Community spirit alive and well

David Mundell with Cath Logan and Andrew Lindsay from the Big Lottery Fund event
David Mundell with Cath Logan and Andrew Lindsay from the Big Lottery Fund event

Last week I was pleased to host the Big Lottery Fund at a roadshow I organised for voluntary organisations and good causes from across my constituency.

I wanted to thank Cath Logan and Andrew Lindsay for coming down, but also to everybody who took time out to come to the event.

I really think that it is our sense of community spirit and volunteering that represents the best of the Borders. On Saturday, I was thinking of all those people helping out or going to a Macmillan coffee morning to raise money for cancer support and when I see that so far they’ve raised nearly £1million, I want to thank everybody involved in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

I couldn’t go to the Macmillan coffee morning this year because I was going to Peebles High School to celebrate the school being awarded a gold sports award by sportscotland and then onto Langholm Show in the afternoon.

Langholm Show is always a great day and a great example of community spirit. This year the weather was kind and, as always, a very busy day, and my congratulations to the committee for all their hard work.

I am a strong believer in voluntary action. Volunteers and community groups hugely benefit their local areas, whether by giving a spare hour or by attending to a coffee morning locally.

I think community groups deserve as much support as possible, which is why I was keen to organise the event with the Big Lottery.

The Big Lottery Fund has already supported some groups in my constituency, like Peebles High School, but I wanted to raise awareness about what’s on offer because there’s so many good causes locally.

If you would like to come to next year’s Big Lottery Fund roadshow, and want to make sure that you get an invite, then get in touch with my office by emailing or calling 01683 222770.


I hold regular surgeries in my constituency and if you couldn’t make my last one, I’ll be holding the next surgery in the Burgh Chambers in Peebles on Friday, October 23.

But if you’ve got a local issue that you feel I can help with, then email me on or call my office on 01683 222746. You can check my website – – for details. No appointment necessary, just come along – as ever, I’m happy to help.