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Farmers face expensive recovery from flooding

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The cost of the floods could be thousands of pounds for individual farmers in the Scottish Borders.

The extent of the damage to crops and fences is being revealed as the waters recedes but some areas are still underwater.

There are calls for efforts to future proof agricultural land by building flood defences.

There's going to be more cultivations, you know, more seed has to be bought, a bit more fertiliser as well, you know and the extra sprays chemicals, for the next year to get that crop to grow. Plus we've also you know and the fences, it costs quite a bit to put a fence up.

– Gavin Millar, Farmer

Funding for 'mum mentors' in Scottish Borders

The scheme pairs new and expectant mums with trained mum and baby mentors. Credit: Nurture the Borders

Vulnerable expectant mothers in the Scottish Borders are set to benefit from a new project, which pairs them with trained mum and baby mentors.

Nurture the Borders CIC has been awarded just over £9000 from the Communities and Families Fund for the Mum Mentoring pilot scheme.

The money is provided by a grant from the Big Lottery Fund, and the aim of the project is to:

  • Help improve the health and well-being of mums and babies
  • Promote healthy lifestyle choices and access to services
  • Help to increase rates and duration of breastfeeding
  • Increase access to community support and reduce isolation
  • Move mums away from dependency by supporting them to become confident and independent mums
  • Develop a mentoring support model that can be rolled out across the Scottish Borders

Pregnancy and becoming a new mum is not always easy, but with support the journey can be a lot better.

In our new project, trained Mum Mentors will offer free practical and emotional support to new mums and mums-to-be who need additional support for various reasons.

The mentors will work with the mothers during pregnancy and birth, and during the baby’s first few months.”

– Rosie Kennedy, Director of Nurture the Borders

Nurture the Borders was founded by a group of mothers in the Scottish Borders.

You can find out more about the scheme here.

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Rail delays between Carlisle and Lancaster

Train services between Carlisle and Lancaster face delays of up to 80 minutes.

Network Rail say they are liaising with the British Transport Police, and emergency services, after an incident between Penrith and Carlisle.

The delays were reported from 3:12pm, and are expected to continue until around 7pm this evening.

Trains between Carlisle and Lancaster are being delayed by up to 80 minutes, and there is a replacement bus service between Penrith and Carlisle.

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