Superfast Broadband Update

Valley Broadband Update
The intention of this article is to update valley residents as to the latest on “Valley Broadband Speeds”.

For those with little time, a short summary would be that there are 2 routes for the Borthwick Water Valley to faster internet.

One is British Telecom bringing superfast broadband into the Valley, the other is through a Community-based Broadband Solution. Neither is imminent, with the BT solution potentially coming sooner, and the Community-based Broadband solution taking years to achieve, although there is a chance we could piggy-back on a South Lanarkshire community-based solution that is much further down the line.

In more detail :-

Yellow Weather Warning

A yellow “be aware” warning for wind has been issued by the MET Office, effective from 6pm on Thursday 12/11 until 2pm on Friday 13/11. 

Gusts of 60-70 mph are likely with the possibility of gusts to 80-90 mph in exposed locations across the north and west of the area. There may be a risk of disruption to transport so take care if you are travelling. In addition, large waves may cause local over-topping along some coasts.

Winds will ease slightly during Friday afternoon, but it will remain very windy with some heavy showers on Friday, some wintry on hills

Roger Albert Clark Rally

The above rally, which is predominately for historic rally cars, will be driving through the valley on Sunday 29th November for a special stage at Craik.  The stage is expected to arrive at Craik at 1.00 p.m. and leave around 2.40 p.m.  It is estimated that 100 competitors will be taking part and the valley roads will be subject to increased traffic during the day.

 

Weather Warning for the Weekend

The Scottish Borders area is forecast to receive heavy rain showers and strong winds this weekend, our Neighbour Services Teams are proactively checking all the main grilles and watercourses throughout the area to ensure there has been no serious build up of leaves that could potentially block the grilles and cause issues.
Should you have a grille in your community that you see has become severely blocked with leaves please report it to our customer services team on 0300 100 1800 or online https://www.scotborders.gov.uk/site/xfp/scripts/xforms_form.aspx?formID=143&language=en

Broadband - Latest Info - Borthwickbrae Exchange

Digital Scotland unveiled the latest set of exchanges to be upgraded to Superfast Broadband and sadly, the Borthwickbrae Exchange is not one of them :-(

But, visiting http://www.digitalscotland.org/whereandwhen and entering your telephone number (or postcode) reveals the following for the Borthwickbrae Exchange customers :-

Fibre broadband is not currently available in this area.

Digital Scotland plans to extend fibre broadband coverage in this area. Please note that engineering plans and delivery timescales depend on many factors and can be subject to change. All information is based on the best view we have today using our current plans.

Borthwickwater defibrillator

Our defibrillator arrived on Thursday 12 November. Pictured are the eleven of us who had excellent training from Sam at the NHS ambulance service.  We are indebted to the ambulance service for providing a defibrillator to be housed at the Hall.  It will be accessible 24/7.  Samantha is willing to provide an evening training session for those who wish.  If you are interested then please get in touch – 880256.

Harvest Supper - A Great Success

Well, last night was a great success with over 50 people attending this year's Harvest Supper at the Forman Hall, following the service at the Kirk.

The Hall had been decked out with a great display by the Gardener's Forum Organising Committee and the menu for the evening was Sausage Casserole, Mashed Potatoes, Carrots and Broccoli, followed by Eve's Pudding.

The usual Gardener's Forum competition ran throughout the evening with guests voting (with buttons) for their favourite entry. The theme, this year, was "Colours from my Garden in a 1lb jam jar" and the winner (by 1 button) was Alan Bone's entry (photo attached, featuring the trophy).

Forman Folk

Forman Folk, our traditional music group, will meet on Wednesday 25th November from 7:00 to 9:00pm with a tea or coffee break during the evening.  Everyone is welcome to bring along their chosen musical instrument - including voice.  The only charge is a donation towards the hire of the small Hall. Contact Donald on 880256 for any more information.

Valley Broadband Update

The CDT is part of a consortium of valleys who are going through a long-winded process to apply for some of the Scottish Government's £40million fund to improve rural broadband.

Thank you to everyone who filled in the Broadband Survey and special thanks to the directors of the CDT who attempted to visit every house in the valley. Although exact figures have not yet been released, by my estimates we had nearly 60% of valley properties fill in the questionnaire.

Apparently, that's quite a good survey return rate.

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