Spring is beer! Local breweries thrive in the new season

Spring is in the air ... daffodils are blooming beautifully, new-born lambs are gambolling in the lush green fields, and local breweries are making exciting new brands of beer available to the public.

Ed Sheeran is one of the celebrities supporting this year's Comic Relief campaign.

Spark Energy volunteers do their bit for Comic Relief

Staff at Selkirk-based energy supplier Spark Energy are volunteering to receive donation telephone calls for Comic Relief tonight.

Artist impression of the new Murray House dementia unit in Kelso.

Kelso to house the region’s first specialist dementia unit

Developers have been given the go-ahead to build the Borders’ first specialist dementia care unit.

Lindsay Holmes from the SWI tempts Craig Jackson and Russell Jackson to try black pudding and pineapple sausages.

Black and yellow sausages could be missing link for Melrose players

Ladies of the SWI have cooked up a bizarre recipe for success to beef up their local rugby team ahead of the Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose 7s – a stripy banger in their team colours made from black pudding and pineapple.

The second Macpi Model 314.41is installed at Barrie Knitwear, looking on are from left, Robin Ree Macpi  consultant,  Bill Reece from Textile Developments and Rory Graham from Barrie Knitwear ( Chanel Group).

Pioneering new knitwear press trials in Hawick factories

Three Borders knitwear firms have become the first in the UK to install a new piece of pioneering equipment, designed with their input and feedback in mind.

Dog walkers are being urged to clean up after their dogs in the countryside.

Dog poo could kill livestock

NFU Scotland is urging members of the public to clean up after their dogs when walking on or near to agricultural land.

Two cases ofSchmallenberg Virus have been diagnosed in maformed lambs from Scottish flocks.

Schmallenberg Virus found in Scotland

The Schmallenberg Virus (SBV) infection has been diagnosed in malformed lambs in two Scottish flocks close to the Scotland/England border.

The Lavender Touch charity raises money for cancer patients. Based at Tweedbank they have been awarded �10,000 for refurbishing their office. L-r, Janice Duff (charity support worker), Elinor Cornwall (volunteer), Dot Herd (volunteer) and Brenda Lambert (charity co-ordinator).

Six groups to share £45,000 Lotto payout

Six Borders groups are celebrating after landing handouts worth almost £45,000 between them from a nationwide kitty of £750,000.

Award sponsor Bruno Berardelli and Billy and Rachael Hamilton with host Fred MacAulay.

Buccleuch Arms picks up top rural hospitality award

A St Boswells hotel is celebrating following an award win at the 2017 Scottish Rural Awards last week.

Bread Works manager Mandy Lowrie with Doug Wilson from VisitScotland at the Whistle Stop cafe in Tweedbank.

Bread Works rising to the tourism challenge

Tweedbank-based charity Bread Works has become the first social enterprise in the region to be included in VisitScotland’s Information Partner (VIP) programme.

Scottish Borders Council convener Graham Garvie, architectural manager Ray Cherry, the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry and council leader David Parker at the opening of the new Leader Valley School at Earlston.

Seven news headteachers needed by Borders schools

A recruitment event is being held this week in an effort to get seven vacancies in the Borders for headteachers filled.

Lowood Bridge.

Borders bridge to be closed to heavy lorries ahead of £640,000 revamp

A temporary weight limit is to be imposed on Lowood Bridge, north of Tweedbank, in readiness for repair works lined up for later this year.

A Perryman's bus at Burnfoot in Hawick.

Extended bus services on way in Hawick

Bus passengers in Hawick are being cheered by the announcement of an extension to services in the town.

David Burgher of Aitken Turnbull in Galashiels.

Gala architect gives light to dementia sufferers

The boss of a Galashiels-based architects firm hopes to transform the lives of dementia sufferers with the launch of his new virtual reality system.

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Bobby Henderson, team captain of Lanark, Lothians and Peebles League, with sheepdog, Bonnie.

Bobby wins league for 21st time

A Borders sheepdog handler has won the International Sheep Dog Society’s Lanark, Lothians and Peebles nursery league for a record 21st time.

Rabbit Snares used near public footpath

Snaring practices improve

A Scottish Government report has found that snaring related incidents have reduced but is making recommendations for further improvements in the law.

Borders farmers show their support at Whitriggs Farm.

Borders farm ready to embrace change

Over 80 farmers and others working in the industry gathered on the new Borders Monitor Farm to show their support for the project which aims to assist farmers become more efficient and sustainable.

Amy and John Park, with Ed Morris of Buccleuch Estates

John and Bowhill make it happen

Bowhill Estate has won an award recognising its work in creating sustainable farming units and partnerships.

Colin McGrath outside Kelso High School where he proposes that the school be made into a village for older people when it is left empty later this year.

Kelso High School retirement home bid

A Kelso community councillor wants the town’s soon-to-be-vacant high school to be turned from a seat of learning into a retirement village.

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