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Last updated on 06 April 2020

What's happening in and around Walkerburn
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Development of land at West Bold by Forestry and Land Scotland

There was to have been a consultation meeting about the plans which Forestry and Land Scotland have for the planting of trees on the land above West Bold Farm.  However the meeting cannot go ahead in the current climate.  The plans have been looked at tby the Walkerburn Community Council and a letter and comments have been sent to the Regional Manager of FLS.  These two documents can be seen by clicking on the links here.   COVER LETTER   COMMENTS

Maintenance of Jubilee Park - the area next to the allotments

You may see 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 who said that this was acceptable provided distance was maintained during the work, this is now going ahead.  Of course there may be difficulties in doing this and if you are out on the park, please keep a good distance between the person working and yourselves, please bear with us at this time. 

If anyone wants to go out with a strimmer or mower and cut some grass, please feel free to do a bit.  It's amazing what you can achieve in just an hour, and 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 situation.

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 from government.

Walkerburn Viral Kindness Volunteers: Coronavirus/Covid-19

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 prevent loneliness.

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 reach.

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: martheather@googlemail.com) 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’.

Forestry and Land Scotland planning

Forestry and Land Scotland is planning changes to the land to the south of the Tweed opposite Walkerburn at West Bold, the area which is in direct line of sight from Walkerburn.    There was to be a consultation even =t in the hall but this has now been cancelled.  You can however see the documents associated with the plan from F+LS are available on their webite

http://forestryandland.gov.scot/what-we-do/planning/consultations/west-bold-land-management-plan

Have a look at the plans and use the email address there to make your views known ( tom.harvey@forestryandland.gov,scot ).  Changes to the eay the land is used will have an effect on Walkerburn for decades to come.

Information about VE celebrations meeting - click here

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

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.

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 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.