Craik Forest Upate

The Borthwick Water Community Development Trust chairman Ashley Butlin recently had a meeting with a representative from the Forestry Commission and the following is the latest on the Craik Forest public access situation.

The Forestry Commission WILL be keeping the walking routes shown on the attached image OPEN and ACCESSIBLE. The waterfall route (marked CLOSED on the image) will NOT be maintained as the costs to maintain this route, which has become extremely dangerous due to land slides, are excessive. It is hoped that a new route will be opened to allow viewing of the waterfall from above. However, under the right to roam, any part of the forest can be reached except when logging is taking place and areas are prohibited for safety reasons.

Latest on Wind Farm Deliveries

Aerial view of Wind Farm (from a distance)

Blade Delivery Update - October 2014

All tower components have now been delivered to the Langhope Rig site, the only remaining deliveries to the site are the blades for each of the 10 turbines.

Following a detailed inspection by our quality control team, the blades that have been assigned for the project by our turbine contractor have not met our high standards and and we have been working closely with our turbine contractor to order new blades as a replacement. As a result of this, there will be no further deliveries to the site in October. We are currently awaiting feedback on when the new blades are expected to be delivered to the site and details will be shared with local residents once confirmed.

Harvest Supper - Great Success

I think it's fair to say "A great night was had by all".

Delicious food, wonderful company, great atmosphere, enhanced by the wonderful stage display complete with Mrs Patmore (from Downton Abbey).

Thank you to all who attended and of course, biggest thanks to all those who worked behind the scenes to do the display, the food, the setup, the dismantling etc etc etc.....

Thank you ! 

Harvest Supper

The 2014 Harvest Supper will held in the Forman Hall on Sunday 5th October after the Harvest Thanksgiving Service at the Kirk at 6.00 p.m.

The Menu will be:-

Sugar baked ham with Cumberland Sauce, mashed potatoes, carrots and peas.

Apple and bramble crumble with cream or ice cream.

Tea/coffee and mints.

Please bring your own drinks with you.

The cost will be £6.00 per head payable at the door.

The last day for reservations is Tuesday 30th Sept but if you can confirm earlier than this it would be a great help to those who are catering. Just call me on 880266 or e-mail

I do hope that you will be able to support this increasingly popular valley event.

Langhope Rig Wind Farm - Turbine Deliveries

The first turbine delivery for the Langhope Rig wind farm took place on Saturday and was delivered to site successfully. 

Only one tower section was delivered on Saturday out of the two that were planned. The second tower base which we expected to be delivered on Saturday, will now be delivered on Tuesday this week; therefore two components will be delivered [on Tuesday] rather than just the one. Deliveries are expected to arrive in Denholm around 12:45pm, Hawick around 1:15pm and the site at around 2:15pm - however there could be slight delays to this timing depending on traffic on the day. 

Being in Community, a talk by Mhairi Macmillan

Might the work of psychologist Carl Rogers help us find ways of being together in local and global community?

The Vietmanese Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh says 'the next Buddha may take the form of a community, a community practising underatanding and loving kindness... this may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the earth.'

Where: Chisholme House

When: Sunday 17  August at 10.45am. ( coffee served from 10.15am)

Cost: Talk is free, coffee by donation. Lunch is at 1pm - by donation,  please book.

Contact: Tel 01450 880215 or

Scottish Independence - TV Debate - Tonight (5th August)

First Minister Mr Salmond will put the case for Scottish independence and Mr Darling, chairman of Better Together, will argue for the UK to stay together.

The two-hour live debate on STV will be broadcast in front of a 350-strong audience from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.

Click Here for more information

It is a "televised" debate, but can only be viewed by Freeview viewers (I expect not many valley residents can get freeview (terrestrial digital)) ?!  Or it can be viewed online as a live web stream, again, tricky, if not impossible with the average speed of the internet across the valley. But, a heads up to valley residents all the same !



Composting event at the Forman Memorial Hall

The Forman Memorial Hall has agreed to host a variety of energy saving events thrpoughout this year.  The next event is a composting event planned for 16th August beween 11:00 and 3:00.  This is to be hosted by Dave and Jane Allan from ASK organics who are based near Bonchester Bridge,  They have in mind two themes.  The first is - why make compost and the best ways of making good compost.  Secondly, they will deal with autumn clearings, incluiding the use of a shredder.  They can also demonstrate using a ordinary rotary mower for shredding green herbaceous material.  So why not drop in during the day or join a planned workshop.  There will be refreshments on sale during the day.