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Community Council publishes further information about the Scawd Law wind farm proposal - click here 

Walkerburn and District Community Council have been receiving briefs from Fred Olsen’s agents and other Community Councils about the Scawd Law Windfarm proposal.   The latest update (February 2023) is here

Walkerburn and District Community Council elections

Elections for vacancies on the Community Council are held annually.  Nominations are sought from anyone over the age of 16 who is a registered voter in Walkerburn and District. 

This year the Election will be on Friday 14th June.   Nomination forms must be lodged with the Returning Officer by midday 27th May 2024. 

Forms are available by clicking this link or from the Secretary, email wccsecretary@walkerburn.com or telephone 01896 870251.

The Community Council acts as a link between the community and public bodies such as the Council and the Scottish Government.  It is used as a sounding board on a wide range of issues.  Meetings, open to the public, are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7.00pm in Walkerburn Public Hall and members are expected to attend most meetings.  In addition there are voluntary seminars and training opportunities. 

Members must be willing to give time to read papers, to listen to comments from other residents, to think about issues and to carry out some basic research if necessary (home or work access to the internet and email is an advantage). 

Walkerburn Community Bike Hire

You can hire e-bikes, or a 2 seater bike in Walkerburn and take advantage of the multi-use path to Innerleithen, Peebles or for the adventurous, as far as Eddleston.  Click here for more information

WALKERBURN RUGBY CLUB - Tartan touch hub

All residents are invited to join in an evening of fun and enjoy the SRU ‘Tartan Touch Hub’ on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 8.30. All ages welcome between 6 and 70! Children, Men and Women, let’s come and have some fun and it may also open our eyes to the beginning of a ladies’ team, depending on interest.

Tree, shrub and wildflower planting along the Tweed

BUGLIFE are looking for volunteers to help with planting wildflowers and shrubs in Tweeddale. Please contact Rachel.richards@buglife.org.uk for more information if you think you can help.  Click here for more information

SBC Community Engagement Officer in Walkerburn

Hannah Lacon is based in the Public Hall once a month on Thursday afternoon from about 1 pm to 4.30 pm.  She is part of the Resilient Communities team at SBC, and would be pleased to meet up with anyone from the village who wants to have a chat or needs support with something .

Her email address is Hannah.lacon@scotborders,gov.uk 

Crafts4U activities

Tuesdays 1 - 4 pm Knitting

Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 - 9 pm All handicrafts

Citizens Advice offers help with fuel and money worries

In addition to the information provide below, anyone is very welcome to contact Peebles & District Citizens Advice Bureau on 01721 721722 for free, impartial and confidential advice.  They can also call Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 for help with home energy this winter. Data from across the Citizens Advice network suggests 1 in 10 people seeking help with an energy issue also require food insecurity advice. We want people who are worried about their energy bills to seek wraparound advice that could see their incomes boosted through additional grants or social security payments.Last year Peebles & District Citizens Advice Bureau unlocked £753,549 in our area alone. Our aim with the campaign is to drive people towards www.cas.org.uk/besw. From there people can get help in a variety of ways and select an option that suits them best.  The  Money Map tool directs users to online help finding ways to make the most of your money, decrease bills and help meet the costs of daily living.People can access free support online from the public advice site, including information about grants and benefits to help you pay energy bills.

CAB has a Money Talk Team helps people maximise their income, look at options to reduce costs and offers specialist debt advice. Visit their website here.

The Citizens Advice Scotland Council Tax tool tells people quickly if they are entitled to a discount, reduction or exemption.

For those thinking of claiming Universal Credit for the first time, Help to Claim advisers are available by webchat or telephone (0800 023 2581, Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm) and can guide people through the process, whether they’re looking for answers to quick questions or step-by-step support to make their claim.

A National Park in Scottish Borders?

The Scottish Government has committed to the creation of at least one new National Park before 2026. A two-month consultation is now underway, which will lead next year to the evaluation of those proposals submitted - including one for a Scottish Borders National Park (SBNP).

A Scottish Borders National Park group has been set up and is aware of the need to plan ahead for the sake of current and future generations, so feedback from individuals will be invaluable. Here are links to more information about what the group is considering and a recent newsletter with, on the back page, a map and succinct details of the Scottish Borders proposal.

Galawheels needs volunteer drivers

In Walkerburn we sit between 2 community transport services, boith operated by The Bridge.  One based in Peebles (Tweed Wheels) and one in Galshiels (Gala Wheels)  Both rely on volunteer drivers to offer a service to anyone needing transport for what ever reason who cannot use other  public transport for whatever reason.  Click here to find out more about what is needed  This can be very rewarding and you can do as little or as much driving as you want.  See the short piece below from Tweedwheels to get an idea of what the service does.

Pump track in Walkerburn - Click here for more information

A pump track would be a great addition to the facilities available to younger people (and others too) in the village.  Your views are important so that what you want is what is achieved

Do you know about Tweedwheels Community Car?

Tweedwheels is a community transport service operated by The Bridge.  It provides accessible and affordable transport in the Tweeddale area.  It is supported by local people raising funds through the Tweeddale Thrift Shop in Innerleithen, public donations, a grant from SBC, Transport Scotland and Awards for All Scotland.

The Community Car is based in Peebles and it is a specially adapted vehicle with a passenger lift.  It can accommodate (along with the driver) 3 seated passengers or up to 2 passengers travelling in their wheelchairs (depending on the sizer of the wheelchairs.)

Who is it for?  The Community Car can be used by anyone living in Tweeddale who has difficulty using public transport because of a disability, ill health or age.

What can it be used for?

Shopping trips   Visits to family and friends   Outings   Getting to meetings   Transport to day

Centres and respite care   Appointments and hospital visits   A link to other transport

In fact, anything you like

Please contact emme.mclennan@the bridge.scot for more information

Maintenance of Jubilee Park - the area next to the allotments Jubilee Park April 2020

You may have seen people out cutting the grass on the area each week. 

The grass has now been cut about once a fortnight for the past couple of years, some areas of wild flowers were 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.  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.

 Please respect the area which is for everyone's use and benefit.  It is not a rubbish tip.

FoodHUGS lunch on Tuesdays in HB Club

FoodHUGS is again be offering a fortnightly lunch club in the HB Club from 12.30 to 2 pm on Tuesdays..  The lunch will be followed by a crafts session at about 2.00pm.  You may attend both lunch and craft session or just one or the other.

For those who do not want to come to the lunch, FoodHUGS will continue to offer lunch either as a take away service or, for those who cannot get to the hall, a delivery contact denise_hanks@yahoo.co.uk for more information (01896 870200)

Ability Borders calls for volunteers - click here to see a flyer with information

Ability Borders started its Community Connectors Project to help those wishing to use a care alarm service but who had no-one who could act as their first responders. 
We are now seeking volunteers, across all areas of the Scottish Borders, who would be happy to offer their help to someone in their local community who needs a point of contact for their care alarm provider. 
If you would like to know more, please email us at: enquiries@abilityborders.org.uk 
We especially need volunteers as we are seeing a rise in referrals who require 2 responders 

Walk It Walkerburn now takes place each Monday

The leader of Walk It Walkerburn walks, Alice Pringle,  can be contacted on 07974 782016
Walks start at 10.00 a.m. each Monday from Alexandra Park beside the children’s playpark.

First Monday each month is a 'Walk away' somewhere out of Walkerburn - contact for details

These will be gentle walks - all you need to bring is yourself with outdoor clothing to suit the weather and sensible footwear for walking.

If you wish to discuss this, book in, or have any questions, please get in touch.

Neighbourhood Foodmarket in Innerleithen and online

A new NeighbourFood market is opening in Innerleithen which acts like a one-stop shop for local produce online. Thre  will be collections in Innerleithen every Thursday from 4 to 6pm at the memorial Hall, but there are also delivery options to the surrounding area including Walkerburn. This will be a great resource to those interested in shopping more locally but who also like the convenience of shopping online. 

This is not for profit as we are part of the Food Foundation, so 10% of all that is spent goes towards opening up catering training for young people with learning or other disabilities and the Food and Friendship project again. 

The link to the website is here.    https://www.neighbourfood.co.uk/markets/tweeddale-innerleithen/115

Church Services

Innerleithen, Traquair and Walkerburn Church of Scotland has a service at 10.30am each Sunday in Innerleithen Church.  All are welcome to attend.     Services are also livestreamed every week on the church website at   http://itwcos.org/category/online-worship/  or you can call  01896 404505 to listen to the service at any time in the week. 

St Andrew’s Church Innerleithen has Sunday services each week at 9.30 am.   The services are as follows –  ‘Service of the Word’ on 1st Sunday in each month, ‘Communion Service’ on 2nd Sunday, 'Teaching Service on 3rd Sunday and 'Communion from reserved sacrament' on 4th Sunday,   Fifth Sundays have a joint service with St Peter's Peebles. 

See these great videos of Walkerburn and surrounding area

This 5 minute video made in November shows just how beautiful the area is!  Click on this notice.

And another one!  Winter scenes above the village click on this line to view.

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.