Events bring in £7m a year for Borders

Major sporting and cultural events have been estimated to generate £7m-a-year for the economy in the Borders.

A report to councillors said the area had also raised its profile thanks to its hosting role.

Among the key events have been the Tour of Britain, Borders Book Festival, Melrose Rugby 7s, Borders Art Fair and Tweedlove/Transcend Festival.

A number of other opportunities to enhance the region’s role are also on the horizon.

They include:

  • The return of the Jim Clark Rally combined with recent museum opening
  • Efforts to increase visitor numbers on the Borders Railway
  • Landmark celebrations in 2021 for the 250th anniversary of Sir Walter Scott’s birth

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Tea by the Sea - Take 2

Tea by the Sea “Take 2”
Another huge thank you to all who supported this event. The rain stayed away and the wind calmed.
A whopping £612 has been raised and Maggie’s Centre, Edinburgh will benefit.
A special thank you to the lady who handed in an envelope with a very generous donation. Thank you soooo much xxx

And…Helping today we had…
Margaret on Cupcake making and serving
Catherine on Sausage Rolls and hot drinks
Pamela on Malteser traybake and serving
Alison on Cupcakes and serving
Susan on shortbread and serving
Judith on “fresh egg” sandwiches, she had to raid the henhouse I believe.
Avril on caramel traybake
Julie on cheese sandwiches
Thank you all who contributed, everything was much admired and praised, a great team. You all deserve a well earned rest.
Rhona Bell Xxxx

East Lothian Partnership Against Rural Crime

Members of ELPARC (East Lothian Partnership Against Rural Crime) met yesterday morning after a short summer break. Representatives from Police Scotland, Scottish Fire Service, NFUS, Network Rail, Neighbourhood Watch Scotland and East Lothian Council Countryside Ranger Service were all in attendance. Various topics were discussed including hare coursing, fish poaching and irresponsible camping, and everyone left the meeting with actions to work on for the next meeting in October. Pictured are Deputy Local Area Commander of East Lothian, Inspector Andrew Harborow, and East Lothian Community Firefighter, Jenny Collins.

Ellie Docherty

Well done to Ellie Docherty, friend of the village and relative of Janice Hanvidge for coming second in the St Andrews Junior Ladies’ Open 2019 and qualifying for the matchplay tournament.

Sir Jackie Stewart to open Jim Clark Museum

FORMULA One legend Sir Jackie Stewart will open the Jim Clark Museum later this month.

The ceremony will take place in Duns on Thursday, August 29.

And a number of special guests from the world of motorsport have been invited.

Doug Niven, cousin of Jim Clark and Jim Clark trustee said: “We are delighted that Sir Jackie, Honorary President of The Jim Clark Trust, is able to come to Duns to officially open the new museum. He has given the museum and this project great support and encouragement over many years, for which we are very grateful.

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Crystal Rig windfarm extension inquiry

A BID to extend an onshore windfarm in the scenic Lammermuir Hills has been branded “a step too far” as it includes turbines as high as “the towers of the new Queensferry Crossing”.

Concerns about the latest proposals for the Crystal Rig windfarm project, which straddles East Lothian and the Scottish Borders, have been lodged with Scottish Ministers as an inquiry into the proposals is launched.

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Belhaven Hospital consultation

Members of local Community Councils attended a public information event at Belhaven Hospital on 5th July 2019. Ward 2 has been turned into a community hub. It will have space for Hospital to Home carers, physio, social workers etc. It could also be used for Community groups to hold meetings etc.

East Lothian Rangers - Wildlife Tours


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Tours run on selected Sundays and Thursdays throughout the Summer. For details of dates, click on the booking link below.

Tours run from 9am to 4pm and cost £60 per person.  We can also provide bespoke tours for smaller groups, shorter durations or to focus on specific species – contact us to check availability using the details below.

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