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    The Hawick Paper

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    Scott & Paterson, the long-established printers, closed at the end of October on the retiral of owner, ex-Cornet Bruce Campbell. It had operated on the High Street for 112 years. One employee lost his job....

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    ‘Hawick has its flood protection’

    Friday, December 15th, 2023

    Work to permanently plug gaps in the town’s flood defences won’t be done until May, some five months after the widely publicised completion date of the scheme by the end of this year....

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    His cheerful manner and dedication to patients has earned hospital porter Billy Hush an unsung hero accolade. Billy, of Ramsay Road, was nominated by Borders General Hospital’s ambulatory care outpatients’ team and will have his photograph displayed as part of the hospital’s unsung hero portrait project....

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    Burnfoot Hub board ‘needs to step down’

    Friday, December 8th, 2023

    Members of Burnfoot Community Council have called for the board of Burnfoot Community Futures (BCF) – which oversees the day-to-day running of Burnfoot Community Hub – to step down....

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    Funding hopes rise for arts centre bid

    Friday, December 1st, 2023

    Plans to transform the old Wilton school building into a community arts centre have taken “a big step forward”. That’s according to Debbie Lyons, chairwoman of the Arches Action Group which has this week secured charitable status as it bids to further its aim of creating a “bespoke theatre space” at the Princes Street building...

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    New head appointed at high school

    Friday, December 1st, 2023

    Lisa Scott was appointed the new head teacher at Hawick High this week. She has been acting head since the previous incumbent, Vicky Porteous, stood down in November 2022. She was a deputy head for several years before  that. A Scottish Borders Council spokesperson said: “Lisa has provided strong and effective leadership, and her appointment...

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    Funds approved for theft-hit Green Team

    Friday, December 1st, 2023

    A cash-strapped social enterprise has secured a much-needed financial boost after a break-in earlier this year which could have resulted in its doors closing permanently. The Green Team – which carries out commercial and residential gardening services, while providing employment and training for adults with learning disabilities – was awarded £15,000 at last week’s Common...

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    Hornshole’s historic bridge could be under threat as it continues to be damaged by heavy vehicles ignoring weight restrictions. Ongoing damage over the years has taken its toll on the bridge, and ward councillor Clair Ramage has serious concerns for its future....

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    Scottish Borders Council officials are to meet with the organiser of the annual fun fair during the Reivers Festival to “tighten up” on various aspects of the visit. At last week’s Common Good Fund meeting, chairwoman and councillor, Clair Ramage, raised concerns about the increasing amount of space Kenny Stuart’s fun fair was taking up,...

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    A £1.8million expansion at Johnstons of Elgin will see the addition of a new factory building and the creation of 50 new jobs, the firm has announced this week. The huge investment at its Mansfield Road site means the number of staff will increase to 330 over the coming years....

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    Ava pays homage to textile families

    Friday, November 24th, 2023

    Teries Maureen Notman and Wendy Robson have been working with Philippine-born artist Ava Mikael in the production of her tweed fabric sculpture....

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    A backlash from Teries appears to have left Scottish Borders Council with no choice but to replace the Christmas tree in Hawick. As previously reported, townsfolk were outraged to see the 20-foot fir tree erected in Trinity Gardens last week. It was branded an “embarrassment” amid concerns it was nowhere near tall enough....

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    £10,000 bailout bid approved for hub

    Friday, November 17th, 2023

    The cash-strapped Burnfoot Community Hub has this week been thrown a financial lifeline, but the facility’s cafe will remain closed. At a meeting held in private on Wednesday, town councillors on the Common Good Fund Sub-Committee approved a £10,000 funding application from Burnfoot Community Futures (BCF) which runs the hub....

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    Members of the Teviot Day Service Support Group (TDSSG) were given their first glimpse of the new dementia service at Hawick Community Hospital last Friday. To be known as New West Port, the facility will house Teviot Day Service (TDS) which is being reinstated by Scottish Borders Council and the Integration Joint Board....

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    Shops will shut due to thieves

    Friday, November 17th, 2023

    A wave of shoplifting by “known criminals” led to an impassioned plea for action at Monday night’s community council meeting. As the festive shopping season steps up a gear, Global Antiques’ Rajeev Rana and Joyce Tinlin, from Doward’s, pleaded for police to act, or shops will close....

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    3G hire charges still a concern

    Friday, November 17th, 2023

    A community councillor has said the town’s 3G pitch could become “a white elephant”, amid fresh concerns over increasing hire charges. Duncan Taylor, who is also a committee member of Hawick Youth FC, made the comment during Monday night’s town council meeting, telling members: “Last year I made a successful funding application for £3,600 [on...

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