Another Severe Weather Warning

Further to the previous email regarding a Yellow Warning for wind
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for the Borders for high winds from midnight tonight through to 6am on Thursdaymorning. The public are being asked to be vigilant and take extra care over this period as there is a risk of fallen trees during this prolonged period of high winds.
Scottish Borders Council (SBC) and Police Scotland have held a teleconference with the Met Office to be advised of the latest situation.

Severe Weather Warning

Weather Warning for Snow & Ice for Sunday/Monday (This has just been updated to include the Western Borders) and may affect this area only
The snow showers during tomorrow and Monday, any accumulating snow is likely to be restricted to higher ground, with any travel disruption mostly confined to the usual prone areas. Our Yellow Warning of Snow has just been updated, and now incorporates an ice risk too. It continues to highlight a medium likelihood of low impacts.  Looking a bit further ahead, stormy conditions are still forecast for midweek, with very strong winds, heavy rain and high seas. An Alert has just been issued for this.

Theft of Quad Bike - Bonchester Bridge

Between 4:30 pm on 21st November and 9:30 am on 22nd November, thieves have stolen a red Honda Quad Bike from a farm near Bonchester Bridge.  Three chainsaws, a petrol hedge trimmer and a power drill were also taken from an insecure shed.   Total value of items stolen is around £6000.
Police Scotland request that the farming /rural community remain vigilant at all times and ensure that outbuildings are secure.  Please report any suspicious vehicles or activity to Police immediately by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency

Nick Walker, Police Scotland


Craik Forest Upate

The Borthwick Water Community Development Trust chairman Ashley Butlin recently had a meeting with a representative from the Forestry Commission and the following is the latest on the Craik Forest public access situation.

The Forestry Commission WILL be keeping the walking routes shown on the attached image OPEN and ACCESSIBLE. The waterfall route (marked CLOSED on the image) will NOT be maintained as the costs to maintain this route, which has become extremely dangerous due to land slides, are excessive. It is hoped that a new route will be opened to allow viewing of the waterfall from above. However, under the right to roam, any part of the forest can be reached except when logging is taking place and areas are prohibited for safety reasons.

Latest on Wind Farm Deliveries

Aerial view of Wind Farm (from a distance)

Blade Delivery Update - October 2014

All tower components have now been delivered to the Langhope Rig site, the only remaining deliveries to the site are the blades for each of the 10 turbines.

Following a detailed inspection by our quality control team, the blades that have been assigned for the project by our turbine contractor have not met our high standards and and we have been working closely with our turbine contractor to order new blades as a replacement. As a result of this, there will be no further deliveries to the site in October. We are currently awaiting feedback on when the new blades are expected to be delivered to the site and details will be shared with local residents once confirmed.

Harvest Supper - Great Success

I think it's fair to say "A great night was had by all".

Delicious food, wonderful company, great atmosphere, enhanced by the wonderful stage display complete with Mrs Patmore (from Downton Abbey).

Thank you to all who attended and of course, biggest thanks to all those who worked behind the scenes to do the display, the food, the setup, the dismantling etc etc etc.....

Thank you ! 

Harvest Supper

The 2014 Harvest Supper will held in the Forman Hall on Sunday 5th October after the Harvest Thanksgiving Service at the Kirk at 6.00 p.m.

The Menu will be:-

Sugar baked ham with Cumberland Sauce, mashed potatoes, carrots and peas.

Apple and bramble crumble with cream or ice cream.

Tea/coffee and mints.

Please bring your own drinks with you.

The cost will be £6.00 per head payable at the door.

The last day for reservations is Tuesday 30th Sept but if you can confirm earlier than this it would be a great help to those who are catering. Just call me on 880266 or e-mail

I do hope that you will be able to support this increasingly popular valley event.

Langhope Rig Wind Farm - Turbine Deliveries

The first turbine delivery for the Langhope Rig wind farm took place on Saturday and was delivered to site successfully. 

Only one tower section was delivered on Saturday out of the two that were planned. The second tower base which we expected to be delivered on Saturday, will now be delivered on Tuesday this week; therefore two components will be delivered [on Tuesday] rather than just the one. Deliveries are expected to arrive in Denholm around 12:45pm, Hawick around 1:15pm and the site at around 2:15pm - however there could be slight delays to this timing depending on traffic on the day.