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Last updated on 14 June 2019

What's happening in and around Walkerburn

Public Hall - Raising the roof

The Hall Management's ultimate goal is to provide Walkerburn with a sustainable, future proof Community Hub.


Repair of the roof is the first element in a larger project as without a roof there would be no Hall.  At some stage in their lives, the Hall has been used by every member of our community.

Vote for this project from May 16th to June 7th along with the mural project below.

You can vote online or by post if you get a postal voting form, but the last date for getting a postal vote is 6th June. 


You will have 5 votes to place to choose between the 18 projects in the Tweeddale area.  Anyone age 16 or over is eligible to vote

Art work for Walkerburn Mill a step closer

Walkerburn Community Development Trust's bid for funds from the Localities Fund has gone through to the voting stage which will take place in the last weeks of May.  Anyone who is a registered voter in the EH43 postcode can support this idea.

Imagine the windows in the mill transformed into art works!  This is an idea which the Development Trust is looking at.  Rathburn Chemicals, the owners of the building, have agreed that the idea can be investigated.

The window panels could be views into the inside of the mill to represent the history of the village.

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Or views of the valley and its wildlife showing the beauty and diversity of the area. 


Something like these provided by mural artists we have talked to.  Or a mixture of the two.

Of course we have to find money for the project, and to get backing from funders we need the support of you, the village residents.  We are very interested to hear what you think.  Please send any comments to mail@walkerburn.com

Cooking on a budget

Walkerburn Village Hall, Tuesday 11th June - 11am to 1pm

The ‘You can Cook’ team will be doing a free and interactive workshop presentation, fully funded by the Lottery Community Fund in association with Financial Inclusion Project Borders.

To reserve a place ring 0300 303 9696

'What Matters Hubs' in Public Hall

Scottish Borders Health and Social Care Partnership is holding a series of five What Matters Hubs in Walkerburn, starting on Monday, February 25. The drop-ins will be held at the Walkerburn Public Hall from 10am-1pm on Mondays.  The remaining dates are April 29, May 27 and June 24.

Appointments can also be booked and/or more information obtained by phoning the council’s customer advice and support team on 0300 100 1800.

What Matters Hubs are an opportunity for people to meet partnership staff such as social workers and occupational therapists, as well as third-sector representatives, to get advice about social care and health services and activities available in their local area. The hubs are supported on a regular basis by the British Red Cross, with other providers such as Borders Carers Centre, Alzheimer’s Scotland, Borders Independent Advocacy Service, Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland, Community Capacity Building and the Domestic Abuse Service attending when they can.

Advice about the support they provide is also available from health and social care or Red Cross staff who will signpost people to any of these services if they feel that would be helpful. Information is provided about ways people can be supported to remain independent in their own homes, such as equipment and aids, transport or help at home.

People can also find out what is happening locally that would enable them to take up a new interest, get some exercise, meet new people or take on a volunteering opportunity.

Multi award winning hotel and restaurant:
Windlestraw wins another awardInterior of Windlestraw

Having been successful in the Scottish Hotel Awards earlier in the year, taking the first place in the Most Romantic Hotel category Windlestraw has now gained a five star gold quality assurance award from VisitScotland.  The hotel was named as most hospitable hotel in the Lothan and Borders by VisitScotland.  Alongside this the hotel was runner up in the AA Bed and Breakfast Awards in the Restaurant with rooms category.  Congratulations to owners John and Sylvia Matthews and all their team on these achievements.     Go to www.windlestraw.co.uk to find out more.       


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 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.