School projects get railway fund boost

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FOUR local primary schools will benefit from funding from the latest round of grants from the Borders Railway Community Fund.

In total, six schools and 12 community projects based throughout the Borders and Midlothian will receive a slice of £3,000.

Balmoral, Glendinning and Burgh primaries in Galashiels have been selected, along with Stow Primary School, who are putting the funds towards building an outdoor yurt classroom.

Balmoral plan to use the case towards building a sensory playground for children with disabilities, a safe community playground will be created at Glendinning, and pupils at Burgh will undertake a railway project.

Craig Bowman from the Borders Railway project said: “There are some fantastic initiatives taking place throughout the Scottish Borders and Midlothian and our task of deciding on the winning projects wasn’t easy.

“We thank everyone who has applied this time around and we hope to be working with more projects again in the near future.”

The fund was set up earlier this year to allow the project team to work more closely with communities who will use the railway. So far, the fund has handed out £5,500.