Roberton SWI


The next SWI meeting is on Wednesday May 8th at 7:15. Mr Hollsworth will give a talk on the work of "Blood Bikes". The competition is your 'favourite photo'.

Forman Flix


Forman Flix
The May screening will take place on May 31st from 7:00pm. The film will be “Whisky Galore.” The usual refreshments will be on offer. Please feel that you can bring your own bottle and comfy folding chairs have proved to be useful!
The film is about the SS Politician, an 8000-ton cargo ship sailing for Kingston, Jamaica and New Orleans with a cargo including 28,000 cases of malt whisky. On 5 February 1941, during gale force winds, she ran aground off the Island of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides.

Rating: NR
Genre: Art House & International, Comedy, Romance
Screened from Nov 7, 2017 with a runtime of 98 minutes.

Yoga, mind and body class

The Mind and Body Workout classes will take place on Thursdays starting at 6:45 on May 2nd, May 9th, May 16th, possibly May 23rd (European election day?) and May 30th. This is a drop-in class, starting at 6:45 and anyone will be made welcome to a come and try session. The cost is £7.00 per session (a concession is available for students). Stay for a chat and light refreshments following the class at 8:00ish. Comfy clothing is a must and a yoga mat would be useful. Contact Sandra on 880256 for any additional information

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.

Upcoming Roadworks - Bringing Superfast Broadband a step closer

Good News and Bad News.

Good News
Over the next 2 weeks, OpenReach will be doing their preparatory work for the pending Superfast Broadband rollout later this year. Probably blowing fibre the length of the valley from Craik to Hawick.

Bad News
This will involve a series of roadworks as detailed in the diagram below.

For the most part, traffic should still be able to pass. However, one  Craik resident has informed us that they have received a letter from Morrison's Utility Services (who are doing the work on behalf of OpenReach) stating that there will be a "road closure on ZU103, Borthwickbrae for 5 days" [from Thurs 24th Jan 2019].