Wanted - Website Contributors

The Valley Website has been operational for a few months now and has seen a steady rise in visitors and regular readers, but we would like to increase the content to make it more current.

We would like to see more valley residents as contributors to the website. You would be able to post articles that you think would be of interest to the valley as a whole. This could be farming-related, event-related, whatever you think the valley would like to read about.

No website management experience is necessary and it is very easy to post an article, edit it, delete it etc..... Full training would be given if required.

Craik Forest Changes ?

Forestry Commission

The Forestry Commission are holding a consultation meeting at the Forman Hall on Wednesday 7th May between 3.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. about the future of Craik Forest.  The CDT has been led to believe that the Forestry Commission may cease maintenance of the footpaths and cycle routes and dispose of the buildings including the toilet block.  A copy of the Forest Design Plan can be downloaded from the Forestry Commission Scotland website (see link below).  Please try to attend the consultation meeting to let the FC have your views.

Mobile Library

The Mobile Library will be calling at the Forman Hall on Tuesday 29th April at approximately 10.00 a.m.  Tea, coffee and a selection of home baking will be served beforehand.  If you're not a member of  the library the librarian has membership forms available. 

Please come and join us, you will be very welcome.

Gardeners' Forum Welsh Night

Eighteen members of the Gardeners’ Forum attended the Welsh Night themed supper at the Forman Hall on, appropriately enough, the 1st March, St David’s Day.

The Forman Hall was decorated with Welsh flags and daffodils and lots of posters and a video depicting the beauty of Wales.  Welsh music, including many examples of Welsh Male Voice Choirs, provided background music to drinks before the group sat down to a feast of goats cheese and caramelised onion tart followed by Welsh cowl, chicken and leek hotpot and to round the meal off Bara Brith bread and butter pudding. 

100th Newsletter Celebration Evening

Jennifer & Donald
The Gathering

What a great night !

There’s something very charming about being a part of an evening like last night. A community, sharing a valley, coming together to celebrate a pinnacle moment in our Valley Newsletter – its 100th edition !

Started 13 years ago as the brainwave of Michael Shallis (sadly departed), it has gone from strength to strength, and I’m sure a great deal of the valley rely on it for their monthly valley-based news.

Last night was all about celebrating that it’s still here and going strong, still achieving the purpose Michael originally intended, thanks to the efforts of Judith Hutchinson and Jennifer Warwick.

I think it’s fair to say the evening was enjoyed by all.

Calendar of Events for 2014

The Gardeners' Forum working party have organised a varied calendar of events for 2014.

We begin with the popular supper at the Forman Hall on the 1st March which, as it is to be held on St David's Day, will have a Welsh theme.  This will be followed by a visit to Border Organic Gardeners' Potato Day at the Kelso Showground on Sunday 2nd March followed by a pub lunch.

On the 24th May we shall hold our Safari Supper with visits to three member's homes.  This is a very popular event and is usually blessed by good weather.

Following the Harvest Festival at the Kirk on Sunday 5th October we shall hold the Harvest Supper in the Forman Hall which is open to all.

On Saturday 13th December the annual Christmas drinks party will be held at Girnwood.

Bridge Closure

Martins Bridge will once again be closed.  On this occasion it is for one day only: Monday 4th November.  The diversions for the day are as before, light traffic via the park road with all others diverted via Tushielaw to Selkirk.