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Sanquhar community farm desperate for new land

A community farm in Sanquhar may be forced to re-home some of their animals if more land can't be found before the summer.

Clark's Little Ark was set up in memory of 19-year-old Clark Shankly, who died from Cerebral Palsy in 2012.

The farm is popular with local nursery school children and also provides a volunteering service. Lori Carnochan reports:


New vehicle for Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue

The new response vehicle Credit: ITV BORDER

Members of the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue team have been getting to grips with their new vehicle.

It's taken two years to raise the £67,000 needed for the response van, which is filled with the latest high-tech gadgets to assist the team on call-outs.

Full of the latest technology Credit: ITV BORDER

The 40 team members are being trained on how to use all of the technology. It surpasses the capabilities of the old response vehicle which had far less communication functions.

Getting to grips with the new wheels Credit: ITV BORDER

The vehicle has been funded by the local community and also a number of larger donors.

Dunscore holocaust victim heritage centre to open


A heritage centre marking the life of a Dumfriesshire woman who died in Auschwitz is set to open in a church.

The Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland have granted Dunscore Church £106,400. The money will be used for repairs, renovations and the creation of the heritage centre.

Christian missionary Jane Haining worked with Jewish schoolgirls in Budapest, before being arrested by the Nazis in 1944. She was sent to Auschwitz where she later died.

In 2010 she was posthumously awarded a Hero of the Holocaust medal by the British government.

The church, which was founded in 1823, has been in desperate need of a facelift. Lori Carnochan reports:

NFU urges farmers to be vigilant against bird flu

The National Farmers Union is urging people to be vigilant after a case of bird flu was confirmed in Dumfries and Galloway.

A wild peregrine falcon found at an undisclosed location tested positive for H5N8 Avian Influenza.

A prevention zone remains in place across the UK meaning all poultry or captive birds must be kept inside to avoid contact with wild birds.

Andrew McCornick from the NFU Scotland says the public should report anything unusual:

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