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
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
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&LS’s Plan 10 has addressed nearly all of the concerns we had about
the original plan.
2. WDCC’s 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
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
Anyone disagreeing with this decision can email WDCC members to express
their views. Contact details can be found in July’s 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
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. At
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 allotments
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
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.