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Last updated on 20 March 2017

What's happening in and around Walkerburn

Path repairs on Jubilee Park have  now begun

Work to repair the damaged surface on the paths on Jubilee Park between Galashiels Road and Tweedholm Avenue started this week.  The money to do 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 work is being completed by Glendinnings Groundworks  and as well as repairing the existing path which was very badly damaged by the heavy rains early last year, the surfaced path is bveing extended down the slope, reducing the gradient and creating a small circuit around the park for those who find the existing steep climb a bit much! The new path and the repaired area will include improved drainage to help reduce damage in future.  With good weather and good luck the work should be completed withing a matter of about a week.  Let's hope teh cold weather and rain do not slow things down.

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.

Bunny drive in Walkerburn School

Walkerburn School is holding a Bunny Drive (like a beetle drive but different!) on Friday 24th March starting at 7pm.  Admission is 2 for adults with children free.

Yoga class starts 27th March in Village Hall

A yoga class suitable for both beginners and those with some experience is to start on Monday 27th March at 7.00 to 8.45pm in the Village Hall.  The class will be run by Susan Cotterill who has been teaching yoga for over 30 years.  The class will combine traditional yoga practice with mindfulness meditation and elements of Qigong and sound therapy.  The cost per session is 7.

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.

Walkerburn Community Fair 1st April

The Walkerburn News Group is holding their annual Community Fair in the Village Hall on Saturday 1st April from 10.30 am to 1pm.  Home baking, crafts, tombola, refreshments.

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

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.