updated on 06 April 2020
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.
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
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
Walkerburn Viral Kindness Volunteers:
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
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
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:
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
Have a look at the plans and use the email address there to make your views known
Changes to the eay the land is used will have an effect on Walkerburn
for decades to come.
Information about VE celebrations meeting -
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
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
07808 767 299
Watch a video of the floods in December
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.