A Farmer's Diary

Jenny Longden's been on her monthly trip to visit our resident farmer Stephen Withers in his fields in Jedburgh.

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Medieval building remains discovered in Jedburgh

The remains of a building thought to have been built in the 11th or 12th Century have been uncovered by archaeologists in Jedburgh.

The site, opposite Mary Queen of Scots House, has been earmarked for building accommodation on.

The findings could date back 1000 years Credit: ITV Border

The discovery of what appears to be a house with a fireplace, and artefacts, means the planning for flats is to be reconsidered with the remains kept accessible.

Archaeologists are working to identify exactly what period the remains are from. Meanwhile, they have been covered up for protection.

Norovirus keeps wards closed at Borders hospital

Ward 12 continues to be closed to admissions because of Norovirus Credit: ITV News Border

Two wards at the Borders General Hospital remain closed due to an outbreak of Norovirus.

Ward 12 is still closed to admissions and one bay in ward 10 is closed due to the virus.

Visitors are still being strongly discouraged if they or anyone they know has shown symptoms of the illness.

NHS Borders says the situation is being managed by one of their infection control teams.


Big Lunch at Galashiels Library

A special story-telling session is set to take place this week in Galashiels Library.

The event, for young children and their parents or carers, is being organised in conjunction with Scottish Borders Libraries.

The Big Lunch project hopes to encourage neighbours to get to know one another.

The children will enjoy a sing-song session, a party picnic and a reading from 'George and Flora's Big Party'.

The event will take place at Galashiels Library, Lawyers Brae on Thursday, 24 April from 10am.

Police investigate quad bike thefts in Borders

A quad bike's been stolen from a farm in the Scottish Borders which has led the police to issue fresh warnings.

They say a number of quad bikes have been taken from farms since the start of 2014.

In this latest incident, a bike worth about £3,000 disappeared from a shed at Flemington Farm in West Linton sometime between 5.30pm on 19th April and 7am on 20th April.

There have been a significant increase in the theft of quad bikes from rural locations since the turn of the year, and sadly this is another such incident.

“Farm owners are reminded to make sure all vehicles are securely locked away when not in use, and members of the public are urged to get in touch with any details that may assist our investigations.”

– Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson, Police Scotland


Biker treated in hospital

A motorcyclst has been treated in hospital after being thrown from his machine in a single vehicle accident in the Scottish Borders.

The 21-year-old male came off his bike on the A68 road between Lauder and Oxton near to the junction with the A697 around 2pm yesterday (April 18).

The road was closed and diversions put in place while the emergency services were at the scene.The motorcyclist was taken to Borders General Hospital with what are described as "non life-threatening injuries."

Norovirus improvement at Borders General Hospital

Norovirus at the Borders General Hospital is still present but the hospital reports an improving picture, with only one ward remaining closed.

NHS Borders Infection Control Team are managing the situation with support from frontline colleagues.

The virus is one of the most common causes of diarrhoea and vomiting and can occur at any time of year.

Norovirus is very infectious and spreads quickly between people.

As a precaution visits are being discouraged.

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