Windfarm Update

The meeting on 10th September about Barrel Law went much as expected.

The appeal has been adjourned in the hope that the position on Eskdalemuir will be much clearer early next year. There is to be another meeting in January to see where things stand. The Reporter did agree that the appeal should not be allowed to drag on for ever and decided that he could make progress on the non-MOD issues. This will include a site visit scheduled for late October.

The issue of radar has not been resolved and if the MOD and ABO can’t agree there will have to be a hearing on this which unfortunately can’t take place until late April.

Roberton Show Society

On behalf of Roberton Show Society, I would like to thank all those who made the show possible. The many helpers and committee who worked tirelessly before, during and after the show, the judges on the day, and all the exhibitors, you all know who you are, there are too many of you to mention individually. I would also like to thank all who gave generously to the raffle, tombola and sales table, all the sponsors and patrons of the show, also the Scout Pipe Band for their music, the Fire Brigade for their demonstration, the Bike Track which attracted a lot of interest and all who came for the afternoon, we had an excellent day, and hope Roberton Show will be on the calendar for many years to come.

Thank you all once again.

June Wilson


President Cathy Campbell welcomed back members after the summer break.

The speaker for the evening was Christopher Ward author of the book “And the Band Played On”.  The story is a personal view of the aftermath of the sinking of the Titanic.  Mr Ward’s grandfather Jack Hume from Dumfries was a violinist in the band that kept playing as the people were trying to leave the sinking ship.  His body was taken to Halifax in Nova Scotia and buried there.  The vote of thanks for a most interesting talk was given by Margaret Anderson.

Competition for a Pot Plant was won by Frances Munro, Audrey Bone won the raffle and £13.65 was made at the sales table.

Alison Riddell

Martin's Bridge

Betty Hopkins has provided the answer to Colin Plumbe’s query concerning the naming of Martin’s Bridge.  The bridge was constructed in 1826 and was probably named after the Martin family who lived nearby at Martinshouse for centuries.  Further information can be found in R. E. Scott’s Companion to Hawick and District, fourth edition, published in 2010 by the Hawick Archaeological Society.

Selkirk Canoe Club (Incorporating Selkirk High School Kayak Club)

Pool Sessions commence Tuesday 22nd October 2013 at Selkirk Pool

Primary 7 children upwards and adults welcome 7-7.45pm for Beginners and 7.45-8.30pm for Improvers.

(£4 for everyone else) and thereafter £4 per person per session.

All equipment is supplied!  Just bring your swimming stuff! For more info ring 880621

Work at Martin's Bridge

We will soon begin building the Langhope Rig wind farm.  There will be ten turbines each with a blade tip height of 121 m.  The project involves the construction of the turbines, approximately 13 km of access tracks, a welfare building and a met mast.  There will be a temporary compound, borrow pits and other associated works.  Main construction will begin this coming autumn with completion anticipated toward the end of 2014.

Roberton Show - September 7th - Scaurend Haugh

Once again I have taken on the job of organising the Raffle and Tombola. We are hoping for a dry sunny day for our local Roberton Show.   The Show has been very successful in the past and we hope it will continue.  With the help of a small committee we will try and do our best to keep it up and running for many more years.

We have made up some wonderful hampers for the raffle with the very kind and generous donations from the people of the valley. I hope you will be able to help again this year by donating grocery items and bottles 

We also need volunteers to help with all the events on the day. Please contact me either at Highchesters Farm or telephone 01450 373474.

Community Council Meeting

The meeting opened with the Annual General Meeting.  Robert Francombe was elected Chairman and John Hepburn is Vice Chairman.  Both the Secretary and Treasurer will retire as soon as replacements are found.  The Community Councillors remain as last year.

Windfarm Update - Barrel Law

Not much has happened over the last couple of months. A new strategic plan for SE Scotland has been approved recently. This doesn’t change much but ABO and SBC had to be allowed to send in their comments.

There is a meeting on 10th September in Selkirk where ABO, SBC and the MOD are going to discuss the MOD issues and whether the whole appeal should be put on hold.

Only people and groups who had sent in objections to the Reporter were invited to attend. This included the Community Council. This issue is complicated so a barrister will appear at this meeting to argue that the appeal should not be delayed (or sisted).

Langhope Rig

We all thought that work on the site would start soon once SSE had met the conditions attached to the consent. SBC has been dealing with the conditions.

Condition 15 prevented SSE from starting work on the site until works required to the B711 and minor works to adjoining land had been carried out. The work done in the spring on the B711 and land next to it did not seem to have been finished.  Everyone therefore assumed that Condition 15 had not yet been met and that work on the site hadn’t started. SSE needed to start work or their five year permission dated 27th August 2008 would have lapsed.   SBC have decided that this condition had been met and as a result SSE has done some work somewhere on the site.