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Good causes bag windfalls worth £60,000

Tesco’s Bags for Help initiative has awarded £60,000 to outdoor community projects across the region.

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Joint-ill or Septic Arthritis affects the joints of new born lambs and causes painful swelling.

Free tests offered on lambs

With anecdotal evidence of an increase in ‘joint-ill’, a disease affecting the joints of young lambs, investigators from Scotland’s Rural College are offering free post mortem tests to sheep farmers and their vets who suspect their lambs are infected.

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Kelvin Pate.

Kelvin is Lothian and Borders chairman

NFU Scotland’s Lothian and Borders region has a new chairman with Gifford farmer Kelvin Pate taking on the role.

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Eileen Paris at the Exchange Bar, in Hawick.

Border pubs hailed as real glass acts

Two Borders pubs have been given reason for cheer by the quality of their beer.

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Group looks to revive interest in textiles

Group looks to revive interest in textiles

An organisation has drawn together machinery and memorabilia that focuses on the textile trade that once made the Borders great.

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Scotlands Nine Monitor farm hosts. Backrow (l-r) Bill Gray (Lothians), Jason Ballantyne (Sutherland), John Howie (North Ayrshire), Andrew Marchant (Nithsdale), Robert Mitchell (Borders), Stuart Mitchell (Borders), Iain Green (Morayshire), Chris Cameron (Lochaber), Peter Eccles (Lothians) and Rob Stodart (Angus). Front row (l-r) Vic Ballantyne (Sutherland), Aileen Marchant (Nithsdale), Lesley Mitchell (Borders), Alison Stodart (Angus), Tom Stodart (Angus), Aimee Budge (Shetland) and Kirsty Budge (Shetland).

New monitor farms set for first meetings

The new Borders monitor farm is gearing up to open its gates to the local farming community for its first open meeting.

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Broadmeadows Bridge set to close for five days

Broadmeadows Bridge set to close for five days

The final stages of essential repairs to a historic Yarrow Valley bridge will require a five-day closure.

Transport
Andrew Poole on one of the recently upgraded seats in screen one.

Pavilion bids to make you more comfortable

The manager of the Pavilion Cinema in Galashiels hopes a new membership and loyalty scheme will see people return to the idea of going to the movies as a social occasion.

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It’s Rachel’s turn to shine for Italian Job

It’s Rachel’s turn to shine for Italian Job

A Galashiels barber has made it to the shortlist of a nationwide competition to be crowned the best wet shaving barber in Great Britain – and it’s not Luigi Caterino!

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The new Lidl supermarket in Hawick is nearing completion.

New supermarket to open in Hawick next month

A date has been set for Hawick’s newest superstore to open its doors.

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Glenrath boss says biosecurity must be at top of the agenda

Glenrath boss says biosecurity must be at top of the agenda

John Campbell, chairman of Glenrath Farms, this week urged all owners of poultry to keep their birds indoors to stop the spread of avian flu.

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Poultry owners warned to protect their flocks

Poultry owners warned to protect their flocks

The discovery last Friday of avian bird flu in a small backyard flock of birds in North Yorkshire means poultry are being kept locked in until at least February 28.

Environment
NMA: Section 40 Would Cost Press Industry £100 Million a Year

NMA: Section 40 Would Cost Press Industry £100 Million a Year

The introduction of a law designed to force local and national newspapers into a system of statutory press regulation could cost the industry £100 million a year just for telling the truth, the News Media Association has said today.

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Employers’ bizarre excuses for underpaying staff

Employers’ bizarre excuses for underpaying staff

Ten of the most bizarre excuses used by unscrupulous bosses found to have underpaid workers the National Minimum Wage have today been revealed by the Government.

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The current officeholder team at NFU Scotland - Allan Bowie, Rob Livesey and Andrew McCornich. All three are running for the presidency in January.

Hustings start for candidates

The six candidates who are contesting for the top roles within NFU Scotland are embarking on a nine-date tour of regional hustings that will see them travel the length and breadth of the country.

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Something has to be done about the amount of exotic species say the Scottish Gamekeepers Association.

Deer less of a threat than non-native trees

Scotland’s native woods will miss Biodiversity targets for 2020 unless urgent action is taken to address non-native tree species.

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John Campbell of Glenrath Farms.

Egg supremo John’s delight in knighthood

John Campbell, founder of Glenrath Farms, has been knighted in the New Year Honours List for his services to farming and charitable service to entrepreneurship.

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Aldi will increase its its minimum wage to �8.53 an hour from next month.

UK’s ‘highest-paying supermarket’ to create 4000 jobs

Aldi is to recruit 4000 new permanent workers in stores and warehouses across the country, as part of the supermarket giant’s plan to open around 70 new shops this year.

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Kathryn and George McCusker outside their Dickson Street Spar store.

Hawick convenience store boss fears supermarket sweep

A Hawick convenience store boss with 50 years in the trade is bracing himself for two new town supermarkets eating into his business and that of other local retailers.

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Newcastleton's old filling station.

Trust hoping to reopen former filling station at Newcastleton

Villagers are stepping on the gas in a bid to cut their energy costs and travelling time.

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