updated on 23 July 2020
Caberston Cafe has re-opened
The excellent Caberston Cafe has re-opened for
business with a new outdoor courtyard area. As before good
lunches, coffee, tea and cake are all available.
Food HUGS – Healthy Uncomplicated
Great Scran! - an update
HUGS -Healthy Uncomplicated
Great Scran fis or anybody in need in Walkerburn, who is self
isolating, or in financial difficulty due to Coronavirus.
The project was been awarded a grant from the
Scottish Government's Comunity Wellness Fund administerd by the Corra
Foundation allowing it to continue this excellent work.
As the lockdown has been eased and going out and about has become less
restricted, the service is changing from Tuesday 28th July. The notice
below explains how things are going to change from 28th July.
food choice for this week is:
Tuesday 21st July Food HUGS
Roasted carrot and pepper soup or
Butternut squash soup
Apple tart and custard
Friday 24th July Food HUGS
Chilli con carne with jacket potato
Falafel with potato wedges
In the first week, 32 FoodHUGS were delivered,
that has increased to over 50 and the team is keen to do more.
The project has received valuable support from a number of sources
including the local Rotary Club and the CORRA foundation.
Food HUGS update
from organiser Denise Hanks
Thank you everybody for completing the
questionnaire and for the wonderful comments, we at Food HUGS really
After careful consideration we have decided to
continue with a reduced weekly Food HUGS on Tuesday which will consist
of a main plus surprise pudding. We think that keeping Food HUGS going
albeit a slimmer service, would be better than shelving the project
altogether. Especially as the predictions are that there may be mass
unemployment with severe financial implications for many families when
the furlough scheme ends in October and a possible second wave of Covid
in the winter. By
continuing Food HUGS we can respond quickly to any situations that may
arise in the future, because our established contacts with Fareshare and
Asda, who donate the majority of food that we use, are still in place,
Also funders are more likely to support projects with a proven track
record such as Food HUGS
Stu has very kindly agreed to continue to
advise Food HUGS in all things food related, which is a huge bonus.
will be looking to increase our volunteer team so we can cover summer
Also in an effort to get more people to access Food HUGS, our
menus will shared on
facebook as well as on this website and any extra portions of Food HUGS
made will be
put in the sharing SHED.
At the moment we have decided not to charge for
Food HUGS as we try to keep our costs to a minimum by incorporating the
donations we receive from Fareshare and Asda in our menus. However any
donations we do receive will go to the village hall to cover gas and
Tuesday 28th July
will see the start of the new once weekly service, with a main meal
(with a vegetarian option) and a surprise pudding. Food HUGS will
monitor the situation and match the service we give accordingly.
This project is to help the most vulnerable.
If you are self-isolating, or in financial difficulty
and want to receive a meal get in touch with Denise via
or 01896 870200
with your preference.
The priority is for folk who received the shielding
letter, those self isolating because of age or other health reasons and
those who are experiencing financial difficulties.
Congratulations to the Walkerburn Festival Lass, RubyPatterson!
The Walkerburn Festival Committee worked out an unusual way to
celebrate the start of Ruby's festival year even though many of the
usual events cannot take place.
On Friday 26th June at 6.30pm starting in Alexandra Park, the
Festival Committee walked our festival lass along Park Avenue,
Tweedholm Avenue round the circle back along Tweedholm
Avenue to Hall Street to take her home. Many on the route came out to
Wednesday Zoom Prayers
During Lockdown church buildings in Scotland have been closed for
normal public worship for everyone's safety.
However Walkerburn and other local church
communities have continued reaching out to one another and the wider
community, and have been gathering, where possible, electronically.
On Wednesday morning each week at 9.30am they would like to
welcome anyone who wishes, whether members of any faith community or
not, to gather on "Zoom" for just 20 minutes to pray for people in
Walkerburn and Innerleithen, particularly those most in need.
Wednesday Zoom Prayers will be hosted by people from various
local churches over time and anyone can take part. Those interested
will need to download "Zoom" onto a computer, laptop, tablet or
smart phone, and email the Rev Cedric Blakey, a retired Episcopal
priest living nearby, for the link "Zoom" invitation. The email is
Development of land at West Bold by Forestry and Land Scotland -
consultation meeting will take place
Forestry and Land Scotland have now said that, when conditions allow,
there will be a face to face consultation about the plans they have for the planting of trees on the land
above West Bold Farm. The plans have been looked at by the Walkerburn
Community Council who worked hard to get this meeting which was
originally planned for April. Letters and comments were sent to
the Regional Manager of FLS. Two documents can be seen by
clicking on the links here.
More information is available on the following links.
Planting design commentary.
A display of the plans and other documents can be seen on the display board at the village hall.
The design plan has been altered in response to comments received.
One of the fields which was to be left as meadow is now planned to be
planted with productive broadleaf trees, there is less planting around
the hill fort. See the new plan at the following link:
Staying Healthy and Entertained
with Dignity - the SHED
by the town in Perthshire that converted a disused phone box into a
village larder a group of residents thought something like this would be
very welcome in Walkeerburn. The
community council agreed to allow the transformation of the Community
Resilience Shed by the village hall. The idea was shared on Facebook:
they were overwhelmed by the generosity of the village. In less than 24
hours the shed was full.
“The idea of the shed is that people can drop
off extra provisions in the shed including extra produce grown on an
allotment, dry goods, and even books, puzzles, and games and take items
that have been donated by others that they can make use of. We were
initially concerned that people may consider the shed as competition to
the village store and post office. However, this is definitely not the
intention. In fact, we encourage people who visit the village shop to
purchase an extra item and drop it off at the shed as they go past. It
is a small thing that can make a big difference. We also can’t always
get the things we would like to have. The shed means you can swap
something you would like or need or just take something and donate
We realise that we are
only at the beginning of the economic damage that is being caused by the
global pandemic. Many have lost their jobs or fear they will. Whilst
food banks help with emergency situations they are already stretched and
it can take time to obtain a referral and wait for the first food
parcels to be delivered. In these cases the Sharing Shed can help fill
the gap and it is yet another example showing what a caring community we
live in. Moreover at the moment, with the schools out and many people
confined to their homes, sharing books, games, puzzles and DVDs is also
a great way to stave off boredom and keep ourselves entertained during
We encourage everyone to
check their cupboards to see if there is anything they’d like to donate
or swap for something they can use. The shed is open and you can drop
off goods anytime. Please observe virus spreading precautions and
approach the shed one at a time.
If you have items to donate but are self-isolating please email
to arrange a pick up.”
Community Council AGM postponed
The Annual General Meeting of the council which was due to take place
in June has been postponed and will now take place at a later date.
Maintenance of Jubilee Park - the area
next to the allotments
You may have seen someone out cutting the grass on the area during this
period of social distancing.
It was decided that it was important to continue to try to maintain
the grass at a reasonable length. Following advice from the police
this has now happened.
The grass has now been cut 6 times this year, some areas of wild
flowers have been 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 now. 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.
VE Commemoration award to Walkerburn
Walkerburn has received funding from SBC to suuport the
commemmoration of VE day's 75th anniversary. The funding will be
used to provide benches on the multi-use path and outside the HB club
and also to provide a gathering with refreshments after the Remembrance
Sunday event in November. Of course the original plan to have an
event in early May has had to be postponed to this later date.
Good news - reduced cost plots on allotments
Here's a chance to get some exercise and beat those supermarket
queues. BUT HURRY - ONLY 4 LEFT
Walkerburn Allotment Society is offering anyone who wants to have a
plot on the allotment site a fee reduction for this year. You can
have a plot for just £10 this year (normally £40 per year) This is
possible as the Development Trust - the landlord of the site -
generously reduced the rent to the WAS this year in view of the current
If you are interested contact Allin Hoggarth on 07985 319009 or Mary
Daykin on 01896 870471
Walkerburn Public Hall
All events at the hall are now cancelled until
further notice. This decision has been taken in the light of advice
Walkerburn Viral Kindness Volunteers:
There are at least twenty volunteers in the village who are
willing to help anyone needing to self-isolate, social
distance or who are housebound. They can help with shopping,
deliveries, prescriptions, and even a simple phone call to
Some forms with contact details have already been delivered to some parts
of the village but a comprehensive delivery will occur with
the next edition of the Burning Issues early in April. There
are notices in the Post Office but that will only have a limited
Online, the group are part of the Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK group.
In the meantime, if you hear of anyone in need and
cannot help them yourself then please get in touch with me,
Heather Martin (Tel: 01896 870 579; email:
and I will let a volunteer know there is a need.
The Facebook page: Walkerburn & District Community Information is also a
good link point.
Thank you for the huge response from village folk who want
to volunteer, to those who have printed and will prepare
more leaflets (Lesley & George Thornton) and all the helpers
of the Burning Issues.
Heather Martin (Elibank West Lodge, Walkerburn)
COMMUNITY COUNCIL VACANCY
There is a vacancy on the Community Council which may be filled
on a temporary basis until the next election.
Anyone living in the village, over the age of 18 and on the
voters register, is eligible and will be very welcome.
If you would like to be considered for the temporary vacancy,
please contact the Secretary (Mrs Lesley Thornton, 35 Peebles
Road, Walkerburn Tel No. 01896 870251) for an application form.
An election for the vacant post and the rotational posts will be
held this year and will be publicised in ‘BURNing Issues’ and
‘The Peeblesshire News’.
CONGRATULATIONS!! Public Hall - Raising the roof
The Walkerburn Public Hall Management Committee managed to win the
Locality Fund vote in the Tweeddale region and has now aquired the
funding to repair the front of the roof of the Hall. The funding
will help to secure the future of the hall which provides a home for so
many of the village's community activities. Well done to the
committee members for galvanising so many people in Walkerburn and from
the surrounding area to support this project.
Unfortunately the bid from the village Development Trust for funding
for the mill windows was not successful.
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
Watch a video of the floods in December
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.