Letter to the Editors

Dear Jennifer & Judith,

We have just spent an enjoyable few days with various members of my family staying at Easter House. In common with the rest of us they were considerably inconvenienced by the local road works and diversions, but they raised a question that I could not answer.

Why is it called Martins Bridge?  Or should it be Martin’s Bridge? Who was Martin? Has he fame beyond the Borthwick Water? Perhaps a well-known Border Reiver?

If any of your readers could enlighten me, I, and my extended family, would be most grateful. In case there are other mystified residents, perhaps any replies could be published in a future edition.

Yours in expectation

Colin Plumbe

Work at Martin's Bridge (Latest)

Latest from Donald Scott (Team Leader, Roads & Bridges)

Work to strengthen and refurbish Martin’s Bridge in the Borthwick Valley is now substantially complete. This is being carried out as part of Scottish Borders Council’s (SBC) bridge maintenance programme to maintain the bridge’s structural integrity for future years and it will also allow the bridge to accommodate the vehicles carrying heavy loads to the new Langhope Rig wind farm.

The main road closure required to allow the bridge works to be carried out, ended on 22nd July with further works continuing using temporary traffic lights to control the passage of vehicles over the bridge.

Work at Martin's Bridge

Scottish Borders Council have released the following statement in relation to the works currently being undertaken on Martins Bridge.  For further information on the Martins Bridge road improvement works please visit the Martins Bridge page on the Scottish Borders Council website: http://www.scotborders.gov.uk/info/900076/current_projects/1243/martins_bridge

Barrel Law

Nobody expected ABO to accept local democracy and the appeal appeared on the last day allowed.

Anyone who lodged an objection will have been notified by SBC of the appeal and all the objections from individuals and the community councils have been forwarded to the Reporter.

The application was refused on two grounds, some involving the MOD and the Eskdalemuir Noise Budget.  ABO disputes the “non-MOD” grounds for refusal. SBC has countered these arguments in a strongly worded response.

SBC have left arguments on MOD grounds to the MOD. ABO claim that recent developments on the ENB should mean the appeal is put on hold (or sisted). The MOD’s interpretation of what has happened is very different to ABO’s but they also believe a sist is appropriate.

Now Cancelled due to Colin's Accident : Jewellry/Peg Loom Weaving Workshop - Saturday 14th September - 9.30am to 4.30pm - Colin Glendinning

Colin originally hails from Hawick though he no longer lives in the Borders. In 2012 he ran a similar workshop for us but this time he will also be teaching us how to do peg loom weaving. Last year Colin had so many novel ideas for creating unique jewellery that we didn’t have enough time to try everything!

Colin says

"Rebel Rag Ruggers" Workshop - Saturday 24th August : Margaret Kenny

Due to popular demand Margaret returns to Roberton for the third year running.

Margaret says

I began making Rag Rugs after completing a Fine Art Degree at Newcastle in the 1970's.  As soon as I embarked on making my first Rag Rug, I was hooked, loving the sense of freedom and the scope for 'painting with cloth' which the craft provided. I still find Rag Rug making an exciting blend of the traditional and the contemporary: it has endless design possibilities and opportunities for self-expression I enjoy the process of making by hand and the discoveries that happen during the process, and find Rag Rug making a most rewarding way of pulling together many aspects of my life that I find interesting and fulfilling.


Basketry Workshop - 1st June 2013

The workshop was fully attended by 12 people mainly hailing from the valley. Paula Constantine was an excellent tutor and everyone left the class with a lovely basket.  We look forward to seeing Paula again when she returns on 2nd November to run the Christmas Basketry workshop.


We now have a Facebook page: BorthwickWaterArtsProject

The Borthwick Water Arts Project is pleased to be able to thank Scottish Borders Council and the Community Grant Scheme for funding their project in 2013.

Roberton Show - Saturday 7th September 2013

Timetable for the week prior to the show.

Sunday 1st September 1pm - Set up the sheep pens.

Wednesday 4th September 6pm - Erect tents.

Thursday 5th September 12 noon - Erect staging in the tents.

Friday 6th September 1pm - Covers on the staging.

If you can spare an hour or two to help with any of the above, please come along.

June Wilson

Show Secretary.