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Last updated on 05 October 2020

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It's here!  Walkerburn 2021 calendar on saleCalendar 2021 cover

Walkerburn's calendar for 2021 is now on sale at the village shop and the Caberston Farm Coffge Shop. 
Priced at just 5 with photos of the beautiful countryside around and some local fauna, this makes an ideal gift for friends and family this Christmas.

Food HUGS Healthy Uncomplicated Great Scran!

HUGS -Healthy Uncomplicated Great Scran is for anybody in need in Walkerburn, who was self isolating, or is in financial difficulty due to Coronavirus.   The project was awarded a grant from the Scottish Government's Comunity Wellness Fund administerd by the Corra Foundation allowing it to continue this excellent work. 

VE day HUGS mealsDelivewry volunteersFood Hugs continues to deliver about 35 meals each Tuesday to those in  need in the village.  This is about the same as were delivered at the start of the project, but less than the 50+ at the peak during the lockdown. 

This relies on the help of a group of volunteers and there is always space for anyone who wishes to get involved in preparing the meals on Tuesdays.  Get in touch with Denise whose details are given below if you are interested.

The project has received valuable support from a number of sources including the local Rotary Club and the CORRA foundation.

This project is to help the most vulnerable.  If you were self-isolating, or are in financial difficulty and want to receive a meal get in touch with Denise via hanks_denise@yahoo.co.uk 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.

Wind farm proposal at Scawd Law, north of Walkerburn

You may have read about a proposal to put 12 turbines on Scawd Law which is a couple of miles north of Walkerburn.  As yet there is no definite plan for this development, but the consultation process is starting with local communities and the local council.  You can read more about the proposal on the following Scottish Government website
http://www.energyconsents.scot/ApplicationDetails.aspx?cr=ECU00002111&T=5
One important document which you can respond to and give your views is the SCOPING REPORT.  This looks at those things which will be taken into consideration in deciding if the project goes ahead.
It is a very long document and it will need time to be considered properly.  If you have the time you should read the document and make your views known directly or via a member of the Community Council. 

Also on the site is a map to show the areas where the turbines will be seen from if the project goes ahead.  Do take a look, and make sure your view is heard.

 

Development of land at West Bold by Forestry and Land Scotland

The Walkerburn & District Community Council has decided that a Forestry and Land Scotland public consultation about the West Bold Plan is unnecessary for three reasons: 

1. F&LSs Plan 10 has addressed nearly all of the concerns we had about the original plan.

2. WDCCs Information Event on 15th August was well-attended by residents who almost unanimously supported Plan 10. 

3. Covid-19 restrictions mean finding a suitable venue would be problematic.

Ideally we would prefer that F&LS abandons completely its plan to plant on West Bold, but we think this is not going to happen and the concessions they make in Plan 10 is the best compromise we are going to get. 

 Anyone disagreeing with this decision can email WDCC members to express their views.  Contact details can be found in Julys Newsletter which was delivered to every EH43 address, or on Walkerburn.com. 

Wednesday Zoom Prayers

During Lockdown church buildings in Scotland were closed for normal public worship for everyone's safety.

However Walkerburn and other local church communities 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 revcanclb@gmail.com 

Staying Healthy and Entertained with Dignity - the SHED

Sharing SHED Inspired 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.  At first 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.   Now a new shed has been purchased and is at the other side of the Village Hall, and the resili

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 allotmentsJubilee Park April 2020

You may have seen people 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. 

The grass has now been cut about once a fortnight since April 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.

Walkerburn Public Hall

All events at the hall are now cancelled until further notice.  This decision has been taken in the light of advice from government.

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 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 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.