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Borders Dementia unit saved from closure

A care home in Tweedbank that provides a specialised service for patients with dementia is to be sold.

Craw Wood Care Home faced closure when Scottish Borders Council cancelled its contract last year.

The home is being sold to Mansfield Care in a move which secures the service for the 13 residents and 30 full and part time staff.

“We are pleased to announce the proposed sale of Craw Wood to the reputable care provider, Mansfield Care, who already manage a number of similar services, including three in the Scottish Borders. The sale of Craw Wood is the best possible outcome as it maintains the service for the current residents and the jobs of the staff. We anticipate that we can conclude the sale and hope to be able to transfer the service within the next six months. In the meantime, Eildon will continue to provide its high standards of care at the service.”

– Nile Istephan, Chief Executive of the Eildon Group

Craw Wood has been providing quality care, primarily for residents with dementia and complex needs, for 18 years and the Eildon Group will continue its work in supporting people across the region through its housing, care and support activities.

Attempted break-in at Tweedbank Craft Centre

Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for information after an attempted break-in at the Tweedbank Craft Centre.

A window was smashed at the centre on Haining Drive in Tweedbank sometime between 7:00pm on Tuesday, 29 July and 8:30am on Wednesday, 30 July.

Police say nothing was taken in the incident but the cost of repairs to the damaged property will be 'considerable'.

Anyone with any information about the incident is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101 or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Borders Railway project: How will it affect you?

The Borders Railway project will see 30 miles of rail built between Edinburgh and Tweedbank Credit: ITV News

Drop-in sessions are being held to tell people more about the Borders Rail project.

30 miles of rail will be built between Edinburgh and Tweedbank.

The team behind it will explain to people how construction will affect them.

The dates and timings for the drop-in sessions are as follows:

  • Tuesday 3 December, 3-7pm – The Hive, Low Buckholmside, Galashiels, TD1 1RT

  • Tuesday 10 December, 3-7pm – Stow Town Hall, Stow, TD1 2QN

Variety is the spice of sports

The latest sports hub in the Scottish Borders is to be officially launched today.

The initiative is being rolled out at nine venues in the region. The most recent is at Tweedbank Sports Centre

The idea behind the sports hub is that different sporting clubs and groups can practice at the same time. This means they can share facilities, coaches and players.

Community Sports hub manager Mark Drummond says variety in sports is important.

"I think it is vital for young people in the Borders to have somewhere to go, to know that they are going to get a good experience, and know they have got a variety of sports they can try. We have got everything from hockey, football, cycling, even indoor bowls and rambling that people can join, we cater for all people right through the demographic"

– MARK DRUMMOND, COMMUNITY SPORTS HUB MANAGER

Nursery school's proposed Halloween event prompts complaint

Tweedbank Primary School Credit: Tweedbank Primary School

A school in the Scottish Borders will now go ahead with plans to hold a Halloween event despite earlier plans to cancel the event because of a complaint surrounding religious concerns from a parent.

The event will now be held tomorrow, but will be optional and outside of normal nursery hours.

A statement from Tweedbank head teacher Alyson Weir said:

"In past years, nursery children have attended Tweedbank dressed in Halloween costume if they so wished.

"In order to respect all family beliefs and values, we have decided to run the advertised session as a normal nursery session.

"However, we are offering an optional Halloween event outside of normal nursery hours on Thursday 31 October for the children and parents that wish to attend.

"Consideration is being given to ensuring that Halloween activities are optional for nursery children next year and we will work to ensure that no one feels that their beliefs are compromised.

"Primary schoolchildren were invited to a Halloween disco last Friday night, which was successfully run by the parent council."

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Transport Scotland respond to railway delay

A Transport Scotland spokesman said:

"In response to the delivery date of the Borders project, we are currently finalising the commercial terms of the contract with Network Rail for handover to them of the scheme delivery, and expect to conclude those discussions later this month.

"The Borders Railway will re-establish passenger railway services for the people of Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders for the first time in over 40 years, delivering real economic and social development opportunities, and offering a fast and efficient railway that will be a real alternative to the car."

– Transport Scotland

They add that the current scheme costs are £235-£295m at 2012 prices.

Potential problems down the track

Latest estimates predict that the Borders Railway will not re-open until at least 2015 - a year later than planned. Project officials also believe that costs for the Tweedbank to Edinburgh route will be around £50 million higher than the £295 million budget.

Transport Scotland didn't comment on the estimates, but confirmed that they are currently finalising the commercial terms of the contract to build the line, and expect that process to be finished in the next few weeks. The Borders has been without a railway since the Beeching cuts of 1969.

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