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'Banging the drum' for art in the Borders

Around 70 artists are displaying their work at Kelso's Springwood Park this weekend, at the Borders Art Fair.

Organisers say it's a chance for local artists to showcase their craft under one roof.

The event was started last year by artist Denise Playfair and Jane Smith, who felt there was no one 'banging the drum' for art in the Borders.

The event is taking place from 10am until 5pm and entry is free.

Many different styles of art are on disply Credit: ITV Border
Thousands of art lovers are expected to visit over the weekend Credit: ITV Border
An artist at work Credit: ITV Border
The Fair appeals to all ages Credit: ITV Border


Delay to work on new Kelso High School

The start of building works for the new Kelso High School has been delayed by a European ruling.

Scottish Borders Council secured planning permission for the new school in October last year.

But European rules affecting some investment projects - including Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme - have put a halt on the £21.4 million project.

The Council says those involved are working to ensure a solution is found as soon as possible.

Can you help with First World War exhibition?

A exhibition commemorating Kelso’s role in First World War is requesting artefacts from the public.

Friends of Kelso Museum along with other community groups in the town are working with Scottish Borders Council to host the event during Kelso Civic Week, which runs from Monday 13 July to Saturday 18 July.

They are appealing for items to display in the exhibition, including letters, photographs, and military and personal documents. They are also looking for individuals who can recall stories about their family's involvement in the war.

Anyone who can lend an item is asked to contact Assistant Curator Andrew Tulloch before Saturday 28 February.


Scottish Borders Council praise Rally organisers

The rally will go ahead but not on closed roads Credit: ITV Border

Scottish Borders Council has responded to the announcement that the Jim Clark Rally will go ahead this year, but in a different location.

Organisers were forced to look elsewhere as investigations continue into a crash that killed three people during last year's closed road event.

But while the local authority ruled that the rally can't be held on the Berwickshire roads in 2015, organisers plan to hold a rally in the Kielder forest instead with a base at Kelso.

A Scottish Borders Council spokesperson said:

"We are very pleased that the rally organisers have managed to arrange an event for this summer, and that it will be based in the Scottish Borders.

"The use of private land is a good alternative to ensure a Jim Clark Rally can take place in 2015, and we continue to look forward to the event's return to closed public roads in the future"

– Scottish Borders Council spokesperson

Lamont: Rally news 'welcome'

MSP John Lamont has welcomed the news that this year's Jim Clark Rally will be going ahead:

“It is very welcome news that the organisers of the Jim Clark Rally have been able to organise a special stage event for 2015.

"I am especially pleased that the rally will start in the Borders, before heading across the Border.

"I also look forward to meeting with the Lord Advocate shortly to discuss what can be done to ensure the planning for the 2016 event is not unnecessarily delayed.”

– John Lamont, MSP Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire

Work begins on £1.18million facility in Kelso

A 3D sketch image of the Kelso Community Recycling Centre and Neighbourhood Operations depot. Work is to begin on the facilities in November 2014. Credit: Scottish Borders Council

Work is to begin next week on a new community recycling centre for Kelso.

The new £1.18million integrated facility at Pinnaclehill Industrial Estate is expected to be completed next Spring. It will include the adaptation of a nearby building to form a new Neighbourhood Operations depot for the Kelso area.

Scottish Borders Council say that the new, modern recycling centre will make it easier for waste materials to be deposited into on-site skips. It will also accept a wide variety of waste types, from garden waste to electrical equipment, similar to the council’s six other community recycling centres.

“It is vital as many households as possible are provided with access to community recycling centres, so it is good news to hear work on the new facility in Kelso it is set to begin. The three Kelso Councillors made it clear the town required a community recycling centre and I thank them for their efforts. The introduction of the facility will encourage residents and businesses to recycle as much as possible to support our environment.”

– SBC’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, Councillor David Paterson
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