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Concerns over 3G don’t apply here, players told

Live Borders has moved to reassure users about the safety of its 3G surface in Netherdale, Galashiels, after tests in Holland led to several pitches being ripped up.

St Margaret's RC Primary School in Galashiels.

Primary school’s alcohol bid slammed by licensing officer

Scottish Borders Council’s licensing board is being urged to reject applications for bars selling booze at two Galashiels Halloween parties for children.

Base nightclub, Baker Street, Hawick

Nightclub boss hoping to strike it third time lucky in bid to extend opening hours

A Hawick nightclub boss is challenging the status of Galashiels as the only town in the Borders where weekend revellers can drink until 3am.

Nigel How with the Flag

‘Ghosts of the past are being laid to rest’

A Maori flag captured in an 1865 battle and held in a Hawick museum collection is being returned to New Zealand.

Students go green in electric car race

Students go green in electric car race

Engineering and motor vehicle students from Borders College in Galashiels travelled to Aintree in Liverpool for the Greenpower Racing Championships after building an electric racing car.

The completed mural on Douglas Bridge

Galashiels gateway mural created without planning permission

A new artwork designed to welcome train travellers to Galashiels was unveiled without planning permission, its creators have admitted.

Sylvie Szanel with the Men of Melrose calendar in aid of Priorwood Wellbeing Centre

Melrose calendar boys grin and bear it for new charity

A host of Melrose menfolk have agreed to grin and bare it in a bid to raise funds for a new charity set up to address mental health and social isolation issues.

After three years as chair of Border Samaritans, Shirley Barrett receives a bouquet as thanks for her work from her successor, Lynne Hume.

Shirley steps down from Samaritans’ chair


Camera group

Members next meet at 7.30pm on Monday, October 24. The session will take the form of a question night, and a panel will discuss problems and provide answers. Members should bring cameras, manuals and laptops, if possible. Visitors welcome.


Last Wednesday night saw members joined by Gareth Hughes to help them master The Big Draw. They had various items to depict, including a sewing machine, cotton reels, plants and candles. Gareth gave helpful tips and encouragement. The competition was won by Ann Stewart. Next month sees the AGM, followed by a DIY cocktail-making session.

Jedburgh Sheriff Court, Jedburgh Justice of the Peace Court.

Dispute over wages led to £5,000 theft

A disgruntled worker broke into his employer’s premises and stole £5,000 worth of tools and mechanical equipment in a dispute over unpaid wages.

Gary Clark, 37, of Burn Wynd, Jedburgh, admitted committing that offence at outbuildings owned by Joseph Daley at Newlands Farm, Denholm, between Wednesday, September 14, and Tuesday, September 20.

Prosecuting at Jedburgh Sheriff Court on Monday, Graham Fraser said: “He was working at this particular location and had fallen out with the owner of the premises.

“He felt there was money due to him and took the opportunity to remove the tools to the value of £5,000.

“He implied a different person was involved, but further inquiries revealed it was him, and there was a full recovery.”

Defence lawyer Ross Dow explained: “He was working for the man mentioned in the complaint. He and another man came up with this scheme as they had not been paid and still have not.

“They reckoned they were due £1,300 each in wages which had not been paid.

“They came up with the plan to force the man to pay the wages, but it lacked foresight as it was a criminal act.”

Sheriff Peter Paterson told Clark that such an offence would normally merit a custodial sentence, but he took into account the circumstances behind the offence and the fact that there was full recovery of the stolen items.

Instead, he deferred sentence for good behaviour until Tuesday, November 29, to monitor the progress of Clark’s sentence of 150 hours’ unpaid work for another offence.

The Luing breed.

Sale is milestone for Luing Cattle Society

The first ever Luing Cattle Society sale of pedigree and commercial Luing breeding cattle will be held at St Boswells Mart next Thursday, October 27.

Calum Kerr (centre) during a farm visit to McGregor Farms, Coldstream with Colin McGregor (left) and NFU Scotland President Allan Bowie (right).

MP seeks action on payments

Speaking in the House of Commons last week, Borders MP Calum Kerr called on the new Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Andrea Leadsom, to honour the government’s commitment to deliver a better deal for Scottish farmers by the end of the year.

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For the past three years, on average, around 50% of all dogs in rescue centres have been Staffordshire or Staffordshire Cross.

Animal Matters

It is a very sad fact that this wonderfully friendly breed of dog, with a Kennel Club Pedigree Class for the past 80 years and from an historic line stretching back over 200 years, has acquired such a negative reputation in the minds of the general public in recent years.


Trust bids to save the Steading

The Steading in Blainslie, while being a fairly innocuous-sounding address, might be the most aptly-named house in the Borders.

WARNING: UK kids at risk from virus that can leave victims paralysed

WARNING: UK kids at risk from virus that can leave victims paralysed

A health alert has been issued warning parents over an outbreak of a polio-type virus that can easily be spread through coughs and sneezes.

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Pensioner seriously hurt in weekend crash

A 79-year-old woman was seriously injured on Saturday when two cars collided on the B6399 Hawick to Newcastleton Road just after 11am.

Crucial Crew at Eildon Mill, Tweedbank. Pupils from Langlee Primary learn about road safety.

Lessons in safety at Crucial Crew event

Schoolchildren from across the Borders have been learning how to cope in emergency situations at an annual safety event.

06/09/2015. Borders Railway service opens to the paying public connecting Edinburgh with the Scottish Borders. The southbound service to Tweedbank arrives at Stow station this morning.  
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Rail campaigners meet in Galashiels

The Campaign for Borders Rail (CBR) was one of the most foremost steering groups as the Borders Railway was being planned and built.

RTC Duck row Jedburgh

Cause of crash still unknown

Jedburgh-based bus company Peter Hogg said this week it had no further information as to what caused an accident in the town last Thursday morning.

Jedburgh Sheriff Court sign.

Galashiels man, 33, remanded in custody after Croft Street handbag assault charge

A man has been remanded in custody after being accused of assaulting an 85-year-old woman to her severe injury and robbing her of her handbag.

Perpetua receive their award from legendary rock DJ Tom Russell. From left: Kieran Johnston, lead guitar; Jack Gordon, vocals; Stephen Dickson, drums; Jack Sandilands, bass; Tom Russell; and Andy  Dickson, rhythm guitar.

Perpetua-l motion takes Kieran’s band to award ceremony success

Being fascinated by a neighbour’s guitar-playing saved the young Kieran Johnston from a lifetime of video games – and he’s now part of an up-and-coming rock band tipped for the top.

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