements.     Go to www.windlestraw.co.uk to find out more.       


Curry Night in aid of the village hall

Saturday 17th November is the date to put in your diary for a convivial evening with good food and company in the village hall.

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.

07808 767 299

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.