Desmond Hobbs

Sadly, Desmond Hobbs died last week. His funeral will be held on Friday 6th February at 12.00 at St Cuthberts in Hawick, and afterwards there will be a gathering at the Elm House Hotel.

Langhope Rig Blade Delivery Schedule – February 2015

Following my last update to the mailing list on Friday 16th January, we can now confirm that the new blades for the Langhope Rig wind farm have arrived at Grangemouth and are scheduled for delivery to the site over a period of roughly 8 weeks starting next week. The scheduled dates for deliveries over the first two weeks are listed below however please bear in mind that these dates are subject to change depending on weather and road conditions on each day:
•              Saturday 7th February – 2 blades
•              Sunday 8th February – 2 blades
•              Wednesday 11th February – 2 blades
•              Saturday 14th February – 2 blades
•              Sunday 15th February – 2 blades


Upgrade of Severe Weather Warning

The Met Office are about to upgrade the warning from yesterday to an 'Amber' level for snow mainly for the western half of the Scottish Borders from 5pm this evening until 10am tomorrow, travel may be disrupted and we would advise that you tune into Radio Borders for the latest travel updates as we will be linking up with them and providing information from the Bunker at Council HQ.
The latest weather update can be obtained from 


Severe Weather Warning

A cold and increasingly showery northwesterly flow is expected to develop during Wednesday and last through Thursday. Accumulating snow is likely away from windward coastal districts, especially overnight. Across Northern England 3-6 cm could accumulate especially over high ground. Over Scotland and Northern Ireland 5-10 cm is likely even at low levels, with more than 10 cm over high ground. Strong and gusty winds will likely accompany snow showers, and lead to significantly reduced visibility at times, difficult driving conditions and temporary blizzards over high ground. 

The Met Office has just issued the above 'Yellow Warning' for snow on Wednesday and Thursday



​Langhope Rig Wind Farm: Blade Delivery Update, 16th January 2015

..... we can now confirm that the new blades for the Langhope Rig wind turbines are on their way to Grangemouth and are scheduled for delivery to the site over a period of roughly 8 weeks starting in early February. Planned delivery dates will be confirmed and communicated in due course, however if there are any dates that would be problematic due to community events / other local plans please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will do our best to avoid this day.

Severe Weather Warning

A vigorous depression is expected to run rapidly east, passing northern Scotland early on

Friday. This is likely to give a period of very strong westerly winds across much of Scotland,

northern coastal areas of Northern Ireland, and the far north of England on Thursday night

and during Friday morning. Gusts of 60-70 mph are likely. The strongest winds are

expected to affect the Western Isles, Orkney and northern and northwestern parts of the

mainland, and a separate Amber warning covers these areas. A further Amber warning

covers the Central Belt of Scotland. Winds should quickly ease from the west in the


The public should be aware of the potential for disruption, for example to transport and

Theft of Quad Bike - Hawick

 Between 09/12/14 and 10/12/14 thieves have stolen a white cattle lorry and a Honda quad bike from a locked shed on a farm near Hawick.  Both vehicles were subsequently recovered abandoned on the Bonchester to Carter Bar road.

Nick Walker (Police Scotland, Constable, Scottish Borders)


Another Severe Weather Warning

Further to the previous email regarding a Yellow Warning for wind
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for the Borders for high winds from midnight tonight through to 6am on Thursdaymorning. The public are being asked to be vigilant and take extra care over this period as there is a risk of fallen trees during this prolonged period of high winds.
Scottish Borders Council (SBC) and Police Scotland have held a teleconference with the Met Office to be advised of the latest situation.

Severe Weather Warning

Weather Warning for Snow & Ice for Sunday/Monday (This has just been updated to include the Western Borders) and may affect this area only
The snow showers during tomorrow and Monday, any accumulating snow is likely to be restricted to higher ground, with any travel disruption mostly confined to the usual prone areas. Our Yellow Warning of Snow has just been updated, and now incorporates an ice risk too. It continues to highlight a medium likelihood of low impacts.  Looking a bit further ahead, stormy conditions are still forecast for midweek, with very strong winds, heavy rain and high seas. An Alert has just been issued for this.

Theft of Quad Bike - Bonchester Bridge

Between 4:30 pm on 21st November and 9:30 am on 22nd November, thieves have stolen a red Honda Quad Bike from a farm near Bonchester Bridge.  Three chainsaws, a petrol hedge trimmer and a power drill were also taken from an insecure shed.   Total value of items stolen is around £6000.
Police Scotland request that the farming /rural community remain vigilant at all times and ensure that outbuildings are secure.  Please report any suspicious vehicles or activity to Police immediately by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency

Nick Walker, Police Scotland