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    More social centre volunteers sought

    Friday, May 24th, 2024

    A shortage of volunteers has led to an urgent appeal for people to help the local Royal Voluntary Service.  “We are looking for social centre volunteers and volunteer drivers to strengthen our team,” explained regional service manager Tracey Wieczorek....

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    Leading the 2024 Common-Riding celebrations will see Cornet Ryan Nichol realise a life-long ambition. Ryan says he can’t wait to embrace a role he has dreamed of at the head of the cavalcades on the  Tuesday and Saturday ride-outs. He is also looking forward to all the historical ceremonies, viewing the entire experience as a...

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    A decision to refuse a planning application to transform the former Deans’ Bar at Orrock Place into a private house is to be challenged at a local review body meeting. The initial application was rejected on December 13 because the building was deemed to be within a high-risk flood area....

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    Next month, five-year-old Hunter McIntyre, along with his mum, dad and furry friends will take part in The Guide Dogs Run. Hunter, who has global development delay, which includes visual and speech impairment, has received help from the charity, and now his mum Sarah Monaghan, dad Rory McIntyre, and their dogs Cole and Bandit, will...

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    Fight to the finish for dementia unit

    Friday, April 26th, 2024

    A fight which began more than four years ago to ensure dementia patients in Hawick received day care support ended last Friday with the opening of a brand-new unit at the community hospital....

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    Public say on Arches

    Friday, April 26th, 2024

    Plans to permanently close the Wilton Centre by the end of June received full support from councillors earlier this week and will now go to public consultation. The move was unanimously backed by Scottish Borders Council’s education sub-committee on Monday....

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    Denholm endometriosis sufferer Hannah Marshall has thrown her weight behind a local MSP’s new “policy paper” on the debilitating disease. Holyrood parliamentarian Rachael Hamilton says it is a “horrific condition”, and highlighted that, on average, it takes more than eight years for a diagnosis, despite one in ten women in Scotland living with it....

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    McAteer ups ante on rail extension

    Friday, April 19th, 2024

    A call has gone out to the UK and Scottish governments to “demonstrate real commitment” to extending the Borders Railway to Hawick and on to Carlisle. Issuing the plea was Councillor Watson McAteer following last Thursday’s meeting with the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Fiona Hyslop....

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    The allotments site in Weensland is not back up and running for  this year’s growing season, despite Scottish Borders Council being “fully aware” that it need to be operational before now....

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    Recent statistics show that the number of high school students entering further and higher education, training, or employment is at its highest level in five years, and well above the national average. Figures released by Scottish Borders Council reveal that 95.8 per cent of high school leavers went on to a “positive destination” last year....

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    Oregon workers in town clean-up

    Friday, April 19th, 2024

    Six Hawick lads, employed by Selkirk-based Oregon Timber Frame, embarked on a clean-up of their home town on Monday. The company is a division of Barratt Developments, which is promoting a ‘Big Barratt Cean-Up’ this month, encouraging employees to go litter-picking in their local communities....

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    ATN impact fears in North Bridge St

    Friday, April 5th, 2024

    People power has prompted a rethink over plans to include North Bridge Street in the town’s Active Travel Network (ATN). A meeting at the Evergreen Hall last week attracted around 30 residents and business owners, who voted unanimously for the scheme designers to go back to the drawing board....

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    Almost £1.5million will be spent locally on repairing roads, bridges, pavements and lighting as part of Scottish Borders Council’s programme of revenue and capital works for the next year....

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    It’s no-go for the Welcome Hosts

    Friday, March 15th, 2024

    A successful tourism initiative, responsible for greeting almost 4,000 visitors to the town in 2023, will not run  this year, it was claimed at Monday night’s meeting of Hawick Community Council. ...

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    Hawick’s multiple indoor Scottish and world bowling champion Julie Forrest is this year’s Chief Guest at the Common-Riding....

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    ‘Stunning’ starlings take flight

    Friday, March 15th, 2024

    A murmuration of starlings is proving something of a talking point in the Wilton Hill area. Townsfolk have gathered to witness the impressive spectacle, as “thousands” of the birds twist, turn and swoop across the sky. They always do so just before dusk and above a communal roosting site....

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