The Future Belongs to the Gourmet

Colin Tudge, author, biologist and founder of the Campaign for Real Farming will give a fascinating talk on the relationship of good quality food to environmental well-being and sustainable agriculture The talk will be followed by a buffet of locally sourced produce, including beef from the acclaimed Peelham Farm in Berwickshire and vegetables from Chisholme's own organic kitchen garden. Date: Saturday August 16th Time: Talk 11am (coffee from 10.15, Lunch 1pm) Cost: Talk free, lunch by donation Location: Beshara School, Chisholme House,Roberton Tel 01450 880291 or contact the

The Roberton Show - Full Details Released

Summer seems to be in full swing in the Borthwick Water Valley, which can mean only one thing : the first Saturday in September isn't that far away and that heralds "The Roberton Show", at Scaurend Haugh. Roberton.

It's looking like it's going to be a great show, with entertainment ranging from the "Young Handler Compeition" to music from the Hawick Scout Band. There's no better time to start preparing your "flower arrangement in a high heel shoe" or to start knitting that "Baby Matinee Coat". For full details of the many competitions that can be entered, please CLICK HERE to download the Roberton Show Guide for 2014.

Mobile Library visit

The next visit from the Mobile Library is planned for Tuesday 12 August between 10.00 and 11.00.  The librarian, Ian Cockburn, is very welcoming and helpful.  Applications for a library pass can be made on the day and he will try to access any book that you request.  There is the chance to have a natter with tea or coffee and home baking beforehand.  The book exchange is also back and 'new' books are always in demand.

Wanted - Your Views

With our AGM fast approaching (June 9th, 7pm, Forman Hall), we are keen to canvas fellow valley residents and find out what YOU would like us to do for you ?

What would you like the Borthwick Water Community Development Trust's goals to be for 2014/2015 ?

What can we do to help ?

Please let us know. There are a number of ways you can get in touch :-

  • Ring Ashley Butlin (Chairman) on 01450-880211 and discuss your views
  • Email him at
  • Or create an account on the website and feel free to add a comment to this post.

Thank you

David Pollard

Langhope Rig/Scottish Borders Council Regional Fund

The Scottish Borders Sustainable Development Fund, part of the Langhope Rig wind farm community benefit package, has launched today. This fund, worth £125,000 in the first round, is available to non-profit making organisations, community groups and charities from across the Scottish Borders local authority area with applications over £5,000 being accepted, however extra weighting will be given to projects that are situated near the wind farm.  The fund is worth £40,000 per year but in order to fund a number of big, transformational projects the fund will open with three years worth of funding at £125,000. The fund is expected to open every three years, and will be worth at least £1million over the lifetime of the wind farm.

Langhope Rig Turbine Trial Runs 6th and 7th May

Langhope Rig Trial Run Rescheduled - 6th and 7th May

Due to unforeseen delays to the road improvement works at Martins House, the Langhope Rig Trial Run which was due to take place on the afternoon of Tuesday 22nd and morning of Wednesday 23rd April, has been rescheduled and will now take place on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th May 2014.

The rescheduled trial run will take place at the same proposed times as originally planned however timings are subject to change depending on conditions:

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.