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Souters to look into ways of preserving historic Auld Kirk

The future of Selkirk’s Auld Kirk, and ways to involve the local community in the site, will be discussed at a public meeting on Tuesday, January 24, during which a ‘Friends of the Auld Kirk’ group will be established.

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Hawick councillor Davie Paterson examines the green waste dumped near Hawick Rugby Club.

Anger over green waste dumped near Hawick recycling centre

A councillor is urging Teries to help kick fly-tippers into touch after finding green waste dumped opposite Hawick Rugby Club’s Mansfield Park ground.

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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.

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Gales are expected to batter most of Scotland from Wednesday

Blizzards set to bring travel disruption across Scotland

Snow storms amid winds gusting up to 75mph are forecast to batter Scotland from tomorrow until Friday.

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Arctic blast set to bring snow and bitterly cold temperatures to Scotland

Arctic blast set to bring snow and bitterly cold temperatures to Scotland

Freezing air direct from the Arctic is set to descend over most of the country this week bringing with it the threat of snow.

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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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Graham Easton, David Deacon, Fiona Deacon and Wull Scott at the site of the former St Mary's Church in Selkirk.

New lease of life for Ettrick Terrace eyesore

One of the town’s worst eyesores is set to be transformed into a memorial garden by next spring.

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Allotments at Wilton in Hawick.

That’s a lot of allotment

Changes to the way allotments are ruled have been discussed by councillors.

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Ian and wife Sylvia Gillies of Upper Burnmouth near Eyemouth.

Windows saga leaves residents in the cold

Berwickshire Housing Association has come under fire from disgruntled Burnmouth residents who claim their newly fitted windows are not up to scratch.

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Warning after bird flu found on Lincolnshire farm

Warning after bird flu found on Lincolnshire farm

Bird keepers in Scotland have been reminded to keep their poultry and captive birds indoors after bird flu was confirmed at a farm in Lincolnshire.

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Deeply dippy - the courting couple of dippers on the Ettrick last week.

Cold weather helps gets natural cycle of things back onto a proper footing

It must have been five below freezing last week, when I set out on my daily dog walk along my usual riverside route.

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Some trees in Wilton Lodge Park are to be felled.

Trees facing axe as part of revamp of Hawick’s Wilton Lodge Park

Almost a dozen trees are being felled in a bid to help Hawick’s Wilton Lodge Park fulfil its potential as a tourist attraction, it has emerged.

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Smailholm Tower, near Kelso

National park campaign lands lottery funding

A bid to secure national park status for a vast swathe of the Borders is gathering pace following a meeting at Jedburgh Town Hall last Thursday.

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Golden Eagles could be translocated to south Scotland.

Eagle chicks to be relocated

The South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project has confirmed that discussions have started on plans to relocate golden eagle chicks in Scotland.

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Calum Kerr MP, Celine Stewart, Sarah McDougal, Hazel Smith (Re-Tweed Director), Sophie Tait, Louise Douglas,  Jacqueline Thompson (Re-Tweed trainer),  Rhonda Noble (volunteer).
Front  Susan McLuckie (left) and Erin Inglis

Second helping of success for women-only enterprise

A former outfitter to the stars now has designs on helping disadvantaged Borders women back into work.

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The Cauld, gravel mounds in the river Teviot behind Hawick High School

Hydropower initiative could yield £50k a year for Hawick, claims firm

Hawick’s Cobble Cauld has been identified as an ideal place for a hydropower installation, the town’s community council was told last week.

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Fallago Rig wind farm, near Longformacus.

Councillors oppose Fallago Rig extension plans

Councillors went against officers’ recommendations this week and opted to oppose plans to expand and extend the life of a controversial wind farm.

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Hawick and Hermitage councillor Ron Smith in Orchard Terrace.

Extra road repairs on way in and around Hawick

Scottish Borders Council’s three ward members for Hawick and Hermitage have joined forces to help secure a better road forward for their constituents.

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Hares must be controlled to safeguard habitats, the SGA has said.

Warning of habitat damage if culls banned

A full ban on the culling of mountain hares could lead to serious damage to habitats and the species, a national organisation has warned.

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Calum Kerr MP and Hans Waltl over the Gala Water

Gala Water set to provide power to town once again

The Gala Water and its mill lade will soon once again become a primary energy source for Galashiels, following a successful application for major funding.

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