Gardener's Forum Events 2016


The working group have drawn up a list of events for 2016.  At our recent meeting Colin Plumbe stood down both as chairman and a member of the working group.  Colin was the driving force behind the setting up of the Gardener's Forum in 2009 and as a result of his hard work it has been a great success and continues to attract new members.  We shall miss his contribution. Sandra Knox has also retired from the working group.  Again, we shall miss Sandra who has been generous with her (very limited) time in support of the GF working group.  Both Colin and Sandra remain members of the GF.   I have agreed to take over the administration of the GF, Tom Hutchinson will chair the meetings and the working group will share the organisation of the events between them.

Pudding Club

We continue to build on the success of the Pudding Club and the next event will be held on Saturday 23rd January at 7.00 p.m. in the Forman Hall.  The theme of the next meeting will be Winter Warmers and as usual we shall be serving a starter (soup) followed by four puddings.  The cost is £4.50 per head for CDT members and £5 for non-members, although you can join the CDT at the door.  The event is a bring your own bottle.  If you wish to attend please contact Judith Hutchinson on 880653 or before the 15th January to book your place.  You will be made very welcome.

Some "slightly" good broadband Xmas News

The Digitial Scotland website has updated the information on Borthwickbrae Exchange, as follows :-

Work under the Digital Scotland programme means that the first premises in this area are currently expected to receive fibre broadband in the period January to June 2017. 

We have a date. It's a very ROUGH date, but it's a date.


Merry Christmas !


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

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 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.