Forman Folk

Our next Forman Folk evening will be on Wednesday September 4th from 7:00 to 9:00pm. Everyone will be made welcome and feel free to bring along a tune or a song that you would like to share. This past Wednesday we shared Amelia'a Waltz, Dance Me to the End of Love and the Dream Valley of Glendaruel - quite a mix. Contact Donald on 880256 for any more information.

Second cream tea and table top sale


Our second Cream Tea will take place on Sunday 4th August from 2:00 to 4:00pm. There is a chance to try your luck with a raffle and we will be hosting a table top sale too. The cost remains the same as last year £3.50 per adult and £2.00 for children aged 5 to 16. 
We had the busiest cream tea ever last Sunday and it was lovely to host many old friends, valley folk and some new visitors too. Thanks to everyone who made it a great success and we are looking forward now to next Sunday, (better find the cakes and bakes recipe book). Derek took a couple of photos for us. Contact 880256 for any more information.

Second Cream tea


The Forman Memorial Hall will be hosting a table top sale on Sunday August 4th. This is an ideal opportunity to raise money for a favourite charity, sell some excess produce from the garden, sell some home baking, sell some of your own favourite hand made crafts or simply de-stash. The only cost is a donation towards Hall funds. Phone Sandra on 880256 for more information.

200 club


The ‘200 Club’ began in the 1980’s as a fund-raising scheme for the Forman Memorial Hall. In that time, it has contributed around £400 every year towards the upkeep of the Hall.
The new ‘200 Club’ was relaunched in April 2018 with bigger and better prizes! Each month there are prizes of £50.00, £20.00 and £10.00.
Members will each pay £10 per year to become a member of the club. (That’s less than £1 per month). Each member is then assigned a number (from 1 through to 200) and will be given a ticket valid from April 2019 to March 2020. There are still numbers available for 2019 to 2020. Please contact Clare on 372000 if you would like to take part.

Gardener's Forum Spring Event - Sat 2nd March

On Saturday 2nd March, the Gardener's Forum is holding it's annual Spring Event.

This year it is an 'Open' occasion, meaning that anyone currently not a member, but would like to try out an event and see what we are all about, will be made most welcome.

The theme is Scottish, previous themes have been Hungarian, Indian and Greek. Attendees are asked to bring a Scottish themed dish for a buffet supper, preferably ready to serve, we have the facility to hold hot food.

Dishes pledged at the time of writing include:

Leek & Potato Gratin

Balmoral Chicken

Beef Casserole & Dumplings

Vegetarian Haggis and Whisky sauce Lasagne

Neeps & Tatties



Location of Third Fibre Cabinet ?

There may be a third fibre cabinet being installed next to the Telephone Exchange (Borthwickbrae) over the next few months. Thanks to Irene and Simon who live near the Exchange for pointing out that there have been markings (now gone) on the ground. If you're within 1km (as the road travels) of the exchange, then you're highly likely to be able to get Superfast Broadband (if a fibre cabinet does indeed get built there).

4G Mobile Phone signal may be coming to the valley

Proposed Location of Eildrig Mast

Huge thanks to Jamie Gray at Eildrig for this info.

He has been consulted by a telecoms company looking to erect a mast at Eildrig, as part of the Scottish 4G Infill programme. This is in addition to the emergency services provision that is coming at the same location. It is not confirmed, but likely, that both emergency mobile phone signal, and commercial mobile phone signal (along with 4G data connectivity) will use the same mast (at Eildrig), once they've worked out how to get power to it etc....

This, of course, provides an alternate Superfast Broadband option for those within range of the mast, who may not be served by the upcoming OpenReach provision.

Fibre Cabinets are coming !

Further to the road closure article, and after a few enquiries with RoadWorks Scotland, we have approximate locations for the new fibre cabinets that are going to be installed up the valley over the next 3 weeks.

As suspected, there are only two that we know of at present :-(

One of them is going to be at Craik approximately where the road (from Roberton to Howpasley) forks downhill to Craik village (near Old Howpasley Schoolhouse). The work there also includes replacing a "faulty" telegraph pole and providing a power supply to the fibre cabinet. According to 1 Craik resident, there are spray paint markings where the cabinet is likely to be.